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Travel Stories

Gastronomic Gallivants

My first afternoon in Monaco I head for that bastion of the Belle Époque, the Hôtel de Paris, arguably the Principality’s most prestigious address, as eternally chic as Chanel’s little black dress. I order the signature cocktail – Le Borromeo – in the famed Bar Américain, whose mahogany moldings, marble tables, gold-tasseled damask curtains and […]

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The Unexpected Southend

“Down by the sea…wouldn’t it be lovely…down by the sea.” Kept running that song through my head as I walked by the seashore. A weekend stay at The Roslin Beach Hotel opened me up to the wonders of Essex’s Southend-on-Sea, less than an hour outside of London. Once thought of as a day trip for […]

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Elegant Ireland

It’s said that the best way to get to know a country is through its food. Some say you get the best perspective by studying its culture. There are many ways, depending on your personal tastes. The way I enjoy absorbing the essence of a country is to get to know locals, do local things, and experience typical days in a destination. The beauty of doing so varies from city to city, place to...

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