In Vino Veritas

Now that spring is here we have decided to escape the city and explore the Trakya region, famous for its beautiful scenery, colorful culture, tolerant people and fertile vineyards. Our first stop was Vize, just 138 kilometers from Istanbul and a world apart. It's one of Turkey's expanding network of Slow Cities or CittaSlow. Slow…

Lesvos – The island that invented Ouzo

Summer nights should be like this. Moonlight over an endless sea, the waves slowly hitting the pebble beach. Music, laughter and the click of the glasses raised for health coming from a distance. The sweet smells of fig, pine, thyme, flowers and herbs are mixing in the air. The arms of your lover around you.…

Land of the Storks – Alsace

Where in France a Parisian is regarded an expat, or you can go to a restaurant to taste some local specialities like baeckeoffe or flammekueche?  In Alsace of course. Guarded from the rest of France by the Vosges Mountains –ok, high hills really – and from Germany by the Rhine River, Alsace is a land of…