Category: Europe

Top 3 restaurants in Chania, Crete, with owners’ best-kept secrets!

Top 3 restaurants in Chania, Crete, with owners’ best-kept secrets!

Crete’s natural beauty is equaled only by the richness of its history. This unique nature, a fruitful blend of sun, sea and the mountain terrain inspired Cretan people to develop their own culinary scene which was also the foundation of the Mediterranean diet. The cuisine has a real personality and undeniable local style sourced by […]

7 of the best restaurants in Athens

7 of the best restaurants in Athens

Beyond the classical Athens, guests are now spoiled with a variety of culinary experiences as the new gastronomy scene offers more than just top chefs and trendy restaurants. Architecture meets food creativity and styling, the new restaurant concepts are worth exploring and among my favorites are the below: Funky Gourmet Funky Gourmet is located in […]

Secret escapes - 3 'off-the-map' Alpine ski resorts‏‏

Secret escapes – 3 ‘off-the-map’ Alpine ski resorts‏‏

During the Cold War, there used to be a smattering of towns in the USSR that were ‘off the map’. Officially they didn’t exist. Soviet mapmakers hid them in their atlases with the clever use of whatever they had to hand at the time (presumably well-placed blobs of gravy from a hearty lunchtime goulash?). Fast-forward […]

5 original destinations for 2015

5 original destinations for 2015

It’s the time of year when we in the travel industry stare deep into our crystal balls, peer at the tea leaves and read the runes (and do a bit of considered research, naturally) to predict the delectable destinations that we think will hit the heights in 2015. These can be completely new places around […]

9 of London's most iconic views at night

9 of London’s most iconic views at night

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS London is a city that has seen considerable change in the last 20 years. Of course, many of the capital’s most notable buildings such as St. Paul’s and the Palace of Westminster have been around for centuries, but two decades ago there was no London Eye (completed in […]

The eleven stars of Andalusian cuisine

The eleven stars of Andalusian cuisine

The constellation of Andalusia’s Michelin stars just got a little brighter. In a seemingly symbolic nod to the rising eminence of Andalusian gastronomy, the gala event to announce the 2015 Michelin Guide for Spain was held in the Andalusian port city of Marbella this year. While no new restaurants were added to the elite list of […]

Top tips on how to make an Alpine activity holiday ‘luxury’!

Top tips on how to make an Alpine activity holiday ‘luxury’!

The attraction of an alpine activity holiday is evident – lots of fun and adventure and memorable bonding experiences to be shared between family and friends in the fresh air and beautiful mountains! Take that experience to the next level and do it in luxury. Make every activity a special one with all the trimmings […]

Top 5 cycling destinations for foodies this Spring

Top 5 cycling destinations for foodies this Spring

Most cyclists watch their diet, but when it comes to getting away on a cycling vacation, some travelers like to indulge in fine meals. I know when I travel, I tend to look for the most delicious and authentic specialties a region offers. The good news for my fellow cyclists? Taking what I like to […]

4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours

4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours

Even if I perfectly understand that when you come to Paris, you wish to visit the “must-see” attractions, I would like in this article to propose five walks a bit away from classic city tours. If you stay several days in Paris, it should be easy to find enough time for to the Tour Eiffel or Notre […]

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS Fed up with turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas is very much upon us but if you’re in London and looking for something a little bit different to the usual festive fayre, then read on for 10 of the best Christmas menus in the capital. This post was […]

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 […]

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