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Rimondi Estate Rethymnon. Copyright HFL2012
Birthplace of Nick the Greek – the 20th century poker player who went from rags to riches and back again 73 times – Rethymno’s other claim to fame, as one of the best conserved old towns in Crete, is probably more interesting to most visitors. At its heart – past streets dotted with arched doorways, stone staircases, ancient mosques and shaded plazas – Rimondi’s imposing wooden door opens...Read More of this review for Jetsetter magazine?   HERE  

 
 
 
 
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Image copyright Orient Express
Overlooking Siem Reap’s shady, lazy river and a 10-minute stroll from the bite-sized town’s bright and buzzing central market, this Khmer-styled Orient Express hotel, decked out in varnished teak, split bamboo, gleaming silk and natural cotton, provides sophisticated comfort without forgetting to be cozy.. READ MORE OF MY REVIEW FOR UK HOTEL SITE JETSETTERS HERE

 
 
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Heidi Fuller-love interviews award-winning Slovenian chef Ana Ros. Image copyright Inge Manning.
One of Europe's smallest nations, lovely Slovenia is currently reinventing it's  culinary traditions and traditional activities with panache

One sunny morning in late Spring I drove through the vineyard- chequered Vipava valley to Arkade, a family-run farmhouse restaurant in the pretty hamlet of Črniče, to meet Matjaz Lemut, owner of Slovenia’s acclaimed Tilia estate winery. As we lunched on the farm’s own feather-light Prsut ham (Slovenia’s less costly equivalent of Spanish Pata Negra), Matjaz told me....READ MORE?  HERE IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE OF THE UK'S CARAVAN CLUB MAGAZINE 


 
 
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Fresh hotel's stunning roof pool. Image courtesy Fresh hotel.
However much you adore Athens (and I do!), the constant tempo of this upbeat, never-sleep Greek town means it’s always good to have a haven when you hit bedtime. At the heart of the gritty, multicultural Psiri district — well situated for visiting the city’s main sights — stands Fresh Hotel, whose sleek glass façade encloses the visitor like a soap bubble....Read more? HERE

 
 
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Gramman Homestay's spacious well-equipped cottage near Fort Cochin. HFL 2012
If you believe home is where the heart is, you'll want to head over to Jos Neduveli and wife Lyma's cosy and very comfortable homestay a ten minute rickshaw drive from the Chinese fishing nets, Kathikali dancing and other delights of Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. 
Lucky enough to stay here for a couple of nights this Spring, I loved swanning around my spacious cottage ( constantly bustling into the well-equipped kitchen to stow drinks and snacks safely away from baking tropical heat in the fridge), or lazing in a hammock  in the  vast  palm-tree shaded garden area, which looks directly out over the peaceful, lapping, traditional-fisher-boat-filled  backwaters. 
AND best of all was when Jos took me chugging out - in a tuktuk driven by the region's only female  driver - to eat the freshest, most delicious curried shrimps at a shrimp farm overlooking the backwaters. 
 Gramam Homestay is ideal as a base for exploring Fort Cochin, but it's also a great place to stay  if you just want to chill out. Whether you go for  a few days or stay for several weeks, you're guaranteed to have a good time.  WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT STAYING AT GRAMAM HOMESTAY, FORT KOCHIN KERALA INDIA?  GO HERE 

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Josh sharing a traditional home-cooked Keralan breakfast. CopyrightHFL2012
 
 
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Hiking Crete-copyright HFL2011
Spring is sprung the grass is riz*, but instead of 'wondering where the boidies is', why not drag out your hiking booties and head out to find them (swooping over a colourful backdrop of Spring flowers) along Crete's Samaria gorge? Wondering how to do it? CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR SOME TIPS... 
*poem often spoken by genial Goon Spike Milligan

 
 
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image copyright Heidi Fuller-love 2011
Daytrippers planning to trip out of Athens, Greece?
Here are a few suggestions for a day break away from The Acropolis

 
 
In a cash-strapped world it's always good to have a list of things you can do for free when you visit one of the world's leading cultural cities. Get it for free (or at least cheaper) in Athens, Greece? of course you can! Here's HOW 
 
 
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Keen to get your gear off and pump  adrenalin on  Corfu? then follow my top ten guide for Yeah Baby magazine and get a few thrills and spills as you discover the  best adrenalin activities on this gorgeous Greek isle where Gerald Durrell,  author of My family and Other Animals, loved to hang out with  tapirs and geckos..
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