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6 Jul

Essaouira Mogador & World Heritage

During our wanderings, we did travel through Morocco with a big old car, that we called 'al julhara', the jewel. One of my favourite places was Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Essaouira is a mid-eighteenth century fortified town, today World Heritage, in ancient times called 'Mogador'  by Phoenician. The old fortified village has narrow streets, with small shops and cafés, to discover. In small laboratories near the fortified wall, skilled artisans work briar-root wood. It is a fine wood, light brown to reddish brown, often beautifully textured. Especially used to make pipes, it is very hard, heat-resistant and does not affect the aroma of pipe tobacco smoke. As we do not smoke pipe, we did choose some decorative objects to bring...
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6 Jul

Bali,How cool these Small Bags are!

Bali it’s a peaceful island with lots to do and to taste. My mum lives there since few years. Year after year I've learned more about the island, the places, the people. Bali is the only Indonesian spot where Hindu traditions prevails versus Muslim ones. Balinese Hinduism, called Agama Hindu Dharma, is a blend of Shivaism and Buddhism. This blending is perfectly acceptable in Bali and the indigenous believe that nature is 'power' and each element is subject to influence from spirits. This belief permeates in all Balinese culture and makes you feel comfortable. In my previous posts I did write about how glamorous and stylish the restaurants and cafés are. So different from other places in Indonesia. I don't know if there...
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23 Jun

Great Britain, Rarebit from Wales & Wine

Ihave tasted Welsh Rarebit recently in London, at The Wine Bar@Fortnum&Mason. It is one of those traditional dishes that all Brits know, that rarely you may find on a restaurant menu. Easy to cook, it is simply delicious with a glass of wine. The ingredients needed are grated Cheddar cheese - butter - Worcester sauce - dry mustard - 2 spoons of flour - pepper and beer - toasted bread. As you may read, this dish is suited for all those that love strong flavours and are not on a diet! How do you cook Rarebit? Just put cheese, butter, Worcester sauce, mustard, flour and pepper in a saucepan. Once well mixed, add the beer to moisten, but watch out that...
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30 May

Italy, Asolo Prosecco & Grappa

Srosecco  is my favourite wine. Sparkling, chilly, with its unique aroma, it matches all kind of food and all seasons. It is good for an aperitif or to accompany a whole meal. Veneto is the territory, where Prosecco is grown, more specifically in a small area called Valdobbiadene. Asolo is not far from this area and produces the variety Prosecco di Asolo. A bit less sparkling, but always memorable. You may taste it everywhere; in the ‘enoteca’ or the ‘restaurants’, accompanied by home-made cicchetti (nibbles). And after lunch, we did indulge in these home-made grappa. Flavours ranges from ginger to liquorice, from blueberries to star aniseed. Simply delicious. [eltd_blockquote text="Grappa is a typical liquor from Veneto. It is made...
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