Tangiers: Time Travel in the Medina

Medina Walls

Walking through the narrow and winding streets of the Medina, the tour guide strictly calls out “No photos!” unless he grants permission, usually involving an opportunity for a sale, a tip or some gratuity. After all, the ancient part of Tangiers is the home of generations of Moroccans before it…

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Pineau des Charentes: A Regional Apéritif

“Blanc ou rosé?” “Les deux!” The first time I was offered a glass of Pineau, I opted for both. What better way to celebrate a family reunion in Dompierre-sur-mer, a charming town near the historic port of La Rochelle, when family from all over the globe decided to spring a…

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The Cosmopolitan City

It is the City of… … boots and elegant winter scarves; multiple facial piercings on twenty-somethings; the ubiquitous spaghetti marinara on plates and menus; crisp mornings with a welcome stillness in the air; café trottoirs and restaurants with outdoor gas heaters; generous servings and warm service; a vibrant city centre…

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Gibraltar Airport Runway

Standing on the top of the rock of Gibraltar, the panoramic view below encompasses the sea, the mountain ranges and pretty coastal dwellings. And then there’s the airport. Getting from Spain to Gibraltar is via a road that intersects with the runway. Every time a plane is due to land…

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The French Riviera Comes to Coogee Beach

There are many reasons to love Sydney. On a winter’s day, you can head down to Coogee Beach for scenery like this: And like the lifeguard, you can do a double take… …thinking you’re somewhere in the south of France. Sacré bleu! There’s even a bar on the beach with…

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