Cities & Towns

If You Like Singapore… Try Dubai and Kuala Lumpur

A blog post for HomeAway, November 2017
"Singapore is a shining example of a chic city that combines eye-catching modern design with well-preserved historical sites. Here are two other cities that tick a few of the same boxes..."

Silverkris Guide to Malé, The Maldives

A destination guide for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), November 2017
"With over 130,000 people squeezed into two square miles, Malé is a bustling and fast-paced capital - the antithesis of the laid-back island resorts that draw most tourists to The Maldives..."

The Foodie’s Guide to Florence

A blog post for City Wonders, October 2017
"Florence may be mostly renowned as an exquisite repository of priceless art, but as hungry travellers already know, this Tuscan city is just as pleasing to the stomach as it is to the eyes..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Italian Lakes

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2017
"In the Italian Lakes, saffron-infused risottos, fresh-from-the-net lake fish and cheese-topped polenta are the big hitters everywhere from Michelin-starred restaurants to humble trattorias..."

If You Like Tokyo… Try Osaka and Seoul

A blog post for HomeAway, September 2017
"If you’ve travelled to the Japanese capital and fell hook, line and sinker for its intoxicating charms, but are now searching for the next great city to explore, we've some suggestions..."

The Best Bars with a View in London

A blog post for City Wonders, September 2017
"Sky-high bars rarely have rock-bottom prices, and considering Duck and Waffle's placement bang in the middle of the city, there are plenty of high-earners willing to flash the cash here..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2017
"Sicily is a veritable open-air museum of extraordinary archaeological sites nestled among staggering and oh-so-dramatic nature (we’re talking volcanoes exploding into the night sky)..."

If You Like Bali… Try Sri Lanka and Thailand

A blog post for HomeAway, July 2017
"Magical as Bali may be, it is just one of many fantastic destinations in Southeast Asia. If you're looking for a brand new adventure, consider exploring one of these alternative destinations..."

Southwest Washington Region Vacation Guide

A destination guide for Expedia, June 2017
"Forest-covered mountains and extinct volcanoes form a breathtaking backdrop to lively cities such as Vancouver and Morton, with rich historical and cultural legacies ripe for exploration..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Umbria, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2017
"Rolling hills carpeted in green, interrupted only by rows of pristine vineyards and serene olive groves, picture-perfect towns and fine cobbled-street villages: Umbria is Italy at its very best..."

The Latest Spa Wellness Trend? Salt Rooms

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2017
"It's been around since the time of the Romans, but in recent years the salt therapy trend has gone global. You'll find it used to treat everything from allergies to asthma, colds to eczema..."

Busan City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, March 2017
"Busan's vibrant inner-city is populated with chic restaurants, bars and boutiques, yet it is the nearby mountains, beaches and hot springs that give this busy coastal city its hybrid appeal..."

Hannover City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, March 2017
"One of the largest cities in northern Germany, Hannover lies at the heart of modern German culture. Famed as a trading centre, the city also has the world's second largest Oktoberfest..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Puglia, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2017
"There are good reasons why Puglia is the Italian region of the moment. Here are just three of them: the extraordinary cuisine, the exuberant architecture and the picture-perfect coastline..."

Moscow City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, February 2017
"The epicentre of Russia’s political and cultural legacy, Moscow is also a city of contradictions, where Byzantine splendour and Soviet-era architecture combine to recall a complex history..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Midlands, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2017
"While in the Midlands, action addicts can paintball or quad bike, sightseers can tour macabre museums and TV filming locations, and animal lovers can try their hand at medieval falconry..."

Taichung City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, January 2017
"Taichung is like the smaller, hotter and more soulful younger brother to Taipei; it has the same blend of modern high rises and traditional Taiwanese architecture, but without the crowds..."

Isle of Skye Region Vacation Guide

A destination guide for Expedia, December 2016
"From mist-shrouded mountain peaks to plunging sea cliffs, moss-carpeted valleys to ancient fishing villages, this magical yet windswept Scottish island is a place of wild, rugged beauty..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Costa Blanca, Spain

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2016
"Behind the 'Brits abroad' throngs on touristy beaches lie a wealth of attractions waiting to be unearthed, including stunning mountains, hidden coves, lush vineyards and ancient villages..."

Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World

A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."

Osaka Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, November 2016
"Ascend the Umeda Sky Building to see one of the oldest shrines in Japan and an ancient Shogunate palace standing right beside glowing neon lights and ultra-modern architecture..."

Western Nicaragua Region Vacation Guide

A destination guide for Expedia, November 2016
"The variety of dining and nightlife options make San Juan del Sur a pleasant stop. The main draw, however, is the series of spectacular surf spots and sandy beaches within easy reach..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Crete, Greece

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, November 2016
"With crystal-clear waters, postcard-worthy seafront towns, history in spades and jaw-dropping landscapes, the idyllic island of Crete is a place to make all your holiday dreams come true..."

