New recommended Queenstown, New Zealand restaurants

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This is an update to the Queenstown, New Zealand restaurants and travel guide which I posted two years ago. In early December 2013, I returned to the south island of New Zealand and spent a week in Queenstown after several days sea kayaking and hiking in the Abel Tasman national park (see Kayaking in New […]

Favorite restaurants in Paris 2013 edition

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It’s time to update my list of favourite restaurants in Paris. Many of the places listed below are near my apartment (at the border of the 7th and the 15th arrondissements by UNESCO and the Ecole Militaire). I have omitted the obvious expensive traditional French restaurants and the brasseries/bistros because you can find them on […]

L’Auberge Basque: great food, rustic hideaway near St. Jean de Luz

auberge basque st jean de luz

L’Auberge Basque is famous gastronomic restaurant and hotel 7 kilometres north of the coastal town of Saint Jean de Luz and 22 kilometres from Biarritz in France. If you are looking for a place to stay in and around Saint Jean de Luz, this is it. Five years ago, Cédric Béchade, chef and owner of […]

L’Artemise: luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in Uzes (Languedoc)

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L’Artemise is one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Uzès (Languedoc), an atmospheric walled town close to the Pont du Gard, Nîmes and Arles. The house in which the hotel is located, was constructed at the end of the 16th century and is set in a quiet garden with views over the Eure Valley […]

Travel in Sicily: La Foresteria Winery Boutique Hotel

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If you travel in Sicily, and would like to stay in a winery to sample from the local wine and food than Planeta Estate La Foresteria is the place to stay for a truly “gourmet” holiday. The owners have been for years some of the biggest and best known producers of fine Sicilian wines. In the […]

Llao Llao hotel and Cassis restaurant in Bariloche, Argentina

The lawns and views from Llao Llao hotel

Llao Llao hotel lies 25km west of San Carlos de Bariloche in Southern Argentina. It was originally built in 1934 at the edge of a national park. It is on a spectacular setting on a ridge surrounded by lakes with the snow-capped Andes Mountain range in the background. It is an all season resort serving skiers in the winter and […]

Hottest New Restaurants in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen’s restaurant scene continues to capture the world’s attention for its culinary prowess: the city’s eateries impress not only for their use of fresh produce and original menus, but also for their light, airy decor and informal atmosphere. From New Nordic Cuisine to Asian and Mediterranean kitchens, Copenhagen’s best restaurants focus on sustainable living and […]

City break London: hotels, restaurants and cafes in Covent Garden

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If you are going to London for a mid-week or weekend break, check out our favorite hotels, restaurants and cafes in the Covent Garden area. (1) Neighbourhood to stay in: Covent Garden Why? Central location, walking distance to excellent boutiques, cafes and restaurants; close to theatres and museums. If you are traveling on the Eurostar, […]

La Mirande: historic boutique hotel and restaurant in Avignon

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La Mirande is a hotel and restaurant located in an restored mansion at the foot of the Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon. It is a timeless refuge that provides a dreamy, relaxing and authentic experience. The hotel is named after the famous room in the Palais des Papes, La Mirande, where the […]

La Fleur Bleue: restaurant and gîtes in the Provence

B&B gites restaurant Provence

La Fleur Bleue is located in Le Crestet, a tiny village 40 kilometers northeast of Avignon, between Vaison la Romaine and Malaucène at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Owned by a Dutch couple who decorated the house in the Nordic style with Provençal influences, it offers both fine dining and accommodations (gîtes), to those seeking […]