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Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it's well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible.– Dorothy Draper

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This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive, as feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.– Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

 


 

National days.....

 

Monaco 19 November (the levée of Prince Albert II 2005)

The food of Monaco.....

Trivia:  The Principality of Monaco is the second smallest country in the world.

 


 

Latvia 18 November (Declaration of independence from Russia 1918)

Eating in Latvia.....

Trivia: On September 7th, 2012, the Latvian Drift Association set the world record for most cars doing donuts simultaneously. One hundred and seven automobiles performed the stunt in the Bikernieki Sports Complex, near Riga, Latvia’s capital. 

 


 

Oman 18 November (birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman)

Omani cuisine...

Trivia: Coffee is superb in Oman and it is always served with dates. The little cups are never full but you can order many repeats.

 

St. Eustatius (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 16 November (the "flag incident" of 1776: the United Provinces (Low Countries) (informally) recognize the independence of the United States)

The food of  Sint Eustatius .....

Trivia: The place of the First Salute to the United States of America. On November 16, 1776 Governor Johannes de Graaff of St. Eustatius returned the salute fire of the visiting American brig Andrew Doria by firing the cannons of Fort Oranje, thus becoming the first international country to  acknowledge  the independence of the United States.

 


 

Belgium November 15, Dag van de Dynastie – Jour de la Dynastie (Dynasty Day)

Eating in Belgium.....

Trivia: The world's biggest chocolate selling point is Brussels National Airport.

 


 

Brazil November 15 (1889). Dia da Proclamação da República (Republic Day) public holiday

The food of  Brazil.....

Trivia: Brazil has been the world’s largest exporter of coffee for 150 years. It supplied around 80 per cent of the world’s coffee in the 1920s; that figure has fallen to around a third.

 


 

Palestine 15 November

 

Eating in Palestine...

Trivia: For centuries, ‘olives’ have been an integral part of the Palestinian culture, tradition and ethos. More....

 

 

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 15 November (Declaration of independence from the Cyprus 1983)

The cuisine of Northern Cyprus...

Trivia: Northern Cyprus is known as the Island of Sun and enjoys about 340 sunny days every year.

 


 

AzerbaijanNovember 12 (1995). 

The food of Azerbaijan .....

Trivia: Watermelon is usually eaten with white cheese and bread.

 


 

 

Angola 11 November  (Independence from Portugal in 1975)

The food of Angola.....

Trivia: Semba, one of the most common Angolan musical styles, influenced several other types of music, including the samba of Brazil.

 

 

Poland 11 November, (Święto Niepodległości, Independence Day, restoration of independence from Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia in 1918)

On the Polish table....

Trivia: The first surviving cookbook of Polish recipes dates from 1682 with dishes influenced by strong Lithuanian, Tartar-Turkish, and German influences.

 

 

St. Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 11 November

Dining in St Maarten....

Trivia: Princess Juliana Airport just happens to be positioned at one end of one of St Maarten’s most famous and beautiful beaches. In addition to professional photographers who travel to the island to capture unique shots, tourists love to visit to snap photos to show off back home. More..

 

Cambodia 9 November   (Independence from France in 1953)

The food of Cambodia.....

Trivia: The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat.

 

Dominican RepublicNovember 6  (1844). See History of the Dominican Republic.

Dining in the republic.....

Trivia: The Dominican flag is the only one to have a bible in it. Adopted on November 6, 1844, this is one of the oldest flags in the world. It has its roots in the Haitian flag of the 19th century.

 


 

TajikistanNovember 6  (1994), Constitution Day.

The food of Tajikistan.....

Trivia: Did you know Russian soldiers are reported to have seen the Abominable Snowman or the ‘Yeti’ in the Pamir Mountain ranges? The legend of the Yeti still exists in Tajikistan today. 

 


 

Dominica 3 November  (Independence from the United Kingdom 1978 /discovered by Christopher Columbus 1493)

Dining in Dominica...

Trivia: Dominica, known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system.

 


 

Panama 3 November  (Separation Day, declaration of independence from Colombia 1903)

Panamanian food....

 

Trivia: There are several theories about the origin of the name "Panama". Some believe that the first settlers arrived in Panama in August, when butterflies abound, and that the name means "many butterflies" in an indigenous language.

 


 

Algeria 1 November (start of the War of Independence in 1954)

 

Algerian cuisine...

