Yes, I know. Your first reaction is “I don’t need to know anything about architectural archeology”.
Before you hold to that position, you might ask yourself this question, “Have I ever thought about what architectural archeology might offer me?”
To be honest, I had not. And then, last night in fact, I watched the programme below about an amazing project that took apart and put back together again one of the most historic buildings in Britain. I loved it! Check it out!
The good news is that there are options.
Here is the one I would prefer
Taking over a restored 17th-century house in the medina, Dar Ben Gacem is a boutique hotel with a story to tell. By working with local artisans and small businesses in the medina, the hotel aims to have a positive impact on the community while also preserving Tunisia’s cultural heritage. Rooms are beautifully decorated with Tunisian arts and crafts and the kitchen puts out fresh homemade local dishes. The hotel also offers a series of Medina Experiences such as Arabic calligraphy, the hammam ritual and food tours.
But this guide might help. A peek inside!
On the edge of the old town and overlooking the Kapana district, the shady terrace of Restaurant Philoppopolis (mains from about £12) has one of the best views in the city (Philoppopolis was the ancient name for Plovdiv). The interior is in 1920s Viennese style and there is a gallery and museum in the same building. It’s the most romantic place to eat in Plovdiv. A classy option in the centre of town is Hemingway Restaurant, which serves sophisticated Bulgarian and European dishes (mains from £7).
When you hear the words “Greek Islands” your mind may jump to Santorini or Mykanos. But there are many more islands out there that have less tourist traffic and are just as wonderful.
Kevin Rushby of The Guardian s starting out on a fun expedition — taking this island hopping adventure
The first stop is Ikaria.
Here is your link! All aboard!
A quick preview:,
At sunset I walk out on a high rocky headland to catch the last rays before the red disc sinks into the Aegean. A local man is staring out to sea. “Can you see?” he asks. I look where he is pointing, far out into the waves. Eventually I see it: a head bobbing up and down in the big rolling swells.
“Very danger,” he says. “Not good. Too much storm coming.”
We watch for a long time. Is it a suicide attempt? The swimmer is heading out from the cove towards the swell of purple twilight where the sun disappeared. I lose sight of the bobbing head and eventually clamber down to the beach, in time to see a naked woman emerge from the surf. She walks past me, totally unselfconscious, her face shining with excitement, and disappears into the gloaming. I have no idea if she is a local or visitor, but I’m sure that, in true Ikarian style, she has just put some life in her years.
Georgia is not on the radar of most folks as a travel destination. Why not? Good question.
Killian Fox decided to check it out, and he wrote a fun article about his adventures for the Guardian. Here is a peek
My culinary journey around Georgia begins in the western city of Kutaisi, (not so) fresh off a budget flight from Luton. A capital of the medieval Kingdom of Georgia, Kutaisi suffered economically after the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and today it exudes an air of faded grandeur, with buildings standing derelict just off the central David Agmashenebeli Square. But there’s lots to see here, from the 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral that looms over the city, with its controversial new roof added at the behest of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, to the atmospheric Green Bazaar.
Bottom line: Georgians are obsessed with food and wine. And they make a fine amber wine!
Natural wine lovers take note!
Great chefs and food writers know what kinds of food they like. And they know a great dining experience when they experience one. Not only that, they know where to find them.
So it might be a good idea to ask some great chefs and food writers where their favorite restaurants in the world are. Where would they go for a fantastic meal?
In fact, Killian Fox and Holly O’Neill did just that and wrote an article in the Guardian about it.
Check it out! It must might give you some thoughts about where you would like to travel. Here is an example
Jammal, Batroun, Lebanon by Anissa Helou, food writer
Jammal is gorgeous, small, right on the water, in the north of Lebanon. It’s one of the best fish restaurants in the country. A lot of people go there by boat, anchoring just outside the creek, and then row over in a dinghy, which gives it a very romantic atmosphere. It’s a limited menu: a few mezze and then the fish of the day, caught by their own fishermen. The seafood is in a cabinet and you choose what you want and how you want it prepared.
The last time I went, we had tiny red mullet, which they fry and bring with fried pitta and tahini sauce. And it’s one of the few places that make tamriyeh: filo rolls with a cream inside, fried and sprinkled with icing sugar.
I like to go just before sunset and stay for two or three hours enjoying the seaside, the food and the people. It’s an absolutely delightful way to spend an evening.
As you might already know, I am somewhat obsessed by the idea of luxe adventure. By that I mean, embarking on a tour where I get to sample the best things on offer in a selected number of places on the way.
One type of tour that immediately appeals is a river tour. Why? Because for centuries, rivers were how peoples moved around. For that reason, major cities are often linked by great rivers.
And the Danube is one of those great rivers.
Here is an interesting tour idea — Going from Budapest to Bucharest on a river tour, stopping along the way to enjoy the smaller towns that we pass by.
You can do it with Emerald Waterways. AFAR is promoting them.
Would this be fun? I think so At least it is worth putting it on the agenda!