Awesome Destinations For A Ski Getaway

Awesome Destinations For A Ski Getaway

When it comes to planning the perfect vacation, often the first place to come to mind is somewhere tropical with swaying palms. However, sometimes the best vacation is actually somewhere with great snow, hot chocolate and a cozy lodge. Whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder or you just want to hit some beginner slopes before curling up by a fireplace, there’s a pristine destination for you:   France Could it get any more perfect than a visit to the French Alps? From world-class cuisine to stunning landscapes to charming villages, France is a romantic ski destination to get your adrenaline rushing. If you’re serious about skiing, try the Trois Vallees, Paradiski or Tignes Val d’Isere. Or, if you’re just getting started, you might love the Grande Alpes ski area, with plenty of easy and intermediate slopes. One of these ski package holidays is guaranteed to have whatever you’re looking for. Even better is that a ski getaway to France can easily include stops at other must-see cities, like Paris or Bordeaux. With all the calories you’re burning skiing, you won’t need to feel guilty indulging in all that great French wine and food!   Finland One of our personal favorites, Finland is a great spot to combine skiing with other winter adventures like dog sledding and hunting for the Northern Lights. Cross-country skiers will particularly love the option to ski from cafe to cafe, warming up over hot chocolate or a bowl of soup. Ylas is one of Finland’s oldest ski lodges, and shouldn’t be missed. Located deep in the arctic of Western Finland, tourists have been coming...
5 Experiences Every Foodie Must Have In Paris

5 Experiences Every Foodie Must Have In Paris

It’s no secret that Paris is a mecca for foodies. From five-star cuisine to simple, wholesome fare, the French take their food seriously—and they know how to share it with visitors to their home country. But don’t get stuck at the tourist traps. If you’re serious about food, you won’t want to miss these five epic foodie experiences. Of course, if you’re traveling to Paris, you’re going to need a great place to stay. Fraser Hospitality has lovely luxury serviced apartments that are a perfect choice for any visit. You can see more of the gorgeous photos of their accommodation on their website: https://paris.frasershospitality.com/en/accommodation.html     Learn How To Make Macarons These colorful bites of delishiness are hard to miss while bakery-hopping in Paris. But even better than taste-testing them at renowned locales like Laduree and Pire Herme is learning how to make them for yourself! Cookin’ With Class is a fun locale in Montmartre that offers a variety of cooking classes, including how to make decadent macarons. I was pretty proud of the vibrant macarons I was able to take home with me after the sessions!   Take a Wine Tour There are numerous day trips that operate out of Paris, taking guests to small villages with local wineries and vineyards. We always say you can never go wrong with a wine tour! If you have the time, try a trip to Champagne, just 45 minutes away from Paris on the high-speed train. We opted to sample the bubbly at Veuve Clicquot, Pommery and Lanson. Our day trip to Champagne was another one of our favorite experiences during...
Best Places For A Casino Vacation

Best Places For A Casino Vacation

If you’re looking to lavish in luxury during your next holiday, there are few better places to do so than casinos. We enjoy spending time in these often, over the top, and glamorous destinations. If you’re tight on time and can’t make the journey, or you just want to save your flight money for more table time, you can try Live Casino and Best Casino Sites from anywhere. We spent some time in Las Vegas during our road trip honeymoon and for our 2-year anniversary, we spent a few days in Macau after touring Hong Kong. Here are a few reasons why we loved visiting both as well as another option for a fun casino vacation.   Las Vegas The name is basically synonymous with ritzy casinos and glitz and glam. Just walking down the strip gives you the sense of the excitement awaiting inside any of the enormous casino buildings. We’ve been fortunate enough to explore Vegas on multiple occasions and each time there is something new to offer, whether it’s a show, casino exhibit or restaurant. The Venetian – The largest Vegas casino in terms of square footage is based on the city for which it takes its name. It even has it’s own Grand Canal with fully functional gondolas which you can ride in! Bellagio – One of our personal favorites, made even more famous by the Ocean’s movie series. Don’t miss the spectacular water and light display that occurs nightly, one of the only shows in Vegas that is absolutely free.   Macau We consider Macau to basically be the Vegas of the East. American’s...
Monarchy must-visits: London’s essential Royal sites

