When we went to Finland we did not expect to have one of the best meals of our lives. The country isn’t exactly renowned for its cuisine so we were surprised to discover that Helsinki has a growing organic food scene and many restaurants serving fresh local products.
We spent a week sailing Italy’s dramatic Amalfi Coast past colourful fishing villages, craggy limestone cliffs, and terraces of lemons, olives, and grapes growing on the precipitous mountainside. A week relaxing on our luxurious yacht enjoying the scenery would have been more than enough but our trip had a theme—tasting some of the region’s best wines.
The Amalfi Coast is a dramatic stretch of coastline in southern Italy. Craggy green mountains plunge into the Mediterranean with colourful towns clinging precariously to their sides. The best way to see the coast is by boat—you get a real sense of the location, can marvel how the towns were built into the steep mountainside, and avoid nauseating bus rides on the windy roads.
If you’ve ever tasted really good olive oil you’ll understand how easily you can become obsessed with the liquid gold. Excellent olive oil can change your life—it did for Johnny Madge, an Englishman who visited Italy over 30 years ago and, after trying it, knew he had to learn more. So he moved to Italy and became an olive oil expert.