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Scandi Christmas markets in London

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People often ask me what Christmas traditions are like in South Africa – after all, we do have Christmas in midsummer rather than midwinter so you’d think that we might have come up with some radically different southern hemisphere Christmas traditions, right?  Wrong! Christmas in sunny South Africa looks almost precisely like Christmas in the […]

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Malmö farmers’ market, Sweden

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Whenever Nick and I travel to visit a new city, we always do a bit of separate research on what’s worth doing and seeing in the city, pick some favourites, and then put our lists together to see whether we can come up with an agreed itinerary.  Nick’s lists always feature a tall building that […]

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Visiting the Vaucluse: Coustellet market

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  It is a fact that some parts of this little planet of ours just seem easier to love than others, and on the list of places to love the south of France must rank pretty much up there with the best. To be fair, what’s not to like? The blue waters of the Mediterranean; […]

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Asparagus a la Flamande and a stroll through Rue Grenelle market in Paris

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  When I was about six years old, my late half-sister Lucille moved to France. After completing her language studies in South Africa, she went to do an Honours course in Aix-en-Provence, fell in love, got married and never moved back to South Africa.  At the time, South Africans did not really do that sort […]

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Food halls, Feskekôrka and fika – a foodie weekend in Gothenburg

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We had been talking about fika constantly in the last few days before our trip. “We’re planning to have three fikas a day!” crowed Su-Lin on e-mail.  “What??” I retorted, “We’re cutting down on fika??”.  And yes, we had barely been in Gothenburg three hours when we indulged in our first fika.  It had been […]

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Saturday Snapshots #151

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  Tools of my trade – antique typewriter, Portobello Road London July 2011 

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Coq au vin – so French, so easy

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  God bless the French. We have so much to thank them for, if you think about it. Over the years they have given us: 29% of our English language (accordingto Wikipedia!) – think words such as abbatoir, cabaret, camouflage, garage, lounge, macabre, faux, panache, raconteur, silhouette, voyeur, as well as many more less obvious examples. […]

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