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Hotel Straf – Milan

Hotel Straf – Milan

Literally just steps from Milan’s Duomo cathedral and La Scala opera house, Hotel Straf, is the perfect place to stay on a short visit to Milan. This is such a cool city hotel. Italian architect and fashion designer, Vincenzo de Cotiis, had a vision to make a hotel that stood […]

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Arts & Culture

Wolfgang Tillmanns 2017 – Tate Modern, London

Wolfgang Tillmanns 2017 – Tate Modern, London

This is photography Jim, but not as we know it. Visiting the latest Tate exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans 2017 many unfamiliar with his work are likely to come away with a whole new feelings about contemporary photography, how it is presented and what it means. They may also question the nature of photography. […]

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Arts & Culture, Travel

Hotel Palazzo Victoria – Verona, Italy

Hotel Palazzo Victoria – Verona, Italy

It is rather unfortunate that any mention of tourism in Verona is inevitably linked with Romeo and Juliet. In advance of arrival, there is that lurking suspicion that instead of atmospheric local Osterias, will there just be tourist souvenir shops with heart-emblazoned tea towels and cutesy Romeo mugs. It is […]

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Arts & Culture

Hockney – Tate Britain

Hockney – Tate Britain

Writing about the latest David Hockney exhibition at first seems rather like trying to write about a Stones concert. These cultural icons have established places in the audience’s hearts. Everyone knows exactly what to expect and that’s just fine and dandy although it leaves us struggling to find something new […]

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Conversations

Clifford Slapper and David Bowie together at the piano on the set of ‘Extras’. © RayBurmiston

The Clifford Slapper Conversation

  Cliff, at what age did you begin to play the piano, and who or what were the influences which led you to learn it? When I was aged about six, my parents bought me a toy piano. It was the one toy I kept going back to, so they […]

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Food, Travel

Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Arriving at Zurich’s original ‘Grand Dame’ hotel, the  Hotel Baur au Lac, on a grey and snowy mid-winter day we find its interior a riot of full spring colour. Immaculate vases of garden fresh flowers adorn every spare space. Whether in giant vases, linear displays or dining table pots, the […]

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Travel

The Gombit Hotel – Bergamo, Italy

The Gombit Hotel – Bergamo, Italy

It is not often one gets an offer to stay in hotel in a medieval tower. As this one was also a member of the wonderful Design Hotels Group and naturally therefore featured interiors in ultra modern style we quickly accepted. The Gombit Hotel is in the northern Italian city of […]

by × February 24, 2017 × 0 comments

Travel

C-Hotel & Spa – Como, Italy

C-Hotel & Spa – Como, Italy

Following closely on the heels of our review of the B2 Hotel in Zurich we move through the alphabet to the C-Hotel and Spa. We guess the C stands for Colzani – the owners of this tight family-run operation, but it could also be for Como, the spectacularly scenic lake […]

by × February 21, 2017 × 1 comment

Arts & Culture, Travel

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Fondazione Prada, Milan

It would be very easy to visit Milan and miss the Fondazione Prada. Since its opening in May 2015, when it received much coverage, mostly in respect of its architecture – the online travel pages of the major publications appear to have declined to add the foundation to its list […]

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Travel

Ferrari Museum – Maranello

Ferrari Museum – Maranello

“The best Ferrari ever made is the one which is yet to be built” – Enzo Ferrari “Live the dream!” is certainly an apt tagline when visiting the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. As the world’s most powerful brand, Ferrari represents innovation, glamour, excitement, speed and technical excellence, and a tour of […]

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Health & Beauty, Travel

B2 Hotel & Spa – Zurich

B2 Hotel & Spa – Zurich

There seems to be a definite trend towards giving hotels short – very short – names, in fact just letters. As well as the B2 we have also stayed in the C Hotel near Milan, there are also D & E hotels plus many more right through the alphabet to the W Hotel group, […]

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Arts & Culture, Travel

Chaplin’s World – Vevey, Switzerland

Chaplin’s World – Vevey, Switzerland

When Michael Chaplin first told us about his plan to to turn the family home into a museum dedicated to his father, we knew what an immense undertaking this would be. At that time, Michael was still living at Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, with his family. When he […]

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