2013

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..."

London’s Secret Silver Mine

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"London is potted with subterranean surprises, from cavernous wine bars to wartime bunkers. Yet of all the city’s underground revelations, the London Silver Vaults is the most decadent..."

A Vintage Investment

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"Whenever you throw a dinner party, there's always one self-professed oenophile, who sips the wine and smacks their lips, while rattling off obscure terms from Abfüllung to Zymology..."

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..."

A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
“Rossetti first noticed Jane Morris, a stableman’s daughter, while attending the theatre in 1837. He would use her as the model for his new series of paintings of the enigmatic Proserpine..."

Harrods’ Exclusive New Whisky Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"The palates of single malt connoisseurs will be tingling at news of the latest whisky venture at the renowned Knightsbridge retailer Harrods. It's called The Dalmore Paterson Collection.."

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..."

Creativity Takes Flight

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Designers specializing in this growing market are finding new ways to merge sophistication and comfort with functionality and safety, for beautiful environments 40,000 feet in the air..."

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..."

NYC Pre-War Buildings Transformed

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The Upper East Side is booming with spacious new condominiums tailor made for families and empty nesters. And the 150 East 72nd Street and 737 Park Avenue buildings are two..."

Star Design at Beverley Hills Interiors

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Ron Dayan, Director of Design, is one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, with the great, the good and the famous clamoring for him to redesign and refurbish their priceless homes..."

Express Guide to Barcelona

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
"Set apart from the rest of Espana by its distinctive Catalan culture, this dynamic metropolis manages to seamlessly straddle the divide between the traditional and the contemporary..."

Fine Design at The Augustine in Prague

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The moment the door swings open, guests are reassured they are in for a treat. Beyond the threshold lies a luxurious living room, with an iron staircase spiraling up through the ceiling..."

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..."

High Bids for Old Masters

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"A selection of works, including rare specimens from the 16th and 17th centuries, were sold at Sotheby's for a total of $50.5 million – comfortably within the evening’s pre-sale estimate..."

Splendor at Sea: A Cruise on the MS Europa 2

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The stunning suite around me is remarkably roomy, with a generous floor space of 28 square meters split between a large bedroom-slash-living room and a rather substantial bathroom..."

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..."

Tour Odéon: Dazzling New Heights in Monaco

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Home to towering casinos and yacht-filled marinas, this tiny but picturesque principality is squeezed into under 500 acres, yet it has a strong standing in the global property market..."

Thoughtful Luxury with Oliver Burns

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The London-based interior design and architectural firm Oliver Burns has only been around for a decade, yet the high-end company's already been captivating audiences worldwide..."

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..."

Experiencing Exclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"I hear a rustling overhead. Tentatively, I look up into the shadowy tree canopy overhanging the cliff's edge, to discover a wrinkled pink face staring straight back. A Capuchin monkey..."

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..."

Zermatt: A Deluxe Swiss Investment

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“Skiing in winter, hiking in spring, mountain biking in summer and mushroom-picking in fall – the list of opportunities is endless at this luxury chalet set in the side of a Swiss mountain...”

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…”

The Human Touch: A Geneva Exhibition

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“Museums typically chart the past; rarely do they linger on human emotion, or offer messages of future optimism. Yet this is exactly what Geneva's Humanitarian Adventure sets out to do..."

Repurposing London with Edo Mapelli Mozzi

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"In London, real estate comes at a premium, so repurposing old buildings is a commonplace solution. Property developer Mapelli Mozzi is transforming a club into an ultra-luxury home..."

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…”

Own A Piece of America’s Equestrian World

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"If you're a horse lover, you already know the prestigious Two Trees Farm in Bridgehampton. And now an ideal opportunity to own this world-class horsing facility has become available..."

Collectible Cars At The Salon Privé

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“As the summer draws to a close, many of the world’s most valuable vintage vehicles shall be making their way to London for the Salon Privé motor show, running from 4 to 6 September…”

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..."

Bruges Medieval City Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
“Burg Square symbolises the alliance of religious and civic authorities within Bruges, and it is one of the earliest-inhabited areas of the city, dating back to the second and third centuries…”

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..."

