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The Avli Lounge Hotel – Rethymnon, Crete

The Avli Lounge Hotel – Rethymnon, Crete

Which Crete do you want to visit?  It is the inevitable question when planning a trip to Greece’s largest and most southerly island. Crete offers it all – historic sites, beautiful scenery, fabulous beaches or perhaps wild nightlife. There are sleepy hamlets unchanged in centuries, hippy resorts and bustling cities. Every style and […]

by × May 15, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood – Boston

The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood – Boston

Back in 1840, Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would become rather peckish around four o’clock in the afternoon. With evening meal still a long way off, at a fashionable 8pm, she asked that a tray of tea and cake be brought to her. Soon she began inviting friends to […]

by × April 13, 2017 × 0 comments

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Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Arriving at Zurich’s original ‘Grand Dame’ hotel, the  Hotel Baur au Lac, on a grey and snowy mid-winter day we find its interior a riot of full spring colour. Immaculate vases of garden fresh flowers adorn every spare space. Whether in giant vases, linear displays or dining table pots, the […]

by × February 28, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Hotel Giraffe – New York City

The Hotel Giraffe – New York City

So often top hotels do not fulfill their potential. A fabulous property in a perfect location is not necessarily a good hotel. Poor service obviously can spoil any stay but so can something like excessive extra charges – these extras can span anything from morning papers to wifi (surely the […]

by × December 7, 2016 × 0 comments

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The Richmond Arms, Chichester, Sussex

The Richmond Arms, Chichester, Sussex

Strangely the original name of the delightful 18th century building that is now the Richmond Arms was Waterbeach. Apparently it reflects that the coastline, currently some 5 miles away, was once very much closer to its doorstep. It is now more appropriately renamed after the Duke of Richmond who purchased […]

by × September 16, 2016 × 0 comments

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Reservoir at Arrive Hotel, Palm Springs

Reservoir at Arrive Hotel, Palm Springs

Just in case you hadn’t yet noticed, we should point out that Palm Springs is one of the hottest spots in California right now. A whole bunch of new downtown developments have given an extra boost to a desert resort that was already well on the up, and everyone seems […]

by × August 4, 2016 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

tibits Restaurant London

tibits Restaurant London

It is not that many  years ago a vegetarian option in a restaurant was just an salad or omelette and chips. We have come a long way since then, but it is still surprisingly hard to get good and varied vegetarian and vegan food. Most establishments will have a token […]

by × June 29, 2016 × 0 comments

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Nammos Restaurant – Mykonos, Greece

Nammos Restaurant – Mykonos, Greece

Nammos is something of a Mykonos institution. When planning a trip to the island and soliciting suggestions as to where you should visit – no matter whether you are asking for a good beach, the best party atmosphere, the coolest venue, a great meal or just an ‘experience’ – the […]

by × June 17, 2016 × 1 comment

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A Classic Italian Recipe – Risotto al Prosecco di Cartizze

A Classic Italian Recipe – Risotto al Prosecco di Cartizze

Risotto is one of the most Italian of dishes. It’s origins lie deep in the past, probably introduced to the Mediterranean by Arabs in the middle ages. However it was in the fertile plains of Northern Italy, ideal for growing the short-grained Carnaroli and Arborio rice, essential for a good […]

by × April 11, 2016 × 0 comments

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Colline del Cartizze in Summer

Strada di Prosecco – The Prosecco Route, Italy

At the summit of a small hill in the Veneto pre-alps it is rather surprising to come across a solitary vending machine under a wooden shelter. This however is no ordinary dispenser, nor indeed an ordinary hill for that matter. The goods dispensed are full size bottles of Prosecco and the […]

by × April 2, 2016 × 1 comment

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The Wild Duck at Ewen, Cotswolds

The Wild Duck at Ewen, Cotswolds

One of the wonders of the Cotswolds is how so much seems to be squeezed in to such a relatively small area. Every visit mysteriously seems to yield up a new historic country house, an immaculate honeyed stone village or a labyrinthine farm shop that all have somehow to have […]

by × February 9, 2016 × 0 comments

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La Société Bistro, Montreal

La Société Bistro, Montreal

In Montreal and hungry? This wonderful city just happens to be the location with the largest number of restaurants per capita in North America (this equates to a figure of over 65 per square kilometre since you ask!). It also provides some of the greatest variety on the continent with ingenuity being a […]

by × January 29, 2016 × 1 comment