Category: Europe

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

Located in the Ostankinsky District of Moscow, to the north of the city centre, VDNH lies less than a kilometre from Ostankino Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in Europe. Originally opened in August of 1939, and with a major impetus to revive the area since 2014, this ‘Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy’ is […]

Moscow's Ukrainian restaurant... complete with resident cow!

Moscow’s Ukrainian restaurant… complete with resident cow!

If you’re looking for a dinner with a difference, head to Shinok Restaurant (Ресторан Шинок) on Moscow’s Year 1905 Street. This Ukrainian restaurant first opened its doors in 1997 and, despite its modest red brick appearance, is one of the most iconic places to dine in the Russian capital. On entering, you make your way […]

5 luxurious English country hotels

5 luxurious English country hotels

Baronial sweeping staircases, the scent of rose gardens, cucumber sandwiches, croquet lawns, stern portraits of 19th century gentry, gin-and-tonic on a terrace overlooking a lake: we all love a relaxing weekend at an English Country House. For a few short days we can play the aristocrat, luxuriating in four-poster beds and waking to the smell […]

6 luxurious self-catered accommodation options for your next ski trip

6 luxurious self-catered accommodation options for your next ski trip

For those who are used to all-inclusive, the freedom of self-catering can be a treat in itself – particularly when you have a luxury apartment to come back to after a day on the slopes. Without being tied to set meal times, you can do as you like. Dine at gourmet restaurants or bring home […]

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

When the weather is fine there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying your surroundings: the only added extra you need is some delicious local food. Here we’ve rounded up our favourite outdoor dining experiences on the planet. Asado de Cordero, Patagonia One of the highlights of visiting Las Torres del Paine National Park is […]

6 of the most romantic places to propose around the world

6 of the most romantic places to propose around the world

There’s no greater feeling than being in love. That oh so happy, feeling like you’re going to burst, heart soaring, all consuming love, and for many people, there’s no greater way to showcase that love then promising to spend your life with the person who means more to you than anyone else in the world. […]

Italy's 10 most stunning landscapes

Italy’s 10 most stunning landscapes

There’s no doubt about it… Italy is one breathtakingly beautiful country. From the rocky mountains of the Dolomites to the craggy hilltop medieval towns dotted around Tuscany and Umbria, to the dazzling seas and whitewashed towns of Puglia — there’s no shortage of picturesque backdrops to your holiday snaps. But if you’re finding it difficult […]

Top 6 Summer destinations for luxury jet travelers

Top 6 Summer destinations for luxury jet travelers

The definition of luxury travel continues to evolve. A new one is long overdue, anyway, as the term becomes more and more watered down with too many purveyors anxious to apply the misnomer to their brand. Price can lend to exclusivity, but shouldn’t be the only factor. True luxury tends to also revolve around authentic, […]

5 ways to unwind in Canterbury

5 ways to unwind in Canterbury

My trips in the UK are few and far between, but I’m always pleasantly surprised by how beautifully manicured England can be and Canterbury is no exception. Aside from its grand status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it maintains a pleasant small-town charm, with a youthful energy brought in by a large population of […]

5 Greek experiences to transform you

5 Greek experiences to transform you

In 2016 and 2017, we noticed the rise of experiential travel as the leading trend across countries and generations, where vacationers were looking for ways to blend in with native cultures, interact with the locals, become insiders and feel much more than a tourist. This year, industry leaders are pointing towards a new shift, that […]

5 sizzling Summer festivals in Malaga, Spain

5 sizzling Summer festivals in Malaga, Spain

Already the summer season beckons. Especially here on the southernmost Mediterranean coast of Andalusia, the sun over Malaga province begins to intensify as the longest day approaches. And though the sun blazes a scorching path throughout summer, nothing in Malaga sizzles so much as the festivals between spring and autumn. Every village, town and city […]

An Azorean adventure - 7 best things to do on Sao Miguel Island

An Azorean adventure – 7 best things to do on Sao Miguel Island

If you haven’t heard of the Azores, join the club! I only found out about this little cluster of 9 colourful islands sitting out in the middle of the Atlantic recently and didn’t waste any time booking my ticket to Ponta Delgada, capital of the biggest island, Sao Miguel. This insanely green, volcanic island was […]

10 reasons to visit Switzerland's Poschiavo

10 reasons to visit Switzerland’s Poschiavo

With a beautiful valley, serene lake and small-town charm Poschiavo is some package. The North – South valley, a finger of Switzerland, is surrounded by Italian mountains. Italian language, a love of pasta and risotto make Poschiavo seem a part of Italy but the people are proud of their Swiss efficiency. When the trains, running from Italy’s […]

5 luxurious places to stay in southern Scotland

5 luxurious places to stay in southern Scotland

Scotland does luxury very very well. This is not necessarily something you would expect from the home of the deep fried mars bar but Scotland is a truly wonderful destination for the luxury traveller. Here are five wonderfully luxurious places to stay in Southern Scotland: 21212 Restaurant With Rooms 21212 is a Michelin star winning restaurant […]

Top 6 places to swim with sea turtles

Top 6 places to swim with sea turtles

A bucket list item for many is to spend time in the water snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles. For me, one of the cutest and most gracious sea dwellers. Sea turtles have been around for more than 150 million years, long enough to watch dinosaurs come and go extinct. As marine reptiles, sea turtles have adapted […]

July and August in Provence

July and August in Provence

Summer is here… now all you have to do is head south to embrace the best that France has to offer… Provence!  Clear blue skies, aquamarine sea, crusty French bread, succulent tomatoes, garlic, olives ripening on the trees and the heady scent of lavender. If that weren’t enough to tempt you, then here are some […]