Posts tagged "Europe"
Tales from Ticino | La Dolce Vita in Lugano

Tales from Ticino | La Dolce Vita in Lugano

Lazy meandering days by the lake. Balmy, temperate weather practically year round. Lingering lunches in rustic grottos where earthy fare is languidly served alongside countless glasses of local Merlot (though not a soul is counting). Beautiful, well-dressed throngs of residents who smile an inordinate amount of the time and almost seem to sway with an...
Spain: The Ultimate Road Trip

Spain: The Ultimate Road Trip

Ten days. During a normal work week, that seems like an eternity. In other circumstances, that same length of time can pass in an instant. With that in mind and a partner-in-crime in tow, I set out to make the most of a whirlwind 10-day journey, from the southern reaches of Spain up to the...
Gran Canaria: 5 Reasons to Travel to Paradise

Gran Canaria: 5 Reasons to Travel to Paradise

In these five notable locales, the jewel of Spain’s Canary Islands comes alive. 1. Explore Puerto de Mogán This picturesque marina, dotted with local shops and restaurants, is the perfect place to explore on a long, lazy afternoon. If you don’t plan on renting a car, there are buses from the city, so check with...
Brighton: 48 Hours by the Sea

Brighton: 48 Hours by the Sea

Just under an hour from London by train, the seaside enclaves of Brighton and Hove are a world apart from bustling London. The pace is slower, the scale of things more manageable, the locals friendly and, perhaps most importantly, a more provincial side of life in Great Britain comes into view. It’s the sort of...
The Contemporary Style of Berlin

The Contemporary Style of Berlin

Selbstverständlich. It may seem a difficult word on its face but its translation couldn’t be simpler. It is a German word meaning “natural” or “self-evident” and it perfectly captures the zeitgeist of contemporary Berlin style. Spend any time in Berlin and you’ll immediately note that Berliners have a dress code all their own. It is...
Bernhoft: Giving Voice to Norwegian Soul

Bernhoft: Giving Voice to Norwegian Soul

  In a week when everyone seemed to be buzzing about Justin Timberlake, I found myself rapt by the intricately, layered sounds of Bernhoft, the Norwegian retro-soul sensation who is currently barnstorming across North America igniting venues with his uniquely inspired blend of socially conscious musings and quirkily groovalicious beats. He may not yet be...
Drenched in History: Taking the Waters in Bath

Drenched in History: Taking the Waters in Bath

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen or 19th century English literature in general, then you are probably already familiar with the phrase “taking the waters.” However, to the uninitiated, the meaning of the phrase may seem somewhat dubious, so allow me to illuminate. Essentially, “taking the waters” refers to drinking or bathing in the famed,...
In Paris: A Room with a View

In Paris: A Room with a View

For some reason, I’ve been waxing nostalgic about Paris this week. Perhaps it’s because Fashion Week and all of the spectacle of the 2013 collections will soon take over the City of Lights in a way few events can. Or perhaps it’s because January tends to be a reflective month that has as its companion...
Best of Manchester 2012

Best of Manchester 2012

From the boisterous nightlife scene of Canal Street to the tranquility of the historic Neo-Classical mansion Tatton Park in Manchester’s lush countryside, here’s a best of look back at my 2012 visit in pictures:
Tattoos, Hornets, Fire:  A Glitterati Guide to Sweden

Tattoos, Hornets, Fire: A Glitterati Guide to Sweden

  A little over a year ago, I was visiting Stockholm and had the chance to spend an afternoon and evening with Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg (aka the Hilton Brothers). For those not familiar with this dynamic duo, Christopher Makosis, an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist, not only collaborated with Andy Warhol but also...
A World of Holiday Shopping

A World of Holiday Shopping

  I know that the holidays are supposed to be about family and friends, togetherness and all that jazz, but let’s face it—they really are also all about shopping and the sights and sounds of what is undeniably one of the most magical times of year (for most people anyway). As we head into the...
Beloved: The Romance of Paris

Beloved: The Romance of Paris

Director Christophe Honoré’s new film celebrates Paris and the complexities of l’amour.  Paris and romance just go together. That is undeniable. In fact, based upon personal experience, I would go so far as to say that “falling in love in Paris” should make it onto everyone’s bucket list, because the City of Lights provides the...
A Night at the ICEHOTEL

A Night at the ICEHOTEL

When I decided to visit ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. That is to say, I understood the concept of ICEHOTEL in theory, but the practical implications of an overnight stay in a hotel constructed entirely of ice and snow, situated in a village with barely...
A Very Mancunian Life

A Very Mancunian Life

First off, for the uninitiated, a couple of definitions: Mancunian: A person from Manchester. Mancunian Life: Fierce, fun, vibrant, independent, sometimes raucous, always original, forever unbuttoned and decidedly passionate about music. Now, with that settled, if you follow this blog, you already know that I just returned from my second thrill ride of a visit to Manchester...
Globetrotting: Paris to the Loire Valley

Globetrotting: Paris to the Loire Valley

Paris and its many charms can all too often prove so engaging that many find it difficult to pry themselves away, which is a shame given that beyond the borders of the City of Lights, la belle France reveals herself to be diverse and complex. In Paris, I set up home base at the sleek,...