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Bordeaux has a new and already iconic 10-storey building on the banks of the River Garonne near its centre, aptly named La Cité du Vin (City of Wine).

After three years of work on this €81m stunning gold shimmering building, La Cité du Vin is finished: It is an impressive structure, 55 meters high, well-rounded, seamless, with scaly glass and aluminum gold plates that are reflected in the river like a glass of swirling wine.

.. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa at His New Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel Restaurant in Paris. “I am happy to open a restaurant in Paris because it’s such an elegant city with many people who travel a lot and who are knowledgeable about food. In fact, I see a lot of my regular customers in Paris.” Source: Forbes

The World Ecomonic Forum’s biennial Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report was published this month and Spain – once again – topped the charts. All things considered, it’s simply the greatest holiday destination on the planet. Here’s why: Source: Telegraph

Once considered industrial no-man’s-lands, Amsterdam’s outskirts to the north and east have begun to hum with creative energy and shift the center of the city itself. Source: Travel & Leisure

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Club Med Takes To The French Alps

The pioneer of holiday villages, Club Med, has just opened its biggest upscale ski “resort” above Samoëns in Haute-Savoie, the French Alps. Located on the Grand Massif of Samoëns Morillon, the Saix plateau overlooking the Haut-Giffre valley, at 1,600 meters above sea level, the resort offers a magnificent 360 degree panoramic view. This brand new […]

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Courchevel’s Festive Month

With French ski-resort Courchevel’s lifts opening the weekend of 9 and 10 December, early skiers can expect a full plan of festivities and activities in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve. Courchevel’s December calendar is packed with great things to do and special events and finally New Year celebrations, when it’s time to […]

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Risotto

Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. The broth can be derived from meat, fish, or vegetables. Many types of risotto contain butter, wine, and onion. It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. Risotto in Italy is normally a primo (first […]

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Hotel de Crillon Revisited

Grande Dame of Paris, Hotel de Crillon, The Palace of the Place de la Concorde, has reopened after 4 years of extensive renovations. The Hotel de Crillon in Paris is one of the oldest and most luxurious hotels in the world. It is located at the foot of the Champs-Elysées, at No. 10 Place de […]

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Gastronomic Cargo’s Gourmet Experience

Because you can’t travel all the time, fine wine and food online market Gastronomic Cargo now introduces “Gourmet Experience”, a new home delivery concept that brings Europe’s most desired food and wine to you whenever you want, wherever you are. The Concept The Gourmet Experience is a new home delivery concept that offers a dinner for two with […]

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Spain’s Rising Culinary Stars

After producing its fair share of top chefs such as Ferran Adrià at elBulli and the three Roca brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi, of El Celler de Can Roca, Spain has spawned a new generation of young chefs who are making a name for themselves with gastronomically brilliant yet affordable cuisine at their burgeoning restaurants.   Mont Bar, Barcelona Husband and wife team Iván Castro and Ana […]

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Stockholm’s Frantzén Reinvented

Last year we wrote that two-Michelin-starred internationally renowned restaurant Frantzén in Gamla Stan was closing to relocate; now top chef and restaurateur Björn Frantzén’s namesake restaurant has just reopened in downtown Stockholm. Here’s a reminder of what we said about Frantzén in our 2016 article: Star restaurant Frantzén has closed this summer. The last menu […]

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Best Beaches Of Cadiz

The beaches of Cadiz in Southern Spain should be included in the dictionary under the definition of ‘Paradise’. The Cadiz coast boasts some of the best beaches in Europe, whose natural scenery and fine white sand invite you to rest (or hop on a surfboard)..   Acantilados (The cliffs) de La Breña: wild nature of Cadiz […]

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St Tropez Celebrity Haven

Everyone has heard of St Tropez. But wherein lies its charm? The simple fact that when in St Tropez, one must enjoy oneself! In St Tropez, all inhabitants and visitors do as they please and how they please. And of course, St Tropez has an amazing, celebrity filled history.. St Tropez is a Provincial town […]

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El Perro Gamberro

There is a new vegan in Madrid: El Perro Gamberro (literally Hooligan Dog) moves away from the current predictable culinary vegan cuisine and rediscovers grandmother’s kitchen. In the past two years, the opening of a vegan restaurant in the Spanish capital always led to two types of premises; a restaurant for hipsters where each dish is so sophisticated that […]

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La Tête dans les Olives

La Tête dans les Olives (Head in the Olives), run by charismatic owner Cedric Casanova, is a small shop or ‘epicerie’ that specialises in olives and other delicacies, with only the finest and freshest of ingredients from Sicily, to buy and take home or enjoy right there on one of this tiny restaurant’s five seats. Production, […]

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Tombées du Camion

Tombées du Camion, or ‘Fallen from the Truck‘, referring to the saying ‘ fallen from (the back of) a truck’ meaning an item of merchandise having come into a person’s possession without having been paid for, a phrase usually used in a coy way by someone who is less than forthcoming about the means in […]

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Shakespeare and Company

This enigmatic English-language bookshop is housed in an early 17th century building which was originally a monastery, located in the heart of Paris on the banks of the Seine opposite Notre-Dame, whose address is at Kilometer Zero; the point at which all French roads begin. Shakespeare and Company was opened in 1951 by American George Whitman and […]

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On a Quest for Best Value Wine

We recently made a trip to Spain and passed through the town of Logroño, the capital of the province of La Rioja, where some of the world’s best wines are produced. We had heard about the bodega producing, according to reputed wine guide ‘Guía Peñín’ 2017, a vino tinto that is the best value with […]

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Chef Mathias Dahlgren at the Stockholm Grand Hotel