Eran Chen: Changing New York City’s Streetscape

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2016
"Among the more humdrum apartment blocks and complexes of NYC, Eran Chen's residential structures stand out, challenging the idea that city living means compromising quality of life..."

Kuala Lumpur Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, October 2016
"Step back to Kuala Lumpur's ancient past in the labyrinth of streets that comprise Chinatown. This district pulses all night long with bright lights, thronging shoppers and great street food..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2016
"It might be a part of Italy, but Sicily has carved its own individual identity over the centuries. Today, it is an open-air museum of incredible archaeological sites amid staggering scenery..."

Seoul Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, September 2016
"Surrounded on all sides by towering ‘guardian mountains’, this vibrant, pulsing city fizzes with life and energy, its deeply traditional roots contrasting with its spectacular modern designs..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Ireland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, September 2016
"A land of literary greatness, folktales, incomparably romantic landscapes and legendary good times, Ireland is an unsung hero when it comes to great European destinations to discover..."

The Best Busking Cities Around the Globe

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2016
"Good buskers have the power to stop busy passers-by in their tracks, making them take an impromptu time-out from their daily routine and even convince them to cough up their cash..."

Sydney Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, August 2016
"Venture beyond the iconic harbour to find a city bursting with an active artistic community, a mouth-watering foodie scene and outer limits lined with sandy beaches and stylish suburbs..."

Five Great Rio Escapes During the Olympics

A blog post for HomeAway, August 2016
"If you are lucky enough to be in Rio to watch one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles and need to escape the bustling city crowds in your downtime, here’s where you should go..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Devon, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2016
"The Napoleonic fortifications are just one of the reasons to visit Berry Head National Nature Reserve; you'll also find an array of wildlife, fine coastal walking trails and adventure sports..."

Who Would Live In a Place Like This?

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2016
"When we bring iconic buildings to mind, we will often think of office-filled skyscrapers, lavish palaces and grand structures. But there are many great works of residential architecture too..."

Kuoda Travels Website Content

Website copy for Kuoda Travels, July 2016
"We actively seek out the undiscovered: the hidden-away wonders, the lesser-known locales and the out-of-the-way attractions. In short, things that have yet to make it into a guidebook..."

Capturing Cuba: A Photography Workshop

A workshop tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, July 2016
"Cuba's cities are crammed with cobbled colonial squares and wheezing vintage cars, while its countryside is a jumble of sugar-white beaches, rugged mountains and tropical forests..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Norfolk, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, July 2016
"Norfolk’s charms are just as broad as the famed network of rivers that run through it. With an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, it's a county of quintessential English countryside..."

Phuket Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, July 2016
"Before you head for the beach, take time to explore Phuket City, the province's capital. Most tourists rush to their resorts, but this colourful town offers real insight into authentic Thai life..."

AlmaLusa: Designer Boutique Hotel Opens in Lisbon

A press release for Bacall Associates, June 2016
"As the debut property of AlmaLusa Hotels, this boutique 28-room hotel in the heart of Lisbon offers a smart alternative for urban travellers looking for a contemporary approach to luxury..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Wales

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, June 2016
"Wales has its own unique culture, its own distinct language and its own stunning landscapes. The fiercely proud people are also fiercely welcoming, greeting you with a smile and a pint..."

Seven Great Under the Radar Cities to Visit

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"In any other country, Toulouse would top the tourist agenda. Its old quarter is built with warm pink-hued bricks, so on a sunny day it is as if you're seeing it all through rose-tinted glasses..."

London’s Best Parks (For A Great Escape)

A city guide for Buggl, June 2016
"This East End park, opened in 1845 and subject to a recent multimillion pound makeover, is far less prim and proper than the capital's Royal Parks, affording it a more laid-back charm..."

A Tattoo is for Life at The Siam in Bangkok

A press release for Bacall Associates, May 2016
"A craftsman of the highest order, renowned for the amazing intricacy and beauty of his work, Arjan Boo was trained in the traditional art of Sak Yant tattoos at the Wat Bang Phra temple..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sussex, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2016
"England’s far south is characterised by gentility, which means that the quaint, historic villages possess an appealing old-world atmosphere that’s now all but extinct elsewhere in England..."

10 Travel Instagram Accounts to Fuel Your Appetite

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2016
"Whether you’re after the latest dining hotspots in your hometown or are planning a foodie trip to some far-flung city, these culinary-minded Instagrammers provide great inspiration..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Cotswolds, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, April 2016
"Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, spectacular architecture and monuments and some particularly charming villages made for day trippers..."

Genoa City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2016
"Part of Italy’s Riviera, on the northwestern coast, Genoa offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Italian life, where great family-run restaurants dish up the region’s famous speciality: pesto..."

Champagne Life at the Saatchi Gallery, London

An article for Private Air Magazine, April 2016
"This year is the Saatchi Gallery's 30th anniversary. Birthdays call for a celebration, so this art gallery decided to kick off the festivities with its first-ever all female show, Champagne Life..."

