Category Archives: Activities

Arguably the best piano in the world …

Fazioli pianos have become rightly renowned for the calibre of their sound, their workmanship and their technology. They are rare indeed but Nur Lounge at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features one of their special models – the M Liminal, designed … Continue reading

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Statues of Stature: Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street

Now this statue is instantly identifiable.  It is of course, our hero, the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, standing puffing a pipe, outside of Baker Street Tube Station on the Marylebone Road. This bronze artwork was created by artist John Doubleday … Continue reading

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A World in Miniature in Baku

In an inconspicuous space the size of an average sitting room lies one of the most intriguing collections I have even seen – Baku’s Museum of Miniature Books in Azerbaijan. Situated in the heart of the city’s ancient Inner City, an … Continue reading

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New header: Staunton Country Park, Hampshire

Our new header is taken from a visit to Staunton Country Park, Hampshire, shot one sunny day last November.  Staunton is an extraordinary place – a former estate, the Victorian house was demolished leaving this gorgeous landscape and the property’s … Continue reading

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Date for the diary – Fishbourne Roman Palace

If you are looking for ways to spend the weekend away from the humdrum, then our “Dates for the Diary” series is for you. This week we take a look at Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester. Dating back to late … 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 – 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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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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Travel fact#8: Is it a taxi or an aubergine?

British visitors to Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers in Azerbaijan are often surprised to see a London taxi pull up when they are ordering a cab. These metered vehicles are based on the London originals but are coloured purple. When they … Continue reading

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