Category: France

A few sacred places in Paris where you can listen to music

A few sacred places in Paris where you can listen to music

There are only a few sacred places in Paris where you can only occasionally listen to some music in a historical surrounding. La Sainte-Chapelle, located under the Conciergerie, where Björk gave once a live performance, usually hosts concerts during the New Year period and it’s a very good occasion to enter this mystical place during […]

Tempt your tastebuds at these October wine and food festivals in Paris and London

Tempt your tastebuds at these October wine and food festivals in Paris and London

With October approaching and the days becoming shorter, food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy both the culinary delights and the festival atmosphere that are offered at two distinctive annual events – the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival in Paris, and the London Restaurant Festival. Read on to learn more… Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival, 8th – 12th October […]

The top 4 historical hotels in Paris

The top 4 historical hotels in Paris

Many hotels are established in buildings originally conceived for different purposes: private mansions, conference centres, apartment blocks, etc. One such example is the Shangri-La, the five-star palace that used to be the private mansion of Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon III’s nephew. Yet Parisian hotels are often rebuked for the small rooms they offer their guests. This […]

The perfect guide to a mother-daughter bonding weekend in Paris

The perfect guide to a mother-daughter bonding weekend in Paris

As Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea”, although we think that she should’ve added “especially with your daughter”! Paris is the perfect place for some mother and daughter bonding where you can take a break, experience life as a Parisian, and leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Here you will […]

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

Courchevel is known as ‘the millionaire’s playground’ but what can you really get for your money? I have been holidaying in Courchevel since I was a child, and now, selling it as a ‘go to destination’ for my high net worth clients, I have seen it evolve over the past 20 years, today, you can […]

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy […]

Top 6 regions for a canal cruise in France

Top 6 regions for a canal cruise in France

France is at its best away from the main tourist trails, and a canal cruise is perfect for exploring some of France’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture. There are over 2700 miles of inland waterways in France and an integral part of this system is a 750-mile network of canals linking up the […]

My top 5 wineries in Europe

My top 5 wineries in Europe

It is nearly impossible to choose my favorite wineries. It’s difficult enough for me to choose my favorite bikes, food, hotels… my travels have brought me to countless vineyards across the beautiful stretches of Europe, and all have impressed me. Now, with harvest season upon us, it feels like the proper moment to pick out […]

Luxury ski chalet Olympics

Luxury ski chalet Olympics

There’s a competitive streak afoot in the luxury ski chalet world – it was ever thus, every year, someone with more money than a lottery winner ups the ante, adds a new “wow” factor feature to an already amazing residence and raises the bar, newly defining what constitutes the ultimate luxury accommodation. There are no […]

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Kat Judge, along with her husband Al, runs the chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays based in Morzine, France. They offer truly exceptional catered Alpine chalet holidays to their guests. Ever since Al and Kat met at a fancy dress party in Stoke Newington in 2006, they talked about moving from London to the Alps to […]

5 of the best ski chalets for a Summer holiday

5 of the best ski chalets for a Summer holiday

When the snow melts, revealing a lush green world and totally transforming the vistas that had skiers giddy with excitement, a whole new world awaits the summer visitor as the mountains metamorphose into a playground for activities of a different kind, which don’t all have to be energetic, the roof of the world is a […]

6 of the best hotels for art

6 of the best hotels for art

There is a definitive synergy between art and travel and, increasingly, we are finding that hotels are embracing this superlative relationship to offer guests an enriching and thought-provoking experience. Challenging the norm, art is becoming the new hotel accessory, serving to accentuate the concept that people do not want culture in prescribed pockets. Whether it […]

The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep

The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep

When it comes to fashion, we will always have Paris. The City of lights wears a merit-worthy crown as the queen of the fashion world. Paris is the last but certainly not the least of four major fashion weeks that take place during the fall. Paris is always final and definitive voice of the season […]

6 of the best baguettes de tradition in Paris

6 of the best baguettes de tradition in Paris

It’s a triage that should rightly take a lifetime, but given the “French Bread Law” (Décret n° 93-1074 du 13 septembre 1993), our choices are somewhat narrowly defined as to what is legally considered the Baguette de Tradition. So many baguettes (and croissants) sold in boulangeries are pre-made with commercial frozen dough, that specifications were […]

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 […]

The top 4 brasseries in Paris

The top 4 brasseries in Paris

France in general and Paris more specifically are well-known for their gastronomy. Yet, in the capital of France the choices for finding reasonable and good places to eat is really wide and not always easy. This is why I would like to recommend you today four famous places and affordable brasserie located in historical areas […]

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