Category: Western Europe

6 songs about the soul of Paris

6 songs about the soul of Paris

In those dark times, it is more important than ever to prove the whole world why they should still come to visit us in Paris. After those obnoxious attempts, Paris rose as it always has. As Maurice Chevallier once sang, Paris will always be Paris / The most beautiful city in the world / Despite […]

Shaken or stirred: 6 of London's best Martini bars

Shaken or stirred: 6 of London’s best Martini bars

Suave, sophisticated, legendary – the Martini is a drink that needs no introduction. It’s been the cocktail of choice for some of Britain’s most enigmatic leading roles and counts film stars, Prime Ministers and of course, secret agents, in its following. A Martini is a cocktail that means serious business, synonymous with style, glamour and […]

Paros not Santorini

4 alternative Greek islands to soak up some luxury

Sometimes, the best things in life can be a bit of a double-edged sword. The Greek islands are certainly some of the most beautiful islands in the Med; but they’re also hugely popular with tourists all year round. So if you’re after Greece’s best kept secrets, here are 4 alternative islands which may be of […]

Calella de Palafrugell views from sea

Secrets of Spain: Calella de Palafrugell – Catalonia’s prettiest resort?

Considered to be Spain’s prettiest resort by some British travel journalists, Calella de Palafrugell is an idyllic, ancient fishing village, with crystalline water that laps up against the sandy shores, where fishing boats lie on the sand, just as they have done for centuries. Whitewashed and pastel coloured buildings watch over the Mediterranean, silhouetted by […]

The best unknown climb in France for cyclists!

The best unknown climb in France for cyclists!

Unless you are a local cyclist, you have probably never heard of Mont Colombis (1734m)…! Not many people have, but  for those in the ‘know ‘ and the connoisseurs of the French cycling world, it has earned the reputation of being one of the toughest road climbs in France, if not ‘THE’ toughest. It is a pretty mountain […]

7 of the finest chocolate experiences in Turin

7 of the finest chocolate experiences in Turin

Known for its native Lavazza coffee and Barolo wines, located in the Piedmont region of northwest, in the shadow of the Alps, sits Turin. Often overlooked in favour of nearby Milan, the less crowded Turin has long been renowned by discerning chocolate lovers for its delectable cocoa creations. First granted licence to produce chocolate in […]

Special feature: Stone Lodge, Combermere Abbey, Shropshire, UK

Special feature: Stone Lodge, Combermere Abbey, Shropshire, UK

The October half-term is often a time when we look to go away in search of warmer climes but every now and then, we choose to stay in the UK and we are invariably always delighted when we do. There’s no hassle with parking, no waiting in airports, no need for passports, no lengthy security […]

6 luxury experiences to enjoy in Edinburgh this November

6 luxury experiences to enjoy in Edinburgh this November

Edinburgh, the historic inspiring capital of Scotland, takes on a relaxed persona in the month of November. The city says farewell to thousands of high season visitors who partook in the world renowned summer festivals, and visitors can wander the streets in relative tranquillity as the trees show their beautiful remaining Autumn colours. Edinburgh has […]

6 ingredients for a great gourmet weekend in Brussels, Belgium

6 ingredients for a great gourmet weekend in Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is a one-of-a-kind country in the heart of the old world. It’s a place where different cultures and influences meet, a true European crossroad where a cosmopolitan cultural background contrasts starkly with the beautiful countryside and small-town settings that dominate the landscape. The country’s capital, Brussels, is considered an important social and political haven, […]

Six architectural highlights of Rotterdam

Six architectural highlights of Rotterdam

This advertorial is in association with American Express® I recently had the opportunity to sample 24 hours in life of a Platinum® Cardmember when I visited the world-renowned port of Rotterdam with American Express®. Following a relaxing start to my trip using the Priority Pass that I got as a Cardmember for the day to […]

Ice Q, Solden, Austria

Where to see the 5 most glamorous locations in Spectre

Glamorous locations pepper the new James Bond movie, Spectre, like bullets from 007’s Walther PPK. But these breathtaking places aren’t guarded secrets and you don’t have to be licensed to kill to visit them. There’s no need to worry, either, that in travelling like Bond you will be plagued by evil villains – you will […]

Photograph of the week: View over Amsterdam

Photograph of the week: View over Amsterdam

This is the view from the roof of the Old Bank building at Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a notoriously short city: you can see the whole cityscape from the 6th storey roof of the Old Bank. Though short, it’s easy to get a feel for its character with its warm colours and sharp lines under […]

5 famous bridges in Paris

5 famous bridges in Paris

The Seine and its bridges have always been central to life in Paris. For proof, we need look no further than the stirring works that some of our finest artists have created to pay tribute to them; Apollinaire, Barbara, Montand, Piaf, Verlaine and a whole host of others have immortalized those great witnesses of the […]

4 ways to avoid human gridlock in Paris

4 ways to avoid human gridlock in Paris

Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.”ť From the hordes of tourists taking selfies and family portraits in front of famous works of art, it seems most of the world agrees with Hepburn. Surely, the city’s most famous attractions are worth some elbow-knocking and selfie-stick bruises, but sometimes one wants to enjoy Paris […]

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

Andalucian cuisine presents a tantalising array of flavours rooted in historical influences introduced by the Phoenicians, Romans, Islamic Moors, Jews and Christians amongst others. All is based on the freshest of local ingredients and here you find the finest fresh seafood, wild game and fowl, and an abundance of exotic spices such as saffron and […]

Arabic Baths in Barcelona

5 unmissable Autumn treats in Barcelona

Each season in Barcelona has its own special pleasures, from wrapping up warm and feeling the crisp sea breeze as you take a walk along Barceloneta in winter, to long lazy summer evenings in the city’s many terrace bars. Autumn has arrived, bringing with it the whisper of several treats that are especially pleasant to […]

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