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Eat San Sebastian: Pintxos


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San Sebastián is one of the cities in the world to hold the highest number of Michelin stars per square metre (only beaten by Kyoto in Japan, and well ahead of cities like Paris and Lyon). The city is dotted with “Pintxo” Bars… hosting some very unusual, delicious tapas-like snacks! I especially enjoyed the local wine, “Txakoli”, which you traditionally drink with your pintxos  (pinchos). These are great ideas to make at home + recreate a bit of Spanish cuisine in your kitchen!

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Christmas Tree Post Office, San Sebastián 


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In the Basque Country the equivalent of Santa is Olentzero. He is the coal man who comes down from the mountains on his pottok (wild Basque horse) to hand out presents to children. Chestnuts + wine are given to the villagers. By tradition, on December 24, the Basque television + radio stations broadcast that the Olentzero has begun his journey from the mountains to children’s homes.

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South African In: Assisi


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South African In: Assisi

Assisi Italy

A few years ago I traveled from Assisi to Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. I remember the time I spent in Assisi like it was yesterday. What a magical town! I got lost in it for hours and learnt so much about it’s fascinating past. It’s famous for the saint who was born there, Saint Francis of Assisi. He was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher.

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South African In: Madrid


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South African In: Madrid

With a population of over 3 million people, Madrid is the stunning capital city of Spain. It enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe. Certainly during the time I spent there, I didn’t experience a drop of wind or rain. I went with my mother around this time last year – the best time for long warm summer nights. We stayed in “Hotel Catalonia Gran Via” along Gran Via – an upscale shopping street in central Madrid. It’s always a thrill travelling, and Madrid was one of my best thrills yet!

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South African In: Venice


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Venice, Italy

Everywhere you turn there’s something new to discover in Venice. For the first few hours after I arrived I couldn’t believe I was really there. Known for its winding canals and ancient bridges, it’s also pretty famous for its artisan crafted masks and costumes worn during the carnival, as well as for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. One of the most memorable days for me was when we visited the magnificent Piazza San Marco, which Napoleon referred to as the “drawing room of Europe”. I was in complete awe.

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South African In: Rome


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South African In: Rome
Rome Italy

I travelled to Rome 3 years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. From the moment I arrived, I immersed myself totally in the Italian culture (my own heritage!). The capital city of Italy is definitely all it’s cracked up to be – it’s got romance, history, delicious food and interesting people. On one of my beautiful summer days there, I took myself to the Vatican city and walked through St Peter’s Square to visit the world famous St. Peter’s Basilica. Did you know that the difference between a cathedral and a Basilica is that a Basilica has the body of the saint housed within it?

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South African In: Capri


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Capri Italy

The Isle of Capri on the south side of the Gulf of Naples off the coast of Italy. About an hour ferry ride from Naples, this tiny Italian island is the beautiful summer playground of the world’s rich and famous. Here you’ll find glamour, sophistication and a touch of exclusivity in a stunning setting. Noteworthy landmarks are the “Marina Piccola” in the south (the little harbour), “Marina Grande” on the east (home to the ferries, hydrofoils and private yachts), the “Belvedere of Tragara” (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas) and the limestone crags called “sea stacks” that project above the sea (the Faraglioni). Not to mention the “Blue Grotto” (Grotta Azzurra) which is a famous sea cave on the coast of the island!

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