Beautiful pebble beach to the east of Hvar. You have to walk down a dirt trail to get to it. The snorkelling here was excellent, and the beach was quite large and not too crowded. We had a great meal here in the restaurant on the beach - huge plate of grilled prawns and scampi!
If driving from Hvar, there's a long car parking bay on the side of road with a bus stop.
This was our favourite beach. Not too overcrowded, round pebbles, bright turquoise water, no sea urchins (common on many of the beaches on Hvar).
We headed for a little sheltered cove off to the right of the beach which was meant to be for nudists. Not only does this have shade from the trees, but there were less people. The majority of people sunbathing there weren't nude, and as long as the odd naked couple doesn't disturb you, it's ideal! Great snorkelling here too, as on most beaches in Hvar.
Good restaurant on beach with BBQ fish and meat.
Get taxi boat from Hvar for 30 kuna return (£2.80), takes about 20 mins. The beach is called Mekcevina or something similar
It's a restaurant. Just a few minutes from Paris, you can eat in the beautiful gardens of Chez Clément, and look at the wonderful view, near the river, surrounded by exquisite scenery. The prices are reasonable, about 25 euros for a 3 course meal.
Chez Clément Bougival, 15 bis quai Rennequin Sualem 78380 Bougival
In the basement of the Kariye Hotel, spilling into the secluded garden. It is not cheap, but it is a perfect, civilised place for lunch before/after visiting the delights of the Kariye Mosque (St Saviour Church) museum and a modest lunch of mezze will not cost you a fortune.
Kariye Camii Sok 18
tel 0212/534 8414
If you like the Magpie in Whitby (and let's face it, everyone who's been there does) the Mermaid does the same top-class fish and chips with style.
Choose from the old favourites (cod, haddock, scampi) or from the blackboard of current fresh fish. Plus, you get a great view.
1 The Strand, Saundersfoot.
For a delicious, authentic French meal, head to Chez Renee. The boeuf bourguignon melts in your mouth and the coq au vin is fantastic.
Just as good as the food is the service - we were welcomed into this bustling restaurant with a glass of wine on the house while we waited for a table.
14, boulevard Saint-Germain - Paris 75005
Tel : 01 43 54 30 23
Fax : 01 43 26 43 92
I recommend the Sol Mar seafood restaurant in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. Choose your own lobster or look lost and tell the waiter to bring you whatever. Best feature? The cash machine outside that you can run to when the bill arrives!
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 108, Baixa (tel 21 342 3371).
Au Bout des Doigts restaurant in Lille’s old town is an unusual, modern French restaurant with a twist – every delicious morsel is bite-sized and eating with your hands is required.
You can enjoy fantastic, innovative French cooking in a cool modern setting. French cooking is delicious but sometimes it takes itself too seriously; Au Bout des Doigts is the perfect antidote. And since it's located in friendly Lille, it's trendy dining without attitude. Bon appetit!
Tél: +33(0)3 20 74 55 95
5, Rue Saint-Joseph - En face du palais de justice, avenue du Peuple Belge
When looking for something to eat in Lille, you don't need to go further than Aux Moules. The mussels are simply to die for, and the art deco decor makes it a pleasant place to wile away an evening. Check out the photos of 1920s mussel catches on the walls.
Feeling peckish as you await departure for the journey home? Go to the bar opposite the fountain. - they do the most lovely, super-thin-base pizzas, among other delights. All washed down with a fine selection of beers!
Visit the gardens at the Rodin Museum - a great place to sit, ponder and enjoy the gardens and sculptures dotted around the ornamental pool, lawn and wilder areas.
The cafe in the garden is also a top spot for a coffee or lunch. The gardens are open daily (execpt Mondays) and cost only 1 euro to visit.
When visiting Amsterdam, try the Supper Club, a great, chilled out place that includes a five-course surprise menu, which is fab. The music is great and is suitable for all ages. The meal finishes at about midnight, and then there is a nightclub to which you get free entry if you have the energy.
A new Italian restaurant opened in Scarborough just three months ago and is the hottest place in town. The food is classical Italian, no pizza or spag bol! Fabulous fresh pasta, risotto and steaks. Gamberoni sale - tiger prawns cooked on a bed of rock salt with garlic white wine and fresh lemon - is to die for!
Everything is cooked to order by the owner Claudio (no microwave in sight!) and served in contemporary surroundings by a great team of friendly and helpful staff. The wine list is full of old favourites sourced from Italy, frascati, barola and classic chianti and is very reasonably priced. £11.90 a bottle for the sangiovese house wine.
The deserts are all homemade daily (the best tiramisu I have ever tasted!). £3 - £4 amazingly good value. Main course pastas and risottos are only £6.95, which is excellent and, to finish, an espresso so good if you close your eyes you could be in Italy!
Already booking is essential and a great idea is booking online, which offers a 10% discount - a good idea for parties. This place is a wonderful find and makes a change from the usual Italian restaurants. Do give it a try when you are visiting Scarborough, I am sure you won't be disappointed.
corner of bar street/st nicholas cliff scarborough north yorkshire
Rather than endure the torture of the office Christmas lunch in one of London’s eateries, we took the Eurostar to Lille in the hope of finding a restaurant to pass a few pleasant hours partaking of good wine and food.
By chance, we stumbled on Le Barbue d’Anvers, and were not disappointed. Housed in a characterful sixteenth-century building just seconds from the Grand Place, the menu included an excellent selection of regional specialities (such as carbonade flamande and waterzoï).
An extensive and reasonably priced wine list was complemented by service that was attentive but not obtrusive.
1 bis, Rue Saint-Etienne
Tél: +33(0)3 20 55 11 68
Fax: +33(0)3 20 15 08 14
The concert hall in Bruges is a beautiful, contemporary venue with an impressive seasonal calendar of events. The performance I attended was a highlight of my trip. There are a range of tiny restaurants opposite the entrance where you can enjoy a pre-theatre meal - accompanied by a beer of course!
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