Category: Western Europe

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

In less than four hours you could be living the idyllic British sporting life. In less than four hours, a sleek train could whisk you from the bustle of central London to the quiet green banks of the crystal clear River Tweed, where the only sounds are the swish of your salmon line and the […]

Getting married abroad?  Try Greece...

Getting married abroad? Try Greece…

If you are thinking of getting married abroad, then spare a thought for Greece which, since 1982, has recognised both civil and religious marriage ceremonies by Greek law. This is your big day – and an opportunity of a lifetime – so you want to choose a truly special and memorable location. And choosing somewhere […]

The fake city of Paris... in China!

The fake city of Paris… in China!

Do you remember our blog post about the Chinese replica of the Austrian village of Hallstatt? They built a full scale replica of the Apline village in the Guangdong province of China. Well, it doesn’t stop there – the Chinese have also designed replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns. One such place is Tianducheng, […]

The world's best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve […]

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime honeymoon trip to Europe or are a celebrity and only the best will do for you and your entourage, you’ll want not just a 5-star hotel in a great location, but a suite, preferably one with a fantastic view. Here are my picks for the best luxury […]

Afternoon tea - 13 choices

Afternoon tea – 13 choices

Afternoon tea is thankfully a Great British institution and it is very unlikely to ever go out of fashion. It also blends 2 very good quotes and so as a result it must be something that needs to be taken often? 1. Henry James: there are very few hours in life more agreeable than the […]

5 luxury Autumn breaks that won’t break the bank

5 luxury Autumn breaks that won’t break the bank

An Autumn getaway is an appealing idea. You can find far cheaper flights and accommodation and enjoy some real relaxation now the screaming children are safely back in school. From October onwards the weather tends to be more unpredictable but if you know where to go you can still find the sun. Here are five of […]

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

October is a great month for visiting Mallorca – particularly if you’re a foodie. There’s lots of room on the beaches, the sea is warm, the island is lush and green, and there are two upcoming events that could tempt you to book a last minute short break on the Spanish island, which remains mainly […]

One night in a Palace

One night in a Palace

The Gstaad Palace is Switzerland’s only family run five star hotel and has a reputation for the finest luxury service and attention to detail, your intrepid reporter was about to find out if the Palace lived up to it’s regal billing. I was going to make the most of my stay here. I was booked in […]

5 scary things to do for Halloween in Paris

5 scary things to do for Halloween in Paris

Halloween is coming up in less than a month now. Are you tired of the standard, same old ghost and vampire fancy dress outfits? Looking for something different from the usual pumpkin carving this year? We’ve selected 5 quirky, freaky activities especially for you so that you and the family can enjoy a spooky, spine-chilling […]

Paris is for lovers...

Paris is for lovers…

A kaleidoscopic city of dreamy nostalgia, culinary wonders and effortless brilliance, Paris is both enchanting and inspiring. You can walk across it in a matter of hours, fall for its charms in minutes and feel the need to return. Constantly. Afterall, Paris is for lovers… of art. No matter how many times you visit the […]

5 ways to indulge in London during October

5 ways to indulge in London during October

Are you planning a visit to London this month? The month of October in England’s capital city isn’t just about dressing up as a pumpkin and eating witches’ broth from a cauldron – there are some far more sophisticated pursuits on offer. Here are some of the best, from cocktail tasting to bicycle polo. London […]

Recipe of the week: Roast loin of Dorset lamb and braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’

Recipe of the week: Roast loin of Dorset lamb and braised shoulder ‘shepherd’s pie’

This delicious plateful of local Dorset lamb is a fine example of an English dish rejuvenated with a modern European twist. Lovingly braised shoulder gives the traditional shepherd’s pie an opulent twist, encased in a golden potato ring and topped with melt in the mouth potato foam. A generous portion of roasted lamb loin on […]

5 of the best sunsets in the world

5 of the best sunsets in the world

One of the most magical moments of any holiday is watching the sun set over stunning scenery. The sunset becomes part of the daily routine, as you sip a cold cocktail or crisp glass of wine while watching the sky become a canvas of crimson, orange and pink. Here are some of my favourite spots […]

Helicopter skiing in Iceland

Helicopter skiing in Iceland

Ever fancied helicopter skiing in Iceland? This is adventure heli-skiing at its best: thousands of never before skied peaks with vertical descents of up to 4500ft. Arctic Heli Skiing is operated by Bergmenn Mountain Guides on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland; they are Iceland’s only UIAGM-IFMGA certified mountain guides. Join the professionals for a […]

Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

This week’s recipe is a refreshing delicacy from the heart of the Algarve. The fresh bluefin tuna melts in the mouth, perfectly complementing the smooth creaminess and spicy bite of wasabi ice cream. This dish is served with two beautifully contrasting sauces, sweet passionfruit and sharp salty soya, and garnished with chives to decorate. Comprised […]

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