Monthly Archives: October 2012

Good enough to eat …

We love it when Sandrine from CRT Poitou-Charentes comes to visit as she always brings a treat for us to try.  It’s a very clever ploy too as it teaches us about the delicious regional specialities from the region as … Continue reading

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The importance of a Pier!

It’s been two years since I last visited Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico and during that time, a new arrival has made its presence known – a Pier has appeared. You may think that this is inconsequential but you … Continue reading

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Puppet on a string ….

I do love a little eccentricity when I travel and this young fellow just made me laugh.  This  travelling “Toulouse-Lautrec” – seen at the historic, half timbered Hotel Renaissance, in Castres in the Tarn part of Midi-Pyrénées, is a priceless gem and so … Continue reading

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Shaken not Stirred – Halloween Special

For this edition of Shaken not Stirred, we are bringing you three of the most fiendishly delicious offerings from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. This trio of spooktacular cocktails are the house specialities of The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Fairmont Battery Wharf – created by the talented team of Fairmont mixologists. The Witch’s Brew, … Continue reading

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The Day of the Dead

When I recently visited Riviera Maya, Mexico this Autumn, I couldn’t help but notice a marked prevalence of all things macabre on sale in just about every shop, in  every size, every colour (including day-glo) and every variety (intricate tissue … Continue reading

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It’s a bit Cat Stevens over there ….

Or rather, morning has broken.  The idyllic setting of Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine in Sardón de Duero (near Valladolid), Castile y Leon, Spain), turns every sunrise into something special.  This is the view from Room 202 of this historic wine Estate on 17th … Continue reading

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Vintage Photo Series – Fore!

This classic image from The Savoy’s rooftop is of American golfer Walter Hagen who was celebrating his first British Open win in 1922.  The Savoy’s roof was used a great deal in the past for photo opportunities and in this particular … Continue reading

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Have Car Will Travel: Santander, Spain

Our new series ‘Have Car Will Travel’ will investigate the very best destinations to visit with your car, via ferry crossings with First on the list is Santander, not your local bank, but the elegant city on the Northern … Continue reading

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Shaken not Stirred – The ‘Shard-Ini’ Cocktail at Quarter Bar & Lounge

Creative Head Barman Carlo Pallone at Quarter Bar & Lounge  is a cocktail-crafting genius – making everything from classic drinks such as the Old-Fashioned, to his latest masterpiece to celebrate the opening of The Shard – The Shard-Ini. Appropriately named, … Continue reading

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A Monumental Challenge

Just a short walk from London Bridge Hotel, is the ever present reminder to the Great Fire of London – The Monument. The 61 meter column stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between … Continue reading

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