Hungry and Thursday – Pasta con Fulvio

The Scary One’s been laid low so I had to make my own meal! Thank goodness then I’ve got Catherine Fulvio to call on. At her cookery school up the road in Ballyknocken in Co. Wicklow With Italian specialists Top Flight Food is integral to Italian life with Catherine sharing with us tales […]

Hungry and Thursday – the worst bar none

Chocolate is better than men because… we’ve all seen those posters and mugs. But sometimes it goes wrong. Such as with the branding you sometimes get with sweets and chocolate. My trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina with Marian Pilgrimages gave so much, an audience with Our Lady in Medjugorje, a history lesson in Sarajevo. […]

V for Vegan

No cheap digs here about Vegans… just me flagging up World Vegan Day next month. Vegans get a bad name when it should be the very opposite. And like all things which we don’t know we tend to sneer. Elaine ‘Black Magic’ as I nicknamed her (I gave everyone on our walking trip a mantle […]

Get your skis on – on the slopes

It’s all downhill from here… and tobogganing and snowboarding and ski-jumping. The snows were gathering on the peaks in Ehrwald in the Austrian Tirol on the last day of my Topflight walking trip last week. Heralding the changeover when we start planning for the winter. At the same time Topflight were dropping their winter […]

Holidos and don’ts – saunas and hammams

Reini thought nothing of seeing his parents in the nude when he was a kid… after all he was starkers too. Sorry, before you have to gouge out your eyes and rinse your brain, let me explain. We were walking the hills and the mountains of Austria and Germany on our Topflight trip to […]

Holiday Snaps – Yoga around the world

I’ve just returned from Austria and Germany, as you know, after a Topflight hike around the Tirolian hills, with a 20-strong walking party which included some yogi. No, not the smarter than the average bear type, but yoga teachers. And take a bow Red Flash, below, Black Magic and Hot Yoga Hilary. Which, of […]

Holiday Snaps – Save money on Italy

A man goes into the doctor: ‘Doctor, I feel like an Italian island,’ Doctor: ‘Don’t be Sicily.’ You obviously need more than a morning and afternoon to spend in Sicily but alas that is all we had on our day trip from Malta. Of course we could easily put that right with award-winning Italian holiday […]