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6 great restaurants in and around Grenoble

6 great restaurants in and around Grenoble

Nestling in a picturesque alpine valley, Grenoble is often seen as a winter hub to be scrambled through to reach the nearby ski resorts of southeastern France. However there are plenty of attractions here all year round, including free museums, festivals and plenty of great eating. Grenoble also prides itself on offering a diverse range […]

5 great restaurants in Auvergne, central France

5 great restaurants in Auvergne, central France

Auvergne is getting a lot more attention at the moment, partly due to Lonely Planet putting the region on one of its must visit lists for 2016. There are many reasons to explore this tranquil, scenic area full of Bourbon history and dormant volcanoes, and it is becoming a popular place to stop on the […]

5 of the most decadent spas in Bangkok

5 of the most decadent spas in Bangkok

Thailand is rightly famous for massage. On the street, on the beach, in the night markets – massage is available everywhere. In tourist areas it is difficult to walk down the street without being accosted by Thai women desperate to manipulate your pressure points (in the nicest possible way). Thai massage, influenced by Indian, Chinese […]

5 fabulous seaside resorts in Phuket

5 fabulous seaside resorts in Phuket

With sea, sun and Champagne, Thailand’s largest island has evolved into a destination travellers return to again and again, with European trends and local hospitality converging to produce what has been called “Riviera spirit”. The wonderful beaches, friendly people and local attractions such as the Old Town still attract a wide range of visitors, but […]