Monthly Archives: December 2012

With New Year’s Eve just moments away here are our Five of the Best Cocktails from 2012

The Cognac Summit was created by a twenty strong team of the greatest Mixologists from around the world and was specially designed to accentuate the natural aromas of Cognac with refreshing spicy notes. Creative Head Barman Carlo Pallone at Quarter Bar & Lounge  is a cocktail-crafting genius – making everything from … Continue reading

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Vintage Photo Series – The Douglas Family

The Magellan vintage photo series would be incomplete without a nod to a true Hollywood dynasty, The Douglas Family. Kirk seen above with his wife Anna in 1956 has had a long and illustrious careerer and is one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s “golden age”, with … Continue reading

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Santa Paws & Magellan Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2013!

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We are proud to unveil our new website ….

We are proud to present to you our new website –  It looks similar in style but there is a subtle difference – it’s now more accessible, more user friendly and more streamlined – re-designed from visitor feedback yet keeping … Continue reading

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The gentle life on Aix

Having lived most of my early life on an island, I felt a strong affinity to the gentle beauty of Ile d’Aix, an island I recently visited off the coast of Poitou-Charentes, France. You reach the island by ferry from … Continue reading

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Great Gatsby Tree Unveiled at The Plaza

To honour the great F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of The Plaza’s most famous patrons,  New York’s most beloved hotel unveiled this stunning addition to their festive decorations this year – The Great Gatsby Holiday Tree. Famously the setting for one of the … Continue reading

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Shaken Not Stirred – A cool winter warmer!

With Jack Frost nibbling at your toes why not try this warming Snowflake Cosmo from The Fairmont Waterfront? All you will need is… 25ml Absolut Mandarin Vodka 25ml Absolut Citron Vodka 50ml Mulled Cranberry Juice (see below for details) 15 ml Fresh Lime Juice Shake over ice … Continue reading

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Ride the Bastille Bubbles to the top of the world!

Ride the famous ‘Bubbles’ high above the historic city centre of Grenoble and arrive at the Bastille, in just a few glorious sight-seeing minutes with the famous Bastille Cable Car. Built in 1591 by the Duke of Lesdiguières, the Bastille fort was … Continue reading

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Grenoble – the ‘Capital of the Alps’

In the heart of the Alps and at the foot of three famous mountain chains, the Vercors, the Chartreuse and the Belledonne, Grenoble is steeped in over 2,000 years of history. Once hometown of famous author Stendhal, the city holds … Continue reading

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City of Lights: Lyon

One of the country’s biggest cultural events, the ‘Festival of Lights’ (6th – 9th December 2012) draws a crowd of over four million visitors every year, joining locals to marvel at the spectacular light dances, acrobatics and unique illumination innovations … Continue reading

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