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A trillion course dinner at Tickets Barcelona and a little chat with Chef Albert Adria’

Eating should be fun. Or better, eating out should be fun.  If I fancy comfort food, I make a cheesy risotto or pasta at home or I order a pizza – and yes even Dominos’ would do. If I am working from home, or order roomservice in a hotel, all…

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Tel Aviv, Miami of the Middle East

I have been quite busy recently, and stressed. Working a lot, travelling a lot, sometimes back to back, and no much time to play. Exciting places, boring places, some great meals, some embarrassing ones.  My backlog is months long and I have at least 3 or 4 posts I am…

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Tried and tested packing and travel tips

Having spent the past week in Germany for work, I found myself spending half of the weekend doing laundry, unpacking and packing again for another business trip this week. And let me be honest, I hated every second of it. Over the years however, I have developed a few techniques…

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A weekend of ski & one too many prosecco

This ski season is probably one of the best of the past few years on the Italian Alps. Exactly the snow I like, fresh and fluffy, and tonnes of it. It’s virtually impossible for me to ignore this, every other day, amazing pictures of perfect slopes and sunny resorts appear…

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A mainly foodie half a day in Venice

I love Venice. Yes, it’s touristy, full of shops selling Murano glass and venetian masks, cheap souvenir carts, day trippers from the many cruise ships; food mostly sucks if you don’t know where to eat. It’s expensive and yes, it’s romantic in a very stereotypical way with its web of…

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One weekend, two countries. Two opposite cities. Abu Dhabi (part 2)

After 36h spent in Oman, I am now sitting on a terrace on the 50th floor of my friend P’s flat in downtown Abu Dhabi, watching the incredible skyline of ultramodern high-rises over the Persian Gulf coastline. It’s 2AM, 34C, in November, miles away from the first wave of cold…

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One weekend, two countries. Two opposite cities. Muscat & Abu Dhabi (part 1)

Until a month ago, If you asked me where Oman was, I would have quite possibly pointed somewhere between Kuwait and Bahrain, north of Dubai, probably inland. Despite my traveller reputation, my geographical knowledge of the Persian Gulf was atrocious. If you are curious, I was wrong. Oman occupies a…

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Island hopping in the Cyclades – Folegandros – part 2

After a few days partying in Mykonos, and almost a week of blissful relaxation in Koufonissi, we packed everything and jumped on the Sea Jet boat to Folegandros (φολέγανδρος), a remote and rocky small island in the Aegean Sea, about 40km north of Santorini.   Folegandros is one of the very few…

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Island hopping in the Cyclades – part 1

  Last August I spent a couple of weeks island hopping in Greece with a group of Italian friends. Our first stop was the uber-famous party island of Mykonos.   The days flew by, lounging on Agios Sostis and Agios Stefanos beaches, watching sunsets and sipping mojitos at Alemagou,  a…

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Why I wanted to miss my flight back from Beijing

Back in June, I spent a few days in Beijing. Despite my tight meeting schedule, I carved some (little) time to discover the Chinese capital. It’s a fascinating place, and it has quickly ranked up  in my top 10 cities. First thought on arrival. Beijing airport is huge, and I…

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