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Greetings from Schiermonnikoog, the unpronounceable Dutch Frisian island, a sort of “Dutch Hamptons”. Literally its name can be translated into “Grey Monk Island” . The island’s first known inhabitants were the monks of Klaarkamp Abbey, a Cistercian monastery near Rinsumageest, on the mainland. “Monnik” means “monk”, “schier” is an archaic word meaning “grey”, referring to the colour of the monks’ habits, and “oog” translates as “island”. A National Park of breathtaking natural beauty, the island, 16 Km long and 4 Km wide, can only be reached on foot or by

Are you one of those travellers who always likes to take souvenirs back from your trips? Anything from a fridge magnet of the Tower of Pisa to a carpet from Marrakech? Let us help you with some ideas should you visit the wonderful and captivating region of Puglia, the heel of Italy.   1 – CERAMICS FROM FASANO CERAMICHE IN GROTTAGLIE The city of Grottaglie in the province of Taranto is has since the 17th century known for the production of plates, vases, ornaments, cups, tiles, ceramics. The Fasanos have

For those not fortunate enough to have been there already, there are five destinations that should make anyone’s bucket list. Anyone tempted to make a repeat visit will discover that each of these very special places has compelling new events and attractions in 2018. MARRAKECH Marrakech is certainly having a moment. The ground-breaking African contemporary art fair 1-54 takes place in February 2018. October 2017 saw the keenly-awaited opening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, a final labour of love by his partner Pierre Bergé. Experienced travellers will always choose

Admittedly, I have waited 13 years before going back to the ‘Ochre’ city of Marrakech. I was spellbound by its light, colors, sounds and magical atmosphere fifteen years ago and returned a year later, before becoming parents. Although the city was filled with European babies and toddlers, I wanted to wait till my kids were old enough to remember this experience and most importantly to understand my health and safety instructions. During my second visit to Marrakech, I got food poisoned, luckily on my last night. Moreover, we got quite

Lecce is no Milan, Florence or Rome, with their haute-couture designer boutiques, trendy cocktail bars and international hotels . There are no Prada or Armani stores nor Michelin star restaurants, although there are some which arguably deserve a star or two. Lecce is more about authenticity, farm-to-table menus, slow living and simplicity. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Margherita Caputo in front of a plate of pasta with fresh tomatoes and zucchini. She is an architect who lives not far from Lecce and is Property Manager of Masseria Mauriani in Carpignano

Tuscany is one of our favourite destinations for 2015, and what is possibly the best thing about Tuscany? Its wine! Italy is one of the most renowned producers of top quality red and white wine, and Tuscany is home to countless vineyards – it’s the spirit of wine country! Chianti and Montepulciano are just some of the fine creations which are made in the picturesque region. A wine tasting experience at a Tuscan vineyard is an intriguing and indulgent experience – you won’t just be given a sip of wine

You’ve planned your trip abroad and got the best deals available on flights and hotels. But one question remains – how to save money on airport parking? Though parking can be both stressful and costly to arrange, it doesn’t have to be that way! The following tips will help you save money and reduce stress so that your trip will go as smoothly as possible.     1. Book in Advance If you book in advance you could end up paying up to 60% less than you would at the

With the festive season waning, many people’s dreams start drifting towards a tropical paradise break. Five of the very best, spread across the globe, are guaranteed to lift spirits and rejuvenate whatever the weather back at home. Samara Beachfront Lux in Koh Samui is the ultimate Thai villa, combining virtually everything that attracts visitors to this ancient and beguiling South East Asian nation, from spa facilities to a swim up bar. With room for 17 guests, it has ample accommodation for hosting one of those famous Thai beach house parties,

At a time when almost everyone is in the festive spirit, some places stand out as the very best places to raise a glass or two, whether for their beautiful setting, superb drinks list, or simply the warm welcome that they provide. For drinking in a winter wonderland, Meribel is a wonderful resort to start. The Den Bar has a sleek modern interior that is nevertheless inviting and convivial. The wine list was compiled by Tim Johnston, whose track record includes the celebrated Parisian wine bar Juveniles. Helpfully for those

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