1000 year-old flour

ith stay-at-home orders in effect across the United Kingdom, bulk buyers and consumers alike have been purchasing much more flour than normal, according to the National Association of British & Irish Millers (NABIM). To help meet this spike in demand, a 1,000-year-old English flour mill has resumed commercial production for the first time in decades, reports Jason Lewis for the Bournemouth Daily Echo.  

Luxury in Cartagena

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

Never go home

Ever walked into a hotel and thought: “I could live here?” These five intimate, beautiful hotels can that feel like the swanky house of your dreams. Read more courtesy of FoodAndWine.com  

The Blonde Hedgehog

You’ll almost certainly be familiar with the Channel Island’s main settlements, Jersey and Guernsey. They’re famous for their handsome cattle and the unctuous, buttercup coloured milk they produce. But there are three others – Sark, Herm, and Alderney. While the first two are trickier for tourists, Alderney is a precious, hidden gem. Three square miles of white sand beaches, rocky…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com  

Remember Earth?

Many years ago, people were besotted with Google Earth.  It was on everyone’s lips. But then it all seemed to go quiet. It’s probably time you hade another look.  Not only is it still spectacular, but – in typical Google fashion – loads of new functionality has been added.  The 3D renderings are rather impressive. Many of the features can…

Wine fine line

Around the world in 8 wine destinations. Let’s explore some of the world’s most famous and scenic wine destinations, from South America to Europe and beyond. Read more courtesy of KeyTours.com  

мекица!!

I studied abroad in Greece my first semester of college. It was not my first trip to Europe, but the semester was my first time in Greece or Eastern Europe. Studying in Thessaloniki, Greece, I was just under a four drive from the capital of Bulgaria, so I needed to take a trip to try Bulgarian food. Read more courtesy…

Less brutal events

It’s well known that the Romans constructed hundreds of amphitheaters across their vast empire. These marvels of architecture can be found in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. Among them, the Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved. It’s also the 6th largest amphitheater still standing and the only arena to retain its four side towers. Read more courtesy…

If you can’t live longer, live deeper

The planet has been through some difficult times recently. And, so it have its inhabitants. But, as is always the case, we will pull through and we will continue. Today may or may not be the time to plan ahead, but it never hurts. One thing you can think about of course is travel. We will be able to travel…

Vin Route

There’s nothing quite like the freedom that comes with taking to the open road for an epic adventure. But for RV and campervan enthusiasts, one of the trickier aspects of a trip can be finding a spot to settle down for the night. With that in mind, US-based company Harvest Hosts has assembled a bespoke list of unique camping experiences…

Chateau bravo!

With their lofty towers, glittering ballrooms, geometric gardens and all that gilded finery, no one does castles better than France. From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories…

Micro wave

‘READY meals’ have never really been a ‘thing’ in Spain, with supermarket produce historically focusing largely on raw ingredients and very geared up to home cooking – but now, with the two newest generations of adults who, unless they are in the catering industry, admit they can just about cope with microwaving a tortilla without their mum’s supervision, pre-packed dinners…

The new old-fashioned way

All change! Four train stations and factories that are now hotels and museums, and a flour mill serving as a roost for art lovers – and sea birds. Read more courtesy of TheGuardian.com

門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。

The environment makes our characters. (Japanese proverb.) A large number of Japanese companies have instituted telecommuting policies over the past few weeks, under the logic that the crowded conditions of commuter trains and enclosed offices are high-risk environments for the transmission of coronavirus. However, with Japanese houses and apartments being decidedly on the small side, most people can’t designate an…

Scarlet Johannesburg

This South African city has so many claims to fame, it’s no wonder the best things to do in Johannseburg are all so exciting. A few fun fact: it’s the biggest city in the world not built on a water source—it was actually built on a goldmine—and the second biggest on the entire continent of Africa (after Cairo, obvs). For all its success on paper,…

Too for tea

From to-go counters to five-star services, these high-design spots are perfect for your next afternoon cuppa. Tour the most beautiful tea shops across the globe. Read more courtesy of ArchitecturalDigest.com  

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