Cities Aglow: Light Festivals Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2016
"Holographic creatures racing around urban streets, drab gray buildings rendered in glorious Technicolor and skyscrapers as canvases for international art - the world loves light festivals..."

Off the Map Travels Website Content

Website copy for Off the Map Travels, March 2016
"Some travel to discover new destinations, others to engage with the locals. Many travelers will require rest, relaxation and rejuvenation; many crave color, challenges and complexity..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Scotland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2016
"The Scots are fiercely proud of their nation - and rightly so. This compact country has two of the UK’s most exciting cities and one of Europe's last remaining patches of true wilderness..."

Monaco and the Jet-Set Lifestyle

An article for Luxe Magazine, March 2016
"Just the name of this tiny tax-free principality conjures up images of the glamorous Grimaldis, fast-living Formula 1 drivers, champagne-popping property tycoons and high-flying film stars..."

London’s Best New Restaurants

A blog post for Samsung Live, March 2016
"London is the best city in the world for foodies, but the sheer choice of dining options can be overwhelming. To make things simpler we've picked some of our favourite recent openings..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Algarve, Portugal

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, February 2016
"Away from those high-rise resorts is a natural, unspoiled coastline; wide sandy stretches and rocky coves, edged by clear-as-glass sea one side and distinctive red-hued cliffs the other..."

London’s Top Coffee Shops

A city guide for Buggl, January 2016
"Monmouth has got quite the glowing reputation among London’s coffee connoisseurs - and deservedly so. Since it opened more than 35 years ago it has built up a die-hard following..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Languedoc, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With its cultural idiosyncrasies and independent identity, Languedoc has long marched to the beat of its own drum. Yet, from Romans to Moors to Cathars, it wears its long history proudly..."

The Mississippi Delta: A Documentary Masterclass

A workshop tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, January 2016
"Lying in the rich lands between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, the Delta conjures visions of hard-working sharecroppers, lush plantations and the melancholy melodies of the Blues..."

Run in the Dark: Exploring Edinburgh at Night

A blog post for Samsung Live, January 2016
"Since starting in 2012, the Run in the Dark event has expanded from its initial five locations to take place in over 50 cities globally. And Edinburgh is one of the UK's most popular venues..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Aquitane, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With Atlantic beaches, buzzy cities, medieval villages and chateaux-dotted countryside in its armoury, the vast and astonishingly diverse region of Aquitane is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser..."

Winter Travel Spotlight: Eilat, Israel

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2015
"This November, low-fare airline Ryanair added a new destination: Israel’s spectacular coastal city Eilat. With the city's warm, almost rain-free climate, it's just in time for winter sun-seekers..."

MERGE: Festival Fun on London’s Artistic Bankside

A blog post for Samsung Live, December 2015
"Everyone in London knows that the Southbank is where all the city's artists hang out. So it's no surprise that it is also home one of the wackiest and most inventive festivals anywhere..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Dordogne, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2015
"This sunny, serene and languorous corner of the country is dotted with pretty chateaux and imposing bastides - entering the Dordogne is like yielding to a pleasant, drifting daydream..."

Alice Sachs Zimet: Stradding Arts and Business

An article for Private Air New York (Fall Issue), December 2015
"Alice likes to get in early. Not only did she begin building a collection when the photography market was nascent, she also pioneered the first sponsorship program at Chase Manhattan..."

Museums at Night: London’s After Dark Exhibitions

Newsletter content for Samsung Live, December 2015
"As the Night at the Museum films attest, there is something that sparks the imagination about what happens to exhibitions after the visitors leave, the doors are shut and the lights go out..."

On the Literary Trail in Devon

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2015
"Devon is an amazing destination for well-read travellers, thanks to local wordsmiths such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Williamson, Ted Hughes and Rudyard Kipling..."

Three Restaurants With Only One Item On the Menu

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2015
"From grilled cheese to peanut butter, restaurants with variations on a single dish are now big hits worldwide. Novel byproducts of an overcrowded restaurant scene, or something more?..."

Collecting Photography: A Gallerist’s Perspective

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2015
"For Howard Greenberg, the owner of the eponymous photography gallery in Manhattan, the collector’s gene manifested itself early via childhood baseball cards, coins and bottle caps..."

Open House: Unlocking London

A blog post for Samsung Live, November 2015
"Curiosity is part of the human condition. So it's little surprise that Open House, during which hundreds of private buildings in London fling open their doors to the public, has been a hit..."

La Spezia City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2015
"Hop off the tourist trail and come to experience the lively atmosphere of La Spezia; a packed naval city loved by tourists as a gateway to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre's coast..."

Five Fantastic Urban Cycling Events

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Love a bike-centric event where you can celebrate cycling with like-minded pedallers? Then oil your gears, pack up your tire repair kit and roll on down to one of these urban bike fests..."

