Author Archives: Matt's Tale

About Matt's Tale

A New Age travel writer, seeing the old in the new and the bold in the blue - but mainly seeking the freedom to be, as much as to do. His tales come from meeting modern day travellers following their likes of King Arthur to Geoffrey Chaucer, leading him on to places considered "Camelot" and different ways to see Canterbury and cafes a lot. Email: mattstale@yahoo.co.uk Twitter: @mattstale

Coffee A La Carte

For the last few months I have survived the rigours of the basin – Paddington Basin, that is. One of the little guilty pleasures which has helped me start and survive the day has been this little coffee cart that … Continue reading

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The Dock of The Bay

For my friend, Antonio, who is “new in” to Sydney So I am back here again at Quest Base Camp, after my little sojourn in the Southern Hemisphere – and in reflecting back on this quest so far on this … Continue reading

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The Old Home Town Café

Recently I had the opportunity to return to “the old home town” – Wellington, New Zealand. It did indeed feel a little like the opening lyrics from that song made famous by Tom Jones – “The Green, Green Grass of … Continue reading

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Sheesha Surprise!!

Further to my Right Royal Sheesha posting in January. The very next day after posting that story I was involved in a minor car accident where a car ran into the back of mine when we had to stop, relatively quickly, … Continue reading

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Quest Base Camp

Before Ismail and I venture out to “our” sheesha café at the Park Royal, let me tell you about an idea I’ve had to allow you to participate in the quest too. Allow me to introduce you to Quest Base Camp.  … Continue reading

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A Right Royal Sheesha

Continuing in the vein of cafes where you least expect them, a friend who runs one of my local cafes – in itself with a hint of alfresco Europe in the heart of London – tells me about a cafe … Continue reading

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Café Interlude

In Horta, a little place somewhere in The Azores, which is itself in The Atlantic midway between Europe and the U.S.A, there is a café which is renowned for people meeting to share their stories from having sailed from one side … Continue reading

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Just an ordinary café?

Back in 1992, almost twenty years ago to the day, coffee and café culture was almost unknown in Great Britain. When you ordered a coffee, it was typically one type – percolated (aka filter) – and often served in a mug, rather than … Continue reading

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Outside the Sad Café

The sad café. We all have one, don’t we?  Some place that we may remember with bitter-sweet memories, of what might have been but then never quite was. Mine is a place in Wellington, New Zealand, called Lido – a … Continue reading

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From Kings Cross to Somewhere in Paris

Tea, tea, tea – that was pretty much the choice back then in the England I knew in 1991.  Coffee, if you ordered it, was typically filter stuff – often percolated to hell. You could cover the bitter taste of … Continue reading

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