Places to stay: Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh Jaipur

A place to relax hotel 47 Jobner Bagh

Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh was my home from home in Jaipur, India, for a week earlier this year. Described as a luxury guesthouse it’s a delightful, family run, boutique hotel with 11 bedrooms a restaurant and a spa. It’s one of the most welcoming places I have ever stayed and it […]

The Making of a Copper Meditation Bowl

making a copper meditation bowl

Seventeenth century craftsmanship meets modern design     Seventeenth century craftsmanship meets modern design in these copper meditation bowls or urli.  Created by Tambat coppersmiths, as part of an initiative by social enterprise Coppre, each piece is painstakingly handcrafted.  The process is seeded in Tambat tradition and utilises techniques handed down from father to son […]

My Moroccan Food Q & A

  Q & A with Nargisse Benkkabou, creator of My Moroccan Food I’ve visited Morocco many times on sourcing trips and on holiday and really love the cuisine; the mix of spices in the tagines, the hot and cold salads, mouthwatering appetizers and of course, the sweet, sticky pastries. I have been looking for a […]

Create Your Own Moroccan Hammam Experience

Moroccan hammam Riad 72

  If you are visiting Morocco I recommend you try a hammam either a private one at your riad or the nearest public one.  It’s essentially the Middle Eastern version of the steam room and its origins date back to Roman times.   Visiting a hammam is part of Moroccan life and men, women and […]

Riad 72 Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech: Riad 72   If you are planning a short break to Marrakech I recommend staying in a Riad in the Medina rather than a large hotel in a newer part of town.  It’s the best way to soak up the atmosphere, get a sense of the history and the architecture […]

Baking bread in the Medina

  Communal Bread Ovens in the Medina, Marrakech   Moroccan bread or Khobz, is an important part of the country’s cuisine.  It’s a flatbread, made with white or wholewheat flour with a thick crust and it’s served at every meal.   It is used like a utensil to scoop food and  to soak up the […]

A Namibian Road Trip

One of my most memorable holidays was a three week road trip around Namibia in a slightly battered open back Hyundai truck.  Namibia is a vast country, the fifth largest in Africa, with a tiny population of 2.4 million, so you can drive for days and not see anyone just spectacular scenery, endless blue skies […]

Global Style – Burberry Prorsum Menswear

    The Burberry Prorsum menswear collection for autumn/winter 2015 – 2016, Classically Bohemian, is a feast for the eyes for global textile lovers.  Large rebozo style fringed cashmere shawls are thrown over sophisticated suits, kantha like quilted jackets are combined with suede and shearling outerwear and hand embroidered coats, jackets, shirts, scarves and bags […]

Winter Warmth

Berber pom pom blankets

Winter Warmth With Our New Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct nip in the air so what better time to launch our new collection of Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets.     Perfect for keeping warm on chilly nights, these blankets have been hand woven on traditional looms […]

Casa Oaxaca

An oasis of calm in the heart of Oaxaca Casa Oaxaca is an oasis of calm in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico.  A place to escape after a day of sightseeing or, in my case, a long day of dusty car journeys and meetings with cooperatives.  Located in the historical centre in an eighteenth century […]