The Bareiss Hotel in the Black Forest. A Thoughtful Hotel

We have wanted to come to the Bareiss Hotel for such a long time but every time we booked we had to cancel at the last minute. We developed through these cancellations a very warm relationship with their administration office. So it was with a great squeal and jump of joy that I agreed to…

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AS Janelas Verdes. Lisbon It lacks personality but charming in its own way

Sometimes I just really want to go to a place and take it over because it just has so much potential that I feel is not being used. As Janelas Verdes is something of a conundrum. Its clearly much loved by its clientele which is made up of 50 something and it has repeat customers.…

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Sesimbra in Setubal: Just what the Soul Needed

  Nothing beats waking up to the sound of the ocean, more so when you have arrived in the middle of the night after a flight from London, renting a car and getting lost. Our tempers by 3 am in the morning were to put it mildly frayed.   Our spirits picked up when we…

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Austria Furstenhause am Achensee . Breath taking scenery in Pertisau

Every summer we drive our creaky old Mercedes from Austria through Europe back to London. My heartbeat plans the route and depending on our time it can take anything from 2 days up to 10 days. We just decide where were want to visit and our reasons could be a good wine from the area,…

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Paris. A City of Food and Fashion

Who doesn’t love Paris?  My relationship with Paris began as a young girl when my father took me and a school friend for a few days visit while on business.  After that trip Paris was my city of choice. Going to stay at the Plaza Athénée when with my mother or visiting my dad at…

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Villa René Lalique: Sublime Beauty and Perfection

Stay and Eat at the 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Wingen Sur Moder   I confess that I have always been a fan of Lalique crystal. I didn’t know much about its history just that I loved the pieces and grew up in a home that was dotted with crystal birds and statues. I never realised that…

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Alsace: La Route des Vins

Lazy Summer Days Tootling Around Villages Every time I come back to the Alsace region I remember how beautiful it is and say to myself ‘ I must do this more often.’ It is a stunning part of France with rolling vineyards and endlessly beautiful villages some with the old part still beautifully preserved. I…

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China: Fabulous, Gigantic, Magical.

Its funny the things you remember. I think for me those memories tend to be of sensations and feelings. I will never forget my first time I tried pepper steak. I was maybe 8 or 9 years old in Marrakech where my aunt Khadeja and her husband the Governor of Marrakech were living at the…

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Aman Summer Palace Beijing: A Haven of Calm and Tranquillity

Was I glad that we had arranged a private tour guide as there is not a chance in hell that we could have navigated ourselves off the train through Beijing central station and to our hotel. We had taken the bullet train from Xian  and as expected it was beautifully run and organised but had…

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Xian Sofitel People Legend Peoples: Grand Luxury at its Best

I wish I had stayed here fir a few days as really the time we stayed was not anywhere near enough to see Xian which had been the capital of China under 13 dynasties. I don’t associate the Sofitel brand with high end luxury but everything here from the suite we had to the service…

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