Smoking fire retreat

How to give up smoking

They say things happen for a reason. I needed to make some changes. I took up yoga again, was doing a bit of meditation, and I’d quit a few commitments that had been draining my energy (or, in the words of Marie Kondo, didn’t bring me joy), but I was smoking again, having given up […]

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Sardinia

Sardinia

When D H Lawrence visited Sardinia with his wife, Frieda, back in 1921, they weren’t much impressed… food was scarce – they found little to eat but cabbage and bread, and some ‘hotels’ were little more than shacks, and yet in Sea and Sardinia he writes ‘This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something […]

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Estonia

Thanks to its position, between East and West, Estonia has been a battleground fought over by Denmark, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Poland. In 1906, when Estonia was under Russian rule, the family of Louis Kahn moved to the US. Kahn was five years old. He went on to become one of the greatest architects of the […]

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Ice Cream, Rimini

Emilia Romagna

Bologna, Parma, Modena… just some of the fabulous foodie places to visit in the Emilia Romagna region. But one of the best food festivals of the year is the Festa Artusiana held in the lesser-known town of Forlimpopoli. The festival is a celebration of the life and works of Pellegrino Artusi, the man behind La […]

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Genoa

One of the best reasons for visiting Liguria is the wonderful food: with its long coastline, the region is renowned for its excellent seafood, as well as typical products like foccaccia, farinata (a delicious chickpea pancake), Albenga artichokes, salt cod, and, of course, pesto. On 16 April, the capital of the region, Genoa, hosts the […]

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Japan

Japan

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, may be one of the busiest cities in the world – all neon lights and skyscrapers – but hop on a bullet train and within a couple of hours you could be relaxing at an onsen (hot spring) in a green tea bath in the middle of a forest with […]

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Yoga Be Yourself

Yoga in London

        I’ve been a yoga devotee for many years, and reviewed Yoganesh (Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green) for the Yogi London website. Today it goes under the name of the Yoganest. Next stop, Goa… I’m available to write reviews for individual yoga practitioners, as well as yoga workshops, yoga weekends and retreats. […]

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Presepe

Christmas markets

Listed below (thanks to the Italian Tourist Board) are some of the most interesting Christmas street markets in Italy. One of the best, however – Naple’s San Gregorio Armeno – is open all year. San Gregorio Armeno is an entire street of workshops where you’ll find hand-carved nativity scenes, known as presepe. The wood-carving has […]

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Pumpkin Risotto

An evening with Gennaro Contaldo at Cucina Caldesi proved entertaining as well as useful. One of Gennaro’s rules is to always use seasonal products so, around about now, that includes the pumpkin – three of them in fact: The pumpkin is a member of the plant genus Cucurbita L. and includes squashes, pumpkins, courgettes and […]

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Honey on the comb

Best Honey in London

October 2015 Winning ‘Best Honey in London’ has made me very proud. Not that it’s been especially easy to get to this point. After doing my training with Capital Bee towards the end of 2011, I finally got my hive and bees in May 2012. The hive is in Cordwainers Garden, the community garden that […]

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