Category: Going Out

Leonardo da Vinci VIP package from Sofitel Firenze

Leonardo da Vinci VIP package from Sofitel Firenze

Sofitel is offering a Leonardo da Vinci VIP package as of yesterday until 6th January 2007, to celebrate the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. Situated right in the heart of Florence city centre, Sofitel Firenze offers a warm welcome to those with a combined passion for art and travel. The package consists […]

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum re-opens in Glasgow today

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum re-opens in Glasgow today

Britain’s most visited museum outside London re-opens today after a 3-year, £28-million facelift. Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will welcome an expected 10,000 visitors today alone.   The display space has been extended to accommodate 8,000 pieces (compared to 5,000 three years ago), as well as a temporary exhibition space, lecture theatre, restaurant and […]

NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2006

NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2006

It’s ‘Summer Restaurant Week‘ in New York City. From 10th-14th and 17th-21st July 2006, New York’s finest restaurants work in unison,  serving up three-course lunches for a fixed price of  just over $24 and/or three-course dinners for $35, excluding drinks, tax and gratuities. Visit the website to search for participating restaurants across the city.

Guggenheim art museum heading for Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim art museum heading for Abu Dhabi

The  Guggenheim has this weekend announced plans for a huge Frank Gehry-designed art museum to be located  on a manmade spit on the currently unihabited Saadiyat Island next to Abu Dhabi, UAE. With branches in Las Vegas, Berlin, Venice, Italy and Bilbao, and of course its flagship museum in New York, this will be the […]

Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

It must be 20 years or more since I last visited Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France, so I was interested to learn from an article on the BBC website that the build-up of silt was resulting in a loss of the landmark’s identiy as an island. A five year project costing an estimated 150 million […]

Family Traditions package at Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid NY

Family Traditions package at Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid NY

Enjoy summer camp fun  as a family  at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, N.Y.   This AAA Four Diamond resort in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains will be offering its Family Traditions Package to encourage family togetherness through the enjoyment of the wilderness.  Often, parents spend vacation time participating […]

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge by La Compagnie des Comptoirs, 10 kilometres outside of Marrakech in Morocco, is a new restaurant from the Pourcel brothers of Le Jardin des Sens (in Montpellier, France) fame.  In addition to the  food and the restaurant’s party and club atmosphere is an 80m x 40m swimming pool, surrounded by sand  to […]

Red-carpet launch at Sofitel LA

Red-carpet launch at Sofitel LA

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars   – including Cindy Crawford, Kevin Spacey, Alicia Silverstone, Vin Diesel and a host of TV celebrities from shows including The OC, West Wing and Baywatch, as well as musicians including members of ‘N Sync and Guns & Roses – came out to play for the red-carpet launch of the […]

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

This member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a spectacular boutique hideaway with dramatic views of Paradise Valley. Arguably Phoenix’s hottest spa, The Sanctuary is an intimate retreat presenting Asian-inspired treatments, a relaxing meditation garden and stunning infinity pool. A renowned restaurant and bar complete the commitment to relaxation and rejuvenation.

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

The Hotel Marqués de Riscal debuts today. Located in the heart of Rioja wine country, this landmark hotel is  the work of the renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the man behind the incredible Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Luxurious amenities abound, including a fine dining experience and  the Caudalie Vinothérapie ® Spa.

Gordon Ramsay restaurant at London Heathrow

Gordon Ramsay restaurant at London Heathrow

In addition to the possibility of  Harrods opening at London Heathrow’s terminal 5, it’s been speculated that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, one of just three chefs in the UK to maintain 3 Michelin stars for his restaurants, might also open a restaurant there. If the  enterprise is  to go-ahead, the former professional footballer will be […]

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to take in some of the new Windermere on Water festival in Cumbria. With children in tow, we visited Levity II which had just been re-located from Barcelona  and set up  in Bowness-on-Windermere.   In fact, it’s made appearances at venues all over the globe, including the Sydney Olympics […]

Mussels in Brussels

Mussels in Brussels

I don’t know about you, but I just love shellfish, and particularly mussels! If shellfish is your thing, head for Brussels’ Chez Leon  and indulge in mussels near the Grand Palace. It’s exceptionally popular with tourists and,  whether you like your mussels with onions, garlic or cheese, it really doesn’t matter: they have a huge […]

Best Place to Eat Near Carnegie Hall, New York

Best Place to Eat Near Carnegie Hall, New York

Recently voted as the “Best Place to Eat Near Carnegie Hall” by New York magazine, Yakitori Totto is the perfect place to break bread – or chicken skewer, as it were – before heading off to an enchanting evening at the world’s most famous music hall. Yakitori Totto is located  on the second floor of […]

MoMA re-opening

MoMA re-opening

Need a little culture in your life? Then visit the world-famous Museum of Modern Art – home to the world’s largest and most inclusive collection of modern painting and sculpture – and celebrate its grand re-opening after three years of fantastic redesign and expansion. Don’t miss the blissful Sculpture Garden, the fabulous Picasso’s and Matisse’s […]

7th Annual Epicurean Escape

7th Annual Epicurean Escape

The 7th  Annual Epicurean Escape, in conjuction  with Food & Wine Magazine,  is just around the corner.   It will take place from 29th June  to 3rd July, 2006 and is this year subtitled  “Flavours of the Mediterranean” meaning that you can enjoy everything from Greek octopus salds to Italian prosciuttos. The venue is the […]