Trivia: The country was considered as the "granary of Rome". It offers a component of dishes and varied dishes, depending on the region and according to the seasons. The cuisine uses cereals as the main products, since they are always produced with abundance in the country.

 


 

Antigua and Barbuda 1 November (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981)

The food of Antigua and Barbuda....

Trivia: Antigua was first settled by archaic age hunter-gatherer Amerindians called the Siboney or Ciboney. Carbon dating has established the earliest settlements started around 3100 BC.

 


 

Turkey 29 October (Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayram?), republican constitution 1923)

Turkish cuisine...

Trivia: St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Patara and became the bishop of Demre, on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast. More.....

 

Czech Republic 28 October  (Independence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) 1918)

On the Czech table....

Trivia: The Czech Republic is almost entirely surrounded by mountains (except to the south, toward Austria and Slovakia). Mountains mark a natural border with Germany and Poland.

 


 

Greece 28 October (Ohi Day, rejection of the Italian ultimatum 1940)

Dining like a Greek....

Trivia: The world’s third leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.

 

 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27 October (Independence Day, from United Kingdom 1979)

Dining here....

Trivia: Saint Vincent’s volcano, Soufrière, last erupted in 1979—the year of independence from Britain.

 


 

Turkmenistan 27 October (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union 1991)

The food of Turkmenistan....

Trivia: In 330 BC, Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria, which later became Merv.

 

 

Austria 26 October (The Neutrality Constitution of 1955)

On the Austrian table...

Trivia: The world's largest emerald (2860 carat) is displayed in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna. More...

 


 

Kazakhstan 25 October (Republic Day, declared sovereign republic within the USSR 1990)

Kazakhstani cuisine...

Trivia: It is believed that it is in Kazakhstan where man first rode a horse, thousands of years ago.

 


 

LithuaniaOctober 25 (1992). See Constitution of Lithuania.

 

Lithuanian fare...

Trivia: The Hill of Crosses, Šiauliai (an amazing site, all the more amazing for being completely razed twice by Russian soldiers and rebuilt in defiance)

 


 

Zambia 24 October  (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1964)

Zambian cuisine....

Trivia: Zambia’s Lake Kariba is so huge that in certain parts of it, unknowing visitors think they are looking at the ocean, but because Zambia is landlocked, you need to travel 600 miles before you can see any real ocean.

 


 

Hungary 23 October  (1956 Revolution memorial day)

Dining in Hungary....

Trivia: Hungarian language is known as Magyar. It is the direct descendent of the language spoken by the Huns, and is therefore not an Indo-European language. It has only two related languages in Europe : Finnish (Suomi) and Estonian (Eesti keel).  More….

 


 

NiueOctober 19  (1974). See Niue Constitution Act 1974 (NZ).

On the table...

Trivia: Niue is a “Wi-Fi nation”, where free wireless Internet access is available throughout the island.

 

 

Equatorial Guinea 12 October  (Independence from Spain 1968)

On the table....

 

Trivia: Beer is extremely pricey in Equatorial Guinea? However, a cheap local sugarcane brew is easily available. More...

 


 

Spain 12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America 1492)

Spanish cuisine...

Trivia: The quill pen is thought to have originated in Spain about 1,400 years ago.

 


 

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Window on Perth & Mandurah

I used to think Perth was a big city. That was when I was a kid. A country kid, and this was the biggest place I had ever seen.

Perth has grown and evolved enormously since then. Today, with a population of around two million (Australia's fourth-largest city) it remains the world's most isolated capital. Look at a world map to see why that's true. It's now a hub for huge industrial projects and a home of billionaires, yet still retains its down-to-earth character and sheer physical beauty.

Check out this view across Perth's Swan River from Kings Park and you'll agree.

At over 400 hectares, Kings Park & Botanic Garden (to give its full name) is the jewel in Perth's crown, and one of the world’s largest city parks. New York’s Central Park is just three quarters the size.

The September Kings Park Festival celebrates wildflowers so well that many simply refer to it as the ‘Wildflower Festival’. The month-long event includes musical and theatrical performances, gardening workshops and family events. It is a fitting celebration of the fact that this state is home to half of Australia's 25,000 plant species (many unique to this continent).

 

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There is room for reflection, too, at the State War Memorial where the sign under the eternal flame simply states: ‘Let silent contemplation be your offering.’