With interest in Nordic cooking on the rise, we focus on one of Sweden’s best chefs, and his residences in one of the Swedish capital’s best hotels. Mathias Dahlgren rose to fame after winning the prestigious culinary Bocuse d’Or award in 1997 and has since been awarded the Swedish Chef of the Year title four times. […]

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The Best Cities to Live in

The ‘Quality of living rankings’ list by Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, has this year unveiled a top ten which consists largely of European cities. Featuring destinations with the best quality of life, the list again had Vienna on number one for the eighth consecutive time. The Austrian capital with its […]

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New Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon

Created by British architect Amanda Levete, the building housing new Lisbon museum MAAT, which stands for Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, is an amazing serpentine structure clad with a whopping 15,000 ceramic tiles which catch the sun bouncing of the river Tagus. The museum looks like some kind of giant reptile that has slithered […]

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Paris’ New Perfume Museum

Paris has a brand new and instantly iconic perfume museum since December 2016: Le Grand Musée du Parfum. Pillar of French history, heritage, and art of living, perfume has long been associated with France and French culture. So finally there is an emblematic place to visit and explore the universe of perfume, in Paris. We […]

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Nobu Opens Hotel in London

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is due to open a Nobu hotel in London Shoreditch this June, in a five-story building featuring a 240-seat Nobu restaurant, 150 rooms and a private garden. After the realisation of Nobu hotels inside the Caesars Palace Las Vegas and the Eden Roc Miami Beach, this is the first Nobu hotel in […]

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New Gourmet Market in Madrid

Mercado de las Ventas has a new gourmet market in Madrid bringing the traditional market into the 21st century. You can taste some of the best dishes of the different cuisines of the world, by, among others chef Sergio Fernández, television chef and collaborator of the project. With modern and accessible facilities boasting a 4,500 […]

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The new Eurostar Business Lounge in Paris

Somewhere between hotel lobby, private club and elegant Parisian apartment, Eurostar’s new Business Premier Lounge in Gare du Nord in Paris is worth getting hold of a frequent traveler card. The lounge of the Gare du Nord in Paris has not been designed only for the business clientele using the high-speed train between Paris and […]

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Mamma Mia Restaurant in Stockholm

Hugely popular for more than a decade, Broadway show Mamma Mia! is coming to an end this September. However, the party is to be continued elsewhere – quite literally – with Mamma Mia! The Party, a venture by ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus. Ulvaeus has opened a Mamma Mia! themed, interactive restaurant, on the Stockholm island of Djurgården with Mamma Mia! The […]

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Koti, a Finnish Experience in Paris

On the occasion of Mobile Home 2017, a program celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence, the Finnish cultural institute in Paris is transformed into guest rooms; an exotic experience that will last 100 nights in the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Sorbonne. Helsinki architect Linda Bergroth has designed this glass guest house, […]

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Valentine’s Day at Les Sources de Caudalie

Les Sources de Caudalie in France’s foremost wine region Bordeaux is surrounded by its own vineyards and lake-filled gardens and is a perfect love-nest: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in romantic French style with their special package  ‘Dans la peau de… Alain Delon & Romy Schneider’ or, in the skin of Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, referring to the […]

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Spain’s Best Beaches

With Spain’s long summer on the way and temperatures mounting, we give you a list of the best beaches to relax, swim, sun-bathe, surf or ride horses. Spain has wonderful beaches and not all are crowded with tourists when the barometer peaks. Long stretches of sand against the backdrop of rock formations, flowing dunes and […]

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Gastronomic Restaurant LA BOUITTE, VAL THORENS

Part of the Château & Hôtels Collection, hotel La Bouitte with its 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, provides a private and cozy setting in the village of Saint Marcel located at an altitude of 1500 m, 2 km above Saint Martin de Belleville not far from ski resort Val Thorens. Culinary enjoyment and pampering in the heart of the […]

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Shopping in Deauville

France’s north-west coast seaside resort Deauville rivals Paris for ultra-chic designer shopping, featuring some of the fashion world’s most well-known brands. For haute couture and the latest clothing and accessories, follow the streets connecting place de Casino with place Morny, where you’ll find several dozen small boutiques and shops. The most well known shops include […]

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Spa des Neiges, Méribel

After a fun-filled day on the slopes, renew yourself at the Spa des Neiges by Clarins in Hotel Allodis. Luxury and relaxation are the essence here; be sure to come enjoy exceptional massages and beauty treatments that are sure to be an unforgettable experience. Special Spa Offer: Spa Discovery Day by Clarins 1 lunch (starter, main and […]

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The Most Fashionable Restaurants In Paris

With Paris’ famous Fashion Week periods in mind, held this year in January, July and September, we advise visitors on some of the most ‘fashionable’ restaurants of the French capital. These trendy restaurants are always visited by the leading fashion crowd and certainly around Fashion Week when they not only attract the industry representatives, but also international […]

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Enchanting Megève

Less flashy than Courchevel or sporty than Val d’Isere, Megève cultivates its image of an enchanting resort which one visits more to relax and enjoy than to ski. Window shopping, tea in a cozy hotel bar, spa detour … Luxury and pleasure guaranteed. There are the regulars who have been coming to Megève “for centuries” and […]

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Cortina d’Ampezzo

Self-proclaimed Queen of Italian lifestyle, culture and gastronomy, exclusive winter-sport resort Cortina d’Ampezzo is nestled in a valley in the stunningly beautiful  UNESCO World Natural Heritage Alpine region of Northern Italy; the Dolomites. This is easily Italy’s most exclusive mountain resort owing to its stunning position within one of the most beautiful and unique alpine regions in the world, […]

