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Arts & Culture, Travel

Georges Pompidou Centre

Georges Pompidou Centre

The Centre Georges Pompidou in the Marais, is one of my favourite stops when in Paris. Opened in 1977, it houses one of the best collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe, but is in fact, devoted to creativity in all forms: plastic arts, architecture, design, live performance and cinema. Designed by […]

by × September 14, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Shakespeare and Company Bookshop

Shakespeare and Company Bookshop

– Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise – I first fell in love with Shakespeare and Company – the mythical English-language bookstore on the Left Bank opposite Notre-Dame – as a student, and now every time I visit Paris, it’s usually my first point of call. And […]

by × September 9, 2011 × 0 comments

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Hotel Le Notre Dame

Hotel Le Notre Dame

Last week I was in Paris to write a feature (as well as celebrate a friend’s birthday and wedding!) and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to visit Hotel Le Notre Dame; a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel I had heard great things about. All twenty-six rooms of this perfectly situated 400-year-0ld boutique hotel have been decorated by […]

by × September 7, 2011 × 1 comment

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Turner Contemporary at Margate

Turner Contemporary at Margate

This year I have made a conscious decision to spend more time exploring England (as opposed to far-flung corners of the globe) and it’s amazing just how many places I’ve yet to discover. East Kent is one such region and with the opening of the Turner Contemporary earlier this year in Margate, a visit was long overdue. The first […]

by × August 27, 2011 × 0 comments

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Cruising to Kelmscott Manor

Cruising to Kelmscott Manor

A lovely way to reach Kelmscott Manor – the former country Cotswold home of William Morris – is to hire a motor boat at Lechlade, enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Thames for approx. 90 minutes and then hop off at Kelmscott for a short amble to this gem of a house. William Morris called the village […]

by × August 24, 2011 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Birmingham

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Birmingham

Surprisingly, this is my first stay at a Hotel du Vin hotel and I’ve chosen to stay at their largest property: the beautifully ornate Victorian red building which in a former incarnation, was the Birmingham & Midland Eye Hospital. Many striking original features remain such as the foyer’s pink marble columns and the dramatic […]

by × August 1, 2011 × 0 comments

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Garden Tour & Wedding Celebration Champagne Tea at Highgrove

Garden Tour & Wedding Celebration Champagne Tea at Highgrove

This week I visited Highgrove House to take a long overdue tour of the private gardens of their Royal Hignesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Situated near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, Prince Charles purchased the house in 1980 and after his marriage to the then Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, the couple raised William and […]

by × April 28, 2011 × 0 comments

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Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

Friday 15 April 2011, marks the ninety-ninth anniversary of the sinking of  RMS Titanic. During her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City with 2,223 people on board and a cargo full of ostrich plumes, shelled walnuts, books, perfume, velvet and cognac, she hit an iceberg four days into the crossing at […]

by × April 15, 2011 × 0 comments

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Minibar For The Mind

Minibar For The Mind

Not content with offering the most brilliant classes in London (How To Be Cool, How To Make A Difference, How To Fill the God-shaped Hole etc) The School of Life in the heart of Bloomsbury, has now embraced the art of travel. Their philosophy: hotels do an excellent job of catering for the needs of the body, but what about […]

by × February 11, 2011 × 0 comments

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The Cambrian Design Hotel – Adelboden, Switzerland

The Cambrian Design Hotel – Adelboden, Switzerland

The Cambrian is a breath of fresh Swiss air. Not a cow bell or gingham tablecloth in sight and what’s more, blessed with views of the most spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps. Nestled in the traditional and very pretty mountain village of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland, The Cambrian – as you […]

by × January 22, 2011 × 0 comments

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Barbados

Barbados

Barbados does old-school glamour like no other resort. Joan Collins, Simon Cowell, Michael Winner, Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, Michael Caine, Philip Green and the Aga Khan are representatives of a denomination who have all been sprinkled with Barbados’ unique blend of Bajan aqua-marine stardust. There’s the Caribbean and then there’s […]

by × January 4, 2011 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Sicily on the Silver Screen

Sicily on the Silver Screen

If you’re desperate to escape the winter chill then Sicily should be high up on your wish list. With appealing temperatures all year round, an intriguing history, unspoilt countryside, glorious architecture and a stunning coastline, it really does take some beating. When travelling through Sicily there’s a real sense of déjà vu. […]

by × December 31, 2010 × 1 comment