A Wellness Weekend in Val Thorens

There’s nothing like cold crisp air to make you feel alive. Even it you don’t ski often or well, you still feel healthy on a ski weekend break, even after eating tons of tartiflette and cheese fondue. It’s clomping through snow and all the other wintery activities that invigorate you and make you feel revitalized.  The resort of Val Thorens has gone one step further in making sure you are keeping well. This season they have launched their My Serenity program, highlighting all the other things you can do in Val Thorens to look after yourself, your wellness and your wellbeing.

The resort of Val Thorens in the French Alps is the highest ski resort in the whole of Europe at 2300 m. Purpose built in […]

February 7th, 2018|Destinations, France, Val Thorens|2 Comments

One Day in Philadelphia – The Best Bits of Old City

With all the snow and cold this year, the Cypriot and I had one day in Philadelphia to shop, eat and drink. We spent that one day in Philadelphia’s Old City, the 18th C historic section of downtown, that is considered the birthplace of the American Revolution. While the food scene and Philadelphia restaurants are at the top of their game, great shopping in the city of Brotherly Love is not up to par with any of its East Coast cousins. Maybe it’s the pull of King of Prussia Mall, second largest mall in America, that drags the potential shoppers away from center city.

Still, I have found a few Philadelphia shops and sights that really deserve our attention and if you have one day in […]

January 17th, 2018|Destinations, Philadelphia, USA|1 Comment

WHAT TRAVEL TAUGHT ME IN 2017

Saint Augustine started it off by saying, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  Is travel the best education? I can neither deny nor confirm whether this is true, but I am sure that I know a little more this year than I did last year, simply by stepping out my front door. Since this time of year is all about giving, I thought I would share with you that which I have learned!
WHAT A MANGROVE IS…

When you‘re on an island as lovely as Koh Lanta, Thailand, you never want to leave the beach. That’s if you have sunny weather. The sun was taking a vacation of its own when the Cypriot and I arrived on the […]

December 18th, 2017|Destinations|0 Comments

London Farmers Markets for Christmas and beyond, because I love them!

Who needs to travel to enjoy a Christmas market? There are plenty in London. I love my local South Kensington market and wanted to make sure it got a little plug this holiday season!

Below you can learn more about the London Farmer’s Markets in your area!

Move over German Christmas markets, the Great British Markets are this seasons must visit attractions.

There’s no need to fly to Finland this Christmas, just pop-down to your local London Farmers’ Market, where guests can find everything they need for a truly British festive feast this yuletide. Whether seeking a last-minute Christmas turkey, inspiration for the perfect gift or just after a festive outing filled with cookie decorating and plenty of mulled wine, The London Farmers’ Markets are the place to […]

December 7th, 2017|Destinations, London, United Kingdom|0 Comments

Easy Day Trips from Paris: Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte

You arrive in the village of Maincy, turn down a long tree-lined avenue, and find yourself in the parking lot of le château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Entering through the gift shop, you really have no idea the wonders to come. Another easy day trip from Paris has brought you to one of the great French châteaux of the 17th C.

Could this be the property so luxurious that Louis XIV threw its owner into jail for life? Even as you walk through the stables, it’s not until you’ve stepped round to the gardens do you understand.

Vaux-Le-Vicomte is not just a study in French Baroque architecture, but also a study on what not to do if you are Minister of Finance for the King. Nicolas Fouquet, its owner, assembled, […]

December 1st, 2017|Destinations, France, Paris|0 Comments

Easy Day trips from Paris: Le Petit Trianon Versailles

For those who follow the oeuvre of Mel Brooks, it will be obvious what I mean when I say, “It’s good to be the King.” For those not acquainted with the comic’s masterpiece, A History of the World, Part I, you will find Mr. Brooks embodying King Louis VIX, skipping his way through Versailles Gardens, flirting with all the girls.

Looking straight into the camera from Louis XIV’s newly built second home, Chateau de Versailles, Mr. Brooks exclaims, “It’s good to be the King.” Stepping through the gates of the Palace of Versailles, I can tell you that for Louis XIV, it was pretty great. For his grandson, Louis XVI and famed, cake-eating wife, Marie Antoinette, things didn’t fare so well.
LE PETIT TRIANON

To be honest, Versailles […]

November 25th, 2017|France, Paris, Versailles|0 Comments