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Charming Val-Cenis

 Three old Savoyard villages have linked their areas to offer the best of skiing on the historic slopes of the Mont Cenis Pass in the French Alps. This is a small corner of the Savoy region in France with beautiful natural slopes, exceptional panoramas, a cozy village atmosphere, steeped in history and great cheese. Val […]

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New luxury hotel in Courchevel

The Savoy resort is being enriched this year by a stunning new luxury hotel in prime ski resort Courchevel; Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges. For the establishment of its first hotel in the mountains, the group Lucien Barrière has chosen Courchevel 1850, the most luxurious ski resort of the French Alps. By creating Les Neiges, a […]

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Chaplin’s World in Switzerland

It was whilst Charlie Chaplin was travelling to Europe to promote his film Limelight in 1952 when he learned that the USA had revoked his visa. Subsequently the Chaplin family moved to Switzerland where Charlie purchased impressive 14-hectare estate overlooking Lake Geneva Manoir de Ban.  This would be Charlie Chaplin’s home for the next 25 years, until his death […]

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Alain Ducasse Opens Café at Versailles Palace

Multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse has opened Ore, a contemporary café, at the prestigious Palace of Versailles. On September 13, the day of his 60th birthday, the famous chef inaugurated a restaurant in the Versailles Palace, perched on the first floor of the Dufour Pavilion, overlooking the Place d’Armes and Avenue de Paris. “Ore” is pronounced […]

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Scarlett Johansson’s Popcorn Shop

Actress Scarlett Johansson has opened popcorn shop Yummy Pop with her French husband Romain Dauriac in Paris’ hip and artsy district Le Marais. Apparently the Match Point actress has always been passionate about popcorn. The shop, which will be managed by her sister-in-law, offers sweet and savory recipes. On the menu you find pop corn […]

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Museo Reina Sofía’s New Restaurant

Madrid’s Museum Reina Sofia museum has a new trendy Café/restaurant created by some serious talent. The space is designed by famed architect Jean Nouvel who has enhanced it with a futuristic and luxurious touch. NuBel’s varied and delicate cuisine is taken care of by Muñoz Calero. Already it takes a good month to book a […]

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New Nobel Center in Stockholm

Sweden’s new Nobel Center will be built on Blasieholmen, a wonderful site along Stockholm’s central waterfront. The new building is a huge project, headed by British architect David Chipperfield who told Swedish radio, “The size of the building is determined by what is necessary for a Nobel Centre”.  The auditorium has been developed into a forum-like […]

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Europe’s Haute Couture Hotels

The ultimate fashionable holiday is to stay in one of those haute couture hotels, which are popping up all over the globe but certainly in major European cities. These hotels designed by well known couturiers are a giant showroom for top designers as well as a great medium to express their artistic talents in a luxurious […]

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San Sebastian, European Capital of Culture

Seaside beauty San Sebastian, The star of the Spanish Basque Country, has been designated European Capital of Culture for 2016. The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Cue, San Sebastian: […]

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Lyon voted best destination for weekend in Europe

On Sunday 4 September the French city of Lyon was voted ‘Best European Destination Weekend’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards ceremony, held this year in Sardinia. This shows the city’s incredible growth, when just ten years ago, it did not know how to attract tourism and capitalise on its history as a metropolis for fairs and trade in the […]

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W XYZ Bar

The W XYZ Bar in Munich in the Aloft Hotels at Hauptbahnhof offers newcomer bands a place where they can present their songs to an open audience. These performances take place several times a month and are completely free. Meanwhile you can order at the bar and sip refreshing drinks and cocktails. The nightlife of Munich […]

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Dani García’s New Restaurant

Chef Dani García has opened a new restaurant in Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella this summer; El Patio Dani Garcia, a unique and different venue, wrapped in a magical atmosphere, for guests to enjoy the most memorable nights of the Costa del Sol. Michelin-star celebrity chef Garcia already runs the Dani Garcia restaurant in the […]

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Discover the Brussels of the Roaring 20s and 30s

Brussels as it was in the Roaring Twenties and Thirties: Perhaps more than any other city, Brussels is full of wonders that have remained or have been renovated just enough to provide a taste of the past, exuding the glamour of yesteryear. Start your day by leaving your suitcase at hotel Berger – yes it is a former brothel, […]

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A Day in Deauville

Deauville is a small and charming seaside village with a grand reputation . . The yearly American Film Festival has something to do with that as well as the beach with its renowned boardwalk, colourful umbrellas and changing booths from yesteryear bearing names of film stars. There are beautiful hotels, a glamorous casino and the picturesque streets […]

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Ibiza for Grown-Ups

Ibiza is perhaps best known as a party island for hippies, young clubbers, and more recently the fashionable jetset, but the island is moving towards a new image of sophistication and becoming a summer destination for a more varied public including families. Visible evidence of this change in climate is for instance the arrival of […]

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Most Impressive City Squares In Belgium

Grote Markt, Brussels – The central square of Brussels is surrounded by guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse which is built on the area of the former bread market and also a Brewer’s Museum. This square is the most important tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grote Markt of Brussels has been called […]

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Palace Hotels in France

A new special category of the ‘Palace’ Hotel was created in France in 2011, a label which distinguishes chosen hotels from others and which is designed to emphasise France as a luxury destination. French tourism authorities said the rank recognises “French-style excellence” to boost the profile of the most chic hotels, marking them out from […]

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Top Model Doutzen Kroes’ Amsterdam

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Doutzen Kroes, supermodel and the face of L’Oreal Paris, shares her favourite places for fashion, healthy food and art in the Dutch capital. Homemade “A good place for a nice lunch in the city center. They offer a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. Everything is super-healthy, natural, and I […]

