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22nd December 2015
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Listed below (thanks to the Italian Tourist Board) are some of the most interesting Christmas markets in Italy. Naple’s San Gregorio Armeno is one of the best, and is open all year. Via San Gregorio Armeno is an entire street of workshops where you’ll find hand-carved nativity scenes, known as presepe. The wood-carving has been…

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Devon

8th February 2015
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On my latest visit to Devon I discovered a vibrant craft scene that includes ceramics, blacksmithing, and glass-blowing, along with an incredible range of food and drinks. Read about Devon’s quality wine, beer and gin, organic edible flowers, jams, fresh fish and chilli, in my article for Discovering Devonshire Delights for Foodtripper.   Some of…

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Morocco

8th February 2015
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Casablanca  Or Dar El Beida in Arabic, means  ‘white house’ – a reference to the low-rise white-painted buildings that cover the landscape. But it’s a much-changed landscape today. The biggest city in Morocco is the busiest port in North Africa, a techno city decorated with hoardings advertising Samsung, Galaxy, Zara and Uniqlo… Markets in Morocco…

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Duomo Milan

Milan

8th February 2015
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Milan’s EXPO Set to be the biggest ever, the theme is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. With 140 participating countries, it will be the biggest event on nutrition in the world. Here are some facts: 1 million square metres: the site will be equivalent in size to the 8th largest city in Italy 250,000:…

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Unpackaged

16th December 2012
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Saturday, December 15, 2012 It was a shame that Unpackaged had to leave its little premises in the Old Dairy in Islington, but here in Hackney, we’re delighted – on so many counts. The Unpackaged ‘mission’ is to reduce the crazy amounts of packaging in the world, and it does exactly what it says on…

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The 10 best things to do on the island of Capri

13th November 2012
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Capri is a mere half-hour’s ferry or hydrofoil ride away from Naples. This beautiful island is synonymous with stars, style and impossible glamour but, away from the central Piazzetta, it’s also a place of stunning natural beauty and calm. Charles Dickens once wrote ‘In no place on earth are there so many opportunities for delicious…

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Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

6th June 2012
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The Faroes – a group of 18 islands located in the Norwegian Atlantic – are halfway between Scotland and Iceland. I’d heard of them, of course; I’m a Radio 4 listener, fan of the arcane Shipping Forecast

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Milan . Things to do, places to stay, where to eat

21st April 2012
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Read my 10-page feature on Milan’s Expo here (Fifth Chukker, 2015). The second-largest city in Italy is renowned for its designers, the Duomo, Museo del Novecento, and for its proximity to the beautiful lakes. If you’d like an article written on Milan’s hotels, restaurants, or the surrounding area – including Bergamo and the Lakes – please contact…

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mexico, naples

Naples

7th March 2012
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I decided to skip the private jet, and take the overnight train to Naples. I was about to spend the next seven days cycling and sailing. It’s cheap, eco-friendly and a lot of fun…

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Capri . Things to do, places to stay, where to eat

7th March 2012
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Here’s a piece I wrote for Traveldudes of the best things to do on the island of Capri. If you’d like an article written, or a review of a particular hotel, restaurant or activity, please contact me.   The lure of Capri… Sex and glamour Jackie Onassis, Tiberius, Capri pants – the island of Capri is synonymous…

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