Food: like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power has that ability to comfort. Norman Kolpar
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. - Bill Bryson
Trivia: In July 2008, the Minister of Transport, announced that the switch from driving on the right, to driving on the left, would come into effect at 6am on Monday, 7th September 2009. The 7th and 8th September 2009 were public holidays, to allow people to familiarise themselves with the new rules.
Zimbabwe 18 April (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1980.
Trivia: Zimbabwe is believed to be the location of Ophir, the ancient wealthy country from which King Solomon got ivory, gold, and such other precious items.
England, United Kingdom 23 April (St George's Day, patron saint of England)
Trivia: Mother Shipton's Cave near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, is England's oldest recorded tourist attraction. Its owner, Charles Slingsby, fenced off the site in 1630 and started charging visitors to gape at this so-called petrifying well.
This year Jewish Passover (Pesach) is from April 22-30.
Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealnd, April 25.
Sierra Leone 27 April (Republic Day, independence from the United Kingdom 1961)
Trivia: Sierra Leone is about the size or either Wester Virginia (US) or Ireland.
South Africa 27 April (first democratic general election 1994)
Trivia: South Africa has 9,600 plant species, 70 percent of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Togo 27 April (Independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship 1960)
Trivia: Each of the green bands on the flag represent on of these: the forests, agriculture and hope of the future.
Sardinia 28 April (Sa die de sa Sardinia - Sardinia's Day - celebrating the uprising of April 28, 1794)
Trivia: When Ringo Starr visited Sardinia in 1968 on Peter Sellers' boat, he was served octopus for lunch by the captain. The resulting conversation between the two men was the inspiration behind The Beatles song "Octopus's Garden".
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Food related events....
Strangest US food festivals in 2016
Food festivals around the world in APRIL...
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Australian travellers - do you need a visa?
.............and Apps and DVDs
If you think you know Australia well, you need to see this book and realise there is still more.
Sydney has many precincts and now you may explore them.
Have you been to Berlin? This book will make you want to visit.
Something for every day of the year from famous writers and speakers through the ages.
Now you can cook all your favourite foods from Japan's capital.
Here's a book with double value.
India has some of the best vegatarian dishes in the world.
Chef-farmer Matthew Evans helps us through hot weather cooking.
Could this be the el Bulli of Australia?
Spend some time with Australia's 'Queen of Nyona'.
Looking for a way to spend your weekends in Australia in 2016?
Hate waste? Want to feed your family healthily?
Frustrated by a fridge full of leftovers? Don't know what to do with them?
It's not often a Michelin-starred chef shares his favourite home-style recipes.
Attention! All those who thought they would never cook Japanese food at home!
How to eat like an Italian!
Lovers of Middle Eastern food will devour this book - and its wonderful recipes.
Too old to colour-in? Not with this delightful book.
Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton would like to assist you in your kitchen...
Outback food from a Masterchef contestant.
NEW from Lonely Planet
Meatballs for everyone - from the Meatball and Wine Bar.
Lovers of food and beer, need to see this latest book from Ross Dobson.
Perfect for summer. Hartsyard shares its secrets.
Aimed at the food industry, but also valuable for home cooks, this tongue-in-cheek book might make you think.
One of the delights of travel is eating on the street.
One family of foods can help you eat your way to health!
Heart-shaped Tasmania is all about good food.
How big is your garden? Even a tiny courtyard is big enough to add to your menu.
The best of the best. Iconic cookery teacher Gretta Anna's recipes with her son Martin Teplitzky.
Food is art - and here, a master chef marries Italian cuisine and painting.
For those who love the world and its beauty and want a REAL life.....
Fancy some fishing - with a chef and TV celebrity and two other seafood experts?
Healthy, beautiful and well-fed?
Heading for Hong Kong? Take this book (and an appetite) with you!
Explore 19 areas and discover Tokyo's best food and shopping.
Find your way around a new country - greet the locals, eat the food...
Everyone's favourite grandmother and cook, as known by her grand-daughter, Kate Gibbs....
Now you can create your own home patisserie.
