Category: Western Europe

A unique opportunity to see a jewel of the Roman Renaissance

The magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Rome, home to the French Embassy, usually closed to the public is exceptionally open this year, until 27th April 2011 for a great exhibition of about 150 works of art gathered from some of the major Italian and French museums, but also from USA and other European collections. The main […]

A fine Chianti classic

A fine Chianti classic

As you wind your way up through the canopy of twisted oaks and slopes, filled with olive trees and vines you’ll begin to hear the strains of Puccini in your ears. Arriving at a the tiny Tuscan village of Moncioni, drop your bags in the cool welcoming lobby before scurrying out onto the lavender-filled terrace […]

Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled escape at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort

Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled escape at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort

Add a slice of adventure to your life with an adrenaline-filled short break at the luxurious five-star Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork, Ireland. Stay for two nights in a deluxe room, including breakfast both mornings, and experience the beautiful coastline and surrounding countryside of East Cork from a different perspective by taking part in an […]

19 of the world's sexiest hotels

19 of the world’s sexiest hotels

Just two weeks after The Luxury Travel Bible issued a press release with its top 10 sexiest hotels in the world for Valentine’s, I’ve been sent an email by Tripadvisor with their own top 10 sexy hotels.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there aren’t many that are common to both lists.   Here are the two lists: […]

The best après-ski spots in Val d'Isère

The best après-ski spots in Val d’Isère

Proud to be one of the most exciting and lively après-ski resorts in the Alps, Val d’Isère is set to make this season its best yet, with a host of new openings, celebrations and end-of-season parties that will be hard to forget. Whilst infamous for its unforgettable skiing possibilities, Val d’Isère also has an unrivalled […]

Great opportunity for tennis fans in Zurich

Great opportunity for tennis fans in Zurich

This year, tennis legends Tim Henman and Pete Sampras are joining the BNP Paribas Zurich Open for the first time. Their inclusion makes the Open one of the top fields on the ATP Champions Tour as they play alongside the likes of John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic and Henri Leconte, all hitting Zurich next week […]

The world’s scariest footpath and motorbike trail

There’s nothing luxurious here, but I think anyone with a love of travel would find it interesting, so I’m sharing it regardless!  First up, a footpath that’s being billed on YouTube as the world’s scariest.  El camino del ray is a via ferrata that’s now fallen into a state of disrepair, located in the province […]

The wonderful world of Venice, Italy

The wonderful world of Venice, Italy

Venice, a part of Italy that many Venetians consider a separate country, and it that is hard to argue with as it is much different than most other parts of Italy with the many canals and no personal vehicles allowed. Walking Venice is a wonderful and even romantic way to see the sites, as you […]

The most luxurious places in Northern Tuscany: Riviera-Versilia

The most luxurious places in Northern Tuscany: Riviera-Versilia

Versilia Riviera, set on the Northern Tuscany coast, has become a favourite retreat for celebrities and wealthy vacationers. Its reputation dates to the 1960s, when industrialists made wealthy by a booming economy chose Versilia as a place to get away – followed soon thereafter by the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, who eventually chose Viareggio’s […]

Lindt World of Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany

Lindt World of Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is a gorgeous and ancient city, snuggled right next to the Rhine River so, like most of the German river towns and cities, it is extremely accessible by river cruise ships. You can tour the lovely cathedral, stroll the cobblestone streets, have a coffee at one of the cafes or shop for beautiful […]

Paint the town red with Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Shoe shopping, Champagne, an iconic five-star hotel, manicures and pedicures and lunch in one of London’s hottest restaurants. What more can a girl ask for? Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London and Christian Louboutin have joined forces to create the ‘Paint the Town Red’ package – the ultimate treat. Guests will be able to check in to […]

Cheese tasting at the Reypenaer Tasting Rooms in Amsterdam

We stepped out of one of the ubiquitous Amsterdam canal boats onto the cobblestone path which ran beside the scenic canal. Many-leveled warehouses with big windows which had been converted to homes and apartments overlooked the canal and hundreds of bikes – the transportation of choice in Amsterdam – lined the streets. But we didn’t […]

Bach’s Germany: Escorted Tour and Travel in Leipzig

Soft glimmers of light resting upon the gentle rock of yachts always remind me of our escorted wine cruise on Lake Cospuden in Leipzig, Germany.  Surprised?  Not me! I was surprised at first, though.  I didn’t know how amazing the glow of summer and autumn in Leipzig could be.  You see, my knowledge of Europe […]

5 of the most luxurious hotels in the world

5 of the most luxurious hotels in the world

For some, the ‘perfect holiday’ involves relaxing and getting away from the stresses of modern life. For those people, staying in a luxury hotel is a great way of achieving this. Whilst this certainly isn’t a cheap holiday option, it is one of the best. If you are planning a trip to a luxury hotel […]

How many hot chocolates can you drink?

How many hot chocolates can you drink?

With the promise of snow across the Alps, temperatures are plummeting, drawers are being ransacked for extra thermal layers and that all important question is on many a skier or snowboarder’s blue lips: ‘where shall we go for hot chocolate?’ Switzerland is the chocolate capital of the world, and Zermatt the best chocolate cliché of […]

The top 10 skiing resorts according to Bing UK

The top 10 skiing resorts according to Bing UK

The new Ski Resorts Visual Search tool from Bing allows users to explore and snowplough their way through 486 different ski resort locations, saving them the hassle of flicking through  countless holiday brochures when searching for last minute skiing holidays. With rich colour images of the top skiing resorts, users can helpfully filter results down by region, difficulty, number of […]

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