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Pesto, Ports and Palaces: 10 Reasons to Visit Genoa

Genoa’s line is ‘More Than This’ and there certainly is more to Genoa than you think. It’s home to pesto, to 42 palaces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, they produce 1674 tonnes of focaccia a year, their historic centre spreads over 113 hectares, they have Italy’s major seaport and their borders are dotted with picturesque fishing villages. Genoa is a city you need to add to your Italy bucket list pronto. Spianata Castelletto Take in all of Genoa with a trip to the Spianata Castelletto, where you can take in the rooftops of the city, view the […]

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Foodie Spots in NYC You Didn’t Know You Needed

New York City: a food lover’s paradise. You visit and stuff your face at all the usual suspects that everyone you know insists you try, but what about those delicious spots that only a local would know? Well, I’m a local, and I’m here to tell you you’ve been missing out, but have no fear: here is a list of some of the best, lesser-known spots to grub out in the Big Apple. Get hungry… Snowdays Shaved Cream Co. What: A Unique Cold Treat Why: Snowdays is a sugary favourite for its uniqueness and deliciousness. They offer a curious mix […]

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The Best Pubs Nestled in the New Forest

As the country bumpkin that I am, born and bred in the New Forest, I thought I would impart some village dweller wisdom to those lesser informed. The New Forest is a hot-spot for a good old country pub (think pie and ale propped up on a wooden bench). So to help visitors out, as they stumble past ponies and get wellies stuck in cattle grids, I’ve given you the gift of hidden gems to quench that exploration thirst. Thank me later! The Oak Inn What: The Oak Inn Why: Nothing gets more countrified than The Oak Inn…but then again, […]

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Doing A Nuclear Disarmament Deal? Here’s Where To Stay In… Singapore

Looking for somewhere to stay in Singapore? Here's our definitive list of the best hotels to try

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The 10 Best Places to Drink in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar has just been named the best in the UK at the recent Top 50 Cocktail Bar awards, a title that follows a long list of other accolades including being amongst the worlds top 50 bars in 2013. So as a nod to this, we thought it only fair to round-up the best bars in Edinburgh to give you a choice of tipples, aside from whisky. Copper Blossom What: Copper Blossom Why: The interior of Copper Blossom is simply stunning, set against exposed brickwork and brimming with artwork by Edinburgh artist Lynsey Jean Henderson. Enjoy a drink, or two, […]

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Forget Love Island, Here’s Where To Stay In Majorca

The more academically minded among our readers will no doubt be aware that we’re on the edge of an important cultural moment, just as 1565 is noted as the year Shakespeare was born and 1802 the spring that Wordsworth admired his daffodils, 2018 is the year of Love Island Season 4. Say what you like about who mugged off who and who was pied by who, we’d all fancy a few weeks off, lying back on a Majorcan sun lounger give or take the TOWIE wannabes strutting their stuff around you. Well, maybe you can? Majorca is one of the […]

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Sweet suites: the best hotel suites in London

I’m going to let you into a secret… there’s a clandestine world beyond the revolving doors of London’s grandest hotels. A universe inhabited by sheiks and tech billionaires, where money is no object and even the smartest hotels hold something back for the big rollers. You think that junior suite you scrimped and saved to afford for your anniversary was special? Unless you were dropping £25k a night, you ain’t seen nothing. Step aside and feast your senses on London’s sweetest suites.   Hotel Cafe Royal What: The Dome Penthouse Suite, Hotel Café Royal Why: Literally overlooking Piccadilly Circus and […]

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The Best Places To Stay In… Mexico

Mexico, everyone’s going; whether it’s honeymooners heading for the beach or gangsters heading for the border in every US crime thriller. But where to stash your fiancé or swag, depending which group you fall into, once you arrive? Well here’s some suggestions of places to stay in this wondrous country, a melting pot of cultures, history and, our favourite, cuisine…

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Is This The Most Amazing Hotel Suite In The World?

Want to sleep with the fishes? No, we’ve not gone all The Godfather on you, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has unveiled plans to allow you to do exactly that, sleep underwater. Sixteen and a half feet below the surface, the glass pods will see guests surrounded by the stunning sealife of the Indian Ocean. The luxury suites will exist on top and below the waves, with nine guests sleeping upstairs, along with a gym, butler’s quarters and, of course, room for your detail of body guards. But below deck the concrete, steel and acrylic structure gives way to a domed suite […]

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10 Reasons To Visit Madrid

I spent nearly three years living in Madrid, relentlessly exploring all the city has to offer, and since returning to London I’ve written a novel loosely based on my experiences. When Evie, the main character, moves to Madrid she is initially disappointed by the lack of flamenco guitar players on every corner, bullfighters strutting down the streets and beautiful flowers dangling off every balcony. Madrid may not have the picturesque beauty of Andalucía, or the endless beaches of Barcelona, but Evie soon finds herself falling head over heels in love with the charm of the city. The Spanish like to say […]

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