Category: Western Europe

Strasbourg Christmas Market

15 festive alternatives to German Christmas markets

Think Christmas markets and you think of Germany; from Munich to Nuremburg, from beer in Cologne to bratwursts in Leipzig, they seem to have it cornered, with many Christmas traditions having originated from our German cousins. If however, you’re looking for something a bit different but still pine for the magic of a pretty town […]

To Infiniti and beyond: living the luxury lifestyle in Lisbon

To Infiniti and beyond: living the luxury lifestyle in Lisbon

As one of the best city destinations in Europe for combining a city and beach experience, Lisbon enjoys an excellent, almost year-round climate with warm winds continuing to blow across from the Sahara until well into November. And it was during this month that I was invited to a luxury weekend with Infiniti, to test […]

My favorite rental properties in Spain

My favorite rental properties in Spain

One of my favorite ways for a more authentic yet luxurious  experience of Spain is to rent a villa or apartment instead of a hotel especially if you are traveling in a family group or just a group of friends. I think it gives a greater opportunity to relax while setting the tone for a […]

4K photography - now you can capture the perfect moment every time!

4K photography – now you can capture the perfect moment every time!

Have you heard about 4K photography? If you haven’t, please read my introduction to 4K photography here. If you have, but you’re still learning, you’ll hopefully find my 10 top tips to improving your 4K photography - which were compiled with the help of Panasonic – helpful. If you haven’t much time and simply want to get a quick overview of […]

Short stay: SACO Apartments - St. Martin's, Covent Garden, London, UK

Short stay: SACO Apartments – St. Martin’s, Covent Garden, London, UK

Sometimes when travelling it’s a pleasant change to simply have time to yourself, without the formalities of a hotel. Whilst I enjoy staying in luxury hotels, the privacy you get from luxury serviced apartments or self-catering accommodation is always a welcome alternative. SACO Apartments have serviced apartments at 160 locations in 44 countries across the […]

5 squares tell the story of Barcelona

5 squares tell the story of Barcelona

Where else can you find the true history of Barcelona but in those squares that have watched every step of Barcelona’s life evolve through the centuries? You may have strolled through Plaça St Jaume or taken the metro to Plaça Catalunya and walked down La Rambla to the seafront, but when you look a bit […]

Short stay: The Wellesley, Hyde Park, London, UK

Short stay: The Wellesley, Hyde Park, London, UK

Opened in December 2012, The Wellesley is a 1920s townhouse boutique hotel has been beautifully restored with a modern take on the art deco style and with every modern convenience. Named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington who served twice as Prime Minister between 1828 and 1834 and later as leader of the House of […]

Firework display in Tignes at New Year

Top 3 ski resorts for bringing in the New Year with a bang

New Year celebrations really took off for me the first time I was in Zermatt and experienced an outdoor celebration in a winter wonderland. It all made sense, this was how you were supposed to do it. It had all the elements, enough drink sloshing about to float the Titanic, happy smiling people, a firework […]

Short stay: Garden House, Rosewood London, Holborn, London, UK

Short stay: Garden House, Rosewood London, Holborn, London, UK

Situated close to Covent Garden in the Holborn area of the West End, and just a few minutes’ walk from Holborn Underground station on the Central and Piccadilly lines, the Rosewood London occupies a restored Edwardian mansion, complete with Belle Époque charm, the entrance to which can be found via a carriageway and central courtyard. […]

6 of the best luxury Winter destinations in Greece

6 of the best luxury Winter destinations in Greece

Who said that Greece is a summer destination only? This Mediterranean country is home to some awesome mountains, ski resorts, luxurious chalets and great comfort food, making it a top holiday spot all year long. The fact that most of these resorts are a few hours drive from the capital, Athens, just makes these winter […]

Short stay: The Laslett, Notting Hill, London, UK

Short stay: The Laslett, Notting Hill, London, UK

Newly opened in August 2015, The Laslett by Living Rooms can be found on Pembridge Gardens, just a minute’s walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground station. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this boutique hotel is set across five Victorian townhouses and takes its inspiration from Notting Hill’s cultural heritage and creative […]

5 reasons for a winter holiday in Andalucia

5 reasons for a winter holiday in Andalucia

While Andalucía is well known as a sun-seekers paradise, I have a little secret to share… summer is not the nicest time of year to visit. Sure, if you only have that short time for a break, you like it hot, and you want some guaranteed rays then it’s a good choice. However, there are […]

6 songs about the soul of Paris

6 songs about the soul of Paris

In those dark times, it is more important than ever to prove the whole world why they should still come to visit us in Paris. After those obnoxious attempts, Paris rose as it always has. As Maurice Chevallier once sang, Paris will always be Paris / The most beautiful city in the world / Despite […]

Shaken or stirred: 6 of London's best Martini bars

Shaken or stirred: 6 of London’s best Martini bars

Suave, sophisticated, legendary – the Martini is a drink that needs no introduction. It’s been the cocktail of choice for some of Britain’s most enigmatic leading roles and counts film stars, Prime Ministers and of course, secret agents, in its following. A Martini is a cocktail that means serious business, synonymous with style, glamour and […]

Paros not Santorini

4 alternative Greek islands to soak up some luxury

Sometimes, the best things in life can be a bit of a double-edged sword. The Greek islands are certainly some of the most beautiful islands in the Med; but they’re also hugely popular with tourists all year round. So if you’re after Greece’s best kept secrets, here are 4 alternative islands which may be of […]

Calella de Palafrugell views from sea

Secrets of Spain: Calella de Palafrugell – Catalonia’s prettiest resort?

Considered to be Spain’s prettiest resort by some British travel journalists, Calella de Palafrugell is an idyllic, ancient fishing village, with crystalline water that laps up against the sandy shores, where fishing boats lie on the sand, just as they have done for centuries. Whitewashed and pastel coloured buildings watch over the Mediterranean, silhouetted by […]

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