Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

It’s not this time of year without Christmas markets

Nobody does Christmas markets like the Europeans. The Germans, in particular, have it down to an art form. Which is why, four years ago, when I was a carefree student … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 11 Comments

Afloat in Porto

It is Christmas Eve and a lovely winter’s day. My travel companions and I are in Porto – one of my classmates’ family has generously invited us to spend Christmas … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 8 Comments

Fresh blooms in Cinque Terre

It was spring in Cinque Terre, and the weather was atrocious. The sky was grey, with not a hint of a gap in the thick clouds. The little seaside villages … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Pompeii and Vesuvius

On a day trip to Pompeii from Rome, I stumbled across this spigot. In comparison to the rest of the treasures that this buried city has to offer, the spigot … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 7 Comments

Inside Angelina, Paris

Angelina in Paris is every hot chocolate-lover’s dream destination. Its Hot Chocolate L’Africain is recognised as one of the best in Paris, so when I walked past one day and … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · 6 Comments

An unusual POV: Strawberries in Voru, Estonia

On a visit to my college room mate’s home town in Voru, Estonia, I am fascinated by the enormous kitchen garden in front of her grandaunt’s house. There are neat … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

Sunset in Saint Malo, France

We arrive at the city walls just in time to catch the sunset, and what a breath-taking one it is. We are in Brittany, drawn by Saint-Malo’s famous neighbour, Mont-Saint-Michel. But … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Focus or you’ll miss it

Give it a casual glance, and you’ll miss it. But if you focus and concentrate, you’ll see the outline of the fish, cleverly camouflaged against the pebbly bottom. I’m in … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Market Day at Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

I love street markets. I’m drawn in by the sheer variety of stuff available for sale; from costume jewelry to beautifully handcrafted wooden bowls to plastic table cloths and boho-chic … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

One shot, two ways: Cassis, France

Journey so far Route: Fontainebleau > Pamplona > Gavarnie > Avignon > Arles > Aix-en-Provence Number of kilometers: 2,000 Highlight of the trip: Accidentally running with the bulls Biggest disappointment: … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Foreshadow: Visiting chateaux in the Loire Valley

In retrospect, I should have listened to the old man. Jean-Michel, an old family friend, laughed when I told him why I’d picked a business school in a tiny French … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Hotel Restaurant du Lion d’Or in Rocamadour: A masterpiece of French regional cooking

It is dusk when we arrive in Rocamadour, a beautiful, ancient French village that clings tenaciously to the edge of a sheer, rocky cliff. We spend some time wandering through … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

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