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Manoir des Lions de Tourgéville

Manoir des Lions de Tourgéville

This week we’re on assignment in France, covering the 39th Deauville American Film Festival for a print client. We didn’t want to stay right in the centre of town, and have to deal with all the hurly-burly of a typical film festival, so instead, our base is the lovely Manoir […]

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The Real Casino Royale

The Real Casino Royale

“The formalities of getting into the casino need not deter you. All you need is your passport and a respectable suit or frock (except at Deauville, where you may have to wear evening clothes)”. -Ian Fleming, Thrilling Cities Royale-les-Eaux is a seaside resort, described in Ian Fleming’s first James Bond […]

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Torri e Merli, Paxos

Torri e Merli, Paxos

The island dozed below us, shimmering like a water-picture in the heat-haze: grey-green olives; black cypresses; multi-coloured rocks of the sea-coast; and the sea smooth and opalescent, kingfisher blue, jade-green, with here and there a pleat or two in its sleek surface where it curved round a rocky, olive-tangled promontory. […]

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The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair they loved or they loathed, they lived in a world of superlatives – The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – It’s easy to become fascinated by the myth of the Mitford sisters. How did six […]

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Hafod -Y-Garreg: The Oldest House In Wales

Hafod -Y-Garreg: The Oldest House In Wales

Hafod-Y-Garreg, just outside Hay-on-Wye, is officially the oldest house in Wales, built from timbers that were felled in the summer of 1402. The B&B comes complete with the most idyllic of settings; the Medieval farmhouse is hidden in a hollow overlooking the spectacular Wye Valley, and is surrounded by dramatic […]

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Gatsby’s mansion was modelled after Hotel de Ville in Normandy, that we know. But which building did F. Scott Fitzgerald use as the blueprint for his character’s opulent home? No doubt one of the sprawling estates that litter the Gold Coast; possibly a mansion that once belonged to a Guggenheim, […]

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Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Muir Woods is a remnant of ancient coast redwood forests that blanketed many northern California coastal valleys. Located just 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, a visit to this enchanted forest is a blissful way to spend a couple of hours. In 1905, a local businessman, William Kent, bought […]

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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

Here at CELLOPHANELAND* we  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 […]

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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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