Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, has squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. It was a South American stop on our Caribbean and American cruise. During the fabulous sail into port my head was full of Pablo Escobar and his drug charged career. This was soon forgotten when we hit the streets of the Cartagena, the Colombian capital. A riot of colour and noise filled the senses and left me reeling. The atmosphere was electric, the weather hot and sultry. My only regret for this beautiful and vibrant city was that I didn’t buy an emerald!
A shout out to Thomas Oken Tearooms, Warwick:
The tearooms are run by mother and daughter, Jo and Jess. Quintessentially English, it’s menu boasts hearty, warming soups, scrumptious cream teas and cakes, real local ales and a whole host of loose leaf teas served in fine bone china teacups- what other way is there to enjoy a cup of tea? All food is freshly prepared using quality ingredients.
Set against the backdrop of Warwick Castle the Tea Rooms building was by Thomas Oken, Philanthropist and one time Mayor of Warwick. It is a perfect place to recuperate after a castle visit.
They have produced this book in response to the may requests from visitors for the recipes to the food sampled in the tea rooms. Copies are available from the online shop website:
I’m slowly working my way through the recipes- !
A colourful coffee shop in Cozumel, Mexico.
In their own words: “where age-old traditions meet new-era awareness to produce an incredible coffee… born in the shade of Mexico’s tallest volcano”
Everything an environmentally aware coffee fanatic could wish for. And it tasted so good too.
Today we took what is becoming an annual, post Christmas, family trip across the English Channel to re-stock the wine stash. Took a few festive Calais pictures along the way…
Not only did this tres chic petit cafe have the best coffee en France and delicious French toast, it also had two very handsome and flirty waiters who made every lady that came in feel a little bit special. What more could a girl ask for?
# L’ Alchimiste
Funky Blue are the resident band on the Braemar cruise ship. They’re a covers band playing Rock, Pop and Motown from the fifties right through to the present day. As well as sail away and deck parties they also play three or four sets a night in the Coral Club Lounge. I’m slightly biased- my partner is the band leader- but they are a fabulous feel good party band that immediately gets the audience on their feet dancing the night away.
When not on the ship they are available for weddings, parties and anything else requiring fabulous live music.
Photographs by Sean Saye.
Braemar’s next stop into the heart of Northern Spain was Aviles. With it’s colourful architecture and bustling medieval streets, vibrant bars, restaurants and tapas bars it was a delight to spend a day wandering around.
Loving the coffee this morning
‘The Malaga Terral wind is a hot wind that comes out of the interior from north to south picking up heat as it travels overland.’
Terral Burger and Drinks on the beachfront in Malaga, catches that Terral wind as it reaches the sea.
It’s just a fabulous place to sit and have a coffee or a beer. Good vibes, good service and it goes without saying that the views are stunning.
I’d much rather hang out in a cafe. That’s where things are really happening.
Does anyone else prefer blogging in a cafe? Katina on the harbour edge is my favourite.