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The Ancient World Was A Riot Of Colour – So Why Do We Pretend It Wasn’t?

November 17th, 2022
The Ancient World Was A Riot Of Colour – So Why Do We Pretend It Wasn’t?

The beginning of Wheel & Anchor’s brochure for our 2023 trip to Greece says this:

“Close your eyes and imagine the Greek Islands - what do you see? I think for most it’s something like blue-roofed houses atop steep cliffs that plunge into the sea, surrounded by the sparkling cobalt waters of the Mediterranean….”

After having spent a lot of time there over the last decade, this is absolutely the same Greece I conjure up in my mind’s eye: a palette of colours so piercing they take your breath away: not just that unique, luminous blue of the sea and sky that’s also made its way onto the roofs of buildings, onto doorways and windowsills and even onto the national flag, but the rich hues of the fresh fruit, the orange of a good honey raki, the sparkling gold of a glass of Naxos’s famous kitron - and really, the whole spectrum, set gloriously aglow in the Aegean sun.

Greetings from Corsica + a New Island-Hopping Adventure

November 12th, 2022
Greetings from Corsica + a New Island-Hopping Adventure

Greetings from Corsica!

I've spent a lovely few days here doing reconnaissance for an upcoming LiveAway, and I'm very impressed with everything I've seen so far.

The roads along the coast are full of really incredible views, and the whole vibe has been very peaceful as the end of the shoulder season here winds down.

Food is a fundamental expression of love

November 11th, 2022
Food is a fundamental expression of love

Food is a fundamental expression of love—anyone who enjoys cooking (or eating) knows it.

While living on Koh Phangan, the smaller sister island to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, my favorite mom-and-pop Thai restaurant is my second home.

Any given evening when I go there for dinner, the wife greets me with kind eyes and a sweet smile, checking to see which of my usual orders it’ll be.

Back to My Hospitality Roots in Austria

November 5th, 2022
Back to My Hospitality Roots in Austria

Greetings from Bad Hofgastein, Austria!

I've just arrived here in my old stomping grounds after wrapping up the last leg of our Kaleidoscope program in the south of France. We had a lovely time and France was as enchanting as ever... as always, more time is needed, especially in the south.

How Europe Straightened Donuts (And Made Them Better)

November 3rd, 2022
How Europe Straightened Donuts (And Made Them Better)

“Ah! It’s open!” says my partner, and leads me forward.

The back of this side-street is filled with a scatter of tables clustered around an open doorway. And sat at them are lots of people, scooping up…what is that, liquid chocolate? Using breadsticks? 

“Uh, is this a Spanish thing?” I ask her.

Looking Ahead to Future Adventures

October 29th, 2022
Looking Ahead to Future Adventures

Greetings from Saint-Tropez, France!

I am very pleased - and somewhat relieved - to be finally able to present to you our 2024 Trip Planning calendar this week. It was quite the job to pull this together, but it was also quite enjoyable...there are just so many tantalizing places to be go!

Each one is something to anticipate and dream about, and as always with planning future adventures, they're a source of enthusiasm and life energy.

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