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The garden terrace at the Ritz Madrid.

Hotel Review: Hotel Ritz By Belmond, Madrid

History When Cesar Ritz was born on the 23rd of February 1859 in the Swiss canton of Valais as the 13th child of poor parents, no one could have imagined the immense class journey the little shepherd boy would take both himself and the hotel industry in just three short decades. Having left Switzerland at 14 to work as a waiter in Paris, Europe quickly proved to be fertile ground for the young man  ambition and talent. Through apprenticeships in Paris, Vienna, London and Monte Carlo, he gained … [Read More...]

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Hotel Review: Caramel Boutique Resort, Crete, Greece

Location: On the longest beach in Crete, and a short distance away from Rethymno's Venetian harbour. Rooms: 69 villas and suites with accommodations options for singles, couples and up to 10 … [Read More...]

The Hoxton Holborn

Hotel Review: The Hoxton Holborn

Location: Very centrally on High Holborn, within coughing distance of London's bustling West End, King's Cross, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, The British Museum, Covent Garden you name it! This is really as … [Read More...]

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Culinary digest: Ristorante Aroma, Rome

The last restaurant review (Full disclosure: I use the term loosely, as it was more of a glowing, completely biased recommendation of my favourite restaurant in the city) I wrote of a restaurant in Rome told you of … [Read More...]

Z Hotels Shoreditch

Hotel Review: Z Hotel Shoreditch

Location: Right smack in the middle of one of London's trendiest area - Shoreditch - and a stone's throw away from Old Street underground station. Rooms: 111 - divided into 5 categories, six of which are adapted … [Read More...]

Breakfast at Angelus

Culinary Digest: Breakfast at Angelus

What happens when you combine French gastronomic sensibilities with the eponymous English breakfast? This: Angelus restaurant first came on to the London scene in 2007 when Thierry Thomasin - having served … [Read More...]

Amirandes Olympic-sized Seawater Pool

Hotel Review: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Location: In Gouves - along a pristine stretch of Cretan coastline. Rooms: 212 bungalows, rooms, suites and villas (divided into 29 room types) offering spacious, quality accommodation with chic interior design … [Read More...]

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The spring fitness edit: Part 1 – footwear

My favourite season of the year is finally here! With the warmer temperatures come not only the freedom to take your workouts outside but also countless marathons and races the world over. Here in London, there are … [Read More...]

One of the two Cigar Terraces at The Wellesley

Hotel Review: The Wellesley, London

Location:  Very idealy situated on London's Hyde Park Corner and in close proximity to Knightsbridge and its plethora of high end stores, the eponymous Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace - which is a mere ten minutes … [Read More...]

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Culinary digest: All’Oro Restaurant, Rome, Italy

Italy is world-renown for its contributions to the culinary world. So much so that the country's main touristic destinations pride themselves in offering pizza, pasta, gelato in various reincarnations. Rome is not … [Read More...]

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Cityscape: Rome, Italy

When it comes to Rome, I have both good and bad news to report. I'll start with the bad: Rome is in crisis. The city whose culture was shaped by Catholicism is in as much flux as the religion itself. Its famous … [Read More...]

Tripping With

Pollyanna posing by the Dead Sea, enroute to Eliat, Israel. Photo courtesy of her Twitter @GadgetPolly

Tripping with…Pollyanna Woodward

Pollyanna Woodward is one of the newest members of Channel 5' Gadget Show.  Having joined the television tech team in 2010, she’s recently completed filming the show’s 17th series The Gadget Show: … [Read More...]

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Tripping with: Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton hardly needs any introduction. Love him or hate him, he changed the face of blogging in general and celebrity gossip blogging in particular when he launched Perezhilton.com in 2004. Since … [Read More...]

Hannah White providing live commentary from board. Photo courtesy of Chris Davies/WMRT

Tripping with: Hannah White

This week's Tripping With guest is Hannah White who has over the last 10 years, made a mark for herself as one of the UK’s most talented and successful single-handed offshore sailors. At only 29, … [Read More...]

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Travel Diary: The South Africa Edition – Day 6

On day 6 of my epic South African adventure, I found myself in heaven: Babylonstoren in Stellenbosch, which is not only a mere 50 km north-east of CapeTown but also prime wine country. Words cannot do … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Break me out, The Rescues

Today's musical Sunday entry is all about feeling overwhelmed and wanting to get as far away as possible from your usual surroundings. Ever felt that way? I'm not necessarily feeling that way myself … [Read More...]

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Musical Sunday: Weeping, Soweto String Quartet & Vusi Mahlasela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LnB2fZkLAI I first discovered this song 7 years ago through listening to Josh Groban's Awake album. Weeping was written as a protest song during South Africa's … [Read More...]

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