Category: Western Europe

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

After raising a family and living in Monterosso for 27 years, I decided it was time for  another change. This time I chose to move from the sea towards the sky, to the magnificent peaks of the Unesco Dolomites. leaving the laid back way of life of a coastal village to the more efficient German […]

6 things to do for a relaxing weekend on the Montreux Riviera

6 things to do for a relaxing weekend on the Montreux Riviera

If you are looking for a traveling destination that will be able to help you achieve that Zen-like feeling of relaxation, look no further than the charming Montreux Riviera. Located just a little ways from the beautiful Lake Geneva, the area is part of the canton of Vaud, one of the most distinctive cultural poles […]

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

With Spring in the air in Rome, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore. Rome’s open air piazzas are not the only place in the city to congregate and enjoy la dolce vita. One of our favourites is the city’s English landscape garden, Villa Borghese, a popular city park destination for people […]

5 luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh with historic links

5 luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh with historic links

Edinburgh is a city packed full of history and heritage. With buildings dating back to the 12th century, Old Town charm and Georgian splendour, you do not have to walk far to spot an architectural gem. Edinburgh is also a city which takes its luxury seriously and there is a wide choice of superb accommodation. […]

1881 Per Sagardi Barcelona

Barcelona off the beaten track: the hidden gems of the city

Some may be quick to assume that Barcelona is nothing more than unusual Gaudi buildings and beautiful beaches. To the contrary, the Catalan capital is brimming with off-the-beaten-track treasures whether you’re looking for the best spots for clandestine dining, low-key bars, quaint and quirky museums or simply to keep away from the hoards of tourists. […]

Luxury developments on the horizon in Andalusia's Malaga province

Luxury developments on the horizon in Andalusia’s Malaga province

Though the Andalusian resort town of Marbella, on Spain’s southernmost Mediterranean coast, has long been renowned as a luxury travel playground of the rich and famous, the Costa del Sol itself gained a bit of a reputation for lower end tourism and overcrowding, particularly to the west of Malaga city. However, in recent years Malaga […]

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old stately home and Grade II Listed building, and former residence (and first marital home) to one of the present Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has established itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues but has also enjoyed a growing trade […]

3 of the best 5 star Mallorca hotels to know before you go to

3 of the best 5 star Mallorca hotels to know before you go to

Offering everything from a vibrant city life to lush countryside escapes Mallorca has been a long time favorite for many europeans seeking sea and sun. I had always thought it was just a vacation place that Germans frequented for summer holidays but I quickly realized on my very first visit that that was not the […]

Cadaques Catalonia at night

Charming Cadaques: Dali’s dreamy Summertime town

Salvador Dalí soaked up heaps of inspiration, light and colour in the charming, dreamy seaside town of Cadaques, in Catalonia. He spent many a delightful summer there, in his younger days, and later worked and lived in his home workshop in Port Lligat. Cadaques’ crystal bay is located where the Pyrenees mountains come down to […]

This Summer's top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This Summer’s top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This summer, we’ll be looking for any excuse to escape the city and revel in the sun-kissed British countryside. With this year’s calendar brimming with festivals celebrating everything from food and music to history and literature, we’re just a bit spoilt for choice. Still, we’ve somehow managed to whittle the list down to our top […]

9 other great restaurants in Copenhagen

9 other great restaurants in Copenhagen

Whilst reading an entertaining piece on this very blog regarding the ‘Top foodie cities in Europe’, I was delighted by the appearance of an Italian city (Bologna), amongst the likes of London and San Sebastian but struck by the absence of what I consider to be one of the best foodie cities in the world: Copenhagen. […]

6 luxury experiences in Rome

6 luxury experiences in Rome

If you’re looking for a luxurious city break, spend a few days taking in the sights and soaking in the spas of the Eternal City. From decadent dinners to designer shopping, Rome has it all. 1. A Roman Holiday dinner BonAppetour offers more intimate dining experiences at some of the most unique locations in Rome, including […]

Photograph of the week: Civita di Bagnoregio

Photograph of the week: Civita di Bagnoregio

This is a photograph of Civita di Bagnoregio which is an Italian hill town about 2 hours north of Rome. The picture does not do justice to this town that has been in existence for 2,500 years. There are no more than 20 people living there now, but more coming back all the time. The […]

Photograph of the week: Grand Place, Brussels

Photograph of the week: Grand Place, Brussels

Sadly, Brussels has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, but hopefully the city can bounce back from terror just like other cites such as London and Madrid have done in the past. Pictured is one of the city’s main attractions – the main plaza in the heart of the Old Town, […]

Top 4 new luxury hotel openings in 2016

Top 4 new luxury hotel openings in 2016

A number of new luxury hotels are opening in 2016, from Japan to Italy to the Caribbean to Hawaii. Although there are many tempting options, my clients are particularly interested in the following, which I consider the top 4 luxury hotel openings of 2016: 1. Amanemu: now Open A new Aman Resort is cause for […]

Top 10 bars in Edinburgh

Top 10 bars in Edinburgh

Whether it’s a cool café come wine bar, an underground speakeasy, or a luxury hotel with Prosecco on tap, Edinburgh is full of incredible places to enjoy a drink or two. With an offering to challenge cities such as London and Paris, you don’t need to go far to come across some of the best […]

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