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


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 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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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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Paris Underground

Could you imagine that 45 Million years ago the foundations of Paris, the City of Light, were veiled in darkness, serving as the floor of a tropical ocean? Proof lays in the Parisian Catacombs! If you literally venture into the belly of Paris you find night clubs and galleries in cavernous spaces, canals and reservoirs, […]

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