Category Archives: Europe

Finland – March 2012

My wish list for my recent trip to Finland was something like this: Snow Fresh air Sunny days Fun Winter activities Aurora Borealis (pretty please) We had all that and much more. Watch this space. Finland. I’m smitten.

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Greenland – a year ago already

I can’t believe this. We were in Greenland a year ago. That trip is still so fresh in our minds. We had such a great time. The scenery. The solitude.  The snow. The icebergs. We talk about that trip all … Continue reading

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Paris – January 2012

A night in Paris. 55 Montparnasse Hotel. Nice room. Quiet. Comfy bed. A walk in the neighbourhood. Temperature below zero. No one about.

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First snow of the year – France, January 2012

Beautiful scenery. Quiet. Peaceful. Not entirely remote but deserted. Also had time to indulge in some sledging. Great fun.

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Sicily Unpacked (BBC2)

I caught up with Sicily Unpacked last night. The first episode sees art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and brilliant Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli  showing  us the art and culinary delights of Palermo. So… not surprisingly,  I now want to go to Sicily and I want Giorgio to cook for … Continue reading

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Spare a thought for the residents of Siglufjörður

I looked out of the window yesterday afternoon and saw fog. There was nothing out there. Which was kind of weird. And so I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to live somewhere where you don’t … Continue reading

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This amazing planet of ours

A new island is slowly appearing, off the coast of El Hierro in the Canary Islands, as a result of the latest activity from a submarine volcano. Since the earthquake swarm in July, El Hierro has experienced more than 10,000 … Continue reading

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And the winner is… Finland

I flirted with Moldova. I was tempted by Kosovo. After much deliberations, Finland emerged as the winner for my last trip of the year. My choice wasn’t at all influenced by a desire to complete my trilogy of 2011 travels … Continue reading

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Monet, the crowd-puller

Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll understand how good it is to see headlines like this one: Monet retrospective attracts thousands in final days. I’m not alone! It seems that they are thousands of … Continue reading

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2009 European elections – 4-7 June; why bother?

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