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Querubim Lapa On a visit to Lisbon, writes Marshall Colman,  I found that the azulejo tradition is not only more deeply rooted in Portugal’s culture than I realised but that it remains alive and is being continually renewed. The Lisbon … Continue reading

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Sublime granita

Photo: Liz Cousins Caffe Sicilia rivals the great Duomo of Noto in south east Sicily as a tourist attraction. Nondescript and like a thousand other cafes in Italy, it’s hard to understand the appeal until you experience its version of … Continue reading

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Amsterdam – Stampot and White Bikes

Marshall Colman recommends a traditional (but good) Amsterdam restaurant and recounts how the bike hire schemes of London and cities all over the world were inspired by a bunch of Dutch anarchists.  When I was at a conference in the … Continue reading

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Top sights in Lisbon: Food Paradise

Don’t go to Lisbon without visiting the Azelejo Museum – decorated tiles are one of Portugal’s glories – or taking in the panoramic views from the Castle. Or even the breathtaking views of the city at sunset itself from across … Continue reading

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The Place for Pasteis de Nata

At the historic Belem bakery they claim to make 20,000 pasties de nata every day.  The length of the queue snaking down the street attests to the power of this top drawer for tourists but who wants to stand waiting … Continue reading

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A little place by the sea in Portugal

Pant up the hill away from the beach and you find yourself in the back streets of Sesimbra, a loveable resort 40 minutes’ south of Lisbon. O Herminio is a tiny tapas bar with a few tables outside with a … Continue reading

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Pizzeria da Remo: When in Rome

August – writes Rhodri Jones –  is fast drawing to a close and at Pizzeria da Remo, families, and neighbours are embracing, laughing and catching up with friends, following the re-opening of this neighbourhood stalwart after the long summer break. Da … Continue reading

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Garden City, Budapest

When you go to Budapest – writes Marshall Colman – you will, of course, visit the grand old pastry shop Gerbeaud; but why not venture further afield to a simple out-of-town cukrászda, a traditional coffee shop, in one of the … Continue reading

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Eating in Orkney

Liz Cousins We were about to turn back thinking we had missed our turning when we  noticed the sign to the Tomb of the Eagles- ‘That’s it’ cried one of the party and we finally found ourselves at Skerries Bistro … Continue reading

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Madrid

 La Movida – the Happening – was how Madrid presented itself in the heady days after the dictator’s death. That’s thirty odd years ago but still Madrid has a certain something – joie de vivre, plain hedonism – that it … Continue reading

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