Return of the Kirschtorte

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Black forest gateau, the mainstay of any 70s sweet trolley, is making a comeback in its German homeland. Nowhere makes it better than Café Schafer in Triberg; the writer met chef Claus Schafer, the heir to the original 1905 recipe, who revealed its secrets:

Cream & Kirsch

Whip the cream until silky, blend in gelatin and two shots of quality kirsch. Mine is 56 per cent and from a local distillery.


Tangy morello cherries offset the cream’s sweetness. The compote needs cherries sugar, cherry juice and a pinch of cinnamon.


Spread compote and cream onto the bottom layers of sponge, and press on the top. Drizzle with kirsch, and cool in the fridge.

Finishing touch

Spread the gateau with cream, then decorate with piped cream, cherries, chocolate shavings and icing sugar.


Life Resort

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There is no better way to appreciate the magnificent scenery, pristine coastline and awe-inspiring limestone formations surrounding Ha Long Bay than with Life Resorts’ newly launched summer package, which allows visitors to enjoy a private cruise within Ha Long Bay’s spectacular Central, Eastern and Western Isles. Designed only for two at any one time, the USD453 per couple package includes a one night stay aboard one of the four-star Life Resort’s heritage junks, entrance fees to major attractions within the bay, daily meals, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks as well as free usage of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing gear. Log on to :

Snail-pace Food

Andreas-Gugumuck2Andreas Gugumuck stands alongside his snail yard on the outskirts of Vienna and begins to tell me about the long, almost lost, tradition of snail farming in this city. The yard is the size of a basketball court, and sprinkled with half-chomped soup vegetables.

Centuries ago, Andreas explain, snails were highly valued as a source of protein among the poor. By the turn of the 20th century, Vienna had become a world capital in snail production. Those halcyon days vanished, however, and snail farming had virtually died out until Andreas decided to pack in his IT job a couple of years back and revive the tradition. Today he produces two types of snails for Austria’s tables – Helix pomatia, a variety common in Central Europe that has a gamey taste, and Helix aspersa, the variety most often eaten in France.

Andreas-Gugumuck snail food1‘The pomatia emerge from the ground in late March and begin mating,’ he explains, casting an eye about. In a stroke of luck, we discover a threesome. ‘The act usually lasts about 12 hours. They lay about 40 or 50 eggs in the earth emerge about 30 baby snails.’

His snails, however, tell only half the story. Andreas also produces a snail caviar by harvesting their pearly white eggs. I tried it at Aubergine, one of Vienna’s upmarket restaurants. It is served with Kalbsbeuschel, a Viennese veal offal entrée based on sliced lung. It’s surprisingly good, with no hint of awkward slime. For more information please log on :


Traveling Blind

Seeing the World My Way by Tony Gilles is published by Silverwood Originals.

tony gilesTony Giles has visited all the world’s continents independently. The remarkable story of how Tony Giles travels around the world alone, despite being blind since birth. I got the travel bug from stories my dad told me about his trips with the Merchant Navy. Then one of my friends from school started to go to gigs and stay in hostels overnight, so I began to go with him. My first trip was to Norwich of all places. I knew travelling as a blind person wouldn’t always be easy, but I was brought up with the attitude to be positive. Once my mum got her head around the fact that she had a disabled son, she wanted to give me as much independence as possible. My travel I breakthrough came when I went to study at a university in South Carolina. My friends arranged to go to Florida after term finished. Mickey Mouse isn’t really my thing, so I decided to New Orleans on my own instead. Lots of people warned me that it was a dangerous city – but I was determined. It was in New Orleans that I became aware of the immensity of what I was doing. I got information from the hostel about the direction of the tram-stop I needed for Bourbon Street. I walked out of the hostel, and just froze. My whole body shook with panic. But I said to myself, ‘This is what you wanted. If you don’t want it, go home.’ I took a deep breath, turned left, walked down the street and never looked back. My biggest problem is money. In England, the notes are different sizes, but in the States, they’re the same. I know that if I get $100 from the bank, it’s usually five $20s. as long as I remember what I’ve spent, I’m OK. I’ve been short changed in the past – that’s just part of travelling. Being blind does mean that I appreciate different things. Obviously, I’m not looking at the sunset or the beautiful colours of the flowers. I appreciate things through my feet instead, like when I’m walking up a mountain, or through my skin, if I’m walking through jungle, or through my hearing.  I can detect changes in temperature and space. I’m very aware of energy in my surroundings. If I’m walking along a path and come into an open field, I can detect that the energy has changed and a space has opened up. It’s the same if I’m walking through a forest, I can tell that the air has become squeezed, and that the space is a lot thinner.  Different cities smell differently. Bangkok has a dirty smell of fumes mixed with incense. That’s my vision of a country: the sounds and the smell. So places like Istanbul or Bangkok are great if you’re visually impaired. I have to rely on the help of strangers while travelling. People in Turkey were particularly helpful: they’d help me back to the hostel or start up a conversation. Big cities in America are difficult, and I found Morocco quite aggressive. Sometimes the language barrier can make places feel more unfriendly than they are. Being blind can break down barriers, especially with women – they like the fact I’m not looking at them as sexual objects. Plus, I’m confident and willing to joke about my blindness, which helps once people have got over the shock of seeing a blind person travelling on their own. I almost always travel on my own. I like the challenge. I have started to travel with my girlfriend, who’s blind too. It’s great, but does cause problems-I’m more protective. If I walk into things, I’m not bothered, I just bounce off them. When she walks into things, I have a heart attack!

