Surreal Garden Sculptures …

 Henry Moore, Perry Green, Hertfordshire

Clear blue sky, warm sunshine, leaves flutter in gentle breeze … perfect day to visit Henry Moore Studios and Sculpture Gardens at Perry Green, Hertfordshire, England.

Suburban street … modest cottage … personal artefacts … collection of studios and barns forming a renowned Garden Gallery of sculptures, paintings and tapestries.
The artist and his wife lived and created most of his famous works here.

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Saffron Walden … Medieval Market Town … Turf Mazes … an English Mansion …

 Medieval Market Town … Turf Mazes … an English Mansion …

Visit a 13th century Medieval Market Town … trading in wool … then saffron in 16th – 17th century … hence, its name, Saffron Walden.

Today, Market Day is on Tuesdays and Saturdays … selling local and regional produce, handicrafts … in the same Market Square; which serves as a car park on other days … surrounded by the original Guild Hall, with elaborate moulded plasterwork or pargetting; the Library and historic buildings of old England … with independent shops and eateries close by.

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Tuscan Magic – 3 Special Wineries in Chianti

 Chianti Classico … Nectar of the Gods …

Thousands of years of nurturing; viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes); wine appreciation is bred into the Italians … it is in the blood … in the heritage, dating back to the 8th Century BC.
The wines of Tuscany are no exception – favourable hilly terrain, well-drained soil … Mediterranean climate … no irrigation … Sangiovese grapes are grown in their full glory … maintaining a balance between sugars, acids and aromatic qualities …

The vintner or winemaker makes wines historically for family consumption … but today, with science, successfully markets it for sale, locally and internationally.
No pretence, no arrogance – it is either a good crop with an excellent wine to appreciate and share; or an average crop, best drunk quickly, or blended. 
Nowadays, notable Tuscan wine regions are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano producing Sangiovese grapes and Vernaccia de San Gimignano, producing the Varnaccia grapes.
Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from a variety of grapes within the region.
The grapes of northern and eastern regions tend to ripen slowly, producing more perfumed, lighter wines. The southern and western regions are warmer, the wines tend to be richer, more intense.
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Lime Juice, Chillies, Fish Sauce …: Food Adventure from Bangkok to Chiang Rai …

 Fried Fish in Crispy Basil                                             Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli

I love food.

I love eating and cooking food.

I also love sharing my food experiences.

No matter where I drift in my wanderings, I seem to always converge in a food place.

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Memories of Prague (Praha)

Memories of Praha … castles, cathedrals, synagogues … and brewing traditions …

Our cruise ended with a visit to Prague (Praha) … my first time in Prague.

… A modern yet historical city; colourful and vibrant; filled with castles, cathedrals, synagogues; the Vltava river running through … city of a hundred towers …


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3 Unforgettable Experiences … from Budapest to Nuremburg …

Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen …!

A gentle reminder to assemble and start another morning … in a new town or city, sightseeing, food sampling, shopping therapy …

Michal, our Cruise Director, ensures we are in the right group, with the right guide, that we will have a good time out and about.

The 8-day river cruise meanders along the Danube, taking in sights along the river, stopping in a new town or city each morning, with new adventures and sights to visit.

I must confess this is the best cruise I have had; I have not been on many cruises; but I believe river cruise is an experience not to be missed.

Why?

Travel by night; visit a new town or city each day; see new and historical landmarks; enjoy either a brisk or active, regular or casual walk into town; sightseeing, shopping and snacking.

This is what a holiday is all about.

No rush, no stress, no hassles. Read More