Category: Eastern Europe

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 […]

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 […]

Top 5 fall cycling rides

Top 5 fall cycling rides

The fall season welcomed me with a myriad of opportunities to travel, and with that came an expansive list of cycling destinations. This year’s expeditions were some of my favorite to date, yielding countless memories and great opportunities. I never turn down an opportunity to get some good riding in, especially when the weather calls […]

27 of Europe's best Christmas markets

27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations, roasted chestnuts, local delicacies and the opportunity to shop til you drop. What more could you want? Festive singing, a bit of ice-skating, unusual local arts and crafts and plenty of Christmas cheer – that’s what it’s all about in some of the finest Christmas markets Europe […]

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city filled with extravagant historical palaces, cathedrals and royal gardens. Long recognized as the intellectual and cultural center of Russia, this former capital has been spiffing things up with a growing number of luxury hotels and a vibrant restaurant scene truly befitting this City of the Czars. Below are my […]

Photograph of the week: Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

Photograph of the week: Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

The wet limestone-paved Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Old Town Dubrovnik glistened under the street lights. First established around the 7th Century, the Old Town became an important sea power in the Mediterranean during the 13th Century. Dubrovnik is increasingly popular with cruise ships and tourists. However this walled city is quiet during the winter […]

Top 10 reasons why now is the perfect time to visit Tallinn, Estonia

Top 10 reasons why now is the perfect time to visit Tallinn, Estonia

The first time I visited Tallinn was approximately 10 years after Estonia regained its independence in 1991. My impressions were that although it had excellent Slavic cheekbones it was still on the verge of becoming a major tourist destination. After last month’s visit, I’m here to report it has finally “verged” with flying colors. Below […]

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Zalipie is located in northern Małopolska, about 68 km (42 miles) east of the regional capital Kraków. The village has a long lasting tradition of painted cottages. The paintings are made on the outer walls of buildings, wells and fences and in the interiors of the houses. Currently in Zalipie, there are about 20 painted […]

5 of the best hotels in Moscow

5 of the best hotels in Moscow

Moscow’s rich cultural heritage infuses the city; her historic architecture and monuments, some dating to the 15th century, emanate majestic beauty. Hardly stagnant, this bustling metropolis has welcomed modernity in the form of internationally renowned high-end hotel brands. These five luxury establishments have added five-star polish to the vibrant Russian capital. Lotte Hotel Moscow The […]

Saturday in St Petersburg: the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Saturday in St Petersburg: the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

The cold was abrupt and biting as we disembarked the Moscow train. It was 10.30am in Saturday’s St Petersburg, and loud, nationalistic fanfares blared out through metallic speakers at the station. Wrapped in cashmere sweaters, suede boots and thick, bright scarves, we marched out into the dry, cold weekend. St Petersburg, Peter the Great’s ‘Venice […]

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

Every year sees a great many new hotels open and 2014 is no different. The major hotel brands are reacting to the market and diversifying as it is no longer enough to offer one brand and one product. Hilton, Marriott and Starwood amongst many others have different brands to suit different market needs. Whether it […]

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 […]

6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

How much would you usually pay for a cocktail? If you thought that £40.00 was a bit steep then you’re about to be amazed. The current world record for most expensive cocktail stands at $50,000. It was created in Moscow to commemorate the opening of the Reka Moscow restaurant and was only served once (so […]

Photograph of the week: The cliffs of Dugi Otok, Croatia

Photograph of the week: The cliffs of Dugi Otok, Croatia

Croatia has one of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe. With over 1,100 islands, it is a true dream for anyone who likes sailing or yachting. The cliffs of Dugi Otok, are one of the most dramatic landscapes of the Adriatic with two fascinating bays at each end, as well as some of Croatia’s most […]

 Top 4 places to view the Northern Lights

Top 4 places to view the Northern Lights

Considered to be one of the world’s most magical natural resources, the Aurora Borealis is a breathtaking wonder that colours the sky in a multitude of ethereal hues. Best seen between November and March, their spectacular appearance is created by solar particles drawn towards the Pole then crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere. Here is my […]

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