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Hong Kong Island – South (part 1)
Despite the slow creep of floodlit housing estates to the east and west, the south of Hong Kong Island (or “Southside” as everyone calls it) retains more than enough rugged coastline, wooded upland and sequestered beach to startle anyone whose preconception of Hong Kong was wholly urban.
Madrid - Around Town : Salamanca and Recoletos (part 2) - General Shops
If you’re a chocolate lover, look no further than this tiny outlet on Serrano which also sells gift wrapped sweets. The speciality here is leña vieja (chocolates that are cast to resemble tree trunks).
Madrid - Around Town : Salamanca and Recoletos (part 1)
The Marquis first saw the commercial possibilities of the area bordering the Retiro in the 1860s and transformed it into a model of urban planning, with grid patterned streets and elegant mansions.
Beijing - Around Town : North of the Forbidden City (part 3) - Restaurants
Bustling two-story rustic restaurant with a large outdoor dining area always packed with locals enjoying simple, tasty Hakka dishes .
Beijing - Around Town : North of the Forbidden City (part 2) - Bars and Teahouses
Take the subway to Yonghe Gong for an early morning – and hopefully crowd-beating – visit to the Lama Temple. On leaving, cross over the main road and pass under the pailou (gate) at the entrance to Guozijian Jie for the Confucius Temple.
Beijing - Around Town : North of the Forbidden City (part 1)
By far the most rewarding area to explore on foot, north of the Forbidden City stretches an almost contiguous run of lakes, either set in parkland or surrounded by swathes of charming historic hutongs. It’s an area rich in temple architecture and dotted with grand old courtyard residences.
Chicago - Around Town - The Loop (part 5) - Places to Eat & Drink
This hip restaurant specializes in steaks and seafood. There’s also a champagne bar and the Ghost Bar for drinks and dancing.
Chicago - Around Town - The Loop (part 4) - Shops
Once Marshall Field’s, Chicago’s oldest and best-known department store continues to be famous for its elaborate Christmas displays, dazzling Tiffany dome, and iconic clock. Established nearly 100 years ago, it offers top styles for home and body.
Chicago - Around Town - The Loop (part 3) - Best of the Rest
The location of the county court headquarters, Daley Plaza is best known for its giant steel unnamed Picasso sculpture (1967), donated by the artist. It was mocked when unveiled, but is now a city icon.
25 Reasons To Go To Milan (Part 2)
Founded in 2007, the first designing museum of Italia is located in a building displaying all artworks of the city every 3 years. The display of artworks includes pictures, products, interior and graphics from around the world.
25 Reasons To Go To Milan (Part 1)
This magnificent church has Gothic domed architecture. It is the 3rd largest church in Europe (after St. Peter Cathedral in Rome and Big Cathedral in Seville). In addition, it is the highlight for center square and this city.
Munich - Around Town : Downtown & Old Town (part 2) - Best of the Rest
Dedicated to the city’s favourite son, Karl Valentin (1882–1948), the Valentin-Musäum is situated in the south tower of the Isartor (14th century). A small room in the tower furnished in turn-of-the-19th-century style houses a café.
Munich - Around Town : Downtown & Old Town (part 1)
Munich's historic Old Town is also the downtown area. This is where you will find many historic buildings as well as Marienplatz, (the historic central square), and the Residenz.
Seattle : Around Town - Downtown (part 4) - Belltown Shops & Downtown Shops
The store stocks an enviable selection of reds, whites, and sparkling wine, and the layout makes searching by region easy. The staff is proficient in recommending wines no matter what your budget is.
Seattle : Around Town - Downtown (part 3) - Belltown Places to Eat
Known for its formal atmosphere and haute cuisine, the Mistral has prix-fixe tasting menus featuring delicacies such as asparagus and English pea fricassee, or artisanal seared foie gras.
Barcelona - Around Town - Barri Gòtic & La Ribera (part 2) - Best of the Rest
Medieval Carrer del Bisbe is flanked by the Gothic Cases dels Canonges (House of Canons) and the Palau de la Generalitat . Connecting the two is an eye-catching Neo-Gothic arched stone bridge (1928).
Barcelona - Around Town - Barri Gòtic & La Ribera (part 1)
Though hard to imagine today, there was a time when Barcelona was just a small Roman village (named Barcino) encircled by protective stone walls. Over the centuries, the village grew, culminating in a building boom in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Toronto - Around Town - Downtown (part 2) - Best of the Rest
A sprawling campus of greenspaces and historic stone buildings dominates a huge swath of the central city, fanning out north, east, and west from Queen’s Park up to Bloor Street. A more recent addition is the post-modern Graduate House. .
