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About magellanstraits

Magellan Straits showcases the observations & musings from Magellan PR, a boutique travel & lifestyle agency founded in 1998. We post items that are of interest from the clients we promote and from the travels and experiences that we independently undertake.

Who’s cooking at Quarter Bar & Lounge?

Ever wanted to meet the man behind the platters? Well our next staff profile is for you… meet Head Chef Guy. Guy has always had a passion to cook, ever since he was a little boy – “I was always … Continue reading

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In the Frame: A killer on the wing

For this episode of “In the Frame”, we bring you the life blood of the Arabian Desert, the falcon. The speed and natural instincts of this intrepid hunter were long admired by the nomadic peoples of the desert. Needing a … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Week – Zaha Hadid’s Baku Vision

Zaha Hadid has created – in my humble opinion of course – one of the most beautiful buildings in the world with the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku. Sweeping curves twist around the visitor with no … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Week – Khinalig – the highest village in Europe

If you are feeling adventurous and have a spare day to go exploring when next in Baku, Azerbaijan, then why not take a day trip to Khinalig, Europe’s highest village?  It’s the furthest excursion I could do to see something … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Week – Rock of Ages

If you visit Baku, I highly recommend that you schedule a half day to go and explore Gobustan – a vast 540 hectare enclave of magnificent petroglyphs or carvings. Gobustan – otherwise known as the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape … Continue reading

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Be my Valentine’s

 

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When I’m cleaning windows …

When a hotel is housed within one of the most innovative architectural buildings in the world, where there is no straight line in evidence and when it is Azerbaijan’s tallest building, cleaning the windows takes on a whole new meaning. … Continue reading

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Shaken not Stirred – Whiskey Sour

For this episode of Shaken not Stirred we bring you a classic that has been on the cocktail menu since 1870, the Whiskey Sour! To make this classic you will need: 50ml bourbon 25ml lemon juice 25ml sugar syrup 3 drops of … Continue reading

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In the Frame: Valentine’s Day… this is you 7 day warning!

Did you know that well known romantic, who preferred the chopping block to the divorce court, Henry VIII declared in 1537 that by Royal Charter that all England would celebrate 14th February as St Valentine’s Day. Photo taken during the Lyon … Continue reading

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Shaken not Stirred – Kiwi Daiquiri

For this episode of Shaken not Stirred we bring Quarter Bar & Lounge twist on the classic Cuban cocktail, made with fresh kiwi, white rum and freshly squeezed lemon juice. To make this fresh and fun cocktail you will need: 1 ripe … Continue reading

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