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Giorgio Armani’s Escapades

Escapades with Giorgio Armani: From the city of Paris to Milan (where he lives), through to Saint-Tropez and the island of Pantelleria, these are the favourite places and addresses of this great couturier. Pantelleria “My house, my refuge. On this island, near the coast of Africa, I like to spend moments of peace and relaxation, surrounded by […]

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Aiguille du Midi Panoramic Gateway

Perched at 3,842 meters altitude, the tourist site of the Aiguille du Midi – a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps above popular ski-resort Chamonix – is in the midst of a major creation: Le Pipe, a steel tube that will, from next year, allow visitors to make a complete tour of the […]

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Frankfurter Goethe-Haus

This is where famous poet and writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born on the 28th of August 1749 “at midday, as the clock was striking twelve”, and where he grew up with his sister Cornelia. The Frankfurt Goethe Museum is the only picture gallery exclusively dedicated to the Age of Goethe. Here you will find pictures […]

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Staatliches Hofbräuhaus

The Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in Munich (Public Royal Brewery) is a brewery owned by the Bavarian state government and used to be the royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria. Visited by many famous patrons over the years, it has a colourful history and been written about by such celebrities as Mozart who lived nearby in […]

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Lake Zürichsee

This is the beautiful lake Zürichsee, also known as the Lake of Zürich, which stretches an amazing 40 kilometres from Zürich to the foot of the Glarner Alps. You can take a round trip on boats and explore several villages and towns along the lake shore. Lake Zürich’s water is very clean and reaches, during summer, temperatures well […]

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Top Chef Daniel García

Daniel Garcia is a Spanish top chef and restaurateur whose first restaurant The Tragabuches in Ronda won him a star Michelin and second restaurant Calima in Marbella garnered him two Michelin stars. He has also created a successful line of franchised restaurants called Lamoraga. And then there is his restaurant Bibo, a new concept Brasserie, in the luxurious Puente Romano […]

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The Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. On 28 March (17 according to the old style) 1776, Catherine II granted the prosecutor, Prince Pyotr Urusov, the “privilege” of “maintaining” theatre performances […]

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Grote Markt

The Grand Place or Grote Markt in Flemish is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with architecture from 3 different eras (Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV) making their marks on the square giving it an eclectic flavour. This eclectic quality earned the Grand Place a listing as one of the Sites of World […]

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Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion is located about 70 km south-east of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The […]

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Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada is an institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture co-chaired by fashion giants and husband and wife team Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli since 1995. In May this year Fondazione Prada unveiled its new permanent Milan venue in Largo Isarco, which is housed in seven former distillery buildings and warehouses redesigned by Rem Koolhaans’ architecture firm OMA, who […]

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Top Ten Things to Do on the French Riviera

The terrace at Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or, Eze Village At the terrace of the restaurant at Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or you are perched on a cliff side right above the bay of Villefranche where all the cruise ships make port, overlooking the beautiful and exclusive peninsula of Cap Ferrat. There is no better place on the French Riviera […]

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THE SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for nearly 450 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. The objective of classical equitation is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of […]

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New Restaurants in London

This autumn there is a brilliant mix of new restaurants and bars opening in London, offering an international range of food and a choice of modern, classic, hip or retro design. American: Dirty Bones serves true American comfort food and cocktails in a US-style diner. The restaurant “… celebrates experimental meat on the bone dishes, juicy burgers, playful hotdogs and […]

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Summer View: Sky Bar

A fabulous summer terrace with panoramic views of the city, the Sky Bar at hotel Tivoli Lisboa offers a relaxed and comfortable ambiance in the centre of Lisbon. Located on the roof of the hotel given stunning views especially at night, this discreet and exclusive bar is the perfect place to enjoy warm summer night […]

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Le Château de Coppet

According to an ancient document the construction of the chateau (castle) goes back to the times of Pierre de Savoie who died in 1268. The work was completed under his successors, the Villars. After 1300, the expression “castellum” or fortified castle appears in documents of the time.  The chateau with its tower dominated the houses […]

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Delfina Delettrez’s Berlin

Delfina Delettrez, jewelery designer, daughter of Silvia Fendi, has fallen under the spell of the artistic vibrations of the German capital. She loves especially the importance that the city puts on music and dance: the best way to overcome its winters.. My hotel Michel Berger Hotel “A small hotel, where each room has its own […]

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Best Hotel Terraces In Europe

Enjoy an apéritif, lunch or dinner from the height of a luxury hotel in a beautiful city. Here is our list of 5 top hotel terraces with a smashing view in Europe. Dolce Vitae terrace, The Majestic, Barcelona The Majestic Hotel & Spa has just been inaugurated and is now the shining star on Paseo de Gracia shine […]

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Restaurants with Exceptional Views

These are two of Monaco’s best restaurants that boast exceptional views! L’Hirondelle and terrace Overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hôtel Hermitage epitomizes a certain carefree elegance at the highest level. The hotel’s restaurant L’Hirondelle offers delicious, balanced and tasty dishes that you can enjoy on the terrace facing the Port and the Rock. The healthy Mediterranean cuisine is created by talented […]

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris, Saint Tropez, Monaco

Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer, artist and photographer. Born in Germany, since long based in Paris, he has a rich and successful history in fashion, which has culminated in his current position as creative director for the fashion house Chanel. He is also creative director for Fendi and owns his own self-titled label fashion house. Direct, […]

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‘Best European Destination’; Bordeaux

