Author Archive for Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson has worked in the travel industry for approximately 20 years and, more specifically, in the online sector since the very earliest days of the WWW.

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

This stunning shot of Sugarloaf Rock as seen from the Cape to Cape track shows the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in Australia’s South-West. The Cape to Cape track is an iconic Australian coastal walk in the world-renowned Margaret River region, which winds through beach, bush and the Boranup Karri forest. Thank you to […]

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby […]

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

At the start of our mountain bike / island hop adventure in Scotland, we stayed at the Three Glens – an eco-getaway in unspoiled Dumfriesshire, overlooking the village of Moniaive and with beautiful 360-degree views of rolling green hills. This luxury eco house benefits from ground source and solar thermal heating, with an air heat […]

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ITLM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […]

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

As part of ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) 2014 in Shanghai – an invitation-only event bringing together la crème de la crème of the luxury travel industry, I was invited to a VIP media welcome party to celebrate the opening of the event. This was an opportunity to experience the height of luxury and indulge […]

5 top tips to take the stress out of flying

5 top tips to take the stress out of flying

Travelling – and, more specifically, flying – can be a stressful experience. (I write this as someone who should really be packing for a trip right now!) That said, there are some simple measures you can take to make the process run much more smoothly, and thus make the experience less stressful than it needs […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared aubergine and fennel salad

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared aubergine and fennel salad

You are in for a treat with this Moroccan-inspired salad that is both refreshing and smoky, and perfect for a Summer’s day al fresco lunch. Using the freshest ingredients, and with a bit of imagination, you can picture yourself eating it overlooking the bustling Djemaa-el-Fna square in Marrakech. Serves 6. Enjoy! Ingredients 3 aubergines 2 small fennel bulbs 3 […]

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

This year I had the pleasure of attending ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia – an exclusive, invitation-only event held in Shanghai – and stayed in the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai which was very conveniently located opposite the event venue. I only stayed a few nights and spent most of the time attending events, but here’s […]

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

If you’re looking for a luxury riding holiday in the UK, then look no further than bespoke horseback adventure organiser Liberty Trails. Established by Elaine Prior following three years of negotiation with landowners and National Park authories, the company offers horseback safaris for discerning riders across Dartmoor, combined with gastronomic adventures in close partnership with Relais […]

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

This image was taken around midnight from Star Clippers’ ‘Royal Clipper’, looking straight up at the stars above the Adriatic while sailing from Venice to Rovinj in Croatia. Royal Clipper has five masts and 42 sails and is the largest commercial passenger vessel of its kind. The photographer used a 60 second exposure with the […]

A family mountain biking trip in the Lake District, UK

A family mountain biking trip in the Lake District, UK

We’ll soon be going on an adventure, exploring some isalnds on the west coast of Scotland, with mountain bikes and the occasional luxury stay thrown in. It promises to be a great experience – if the weather holds, at least – and amazingly we’ve always tended to be rather lucky in that regard with our previous trips […]

Powerboat racing on Windermere, Lake District, UK

Powerboat racing on Windermere, Lake District, UK

A bylaw came into force on England’s longest lake in the year 2000 setting a speed limit on the lake of 10 knots (12 mph), despite much controversy. Proponents argued a speed ban was required on environmental and safety grounds whilst opponents pointed out that this was the last remaining lake in the Lake District where […]

Recipe of the week: Bea’s cheesecake

Recipe of the week: Bea’s cheesecake

Nothing beats a good cheesecake and this tried and tested recipe creates a decadent and smooth dessert that is pretty much the perfect end to any meal. With a crumbly crust, vanilla filling and a wonderfully creamy topping, serve a slice of this with some fresh fruit for a delicious sweet spring treat. Serves 12. […]

Short stay: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, UK

Short stay: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, UK

My stay at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was all too brief, arriving at around midnight and leaving the next morning in order to catch a flight to Shanghai from Heathrow. That said, it still gave me enough time to get a brief insight into why this beautiful George Gilbert Scott designed building has become […]

7 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

7 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On a trip a short while ago (not written about on this blog), we went on a short, not-so-luxurious camping trip on the excellent National Trust campsite in the Langdales in the heart of the English Lake District. Unfortunately it was cut short with a visit to hospital (I’ll spare you the details!), but I did at […]

Photograph of the week: A secret spot near Corrubedo, Galicia

Photograph of the week: A secret spot near Corrubedo, Galicia

Galicia might be a region out of the well-known touristy Spanish circuits and, in some sense, it might be good to leave it like that. It has a rugged nature awaiting to be explored that, sometimes, delights us with stunning captures like this long-exposure one. This picture was taken at a “secret” spot near Corrubedo, […]

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