Italy

Ceramics, Grappa and Prosecco

[ Jun.2016 ] Bassano del Grappa in Veneto in north Italy is famous for its ceramics. There were many shops selling pretty colourful items, so we decided to …

France

How to taste wine

[ May,2016 ] During our boat tour, going down the Garonne river in France, after listening to the explanation on Bordeaux wine, we had the tasting. We tried …

Japan

Hida Beef

We went to Takayama from Shirakawago in Japan by bus. What I was looking forward to in Takayama was…

Valencia

Everyday Paella

[ Feb.2016 ] I knew that the Spanish meal, Paella came from Valencia, so I wanted to try one during our short holiday in the city. There were many snack restaurants outside of the Central…

Turin

Bicerin

[ Feb.2016 ] This is a photo of Bicerin, a warm drink born in Turin in Italy. It is made of layers of Espresso, chocolate and milk and served in a small glass. In fact,…

Brazil

Taste of coconut

[ Jan.2016 ] We had our last dinner in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  in our tour leader’s favourite restaurant. It was a bit of a walk from Ipanema beach and I think it was called…

Rio De Janeiro

Picanha

[ Jan.2016 ] From Paraty in Brazil, we went to our last destination, Rio de Janeiro, by car. After arriving there around mid-day, we went to a restaurant called Boteco Belmonte near our hotel. What…

Argentina

I tried Mate tea in Iguazu

[ Jan.2016 ] Our tour leader, who was English but an expert on the life in South America, was drinking Mate all the time from the start of our travels. He had his own cup…

Argentina

Meat in Argentina – Bariloche

[ Jan.2016 ] What I was looking forward to in Argentina was beef. We had our New Year’s Day dinner at a restaurant near our hotel in Bariloche called Manush and I ate the steak…