March 2, 2015

Bratsera Hotel Sets the Bar for Tranquility in Hydra

Bratsera Hotel Sets the Bar for Tranquility in Hydra

Hydra is a short 90-minute ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens making it a popular getaway for Athenians and for those tourists wanting to sample the Greek islands. Hydra is also fashionable, as it remains one of the few islands with practically no vehicles. You can visit this Saronic Island by foot, by donkey or via boat-taxi. (more…)

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February 23, 2015

26 Food Reasons to Travel to Greece

26 Food Reasons to Travel to Greece

How could Nutmeg have forgotten about baklava? There it was, the nut-filled-honey-drenched-filo-pastry treat tempting her from behind the display case glass. (more…)

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February 16, 2015

Discovering Beautiful Portugal from Under an Umbrella

Discovering Beautiful Portugal from Under an Umbrella

Have you ever wondered…why do they take 200ml of body cream away at airport security only to let you buy 250ml in duty-free before boarding? Well, at least the plane was still scheduled to fly to Lisbon. Nutmeg’s discovery of Portugal’s must see sights started with an email to 12 women with a tempting offer of accommodation in a Portuguese farmhouse. The email suggested a generally loose itinerary for the week and “bring your yoga mats.” (more…)

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February 9, 2015

Sifting through the Salt of Provence in Aigues Mortes

Sifting through the Salt of Provence in Aigues Mortes

Nutmeg walked every aisle in the grocery store looking for salt – it was not with the spices, but rather in its’ own section near the aged balsamic vinegar. Where is the logic? This pile of sea salt is 70 metres high Treasured since antiquity, salt is used in kitchens around the world, to enhance flavour and preserve food. Salt also plays a medicinal role in maintaining the life sustaining salt/water ratio in the human body. Formed by the earthly elements sodium and chloride (NaCl), salt comes from two sources, underground mineral deposits and seawater. (more…)

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February 2, 2015

Hotel herrnschlösschen for Food in Rothenburg

Hotel herrnschlösschen for Food in Rothenburg

Arriving in Rothenburg you feel like you just staggered into the pages of a child’s fairytale set in Bavaria, Germany. (more…)

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January 26, 2015

Exploring Alyscamps in Arles

Exploring Alyscamps in Arles

Nutmeg agreed to accompany Ginger to the medical clinic in Arles so he could get a yellow fever vaccination for his Africa trip, but only of they could visit Alyscamps afterwards. Alyssii campi is Latin for Elysian fields – the road leading to the kingdom of the dead. (more…)

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January 19, 2015

Sainte Baume Grotto and Mary Magdalene in Provence

Sainte Baume Grotto and Mary Magdalene in Provence

Nutmeg got a little lost on her way to this hike. Given the religious significance of the location, maybe she was not the first lost soul during the long history of the Sainte Baume grotto. View of Monastery & Massif Ste Baume (more…)

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January 12, 2015

The Cheesiry Perfecting Artisan Cheese in Alberta

The Cheesiry Perfecting Artisan Cheese in Alberta

Rhonda Zuk Headon had a self-imposed a deadline, if her career path was unclear by her 30th birthday she would force the issue. She did exactly that with a trip to Tuscany and her first taste of Italian pecorino. (more…)

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January 5, 2015

Crystal Cove a Pacific Coast Treasure in California

Crystal Cove a Pacific Coast Treasure in California

In classic Ginger and Nutmeg fashion, a planned 11:00 departure with a leisurely lunch on the beach was in reality 13:30 before the car was loaded and they were headed to a one-time secret cove. (more…)

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December 29, 2014

Fontvieille Stone the Foundation of Provence

Fontvieille Stone the Foundation of Provence

Writer Alphonse Daudet described his affection for the town of Fontvieille and its windmills as follows: “Ce coin de roche qui m’etait une patrie et dont on retrouve la trace – êtres ou endroits – dans presque tous mes livres” This corner of rock was a homeland to me, one which can be traced to beings or places in almost all my books. (more…)

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