Category: Europe

8 unusual experiences to help you rediscover France this Summer

8 unusual experiences to help you rediscover France this Summer

From exploring the Plantagenet City to enjoying a romantic candle-lit concert in a chateau, why not try something new in the land of classic gems? Here are 8 unusual experiences – with something to suite every taste – to help you rediscover France this Summer. If you know of something else that’s not to be […]

10 great reasons to visit Chamonix this Summer

10 great reasons to visit Chamonix this Summer

Stretching from Servoz to the Swiss border town of Barberine, the quaint Chamonix Valley is home to lovely mountain villages and high altitude summer fun. The stately slopes provide both a luxurious mountain oasis, as well as excellent opportunities for mountain biking, trail running and rock climbing. As a result, the area is widely recognised as […]

The London hotel scene hots up for Summer

The London hotel scene hots up for Summer

Even if the weather is not, the London hotel scene appears to be hotting up this summer, preparing itself for a number of high profile launches and revamps. The London EDITION, which is seen as hotelier Ian Schrager’s big return to the London scene (he launched Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane Hotel), is a collaboration with […]

5 of Finland's finest manor houses

5 of Finland’s finest manor houses

If the words ‘manor house’ conjure up visions of quintessentially English properties of a bygone era then think again. Finland’s manor houses are being restored and converted and attracting tourists. Be it noble families or industrial magnates, Finland’s wealthy have left a legacy of impressive estates in bucolic locations that are now open to all. […]

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

A growing trend in the travel industry in recent years has been the offering of hotel rooms by the hour.  Whilst traditionally this might give rise to raised eyebrows, all might not be quite as it seems so don’t be too quick to judge.  Dayuse Hotels has negotiated special rates at luxury hotels around the world, […]

An unforgettable Venetian experience in July

An unforgettable Venetian experience in July

The Festa del Redentore (Celebration of the Redeemer), which takes place every year during the third weekend of July, is both a spectacular celebration and a very moving, traditional religious event, and definitely right up there, with the Venice Carnival, as a great Venetian experience!  Its origins go back to the 16th Century, and the terrible plague of 1576, […]

5 eco-friendly stays you won't want to miss

5 eco-friendly stays you won’t want to miss

In the last five years the travel industry has picked up its act when it comes to offering sustainable experiences. Not only have more agencies, accommodations and destinations embraced the eco agenda, but many have done so without making the holiday goer sacrifice an ounce of luxury. Good news for those seeking a richer and […]

The French Riviera's top 5 Summer music festivals

The French Riviera’s top 5 Summer music festivals

It’s not all pleasure for the famous names in music who descend to the Côte d’Azur each Summer, perfect tabloid fodder when captured frolicking on board superyachts or beachside in St Tropez. In fact, there’s rarely a free weekend in the event calendar and a variety of music festivals allow visiting artists the opportunity to balance out all […]

Kouros Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Kouros Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Offering a panoramic view of the old and new Mykonos ports, Delos Island and the Aegean Sea, Kouros Hotel & Suites lies just a breath away from the vibrant Mykonos town centre. Guests can enjoy the shops, restaurants and of course the famous nightlife of the renowned island. The airport is 7 kilometres away and […]

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

St Tropez has changed dramatically from the Provencal fishing village it once was; back in the 1920s it attracted the likes of Coco Chanel and it continues to attract the jet set during the summer months. Whilst they may anchor off shore in their super yachts the attractions ashore are similar for the famous and […]

The South of France on more of a shoestring than the Ecclestones!

The South of France on more of a shoestring than the Ecclestones!

Finally made it there last August! We took advantage of the BA short haul £35 BA Club Europe offer and kicked off with another nice afternoon in the galleries lounge.  Better still our outbound was on one of the lovely BA Dove planes and the return leg was on the Firefly that carried the Olympic […]

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, originally from Italy, moved to London in 2000, after working in Belgium and Germany. After 13 years as Direct Marketing Manager for international publishing and news companies, most recently for Bloomberg LP, Paola decided to launch Passepartout Homes in 2011. This is her first experience as an entrepreneur. Paola graduated from the Catholic University […]

5 of the best places in London to enjoy a fine beer

5 of the best places in London to enjoy a fine beer

Beer, or real ale, is inextricably tied up with English history. While many these days prefer to stick to continental lagers, there is still a huge contingent which is serious about their beers. In fact, the 13th to 17th August 2013 sees the Great British Beer Festival land at London’s Olympia exhibition hall. If you’ll […]

Top 10 tourist attractions in Tirol

Top 10 tourist attractions in Tirol

When looking at the best places to travel in Europe, the focus is generally on a specific city or country. Don’t forget to think regionally, as each country has such diverse regional offerings to individual visitors. As one of the nine provinces in Austria, the Tirol region is well known as a year-round destination: Winter […]

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Being half Cornish it would be fair to say I spent a fair amount of my childhood holidays in Cornwall, but only in the past few days have I really discovered it.  My parents have said it was clearly a waste of time to take a young child to all the beautiful places that I’ve visited […]

The world’s greatest railway journey

The world’s greatest railway journey

The main attraction of any railway journey is the gradual, graceful change in scenery as you move through different timezones and climates. Travelling on board the incredible Golden Eagle Private Train along the Trans-Siberian Railway you will pass through eight distinct time zones, and travel over 6,000 miles – one third of the way around […]

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