Tripping with: Jessica Lowndes


Vancouver-born Jessica Lowndes is best-known for her role as Adrianna Tate-Duncan on the TV series 90210, where she plays a teenage former-junkie pregnant high school student/actress. The 23-year old was originally meant to have a recurring guest role on the series, but her character was so popular with the fans that she was taken on as a regular. Few people however, know that her first love was singing. Luxury Travel Beat touched base with the actress when she was recently in London to promote her music.

Culinary Digest: Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athenee Paris


“We have to get back to basics, start all over again, begin with real and original tastes. Allow them to fully express their vibrancy and subtlety. Give technique back its real role, its single purpose – revealing the flavours of nature. This is the simple, honest belief that I have been working so hard to promote since I started as a chef and this is the quintessence of Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée.”

Hotel Review: The Plaza Athenee Paris


If Paris is the world capital of fashion then Avenue Montaigne, which is lined with luxury boutiques that read like a Who’s Who of world-famous fashion imperiums, is the fashion capital of Paris. The Plaza Athenee Paris Hotel is situated right smack in the middle of this eponymous avenue, with its signature red Geronium flower boxes. Luxury Travel Beat decided to make like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bono and the entire cast of Rush Hour 3 and check into the hotel.

This month: Paris


I was only 19 when I visited Paris for the first time. I would like to say I fell hopelessly and desperately in love with the City of Light, but I would be lying. Living in Oslo at the time and having neither ventured too far nor too often from Norway, I was appalled: Parisians smoked inside the Arcade des Champs Elysees and other public buildings, the tubes and the stations they stopped at were damp and murky, and the one thing I had really looked forward to – climbing atop the Eiffel Tower – took two hours of queuing on a cold and grey November morning to achieve.