Category: Western Europe

Get me to the church in time, Santa Catherina del Sasso, Italy

Get me to the church(es) on time!

Churches, abbeys, monasteries – whatever you call them – played a very important part in people’s lives through the ages. Whether used for a wedding, a funeral, a religious ceremony, meditation or even as a refuge in times of war, it stood out as a place of consolation and comfort. Up to this day people […]

6 'Siriusly' bewitching ways to experience the magic of Harry Potter in Edinburgh

6 ‘Siriusly’ bewitching ways to experience the magic of Harry Potter in Edinburgh

Although not an Edinburgh native, JK Rowling has spent many years in Edinburgh so it is no surprise that the magical world of Harry Potter has a great deal of resemblance to Scotland’s capital. With cobbled streets, winding alleyways and Gothic architecture, the city is ‘riddled’ with the essence of Harry Potter. Where the magic […]

The best beach clubs for a French Riviera yacht charter

The best beach clubs for a French Riviera yacht charter

Glamorous, decadent, and dripping in celebrity history, the beach clubs of the Cote d’Azur have long been synonymous with the superyacht set. Yet of the hundred or so beach clubs along this stretch of storied coastline, which ones should you visit on your superyacht charter? The best beach clubs have a seductive magic about them, […]

Travelling in Ireland: essential tips

Travelling in Ireland: essential tips

So you’re planning a vacation in Ireland? For many, visiting the Emerald Isle is a lifelong dream that is finally being realised; it may be a chance to visit your ancestral home for the very first time and might even be an opportunity to meet distant relatives. For others it’s a whimsical notion that takes […]

Vienna Neighbourhood: Otto Wagner House Koestlergasse

5 Vienna neighbourhoods with rare gems

Most Vienna travellers don’t afford the luxury of going beyond its main attractions: Inner city, Ringstrasse, Schonbrunn Palace, and key museums and coffeehouses. They will never know the neighbourhood gems hiding in the ‘world’s most livable city’ (Mercer Consulting Quality of Living Rankings). If you go on a Vienna neighbourhoods walk  you can find charming places few travellers […]

Barcelona Barceloneta sunrise Club1Hotels

5 of the world’s most exclusive hotels with up to 70% off

As you can imagine I have stayed at some absolutely amazing hotels and resorts, which is definitely one of the perks of my job. Whether I am visiting an iconic city or one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world, I always like to get the best out of my trip, by matching […]

5 of the best art stops in Rome, Italy

5 of the best art stops in Rome, Italy

Over 2,000 years ago, the Roman poet Ovid spoke of his city as the ‘Urbs Aeterna’ (‘The Eternal City’), foreseeing an unprecedented urban culture that would indeed survive the ages. Today, Rome’s nickname is a fitting tribute to almost 3,000 years of art and architecture, ranging from the idealised sculptures of the ancient Romans to […]

Win a 5-star holiday at The Peninsula, Paris with The Luxury Holiday Company

Win a 5-star holiday at The Peninsula, Paris with The Luxury Holiday Company

Win a 5-star holiday in the spectacular Peninsula, Paris – a hotel that is the epitome of Parisian style, glamour and luxury, situated mere steps away from the Arc de Triomphe. Travel to Paris stylishly with Eurostar Business Premier , enjoying Michelin-designed gastronomy as you make your way to Paris. A stylish journey to Paris […]

Recipe of the week: Steamed tentacles with vegetables and organic lemon juice

Recipe of the week: Steamed tentacles with vegetables and organic lemon juice

This is a simple Mediterranean recipe for a light, fresh and delicious dish. It’s great as a Summer meal but can also serve as an entrée in the colder months: simply make sure to always use your local seasonal vegetables. Ingredients Octopus tentacles Rosemary Garlic Pepper grains Seasonal vegetables (such as asparagus, zucchini, carrots and […]

Like 'The Amazing Race'?  Then you'll love Competitours!

Like ‘The Amazing Race’? Then you’ll love Competitours!

If you’ve been living under a rock, or you’re not a US citizen, you can probably be excused if you’ve not heard of The Amazing Race. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a multi-award-winning reality TV series with travel and adventure at its core. Contestants are pitted against one another with a series of travel-based […]

4 stunning national parks in Italy

4 stunning national parks in Italy

Italy has virtually every type of scenery one can imagine, from bucolic countrysides with rolling hills to majestic mountains to spectacular coastlines. The country preserves much of this beauty in its 25 national parks, which receive many millions of visitors every year. The stunning national parks featured below are Italy’s Top Four in terms of […]

Spain's Stonehenge - the heart and soul of Andalusia in ancient Antequera

Spain’s Stonehenge – the heart and soul of Andalusia in ancient Antequera

Little known outside of Andalusia until recently, the ancient city of Antequera in Malaga province has gained a lot of international recognition of late. Much of this renewed attention comes thanks to the Antequera Dolmens Site being awarded a UNESCO World Heritage designation in July of 2016; however, the town has held strategic importance for […]

8 Greek villas with stunning sea views

8 Greek villas with stunning sea views

There is something special about waking up to a stunning sea view, and we all know that a cocktail or a meal taste even better when the panorama around is stunning: this is why, when choosing an estate for your next holiday, its location is important: here are eight beautiful Greek villas with incredible, unforgettable […]

4 organic and healthy holiday moments in Provence

4 organic and healthy holiday moments in Provence

When we are looking at a holiday destination we often picture beautiful views, long lazy meals, dipping one’s feet in a refreshing pool, delicious food at every turn and time spent with those nearest and dearest to us. But there are some moments when you might like to strike the harmonious balance between a fantastic […]

4 of Europe's most exclusive wine experiences

4 of Europe’s most exclusive wine experiences

From the world-renowned Bordeaux region of France to the banks of the Rhine river, Europe is home to hundreds of wineries whose cellar doors are kept hospitably ajar, welcoming curious wine pilgrims inside to sample the spectrum of vintages on offer. But which offers the most exclusive and unforgettable experience for connoisseurs of the grape? […]

Top 5 mountain ski restaurants in the Alps

Top 5 mountain ski restaurants in the Alps

One of the joys of skiing is the pit stop for lunch. You perhaps caught the first lifts, have already put in a few hours and you’ve worked up a raging appetite. Your thoughts are starting to turn towards a good feed  and a chance to refuel for the afternoon session on the slopes. Mountain […]

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