Elsewhere, 16 young Western Australians who perished on October 12th , 2002, in the Bali Bombings are commemorated in the Bali Memorial. The wall is positioned in such a way that the sun’s first rays on each anniversary fall upon the cast bronze plaque inscribed with the victims’ names.

Around seven million visitors come to Kings Park annually. The panoramic view of Perth and the Swan River is the ideal backdrop to their happy-snaps –“This is me in Perth!” they say when they post a pic on Facebook or Instagram to show their friends back home.  As capital city views go it's right up there with Sydney Harbour. Little wonder Perth came 8th in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2015 list of the world's most liveable cities.

Come here for a view of the city by night. Perth became known worldwide as the "City of Light"  in 1962 when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7.

Just to prove this that not every view from the top is flattering, here is the foreshore, much of it reclaimed from the river over the past few decades, again being altered.

Begun in 2015, this is a big one. The 2.7ha Elizabeth Quay waterside precinct, will have a water park, an island and an eight-storey sculpture. On completion, there will be hotels, apartments, restaurants, and boardwalks alongside Perth's famous existing Belltower, the world's largest musical instrument.

This vast tract of bushland reserved as a public park in 1890, should not have been called Kings Park at all.  In 1895 Premier John Forrest planted the first tree, a Norfolk Island Pine and with admirable lack of imagination officially named it Perth Park. With Queen Victoria on the throne, it could just as easily have been called Queens Park, but it was not until 1901 that it was renamed Kings Park in honour of King George VII’s accession to the throne.

Near to this indoor-outdoor cafe (above) and Fraser’s Restaurant, Aspects Gift Shop is the sort of place every main tourist attraction should have. Its range of high-class gifts and souvenirs turns it into an airy light-filled gallery where beautiful local and interstate jewellery, textiles, craft and sculpture is displayed.  

 

It’s a place of surprises, too. First there’s the floral clock (see a corner of it above) that actually tells the correct time. More than this – did you know that every half hour, instead of chimes, you’ll hear the whip-crack call of the rufous whistler, a small thrush-like native bird?

Built on the highest point of the park in 1966, the DNA Tower is a 15 metre-high double-helix staircase with 101 steps. It was inspired by a double staircase in the Château de Blois in France, and its design resembles the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecule. The paving below the DNA Tower is made with stones sent from 11 towns and 80 shires in Western Australia.

In 1961, when Dr John Beard was appointed as Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden, he made a  decision that, as much as possible, the gardens would grow only native Western Australian plants. Today about 2,000 of Western Australia's 12,000 species of plants are displayed in the park and gardens.

Getting here is easy: take a 15-minute walk to Kings Park from Perth's centre, or hop on a free CAT bus. Pick up maps and brochures from the Visitor Information Centre, then take a free guided walk or enjoy a self guided tour.

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The 'burbs

Like any modern city, Perth's inner city suburbs are constantly 'tipping' - recreating a new mix of residents and visitors – and reinventing themselves. Subiaco was one of the first, then East Perth, Fremantle (coinciding with the America's Cup), Northbridge and, more recently, Leederville. 

You can pick any suburb 'on the rise' by the influx of cafes and galleries, apartments, boutiques and bars popping up everywhere. A walk down Leederville's Oxford Street offers dozens of places to stop and eat  - like this place Oxford Yard just a block from the busiest end, but sure to be part of the next growth in the area.

Its menu reflects the tastes of the local workers...

...residents...

...and tourists like us.

Eclectic decor doesn't hurt either, nor does the sunny outdoor side terrace.

We return later that evening for a different sort of experience. If we'd thought Leederville was jumping in the daytime, we were amazed by the vibe at night. Here we met our rickshaw driver (yes, you read that right!) a student moonlighting (and getting his exercise) pedalling specially customised trishaws on the Leederville Food Safari.

Read more about it here....

This fun excursion takes visitors on a tour of eateries along the Oxford Street strip, starting with appetisers at Malaysian restaurant Ria, mains a couple pf blocks away at pan-Asian Kitsch and finally dessert and coffee at Foam (above).

As we travelled at cycle-speed, the bright wall art and profusion of multicultural bars and eateries.....

...made us forget we were actually still in Australia! Perth, it may be, but there was certainly no sense of isolation.

 

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There are two ways of getting to South Perth, across the Swan River from Perth's CBD. The most common choice for drivers is via the Narrows Bridge.

