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Muir Woods

Muir Woods

I’ve always had a thing for redwoods, and when I’m in the UK, I get my fix from a visit to Kew Gardens. In the US, I head out to Muir Woods; a remnant of ancient coast redwood forests that blanketed many northern California coastal valleys. Located just 11 miles […]

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Food, Travel

Le Marocain at La Mamounia, Marrakech

Le Marocain at La Mamounia, Marrakech

La Mamounia is the stuff of legend. Regal to the last, this grand old dame of Marrakech has been welcoming presidents, prime ministers and the glitterati since the 1920s. Winston Churchill was a great fan and famously referred to is as “the most lovely spot in the whole world.” This Moorish […]

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Cafe Zoetrope, San Francisco

Cafe Zoetrope, San Francisco

For us, no trip to San Francisco is quite complete without a stop at Cafe Zoetrope. Conveniently located just along the street from City Lights bookstore, it’s the perfect spot  – post book-buying frenzy – to sit down, catch one’s breath, order a proper coffee, and dive into some great literature. […]

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The Alpina – Gstaad, Switzerland

The Alpina – Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad is no stranger to luxury and glamour, in fact it’s synonymous with both. It has always been the ski resort of choice for high-class society and the international jet set. Elizabeth Taylor, Valentino, Roger Moore, Roman Polanski, Julie Andrews, Grace Kelly and Formula One’s Bernie Ecclestone have all owned homes […]

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City Lights, San Francisco

City Lights, San Francisco

I love bookshops. Not chains, proper bookshops: slightly messy, intimate, where the actual smell of books perfume the air; the kind where you can regularly lose an afternoon, and above all, ones with a history. City Lights, San Francisco is such a place, and when in the Bay Area, I […]

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Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

Bohemianism is a way of life. A state of mind. An atmosphere. It’s about living richly and irreverently, beyond convention. It’s about being uninhibited, unbuttoned, creative and free. – The Bohemian Manifesto Petit Ermitage is a proper hidden gem. After an exhausting 11 hour flight from London, this quirky boutique […]

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Health & Beauty, Travel

Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire, sits in the most glorious 500 acres of unspoilt parkland in rural Dogmersfield, just an hour’s drive away from London making it the perfect weekend country escape. When I visited a couple of weeks ago, I arrived to a mere flurry of snow which in a […]

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Arts & Culture, Travel

On The Trail of David Hockney, East Yorkshire

On The Trail of David Hockney, East Yorkshire

Look at the incredible variety of grasses, look at the marvellous leaves; look at the colour. Isn’t it beautiful…pure joy. – David Hockney – No trip to Yorkshire should be complete without a visit to the Yorkshire Wolds, or Hockney Country, as it has now been termed. The David Hockney […]

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Arts & Culture, Travel

Salts Mill, Bradford

Salts Mill, Bradford

Salts Mill opened in 1853, 4 miles north of Bradford. Designed by Lockwood and Mawson, it ‘gleamed in glass and golden sandstone’ and was the brainchild of Titus Salt, a manufacturer, politician and philanthropist who had made his fortune in textiles. Salt believed it was his social duty to improve […]

by × November 12, 2012 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and certainly always one of my favourite things to do when visiting the country. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. Although it’s location looks like a […]

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Imagine Peace Tower, Veday Island

Imagine Peace Tower, Veday Island

Love is our energy. Wisdom is our power. It’s time to shed light to all corners of the world. Enjoy the trip we make together. – Yoko Ono Lennon – Last Tuesday 9 October – on what would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday – Yoko Ono returned to Veday Island, Iceland, […]

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Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Reykjavik (which translates to Smoky Bay) is the world’s northermost capital and houses nearly two-fifths of Iceland’s population. It is the political, business, cultural and intellectual heart of the country and yet, somehow, manages to retain it own rustic charm. An almost completely pollution-free city (all the city’s houses are […]

by × October 7, 2012 × 0 comments