Tony’s travels have taken in New Orleans’ trams, the feel of a $20 note, the energy of a forest, the scents of Bangkok, and the kindness of strangers in Turkey.

Traffic in Norwegian

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There is no finer way to enjoy the natural, unspoiled beauty of Norway’s coastline than an authentic Hurtigruten voyage. Travel directly into the heart of Norwegian life by exploring cities, tiny ports and narrow channels on what many people call ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful places to stay, the local cuisine, and fantastic hospitality – all in the midst o Norway’s magical midnight sun.

To get inspiration and learn more about Norway, go to; pristine nature & wildlife; breathtaking villages,


Enjoy exotic Russian and Norway

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Tired of the usual holiday destinations? Time you tried something different is one of them.

Moscow Metro Subway is famous for the most luxurious in the world, public transport this one is ready to take wherever you go.

Moscow was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1147 has a long history of interest to follow through legacy-legacy, among others: Armony Chambers, Kremlin – one of the oldest buildings in Moscow which, according to the study came from a castle from the 11th century, followed to see the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great was built in 1508.

st petersburg cityFrom Moscow you can continue the journey to St. Petersburg (Russia’s second largest city) to visit The Hermitage Museum  to proceed to St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Spas Na Krovi Cathedral, also known as the Resurrection Church. In the evening do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the show with dinner at the Folklore Show in Niokalevsky Palace.

In addition to Russia, Sweden could be a promising tourist destination. A visit to the Vasa museum to see the typical Swedish-made ship ever sunk for 300 years at the time of sailing the ocean and visit City Hall (where the banquet dinner and awarding the Nobel adiah) with Gold and Blue Room it could be an option, including Fjall Gaten to see the city of Stockholm, the Royal Palace, Old Town, Concert Hall, Market Square and Lake Malaren.

geilo norwayGudvangen city with the natural beauty of Norway’s famous and fabulous, will make you feel the beauty of the world surges. Proceed to Bergen, the city tourism in 2000, using the train with the natural beauty of Norway. Arriving in Bergen, you can visit the St Mary Church, Floybanen Funicular, other tourism objects. In fact, with Fjord Crossing of Bruravijk towards Geilo.

Another one not to be missed, the beauty of the city of Oslo by visiting sclupture Vigeland Park which is a living museum with sculptures depicting the human emotional nature of the work of Gustav Vigeland with his masterpiece The Anggry, Holmekollen Skijump and Ski Museum.

Fjorland National ParkBefore ending vacation, time to yourself to visit Kronborg Castle in Copenhagen. Wait what? Do not miss this amazing holiday immediately set budget preparation and planning time so that your holiday is comfortable and memorable.


U.S. WEST Coast holiday satiation

grand canyon2Predicate paradise world of children is also attached to the LA thanks to the presence of Universal Studio. In this place the kids will watch a variety of performances such as the Water World show, The Simpsons, Transformers, and Shrek 4 Dimension. Spend the whole day was not complete if it does not stop at the Mann’s Chinese Theater. Theaters that can accommodate 2,000 people have the front walk of fame featuring world leaders. If you want to look for a different atmosphere, down to elite shopping center located in Beverly Hills or the nightlife in the world, Las Vegas.

Fun time seemed inexhaustible. Came to Anaheim with Disneyland. Interesting attractions like Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise, haunted mansion, and pirates of the caribean will accompany the child activity while there. Turning to San Diego, it’s time wandering through the old town Sandiego, Coronado island, and a photo shop in midway aircraft carrier USSS.

Satisfied playing with the kids, you can also spend some time together as a couple, feel the romantic atmosphere at U.S. WEST COAST, Sanfrancisco. Also visit the most beautiful bridges ‘Golden Gate Bridge’, fisherman’s wharf, palace of fine art, twin peaks, and union square to shop.

Interested to explore other attractions? Take advantage of attractive offers from local local tour operating so that your trip memorable and increasingly family. Surely there is a tour event that add insight and awareness of the beauty of the earth: such as the Grand Canyon, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. So, you and your family do not have to hesitate anymore to get lost on the way this time.