2022: CULTIVA and homeward bound

Fine dining with a rustic feel. Cultiva is a pop up on an organic farm in Langata. The food is fine dining, the venue farmyard chic.The restaurant space is nestled between two shipping containers that act as kitchens. The main kitchen a huge open workspace where you can watch the chefs make dreams come true. On the other side of the room is a vast open bar, made of chunky wood and backed by exposed brick walls. The furniture made of converted barrels sits around high tables, decorated with baobab pods and candles. Produce is grown freshly in the veg patches surrounding the outside dining tables.

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A Taste of Tallinn

Tallinn is Estonia's capital which has retained its medieval walled cobblestoned Old Town which is considered an Old World Treasure and UNESCO heritage site. It is built on a limestone hill and is lined picturesque churches, merchant's houses and underground tunnels. It provides the perfect photo opportunities and the chance to sample some unique food and drink. The longest tunnel in the world measuring between 93-103Kms Helsinki-Tallinn railway tunnel should be inaugurated in the 2030s at a cost of 15b Euros.

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Mirissa Beach

Mirissa Beach is the largest fishing port on the south coast. It is popular with tourists and is the base from where to set off on whale watching activities. In the evening it transformed to many little pop up restaurants on the beach offering freshly caught seafood. It has a good vibe.

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Ahangama

Ahangama is quiet with white sandy beaches and is notorious for stilted fisherman posing for photographs. It is situated in the south of Sri Lanka half way between Galle and Mirissa Beach.

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Bucharest, Dracula’s Castle (Bran), Peles Royal Palace and Brasov Old Town

The largest of the Balkan countries, Romania has dramatic mountain scenery and a coastline on the Black Sea. It has seen numerous empires come and go from the Roman and Ottoman to the Austro-Hungarian. After World War II the country fell under Communist rule, although the leadership pursued a foreign policy independent of that of the Soviet Union. The legacy of Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu lingered long after the uprising which brought about his downfall on Christmas Day 1989. A slower developer than other former communist countries of eastern Europe, Romania took a major step away from its past when it was one of seven countries to join Nato in late March 2004. In April 2005 Bucharest signed an EU accession treaty, paving the way for Romania eventually to join the union in January 2007.

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Madeira: Day 9 – Scuba Diving, Picnic under the Palms followed by Vintage Dinner

Madeirais an outstanding scuba diving destination and haven for an endless variety of marine flora and fauna as well as being one of the best spots for whale and dolphin watching. With the nearby Azores it makes the largest whale sanctuary in the world!

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