FOOD is a big deal in Cyprus, with the island’s famous squeaky cheese taking pride of place.
Halloumi is so important in its home country that many locals are named after the salty stuff, from Mr Hallumas to entire families of Hallumakis.
So first stop on my culinary island adventure had to be the tiny village of Letymbou, in rolling hills seven miles north from Paphos, to see how the locals make the fabulously fry-able sandwich filling.
New York may be the obvious destination for a US city break, but if you’re after somewhere a little different, but still offering bags of history and plenty of culture (and sport), check out Boston.
The Massachusetts capital is home to some of the oldest institutions in the US and, thanks to its reputation as America’s walking city, most historical sites are easy to see on foot. Spring and autumn are good times to visit, as summer gets busy.
Boston winters are hard, but if you like a snowy Christmas, the city is perfect.