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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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Travel

Hotel N’vY – Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel N’vY – Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel NvY is part of a rather unique hotel chain. The Swiss Manotel Group to which it belongs, consists of just six hotels; every one is in Geneva and all sit cheek by jowl within just a few hundred yards of each other. This is the Paquis district of the […]

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Das Almdorf Luxury Chalets & Eco Cottages, Carinthia, Austria

Das Almdorf Luxury Chalets & Eco Cottages, Carinthia, Austria

Imagine, if you can, a cross between an Austrian mountain hamlet, a five star hotel and a conference resort – all dedicated to world peace and set in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Not easy I know, but I can assure you that the result is something very special indeed. This […]

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

“It was a voyage of discovery, a quest for excellence that inspired universal trust and faith. In that brief unfinished journey, he made us believe once more in the great historic purpose of this land. He filled America with pride and made the nation young again.” – Edward M Kennedy. […]

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A Tour of the White House – Washington DC

A Tour of the White House – Washington DC

Every U.S. President, except George Washington, has lived and worked at the White House since John Adams in 1800. The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the Neoclassical style. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the […]

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A Visit to The U.S. Capitol, Washington

A Visit to The U.S. Capitol, Washington

The United States Capital is the most widely recognised symbol of democratic government in the world. It has housed congress since 1800. The Capital is where Congress meets to write the laws of the nation, and where presidents are inaugurated and deliver their State of the Union messages. The original […]

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White Fences Inn, The Hamptons

White Fences Inn, The Hamptons

Situated between Bridgehampton and Southampton, the peaceful hamlet of Water Mill is home to the beautiful White Fences Inn, built in 1740. Eric and Liz Brodar used to own an award-winning Inn in the Kennebunks, Maine, but having once owned a home in East Hampton, they know the area well, […]

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Arts & Culture

Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern, London

Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern, London

‘I don’t want a picture to look like something it isn’t. I want it to look like something it is. And I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world.’ Robert Rauschenberg Robert Rauschenberg is best known as a key figure […]

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Arts & Culture

Painters’ Painters at the Saatchi Gallery London

Painters’ Painters at the Saatchi Gallery London

Painters’ Painters is a good exhibition with much to commend it, but the Saatchi Gallery has again created a problem with its title. Painters’ Painters firstly suggests that this is an exhibition of artists that are particularly admired by other painters, whilst the subtitle informs us that these are ‘Artists of today who inspire artists of […]

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Fleur de Lys – Arc 1950, France

Fleur de Lys – Arc 1950, France

We were delighted to arrive at our cosy log cabin; stepping over our slate and stone threshold in to the living room where red lamp shades hung over the dining table, and wrought iron table lamps sat on hand carved stands. We quickly got the log fire burning and settled […]

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Conversations

The Mike Garson Conversation

The Mike Garson Conversation

“It is pointless to talk about his ability as a pianist. He is exceptional. However, there are very, very few musicians, let alone pianists, who naturally understand the movement and free thinking necessary to hurl themselves into experimental or traditional areas of music, sometimes, ironically, at the same time. Mike […]

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The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel – Boston

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel – Boston

Our arrival at the beautiful Fairmont Copley Plaza was enthusiastically greeted by Carly, the attractive raven-haired hotel ambassador. Sadly she soon got bored with our company, and returned to her basket in the corner of the lobby. For this was an ambassador of the black labrador variety who can be booked […]

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