In Summary: 12 in 2012 (Part 1)


What a year this has been. Never before have I travelled to as many countries and expanded my knowledge of the world as I did in 2012.

Tripping with: Hannah White


This week’s Tripping With guest is Olympics 2012 Sailing commentator 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, Hannah has achieved quite a lot, including being the youngest woman to compete in the world’s toughest single-handed ocean races, the OSTAR (original single handed transatlantic race), in 2005. Hannah is currently the official MC for the world’s premier offshore race The Volvo Ocean Race which takes place over 39,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Cape Horn, Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient.

Culinary Digest: Defne Terrace, Dubrovnik, Croatia


Luxury Travel Beat’s verdict

Defne restaurant belongs to the only 5-star hotel within Dubrovnik Old Town’s walls – The Pucic Palace Hotel – so our expectations were quite high when we made our way to the restaurant on a breezy Dubrovnik evening.

Culinary Digest: Proto, Dubrovnik (Old Town), Croatia


Luxury Travel Beat’s Verdict

We turned up at Proto on our very last day in Dubrovnik, perhaps sub-consciously seeking a suitable grand finale to the fantastic week we’d just spent in this picturesque part of Croatia. We were not disappointed. Despite the restaurant’s near cult-status – celebrities both minor and major turn up here every season – the staff are service-oriented and welcoming. It’s a hot June afternoon so we are taken to the cool first-floor terrace.