Category: Europe

5 reasons for a beach holiday in Malaga province

5 reasons for a beach holiday in Malaga province

With more than 8,000 km of coastline, Spain has long been a primary destination for European sun and surf seekers. In fact, Spain is set to overtake the United States this year as the second most visited country country in the world, thanks in no small part to its expansive beaches and virtually endless sunshine. […]

5 must-see places in Porto, Portugal

5 must-see places in Porto, Portugal

A symbol of Portugal’s illustrious wine making heritage and a captivating swirl of medieval, Baroque and 19th century grandeur, Porto makes her stately home at the end of the mighty Douro River. An ancient city birthed from a confluence of Celtic and Roman cultures, Porto abounds with alluring charms, from the historic Port lodges of […]

Provence – a food lover's Paradise

Provence – a food lover’s Paradise

There are many reasons to visit Provence not least the superb food and drink that is on offer. The wonderful Mediterranean climate produces a vast range of temptations… fabulous fruit and vegetables bursting with flavour, delectable wines, seafood from its shores and gorgeous local delicacies make this a veritable foodie heaven! Fruit and vegetables Markets […]

TSUM: Moscow's most fashionable department store

TSUM: Moscow’s most fashionable department store

During my recent trip to Moscow with ‘Moscow Seasons‘ (see posts here and here), I called at TSUM (ЦУМ), Moscow’s most fashionable department store. Located in the Tverskoy District just next to The Bolshoi Theatre, TSUM is managed by the Mercury Group – Russia’s largest luxury goods distributor, with more than 20-years’ experience in fashion […]

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Discover the neighbourhoods of Barcelona

Visiting a new city can sometimes be a daunting experience, especially when you don’t really know your way around. Although Barcelona is indeed a large city, once broken down into smaller neighbourhoods, finding your way around is in fact not such a difficult task. The beauty of Barcelona is that although the different neighbourhoods (or […]

Moscow's a cappella festival gala concert - part of Moscow Seasons

Moscow’s a cappella festival gala concert – part of Moscow Seasons

As you may have already read, I was in Moscow recently for the second ‘Moscow Spring A Cappella‘ festival, an event put on by the Government of Moscow as ‘Moscow Seasons‘ to celebrate some of the best a cappella singers from around the world. And the grand finale for this 12-day singing extravaganza was a […]

A luxury travel guide to Provence

A luxury travel guide to Provence

Provence attracts the world’s elite, including Hollywood stars, fashionistas and the supremely wealthy. Painted by Paul Cézanne and written about by Albert Camus, Provence has natural beauty (towering cypress trees, sprawling vineyards, vibrant lavender fields), as well as charming villages and daily markets. For a truly luxurious trip, though, you have to go beyond the […]

Moscow's open air a cappella festival - part of Moscow Seasons

Moscow’s open air a cappella festival – part of Moscow Seasons

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Moscow for the first time to attend the second ‘Moscow Spring A Cappella‘ festival, one of the largest a cappella events in the world, and part of a series of seasonal street events across the Russian capital known as ‘Moscow Seasons‘. Moscow Seasons is a comparatively new initiative […]

Why the Italian Lakes should be your next holiday destination

Why the Italian Lakes should be your next holiday destination

We’ll be the first to admit that we’re a little bit biased when it comes to the Italian Lakes — after all, who wouldn’t want to enjoy morning coffee watching the boats sail past their villa? Exactly. The towns Lake Como is certainly picturesque, with smaller towns dotted around its shores. It affords a lovely […]

Getting lost to find Venice

Getting lost to find Venice

The only way to immerse oneself into the true medieval atmosphere of Venice is to get totally lost amidst the labyrinth of canals and narrow alleys. And what a surprise to find so many beautiful places without a soul in sight. Just turn a corner into any narrow, lonely alley which will either reach a […]

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

May is a wonderful time of year to get out and explore the countryside. The weather is getting sunnier (for much of the northern hemisphere, at least) and yet most places are not yet overrun by tourism. With many families staying at home (whilst school and university examinations are in full swing), it’s a great […]

Short stay: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Westminster, London, UK

Short stay: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Westminster, London, UK

Tucked away towards the rear of St. James’ Court, a Taj hotel, and only a short distance from Buckingham Palace, is the exclusive, five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences. This luxurious, all-suite hotel was built at the turn of the 20th century and today consists of 86 luxury suites, ranging from one to […]

Paros Island is Greece’s new hot destination

Paros Island is Greece’s new hot destination

Paros Island is part of the Cyclades complex in the Aegean Sea, standing out for its long blonde sandy beaches, the local cuisine and the strong winds, which invite surfers from all over the world. The islandcites the heart of the Cycladic Islands, with serene landscapes, fertile valleys and rolling hills dotted with small churches […]

7 alternative experiences on 7 exclusive Greek islands

7 alternative experiences on 7 exclusive Greek islands

When vacationers think of Greece, the 3 “S’s” pop up in their heads: sea, sun and sand. Those are the top 3 reasons Greece is so appealing to all those who want to relax in the country where hospitality is a necessity and gastronomy is unbeatable. However, are those 3 “S’s” enough though? Can a […]

Summer in the Alps

Summer in the Alps

Summer is on the horizon. As we near the end of another cold winter, those longer days that renew your soul are just around the corner. As winter awakens into spring and summer, the Alps are transformed from a fairytale winter wonderland into a riot of colour and a myriad of wild flowers dancing in […]

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5 European escapes for Summer 2018

Summer 2018 is fast approaching and it’ll soon be time for us to jet-off to warmer climes across the globe for a week or two of sun-soaked relaxation. For some, the Caribbean is a major draw for its white-sandy beaches and crystal-clear coves whilst Bali appeals for its exotic culture. For those still seeking a […]