Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Of Pamplona and the accidental running with the bulls at San Fermin

We are up at the crack of dawn, intent on getting to the venue by 7.30 a.m.. We are in Pamplona for San Fermin and of course, the encierro or the … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Giverny revisited

A French family friend once told me that Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, should be visited each season to marvel at the garden in its various pretty dresses. My first visit was … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

The golden hour in Carcassonne, France

It is the golden hour and the sun is just beginning to set as we cross the old bridge back into the lower city. Glancing back across our shoulders, we … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 11 Comments


It’s not every day that one gets a chance to live in the French countryside for a year. When I was accepted into the MBA programme, I leapt at the … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

The best baguettes in Paris

The French take their bread so seriously that there is a festival in honour of it. I chanced upon the Fete du Pain one Spring day in front of the … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Of raw beef and eggs

There is one thing (Ok, several things, really, chief of which is their penchant for organs and such, or what I like to call “spare parts”, but I digress) that … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cheap Eats: Osteria dell’Orsa in Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy, is a student town, so cheap eats are abundant. But there’s something special about Osteria dell’Orsa. A peek into its windows reveal long wooden tables crammed with people. … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Curves: Bologna, Italy

Bologna’s town centre is traversed by 40 kilometres of covered walkways or porticoes. They provide a much-welcomed respite both from the fierce heat and from the drizzling rain, both of … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 6 Comments

36 hours in Tallinn, Estonia

“A typical Estonian summer is grey and rainy but you seem to have brought the sun with you,” commented my friend. We are lounging in the sun, admiring the view … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 1 Comment


The blood red roses lay in a corner on Rome’s Spanish Steps, their stems carefully crossed. In memoriam, perhaps, of a fleeting, bitter-sweet love. I miss you. This post was … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Graffiti: Art or not?

Strolling along a boulevard in Paris, I pause and do a double take, my attention captivated by the girl. Her hair is in psychedelic colours, making her seem vibrant and … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Restaurant reviews: Dorfschanke in Heidelberg, Germany

When travelling to tourist hotspots, finding a restaurant with great local food, a place where the locals go, where there isn’t any of the touristy kitsch is like finding the … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

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