Category: Western Europe

5 excellent alternatives to skiing in Val d’Isere this Spring

5 excellent alternatives to skiing in Val d’Isere this Spring

You may be surprised to hear that ski resorts aren’t all about skiing. I don’t mean in the summer months when there isn’t any snow to be had. I mean in the core months, when the snow is at its best and sunnier days prevail. Val d’Isere for example has five alternative events that make the [...]

Photograph of the week: Fisher’s Valley, St. Helena

Photograph of the week: Fisher’s Valley, St. Helena

The remote island of St Helena is situated 1,200 miles off the nearest landmass, off the west coast of Africa, and is currently only accessible by sea. Tourism on the island is still relatively untapped, receiving less than 1,500 tourists a year. However this is all set to change as the destination prepares to welcome [...]

Amazing Race-style team travel competition

Amazing Race-style team travel competition

There’s a travel company that is seeking to redefine luxury travel by de-emphasizing the well-known creature comforts and instead focus on the intriguing idea of the luxury of the unknown. If you have ever watched the popular travel reality TV show ‘Amazing Race’; and muttered to yourself “I could do that”… well, here’s an intriguing [...]

A leisurely afternoon in Chinatown, Manchester, UK

A leisurely afternoon in Chinatown, Manchester, UK

With the wet weather continuing unabated here in the UK, this afternoon we decided to head for Chinatown in Manchester, have a late lunch and a bit of a look around. This is the second biggest Chinatown in the UK (after London) and one of the biggest in Europe. We’ve been many times before but [...]

Recipe of the week: Rock oysters with a Champagne sauce

Recipe of the week: Rock oysters with a Champagne sauce

Rock oysters from Carlingford in Lough, Ireland are recommended for this dish as they are creamy and rich with a distinct metallic zing, which contrasts well with the sweetness of the Champagne sauce. This recipe combines the indulgence and richness of traditional French cuisine, with light, clean flavours favoured in Asian cooking to cut through [...]

Short stay: GLO Hotel Ithaca, Helsinki, Finland

Short stay: GLO Hotel Ithaca, Helsinki, Finland

On a recent visit to Helsinki, I stayed at the GLO Hotel Ithaca - a moderately-sized hotel with an excellent city centre location, putting you in easy walking distance of many key sites. I arrived late at night (in fact, in the early hours of the morning), so please forgive the night-time shot of the exterior [...]

The ultimate bucket list – part 3

The ultimate bucket list – part 3

Continuing from our previous instalment of the ultimate bucket list (see part 1 here and part 2 here), we are scouring the Earth trying to find the most adventurous and memorable things to do before kicking the proverbial bucket… Swim in the Devil’s Swimming Pool Live life on the edge – quite literally – in [...]

11 ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

11 ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

Following the hustle and bustle of the Festive season, Valentine’s Day offers the perfect excuse to unwind and relax in luxury with that special someone in your life. London hosts some of the world’s most romantic hotels and restaurants that can help to create the perfect break for just the two of you. This great [...]

Greek island hopping in style

Greek island hopping in style

My heart tells me that I WANT adventure but my head tells me I NEED clean bedding, comfy pillows and a good nights sleep. Where is that perfect balance between living life a little more fully and enjoying the comforts of life that make the experience enjoyable? Island hopping around the Greek Islands is for [...]

The top 3 Philippe Starck interiors not to miss in Paris

The top 3 Philippe Starck interiors not to miss in Paris

Philippe Starck, the famous French designer and architect captured our hearts with his designs long ago. As someone who designs things from something as small as a shoe to some of the hottest hotels and office buildings in the world it seems there is nothing that Starck can’t put his stamp on. His heart and [...]

The top 4 mountain restaurants in Meribel

The top 4 mountain restaurants in Meribel

When you are enjoying a fabulous day on the slopes of Meribel, there is no need to drop back into the resort when you start to get peckish at lunchtime. There are a variety of mountain restaurants for you to enjoy before carrying on with your day’s skiing. Here are our top four: The Nuvoself [...]

The 10 most exotic scuba diving destinations in the world

The 10 most exotic scuba diving destinations in the world

There’s nothing quite like the scuba dive – you glide downward into what just might as well be another world, and in many ways is. You see things that are impossible anywhere else. It’s a passion that has to be lived to be fully understood. Here’s a look at 10 of the top places in [...]

Stunning historic inns in Tuscany’s hilltop towns

Stunning historic inns in Tuscany’s hilltop towns

The ancient hilltop villages of Tuscany are famous today for their churches, their charm, and their cheeses; for their vineyards and their vampires (the movie version, of course); and certainly for their art and architecture. Some are also blessed with inns so special that they have become Tuscan treasures in their own right. In the [...]

5 amazing carnivals in Catalonia, Spain

5 amazing carnivals in Catalonia, Spain

There’s no need to travel to Rio to have a fantastic time at a carnival, you can join in on some serious festivities during carnival time in Catalonia, Spain. In the country where fiestas and carnivals are integral to the culture; Catalonia, which is considered by many to be the gastronomic capital, is also the [...]

Top 10 architectural sites in Berlin

Top 10 architectural sites in Berlin

Berlin has been a UNESCO city of design since 2006 and walking the streets of Berlin it’s easy to see why. Whether product design, fashion, graphic or corporate design, Berlin has more than 2,400 companies working in these fields. Berlin’s relationship with design is not just reflected in the industry here, but also in the [...]

A guide to snow polo in Europe

A guide to snow polo in Europe

Polo is a sport steeped in history from all corners of the globe, with a reputation for its glamorous events and high-end hospitality. In 1985, a winter variation was introduced in St Moritz where the playing field took the form of a frozen lake covered in compacted snow. Since its first induction twenty-eight years ago, [...]

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