Your place in the sun

If you’re not familiar with the British travel show, A Place in the Sun, you should give it a go.  You may be able to find shows on YouTube. Ostensibly, the show is devoted to those looking for homes in the UK and Europe, but they do periodically extend to other locales, as well. And, for a taster, they are…

First ever boutique hotel

A new hotel owned and furnished entirely by the classic British design house Laura Ashley has opened its doors today. Every room in the luxury 49-bedroom The Manor hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire has been decorated using the company’s current interiors collection. And all of the decor will be available for guests to buy online during their stay, should they wish…

Luxury in Cartagena

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

Never go home

Ever walked into a hotel and thought: “I could live here?” These five intimate, beautiful hotels can that feel like the swanky house of your dreams. Read more courtesy of FoodAndWine.com  

The Blonde Hedgehog

You’ll almost certainly be familiar with the Channel Island’s main settlements, Jersey and Guernsey. They’re famous for their handsome cattle and the unctuous, buttercup coloured milk they produce. But there are three others – Sark, Herm, and Alderney. While the first two are trickier for tourists, Alderney is a precious, hidden gem. Three square miles of white sand beaches, rocky…

Lake Como? Affordable?

Italy’s most famous lake has appealed to second-home owners for hundreds of years, reports Liz Rowlinson. But where can you bag a bargain? Its deep, mirror-like waters beneath dramatic mountains, the tropical gardens flourishing in the balmy microclimate, have beguiled artists, writers and royals for centuries and, in recent years, Arab princes, wealthy footballers, Hollywood stars and entrepreneurs. Read more…

Osaka Umeda 1-Day Itinerary

Osaka’s Umeda district is the perfect place for venturing out into West Japan’s best area for tourism, the Kansai region. In particular, its high-class urban cityscape lends a sophisticated feeling that travelers will appreciate. Read more courtesy of LiveJapan.com

Beaucoup Baku

Baku has a medieval Islamic core surrounded by lavish late 19th and early 20th-century European styles and modern skyscrapers and designs. Layers of history can be unraveled by exploring the architecture in Baku as you pass through Azerbaijan’s different eras. Read more courtesy of TheCultureTrip.com  

Wine fine line

Around the world in 8 wine destinations. Let’s explore some of the world’s most famous and scenic wine destinations, from South America to Europe and beyond. Read more courtesy of KeyTours.com  

Sail the seven seas, over and over

Brian and Karin Trautman have been living on a sailboat for 10 years, and their boat is set up so they can be off the grid in remote places for months at a time with solar and wind power providing electricity, a water maker that turns salt water into fresh water, multiple freezers and loads of storage space for food,…

If you can’t live longer, live deeper

The planet has been through some difficult times recently. And, so it have its inhabitants. But, as is always the case, we will pull through and we will continue. Today may or may not be the time to plan ahead, but it never hurts. One thing you can think about of course is travel. We will be able to travel…

Vin Route

There’s nothing quite like the freedom that comes with taking to the open road for an epic adventure. But for RV and campervan enthusiasts, one of the trickier aspects of a trip can be finding a spot to settle down for the night. With that in mind, US-based company Harvest Hosts has assembled a bespoke list of unique camping experiences…

Chateau bravo!

With their lofty towers, glittering ballrooms, geometric gardens and all that gilded finery, no one does castles better than France. From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories…

門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。

The environment makes our characters. (Japanese proverb.) A large number of Japanese companies have instituted telecommuting policies over the past few weeks, under the logic that the crowded conditions of commuter trains and enclosed offices are high-risk environments for the transmission of coronavirus. However, with Japanese houses and apartments being decidedly on the small side, most people can’t designate an…

Ozu’s Flying Castle

Forget the cherry blossoms and the flashy Tokyo hotels, because starting this April, for the first time ever, it’s possible to rent out an Edo period castle in the heart of Japan—and get the shogun-style treatment while you’re there. Dating back to 1617, Ozu Castle is set in the town of Ozu on the western side of Shikoku island, and sits atop a…

Gilded cherubs

If you want to know what it was like to live like a French aristocrat in the 1700s, now’s your chance―sort of. A mother-daughter duo has teamed up to turn an abandoned, historic chateau in France into a bustling bed and breakfast, and are inviting guests to come stay during the renovations. Read more courtesy of HouseBeautiful.com  

Mystically fruity

Let’s move to East Grinstead and Forest Row, West Sussex, UK: mystically fruity. What’s going for it? Do you believe in the genius loci, the spirit of the place? Well, there must be a fruity old spirit in East Grinstead and Forest Row. Is there something in the water, in the soil, in the wind? How else do you explain the…

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