Category Archives: Hotels

George V Hotel + L’Orangerie Restaurant Paris

Perfumed Notes | As Myrrh from the Tree “The physical transformations of Paris can be read as a ceaseless struggle between the spirit of place and the spirit of time.” Eric Hazan Lunch in Paris is always a good idea. … Continue reading

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The Gore Hotel Kensington London + Christian Dior

A Half Century | It is Cricket What’s the story? A Royal Equerry. Raine Spencer’s best friend. An Al Fayad family friend. Two Lulu Guinness handbag hugging hoteliers. A pair of Cavani clad models. The couple who brought Shigeru Ban … Continue reading

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Sofitel Vieux Port Hotel Marseille + Paul Cézanne

Unstill Life “Well, life is full of surprises,” proclaims essayist and novelist Marilynne Robinson. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve just woken up in Marseille. South of France. A night in Provence. There’s more. Breakfast in bed in the Mediterranean city’s best … Continue reading

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Lasarte Restaurant + Monument Hotel Barcelona

Nonsense and Sensibility | Homage to Fromage | Striptease Déu n’hi do! Lavender’s Blue is a release of pure joy. Visiting a metropolis to explore just one neighbourhood concentrates our minds. A new tourism. We’re on it like a Jane … Continue reading

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Hotel Continental Palacete La Ramba de Catalunya Barcelona + Lavender’s Blue

Demis, Dates and Dignitaries Marvelling at the marbling, living our best lives, we only live twice.

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Casanova Hotel + Sky Bar Barcelona

Get a Room Our theme is love. Bildungsroman juice. Seasons come and seasons go. Late winter sunset over Barcelona. “We are at liberty,” as Cristina says in Woody Allen’s slick flick Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Sipping vermut mocktails coffee in Casanova … Continue reading

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Portonovi + Boka Bay Montenegro

Portonovi + Boka Bay Montenegro “Just as if I have returned to town from the most beautiful fairytale of my childhood.” Sophia Loren The great Italian actress is a fan. Roughly the size of Northern Ireland but with less than … 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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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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Lavender’s Blue + Herceg Novi Montenegro

Heaven’s Children Local genius | genius loci.

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