300cl / 12.5% - A jeroboam (3 litre bottle) of Dom Pérignon's 2003 vintage champagne. Due to the Europe-wide heatwave in the summer of 2003, wines from...... more
300cl / 12.5% - A jeroboam (3 litre bottle) of Dom Pérignon's 2003 vintage champagne. Due to the Europe-wide heatwave in the summer of 2003, wines from this vintage are slightly atypical but nevertheless of high quality. This is big and powerful and was awarded 94+ by erobertparker.com and 18.5 by Jancis Robinson.
Advantages: beautiful;, fascinating, reasonable, the coffins Disadvantages: chrage for toilet and church, museum and website only in German
...Last year I had a very unique opportunity to work in another country. I normally work at St Paul's Cathedral and got the chance to work in the Berlinerr Dom (Berlin Cathedral) for a week as an English tour guide. I was living right on top of my work place, as I was staying in a guest apartment in the cathedral's bell tower. I fell in love with Berlin and its cathedral so thought I would give...
Advantages: Easy enough to read, amusing anecdotes mixed with more serious stuff, nice concept Disadvantages: Awful photo reproduction, RRP too high, humour a little childish in places
...[NB: This book's correct name is The Dark Tourist.]
A "dark tourist", so Dom Joly informs us in the introduction to this usually interesting and often entertaining read, is someone who deliberately seeks out destinations where unpleasant things have happened. In some cases this is even officially encouraged: the Tourism Ministry in Guyana has, or at least had, a scheme to...
Advantages: A land that hasn't changed for centuries Disadvantages: May be too hot for some and too lonely
...The wide expanse of Portugal that is the Alentejo covers about the third of the country and is the most thinly populated area. Often called, 'the bread oven of Portugal,' it is one of the hottest places I have ever been to. The heat at times is unbearable and the only word I can use to describe the heat is blistering. Yet the winters can be freezing and you will often see men and women walking...