However a more leisurely way is to hop on one of the many ferries and take the seven-minute journey across the river from the Barrack Street Jetty in the city. South Perth is relaxed and residential, a waterside suburb where locals cycle to their favourite cafes or jog along the waterside tracks. Parents take children to the nearby Perth Zoo established over a century ago.

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The city

The first recorded sighting, by a white man, of any part of the 12,500-kilometre coastline of the land to become Western Australia, was in 1616, by a seaman on a Dutch vessel. No one bothered, however, to form it into an Australian colony until 1829.

(Government House, St Georges Terrace, Perth)

The seat of Western Australia government is in Perth. It administers a state three and a half times as big as Texas and large enough to fit in Germany, the UK, and Japan with plenty of room to spare. After all, this place accounts for about a third of the landmass of Australia, but no one feels crowded here, for WA accommodates less than ten percent of the country's population. 

Although the history of this city spans less than two centuries, already a mix of architectural styles is evident at almost every turn.

Here 1960's now-retro architectural style of Council House is a backdrop for these recently added bronze sculptures...

....so lifelike you feel like pausing, so as not to disturb them! 

Before European colonisation, according to archaeological findings, the area had been inhabited by the hunter-gatherer Whadjuk Noongar people for over 40,000 years.

Amongst the high-rise glass and steel modern buildings, London Court is a little taste of the Britain which many of the early settlers left behind forever. Despite its distinctive mock-Tudor Elizabethan façade, it was only built in 1937.

At the first storey level, on the Hay Street end, a large clock chimes every quarter-hour, half-hour and on the hour. Four mechanised knights appear from a castle door and apparently joust with each other each time the clock chimes. At the Terrace end (above), in a window above another clock a miniature Saint George battles with the dragon.

Running between Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace. London Court is packed with souvenir shops, cafes and galleries and is an ideal meeting place.

Hay Street Mall is an excellent shopping strip with food courts and arcades opening off it, right in the centre of the city grid. This sculpture commemorates Percy Button, a local street entertainer from the 1920s to the 1950s. Performing somersaults and handstands, he entertained people while they waited to enter the nearby theatres.

Cricket-lovers are familiar with the WACA, the cricket ground where Test Matches have been played for decades.

However they may not have heard of Queens Gardens, a quiet and lovely escape nearby. On the site of an old brickworks, it was opened in 1899.

To mark the centenary of the State, in 1929, as a gift to the children of Western Australia, the Rotary Club of Perth presented the Perth City Council with a replica of the statue of Peter Pan which is found in London's Kensington Gardens. 

 

The reproduction was produced by the sculptor of the original statue, Sir George Frampton .....

 
...and autographed by the creator of Peter Pan, Sir J. M. Barrie.
 
A  little-known fact is that the park bench from the 1999 film, Notting Hill, was donated to the City of Perth and is located in the centre of this park.
 
The bench is inscribed "To June who loved this garden from Joseph who always sat beside her". The anonymous donor purchased the seat to propose to his girlfriend. Sadly she declined – and he then donated the seat to the City of Perth. This inscription is carved into the back of the bench.
 
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Mandurah
 

An hour's drive south of Perth we discover a different world. New housing developments, canals, boats, a coastal feel...

......and dolphins, the lure that made us visit. We are warned we may not see them, but stay optimistic.

We have been booked onto a lunchtime fish and chips dolphin-sighting tour on Mandurah Cruises. We order our meal as we board at the floating wharf at Mandjar Bay We'd arrived early as directed and had a coffee at the Dome cafe nearby, overlooking the river, beforehand. The tour will be a leisurely exploration of the river, the canals and wetlands, and the weather has cooperated beautifully. 

The recorded commentary tells us that the original inhabitants, the aboriginal people, ate very well here, subsisting on fish and seafood, seeds and nuts as well as meat from animals they hunted. Their name for the area was mandjar, a meeting place.

And here we meet our lunch being brought onboard!

As we eat we cruise past the canal-front mansions, amazed at their grandeur, and also the cruisers moored at the edge of their gardens. 'Now that's the way to live!' exclaims someone.

The Peel Inlet is the ideal place to hope to see the stars of this tour, as it has long been used by the local bottlenose dolphins to herd fish into the bay.

And sure enough after much excited pointing and many gasps as the boat's passengers sight triangular black fins piercing the surface of the water in the distance, suddenly there they are, a pair of dolphins, frolicking in our bow wave. 

They escort us for over thirty minutes and it is a toss-up who enjoys it more - the dolphins or their onboard admirers.

