15 minutes from the sea. 1 hour from the mountains. 20 minutes from the airport. 

For several years I made frequent visits to the charming village of St Paul de Vence in the south of France.  A walled medieval hamlet town just 20 minutes above Nice airport. So when...

A truly special part of the country - a little bit of heaven hidden in a corner of the Dominican Republic. These villas made the inspection trip more than worthwhile. The rich and famous or just plain famous vacation here.

The Gastronomy explosion in Peru probably took off about 5 years ago creating a fusion of different food types that work.  There's  Japanese Peruvian, Chinese Peruvian, Italian Peruvian, African and Creole Peruvian fusions and not to forget Peruvian Ceviche.


My ho...

A freak storm hit Yunnan while we were there, 4 feet of snow. Unheard of they said! 

We layered up with every piece of clothing we had with us. Warmed up besides  small coal fires, bought electric hand warmers and long-johns from the local markets, slept under electric...

It was in Chengdu when my host asked me if I would like some Chinese wine; yes came my reply eager to try all aspects of their food and wine. I was led by the hand to see the different glass jars with their potions of herbs and strange looking additives. It was the las...

About 1.5 million Dai people live in Dehong and Xishuangbanna Prefecture in the southern Yunnan province of China. They have their own Chinese form of handwriting, love music and dance, and favor insects in their diet. The ethnic Dai people, also known as Tai belong to...

As a plant 'affectioni' , I've read  much about plantsmen who travel to China bringing back exotic new finds and always wondered where it is in China that they go. I even have one of Dan Hinkley's rare finds in my own back yard. My trip to Yunnan to see 'THE OTHER CHIN...

This is the story of the other China. I had the opportunity to travel through southwest China in the Yunnan province. A highlight of the trip was exploring the magic of the Ancient Tea Horse Road, also referred to as the Southern Silk Road.

Starting about a thousand yea...

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