Sticky rice in Saigon

Well I thought I had seen it all in Hanoi;  streets packed with motorbikes, traffic lights a mere suggestion, pedestrians with nerves of steel.  Take all that and multiply by 10 when you arrive in Saigon – or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now officially called.  Rush hour is crazy and don’t think… Continue reading Sticky rice in Saigon

Ooodles of Noodles

I am not an adventurous eater – heaven forbid I should ever get invited to participate on Survivor or the Amazing Race.  I just couldn’t do it.  I can see that I would totally let my team down by not being able to scarf down fried grasshoppers or live bugs.  I was therefore a bit… Continue reading Ooodles of Noodles

Junking in Vietnam

Junk  – the word has bad connotations for North Americans – so the idea of spending a night on a junk in Ha Long Bay was received with mixed feelings.  “Don’t worry”, said Huy our guide “You will have a soft mattress and a small private shower.”  In fact what we had was a beautiful… Continue reading Junking in Vietnam

My Big Fat Greek Holiday

Food glorious food!  That’s what I think of when I think of Athens.  We had calamari to die for, Greek salad naturally, the best coffee, lovely Ouzo and sin of all sins – a big slice of Baklava.  Well my rationale was that there could be no better place in the world to eat Baklava… Continue reading My Big Fat Greek Holiday

Food for thought

I recently attended a seminar with Oceania Cruise Lines.  I am really impressed with this little company and what they have achieved over the last few years.  They took over three ships from defunct Renaissance Cruise line and now are awaiting their brand new ship – the Marina.  This one has been specially built for… Continue reading Food for thought