Bordeaux has been voted Best European Destination 2015: The southwestern city of France beat many popular major cities including Lisbon and Athens, according to an internet vote. While cities such as London, Paris or New York are usually competing for the first spot worldwide, that of the European Best Destination (EBD), a private English online site […]

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Le Bistro du Grand Cerf

Historical little town Lyons-la-Forêt is located in France’s Haute-Normandie region and is one of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ – the most beautiful villages of France, with its 17th century architecture still very much intact. Lyons-la-Forêt has its own castle where Henry I of England died in the 12th century, also its own namesake forest, and been frequented by the king […]

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Romantic Barcelona

With its warm climate, the Mediterranean Sea, and stunning sunsets, Barcelona is a wonderful place to spend time with your loved one. We lay out some of the most romantic spots for you . . The Magic Fountain The Magic Fountain is the main feature of the collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria […]

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The World’s Oldest Restaurant: Botin

Restaurant Botin, founded in 1725 in Madrid, is the world’s oldest restaurant and thus has quite a story to tell! This is an amazing place to enjoy true Castilian cuisine, with fantastic service, in a history-filled environment.. In 1561, King Philip II moved his court to Madrid, which was central, had good water and a […]

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Diego Cabrera’s Latest Venture

Fans of mixology (the art of creating cocktails) in Madrid can tell you about Diego Cabrera, Argentinian barman who has managed to conquer the Madrid audience with his natural charm and an amazing ability to create and innovate.  He rose to prominence in the bar Sergi Arola Gastro, then had his own bar Le Cabrera (now closed) and created the firm Twist […]

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New hotel: NH Palazzo Cinquecento

New 5-star NH Palazzo Cinquecento, 177 rooms within walking distance of Termini, has opened in Rome.  The new hotel is located in a restored heritage protected 20th century building. It overlooks Piazza del Cinquecento, is at walking distance from Termini station, and extends over 5 floors and an area of about 11 thousand square meters, has 177 rooms and […]

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New hotel: Haymarket by Scandic

Haymarket by Scandic is a new Stockholm hotel housed in the former PUB building which is one of Stockholm’s oldest department stores and a well-known landmark where Greta Garbo was a shop girl before moving on to Hollywood fame. Scandic has transformed the historic building into an international grand hotel comprising concert halls, movie theaters and food courts, by drawing inspiration […]

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New hotel: Tótem

The latest new arrival to Madrid is sophisticated, with luxurious finishes. This nineteenth century building in the Salamanca district has been transformed into a hotel with 64 rooms, a gym and restaurant Hermosos y Malditos (The Beautiful and the Damned). Tótem is in an ideal location, offering its customers ready access to culture, fashion gastronomy and city […]

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Star restaurant Frantzén moving

Star restaurant Frantzén has closed this summer. The last menu of award-winning Frantzén in Stockholm’s Old Town was served on 9 July. Chef Björn Frantzén has decided to close his acclaimed namesake establishment to reappear in a new guise and a at a new address in the city. “Now is the time for the next big step, getting to create […]

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A Floating Hotel in Paris

Would you like to experience Paris from the famous Seine River? Now you can actually stay on the river at the new floating hotel ‘OFF Seine’. The first of its kind in the French capital, unique floating 58-room hotel OFF Seine is moored near the Gare d’Austerlitz on a purpose-built barge, allowing visitors a riviera […]

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Europe Has The World’s Most Liveable Cities

Mercer’s annual report on the ‘Quality of Living City Rankings’, lists within its top 10 destinations no less than 8 major European cities, with Austria’s Vienna once again landing on number one. To quote Mercer: ‘Western European cities continue to surpass the rest of the world when it comes to expatriate quality of living.’ Western […]

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Quaint and Unique Rome

Caffe Canova Tadolini This restaurant/museum lets you enjoy your espresso among sculptures. The premises used to be artist Antonio Canova’s studio and it remained in the family from 1818 for four generations. Only in 1967 was Tadolini’s workshop changed into a museum/atelier with coffee tables among the statues which also grace the walls. You will never step […]

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Editor’s Choice: Westin Palace Madrid

The history of one of Europe’s most iconic hotels situated in Madrid actually began at the hippodrome in upscale seaside village Deauville, France. When in 1911 King Alfonso XIII met the Belgium entrepreneur and hotel owner George Marquet, they both agreed on the extreme need for sophisticated lodging in the Spanish capital that at the time only had one […]

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Paseo del Arte

Dominated by the Prado Museum, Paseo del Arte, otherwise known as The Golden Triangle of Art, is made up of three important art museums that are close to each other in the centre of Madrid, the perfect gateway for a weekend combining culture and lifestyle in the heart of the Spanish capital. Prado, Thyssen, Reina Sofia: These […]

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Six of the Best Terraces in Paris

It may not be easy to find a place on the terrace in the French capital on a fine summer’s day, but with some planning ahead it is absolutely possible to spend a balmy day in comfort and inspiring surroundings. Here follow seven of the best terraces in Paris: Plaza Athenee Uber-chic. This luxurious hotel’s world-renowned […]

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A Perfect Way to Holiday

Visiting Italy this year, and especially Rome? Then check out ‘Rome in Limo’ who specialize in luxury car hire and tailor made personalized tours in Rome and throughout Italy. Rome in Limo’s chauffeurs are all extremely friendly, knowledgeable and provide a perfect service; one that has a reputation of always being on time. Whether you are informed […]

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Cool Spots In Madrid

Though part of the charm of Spain’s illustrious capital is the sunny climate, sometimes after enjoying a little too much warm weather we are finally ready to seek out the shade. Here follow some of our choices to take a cool break: Parque El Capricho That Parque El Capricho is one of the most magical places in […]

