Category: Western Europe

The best places to kiss in Rome

The best places to kiss in Rome

Looking to share an unforgettable kiss in Rome? The Eternal City offers endless enchanting choices for romantic gestures whether you are strolling along the Tiber River or through the ancient Forum. Outdoor markets filled with colorful produce and the enchanting scent of freshly cut flowers are inspiring, and so are corner tables in dim trattorias […]

Suite of the Week: Villa Azure, Blue Villas Collection, Mykonos, Greece

Suite of the Week: Villa Azure, Blue Villas Collection, Mykonos, Greece

Suite name: Villa Azure, Blue Villas Collection Location: Mykonos, Greece Size of accommodation: 600 sq m for the villa and 4,000 sq m for the plot of land Cost per night:  €1,917-€4,869 What makes it special: Fully landscaped gardens with lemon and olive trees at a spectacular location with panoramic views to the Aegean, featuring sunsets over Delos, the […]

Discovering Barcelona’s World Heritage Sites

Discovering Barcelona’s World Heritage Sites

Barcelona boasts 9 UNESCO world heritage sites. This prestigious international recognition is given by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to sites considered of outstanding universal value. The first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984 are 7 of the spectacular Modernist buildings by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). […]

If river cruising is the new black, then Viking is the leading fashionista!

If river cruising is the new black, then Viking is the leading fashionista!

Ocean cruising is soooo last year, which is fine by me since I’ve never understood the appeal of endlessly popping Dramamine while bobbing around the high seas with nary a speck a land in sight, gorging on mediocre buffets, tedious dis/embarkement procedures, and reduced to watching third-rate Vegas wanna-be shows. Which is why I wasn’t […]

14 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2014

14 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2014

2014 was another year filled with interesting opportunities and visits to far-flung places around the world, including trips to China and South Africa, as well as many much closer to home, including a luxury cycling trip in the Scottish Isles in the Summer. Although I still need to hone my photography skills, it’s a hobby […]

Top 3 activities for teenagers on an Alpine activity holiday

Top 3 activities for teenagers on an Alpine activity holiday

Being a teenager is challenging. Being the parent of a teenager…! After investing xteen years loving and caring for our beloved babies, they suddenly turn their backs on us and prefer to spend time with their mates. If they are not ‘hanging out’ they are glued to the iPad in cyberspace, which, of course, we as […]

Top 3 restaurants in Chania, Crete, with owners’ best-kept secrets!

Top 3 restaurants in Chania, Crete, with owners’ best-kept secrets!

Crete’s natural beauty is equaled only by the richness of its history. This unique nature, a fruitful blend of sun, sea and the mountain terrain inspired Cretan people to develop their own culinary scene which was also the foundation of the Mediterranean diet. The cuisine has a real personality and undeniable local style sourced by […]

7 of the best restaurants in Athens

7 of the best restaurants in Athens

Beyond the classical Athens, guests are now spoiled with a variety of culinary experiences as the new gastronomy scene offers more than just top chefs and trendy restaurants. Architecture meets food creativity and styling, the new restaurant concepts are worth exploring and among my favorites are the below: Funky Gourmet Funky Gourmet is located in […]

Secret escapes - 3 ‘off-the-map’ Alpine ski resorts‏‏

Secret escapes – 3 ‘off-the-map’ Alpine ski resorts‏‏

During the Cold War, there used to be a smattering of towns in the USSR that were ‘off the map’. Officially they didn’t exist. Soviet mapmakers hid them in their atlases with the clever use of whatever they had to hand at the time (presumably well-placed blobs of gravy from a hearty lunchtime goulash?). Fast-forward […]

9 of London's most iconic views at night

9 of London’s most iconic views at night

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS London is a city that has seen considerable change in the last 20 years. Of course, many of the capital’s most notable buildings such as St. Paul’s and the Palace of Westminster have been around for centuries, but two decades ago there was no London Eye (completed in […]

The eleven stars of Andalusian cuisine

The eleven stars of Andalusian cuisine

The constellation of Andalusia’s Michelin stars just got a little brighter. In a seemingly symbolic nod to the rising eminence of Andalusian gastronomy, the gala event to announce the 2015 Michelin Guide for Spain was held in the Andalusian port city of Marbella this year. While no new restaurants were added to the elite list of […]

Top tips on how to make an Alpine activity holiday ‘luxury’!

Top tips on how to make an Alpine activity holiday ‘luxury’!

The attraction of an alpine activity holiday is evident – lots of fun and adventure and memorable bonding experiences to be shared between family and friends in the fresh air and beautiful mountains! Take that experience to the next level and do it in luxury. Make every activity a special one with all the trimmings […]

Top 5 cycling destinations for foodies this Spring

Top 5 cycling destinations for foodies this Spring

Most cyclists watch their diet, but when it comes to getting away on a cycling vacation, some travelers like to indulge in fine meals. I know when I travel, I tend to look for the most delicious and authentic specialties a region offers. The good news for my fellow cyclists? Taking what I like to […]

4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours

4 walks to do in Paris away from classic city tours

Even if I perfectly understand that when you come to Paris, you wish to visit the “must-see” attractions, I would like in this article to propose five walks a bit away from classic city tours. If you stay several days in Paris, it should be easy to find enough time for to the Tour Eiffel or Notre […]

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS Fed up with turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas is very much upon us but if you’re in London and looking for something a little bit different to the usual festive fayre, then read on for 10 of the best Christmas menus in the capital. This post was […]

Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

This is a view of Wastwater in the Lake District, seen from the Wasdale Head route up Scafell Pike – the ideal viewpoint from which to take in the lake’s full size. In an area full of breathtaking landscape views, this particular site was glorious to behold – after a long, hard climb to the […]

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