Toronto - Around Town - Downtown (part 1)
Toronto is a city of neighborhoods, each with a distinct identity, many with an ethnic flavor, making it the most multicultural of North American cities. In Chinatown, wares from energetic vendors compete with shoppers for sidewalk space, and restaurants offer everything from take-out buns to sit-down banquets.
Let's Get High
This isn’t a drunken stagger down the high street; for the Swiss, that would be far too easy. Instead, participants take to the hills, climbing 500 metres in few hours, stopping at half a dozen points en route to enjoy the view and eat lots of food washed down with copious quantities of the local wine.
Water - Undoubtedly The Heart Of Switzerland
In Switzerland, there truly is a lake for everyone. Nature lovers will love Lake Oeschinen, dwarfed by the towering Bluemlisalp, fed by glacial mountain streams and fringed by a lush carpet of mountain orchids, gentian and edelweiss.
Graubunden - It Started With a Kiss
Graubunden, located in the east of Switzerland, is the country’s largest and most popular holiday region – a dramatic landscape of seemingly endless mountain ranges topped with snow-capped peaks, peppered with tumbling waterfalls and rivers, scarred by glaciers and wrenched apart by some of Europe’s deepest valleys and gorges.
Switzerland - Fast Track
Reliable, efficient and with stunning views at every turn, Switzerland’s travel system really will take you on the ride of your life, whatever your mode of transport.
10 Restaurants with Rooms in the UK (Part 5)
This seasoned performer has been offering food and accommodation in a pretty, 17th-century cottage since 1971. The secret to its longevity seems to be a combination of location – its Wye Valley setting is both idyllic and easily accessible – and wonderful food.
10 Restaurants with Rooms in the UK (Part 4) - St John Hotel – London & The Yorke Arms – Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, North Yorkshire
Fergus Henderson made his name with the nose-to-tail eating concept he pioneered at St John Bar & Restaurant, and the success oh his offal-dominated menus has led to several spin-offs.
10 Restaurants with Rooms in the UK (Part 3) - Langford Fivehead – Lower Swell Somerset & Rocksalt – Folkestone Kent Description: Rocksalt – Folkestone Kent
Although upmarket, the restaurant serves local food for local people – and at reasonable prices, too. Sargeant’s inventive take on the cuisine of his home country can be seen throughout the extensive menu, and my starter of dressed crab with harissa is bold and confident.
10 Restaurants with Rooms in the UK (Part 2) - The Three Chimneys – Colbost Isle of Skye & 21212 – Edinburgh
As a place to stay there can be no faulting 21212. Chef Paul Kitching’s glamorous Edinburgh restaurant with rooms, situated in a Grade I-listed townhouse on the Royal Terrace, wows you with style from the second you open the front door. T
10 Restaurants with Rooms in the UK (Part 1) - The Pig – Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Its proximity to London – about 90 minutes’ drive down the M3 – means that HdV’s core client base has been kept close, while a gorgeous New Forest location ensures the kind of rural seclusion stressed-out metropolitans spend their working weeks dreaming about.
Boston - Around Town : Beacon Hill (part 3) - Restaurants & Bars
Mooo specializes in extraordinary beef and classic accompaniments at expense-account prices. Wine list includes many stellar names.
Boston - Around Town : Beacon Hill (part 2)
Take the “T” to the Charles St/Massachusetts General Hospital stop and exit onto Charles Street. Enjoy a light breakfast at Panificio Bakery (144 Charles St) where the scones and muffins are other-worldly.
Boston - Around Town : Beacon Hill (part 1)
With its elegant 200 year-old row houses, quaint grocers, pricey antique shops, and hidden gardens, Beacon Hill screams “old money” like no other area in Boston. That some of the city’s most exorbitant apartment rentals can still be found here suggests it will remain an enclave of exclusivity for years to come.
Where To Meet A Celeb (Part 3) - DURBAN
This luxurious hotel, with amazing views over the ocean, is all about old-school glamour. There are three bars to relax in and enjoy – Chukka Bar, Lighthouse Bar and, our favourite, Oyster Bar.
Where To Meet A Celeb (Part 2)
Peak hour for celeb spotting is during after-work drinks at the Planet Bar. If you want to mingle with the guests, book The Epicure winter special, on until end-October at R1 500 per person sharing.
Where To Meet A Celeb (Part 1) - Cape town
The Bungalow Restaurant & Lounge opened with plenty of pretty people in attendance. It joins The Cove and Parange on restaurateur Paul Kovensky’s portfolio and guarantees spectacular views of the ocean with all the bells and whistles for a sea-front soirée, including a saxophonist setting the perfect mood.
