Category Archives: Luxury

Royal Ascot + Lavender’s Blue

Ride on Time Guess where we’re off to? Advertisements

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Verona + Charles Dickens

Greater Expectations Some of the greatest novelists have also written books about their travels. George Orwell’s Down and Out in London and Paris is an easy read, although it might put you off a visit to the French capital, or … Continue reading

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Lady Verona Residence Verona + Lavender’s Blue

Expounding Riddles With The Harp Everything tastes better in a palazzo with a campanile.

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Verona + Summer

Slender is the Night Leaving new scenes behind, venturing forward, encountering newer and newer scenes, blissfully aware of our environs, a rapid diorama, we arrive at last in Verona. The celestial light of late sunset casts shadows in the water; … Continue reading

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Eves + Mulberry

La Traviata Scandinavian sopranos can be so quintessentially English.

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Soif Bistro + Wine Bar Battersea Rise London

A Thirst for Life To have one great local French restaurant is jolly lucky. To have two is lottery level luck. Sinabro and Soif almost face each other across Battersea Rise. In between is a branch of franglais Côte Brasserie. … Continue reading

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The Summer House Hampshire + Summer

Strawberry Thrill | A Crumpled Festoon In season, The Summer House comes into its own. It’s time for Earl Grey in the octagonal Gothick dining room with the French doors flung open to the allure of summer.

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Maison + Bistrot du Cygne Brussels

Off Our Trolley On the gastronauts’ bridge of broad horizons, Brussels looms large, radiating racy and irresistible attraction. It ranks third – after Paris and London – in the Michelin Cities Guide. We’ve loved bistronomique at Scheltema and adored haute … Continue reading

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Hôtel + Café Métropole Brussels

Eclectic Dreams It’s the café with a hotel attached. In 1890 the Weilemans-Ceuppens brewing brothers opened Café Métropole chiefly to sell their own branded beer. Such was their success they bought the bank next door and transformed it into a … Continue reading

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Palmerston Square + Marie-Louise Square + Ambiorix Square Brussels + Gustave Strauven

Art for Art Nouveau’s Sake | Cultural Capital  Just as Josep Puig i Cadafalch is overshadowed by Gaudí, so Victor Horta steals the limelight from Gustave Strauven. Monsieur Strauven was a protégé of Monsieur Horta. His pièce de résistance is … Continue reading

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