The Isle of Calypso

The Isle of Calypso

No, we’re not talking about Trinidad and Tobago but another small island located almost half way around the world! The island of Gozo (the smaller sister iland of Malta) is also know as the Isle of Calypso as it was reputedly the location where the nymph Calyso imprisoned Odysseus for a number of years, as chronicled in … Continued



Day 4 in Puglia

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Italian food? I don’t think so. It is justifiably regarded as one of the worlds’ great cuisines and not a lot of people know that French cuisine — often regarded as representing the pinnacle of gastronomic excellence — actually derives from Italian influences which were introduced into … Continued


Day 3 in Puglia

Everyone knows that Italy is rich in its antiquities but many assume that most of these are concentrated in locations such as Rome, Florence, Venice and so on — legacies of the vast wealth of these former city states. It may surprise you to know therefore that Southern Italy (and Puglia in particular) enjoys its … Continued


Day 2 in Puglia

There are so many places to go and things to do in Puglia but two good places to start are the city of Ostuni and the town of Alberobello. You may never have heard of either but believe me, you don’t know what you’re missing! Ostuni sits perched atop a hill that overlooks the surrounding Puglian countryside … Continued


Puglia — and the Santa Claus connection!

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Italy. It just seems to tick all the boxes — history, culture, architecture, landscapes, its people and above all — its glorious food. It’s also hard to believe that prior to 1861 Italy didn’t exist! Prior to that date, it was little more than a collection … Continued


May Day, May Day!

OK, we’ve cheated a little — we should have said May Month but that doesn’t really have the same resonance now, does it? What on earth are we on about? It’s just our ham-fisted way of drawing your attention to the fact that during the entire month of May, Royal Caribbean (along with its sister … Continued


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