Category Archives: Eco & Nature

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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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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Some wine among the vines …

When staying at a wine estate of some reputation, it would seem foolish not to tour the vineyards and sample the wines, now wouldn’t it?  I was staying at one of Spain‘s newest properties near Valladolid, Spain – Abadia Retuerta … Continue reading

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2013 – The Year of Banff! The Oldest National Park in Canada

Next year Canada’s National Parks, including the oldest of the lot – the stunning Banff National Park will be celebrating their 125th anniversary! Back in 1880, Sir John MacDonald had a stroke of genius, proposing a national park system to be built to protect … Continue reading

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C’mon – Let’s celebrate in Santa Monica!

Viceroy Santa Monica is celebrating ten years as one of California’s most stylish and innovative hotels and to commemorate the decade, the property is offering 2012 stays at 2002 rates from now until 28th December! Luxuriate in custom-designed Egyptian cotton bedding whilst overlooking the … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes in Santa Monica!

California’s Santa Monica has a team of colourful individuals who work behind the scenes to keep the wheels of this chic little city by the sea turning.  Tourism in the area supports nearly 12,000 jobs so everyone’s contribution – from the … 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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In a lather at Viceroy Riviera Maya

  One of the most popular services offered by Viceroy Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has to be their soap concierge.  Promptly after check in, the soap concierge arrives complete with an array of five locally produced and hand-made soaps.  … Continue reading

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Not just any old view ….

Whoever first termed the phrase location, location, location was a genius in my humble opinion.  Just take a look at this view of the fabulous beach at Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico I took two years ago – it’s irresistible, isn’t … Continue reading

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Seen on a trip to Viceroy Riviera Maya …

Originally posted on magellanstraits:
At one with the Ancients in Tulum When you stay at the Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico, make sure you visit Tulum – a magnificent Mayan city perched on a cliff, overlooking the Caribbean Ocean on the east coast…

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