Cramele Recas: leading the Romanian wine revolution

The Romanian wine industry is enjoying a comeback after years of battling to throw off the reputation it gained during the country’s Communist rule. The Communists prioritised quantity over quality, with family vineyards taken under state control and merged into poorly-kept plantations that produced low quality plonk for the Romanians to enjoy or – more likely – try and tolerate. But not anymore. Romania has … Continue reading Cramele Recas: leading the Romanian wine revolution

Singapore: a bicentennial visit

On 28th January 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore and decided he liked the look of the place. He returned the following morning and planted the Union Jack, which was a bit presumptuous, but then he was an 19th century colonising Brit, so what do you expect. But even Raffles, who saw Singapore’s potential 200 years ago, would have struggled to imagine the … Continue reading Singapore: a bicentennial visit

Venice Gather 2019 at the JW Marriott: feast in the Floating City

Every time I mentioned to someone that I would be going to Venice, I was greeted with a sympathetic smile and something like: “Oh, it’s very crowded. So many tourists.” Well, yes – it’s Venice, people want to visit. If it’s peace and quiet you seek, try Norilsk in the remote Siberian wilderness – there’s plenty of space, though I’ve heard the gelato’s rubbish. Alternatively, do … Continue reading Venice Gather 2019 at the JW Marriott: feast in the Floating City

Almyra Hotel, Paphos review: sun, sea and Cypriot charm

Within moments of arriving at the Almyra hotel in Paphos, I was swept off for lunch at the hotel’s Notios restaurant. This proved to be the start of a welcome trend of being presented glorious food and drink with remarkable regularity over the course of my visit. The restaurant offers Japanese-Mediterranean fusion, served al fresco. We started with baby mozzarella salad and deep fried calamari … Continue reading Almyra Hotel, Paphos review: sun, sea and Cypriot charm