Hidden Secret of Europe – Norway

From incredible gorges and canyons, to pure blue coasts, mysterious castles and bridges, unusual natural formations, great wine trails, and trains with stellar views, we unearth experiences in Europe you won’t fi nd on an ordinary tourist map.

  1. Norway

The name conjures images of icy fj ords, Viking longboats, and trolls. But these icons of Norway tell only part of the story. While the landscape is still largely dominated by a long, snowy winter, Norway’s northern climate is moderated greatly by a wealthy society placing a heavy premium on convenience, beauty, and accessibility for all. Yesteryear’s marauding Vikings are today’s well-mannered hydroelectric engineers, so the nation has the intellectual know-how to make theirs not merely a highly desirable nation in which to live but a great year-round destination for travellers. From art, culture, and history to the world’s best hiking, biking, and skiing, Norway has much to off er. Continue reading Hidden Secret of Europe – Norway

Follow Thailand 8 Food Trail

Forget the Calories 

A major part of Thailand’s culture revolves around food. That’s why the fi rst thing to grab your attention here is the
number of restaurants that serve every cuisine under the sun. Deciding where to go and what to eat can be overwhelming. Streamline your options with our favourite restaurants across Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. A word of advice though—resume your diet only after your holiday.

One night in Bangkok? It’s never enough

Bangkok is a gourmet paradise with an uncountable number of restaurants. Even if you go to three a day, it would take you a while to get through the best ones. Thai Cuisine: Book a table at Nahm and sample dishes made from traditional ingredients that aren’t commonly used in modern restaurants. But Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at the Siam Kempinski has a delicious wine pairing menu that’s worth exploring. While street food is available everywhere, no one serves it like Eat Thai Food Court. You could also try your hand at cooking at the Oriental Thai Cooking School.

Global Fare: Head to L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon where chefs experiment with new ideas and international food concepts at live stations.

Indian flavours: Dig into regional Indian food at Gaggan, where each dish is presented in a unique way. Tandoor at Holiday Inn Silom, on the other hand, serves north Indian dishes accompanied with live Indian music, while Rang Mahal—the rooftop restaurant of the Rembrandt Hotel—offers stunning views of Bangkok’s skyline. Feasting in Phuket Renowned for seafood, Phuket also has restaurants that serve up excellent international cuisine. Thai Cuisine: While Kan Eang@Pier offers, both, an indoor and al fresco setting, the Blue Elephant Phuket’s menu is crafted from recipes that are. centuries old. History but s will enjoy dining at Raya—a restaurant housed in a 20th century Sino-Thai mansion—that often hosts Thai celebrities. The art of Thai cuisine can also be learnt at Phuket’s Ginja Cook. Global Fare: At DeDos, Chef Pablo Blattman’s French cooking refl ects Japanese and Thai infl uences, but Acqua offers dizzying views of the Andamans, while Chef Alessandro Frau serves you Italian
dishes. Continue reading Follow Thailand 8 Food Trail

Europe’s Top 5 Scenic Rail Journeys

Railbookers, tailor-made rail journey specialists, share their top recommendations for scenic rail journeys in Europe.

  1. Swiss Lake and Mountains 

Switzerland is a veritable treasure trove of scenic rail journeys. In the summer months the verdant pastures roll lusciously from the edge of the tracks into the horizon, in the winter the country unfolds like Narnia. Travel from Montreux to Interlaken on the Golden Pass Line. Rise up over Lake Geneva, gaze in awe at the Swiss Riviera, plunge through a mountain tunnel and coast through resorts like Gstaad and Châteaux d’Oex. Hit the high point (over 1,274 metres) before Zweisimmen and snake through the Simme Valley. Perhaps stopover in Interlaken and take a trip to Europe’s highest railway station at the summit of Jungfraujoch. Continue reading Europe’s Top 5 Scenic Rail Journeys

Welcome to the House of Grimaldi

My Scottish friend was 100% correct. The view as you rise above the dedicated heli-pads at Nice Airport is only surpassed by the view as you come  in to land (exactly six minutes later) in Monaco. In between is some of the most stunning coastal scenery you’re ever likely to see.

It had been 10 long years since I had visited the world’s 2nd smallest country…and I had missed it immensely. It rates in my personal Top 5 Places to Visit.

Whilst it’s true that you can almost smell the money on the Monegasque population as you stroll the streets and laneways of Monaco (Did I just see Roger Federer?), I have always found them very friendly and willing to offer a helping hand if you’re lost or simply want to ask for a dinner recommendation… although it’s pretty hard to get lost in an area a little over 2 sq.kms.

Adjoining the famous Monte  Carlo Casino (at the top of the hill on the eastern side of Monte Carlo) is a great place to sit and watch the world and people (tourists and locals alike) go by. Café de Paris may not be the cheapest place to enjoy a cold ale and lunch, but it is well worth the value of location alone. Continue reading Welcome to the House of Grimaldi

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