Tuscany through the Eyes of a Chef

Chef Justin Cloud
Chef Justin Cloud

Justin Cloud is a professional cook and world traveler based in Boston, USA. Justin has over 14 years of cooking experience, having worked at a variety of culinary establishments in Europe and the United States. For about seven years, he taught cooking at Toscana Saporita, a cooking school in Tuscany.* He has been a students’ finals judge at the prestigious International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in New York City. Here, he gives travelers tips on how to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the gorgeous Italian province.

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London: The city of a thousand colours

London Bus doubledecker
London Bus double-decker

If you think that London is a cold city with a harsh climate, where the wind always blows and the sun is too shy to play the leading role for an entire day, you are partly right. It is well-known that the Brits never go out without their umbrellas. Nevertheless, the bright colours of this beautiful and fascinating metropolis make up for its grey sky. The famous London taxis, the phone booths and the double-deckers are only a few of the colourful highlights of this city. You cannot go to London and not take a taxi, at least once, in order to experience the reckless driving of the taxi drivers in the city. This is a unique experience even if the price of the ride is not exactly cheap.

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Planning the perfect bachelor party abroad

best-manFrom the moment that you are announced as the Best Man, you know there is only one thing you need to get right. Forget the speech, don’t worry about the rings, it’s all about the bachelor party.

The big news in bachelor parties is taking everybody abroad for one last night of freedom, and low cost flights have opened up this option to thousands of bachelors who wouldn’t have had the chance before.

Low cost airlines have also opened up parts of Europe that people wouldn’t even have thought of visiting ten years ago, and cheap alcohol and a guaranteed great night out have made going abroad the only way to execute a memorable bachelor party.

But if you’re the Best Man and you are tasked with the honour of planning a bachelor party abroad, where do you even begin? Continue reading “Planning the perfect bachelor party abroad”

Payback time for Ryanair’s Micheal O’Leary!

Ryanair’s Micheal O’Leary arrives in a hotel in Dublin, he goes to the bar and asks for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said, “That will be one Euro please, Mr. O’Leary.”
Somewhat taken aback, O’Leary replied, “That’s very cheap,” and handed over his money.
“Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition”, said the barman. “And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland”
“That is remarkable value” Michael comments
“I see you don’t seem to have a glass, so you’ll probably need one of ours.
That will be 3 euro please.
O’Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat. Continue reading “Payback time for Ryanair’s Micheal O’Leary!”

Why do I love/hate/love Wizz Air

I love Acer and I hate McDonald’s, things are plain and simple. But what if a company makes me love them and hate them at the same time? Can I ignore the bad things and love them anyway, or should I only see the bad things and ignore all the good things about them? Continue reading “Why do I love/hate/love Wizz Air”

How to Keep Your Children Happy When Travelling

 

the Flight
the Flight (Photo credit: ihave3kids)

Every parent knows that children and travelling is a match made in hell. Long flights, train and car journeys often ruin getting to the destination, and get your vacation off to a stressful start. It doesn’t have to be this way though.

Whether you are travelling with your own children, supervising a school trip or even entertaining foster children, it can be an experience that tests even the most patient of adults if you don’t go prepared.

There are a whole host of easy and inexpensive ways you can keep your little ones preoccupied. Whether you’re faced with 2 hours on a train, or 6 hours on a plane, we’ve compiled a list of 10 fool-proof ways to keep children happy when travelling:

1. Flight times

Children like routine and will get pretty cranky if you book a holiday with terrible flight times. Try and fly in the evening so they can sleep on the plan, or first thing in the morning so by the time night falls they’re already in the right routine. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Children Happy When Travelling”

Experience the great American landscapes from a different perspective

The American landscape is diverse and seemingly never ending. Whilst it can be experienced through a movie screen or via a driving holiday, there can be no better way to immerse yourself in the majestic surroundings than by taking a walking holiday.

Take a hike

Whether your passion lies in the desert landscapes of the wild west, or hiking in the mountains is more your thing, there is bound to be a walking tour that will satisfy your desire to explore. Similarly, if you’ve got moderate experience in walking, most walking tours have planned hikes of around four hours. If however you’re more experienced and really want to take in a challenging hike, optional walks of up to eight hours can challenge anyone! Continue reading “Experience the great American landscapes from a different perspective”

Palermo, Italy

Palermo was once the intellectual capital of the whole of Europe and has always been at the crossroads of civilisation. This gorgeous city has attracted almost every culture, situated at the foot of Monte Pellegrino; this city has touched almost every culture in the Mediterranean world. Palermo has Arab, Christian, byzantine, roman, Norman and even Italian descendants.  All of this diverse culture has created some of the best works of art and best food the world has ever seen. The architecture in Palermo’s chaotic vitality, on display at some of Italy’s most vibrant outdoor markets, public squares, street bazaars and food vendors. Continue reading “Palermo, Italy”

The Customs and Culture of Dubai – What you need to Know

Visiting any culture different to your own may mean you have to alter your approach somewhat and be aware of certain things. Acquainting yourself with the culture of Dubai is something that’s important and will help ensure you enjoy your time in the Middle Eastern country. Here are some tips to make assured you have a wonderful time in this amazing part of the world. Continue reading “The Customs and Culture of Dubai – What you need to Know”

A holiday guide to stunning Somerset in the UK

Dunster in Somerset

If you are hankering after peace and quiet in the countryside, escape to Somerset for a laid-back break. Being just a couple hours drive from London, it’s an easily reachable holiday destination. As soon as you’ve ventured into Somerset’s countryside, the Quantock Hills and the valleys, streams and hills of Exmoor, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a different world.

From Exmoor in the west, across to Frome in the east, Somerset’s holiday cottages enjoy views of rolling hills and greenery. If you prefer to be beside the sea Porlock, Minehead, Dunster and Watchet, are excellent choices for a seaside holiday. Continue reading “A holiday guide to stunning Somerset in the UK”