Author Archive for Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

Hotels in Belgium with Michelin star restaurants

Hotels in Belgium with Michelin star restaurants

For those with a passion for travel and gastronomy, what better formula than Michelin star restaurants combined with hotel rooms. After a sumptuous dinner paired with wines,  you don’t have to drive home! Simply walk yourself back to your room! There is a decent list of starred restaurants in Belgium with annexed bedrooms. Here is […]

5 of the best restaurants in Canary Wharf

5 of the best restaurants in Canary Wharf

Who would have thought? When I first moved to Canary Wharf in the late 1999, there was literally nothing. One Tesco Metro and a handful of shops and restaurants which were closing on Friday night to reopen on Monday. British friends and colleagues stared at me puzzled and slightly snobbish from their West London postcodes […]

The most remarkable Spanish UNESCO Sites

The most remarkable Spanish UNESCO Sites

Spain has the third highest number of UNESCO sites of any country in the world, with only China and Italy beating it by a few sites each. They include some of the most famous European monuments and instantly recognizable Spanish icons, from the spectacular Alhambra to Gauds fantastical Barcelona creations. There are other special places, […]

5 of the most romantic hotels in Bruges

5 of the most romantic hotels in Bruges

Bruges is out there with Venice, Paris, Florence or Prague to be elected as one of the most romantic cities in the world. With its canals, cobblestone alleyways, quaint medieval townhouses and windmills, Bruges will sweep you away into a fairy tale. For a romantic getaway, choose among these luxurious abodes. Hotel Pand A boutique […]

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

Dont travel to Salento searching for Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental Hotels, as you wont find them. Salento is all about boutique hotels, family run businesses and authentic experiences far from the madding crowd. It is all about simplicity and slow-living. I have traveled through white-washed villages and extensive olive groves to find 5 of […]

5 of the best restaurants in Salento

5 of the best restaurants in Salento

Best known as the Tuscany of the South, Salento is a region in Puglia steeped in history, surrounded by baroque art, pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear sea. The warm welcome of its inhabitants, the sunny weather and the abundance of fresh organic food and wine are a recipe for a memorable vacation. The […]

Top 5 golf courses in the Italian Alps

Top 5 golf courses in the Italian Alps

Its hard to envisage a more stunning location for golf than one found amongst the spectacular vistas of the Italian Alps. There are five particularly awe-inspiring courses which all deliver panoramic views and luxurious, bespoke facilities. Menaggio e Canebbia Golf Club Created 110 years ago, Menaggio e Cadenabbia Golf Clubis Italys second oldest golf club. […]

Bahamian bliss in the Berry Islands

Bahamian bliss in the Berry Islands

The Bahamas has no shortage of busy resorts and gaudy hotels. The capital Nassau’s Atlantis Paradise Island offers perhaps the most globally recognised example. What is harder to find is a quieter corner of these paradise Caribbean islands, where the pace is a couple of steps slower and the slot machines and water flumes have […]

Tranquil skiing in Sestrière

Tranquil skiing in Sestrière

It’s an eternal conundrum facing European skiing enthusiasts – how to enjoy the unique blend of food, culture and landscape in peak season Italy or France without the packed pistes. For those dreading those long queues at the ski lifts in the coming months, the Piemonte region of Italy may provide a charming solution. There […]

Urban highlights of Sicily

Urban highlights of Sicily

Sicily is the perfect Autumn destination, frequently remaining pleasantly warm until well into November. Its attractions are innumerable, including the world-famous wonders of Mount Etna and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. What is less often described are the elegant delights to be found within its towns and cities, with Palermo, Syracuse and Modica […]

Gastronomy in Provence for fine palates

Gastronomy in Provence for fine palates

Provence, a region which has always been rich in distinctive culinary offerings, from bouillabaisse to tapenade, has seen a recent surge in the popularity of gourmet cooking classes and lessons from private chefs, as a novel extra element of a luxury break in this idyllic corner of Southern France. Many of the best courses offer […]

5 fantastic ways to experience the Okanagan Valley

5 fantastic ways to experience the Okanagan Valley

Think of a sunny destination and Canada may not immediately come to mind, but did you know that the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of the westernmost province of British Colombia, boasts more hours of sunshine than Rio de Janeiro or Hawaii? Another astonishing aspect of this increasingly popular tourist destination is the diversity […]

The natural highlights of Arcachon Bay

The natural highlights of Arcachon Bay

Mention of the South of France conjures up numerous images, many featuring yachts, casinos and fast cars. Whilst these are undoubtedly hallmarks of the landscape, what often goes unmentioned are the many spectacular and world class natural resources and landmarks that can be experienced, the majority an easy day trip from the popular seaside resort […]

5 things to do in Croatia for the perfect family break

5 things to do in Croatia for the perfect family break

With 1800 km of coastline and over 1000 islands, diverse landscapes, and plenty of outdoor activities to choose from, Croatia is the ideal destination for families who love the sea, nature, and active holidays. This beautiful country on the edge of the Adriatic Sea is particularly child-friendly: family is important in Croatian culture, children are […]

Bruges: Belgium's capital of fine dining

Bruges: Belgium’s capital of fine dining

The small Belgian town of Bruges is an enchanting place of medieval buildings, narrow cobblestone streets and romantic canals. It also has an exceptional culinary scene, with many outstanding restaurants run by some of the world’s top chefs and a total of eight Michelin-starred restaurants. Of the three restaurants in Belgium which have received the […]

Wild beauty and adventure in the Faroe Islands

Wild beauty and adventure in the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands found themselves making world headlines a couple of months ago, when it was the very best place on earth to watch the full solar eclipse. National Geographic Magazine had noted their charm quite some time ago, voting them at the very top of their long list of the best islands in 2007. […]

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