Lunch at Antonio's, Tagaytay, Philippines

Lunch at Antonio's original restaurant, in a Spanish Colonial style mansion that sprawls over multiple connected levels in a glorious garden, was an aesthete's dream. For a start, the food was excellent; but even if it had been only average, the setting alone would have been worth the trip south of Manila to Tagaytay. It is not easy to find, but it is well worth the effort. It made the whole day memorable.

There is something about that Spanish Colonial style and the tropics that really floats my boat. What an inspiring way to live, aesthetically and sensually. So generous, and so well suited to the climate. In truth, it got me thinking seriously about my retirement plans, but that is an adventure for another day, and a topic for another post!