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Dining at the new Le George, Four Seasons Paris

For years I’ve wanted to visit the Four Seasons George V in Paris. It’s long been one of the swishest hotels in fashionable Paris and a glamorous place to stay since it opened in 1928. In 1999 the Four Seasons group took it over and built a reputation on excellence, hosting the Madonnas and Mick Jaggers of the world, with Michelin-starred dining and world-renown floral arrangements by creative director Jeff...

iPhoneography: Marqueyssac Gardens in Dordogne

Whenever we visit gardens, either in the UK or on our travels, we undergo a transformation. Instead of buzzing round the joint like caffeinated American tourists on the souvenir warpath (not always our MO but it has been known to happen), we find ourselves lingering at contemplative vistas, exploring all the paths and grottoes, talking about plants for God’s sake. A while back on a trip to the Dordogne, we...

Indoor sky diving at Windoor, Empuriabrava, Costa Brava

When I first visited Costa Brava with a group of UK travel bloggers, we started off our exploration of the region with an activity that couldn’t have been better tailored for my then 9-year-old than if she’d organised it herself. It was “skydiving” in an indoor wind tunnel, at Windoor, in the town of Empuriabrava. Visiting a place like Windoor, you encounter an entire subculture, previously...

iPhoneography: Staying at the Anassa in Cyprus

When it comes to luxury family stays, the Anassa’s reputation precedes it. The resort in West Cyprus has won a slew of awards for its thalassotherapy spa and its family friendliness. We had the pleasure of visiting over the Easter break as guests of the hotel to check out what sport and adventures we could get up to over a long weekend. The resort is luxurious, oh yes. But even beyond enjoying this remote...

Preview: Visiting Anassa in Cyprus with children

It’s always exciting to plan for a trip but there’s something quite special when you’re upcoming trip makes people jealous. “You’re going to Anassa?” a blogger friend of mine cooed when I told her about our Easter trip to Cyprus, staying at the Anassa resort. “That’s the best place in Cyprus. You’re going to love it,” she said, while her Cypriot boyfriend leaned over and nodded. “It’s the best,” he affirmed. A week...

A motorcycle sidecar tour with kids

Usually I post about things I’ve personally tried so I can tell y’all exactly what it’s like, but when I heard about this family activity recently, it was too cool not to spread the word. Get this: Four Seasons Lisbon is offering motorcycle sidecar tours around the city. You take your camera and are accompanied with a photographer, who gives tips and advice on capturing Portugal’s capital....

Taking a Segway tour in Barcelona El 3 Monts

There are some moments when a blogger must ask herself, How cool am I? For instance, am I cool enough to put on a helmet and ride a Segway? Can I mount with elan the two-wheeled vehicle that makes a pushbike look butch? I discovered it helps if you’re zooming up and down hills in the Sant Llorenc del Munt Obac Natural Park, the first natural park in Spain about a 45-minutes drive from Barcelona. We all know...

Postcard from Costa Barcelona

I’ve just spent a a wonderful few days in the area around Barcelona with the folks from Costa Barcelona. “Costa Barcelona” is actually a new name for the combined areas of El Garraf, south of Barcelona, and Mataró, north of the city. The rebranding (God, don’t we all hate that word?) makes it easier to place and easier to understand. “Costa Barcelona” is all about the delights...

The best museum in Istanbul

With all the drinking, eating and people-watching to do while travelling, sometimes — sometimes — I find the museum-going with travel to be a bit…obligatory. Some museums are life-changing for me, like the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Others are full of important and beautiful works that leave me feeling like I really *should* read more art history. If only I could pause journeying this forkful of local...

Visiting Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, Spain

Of all my favourite artists when I was a girl, Dalí was the rock star. I identified with his eccentricity and his public persona, his slant way of looking at the world and the surrealist universe he created. I watched Hitchcock’s Spellbound over and over for the dream sequences he designed. Even as a young student with no money, I bought and framed a poster of Femme a tete de rose for a not inconsiderable...

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