The Next Century
The hotel kicks off its 100th-year celebration with an exclusive Centennial Ball on the 4th of July. The country’s most notable personalities are slated to attend the event, turning the party into modern-day re-enactment of the hotel’s inaugural bash, when hundreds of elegantly attired guests were invited for a dinner of American roast, Philippines lobster, and French champagne.
Hotlist 2012 - The Americas & Caribbean (Part 4)
Mondrian Soho opened in March 2011 on cobbled Crosby Street and is the tallest building in the ‘hood: a 28- floor glass block (literally, it backs onto Lafayette Street), fronted by a glasshouse restaurant and accessed through a glass tunnel covered in ivy.
Hotlist 2012 - The Americas & Caribbean (Part 3)
Casa Gangotena is so much more than a casa. Well located on Quito’s famous Plaza San Francisco, right in the heart of the rapdly gentrifying old town, it makes a wonderful base from which to explore the Ecuadorian city.
Hotlist 2012 - The Americas & Caribbean (Part 2)
It may be technically in Miami, but the less- then- one- square- mile community known as Bal Harbour is a world apart from the high- volume bling of South Beach. Best known for its clutch of exclusive shops and restaurants, it now has a truly luxurious hotel to match.
Hotlist 2012 - The Americas & Caribbean (Part 1)
The Hotel Americano entered the New York hotel scene last September and has already made an impression far beyond what its diminutive, 56- bedroom capacity would suggest. The first US property from Mexican luxury- hotel company Group Habta is peppy and fun but it takes service very seriously.
Hotlist 2012 - Africa, Indian Ocean & Middle East (Part 2)
The new, discreet sister property to Cape Town’s Dock House is tucked away being that hotel in a quiet mews away from the bustle of the harbour development. The Queen Victoria is a study in understated elegance throughout, a cocoon of soothing grey and white with just a dash of the most subtle royal purple.
Hotlist 2012 - Africa, Indian Ocean & Middle East (Part 1)
Long Beach is not a typical Mauritian resort. Developed by Sun Resorts (Sugar Beach, La Pirogue, Le Tousserok), the hotel opened in April 2011 on the 60-acre footprint of the former Coco Beach on the east coast.
New York - Around Town : Lower Manhattan (part 3) - Restaurants
Gigino’s delivers excellent Italian food from the Amalfi coast and dazzling views from the sophisticated dining room and the waterfront terrace.
New York - Around Town : Lower Manhattan (part 2) - Outdoor Sculptures
Begin at Battery Park for a view of the waterfront, and look into Castle Clinton , an 1807 fort, to see dioramas of a changing New York. Then visit the Museum of the American Indian at the U.S. Custom House.
New York - Around Town : Lower Manhattan (part 1)
A statue at the Federal Hall National Memorial where George Washington was sworn into office is testament to the time the president spent in New York City. So too is the pew where he worshipped at St. Paul’s Chapel, and the museum at Fraunces Tavern where he said farewell to his officers in 1789.
Travel - Hot List 2012 (Part 7)
The views from the entrance of Anantara are first Vietnam resort embody its Sanskrit name, which means ‘without end’. From the rased exception, guests can peer down at the airy L’Anmien restaurant, with it tables and chairs that spill out onto a low deck bordering a lotus pond.
Travel - Hot List 2012 (Part 6)
Right in the heart of buzzing Calangute strip in North Goa, this new beachfront hotel could not be better placed for those wanting to be in the thick of Goa’s vibrant holiday scene. It is the latest addition to the Park Hotel group, which now has 10 designer hotels across India.
Travel - Hot List 2012 (Part 5)
Right in the heart of buzzing Calangute strip in North Goa, this new beachfront hotel could not be better placed for those wanting to be in the thick of Goa’s vibrant holiday scene. It is the latest addition to the Park Hotel group, which now has 10 designer hotels across India.
Travel - Hot List 2012 (Part 4)
Proudly modernistic in its architecture and minimalist in detailing, this 68- room spa hotel overlooking the Xixi National Wetland Park showcases China’s emerging resort aesthetic. The property is part of the Westbrook Resort, a kind of bucolic mega- retreat (it also houses Sheraton, Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels) beloved of Chines developers.
Travel - Hot List 2012 (Part 3)
Occupying two diminutive isles off the Cambodian coast, Song Saa Private Island enjoys splendid isolation. Your neighbours in the archipelago are a few fishing villages, and the animals of the rainforest.
Travel - Hot List 2012 (Part 2)
Looking to the future rather than feeling nostalgic for the past. Shanghai is luxury hotels tend towards sky tower modernism, but Asia’s first Wladorf Astoria adroitly rewinds the stylistic clock.
 
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