Monti – Rome’s best kept secret

Antico Forno ai Serpenti bakery

Even if you have visited Rome several times, you may not have yet discovered the delights of Monti, the tiny quartiere tucked away between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. Although centrally located, it can easily be missed as it’s not … Continue reading

10 Unmissable Treats for Visitors to Paris this Christmas … and some cosy St Germain apartments!

Paris Christmas

The ‘City of Light’ more than lives up to its name at Christmas time, when the streets and shops are festooned with colourful Christmas decorations and sparkling lights.  For a truly wonderful spectacle, head for the Champs Elysées where all … Continue reading

10 Not to be Missed Treats for Visitors Coming to London this Christmas

xmas natural history museum

1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland A must for visitors of all ages this Christmas, the Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park, encompasses the essence of festive atmosphere Particularly enchanting at night, you can stroll past the quaint German market stalls … Continue reading

The Amalfi Coast: A Feast for the Senses

sorrento lemons

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its beauty, the Amalfi Coast is a stunningly beautiful narrow strip of land bordered by sea and mountains, which stretches along 70 kilometres of perilously winding roads from just south of Naples down … Continue reading

Why not try some wine tasting on your next visit to Paris – we just have, and we loved it!

O Chateau, Paris

Recommended by Le Figaro as one of Paris’s best kept secrets, Ô Chateau is an impressive and innovative wine bar/restaurant in a historic building, close to the Louvre.  Offering a choice of over 40 personally chosen wines, as well as … Continue reading

Italy’s Cultural Calendar: Guide to the Top 10 Events for Autumn 2013


Reprinted with permission of The Culture Trip. Autumn in Italy offers up fantastic arts and culture events for everyone to enjoy. From antiques fairs to traditional Christmas markets, music festivals to art exhibitions, here’s our guide to the top 10 autumn events in … Continue reading

8 Great Reasons to make Paris your Holiday Destination this August


Paris is always a popular holiday choice at any time of year, although traditionally, not so much in August. It doesn’t feel so many years ago that Paris was regarded as ‘dead’ in August, as the Parisians moved out to … Continue reading

New York Capital of Contemporary Art: Ten Galleries to See in Chelsea


  Reprinted with permission of The Culture Trip.   With around 400 galleries in Chelsea alone, New York city is the gallery capital of the world. The cultural scene in this city is constantly flourishing, as galleries regularly introduce emerging talent and the … Continue reading

Musica als Parcs 2013 in Barcelona


Currently being held is the annual Musica als Parcs 2013 (Music in the Parks 2013) in Barcelona. It comprises a free summer event organised by the Barcelona City Council whereby visitors and locals alike are treated to a series of … Continue reading

Il Palio, Siena – and an apartment available for rent during August!

Siena palio

The Palio, taking place on July 2 and August 16 every year, is the most exciting and important event on the  Sienese calendar, and attracts visitors from all around the world. The origins of the Palio date back to medieval … Continue reading