Super Yachts Palma

An article for Luxe Magazine, October 2015
"Summer is here, which means that in sleek marinas all through the Mediterranean, gleaming superyachts and powerboats of all shapes and sizes will be lined up like anchovies in a tin..."

Totally Thames: Riverside Revelry in London

A blog post for Samsung Live, October 2015
"Centered around the River Thames and running throughout September, this annual festival has an eclectic line-up, from art shows to cultural walks, sporting races to community days..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Ibiza, Spain

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2015
"It may be renowned as the clubbing capital of the world, but after-dark adventures are just a part of Ibiza’s charm. In fact, the majority of the White Isle is far more low-key and laid-back..."

Open House: Inside Architectural Treasures

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Open House, which allows the public into buildings that are usually closed, began in London in 1992 and has since spread to more than 30 cities globally - from Tel Aviv to Thessaloniki..."

Panama: Where Virgin Jungle Meets Urban Jungle

An article for Luxe Magazine, October 2015
"It is a crucial cog in global trade, the linchpin of the Americas and a valuable link between the Atlantic and Pacific. Yet Panama has so much more to offer than its famous, crosswise canal..."

A Taste of Jerusalem in London at The Palomar

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"As a spin-off of Jerusalem’s ultra-popular Machneyuda restaurant, The Palomar was always destined to triumph. It's from those famous kitchens that the head chef Tomer Amedi hails..."

Cannes Film Festival 2015: A Retrospective

An article for Luxe Magazine, September 2015
"2015 was a year when red carpet dress codes outshone the on-screen drama, when titillation was pushed to its 3D limits and when loud jeers stirred up debate about audience etiquette..."

Only in Scotland: Six Uniquely Scottish Experiences

A blog post for VisitScotland, September 2015
"From scuba diving among German warships to hiking between curious Highland Cows, from gigantic viaducts to deep vaults, here are six of my favourite uniquely Scottish experiences..."

Tel Aviv’s Top Vegan Restaurants

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2015
"Recently revealed as the most vegan-friendly destination in the world by New York website The Daily Meal, Tel Aviv's meat and dairy-free restaurants continue to sprout up like crops..."

Cuba at the Crossroads: A Photo Workshop

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, August 2015
"Crumbling colonial buildings, thatched fishing villages and palm-slathered peaks that sweep down to the sea: Cuba and its year-round sunshine offers a unique treat for photographers..."

Female Artists Using the Streets As Their Studios

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"The anonymous aliases adopted by street artists reveal no hints of gender - and yet popular opinion has the scene pegged as a man’s world. In reality, female artists control the streets..."

Hidden Puglia: A Cultural Journey

A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, July 2015
"Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a visual and culinary feast, a place to sooth your soul while discovering a new and delightful area of Italy. At every turn there’s another sight to behold..."

Six Must-Attend Museum Celebrations

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"For many museums across the globe, 2015 is a year to remember. And big birthdays require big celebrations, with special exhibitions, one-off talks, commemorative events and parties..."

Inspiring Iceland: A Photo Workshop

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, July 2015
"Set fair within the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is a dramatic island of wild contrasts; a living, breathing land that gurgles, rumbles, spits and spews with geothermal and volcanic activity..."

Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."

Nordic Narratives at the Storytelling Centre

A press release for the Scottish Storytelling Centre, June 2015
"The Nordic House exhibition at the Storytelling Centre will include a talk by the artist Richard Demarco CBE on the importance of strong artistic links with Scotland’s northern neighbour..."

Búzios in Brazil is Where Beaches Beckon

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"When urban-weary cariocas need a breather from Rio’s inexhaustible energy, Buzios is their go-to destination. The peninsula’s seductive shoreline has Rio de Janeiro refugees smitten..."

Infinity and Beyond: Pools With Views

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"Nothing beats a pool with a view. Whether you're looking out at a spectacular jungle scene, a deserted beach or a pretty cityscape, here are five pool panoramas that make a real splash...."

The Best Curry Houses in East London

A city guide for Buggl, April 2015
"Brick Lane may be synonymous with curry, but with so many similar restaurants on a single stretch, it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. Our advice? Head around the corner..."

Urban Artists Salute Their Cities’ Architecture

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2015
"In big cities, the little details often get lost in the bustle. But for the searching eye of an artist, compelling architectural flourishes prove difficult to ignore. In fact, they're being celebrated..."

Discover Devon, Come Rain or Shine

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, April 2015
"Prepare for any eventuality with our list of Devon highlights: five for sunny days when good weather draws you outdoors; five more inside options for shelter when the heavens open..."

Bremen City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2015
"Art galleries and antiques give visitors an insight into this historic port city in North Germany. Spend a day or two exploring Bremen’s historic buildings and expertly-preserved districts..."

Tuscany Escapes: An Introduction

Website copy for Tuscany Escapes, March 2015
"There are legions of other alluring Tuscan towns, hilltop hamlets, coast-hugging villages and rural estates to be explored and experienced, each with its own unique identity and flavour..."

