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Delvinaki is a sweet clean village up on the hills in Ioannina in the Epirus Region of Greece. It is a small village with a population of about 1000 if not less but it has modern amenities such as good internet connection as it benefited from EU fundings. We came to attend the christening of a friends son, our friend is from Delvinaki but she studied at Manchester University in the 90’s before returning back.

Delvinaki is anout 3 hours drive from Igouminista. We came from Igoumista as we originally flew to Corfu. Delvinaki in Greece is simply separated from Albania by the mountains. It is a picturesque place that has maintained its traditional architecture, way of life and livelihoods.

beautiful and quiet Greece holiday spot for people who are interested in an off the beaten path location in Greece. You will hardly meet any tourist in this part of Greece.

The locals in Delvinaki are very friendly, as I was pregnant it made striking conversations very easy. Although all the communications I had with people were by signing and smiling. I think my presence in the village was clearly a bit of a novelty. It is a serene place tucked away in the mountains and I am sure visits to the village bu black people are seldom.

We stayed at the Peonia traditional guesthouse which is a small establishment with very clean rooms, with a warm service and nice food. It is run by really helpful and nice people. I understand that it is possible in Delvinaki for helicopter landings however it is also about an hour and half traveling from Ioaninna which has an airport. Delvinaki joined Greece after the the Balkan wars in 1913.

Delvinaki guest house picture
Peonie traditional guest house – photo credit:
The view from the front door of the The Peonie traditional guest house. Delvinaki, Greece




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We visited Ioannina (pronounced Jannena ) in the North West of Greece in a quick week of travelling in the Greece. Unfortunately we only spent short time here but we went on a lot of walks around the town and I loved it. I was 5 months pregnant, I had no appetite and I was pretty irritatble. The town was busy with life all day long. In fact at night the centre became a buzzing minefield of young people including sweet looking young couples and young families.

The restaurant were all dressed up to look very pretty and inviting but prices were really low. There also sweet open side bars that are created in semi permanent structures that are open for business in the summer and shut during winter. These were in a line along the river with beautiful views of hills and the river. The town has cute shops that are own by traditional craft people such a shop that sews brassier, an iron smith shop and other retro trades.

Ionnina is also the capital of Epirus which is also northwest of Athens and southwest of Thessaloniki.It is a thriving town with a university and when we visited in July, there were a few tourist around. One thing I loved about visiting Greece is that I ate so much Greek salad than I have ever done before. I was expecting that Greece will have an abundance of food like Italy does so I was little prepared for the limited amount of food that was on offer.

All the same, I loved our trip to Greece as it was a calm soulful journey. We travelled from Manchester to Corfu and from Corfu we got the ferry to Igouminista and then continued the journey driving to Ionnina where we spent 2 days before continuing on to Delvinaki.

Ioannina tourist sights

Ioannina hotels

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If you ever visit St Andrews, be sure to visit the cafe where Prince William met Kate, the words in the shop in window, not mine. Read the small print in this picture, it’s so cheeky, the cafe is just a few seconds walk away from the University.

where Kate Middleton met Prince William


Dr noodles in st Andrews(Scotland)

I first popped into Dr Noodles in St Andrews when I was  craving for a greasy chow mein and I got my fix. The menu is simple and it is probably the cheapest if not one of the cheapest places to eat in St Andrews. Dr noodles has a very straight forward 3 step ordering process. 1. You select noodles or rice, 2. select your additions and 3. the size or maybe do it in reverse and in a minute you get served.

The recipe is not created by a Michelin star chef (or maybe it could be, I do not know) but is fine. I found the rice option a little too soggy  but the noodles are faultless and nice. You may also add extra vegetables such as broccoli at £0.50.


sushi and Thai food restaurants  in St Andrews

update  Nahm Jim’s Restaurant was an award winning restaurant which now has re branded. It still serves many of its previous menu and in it’s best years won recommendations from Gordon Ramsey, won a TV show and many nationwide awards. My original review describe the great service and good and authentic Thai food was served but since the rebranding and cut downs I have only ordered from the take away menu in the last two years so although I notice there is still a restaurant which I haven’t tried I cant give recommendations. The take away menu is no where near the quality of food the restaurant previously served.

I ate in Mitchel’s twice and they offer a nice platter of local cheese on the menu. I find the place to be highly trendy and seems popular with the more hip students. Prices on the menu are in par with St Andrews standards. It has a warm woodsy feel and looks more of what you would expect in London. 
The best feature at Mitchel’s is the baby changing room, so its a great place to stop for a mother of a small child, otherwise. You can find Mitchell’s website here

If you are a fan of chili or spicy food then you have to make a pilgrimage to St Andrews(Scotland ). I lived for years 10 minutes walk away from Manchester’s curry mile (Rusholme) but the best Indian curries I’ve had were in St Andrews. My 2 favourite curry houses are here in St Andrews.

It is difficult to put one ahead of the other,  Chilies (179 South St, St Andrews, UK)  and Jahangir Tandoor Restaurant(116 South St, St Andrews, UK)  are opposite each other of the same street. Both have warm chic decor, not over done but certainly doesn’t lack in that unique Tandoori warmth. The customer service from both places are very professional and prices are not squeezing like most other places are in St Andrews(over priced for no real reason). There is one other Indian restaurant in town I’ve sampled but not impressed with and over priced for its meager offerings so I just wont mention it here.

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2013 update:  Anomabo resort had a mishap where the kitchen got washed away with the tide in Novemeber 2013. The resort was rebuilt again.

Anomabo is a small coastal town in the central region of Ghana with a serene environment. It is also my number one peaceful spot in Ghana for recommendation. The resort lies next to the village which itself is a very small village about the length of 3/4 of a mile walk. The resort has beautiful faux mud chalets in front of the sea and in early mornings you can see the fishermen from the village coming back in their canoes with thier night catch.

The resort has internet, fan rooms and air condition rooms. It is about half a mile away from the main road so you do not hear the traffic at all. The restaurant which is built on stilts and over looks the sea serves incredible local and continental seafood dishes.
The resort is kept very clean although it is not a good idea to enter the village from the back of the resort as you will be forced to walk through the small border between the village and the resort which no one takes responsibility for its cleanliness.  Unfortunately if you use this route in the early mornings, you will be confronted with the sight of both adults and children squatting on the ground in the process of easing themselves into a stream that runs into the sea.