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Devon

A picturesque coastline was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Devon. I could walk around for days, with small breaks for crab, crab sandwiches, oysters and, natuarlly, cream tea. My favourite spot was a secluded beach close to East Prawle, the Moor Sand Beach. The whole area around East Prawle is great anyway! You have to take truly miniature roads to get there and the whole place is only a few streets. And there's a pub called Pig's Nose on one of those streets!

Haytor

If you ever choose to visit Dartmoor, don't miss the Haytor walk. There are hills, moorlands and granite tors. It's beautiful and it's green! Make sure to have cream tea afterwards. It's a traditional afternoon treat comprised of a pot of hot tea, freshly baked scones, homemade jam and clotted cream - local specialty, thick, fat and buttery. The tradition derives from Devon and/or Cornwall and the two counties have contradictory opinions on whether one should top a scone with jam first and follow with clotted cream (Cornwall) or start with cream and put jam second (Devon). Feel free to try both options. I personally think that it actually depends on the thickness of jam.

Dartmoor

There's nothing better than a little house in the middle of nowhere and a morning coffee in a beautiful scenery. Dartmoor is a national park in Devon, famous for moorlands, granite tors and wildlife. If you like wild ponies and cream teas, you definitely should pay a visit!

Lake Como

A short stay at Lake Como was a perfect ending to our Italian skiing trip. It is indeed beautiful: deep blue water, rocky Alpine peaks and charming towns with narrow streets. It's almost beautiful enough to be boring! We probably would have been a little bored, had it not been for exciting culinary experiences.

La Fattoria in Gravedona was recommended by our host. The road was long and winding, but it was definitely worth it! It was a Saturday night and the place was filled with Italian families. The food was delicious and the service amazing - we felt like visiting good friends for dinner. The restaurant serves homemade regional food. It was the first time I tried sciatt - buckwheat fritters with local cheese. I then went for the heaviest dish on the planet, pizzoccheri: homemade buckwheat pasta with potatoes and lots of cheese. I never say no to a homemade tiramisu and this one was exceptionally good!

We spent the next day walking around picturesque streets of Varenna. We chose to go for lunch to a nearby village of Perledo. Another curvy mountain road was already a good sign - Crott del Meo turned out to be a great place! They don't have a menu, but the chef, Carlo, comes up to guests for a little chat and then serves whatever he sees fit. In our case it was a lovely selection of local cheese and charcuterie, followed by another hefty portion of pizzoccheri and delectable ravioli with ricotta. The tiramisu looked great, but we didn't have time to try it, as we had to catch our flight. We will be back!

Val di Sole

Val di Sole in March means mountains, skiing and snow, but also tons of sun, coffee with a view on apple fields and delicious Italian food. Apart from pizza and tiramisu, I enjoyed pizzoccheri (buckwheat flour pasta) with potatoes and cheese and canederli in brodo - Italian knödel served in aromatic broth. Local cuisin is anything but light and I think that despite all the calories burnt on piste, I sill ate more than I should.

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