Legendary Japan: A Photographic Journey

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, March 2015
"Japan is a country where the traditional and the modern collide; where age-old customs and rituals cling on while the thrust of modernity hurtles ahead through neon-lit, concrete cities..."

Seven of the Best International Marathons

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"After months of training, running an uninspired course can be anticlimactic. Marathons further afield may offer the stunning scenery, lively spirit and engaging history to spur you forward..."

Kilkenny City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, March 2015
"Kilkenny is known as the creative heart of Ireland. The small city is more than 400 years old, but today visitors will find a lively town with a reputation as a centre for culture and the arts..."

Sardinia: The Perfect Mediterranean Escape

Website copy for Sardinia Homes, February 2015
"Among the largest and most dramatic islands in the Med, Sardinia boasts an endless series of spectacular seascapes, with windswept dunes, vertical cliffs, deserted coves and inlets..."

Best London Markets For Bagging a Bargain

A city guide for Buggl, February 2015
"The rough and ready Petticoat Lane market has been on the go since the 1750s; merchants and traders still crowd this narrow street every Sunday and sell all sorts of cut-price wares..."

Lake Garda: Italy’s Shimmering Jewel

Website copy for Discover Lake Garda, February 2015
"Lake Garda has been charming visitors with its natural beauty for centuries - enticing them all with a romantic mix of dazzling waters, mighty mountains, gentle plains and medieval towns..."

American Blues Dancing Swings Into Tel Aviv

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Tel Aviv's flourishing dance scene, with its active contemporary, ballet and hip-hop troupes, is well-known. Now, there is a new dance that is fast becoming the talk of the town. Blues..."

Why You Should Visit Torbay This Valentine’s

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, January 2015
"You’ve nearly survived the darkest, dankest, bleakest month on the calendar and, with any luck, so has your other half, so why not reward yourselves with a romantic Valentine’s trip..."

The Cityscapes of Graphic Artist Yoni Alter

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Yoni Alter's streetscape artwork is making a splash around the world, from his home in Israel to the US and the UK. Bold, bright and colorful, his urban-inspired designs are hard to miss..."

St. Louis City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, January 2015
"A mix of Southern charm and Midwest sensibility, historic neighbourhoods with cobblestone streets balance a modern downtown glistening with sport stadiums and luxury apartments..."

London Photo Ops: The City’s Best Views

A city guide for Buggl, December 2014
"The extremely bland shopping centre One New Change has a fantastic hidden secret. High up on its roof is a public terrace with unbeatable views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond..."

Winter Sports in Lake Como

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, December 2014
"For most visitors to the Italian Lakes, it’s all about sun and swimming, but when Lake Como casts off its summer skin - and its big summer crowds - it makes room for wintery delights..."

Thrift Shopping in the East End of London

A city guide for Buggl, December 2014
"Taking up a cluttered space off Brick Lane, Absolute Vintage stocks the good alongside the bad; it's up to you to sift through to determine what’s what. Prices start low but quickly rise..."

Discovering the Mandarin Oriental, New York

An article for Private Air New York (Winter Issue), December 2014
"A weekend of decadence begins at the 35th floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental. On order: Ambiance that is breathtaking, sumptuous, stylish and relaxing; and spectacular city views..."

Top Xmas Activities in Shaldon & Teignmouth

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"See stalls piled high with local crafts and Christmas goodies, heat up frosty hands with cups of warming mulled wine and enjoy the singalong soundtrack of carols and seasonal ditties..."

Where to Invest in London Right Now

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2014
"Chelsea, Notting Hill and St John’s Wood may roll off the tongue dripping with prestige, but top-end properties are increasingly being built in traditionally less salubrious parts of town..."

London’s Best Theatres (Outside the West End)

A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"Hidden away down an East End alley, the incredible Wiltons Music Hall began its life as an 18th-century alehouse, before it was converted into a stunning theater in the 19th century..."

Israeli Food Heats Up the Streets of London

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2014
"A new crop of Israeli-style restaurants in London, including The Palomar, Gail’s Kitchen and Honey and Co, is sending tongues wagging, critics raving and diners clamoring for tables..."

Top 10 Festive Activities in the South East

Newsletter content for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"Few things can produce that warm and fuzzy festive feeling more than ice-skating, and the Brighton Royal Pavilion is by far the prettiest ice rink in South East England this Christmas..."

A Literary Walk Through Bloomsbury, London

A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"The Bloomsbury Set, the clique of renowned writers, artists and intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster, lived their Bohemian lives here in the early 20th century..."

Magical Morocco: A Cultural Journey

A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, October 2014
"Marrakesh's Jma el Fna comes alive at night with the sounds of storytellers, acrobats, snake charmers, and musicians. Soak up the atmosphere and taste the exotic foods on sale here..."