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An Epicurean and Joyous Feast

Visiting Paris and in the mood to splurge and treat yourself to a delicious and luxurious experience? Parisian waiters may be notorious for their often negligent treatment of foreign patrons, however there are those establishments in the capital city that excel in making you feel welcome and at home, whilst still enjoying a truly French experience. One […]

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La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

Bordeaux has a new and already iconic 10-storey building on the banks of the River Garonne near its centre, aptly named La Cité du Vin (City of Wine). After three years of work on this €81m stunning gold shimmering building, La Cité du Vin is finished: It is an impressive structure, 55 meters high, well-rounded, seamless, with scaly glass and […]

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Formentera Island

Formentera Island lies quietly beside Ibiza, with its pristine white beaches, crystal clear blue water and a wealth of prehistoric remains. Formentera is Ibiza’s quieter little sister. Condé Nast Traveller: “You might say that Formentera is everything that Ibiza is not. This little island has none of Ibiza’s disco frenzy, nothing like its excesses of construction and […]

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Spend a Weekend in Amsterdam

Dance to a DJ in a museum, visit an underground Catholic church or eat on a pier overlooking one of the city’s picturesque canals. Three days go far if the city you are visiting is Amsterdam. This capital is small, but boisterous. Enjoy art, food, music and fashion together in the Dutch capital within 48 hours. […]

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Things To Do In Lisbon

 Lisbon is spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Tagus river and offers Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and many charming shops and panoramic vistas within its city. With its curvy tree-lined streets, Portugal’s capital is a marvel to stroll through and stop here and there for a bite to eat or a landmark building to visit. […]

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Le Forum des Halles

Le Forum des Halles, the gold capped ‘new’ temple of commerce, but also culture and lifestyle, in the heart of Paris. More than 5 years and 1 billion euros, that’s what it took to renovate Paris’ classic shopping Forum Les Halles to better accommodate its 37 million annual visitors. Outstanding new feature is the Canopy, a […]

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Our Itinerary For The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is one of the country’s most beautiful and scenic coastlines, having been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape, with pastel-coloured villages on sprawling hillside terraces, luscious gardens and grand views. There is just one 40km long road – the Strada Statale 163 – that takes you down the coast from the […]

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Hotel Ritz Paris Reopening

Iconic Parisian hotel Ritz on the Place Vendome has reopened its doors this June after extensive renovations. In its own words Ritz announces the opening thus: “The Ritz Paris is reborn and invites you to experience anew the City of Light. Now freshly restored, its grand décor and intimate salons welcome guests to rediscover a unique atmosphere and the inimitable […]

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Stockholm Old Town

The Old Town or Gamla Stan in the Swedish capital is located on the island Stadsholmen, dating back to the 13th century with cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and a scenic square in the centre surrounded by old merchants’ houses. This is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe and Stockholm’s most unique attraction […]

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Shopping In Geneva

Plainpalais Flea Market This is one of Switzerland’s largest flea markets where bargain hunters and collectors find all sorts of items: bric-à-brac, books, clothes, jewellery, antiques and decorative items. What makes this market particularly interesting is that some of the international workers attached to the United Nations and other expatriate organisations come here to sell […]

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Midsummer In Sweden

Sweden’s Midsummer was originally celebrated on 24 June, the feast day of St. John the Baptist, but has its roots in a pagan solstice festival. Now, Midsummer is officially held during a weekend between June 20 and 26. After the long Scandinavian winter, the relatively short summer is well worth celebrating and so this is a great […]

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Bordeaux Wine Universe

Few cities can boast of having given their name to a product as famous worldwide as Bordeaux Wine .. Voted ‘Best European Destination’ last year, Bordeaux has much to offer to visitors. Located in the heart of a legendary wine region, Bordeaux, with over 350 buildings listed as Historic Monuments and whose Port de la […]

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Best Hotel Rooftop Views Madrid

La Terraza del Urban, Urban Hotel The terrace roof at the Urban Hotel offers some of the best views of the city and is one of the trendiest terraces in the city. You see Madrid’s skyline, including Retiro Park to the east and the “Madrid de los Austrias,” or old city center. During the winter season they […]

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Reopening May: Hotel Normandy in Deauville

Deauville is a small and charming seaside village with a grand reputation and even grander establishments; notably the luxury Hotel Normandy Barrière. Deauville is a dreamy place with its sweeping sandy beach and lengthy boardwalk, colourful umbrellas and changing booths from yesteryear bearing names of famous film stars. There are beautiful hotels, a glamorous casino and […]

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No Man’s Fort

No Man’s Fort is a small island of opulence; this ancient fortress has been transformed into a five star hotel with a spa, heliport and even cabaret. No Man’s Fort dates back to the Victorian era and has been completely renovated by the company Amazing Venues, which specializes in organizing receptions in exceptional places. Built […]

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The Culinary History Of Madrid

Madrid’s exciting and flavourful food is a major attraction for visitors to Spain’s capital, for many varied reasons. We want to give you a short history of the evolution of the city’s current ‘cuisine’. In the 11th century Spain was known as Al-Andalus, also Muslim Spain or Islamic Iberia, and was  Muslim territory. Until then the typical […]

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La Grande Maison

La Grande Maison in Bordeaux is a brand-new collaboration between top chef Joël Robuchon and the Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez; a luxury residence comprising a gourmet restaurant and six rooms decorated in elegant Napoleon III style and each named after one of Magrez’s vineyards. La Grande Maison is nestled in the heart of Bordeaux, France, directly across the street from art […]

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The 10 Best Plates From Spain

