A Bit of Portugal – the 10 Best Bits of Porto

Why have I never been to Porto before? It has to be one of the great European cities – it’s home to Port, the food is fab, there’s tons to do and a river runs through it. Although the second largest city in Portugal, Porto feels like a small town – the perfect weekend break. Don’t be fooled by the lull of the placid Douro River as it meanders through town. Almost around the corner, lies the rough Atlantic Ocean that saw much activity in Porto’s early days when the Portuguese began conquering the unknown (to them) world.

Porto, these days, draws them in with its UNESCO protected historical center filled with cafes, museums, and views to die for. There are so many Best Bits that […]

December 8th, 2016|Destinations, Porto, Portugal, Ten Best Bits|1 Comment

10 Best Bits of Anacapri, Italy

It’s only ten minutes away by car from the port, but Anacapri, the other village on the Isle of Capri, is just as charming as its more famous sister – so wave goodbye to the port, you won’t miss it, I promise.

These bits might be a little Capri Palace Hotel heavy, that’s because it really is the only place that should be your home while on the island, unless you have one of your own.

ci vediamo a Anacapri

 

NB: I was the guest of Capri Palace Hotel. It was absolutely perfect and I can’t stop thinking about the time I had there…a true Best Bit! 

May 24th, 2016|Capri, Destinations, Italy, Ten Best Bits|0 Comments

Best Bits Top 10 Holiday Gifts

You just can’t top White Turf in St. Moritz for a luxury treat, unless it’s with a whirl in the Roller afterwards with my dear friend Bill Petrakis. Pucci ski-boots, Ottica Carraro sunglasses and H&M fur (fake) hat top it all off. Christmas is all about treating yourself and your loved ones to.

If you can’t get to St. Moritz any time soon, then any one of these gifts below will make you feel just as glamorous. Here are my top 10 Best Bits for those special someones in your life.

I have a special gift for the first five of you who share this page!  Make it all the way down to the end and see what’s in the stocking!
1. BRAIN CANDY

I do go on a bit […]

December 11th, 2015|Ten Best Bits|9 Comments

A Bit of Myanmar: The Ten Best Bits of Bagan

As we landed into Bagan, we couldn’t help peer out the window of our Yangon Airways (whose motto is “You’re safe with us!”) flight to see what we’d been waiting for. A trip to Myanmar is really a trip to Bagan – it’s always on the itinerary, from your first time or your 50th. Like the great man-made structures of the world, e.g. the Taj Mahal, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, St. Peter’s, Bagan’s temples are a luxury to behold. The only difference is that there are over 2000 of them, built from the 9th to the 13th century, everyone of them distinctive.

The crux of your trip, as ours was, will be about seeing as many temples as you can, but Bagan has so many other […]

November 13th, 2015|Bagan, Destinations, Myanmar, Ten Best Bits|2 Comments

New Orleans & Breaux Bridge, LA – The 10 Best Bit(e)s

Traveling through New Orleans to research a piece on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina for Grazia UK, the Cypriot and I had to eat, right?

Some of the best restaurants in the USA are at home here in the Big Easy, from old and revered, like Commander’s Palace and Antoine’s, to young and chipper, helmed by chefs like Donald Link for his award-winning Herbsaint and casual Pêche and Chef Justin Devllier for his The Petite Grocery.

What I found is that most first-timers to NOLA (New Orleans, LA) want the dishes that were invented here! Loaded with fat, sugar and carbs: beignets, bananas foster, étouffée called my name and I answered with gusto. We didn’t just stop eating in NOLA, but continued the foodfest out in Acadiana – true home […]

August 4th, 2015|Destinations, Louisiana, Ten Best Bits, USA|5 Comments
Grenada

A Bit of Grenada – Top 10 Best Bits

Upon arrival at the airport, I was met by ladies bearing chocolate…I dare you to beat that. My first Caribbean Island and I couldn’t think of a better place to begin my adventure than Grenada. The country is filled with spirit; you see it driving down every road. Citizens compete to show off their patriotism using the colors of Grenada’s flag: red, green and yellow. Their excitement at having you as their guest is palpable. Although I was here only a week, I was made to feel like a local. I truly cannot wait to go back.
Here are my top 10 Best Grenadine Bits:

1. True Blue Bay
Russ and Magdalena Fielden, the owners of True Blue Bay, have managed to forge that perfect combination of the authentic and the luxurious […]

June 12th, 2015|Destinations, Grenada, Ten Best Bits|6 Comments