London’s Best Lesser-Known Museums

A city guide for Buggl, October 2014
"This guide will tell you all about the London museums you've never heard of, from an oft-overlooked bell foundry in the East End to an eclectic gem hidden south of the Thames..."

Hidden Myanmar Photo Workshop

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, October 2014
"Yangon straddles the historical divide: A smattering of concrete and glass skyscrapers has sprung up among the crumbling colonial facades and magnificent centuries-old pagodas..."

Century Spires: Thriller in Manilla

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The eighth tower in the shimmering glass high-rise development that is 'Century City', this is the first building in the Philippines to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind..."

Like a Phoenix: Baku’s Flame Towers

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The spirit of newness in Baku, Azerbaijan, is best seen in the capital’s landmark architectural achievement, the Flame Towers; three giant flame-shaped columns that loom over the city..."

Orlando City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2014
"Orlando is a compact city known for its year-round family fun and adventure, including world-famous theme parks, pristine golf courses and out-of-this-world space and science centres..."

Livorno City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2014
"While Livorno is far less famous, and far more industrial, than its Tuscan neighbours, its lack of pretentions is an asset. Start at the 17th-century canals of Piccola Venezia (Little Venice)..."

Costa Rica: Luxury Journeys

Multiple tour itineraries for Independent Luxury Travel, August 2014
"Whether whitewater rafting on river rapids, ziplining through the rainforest canopy or getting up close and personal with Capuchin monkeys, Costa Rica means exhilarating experiences..."

New Orleans City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, July 2014
"New Orleans consistently charms with its high energy and community spirit. It offers a divine blend of Dixieland jazz, laid-back locals, cherished architecture and a colourful French flair..."

Palm Springs City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, July 2014
"Spend the day on a golf course, go biking or horseback riding in the mountains or hit the ski slopes by Big Bear Lake. In the afternoon, try bowling, or browse galleries and boutiques..."

Istanbul City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
"Istanbul is where East meets West. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey with its malls, galleries and clubs, or else delight in the traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces and mosques..."

Miami City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
"With glorious beaches, art deco architecture and hot nightspots, Miami is really a 'Magic City.' This nickname took hold in the 1920s, as a construction boom transformed Miami overnight...."

Rotorua City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
Rotorua sits squarely on the Volcanic Plateau and the Pacific Rim of Fire, and so visitors flock every year for its numerous geothermal attractions; as well as for its Maori cultural heritage..."

A Luxury Weekend in Cambridge

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"The historic UK city of Cambridge’s riches are understated - more 'old money' than ‘nouveau riche’ - but if you know where to delve, you can have a sumptuously refined weekend here..."

Kitakyushu City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, May 2014
"Kitakyushu readily celebrates its own past, while also focusing on the future. Modern cultural centers, shopping malls and theme parks stand beside historic castles and idyllic gardens..."

High Culture, High Art: Theatre in London

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"It’s no secret that London has an impressive array of theatre options. But what is available for those inclined toward luxury? Here are three of our favorite venues with high-end offerings..."

Luxe and Serenity: A First-Class Trump Pairing

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"It is hardly inconspicuous. The Trump International Tower is the tallest residential building in Las Vegas, and is encased in 24-carat gold glass. But there's more to it than a flashy facade..."

Masterpiece London 2014: A Preview

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"This June and July, one of Britain’s most prominent art, antiques, and design fairs will return. Global exhibitors shall converge on Masterpiece London 2014, in Royal Hospital Chelsea..."

Rome City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s divine capital. Rome's many residents are happy to talk about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team..."

New Ross City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"This town, situated in lush, rolling countryside on the banks of the river Barrow, is famous for its links with John F. Kennedy, but also has long maritime traditions and a top piano festival..."

Luxury on the Emerald Isle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Home to rolling green hills and vibrant meadows, with stately homes splashed all across the country, Ireland is a majestic, whimsical place to visit. So long as you don’t mind a little rain..."

Battersea Power Station, Regenerated

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"30 years on from its closure, the iconic Battersea Power Station is being given a new lease of life, as it's regenerated into luxurious apartments, boutique shops and public amenities..."

The World’s Finest Residences… in Miami

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Miami in Florida has countless new construction projects underway. There is one residential project which has (quite literally) hit new heights in luxury living. The Mansions at Acqualina..."

Be King of Your Own Castle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Like the thought of investing in a majestic Irish property, preserving a piece of British history, or living a romantic life in rural France? A European castle should be on your shopping list..."

Bambi: Own a Slice of Street Art History

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Most folks know Banksy; the incognito street artist that became the talk of London. But now he has a challenge from a younger, female street artist on to the scene. Her name's Bambi..."

Bilbao City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"Bilbao, in northern Spain, was once an industrial center, but today is known for its thriving arts scene. Come for world-class museums, sophisticated restaurants and stunning countryside..."

Manchester City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"This second most-visited city in England, famed for football, nightlife, industry, architecture and art galleries, Manchester is also a thriving centre for sciences, technology and media..."

Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A blog post for Unique Backroad Journeys, January 2014
"Morocco’s landscape's awash with ancient architectural gems. From fort to fountain, mosque to medina, almost every corner of the country is steeped in bewitching architectural history..."

A Unique Decorative Arts Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Collectors of Art Nouveau and Art Deco masterpieces are in for an uncommon treat, as the entire contents of Félix and Noelle Marcilhacs’ private collection will soon be put on sale..."

The Purple Passport: A Guide to the High Life

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Founded in 2010 by two intrepid New Yorkers, TPP provides bright and smart online guides – and occasional e-books – to the crème de la crème of decadent global city destinations..."

Killarney City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, December 2013
"The town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are top draws - though its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture also help..."

Cologne City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, December 2013
"Cologne''s long and fascinating history has given the city a distinctive charm - the towering cathedral, medieval marketplace and grand old buildings sit alongside new office blocks..."

St Moritz: Switzerland’s Winter Wonderland

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"It all began with a wager. In September 1864, the St Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet four guests that if they returned to the town in winter, they'd enjoy it even more than in summer..."

Investing in Croatia’s Coastline

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"Tourism is already a well-developed industry, with visitors flowing in to see the Renaissance towns and the Istrian and Dalmatian coasts, so real estate investment's the natural next step..."

Christchurch City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, November 2013
"One of New Zealand’s largest cities and a gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is called the “Garden City” for good reason. Its parklands and gardens are a point of pride for locals..."

Securing a Second Home in the Finger Lakes

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"The Finger Lakes has always been popular with New Yorkers, as a relaxing respite from the busy city. But in recent years, affluent city folk have begun committing to longer residencies..."

Albuquerque City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, November 2013
"Affectionately nicknamed 'Duke City', Albuquerque beckons visitors with stunning mountain views, an astoundingly rich multicultural heritage and abundant recreational opportunities..."

San Luis Obispo City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, November 2013
"The city of San Luis Obispo, situated in between San Francisco and Los Angeles, impresses visitors with its scenic setting, heritage sites, thriving arts scene and chic Californian charm..."

Hamburg City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2013
"Germany’s Gateway to the World, Hamburg is the country's biggest port; the second largest in Europe. It is proud of its mercantile background, which created much of the city's wealth..."

Prague’s TV Tower Airs Luxury Makeover

An article for Brummell Magazine, October 2013
"Since its completion in the early 1990s, Zizkov Television Tower has been perhaps Prague’s most conspicuous and contentious work of architecture. But now it has been reimagined...."

Friedrichshafen City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2013
"A university town on the northern side of Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen boasts incredibly picturesque surroundings and an ideal location for trips into nearby Switzerland and Austria..."

Express Guide to Dubrovnik

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Dubrovnik's a uniquely beautiful city in a stunning natural setting. 14th century walls enclose an assembly of immaculately-preserved limestone buildings with bright terracotta roof tiles..."

Express Guide to Verona

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Ever since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, this Northern Italian city has been etched into the world’s consciousness as a city of love. Yet Verona is often overlooked by tourists..."

Express Guide to Rome

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“The Italian capital has always been at the centre of the civilised world, first as the heart of the Roman Empire, and then as the papal seat. So it's a city chock-full of fine cultural attractions..."

Express Guide to Palma de Mallorca

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Many visitors to Majorca will head immediately to the beach resorts. Yet its capital, Palma, is a wonderfully eclectic city that incorporates cosmopolitan vitality with a relaxed island vibe..."

Dortmund City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2013
"Known throughout Germany as Westphalia’s green metropolis, this thriving city at the west of the country is also famed for its thirst-quenching breweries and its fashionable football club..."

Rarotonga City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2013
"Commonly known as 'Raro', Rarotonga is the most populated of the Cook Islands and offers palm-fringed beaches, bush walking, colorful festivals and snorkeling in warm, clear waters..."

Ultimate Bachelor Pads Around the World

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"There are many varied elements that go into making the ultimate bachelor pad, from interior design to the gadgets and gizmos. However, the top of the list should always be location..."

Amsterdam Waterway Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Take a seat on one of the benches directly opposite Anne Frank's House, and let me tell you a little about this brave young girl, whose thoughtful writings captured the world’s attention…”

35XV: Sharp and Sleek High-Rise Living

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"35XV is a sexy, new 55-unit condominium building that promises to become not a landmark, but a ‘skymark,’ with an angular construction reminiscent of a fashion model’s cheekbones..."

Prague Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Charles actually started building St. Vitus cathedral at the behest of his father John, who had, by this point, gone blind. If you think John had a peaceful death, however, you'd be wrong…”

Finding the Perfect Trophy Home

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"Whether it’s a private mansion encompassing miles of shoreline, a historic manor surrounded by emerald lawns and green forests, or an ultra-chic metropolitan pad at the heart of things..."

