Monthly Archives: January 2016

How to Eat and Drink like a local in Venice

Venice may dazzle but isn’t really known for its epicurean delights, pizza for instance has never been something to write home about here but there are some delicious eateries to be found, including delightful traditional chichetti (the local equivalent of Spanish tapas) and gloriously fresh seafood. All you need is our inside scoop. So here’s our guide to our top eating and drinking spots in the ever so slowly sinking city.

Cantina do Mori: The oldest osteria in the city with a lively atmostphere and renowned for legendary Casanova’s visit. Choose your wine and pick your cichette, Venetian tapas. Their speciality is francobollo (“postage stamp”), a tiny white-bread sandwich filled with sliced radicchio and gorgonzola.

Venice cantina-do-mori

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Kids Guide to Rome – 9 things not to miss

Rome is chaotic, noisy and sometimes unbearably hot. During all of this, it teems with whizzing vespas, honking horns and busy streets.  City break with kids?  Tell the parents at the nursery or school and they’ll probably think you’re mad.  But you’re not.  Taking kids to Rome does take a bit of planning, it’s not going to be a repeat of the trip you made 5 years ago sans kids, but it is going to be fun.  Here are our top tips: Continue reading

Just back from the windswept Algarve

After last year’s mid winter escape in search of sun, which was only partly successful, we decided to stay closer to home this year and head south as far as the bottom tip of the Algarve. Our research showed that this is a land of wild, windswept beaches, dramatic cliff top walks and fabulous local cuisine.  “Let’s go” the family cheered.  And we were not disappointed.  If anything, we found out of season to be a spectacular time to visit.  We found a rugged land where the wind blows wild, where surfers brave the sometimes ferocious waves, where fishermen dangle their lines down huge vertiginous cliffs.  We loved it!

Here are some of our highlights:

First stop the lighthouse. Obviously at a cliff edge, being a lighthouse. But until we saw this, we didn’t realise quite how close to the edge! Continue reading