Everyone loves the Spanish kitchen and we have listed some of the best traditional dishes and where to have them; all the following are popular, many national stars and some lesser known. Wild bluefin tuna from Almadraba at El Campero (Barbate) – El Campero in Barbate is one of those little known places, a truly best-kept secret. […]

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Ten Good Reasons to Visit Stockholm

Meatballs at restaurant Sturehof, promenade around beautiful park the Royal Djurgarden, island hopping at Stocholm’s archipelago and the city’s best summer terraces; these are just some of the most excellent reasons to visit Sweden’s multifaceted capital. Meatballs at Sturehof Sturehof is one of  the most popular and classic food restaurants in Stockholm serving especially exquisite seafood. However, […]

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Biarritz Delight: Villa Eugénie

Situated on the edge of the beach its tall pink and cream silhouette is mesmerizing: what would Biarritz be without its famous Hotel du Palais? In the kitchen, Chef Jean-Marie Gautier is equally indispensable, working wonders with his original creations made with only the best products. The hotel was built in Biarritz in 1854 by Napoleon III in recognition […]

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English Speaking Hairdresser in Paris

Talented Australian David Mallett is widely considered to be the one of the best hairdressers in Paris, with an easygoing manner so typical of those from Down Under. Over the course of his career, David Mallett has been on call to some of the world’s most famous photographers, supermodels, stylists, and designers. The David Mallett salon […]

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Les Bains Douche Reopened

Les Bains Douche was the most famous nightclub in Paris during its heyday in the 80s and 90s. Closed in 2010 it has recently been reopened as Les Bains Paris after being completely renovated and reinvented, whilst maintaining its bohemian spirit, as a chic hotel with a restaurant, nightclub, bar and boutique by its current owner Jean-Pierre […]

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A Different Weekend in London

Got 24 hours to spend in the UK capital? Experience London’s most fashionable districts’ groovy spots. SHOREDITCH Good & Proper Tea Swap your coffee to go for a tea to go. Recently installed in this mini-shop, Good & Proper Tea tends to reintroduce the legendary tea culture in Britain – or at least in London […]

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Terrass Hotel for the Paris-hipster

Terrass Hotel  is located at just a 12 minute walk from the Sacré-Cœur in Paris’ colourful district Montmartre and near the famed Moulin Rouge.  Montmartre is a 130 metres high in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. The historic district is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district with the Moulin Rouge, birthplace of the can-can, as its […]

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Hotel Le Six for the Paris-intellectual

 Le Six is a smart four star boutique hotel on Paris’ Left bank in the district of Saint Germain des Prés, famous for its artistic and literary legacy with  several famous cafés, including Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, and the Brasserie Lipp, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the acclaimed school of fine arts, between the very chic Luxemburg Garden and lively Montparnasse. Saint […]

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Virtual-Reality Theatre Opens in Amsterdam

The VR Cinema is located on one of the Dutch capital’s picturesque canals and is the first theatre in the world to show only virtual-reality movies. Although VR Cinema is located in the heart of Amsterdam, you will imagine yourself in distant lands, animated worlds and places you could never go before. A bonus is that in this cinema you […]

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The Titanic Takes to the Seas Again

 An historic event will take place in 2018: The launch of the Titanic II which is set to be built as a nearly exact modern-day replica of the famous but doomed RMS Titanic. The RMS Titanic is history’s most famous ship, a luxury passenger liner that at its launch, in 1912, was the largest ship afloat. It […]

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Mainau, the World’s Most Intelligent Island

The island of Mainau, located in the German state of Bavaria, is known as the Island of Intelligence. Once a year, about 30 or 40 Nobel prize winners, the cream of science and knowledge, flock to this piece of land located in Badensee – Lake Constance – to discuss, socialize, interact and ultimately, exchange views with […]

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Platea Madrid

 Platea: ‘Welcome to the biggest gastronomic & leisure centre in Europe .. the only place where a huge stage meets the best Spanish and international gastronomy made by Michelin-star chefs. An amazing 6000sqm design space that holds up to 12 restaurants that will take your breath away.’ Platea Madrid is a gourmet food hall housed […]

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Spa Discovery Day Hotel Allodis, Méribel

From French Alps: Special Spa offer – Spa Discovery Day by Clarins 1 lunch (starter, main and dessert)* 1 personalised massage (25 minutes) and access to well-being and fitness areas 79€ * menu, does not include drinks and will be stipulated by the Chef according to seasonal produce ingredients. See offer Spa information: After a fun-filled […]

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Flims Ski Resort

 There are wonderful ski resorts all over the world, with many particularly well-known places in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The latter is home to Flims, a name maybe not associated with the big shots such as Gstaad or St Moritz, however this charming village resort attracts many visitors every year. Traditional Swiss chalets line […]

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Mini-Guide to Gstaad

We list your essential visits in Gstaad, über-chic ski-resort in Switzerland. WHERE TO STAY Gstaad Palace***** Over the years, the Gstaad Palace has established an excellent reputation for discretion and hospitality, and has always welcomed the most discerning international guests. Situated on a hill above Gstaad, it offers breathtaking views of the majestic Swiss Alps. www.palace.ch […]

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Grand Hotel des Alpes, Mountain Views

Grand Hotel des Alpes in French Alps Ski-resort Chamonix is a luxury hotel dating back to 1840 whose rooms offer panoramic views of either the Mont Blanc or Brevent. Situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world and Grand Hotel des Alpes is the […]

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Hotel Artemide, Refined & Friendly

