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The Magic of the Maghreb: Part One – Ancient Times
Sun, 7/07/13 – 18:33 | 2 Comments

The Maghreb has been in the news a few times in the past couple of years and Egypt, for the second time, protested until they got what they wanted. May the Egyptian nation have better …

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Sojourn in Abu Dhabi
Wed, 5/06/13 – 22:09 | One Comment

Sojourn in Abu Dhabi

Finally it’s all over and my life is beginning to take shape again. We moved out of my childhood home, spent two  months in a tiny apartment pretty close to the beach and moved into our new home. Then I went to visit my daughter in Germany and spent some time in Arabia – Abu Dhabi to be precise & now I’m back & to face life. Abu Dhabi was fascinating  & I loved it, not only because I spent time with a very old friend & family but because the country is so fascinating.

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The Idiot's Guide to Curry, Part 2: Thai Curry
Thu, 24/01/13 – 12:55 | 3 Comments
The Idiot's Guide to Curry, Part 2: Thai Curry

Yet again we have a perfect day in the Cape but, quite frankly, I didn’t pay much attention. I enjoy winter and love the rain & the dark, cloudy skies but that’s only because I …

The Idiot’s Guide to Curry, Part 3: Cape Curries
Thu, 24/01/13 – 12:30 | No Comment
The Idiot’s Guide to Curry, Part 3: Cape Curries

There are times when you need to do something but you dread it, so you leave it & leave it and never get round to doing it; in the English language, it’s called procrastination. I’m …

The Idiot’s Guide to Curry, Part 1: Indian Curry
Thu, 24/01/13 – 12:00 | 7 Comments
The Idiot’s Guide to Curry, Part 1: Indian Curry

For my sins, I’m the family spice queen, probably because I loathe plain steamed food – unless I can add lemon juice, olive oil (or butter), salt or pepper to food, I give it a …

Apologies
Tue, 15/01/13 – 16:10 | One Comment
Apologies

Hallo everyone. This is an apology post because for this month I will not be able to write posts because I am moving which, as you all know, is probably the most stressful time in …

Hallo 2013!! So Let's Toast You, then.
Tue, 8/01/13 – 13:23 | One Comment
Hallo 2013!! So Let's Toast You, then.

And so the new year has started and along with that, a particularly stressful time for me which leaves me feeling as if I’m in a giant hole with no idea how to crawl out …

La Befana
Fri, 28/12/12 – 9:30 | 8 Comments
La Befana

Christmas is over & quite a few of us are feeling a little deflated, disappointed that the period of goodwill has been & gone, a little miserable that the end of the  holidays are in …

Christmas in France
Sat, 22/12/12 – 0:40 | No Comment
Christmas in France

Most of the Christmas markets here have begun and they’re mega busy with Lille, Paris & Strasbourg leading the stakes. The French government, like it’s neighbours, are also busy but they’re at work doing their …

Christmas in Italy
Sat, 22/12/12 – 0:40 | 2 Comments
Christmas in Italy

Christmas begins when the cannons are fired from Castel St. Angelo and the 24 hour fast ends; eight days after the special Novena* of prayers began and right after the Church service, the feasting begins. In …

Christmas in Russia
Sat, 22/12/12 – 0:00 | 3 Comments
Christmas in Russia

Christmas in Russia is cold, quite different and there’s always snow. The season starts with the festival of St. Nicholas; legend has it that the 11th-century Prince Vladimir traveled to Constantinople to be  baptized and …

Christmas in Switzerland
Thu, 20/12/12 – 16:53 | 2 Comments
Christmas in Switzerland

Switzerland has always been very special to me, not only because it’s dizzyingly beautiful or because I’ve had specially good times there, but because my son-in-law is Swiss and I love him to bits. In …