A mix of smooth jazz, street-level bustle, and the poignant aroma of freshly roasted coffee embraces you like an old friend once you enter. Not just any friend, but one who has maintained a penchant for the finer things in life while looking like he just woke up this way. That's Corfu's The Factory in a nutshell.
In 1806, German restaurateur Wilhelm Breidenbach founded his inaugural luxury hotel in cosmopolitan Düsseldorf. At the time, much like today, the city was bustling: full of life and opportunity for those from near and far. But, could he have foreseen a brand so powerful that his name would remain synonymous with high-street comfort over two hundred years later? Read this post and decide for yourself.
For over 150 years, the grand entrance at Munich’s Vier Jahreszeiten has flirtatiously beckoned holidaymakers and hungry patrons forth. Read this and you’ll likely be lured across its threshold too.
A quintessential farmstead built in the 1890s in the undulating Umbrian countryside experienced a rebirth almost a century later; evolving into a top-end agritourist retreat. Boasting abundant villas, suitable for couples and families alike, it opens its doors to savoir-faire seeking travelers from across the globe. Within its well cultivated landscape, guests are delighted by profuse gardens and well-appointed wellness options: pool and hot tub among them.
A much-talked about mid-afternoon haunt of locals, Wroclaw's got a cafe worth writing home about. Located minutes from the main town in the center of a re-gentrifying neighbourhood: guests experience pastrami like never they've never had it before: tantalising and yet easy on the tummy. Emerging as a foodie-epicentre of Eastern Europe, it's no doubt that Wroclaw's Zenka is not a cafe to be taken lightly.
Just steps from the central square of Wroclaw's old town, Polish culinary tradition is being reborn. The creations of Chef Michael Moczek interpret the best of the Polish country side - one delicate bite at a time. And there is an undeniable sense of passion throughout: from waiter to waitress, plate to platter. In the colder months, hearty ingredients contrast with sweet and savoury delights: tantalising guests's tastebuds as they ask for more. But hidden away behind an unassuming hotel facade, it may just be one of the city's best, little known dining experiences.
Treat yourself the Corfiot way: stay in a spacious luxury villa with panoramic views of the shoreline below. While here, take it easy and fill your days with strolls through winding foot paths and farmer's fields or horseback rides along the shores. A glass or two of rose and then tuck in fireside back at your villa retreat for the ideal way to conclude your day.
Forget the city life for a while and stow away to one of Holland's picturesque market towns. Try Lochem on for size and you'll get a healthy dose of Canadian hospitality: pancakes, maple syrup, battlefield tours, and all.
Vienna's dynamic vegan mother-daughter team, Gabriele and Shana, are bringing creative cookery and guilt-free baking to the city through their picturesque bakery, Simply. Raw. See how they're changing their Austrian city's culinary habits here.
We had a craving for burgers and beer and found what may just be Vienna's finest examples of both, at a burgeoning American crafter brew house in the city's outskirts. Here's why you'll want to make the trek up Lichtenstein Straße, bypass the US Embassy, and treat yourself to some American style suds and diner classics.
Getting a little tired of land-locked cuisines? Vienna's El Hans is redefining what it means to provide a fresh and sustainable culinary experience.
Every day, hundreds of Düsseldorfers head for a small oasis anchored to an unassuming nature setting, just beyond the industrial hub’s south-eastern most town line. Click 'view post' (bottom right of above photo) to find out why.