Along this stroll along seashores, I have learnt. I have explored. And I have dreamt. Sometimes, as I sat on the sandy beaches
Take one step forward with your left foot -- a small step suffices. Oh, no flip flops from this point on, please. Feel that delicate texture embracing your foot with such warmth and subtle sounds of acceptance. Another step forward with your right foot, and you experience a marvelous balance. Savour that sensation.
Whilst sweaty teenage revellers head to Magaluf for sun, sea and sub-standard sangria, the rest of Mallorca is fast becoming known for its gourmet hotspots. The island is home to no fewer than seven michelin-starred restaurants - Zaranda, Restaurante Jardín, Es Fum, Bou, Simply Fosh, Es Racó des Teix, Andreu Genestra - and there are many fantastic artisan foods to be discovered. On a recent trip with Sainsbury's, I had the opportunity to experience two examples of traditional Mallorcan produce:
Now in its eighth year, Peixe em Lisboa, Lisbon's fish festival, takes place over 10 days, with cooking classes, wine pairings, chef demonstrations and tasting dishes provided by top Portuguese restaurants.
We've all heard of those grand Chinese banquets with innumerable courses including delicacies like sea slugs and bird's nests, but at Madrid Fusion this year I caught a glimpse of the future. Goods from China dominate our shops but my suspicion is that Chinese food is going to take over our restaurant menus - and I don't mean chop suey and egg fried rice.
Fortuitously, it was mostly thanks to my geographical location that my whimsical flirtation became transformed into a more solid 'marriage' and I was finally restored to terra firma, even if it meant descending from Botticelli and Caravaggio to that less glamorous level of my fellow mortals where gunfire has raged and soldiers once fell for the highest stakes.
Tourists flock to Washington DC, the US capital, to view the monuments and museums but they can also dine well, particularly on the seafood coming from Chesapeake Bay.
Mallorca is synonymous with mass tourism, but the family-run Mar i Vent Hotel, nestling between mountains and sea, on the island's West coast, delights with its personal touch.
Founded in 1929, Illa d'Or has hosted a host of celebrities including Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie on their visits to Puerto Pollença, Mallorca - it's just been refurbished to a very high standard indeed.
Compared to its South Asian neighbours, Filipino cuisine is relatively unknown but the regional food of the Philippines is well worth exploring with its distinctive sour, salty and sweet flavours.