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Salvador Dali Museums – Figueres & Port Lligat, Spain

Salvador Dali Museums – Figueres & Port Lligat, Spain

The coastal region around the Spanish French border is a particularly beautiful and scenic area, and as with Provence the combination of scenery, quality of light and Mediterranean colour made the area a magnet for artists, particularly during the first half of the 20th century. Just on the French side of the border […]

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La Lancha – Peten, Guatemala

La Lancha – Peten, Guatemala

Francis Ford Coppola is pretty damn good at trilogies. The Godfather series was probably the best in film history, whilst we think that the three resorts that he owns in Central America, as part of The Family Coppola Hideaways are the very best in the region. Having previously visited Turtle Inn […]

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Blancaneaux Lodge, A Family Coppola Hideaway – Belize

Blancaneaux Lodge, A Family Coppola Hideaway – Belize

Belize is a part of the world of which Francis Ford Coppola is clearly very fond. Three of his Hideaways are tucked away in this part of Central America – Turtle Inn sits on the beach in Placencia (review here), Blancaneaux Lodge is high in the forests of the Mayan Mountains, whilst the last of the […]

by × October 25, 2017 × 0 comments

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Turtle Inn – Placencia, Belize

Turtle Inn – Placencia, Belize

Francis Ford Coppola is clearly a man who does not like to rest on his laurels. Aside from being a master filmmaker, he owns flourishing wineries, a literary magazine (Zoetrope), a group of restaurants, a pasta & sauce business and a hotel chain, all marketed under The Family Coppola brand. Two […]

by × October 19, 2017 × 0 comments

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Les Arcs European Film Festival – France

Les Arcs European Film Festival – France

Mixing ski resorts and film is not a new idea. Sundance is not only Robert Redford’s amazing festival but the name of his Utah ski resort. Telluride and Aspen in Colorado both have impressive skiing and renowned festivals, whilst Banff in Canada devotes its own to Mountain film. Les Arcs […]

by × October 13, 2017 × 0 comments

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Smith Tower – Seattle, Washington

Smith Tower – Seattle, Washington

Downtown Seattle sits in a spectacular location right on the edge of the Pacific ocean, with a compact centre that is filled with more than its fair share of skyscrapers. On a hillside at the ocean edge the cities buildings actually seem to rise straight from the waters of Puget Sound. The city’s […]

by × October 7, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon

The Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon

Where should we stay in Portland, the self-styled capital of cool? A luxury hotel or an international brand somehow don’t seem appropriate in a city whose maxim is ‘Keep it Weird’. This is after all a place where beard trimming shops seem to outnumber barbers, weed is legal and music […]

by × September 25, 2017 × 0 comments

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Salish Lodge & Spa – Snoqualmie, Washington State

Salish Lodge & Spa – Snoqualmie, Washington State

“Diane, 11:30 a.m., February Twenty-fourth. Entering the town of Twin Peaks, five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line. I’ve never seen so many trees in my life.” With these words FBI agent Dale Cooper entered the iconic world of Twin Peaks over twenty […]

by × September 15, 2017 × 0 comments

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A Tour of Twin Peaks

A Tour of Twin Peaks

As Twin Peaks: The Return ended on Sunday evening, it left many of its fans feeling bereft. David Lynch and Mark Frost’s supernatural murder-mystery was an utter masterpiece. Season three broke as much new ground as the original Twin Peaks, Seasons One and Two, did back in 1990/1991. Although aired […]

by × September 6, 2017 × 0 comments

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Glazebrook House Hotel – Dartmoor, Devon

Glazebrook House Hotel – Dartmoor, Devon

One of the first things that you will no doubt notice stepping in to Glazebrook House is the stuffed flamingo and an emu skeleton that stare serenely at each other across the richly decorated lobby. You will also spot a glass-topped boat propellor as a table, an ornate birdcage and […]

by × July 19, 2017 × 0 comments

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The New Sackler Courtyard at the V&A London

The New Sackler Courtyard at the V&A London

Do you remember Spiral, the £100m Daniel Libeskind proposal for the Victoria & Albert Museum? Hugely controversial it proposed the insertion of a pile of tumbling and intersecting cubes in to the space now occupied by the new Sackler Courtyard. One critic noted that Libeskind’s wonky pile looked like “the Guggenheim […]

by × July 14, 2017 × 0 comments

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Haunted Hollywood – at the Culver Hotel and other Hollywood Haunts

Haunted Hollywood – at the Culver Hotel and other Hollywood Haunts

There is no doubt that Hollywood is a hotbed of ghost stories. There are several ‘Haunted Hollywood’ tours with an abundance of stories to be told; some perhaps are wish-fulfilment (surely there ‘must’ be stories about Marilyn Monroe!) whilst others seem to have more grounding from genuine tales. What is […]

by × July 11, 2017 × 0 comments