Category: Europe

Postcard from Milan: Part IV

After admiring the outside of the Fondazione Prada we trotted along to the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, in the heart of Milan, housed in a lovely 17th century palace, just moments from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan Cathedral and Piazza Mercanti.… Continue Reading “Postcard from Milan: Part IV”

Postcard from Milan: Part III

Every global fashion house worth its salt seems to have its own Foundation; I’ve no doubt it’s very tax efficient! This is where the owners get to display their burgeoning art collection. As part of our recent trip to Milan, we viewed the Fondazione Prada… Continue Reading “Postcard from Milan: Part III”

Postcard from Milan: Part II

Having missed our walk through Brera the day before, we elected to spend the morning ambling about the place. The name Brera comes from the Lombard word ‘Braida’ which means ‘green space.’ Once a fishing village where boats arrived on canals into Milan from… Continue Reading “Postcard from Milan: Part II”

Postcard from Milan: Part I

In early December we drove to Milan for dental appointments. This isn’t a reflection on French dentists merely that a very good friend of ours, who has his practice in Milan, is a superb dentist and we prefer to avail ourselves of his services.… Continue Reading “Postcard from Milan: Part I”

Trip to the Maybourne Riviera

Hailing from the same stable as that of Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley, this hotel strikes a completely different look. It’s resolutely modern and overhangs the cliffs as if it’s about to tumble down them at any moment. As someone who doesn’t like… Continue Reading “Trip to the Maybourne Riviera”

Trip to Opera de Nice

Located at the entrance of Vieux Nice, the Opera Nice Côte d’Azur is a real architectural masterpiece laden with history, which since 1885 has hosted a variety of ballets, operas and symphonies though I’ve previously only been here for sporting events!  We enjoyed watching… Continue Reading “Trip to Opera de Nice”

Trip to The Connaught

The Connaught, a bit like Claridge’s, is one of my old London stomping grounds, in this case, I used to pop in because it was close to my hairdressers. I’ve always loved hotels largely because I was fortunate to visit and eat in so… Continue Reading “Trip to The Connaught”

Trip to Wallace Collection

Before getting stuck into my pre-Christmas trip to the Alps, there are a couple of leftover visits I need to address from our London trip. I’ve visited the Wallace Collection many times for two reasons: it was close to where we used to live… Continue Reading “Trip to Wallace Collection”

The Bars where Hemingway drank

It sometimes seems that wherever we go we’re following in the footsteps of one Ernest Hemingway, particularly when it comes to bars! The Nobel Prize–winning author could not only write, but drink way better than most. From his time in places like Paris, South of France,… Continue Reading “The Bars where Hemingway drank”

Yet another Postcard from Alassio

We’ve just spent a few days in one of our happy places but we’ve visited so often in recent years that I’ve run out of things to write about Alassio, and its neighbours. And I must’ve taken photos of pretty much every door in… Continue Reading “Yet another Postcard from Alassio”