Monarchy must-visits: London’s essential Royal sites

This post was last updated on March 1st, 2018Of all the UK’s cities, London’s definitely the one most associated with the British Royal family. Why? Because of the plethora of historical sites it contains with Royal ties – but which of them must you visit…? Buckingham Palace (SW1A 1AA/ Open: 9.30am-7.30pm daily, 22nd July-31st August; 9.30am-6.30pm daily, 1st September-1st October) You may not know it, but this glorious, grey-brick masterpiece wasn’t built as a royal residence. It was actually built for the Duke of Buckingham in the early 18th Century, before being acquired by King George III in 1761. Despite its origins, though, it’s the building most identified with the current Royal family, especially the UK’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. That said, it’s highly unlikely visitors will actually see Her Majesty on the grounds (unless it’s a special occasion), but there is a big upside. For there’s a roster of reasons to step inside this iconic palace and take a look around when its open to the public each summer (especially if you’ve made your stay’s base the likes of the nearby Park Grand London Hyde Park hotel). Particularly unmissable are the State Rooms, where are held state dinners for The Queen and visiting foreign dignitaries; each of them comprising magnificent English and French furniture, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain and fine art masterpieces by Van Dyck, Canaletto and more. The Tower of London (Tower Hill EC3N 4AB/ Open: 9am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday; 10am-6pm Sunday-Monday) Older than any other building in the capital, the Tower dates back all the way to the year William the Conqueror invaded and took control...
Luxury loving: The best spas in the world for Valentine’s Day

Luxury loving: The best spas in the world for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to forget about the tacky roses and treat you and your partner to a relaxing spa holiday. Here is a collection of five of the best hotels for Valentine’s Day that you can indulge in, explore around and enjoy each other’s company.   Majestic Hotel & Spa, Paris, France Ok, so we know that putting Paris on a list for Valentine’s Day is slightly cliché, but once you’re swooning at your significant other through the picturesque streets, you’ll be completely swept up in the fantasy. This hotel is a tranquil haven secretly hidden away for a relaxing break, yet tourist attractions like the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower are only a few minutes away. https://www.expedia.co.uk/Paris-Hotels-Majestic-Hotel-Spa.h3399972.Hotel-Information   Four Seasons Resort, Marrakech, Morocco This stunning resort is the perfect place for a 14 February break. Just a few of the services offered here include immersive spa experiences, zen-like yoga facilities and a tranquil adult only pool. If you do manage to leave the romantic hotel, the vibrant hustle and bustle of Marrakech is only a 15-minute stroll away. https://www.expedia.co.uk/Marrakech-Hotels-Four-Seasons-Resort-Marrakech.h4270690.Hotel-Information   One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, United Arab Emirates If you’re feeling extra indulgent this year, then Dubai is the perfect option for opulent extravagance. The lower floor of the spa features a traditional Oriental hammam with heated marble massage table, two steam rooms, two Jacuzzis, two private massage rooms, plunge showers, a whirlpool and a resting area. To experience the sandy shores of the Middle East all you have to do is step outside onto the luxurious private beach, or you can cool down in one of...
Getting To Know Venice Like A Local Means Getting To Know It All

Getting To Know Venice Like A Local Means Getting To Know It All

  Venice is the perfect place for couples, groups and solo travelers alike, but to really appreciate it, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Sure, once you’ve ridden in a gondola you’ve ticked off that golden bucket list item, but then what? We all know this is a city on the water. But it is so, so much more than that. It’s all about doing more, seeing more – and of course, since it’s Italy, eating more!   It Starts With Understanding The City The difference between a tourist and a traveler is often said to be the fact that the traveler goes out of their way to truly understand and immerse themselves in a culture. So many of us go somewhere and act exactly the same way as we do at home, learning absolutely nothing. If that’s you feeling guilty as charged, why not change your ways? If you’re planning an upcoming visit to Venice, learn about the history of the city to be able to truly understand it. The city of “Venezia” as we know it today dates all the way back to around 400AD. Men were fleeing the mainland of Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire. Soon, an entire population had settled in this lagoon town. They were largely self-sustainable, as they could trade fish and salt. Fortunately, they were largely unaffected by invaders or the general politics of the day.   The History Behind the Architecture Away from drama, they could focus on building something beautiful. They became a mercantile town, but also one of stunning architecture, unlike anywhere else....