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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

Travel

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

Arts & Culture, Fashion

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe at Buckingham Palace

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe at Buckingham Palace

A Queen does not dress to impress. Having no social superiors she does not need to. Visitors to this year’s Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are in for a sartorial royal treat. Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe will see an […]

by × July 26, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Royal Childhood, Buckingham Palace

Royal Childhood, Buckingham Palace

This year’s special exhibition to coincide with the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, chronicles the lives of royal children over 250 years. Royal Childhood features well-loved toys, treasured family gifts, and outfits belonging to nine generations of the royal family. More than 150 objects are on display, set against a […]

by × July 27, 2014 × 3 comments

Arts & Culture

Ian Fleming’s Thrilling Cities

Ian Fleming’s Thrilling Cities

‘All my life I have been interested in adventure and, abroad, I have enjoyed the frisson of leaving the wide, well-lit streets and venturing up back alleys in search of the hidden, authentic pulse of towns. It was perhaps this habit that turned me into a writer of thrillers.’ – […]

by × September 26, 2013 × 0 comments

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The Real Casino Royale

The Real Casino Royale

“The formalities of getting into the casino need not deter you. All you need is your passport and a respectable suit or frock (except at Deauville, where you may have to wear evening clothes)”. -Ian Fleming, Thrilling Cities Royale-les-Eaux is a seaside resort, described in Ian Fleming’s first James Bond […]

by × September 5, 2013 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Designing Bond: 50 Years of Bond Style

Designing Bond: 50 Years of Bond Style

I’ve always been a Bond nerd, (see here my previous post on staying at Ian Fleming’s former home, Goldeneye) so was delighted when I heard that the Barbican had joined forces with EON productions together with fashion historian, Bronwyn Cosgrave and Bond costume designer, Lindy Hemming, to mount Designing 007: Fifty […]

by × July 10, 2012 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Portmeirion: The Last Folly of the Western World

Portmeirion: The Last Folly of the Western World

I crafted the above heading from a borrowed quote in The Times. In 1973, this is how the paper described  the beautiful, unique resort – built in the style of an Italian village – in Gwynedd, North Wales. Of course for lovers of cult television shows from the 1960s (including yours truly), Portmeirion is also recognisable from its starring role, […]

by × January 30, 2012 × 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

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