For more than one hundred years, Fattorie dei Dolfi has cultivated extraordinary wines. Located in the Tuscan hills of Perignano, dei Dolfi’s vines have benefited from a maritime climate, long hours of sunshine and cool sea breezes. Words by Catherine McMaster
“There are very few complete carefree and nonsensical moments we have as adults, and this was one of them”
It’s summer in the UK, which means it’s festival season. There’s an abundance to choose from, but Catherine McMaster opts for a very different sort of festivity: a running festival in South Wales
There are pure, raw history buffs and then there are those whose interest in the past has been heightened and enticed by the onslaught of drama-infused and historically inaccurate TV programmes, circa Netflix.
The first thing you notice when you cross the bridge and the invisible, but nevertheless omnipresent divide from Britain into Wales, is the abundance of lush green, rolling hills and valleys, and the sheep.
The medicinal qualities of walking are well documented. A cursory glance over any classic reading material will tell you such, but as we soldier into 2020 is the concept of a ‘long walk’ suddenly passé?
‘Going to the seaside’ is a popular British rite of passage. Come the age of 12-14, it would be incredulous if you hadn’t visited or frequented the picturesque, balmy British coastline. Northerners might traverse to North Wales or the prettier Pembrokeshire. The Scottish stay local and go to their west coast. Southerners? It’s straight in the campervan, flooring it down…
In Nilgiri mountain range of South India reside a number of traditional tribal communities. The Irula, Paniyam, Kota and Badaga people are some of the many tribal groups that inhabit the area, among whom the Toda community is the most remarkable.
In the panchayat town of Thiruparakundram, one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan the celebrations of the Thaipusam festival are afoot.
One of the many attractions in India are the festivals. One cannot come to India and not be a spectator or involved in some type of festivity.
First impressions are very important. To describe my first impressions of India I will use three words; dirty, noisy, smelly. Such a description hardly lends itself to an appealing image. But as usual with first impressions, they can often be misleading.