Category Archives: Europe

Amsterdam Revisited

I held Joe’s hand, tight, but it didn’t stop me slipping into the darkness. Down down down I tumbled, sick to the pit of my stomach and desperate to cry out to him for help. He was right there next … Continue reading

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The Giro

Northern Ireland was pink. Painted bicycles adorned every roundabout, people in pink caps and t-shirts went about their weekly Asda shop and even the odd dyed sheep would totter about its enclosure, chewing grass, nonplussed in magenta splendour. The Giro … Continue reading

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In Training: Cycling the Lakes

So far the blog has been very Gastro and not so Velo, so here’s a little helping of me struggling up some hills 🙂 White puffs of sheep dot the hillside as misty rain drifts past them in sheets. We’re … Continue reading

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The Streets of Sofia

We wandered through the pot-holed streets of Sofia in our pyjamas. It was summer and the overnight train from Bucharest had been hot. Nothing was open, but lurid neon signs flashed “sex shop” and “strip show”. It was 5am, dark … Continue reading

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Turkish Tea Tour

In the sunken courtyard behind the Süleymaniye Mosque Turkish chatter and the trickle of an ancient fountain replaces the noisy froth of cappuccino-making and dulcet tones of Katie Melua track that signify coffee shops back home. Students of Istanbul drink … Continue reading

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The Lokanta

We had asked our guide at Aya Sofya for somewhere local, somewhere in real Istanbul for lunch, and Imren Lokantasi certainly ticked the boxes. Bells tinkled as we entered the little neighbourhood lokanta hidden half an hour from Sultanahmet behind … Continue reading

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Flavours of Istanbul

The call to prayer floating from minarets that rose through a light hazy fog dripping from the Bosphorus provided Istanbul with a backdrop that made me feel as though I was standing in a film. It was April and swollen … Continue reading

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