Category: Europe

Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

This is a view of Wastwater in the Lake District, seen from the Wasdale Head route up Scafell Pike – the ideal viewpoint from which to take in the lake’s full size. In an area full of breathtaking landscape views, this particular site was glorious to behold – after a long, hard climb to the […]

The top 3 ski resorts near Barcelona

The top 3 ski resorts near Barcelona

Spain is Europe’s second most mountainous country, and there are plenty of excellent ski resorts where you can enjoy a winter break. Several of them are very close to Barcelona, which makes it possible for you to go for a day trip or weekend, as a holiday inside your Barcelona holiday. Whether you are into […]

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 include beautiful new properties in Beijing, Kyoto, Moscow, NYC, Orlando and Vienna. Some of these hotels are entering extremely crowded markets, while others are in the enviable position of having only a few luxury competitors, making them the go-to property for most luxury travelers to that destination. […]

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

Winter is not all about staying inside by a fire, but also getting out in the fresh air and enjoying outdoor winter activities. Ice-skating is the perfect winter activity for all ages and a great way to get some much-needed exercise while enjoying the festive season. I’ve chosen some of the best outdoor skating rinks […]

7 private dining rooms for a decadent New Year’s Eve in London

7 private dining rooms for a decadent New Year’s Eve in London

The biggest party of the year deserves something special and nothing feels more exclusive than wining and dining the night away with your nearest and dearest in one of London’s lavish private dining rooms. With a number of top chefs and hip restaurants under its wing, British cuisine has really come to the forefront and […]

Top 5 luxury chalets to spend a magical Christmas

Top 5 luxury chalets to spend a magical Christmas

In most peoples’s mind’s eye the quintessential christmas would include traditional elements such as deep snow, a roaring log fire, a Heidi chalet somewhere in the mountains and a deep sense of contentment that the right ambience and the right interiors can engender. Throw children into the mix and the full magic of christmas can be seen […]

The 10 best places in the world to run a marathon

The 10 best places in the world to run a marathon

If you have a love of both running and travel, then our guide to 10 of the best marathons in the world will hopefully inspire you to your next marathon challenge. Like travel, marathon running has seen considerable growth in the last decade or two. We’ve included a real mix in compiling this list, from […]

Where to watch in 2015

Where to watch in 2015

As the end of the year approaches, travel plans for 2015 are afoot. But with so many countries to choose from, where should you pick? Looking at the major events, trends and political changes around the world, our top five predictions for 2015 are Sri Lanka, Romania, Vietnam, Colombia and Oman. Here’s why you should […]

The five most luxurious hotels in Oxford, UK

The five most luxurious hotels in Oxford, UK

North-west of London and around 90 minutes by car, Oxford is a quintessentially British city that all visitors to the UK should attempt to see. Don’t arrive thinking that Oxford is similar to Brighton; unlike ‘London-by-the-Sea’, as Brighton’s fondly known, Oxford is not a party town – despite the many students that live there. You’ll […]

10 of the best discounted getaways from Small Luxury Hotels of the World

10 of the best discounted getaways from Small Luxury Hotels of the World

With the holidays upon us once more, it’s never been a better time to book with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. That’s because right now, SLH are offering discounts of up to 40% on certain hotels when you book and pay at the same time. What’s more, they’re also offering a special Club Member […]

Photograph of the week: Dusk storm over Paris

Photograph of the week: Dusk storm over Paris

It’s winter in the City of Love. A storm blows in over Paris, making the city stark against a dusky sky. The dome silhouetted in this photo is Les Invalides, the grand golden-domed monument where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried. The light is always changing in Paris, and seeing scenes such as this one, it is […]

The toughest slopes on the Alps

The toughest slopes on the Alps

Ever wondered wha the toughest slopes on the Alps are? This infographic created in association with SkiBoutique highlights ten different routes, showing the ability level required to take on each challenge, along with descriptions of the routes, altitude and maximum gradient… a really useful resource for anyone heading for the slopes this winter!

5 artist houses (and gardens) to visit around Paris

5 artist houses (and gardens) to visit around Paris

When you visit Paris, why not venture a little further outside the crowded downtown’s museums and explore authentic artists’ headquarters? Here’s a selection of five houses that witnessed the lives and art of famous painters, writers, architects and collectors. Intense creative stories still live behind these walls – discover the spirit of these talents and […]

Top 10 tips for first-timers visiting Paris

Top 10 tips for first-timers visiting Paris

I was going on a Viking River Cruise to Southern France with my best friend, Joan, who mentioned that she had never been to Paris. Mon dieu! I immediately set out to rectify this grave error, and rebooked our flights so we could at least spend the weekend in Paris before heading down to Avignon […]

6 ways to taste your way around London as a tourist over the festive season

6 ways to taste your way around London as a tourist over the festive season

If you are a visitor or a local, with a keen interest in food, London is a melting pot of international cuisine just waiting to be savoured. Here are some ways of exploring London, while enjoying some delicious food and wine experiences, during the cold winter months. 1. BB Bakery bus tour The BB Bakery, the […]

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On our latest family trip, we visited Sani Resort in Greece, just a short drive from Thessaloniki and one of only a handful of resorts in the area that remains open through to the end of October – perfect for those of us seeking a little winter sun in the October half term week! On […]

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