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