Scotland’s Idyllic Isles

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
“Chilly, rain-soaked, barren: the islands off Scotland's western coast conjure up an eccentric vision of paradise. But two tiny Caledonian isles have been catching the eyes of investors..."

Investment in Iceland: Are the Doors Open?

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"A barren, windy corner of northeastern Iceland may not sound like prime real estate, but for Huang Nubo, it is the glittering prize at the end of a very long, costly and fraught campaign..."

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..."

The World’s Most Secluded Island Retreats

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Sometimes luxury can seem so much more divine when you are hundreds of thousands of kilometres from everyday life, secreted among one of the planet’s most secluded islands..."

Estates Showcase: Sandy Cay, Bahamas

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Imagine warm, gentle breezes, unreserved privacy and swaying palms. Nothing says luxury like a private Caribbean isle cloaked in tropical forest and surrounded by turquoise water..."

Where Luxury Meets the Barrier Reef

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Queensland's Whitsunday Islands have long been known for their lush tropical gardens and dynamic coral life. The 74 islands dot the warm tropical waters along the northeastern coast..."

Eastern Europe’s Gastronomic Renaissance

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
"Eastern Europe may have established a reputation for hearty, rather than haute, cuisine, but now things are changing. There's a culinary revolution afoot in this corner of the continent..."

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..."

China: World Leaders in Business Travel

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
"The United States has been sitting atop the business travel market leader board for some time - but a new contender may be about to take its throne. No prizes for guessing who..."

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..."

East China to Kyrgyzstan

An article for Overland Magazine, March 2013
"The driver swerved violently to avoid it, but as we skidded on the snow-covered road, this lump bounced off the bonnet. My blood ran cold as I realised what it was. A human being..."

The Fabulous Fashions of Myanmar Women

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, March 2013
"Myanmar is home to some of the world’s most beautiful women, and every ethnic group in the country has its own idiosyncratic styles and its individual methods of presenting itself..."

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…”

Must Be Kachin: Truly Original Burmese People

A blog post for MyanmarBurma,com, February 2013
"Being yourself and standing up for your rights isn’t always easy. The Kachins are determined to hold onto an individuality that has captivated and inspired many in Myanmar and beyond..."

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..."

Are You Sure You Want to Wear That Longyi?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"It’s the tourists who try to blend in who end up being the most conspicuous. Case in point: a Western man wearing a Burmese longyi (a sheet of cotton wrapped around the lower half)..."

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..."

Chin Women Are Proud of their Tattooed Faces

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Burmese women do some implausible things to their bodies, and those from Chin province up in the northwest have a unusual method of beautification. They tattoo their entire faces..."

Karen: Meet These Marvelous Myanmars

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Ties between the Karen people and Westerners, especially the British, have been strong, if complicated. But now the West is sitting up, noticing and admiring this amazing community..."

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..."

How to Blend in with the Palaung

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Women will have a ball dressing up. Traditional female attire for the Palaung people means bright, brash and beautiful, all accessorized with bamboo hoops and thick aluminum belts..."

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..."

Giraffe Women: Kooky Custom or Human Zoo?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Let's dispel a long-established myth immediately - the woman in this picture does not have an elongated neck. In fact, the brass coils on her neck are pushing down her collarbones..."

Is Thanaka the Coolest Cosmetic?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Thanaka is a multi-purpose cosmetic, serving as a sun protector, an anti-acne agent and a moisturizer. No wonder women apply the paste so thickly to their cheeks and foreheads..."

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…”

Jordan’s Luxury Oases in the Desert

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
"It was 200 years ago that explorer Johann Burckhardt discovered Petra. While trekking the desert between Syria and Egypt, he heard tales of an ancient city carved from sandstone..."

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..."

Britain’s Exclusive Beach Hut Boom

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It seems like a bargain: £245,000 for a historic home that offers unrivaled views of the Devon coast. Yet this property measures just 23 by six feet. It's Britain's most expensive beach hut..."

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..."

Russia’s Growing Luxury Car Market

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
“Europe may be in the midst of its worse economic downturn in a century, but in Moscow you would be hard-pressed to notice. There have never been more luxe cars on Russian roads…”

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..."