Category: Western Europe

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

Tokyo, traditionally regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world, no longer tops those rankings. The global cost of living survey conducted by ECA International sees them fall from 1st to 6th, whilst cities in Norway (due to the strong krone) and Africa are now regarded as the most expensive places to […]

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

So where would you think are the top places to be in Europe this year? Paris for the end of the 100th Tour de France perhaps? Russia for the World Athletics Championships? Croatia, the latest addition to the European Union? According to an article just published by Lonely Planet, the top 10 European travel destinations […]

 Top 4 experiences you should try in Patmos, Greece

Top 4 experiences you should try in Patmos, Greece

Patmos is a well kept secret among jet setters in the northern part of the Dodecanese complex, one of the few places that has preserved its medieval settlements since the 12th Century. Historically is known for pilgrimage with a plethora of Monasteries, most of which are World Heritage sites: the cave of the Apocalypse and […]

3 days in Paris and 15 things to do

3 days in Paris and 15 things to do

I love Paris!  It is about an hour’s flight from either Southampton or Heathrow and the change in climate is staggering – much more continental.  I think Paris is best done in short bursts; there is so much to see but I strongly believe it is best to see it in foot, and there is […]

Top 5 Autumn harvests

Top 5 Autumn harvests

The softening of the sun and changing of the leaves marks the beginning of the perfect season to get away and experience local traditions. With many cities throughout Europe taking the time to celebrate their harvest, travelers are given a unique opportunity to interact with locals from the entire region. Our list of the top […]

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

5 highlights of your cycling holiday in Umbria

Lying just to the east of Tuscany, Umbria shares its natural beauty, medieval and Renaissance history and art, and wonderful food and wine. Only one thing is missing – the tourist crowds! A cycling tour is the perfect way to explore the untouched Umbrian countryside, as you explore lush olive orchards and fertile vineyards that […]

Pre-theatre dining in Soho, London

Pre-theatre dining in Soho, London

Shaftesbury Avenue has been at the centre of London’s Theatreland for over a century. The gilded architectural flourishes, the bespoke pavements the enticing billboards have long been the iconic façade of London’s entertainment industry, whilst up dark side alleys, past stage doors and strip joints, Soho has enjoyed a totally different relationship with London’s visitors. […]

5 luxurious Summer ski destinations

5 luxurious Summer ski destinations

Seasoned travellers seeking a new Summer escape may find luxurious adventures in an unlikely place – on the ski slopes. From the Alps to Argentina, these mountain destinations offer consistent snow conditions, lively culture and upscale accommodations. Here are our top 5 luxurious Summer ski destinations: Portillo, Chile Almost unearthly in its beauty, Ski Portillo Resort is nestled amongst the towering […]

Top 10 luxury London freebies

Top 10 luxury London freebies

Finding luxury without paying full whack is a bit of an art in an expensive city like London.  This list should help, whether it’s views, booze or loos you wish to luxuriate in. It helps to have a hardy constitution and be willing to blag a little (or at least to dress up and look […]

Why now is the perfect time to buy a luxury villa in Puglia

Why now is the perfect time to buy a luxury villa in Puglia

Puglia is  increasingly popular as a holiday destination, and the emergence of a number of stunning luxury hotels, combined with the area’s charm, natural beauty and exceptional food and wine, has helped place it firmly on the map as an upcoming ‘luxury’ destination as well.Many foreign visitors have fallen in love with the place, bought […]

The top 3˝ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

The top 3˝ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

Though you may not have even heard of the little region of La Axarquia in the eastern most corner of Malaga Province, this mountainous coastal territory was the renowned global centre of sweet wine production only 150 years ago and production began at least 3000 years ago with the Phoenicians. Since the “phylloxera”ť aphid scourge […]

8 unusual experiences to help you rediscover France this Summer

8 unusual experiences to help you rediscover France this Summer

From exploring the Plantagenet City to enjoying a romantic candle-lit concert in a chateau, why not try something new in the land of classic gems? Here are 8 unusual experiences – with something to suite every taste – to help you rediscover France this Summer. If you know of something else that’s not to be […]

10 great reasons to visit Chamonix this Summer

10 great reasons to visit Chamonix this Summer

Stretching from Servoz to the Swiss border town of Barberine, the quaint Chamonix Valley is home to lovely mountain villages and high altitude summer fun. The stately slopes provide both a luxurious mountain oasis, as well as excellent opportunities for mountain biking, trail running and rock climbing. As a result, the area is widely recognised as […]

The London hotel scene hots up for Summer

The London hotel scene hots up for Summer

Even if the weather is not, the London hotel scene appears to be hotting up this summer, preparing itself for a number of high profile launches and revamps. The London EDITION, which is seen as hotelier Ian Schrager’s big return to the London scene (he launched Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane Hotel), is a collaboration with […]

5 of Finland's finest manor houses

5 of Finland’s finest manor houses

If the words ‘manor house’ conjure up visions of quintessentially English properties of a bygone era then think again. Finland’s manor houses are being restored and converted and attracting tourists. Be it noble families or industrial magnates, Finland’s wealthy have left a legacy of impressive estates in bucolic locations that are now open to all. […]

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

A growing trend in the travel industry in recent years has been the offering of hotel rooms by the hour.  Whilst traditionally this might give rise to raised eyebrows, all might not be quite as it seems so don’t be too quick to judge.  Dayuse Hotels has negotiated special rates at luxury hotels around the world, […]

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