Category: Travel Miscellany

 12 great reasons to visit Ostrava

12 great reasons to visit Ostrava

When I arrived in the outskirts of the Czech Republic industrial city of Ostrava, I thought I would see a rough town in a flat area, but I was amazed to find myself in a bright and radiant city like a solitaire in a circle, as I was at the crossing of four rivers: the […]

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Nestled approximately midway between Santander and Bilbao in the province of Cantabria, the town of Santoña is a fishing port that has an interesting history but is perhaps best known today as a holiday destination in the Summer months and for its year-round fishing trade. Here are 10 great reasons why you should visit. 1. […]

Top Andalucian harvest festivals this Autumn

Top Andalucian harvest festivals this Autumn

In the southern-most Spanish region of Andalucia, local festivals and celebrations seem nearly as abundant as the summer sun. There’s virtually no end to them across all seasons and the residents of Andalucia are particularly known for their flamboyant displays, warm openness, and a knack for partying all through the night. Some festivals, such as the […]

Undiscovered New York: top 5 hidden gems in the Big Apple

Undiscovered New York: top 5 hidden gems in the Big Apple

A truly great city offers visitors an ongoing evolution of experiences, surprising even its avid fans with new and exciting things to do just when you think you’ve seen it all. These world-class cities are hard to come by, and no other fits this description like New York City. This is a place where the […]

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Hotel Juan de la Cosa is an upscale hotel situated on the unspoiled, mile-long Playa de Berria on the outskirts of Santoña in Northern Spain’s Cantabria region. Set in its own gardens, the hotel is situated roughly midway between Santander and Bilbao. The welcome We arrived in the late afternoon, having attended a sailing event […]

5 of the best destinations for vegan luxury in Asia

5 of the best destinations for vegan luxury in Asia

Asia is hands down our favourite place for luxury travel and we can’t get enough of the different cultures, the natural beauty, the history and the food (the vegan food that is). Contrary to popular belief, our vegan lifestyle isn’t restrictive and so we’ve made it our mission to find the very best in vegan […]

An inside look at the Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

An inside look at the Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

The Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro is without doubt the most famous and iconic hotel in South America. Directly opposite Copacabana beach, the tall white building is a pretty spot, oozing glamour and style. Over the decades the hotel has welcomed film stars, musicians, politicians and royalty and the staff are expertly trained to […]

Thank you for the invitation to your event but...

Thank you for the invitation to your event but…

Every day I get invited to some travel-related event or other. Just today, for example, I’ve been asked to afternoon tea to hear about a resort in Antigua, had the pleasure of my company requested for a VIP event for a members-only luxury airline, received an invitation for a drinks evening for a luxury apartment […]

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn't happen

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn’t happen

It started with a bang. A very loud bang. And it didn’t take us long to realise what had happened. The boat trailer that we were towing had become detached from our car and one of the boats on it had come straight through our rear windscreen. Panic set in. We were due to catch […]

Beijing

A gastronomic tour of China

China is awash with tantalising, taste-bud-tickling cuisine, each region, and often each city, owning its own unique sumptuous flavour. For serious wow factor, prepare your taste buds for a fresh adventure on this gastronomic tour of China… Beijing Racing towards the future, yet inextricably linked to it’s past, China’s capital is a unique combination of […]

Luxury travel and why there's no guilt in pleasure

Luxury travel and why there’s no guilt in pleasure

Is there any reason that any of us should feel guilty about enjoying life? Isn’t that the whole point of taking a holiday; to do something different, something special and memorable, to give us a break from the stress of routine life and to make us feel truly alive once again. Taking a holiday is […]

Mykonos Greece celebrity holiday destination

12 classy European destinations that celebrities love

Dramatic shorelines, Mediterranean elegance, iconic walled cities and a quaint Irish town with a friendly dolphin are some of the many attractions that draw celebrities to these classy European holiday destinations. Follow in your favourite celebrity’s footsteps to one of these wonderful European locations, in search of beauty and chic, and live it up like […]

Amorino Ice Cream

The 9 most exquisite ice cream parlors in Paris

Spending your summer holidays in Paris with your children is a great idea. There are so many beautiful places to see and child-friendly things to do that everyone is sure to have a good time. But during summer, the weather can get hot… really hot! And after visiting an iconic monument such as the Eiffel […]

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

This scrumptious fruit pudding is very simple to make and can be a refreshing dessert after lunch or dinner, or a healthy breakfast just by itself. The secret is in the blended cashew cream, which provides a perfect custardy backdrop to the caviar-like pop of the chia seeds. Use any combination of seasonal fruit you […]

Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye

10 things to learn while you travel

Experiential travel is the best kind – and what better way to get under a destination’s skin than by learning a new skill under the guidance of local experts? From cooking and dancing to surfing and diving, via a multitude of handicrafts, here are some suggestions for educational, practical activities to try out on your […]

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

When you think about Icelandic cuisine you may struggle a little at first to think of what a classic regional dish might comprise of. However, modern Icelandic menus are, in fact, breaking boundaries and many talented chefs are taking traditional ingredients and reinterpreting these into more refined contemporary dishes. This Wild Mushroom Soup recipe demonstrates […]

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