Category Archives: Architecture

Bujović Palace + Perast Montenegro

The Pedagogy of the Impossible “It’s a gorgeous baroque town. A little piece of Venice with very baroque stone walls and terracotta roofs.” Our tour guide is Liset Kuhar. “It was built by mostly seafaring and noble families. There are … Continue reading

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Hilton Crna Gora Hotel + Podgorica Old Town Montenegro

The Whole Enchilada On a rainy Friday morning the five star Hilton Crna Gora Hotel in Podgorica is all abuzz. Six foot plus male and female bodyguards are lingering in the lobby, cameramen are mingling with journalists in the corridor, … Continue reading

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Cats + Kotor Montenegro

Feline Fine | Lavender’s Green Our guide is the exquisite Liset Kuhar who is Peruvian by birth. “I came to Montenegro and fell in love with it. That happens a lot when people come to this country!” We’re in Kotor, … Continue reading

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Lazure Hotel + Marina Herzeg Novi Montenegro

Azure Allure It looks like a palace you would come across in Veneto, with lower wings stretching out from a central block. That’s not entirely coincidental. It may be located next to the medieval town of Herceg Novi in Montenegro, … Continue reading

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Core Restaurant London + Clare Smyth

La Dulse Vita Crowned the world’s best female chef, even before she rustled up the wedding supper for Prince Harry and Baroness Kilkeel, it was only a matter of time until Northern Ireland born Clare Smyth MBE would put her … Continue reading

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Belvedere Restaurant Holland Park + Holland House London

Sequentia The told untold. Belvedere was once the Summer Ballroom of Holland House. Jacobethan and all that. Yeah yeah all very interesting but where’s the St Véran (O+C Club favourite)? Sorted. This restaurant is housed in a gorgeous fragment of … Continue reading

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Castle Dobbs Carrickfergus + Sir Charles Lanyon

Two Faced Castle Ward is the most famous example of architectural schizophrenia in Ulster. High street bank neoclassicism one front; Strawberry Hill Gothick, the other. The two main elevations are stylistically divorced from each other. The two styles of Castle … Continue reading

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St Ernan’s House + Island Donegal

A Singular Existence Lack | Kesh | Toome. The nomenclature of the villages en route to St Ernan’s Island resonates with monosyllabic North West Ulster brusqueness. Pettigo may sound more reticent but it’s full of robust no nonsense Georgian buildings … Continue reading

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Rare Le Secret Champagne + Expérience Paris

A Revolutionary Idea Possibly the best excuse ever to visit Paris, France. Rare Champagne, the multiple award winning Champagne, and Mellerio, the oldest jewellery dynasty in the world (founded in the 16th century), have combined their exceptional talents, refined excellence … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Paris

We’ll Always Have Parees Riding though Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in our hair.

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