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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

Arts & Culture, Travel

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

Travel

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

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Give Peace a Chance – The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Give Peace a Chance – The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

According to the hotel’s housekeeping records, furniture was found in the corridor, pictures were taken off the walls, and all that remained was a double bed placed in the sitting room. To complicate matters, a houseman had to vacuum three to four times per day since John Lennon liked to […]

by × October 8, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Goldeneye, Jamaica

Goldeneye, Jamaica

“Paw-paw with a slice of green lime, a dish piled with red bananas, purple-star apples and tangerines, scrambled eggs and bacon, Blue Mountain coffee – the most delicious in the world – Jamaican marmalade, almost black and guava jelly. As Bond, wearing shorts and sandals, had his breakfast on the […]

by × September 19, 2010 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Luxuries of Goa

Luxuries of Goa

The fabled palm-fringed coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, also known as the ‘pearl of the orient’ is finally living up to its lustrous label. The word Goa was once synonymous with hedonistic holidays; a reputation which began in the 60’s with the first influx of […]

by × September 16, 2010 × 0 comments