After such a fun ride, there is only one more thing to do, and that is to finish this 'big kids' day out' with an ice cream. But it had to be a special ice cream from local Margaret River-based company, Simmo's, helpfully located right on the boardwalk. 

 

We chose rum and raisin, and prune and armagnac. Shared, of course!

Back in the city, just before finally leaving, we come back for some good advice at the St Georges Terrace end of London Court. Judging by the thousands of pedestrians who take a shortcut or catch a few rays with their coffees in this sunny space, not many pause to read this.

Seems we're on the right track as certainly we have not wasted our minutes (and hours and days) in this lovely city, BUT unlike the 'minute', we're planning to be back again!

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Sally & Gordon Hammond drove a car from Driveaway Holidays for their self-drive trip in Western Australia.

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Text & Photographs: ©Sally Hammond

Video: ©Gordon Hammond

 
 

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Here they are according to Booking.com's research.

 


 

Geordie country is unique and beautiful.

Find out  where it is, and why you'll love it.

 


 

What ever happened to What's next....?

The recent roundup of upcoming features is here....

 


 

Fells and dales, gingerbread, shaggy sheep and weird standing stones.

But please don't call the lake a loch!

 


 

Glasgow is shaking off its grey reputation.....

... becoming colourful - and tasty!

 


 

Still find all the food and fun of Central Taiwan ....

...HERE

 


 

Lovely green Kerala has a friendly welcome for everyone.

Meet the locals here...

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Meet the courageous Japanese city that is embracing the future.

Learn where it is....

 


 

A cruise around south-east Asia uncovers some fascinating secrets.

Find out where...

 



 

So you thought throwing the wedding bouquet was strange....

See what happens in other countries!

 



 

 

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape, WA, November 16-19

 


RECIPE TIME

 

Springtime means quiche-time, a lighter dish to go with salads.

Here is a good cheesy one....

 


 

Here's a healthy loaf that tastes as good as it looks.

See the recipe.....

 


 
A recent European trip took us to Bulgaria. I fell in love with this traditional cheesy pastry.
 
 
 

 

 MUST TASTE THIS

 

How many of these food trends have you seen this year?

Check them out...

 


 

If you love figs, mixing drinks, and  experimenting with new flavours, you have to try this NEW fig liqueur.

See more.....

 


 

Have you heard of oyster leaves?

Here they are.....

 


 

You mean they can make this from bananas?

Read more...

 


 

Design your own chocolates. It's not difficult.

Find out more....

 


 

A fruity beer? This Australian company likes a challenge.

Take a look...

 


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Hear a podcast

 
 
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What can be better than a restaurant with harbour views?

One that has an Italian chef like Chef Corsi.

 


 

A French restaurant in a hip dining enclave...

Bistrot Gavroche is one to watch.......

 


 

Top chef has found a new Abode at ParkRoyal Darling Harbour.

Food you have to taste...

 



 

Lot 1 near Wynyard, this one is worth knowing about too.

Find out more....

 

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Find out what US food events are on in NOVEMBER 2017

and what is coming up WORLDWIDE

 


 

Go glamping in Queensland - luxury in the rainforest.

The best of both worlds...

 


 

food and wine tour in one of France's most beautiful regions.

Learn more about it...

 


 

Meet Derek the wombat. What could be cuter?

Find him in Tasmania....

 


 

Add some craic to your Christmas!

To be sure, you'll love it....

 


 

Take a walk in Japan and feel refreshed.

See more...

 


 

A year of fabulous food festivals in 2017 for Britain!

Find out when and where....

 


 

Festivals throughout Australia too in 2017.

Check these out...

 


 

Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2017....

...what's on?

 


Festivals in Korea, 2017

Here they are....

 


 

2017 Malaysia's Year of Festivals....

Find out when and where...

 


What's happening in Rome this month....

Check it out here...

 


 

Ever dreamed of having your own place in France.

This may make it easier....

 


Now you can travel and pick up some artistic skills - and enjoy Italian cuisine.

...find out where

 


 

Looking for a way to spend your weekends in Australia this year? 

Here are 52 suggestions complete with things to do and places to eat....

Read more..

 

 

 


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Sally, and Gordon Hammond also operate the Australian Regional Food Guide Web site. This comprehensive directory is a great resource for everything that is happening in the regional food scene in Australia. Make sure you visit and bookmark this site. Please Follow on Twitter or Like on Facebook.