Category: Western Europe

8 of the most beautiful secret places in Rome

8 of the most beautiful secret places in Rome

Rome’s beauty is hardly a secret. A walk through the city takes you past gardens of orange trees and umbrella pines, monumental Roman ruins, ornate churches, faded frescoes, Renaissance palazzi, Baroque fountains, marble statues of saints and angels, and so much more. But some of the most beautiful parts of the city are also some […]

Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

The Neue Wache lies on the famous Unter den Linden street in Berlin. It looks like a classical building but only dates back to 1815, when it was built as a guardhouse for the soldiers of the crown prince of Prussia. In 1931, Neue Wache was transformed into a memorial for German victims of World […]

6 things to do on vacation in Hamburg

6 things to do on vacation in Hamburg

The city of Hamburg is located in the northern part of Germany just on the Elbe River. It’s easily the country’s largest port and commercial centre, and one of the busiest and largest in Europe and the ninth largest in the world. Hamburg is the next highest populated city after Berlin. The people of Hamburg […]

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

When you think about Icelandic cuisine you may struggle a little at first to think of what a classic regional dish might comprise of. However, modern Icelandic menus are, in fact, breaking boundaries and many talented chefs are taking traditional ingredients and reinterpreting these into more refined contemporary dishes. This Wild Mushroom Soup recipe demonstrates […]

Photograph of the week: Stunning Cinque Terre

Photograph of the week: Stunning Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre consists of five small fishing villages that were built on a steep landscape right up to the cliffs on the coast. The villages terraces are now a very famous tourist attraction on the west coast of northern Italy. The villages are a part of the National Park Cinque Terre which is under the […]

The definitive guide for UK drivers travelling in Europe this Summer

The definitive guide for UK drivers travelling in Europe this Summer

We are heading to Spain shortly with our car and a boat trailer, taking the ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries. Our sons are competing in a sailing World Championships for their class of boat so it’s set to be an exciting trip! It’s a trip that’s also required a lot of planning, though, […]

4 superb London luxury boutique hotels

4 superb London luxury boutique hotels

London is a favorite city to visit, both as the main destination and as part of an extended European trip. And for Europeans, it’s a great long weekend break (or even a staycation, for Londoners). Tastes often diverge when it comes to where to stay, even in the luxury hotel market, but fortunately London offers superb […]

The top 5 Italian city breaks

The top 5 Italian city breaks

Surrounded by the clear blue seas of the Mediterranean with a spine of mountainous terrain, there is no magical landscape that Italy cannot provide. We’re not talking your average sandy beach with sea views – we’re talking the Amalfi Coast, with its larger-than-life coastline featuring historic sea-facing villages nestled in the rocky crevices. It’s not […]

5 unique things to do around the Amalfi Coast

5 unique things to do around the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast needs no introduction. The cliffs, the lemon trees, the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the blue grotto, and the islands of Capri and Ischia have been subjects of countless books and melodies. It is an area of southern Italy that has been luring visitors for thousands of years in search of history, […]

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5 of our favourite islands in the Mediterranean

Summer is a great time for island hopping. And there are fewer places as beautiful and accessible as the Med when it comes to holiday islands. For beach bums, sun queens and ocean dreamers, here are 5 of our all-time favourite islands in the Mediterranean. 1. Cyprus The island nation of Cyprus is best known […]

High shopping in the Dolomites

High shopping in the Dolomites

San Candido is one of Italy’s premier mountain resorts, situated in the Unesco Heritage Dolomite Mountains. Offering a wide range of both summer and winter activities, boasting first-class facilities and breathtaking hikes. The town is well-known for it’s spectacular mountain views and for it’s tempting shopping experiences. From exclusive boutiques, shoe stores, sport apparel and equipment, […]

A luxury golf break at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Buckinghamshire, UK

A luxury golf break at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Buckinghamshire, UK

The estate of Stoke Park has a long history dating back over 900 years but it was John Penn – 1760 to 1834 – who was responsible for most of what you can see today. In the latter part of the 18th century James Wyatt, architect to King George III,  worked on the development of […]

8 under-the-radar European destinations

8 under-the-radar European destinations

Summer is here (sort of) and so begins the pretty predictable exodus to the popular parts of Europe, from the Spanish Costas and cypress tree-dotted hills of Tuscany to the beaches of the South of France. These places are popular for a very good reason, but for anyone seeking even a smidgeon of originality (or […]

Top 4 foodie destinations for the luxury traveller

Top 4 foodie destinations for the luxury traveller

For the luxury traveller, VIP travel is about luxury and comfort but its also about quality. The quality of the experience, the quality of the products and for some in particular, the quality of the food and drink which can be enjoyed and savoured during the holiday. As well as being food enthusiasts ourselves (read […]

The 6 best clubs in Barcelona for Summer

The 6 best clubs in Barcelona for Summer

Many people come to Barcelona for its nonstop energy, eclectic style and vibrant nightlife. The clubbing scene is Barcelona is known as one of the best in the world, with endless options to suit every different type of partygoer. However, when you want to party like a VIP there are a few that stand out […]

The cheerful chiringuitos of Malaga, Spain

The cheerful chiringuitos of Malaga, Spain

Time generally passes slowly in Andalucia, which is perhaps why so many people flock to the pastoral hills and shimmering shores of this southern most region of Spain for rest and relaxation in the seemingly endless sunshine. The blazing summer sun inches unhurriedly across the sky with the pace that for many has come to […]

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