Edmonton City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2013
"Family-friendly Edmonton is a provincial center for culture, government, and education. It is world-renowned for its vast entertainment mall, spacious parklands and thriving arts scene..."

Budapest Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
"Welcome to the beautiful city of Budapest. Or, more specifically, Buda, as you now stand on the west bank of the river Danube. Look east, over the fine Chain Bridge, and there's Pest…”

Hong Kong City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2013
"Located on the edge of the South China Sea, Hong Kong is home to vibrant neighborhoods, evergreen city parks, excellent museums and some of the finest shopping on the continent..."

Blending In: Thailand’s Luxury Hotel Designs

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"The sun skirts the ocean's edge. The lingering light dances upon the water's surface, from infinite sea to infinity pool, until it eventually sinks, exhausted, beyond the crystal horizon..."

Morocco sans Marrakech

An article for Overland Magazine, May 2013
"Despite a recent influx of tourists, there remain many attraction-filled Moroccan destinations tucked off-the-beaten-path. During a 10-day trip, I discovered five of the best hidden gems..."

Milwaukee City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, May 2013
"Milwaukee exudes a laid-back Midwestern vibe. The city of almost 600,000 residents has a reputation as a “City of Festivals”, and Milwaukeeans really know how to enjoy themselves..."

Amsterdam City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2013
"Amsterdam's renowned museums and trademark coffee shops are popular daytime haunts, while the crowds more commonly flock to the bars and clubs around the squares at night..."

Louis Vuitton Finally Arrives in Poland

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
“The world’s most valuable brand - Louis Vuitton - is to open its doors to Poland's chic elite, with its inaugural store soon opening in Warsaw. The question is: why did it take so long?…”

The World’s Best Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
"For the majority of the 20th century, airport terminals were built for function - safe, efficient and uninspiring buildings made to deliver people from road to runway. But that's changed..."

London’s Most Expensive Residences

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
“Ask any Londoner and they will tell you the city has always been a pricy place to purchase your home. But in the last three years, property prices have soared to astronomical levels…”

Eating China: A Culinary Tour

An article for Overland Magazine, February 2013
"There are few culinary cultures as familiar, and yet as unknown, as China’s. In any world city you'll find 'Chinese' restaurants - yet the concept of a single Chinese cuisine is misguided..."

Patagonia North to South Tour Itinerary

A tour itinerary for Viventura, February 2013
"Watch the playful penguins of the Seno Otway and see sheets of ice from the Perito Moreno glacier crash into the water. This unique destination offers stimulating scenery at every turn..."

Prague: The Royal Route Walk

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, February 2013
“Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Czech monarchs on the way to their coronations would process along the 'Royal Route', which leads from the Royal Court right up to Prague Castle..."

Prague: The Malá Strana Walk

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, February 2013
"It might translate as the Lesser Town in English, but Malá Strana is one of Prague’s premier attractions. Initially established as a town in 1257, it flourished during the reign of Charles I..."

A Cut Above at London’s Shard

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It has been gradually slicing its way up London’s skyline for more than three years now, and The Shard - Renzo Piano's jagged glass monolith - finally welcomes its first tenants in 2013…”

Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycle Tour

A cycling tour itinerary for Cyclomundo, January 2013
“There is no greater way to get to the heart of southern France than to cycle through its heart. Begin in the wine-growing town of Bordeaux and end in the cultural metropolis of Toulouse..."

Peru-Bolivia-Chile Tour Itinerary

A tour itinerary for Viventura, January 2013
"Spanning Peru, Bolivia and Chile, the Altiplano region features some of the most spectacular scenery in South America: thermal geysers, tall mountains, and the largest salt flat on earth..."

The Circle: A New Form of Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
"Architect Riken Yamamoto believes airports should not merely be transport hubs, but multi-purpose centers for the world to share. And he's showing the way with The Circle in Zurich..."

Introductory Walk of Prague

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, January 2013
“One of the first things you’ll notice about Wenceslas Square is that it isn’t much of a square at all - it is more like a long boulevard. In fact, the square only earned its current name in 1848..."

Albania: The Foreign Investment of the Decade?

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
"Sunlight creeps into the cracks between the wooden stalls, and the Old Bazaar stirs into life. Shutters are slid open, shelves are straightened and scarves are suspended from ceilings..."

Waking Up in Sitka, Alaska

A brochure introduction for Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau, January 2013
"It's early morning and the sea is silent. Rolling fog wraps itself round the distant white-tipped volcanic peak; bald eagles swoop down on early-rising anglers in search of the first catch..."

Prague Airport Renamed After Vaclav Havel

An article for Vertu Select, December 2012
"Ever since the much-loved former Czech dissident, poet and politician Václav Havel died in December last year, the country has been looking for a suitable way to commemorate him..."

Shenzhen: A Better Investment Than Hong Kong?

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2012
"For more than half a century, Hong Kong has been a great economic powerhouse. Yet today there is a significant threat to its established global position - and it's coming from next door..."