Archive for the 'Food' Category

Dorset and River Cottage

Friday, September 18th, 2009

We were very lucky that our camping trip to Dorset coincided with a beautiful later summer’s weekend. As well as visiting the River Cottage Autumn Fair for the birthday of Hugh’s biggest fan. We also enjoyed walking, a spot of mackerel fishing off Lyme Regis (and cooking the spoils), eating too much and sampling some […]


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

We arrived in Paris by TGV from Basel. A comfortable journey made all the more entertaining by the conductors attempts to seamlessly switch between German, French and English. We spent the afternoon wandering around the 5th and 6th arrondissements and reading a collection of posters outside the Jardin du Luxembourg. The final night of our […]


Saturday, May 9th, 2009

We enjoyed a great two days in Basel with Nicole and Christian. While we were there we explored the old town, took in the views from Bölchenflue, visited the Roman amphitheatre at Augusta Raurica, cheekily enjoyed a free beer at the Feldschlösschen brewery, took in a spot on the Rhein where France, Germany and Switzerland […]


Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Our lightning stop in Munich began with an early arrival at Hauptbahnhof. We took the U-Bahn to our hotel but we were too early to check into our room so we headed straight out to explore. The city map we were given at our hotel had a short walking tour so after an excellent breakfast […]

Istanbul to Munich

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Our mammoth overland journey from the edge of Europe to Munich began at Istanbul’s Sirkeci station with the Bosfor Ekspresi. We decided to splash out on a compartment in the sleeping car for the Istanbul to Bucharest leg of the journey. However, on arriving at the platform, we discovered that the train only comprised of […]

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Istanbul is definitely a city which we will visit again. We had just four days there but, during this time, did manage to visit many of the major sights such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapı palace, Sultan Ahmed mosque and the archaeological museum. We also spent an enjoyable day travelling along the Bosporus to the Black […]


Monday, April 27th, 2009

The six hour bus journey from Doğubeyazıt to Erzurum took us past snow capped mountains and through a blizzard! We were expecting it to be cold but this was something else. We used our twenty four hours in Erzurum to explore the city and to eat two very good meals. One of Cağ kebab at […]


Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Arriving in Tabriz by train from Tehran the two men with whom we had shared a cabin insisted on showing us to our hotel themselves. On arrival at the hotel they demand that the manager charged us the correct rate and not the rate he’d quoted Rhian on the phone. After a breakfast of yoghurt […]


Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Our first full day in Tehran was a Friday, the Iranian weekend. As a number of the sights we’d planned to see were closed we decided to join the Tehranis on a walk in the foothills of the Alborz mountains above Darband. We enjoyed the fresh air and mountain scenery but yet again it was […]


Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Kashan on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir, provided us with a day and a half of distractions on our way from Esfahan to Tehran. We took in the wonderfully restored traditional houses and the beautiful Hammam-e Sultan Mir Ahmad, explored the bazaar and chartered a taxi to visit the village of Abyaneh. The biggest […]

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