Tasting Top-end Wines of Quinta do Crasto


I first visited Quinta do Crasto, high above the Douro River, in June 2016. It is a beautiful place with a stunning infinity pool. I enjoyed walking in the vineyards, seeing the immaculately kept winery and cellars with suspended barrels, and drank delightful Douro whites and reds at lunch on the terrace. The Bacalhau was the best…

The Georgian Supra


Georgia, nestled between the Black Sea and the wild Caucasian Mountains is a beautiful country. It is hard not to fall in love with this ancient land where wine originated 8000 years ago. Georgians love their food and wine and have elevated eating and drinking to a fine art. They call it the Supra. Recently, UNESCO…

A Week In Madeira – 15. The Toboggan Run


After spending an hour or so in Funchal market that morning, we drove up the hill to Monte for the Toboggan Run. There is also the cable car which starts at Parque Almirante Reis in downtown Funchal and covers the 3,718 metres to the Monte station 560 metres up the hill in 15 minutes. The parish…

A Week In Madeira – 12. A Walk In Jurassic Park


The Laurisilva or the 15,000ha Primary Laurel Forest in the 27,000ha of Parque Natural da Madeira is an outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest, which covered much of Southern Europe 15-40 million years ago. The laurels are ‘vascular plants’ which have specialised tissues for conducting water and minerals throughout the plant and are…

A Week In Madeira – 11. Dinner At Reid’s


With a reputation of excellence, William Restaurant reflects the glamour of Belmond Reid’s Palace   The view of the Atlantic from the terrace was magnificent. The undulating garden down to the ocean was a delight. Inside, the glamour and opulence was breathtaking. And the welcome at the restaurant was comforting. The place oozed subdued elegance. The…