Does Australia have the world's best beaches?
Join five women for a weekly meal in Umbria, Italy - simple, but so much more.
Adriano Zumbo is king of the A-Z of sweets, desserts and pastries.
If Thai cookery has always been too difficult...
You probably know of Rick Stein from his TV and cookbook fame, as well as his restaurants...
Put the Taste of Australia into your meals with Lyndey Milan's latest book.
Fresh from the West - chef Sophie Zalokar's delicious recipes using local south-west Western Australian produce.
If you are a reader of food blogs, this behind the scenes peep at the real story, will captivate.
America-bound travellers, take note!
Love cooking, like trivia?
Burma is a mystery to many people. Its food is even more obscure.
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Here are FIFTY of the world's friendliest faces.
A bay named for a predator? A 400-year-old plate? Aliens? What sort of place is this?
A quarter of a millennium is a long time to be creating spirits.
Which Australian chocolate-maker is a hundred years old this year?
The lovely Hunter Valley, NSW, has something for everyone.
Take an 'international trip' but stay in Sydney!
Liz Swanton discovers a magical Maori massage in the Bay of Islands.
There's a new Executive Chef in Sydney.
Walking with elephants in Thailand.
Find interesting accommodation in the UK.
This is one crooked compass you will be glad to travel with.
Perth - the world's most remote capital which has everything - dolphins included!
Austria's magical food mix.
Christchurch's cafes are being reborn.
Margaret River gearing up doe another great event in 2015
Pedal-power in Leederville, WA.
Master the making of Basque food.
Take a break at Takou River and learn how a couple's dream is now for everyone.
Stunning Port Macquarie on the NSW northern coast.
China's rainbow scenery.
Don't turn your screen upside-down!
The resort where you are welcomed by a friendly 'local'.
If you like beer, this could be helpful when you travel.
Pack your Big Yellow Suitcase ...
DON'T MISS THESE:
AUSTRALIAN FOOD EVENTS
Taste of Perth, WA, April 29-May 1, 2016
Tasting Australia, Adelaide, May 1-8, 2016
Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Queensland, 20-22 May, 2016
Foodservice Australia 2016, Sydney, May 22-24, 2016
Bourek is a tasty Middle Eastern dish. But what if you can't find a filling to suit everyone?
Blood oranges are in season and they team beautifully with fennel.
Don't be fooled! This is a giant-sized chocolate truffle.
(recipe and pic courtesy of Sugar Hero)
MUST TASTE THIS
If burrata is not a cheese you know, then do try this Gold medal Sydney-made one.
They're calling it the mayo for the masses - soy, dairy, egg, nut and gluten free.
Need a coffee????
330 of Sydney's BEST cafes in this HUGELY POPULAR iPhone and iPad app!
NOW ALSO available on Android
visit the blog and hear the good news!
This Italian cheese-maker serves it up at the table....then sells the makings upstairs.
..and then there's Andy, the Irish cherry pie maker on the north coast of NSW...
TAKE A BREAK
Find out what food events are on around the world in APRIL
Looking for a way to spend your weekends in Australia in 2016?
A centrally-located luxury Sydney hotel has some deals you may like for the holiday season.
So you want to explore SYDNEY?
A year of fabulous food festivals is ahead in 2016 for Britain!
Festivals throughout Australia too in 2016.
Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2016....
Festivals in Korea, 2016
2016 Malaysia's Year of Festivals....
What's happening in Rome this month....
Ever dreamed of having your own place in France.
SPOIL YOURSELF - TOTAL LUXURY
Tour the world in a luxury private jet .....
Where better to take a French cookery course.....
Taste Miami with someone who knows.
Shopping in Paris is great fun - but you might need some help...
...and not just with carrying your purchases!
A food and wine tour in one of France's most beautiful regions.
Now you can travel and pick up some artistic skills - and enjoy Italian cuisine.
SYDNEY'S LIVING HISTORY
Find out about the (sometimes colourful) past of Australia's first city:
iPhone and iPad App packed with information and pics.
....discover what has made Sydney the great city it is.
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