 Hotel Artemide is an elegant and comfortable hotel, whose staff is extra friendly, breakfast buffet abundant and complementary, and rooms distinguished and relaxing with a mini-bar that’s free and restocked daily! Hotel Artemide is housed in a grand 19th century Art Nouveau building on Via Nazionale, originally constructed as the private quarters of then Italy’s new capital Rome’s State officials. […]

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Hotel Atlantico, Prime Position

 The Hotel Atlantico is a four star hotel with a great location on Gran Vía, Madrid’s lively and upscale shopping street – nick-named Spanish Broadway, lending it close proximity to , movie theatres, landmark buildings, shopping centres, museums, cafes and restaurants. Its neoclassical building is almost 100 years old and one of the architectural landmarks on the Gran Vía itself, with an […]

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Hotel Skeppsholmen, Urban Oasis

 Four star Hotel Skeppsholmen is situated on a peaceful and lush island in the middle of Stockholm in a 17th century government listed historic building with modern interior; combining a national landmark in a natural setting with the very best of contemporary Swedish cuisine, art, design, fashion and leisure. Långa Raden, meaning The Long Row, are the […]

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A Top Performance: Teatergrillen

One of Stockholm’s best, most unique and enduring restaurants is Teatergrillen, a theater-inspired cosy and elegant venue visited over the years by actors, writers, artists and intellectuals, media and culture personalities, and all lovers of the artistic ambiance combined with excellent food and service. Upscale restaurant Teatergrillen is named after the nearby Royal Dramatic Theatre and is part […]

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Hotel Keppler for the Paris-aesthete

We love four star boutique hotel Keppler in Paris’ classy 16th arrondissement (district) with its stylish black&white based interior, superb service and, most importantly, Hermès products in the bathroom! With a perfect location (for a Paris-snob) in the 16th arrondissement (district), Hotel Keppler is close to the Champs Elysées and the Triangle d’Or, the three streets enclosing Paris’ […]

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Mini-guide to Courchevel, French Alps

Chic and glamorous, Courchevel in the heart of  Les Trois Vallées beside Méribel and Val Thorens, is one of the best ski resorts in France. Here you can enjoy access to one of the most exciting and extensive ski areas in the world, suited to both families of varying levels and advanced skiers. Hotels Les Airelles  […]

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Mini-guide to Val d’Isère, France

Val d’Isère, delightful mountain village in the French Alps, a skier’s delight, great family resort, excellent hotels and restaurants, what more do you want from your ski holiday? Some tips perhaps.. Where to stay? Le Brussels This 4 star Hotel has an exceptional location in the heart of the village of Val d’Isere and is […]

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Opening of Six Senses Residences Courchevel

Six Senses Residences Courchevel is opening in December, featuring fifty-three beautifully appointed apartments, a Six Senses Spa, an exclusive private ski-in-ski-out concierge service and all of the services that Six Senses brings to its guests. Located in the heart of the world-famous ski resort, owners and guests at Six Senses Residences Courchevel will have access to unique amenities in the centre of this […]

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New Hotels In The French Alps

This winter there are several excellent new hotels opening in the French Alps. We picked our favourites for you. Le Totem, Flaine Maisons & Hotels Sibuet who are responsible for many top-class hotels in France will open hotel Le Totem in Flaine in December. The establishment is located in front of the Picasso sculpture and […]

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Milan Shopping Mecca

Italy’s shopping mecca Milan offers an amazing array of department stores, galleries and boutiques. Great for shopping lovers, but where to start? We help you out with some tips. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II This is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. Housed within a four-story double arcade in […]

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Ines de la Fressange, French Icon

Ines de la Fressange, French Icon Ines de la Fressange is a national icon in France, she is the embodiment of French chic. With an aristocratic background (her father was a Marquis) and her 6 foot mannequin looks inherited from her mother who was an Argentine model, Ines was  perfect to represent the brand of Chanel […]

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Piscine Molitor Re-opened

After twenty-five years of closure, Paris’ Molitor swimming pool complex has opened its doors again, however for VIP swimmers only, yet another metamorphosis for this avant-garde and trendy place where the first bikini was seen..

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Renovation and Reopening of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has reopened after a 10-year renovation, with the media hailing it “a triumph” and “profoundly transformed”. Orange fireworks were accompanied by a huge fanfare as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the building. The renovation, which cost 375m Euros (£320m), had been delayed by flooding, asbestos and a cycle access dispute. But the museum’s directors […]

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French Riviera Mini-Guide Luxe

The French Riviera, the epitome of glamour; a beautiful coastline covered with luxurious hotels, yachts on an azure blue sea, the dark green of pines and swaying palms, sports cars on the Corniche roads, the Cannes film festival … this is de Côte d’Azur. When you visit the French Riviera, do it in style! We […]

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Paris Insider

Our insider guide to Paris offers a selection of the best, most special and inspiring places in Paris as well as the favourite haunts of some well-known Paris visitors. La Pâtisserie des rêves: Philippe Conticini is one of Paris’ best patissiers and one of the greatest pastry chefs of his generation. His great classics are the Paris-Brest –  a dessert […]

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Holiday Reading for Dog Lovers

For all of us dog lovers who have to face this summer leaving our beloved pets behind when we go on holiday, here is something that you can take with you as a small but precious consolation: ‘The Divinity of Dogs, true stories of miracles inspired by man’s best friend‘. The Divinity of Dogs will […]

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Romantic Swiss hotels

For travellers in search of authentic Swiss hotels, with all that cultural and historic charm, we have compiled a small list of true gems in very different locations in Switzerland.. Golf Hotel Rene Capt**** Montreux Here the elegance of the Belle Epoque is celebrated with a special pleasure. With a perfectly central location, the Golf […]

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