Broadcaster, novelist and new Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, CBE, shares some of her favourite destinations

Prue Leith

Travelling through Burma, or Myanmar, gave me brilliant memories because it is so different. I loved discovering Inle Lake, sailing down the Irrawaddy, exploring the temples of Bagan, and enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Governor’s Residence in Yangon. I’ve been to Burma twice now and feel I’ve only scratched the surface.

Before now I’ve only cruised down the Nile, on board the super luxurious Oberoi Zahra. After a long day’s sightseeing in the heat it was lovely getting back to cool surrounding and total comfort.

Two of my favourite countries are Namibia, for its landscape, and Lesotho, for it’s unspoilt and friendly people. The countryside and villages in both are better than their towns.

I’ve always wanted to visit Japan for its food and gardens and because I think it will be unlike anywhere else.

My last trip was to Argentina, where I went riding in the Pampas, and later on a road trip up into the mountains in the north to see Salta, Cafayate and Molinas. Then we went on to Punta del Este in Uruguay, just to prove we aren’t too old to party.

I always love returning to Cape Town for its mountain, harbour and my numerous family members. It’s where I was born and I have a flat on the waterfront there, too. It’s an exciting and beautiful place, and has great restaurants, a fantastic wine region and lovely people.

Prue Leith’s new book The Prodigal Daughter: The Food of Love Trilogy: Book 2 is out 18 May, published by Quercus.

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