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Vaya Solden – Ötztal, Austria

Vaya Solden – Ötztal, Austria

The name is Q, Ice-Q. Majestically overlooking the resort of Solden, high in the Austrian Oetztal Alps, is this ultra modern mountain restaurant, famously a major location in the recent filming of Spectre, the latest film in the Bond franchise. Ice-Q also sits atop a highly impressive recent gondola, the […]

by × May 18, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Avli Lounge Hotel – Rethymnon, Crete

The Avli Lounge Hotel – Rethymnon, Crete

Which Crete do you want to visit?  It is the inevitable question when planning a trip to Greece’s largest and most southerly island. Crete offers it all – historic sites, beautiful scenery, fabulous beaches or perhaps wild nightlife. There are sleepy hamlets unchanged in centuries, hippy resorts and bustling cities. Every style and […]

by × May 15, 2017 × 0 comments

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Skiing in the Otztal – Solden, Obergurgl & Hochgurgl, Austria

Skiing in the Otztal – Solden, Obergurgl & Hochgurgl, Austria

The Otztal region of the Austrian Alps is one whose name may have a ring of familiarity. Perhaps it is via Otzi the iceman – a remarkable five-thousand year old mummy discovered nearby in 1991, virtually on the Italian border. Alternatively it may be a notorious event back in the 19th century that […]

by × May 2, 2017 × 0 comments

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Mas Salagros Eco Resort & Aire Spa – Near Barcelona, Spain

Mas Salagros Eco Resort & Aire Spa – Near Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has become one of the most popular short break destinations in Europe. And with good reason – it is a vibrant, artistic and exciting city, once home to cultural icons like Dali, Gaudi and Miro and with enough varied sights for many return visits. The region however is worth […]

by × April 25, 2017 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

The David Mach Conversation

The David Mach Conversation

David, you will soon be creating a new sculptural installation ‘Incoming’ for the Griffin Gallery in west London using about 30 tonnes of newspapers! It will open in May but there are three weeks of installation where the public are invited to watch. Obviously you pre-plan but how much, and is the […]

by × April 18, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood – Boston

The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood – Boston

Back in 1840, Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would become rather peckish around four o’clock in the afternoon. With evening meal still a long way off, at a fashionable 8pm, she asked that a tray of tea and cake be brought to her. Soon she began inviting friends to […]

by × April 13, 2017 × 0 comments

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Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable – Damien Hirst in Venice

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable – Damien Hirst in Venice

We all know that Damien Hirst has been up to something. In tantalising press releases over recent months ‘clues’ have been dropped and now, in the week leading up to the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale, we get to see what he has been creating in the 10 years […]

by × April 7, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Nockberge Biosphere Reserve – Rural Austria at its Best

The Nockberge Biosphere Reserve – Rural Austria at its Best

The people of the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve in Austria feel rather ignored – and that is just the way they like it. For this is a stunningly beautiful and delightfully peaceful oasis that mass tourism has largely passed by. Named after the rounded peaks that dominate the region it is […]

by × April 4, 2017 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Revolution Russian Art 1917-1932 – Royal Academy of Arts, London

Revolution Russian Art 1917-1932 – Royal Academy of Arts, London

With a frequently expressed sentiment that that we are currently living in troubled times it is interesting to reflect with a visit to Revolution, Russian Art 1917-1942. This presents the story of a truly turbulent era when Russians experienced everything from unbridled optimism and euphoria to death and despair. The […]

by × March 31, 2017 × 0 comments

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is part luxury hotel (managed by Taj Hotels), part museum, and is also one of the world’s largest private residences: the principal home of the Jodhpur royal family. It was named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner of the palace, Gaj […]

by × March 27, 2017 × 0 comments

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Bailey, NW1 – Heni Publishing

Bailey, NW1 – Heni Publishing

In pride of place in the CELLOPHANLAND* office hangs David Bailey’s iconic black and white portrait of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. John poses behind and above Paul, hands draped over his shoulders. Both gaze impassionately, almost arrogantly, at the camera. Shot in high contrast against a white background, the […]

by × March 24, 2017 × 0 comments

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Ski Talini – St Martin de Belleville, France

Ski Talini – St Martin de Belleville, France

St Martin de Belleville is a very special resort indeed. High in the French Tarentaise mountains, this improbably pretty village enjoys an impressive panorama from its valley-side perch. At its heart are a cluster of ancient stone buildings which are gathered around a fabulous Baroque church. Its cobbled alleyways are home to […]

by × March 20, 2017 × 0 comments