Category: Travel Miscellany

An unforgettable Venetian experience in July

An unforgettable Venetian experience in July

The Festa del Redentore (Celebration of the Redeemer), which takes place every year during the third weekend of July, is both a spectacular celebration and a very moving, traditional religious event, and definitely right up there, with the Venice Carnival, as a great Venetian experience!  Its origins go back to the 16th Century, and the terrible plague of 1576, […]

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

The Cape Winelands, situated in the Western Cape Province, is the largest wine producing region in South Africa. The wines from this area are well known all around the world and also produce some of the best international wines each year. Tourists flock to the Cape Winelands not only for the great wines but also […]

The French Riviera's top 5 Summer music festivals

The French Riviera’s top 5 Summer music festivals

It’s not all pleasure for the famous names in music who descend to the Côte d’Azur each Summer, perfect tabloid fodder when captured frolicking on board superyachts or beachside in St Tropez. In fact, there’s rarely a free weekend in the event calendar and a variety of music festivals allow visiting artists the opportunity to balance out all […]

Kouros Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Kouros Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Offering a panoramic view of the old and new Mykonos ports, Delos Island and the Aegean Sea, Kouros Hotel & Suites lies just a breath away from the vibrant Mykonos town centre. Guests can enjoy the shops, restaurants and of course the famous nightlife of the renowned island. The airport is 7 kilometres away and […]

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

St Tropez has changed dramatically from the Provencal fishing village it once was; back in the 1920s it attracted the likes of Coco Chanel and it continues to attract the jet set during the summer months. Whilst they may anchor off shore in their super yachts the attractions ashore are similar for the famous and […]

Interview with Sarah Lee, Founder of LiveShareTravel and Author of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook

Interview with Sarah Lee, Founder of LiveShareTravel and Author of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook

A journalist and editor, Sarah Lee started Maia Communications, a marketing communications company, with her husband Terry, in 2009. She has a PR diploma, 17 years’ experience on newspapers, magazines and corporate publications. Sarah also founded luxury travel and lifestyle magazine LiveShareTravel in 2010. What is it that you do exactly? We’ve taken our hobby and made it […]

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, originally from Italy, moved to London in 2000, after working in Belgium and Germany. After 13 years as Direct Marketing Manager for international publishing and news companies, most recently for Bloomberg LP, Paola decided to launch Passepartout Homes in 2011. This is her first experience as an entrepreneur. Paola graduated from the Catholic University […]

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Being half Cornish it would be fair to say I spent a fair amount of my childhood holidays in Cornwall, but only in the past few days have I really discovered it.  My parents have said it was clearly a waste of time to take a young child to all the beautiful places that I’ve visited […]

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

A chef should always try to bring together new flavours and combine his passions with his guests’ refined tastes. This recipe can be executed in any environment: in a restaurant kitchen or on the bridge of a boat. It needs very few ingredients but the result is mind-blowing. This is a warm salad with marron […]

Special feature: Intercontinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Special feature: Intercontinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

As you pass through its doors to the lobby and gaze upon the view through the ceiling-high windows at the distance, there is no doubt what the main attraction at the Intercontinental Hong Kong is. Sitting on a protruding promenade in Kowloon, the hotel is in a prime position to view Hong Kong Island as it […]

6 places in Cape Town to indulge in culinary heaven

6 places in Cape Town to indulge in culinary heaven

When it comes to fine dining, South Africa definitely doesn’t have to stand back for any country. With many influences from Malaysian, Indian and European cuisine, South Africa is sure to astound any foodie with it’s truly unique fusion of flavours. Just to give you a bit of historic background, Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch […]

Spice up 2013 with 5 great Argentine festivals

Spice up 2013 with 5 great Argentine festivals

With the first six months of the year spent working hard and meeting deadlines, it’s time for a little passion to be added to your life. Why not escape to the southern hemisphere and add a dash of sexy rhythm to your Latin getaway? Although celebrations like the International Festival of Independent Cinema and the […]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass with baby fennel, capers and lemon

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass with baby fennel, capers and lemon

Wild sea bass is recommended for this dish. It is more expensive than from the farm but it is worthwhile going that extra mile. The sea bass that are found in the English Channel are the best in the chef’s opinion – they are very tasty, flaky and have an amazing texture. This is a […]

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

Here we’ve compiled a round-up of 10 of the most popular official tourist board videos to be found on YouTube.  We won’t claim to have identified them all, but hopefully we’ve picked out most of them. If you know of others, please let us know in the comments and perhaps we can do a follow-up […]

New York's top 5 'All American' music festivals this Summer

New York’s top 5 ‘All American’ music festivals this Summer

Thinking of hitting a music festival abroad this summer? Then look no further than New York state’s amazing line-up of the biggest and best music festivals. Discover the hidden gems in a music scene beyond Manhattan’s hot and humid city walls. Follow the hipsters in-the-know and head upstate to sample some authentic American festival life… Taste of […]

The best high-end vegetarian restaurants in Berlin

The best high-end vegetarian restaurants in Berlin

Germany – admittedly – is a big meat eating culture. Traditional German cuisine is heavy on the Fleisch (German for meat), especially pork. If you don’t eat meat (or want an easy version of eating kosher while traveling) it can sometimes be hard to find good restaurants. Many travelers tired of the token veggie pasta […]

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