The Four Seasons in Baku: Graceful and luxurious

I arrive at the Four Seasons Baku on a scorching day in early July. It is so hot, entering the Beaux-Arts lobby is a relief in itself. Not only is it deliciously cool. It’s also beautiful, with marble floors, glittering chandeliers and a sweeping, grandiose [...]

Sailing and cooking in Sestri Levante (Day out Genova)

Is there a better start to the morning than a brisk sail in a fresh breeze? I don't think so. As I've mentioned here, here and here, there's much more to the Italian Riviera than Cinque Terre. So much more. Here's yet another little jewel. [...]

2020-08-27T14:46:44+01:0010 June 2015|Daytrip, Food and drink, Italy, Luxury travel|

Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the Poets (Day out Genova)

Portovenere I know you're all waiting for Cinque Terre - and I'll get to that. But hold your horses, as the Yanks say. First, I'll show you a town at least as pretty (and even more interesting, I think). That's Portovenere, just a few kilometres away. I'd [...]

I found my love in Portofino (Day out Genova)

Well, no, I didn't. Sadly. I obviously wasn't here long enough; you'd have to look far and wide for a more romantic place to find love. Just ask Bogie and Bacall, or Dolce and Gabbana, or Madonna, or Elizabeth Taylor, or George Clooney. As you [...]

Camogli, an Italian secret (Day out Genova)

One of my favourite villages on the Italian Riviera is Camogli, a vibrant fishing community; all amber, gold, coral and terracotta along the deep blue sea. In fact, Camogli is the opposite of stress.

Where to sleep, eat and dance in Dubai

Wondering where to stay in Dubai? Where to eat and hang-out at night? Well, wonder no more. Here are my faves in all three categories: Eat Sass Café. In 2014, this sassy (pun intended) Monaco-restaurant opened up in Dubai's financial district to rave reviews. I loved [...]

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