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Frankfurt’s New Old Town
This autumn, Frankfurt presents the most important project the city has seen in decades. A groundbreaking development, Frankfurt’s new Old Town, otherwise known as the DomRömer district, has completely transformed the medieval centre of the city, with dazzling results.
Frankfurt
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Exquisite Europe: the magic of Munich with Nymphenburg
From a bespoke 5-course dinner on your rooftop terrace to an indulgent Bavarian spa treatment and exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Nymphenburg Castle, The Charles Hotel is offering its guests an extraordinary opportunity to experience the beauty and history of Munich.
Munich
Palina Kozyrava on fashion and Frankfurt
The brains behind one of Germany’s leading fashion blogs, Palina Kozyrava is an authority on the latest trends and best places to shop. Here, she shares her guide to Frankfurt’s most fashionable addresses.
Frankfurt
The Donovan Bar’s Lavender Me mocktail
With its lightly floral flavour and pretty lilac hue, the Lavender Me mocktail is an undeniable celebration of spring. Created by Salvatore Calabrese for the Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel, who are as inventive with their non-alcoholic concoctions as they are with their signature serves, this delicious and delicate cocktail is the ideal seasonal drink.
London
The joys of summer in Sicily
The Ultimate Sicilian summer retreat, in addition to its spectacular natural beauty, Verdura Resort offers its guests an irresistible assortment of seasonal activities. From exclusive fine dining events with celebrated international chefs to a children’s sports academy led by superstar athletes, Verdura has all the ingredients for an unforgettable summer.
Sicily
Tommaso Ziffer on the design of Hotel de la Ville
Opening in May 2019, Hotel de la Ville combines the elegant traditions of the Grand Tour with a chic, contemporary aesthetic. Acclaimed architect and interior designer Tommaso Ziffer was born in Rome and has an innate understanding of Roman style, and together with Olga Polizzi he is responsible for the sophisticated renovation of this stunning 18th-century palazzo.
Rome
Verdura’s Sicilian lemon granita
Lemon granita is a wonderfully refreshing treat and best enjoyed on a hot Sicilian summer’s day. At Verdura Resort, we’ve taken our passion for the dish to a whole new level and have created a lemon granita workshop for guests in the nearby town of Sciacca. Created in partnership with a local pastry shop, guests will learn how to make an authentic lemon granita using the finest Sicilian citrus fruit. For those who’d like to bring a taste of Sicilian sunshine to their own kitchen, here’s Verdura’s very own lemon granita recipe.
Sicily
Pierre Marcolini: where chocolate meets design
Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini combines heritage with a love of fine ingredients and a passion for ground-breaking design. An award-winning chocolatier, Marcolini is renowned for his delicious and design-forward creations, which frequently feature collaborations with notable names from the worlds of fashion and art—including the likes of Victoria Beckham and Tom Dixon. Here, he discusses his creative process, sources of inspiration and the parallels between chocolate and fashion.
Brussels
Exquisite Europe: sky high adventures in Rome
Experience the beauty and majesty of the Roman countryside from above on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. In the peace and stillness of the morning light, glide silently above the beautiful, rolling landscape of Lazio, admiring its vineyards and historic villages as you go.
Rome
Frankfurt’s most immersive museums
With an entire riverbank dedicated to art and culture, Frankfurt is a fantastic city to explore on a family holiday. But instead of dragging the kids around grand, stuffy museums, why not try something a little more interactive? From science shows to painting classes and fun, hands-on exhibitions, these immersive museums in Frankfurt will keep them entertained for hours.
Frankfurt
Fantastic family adventures to have in Rome
Whether flying over the city in a helicopter, following ancient trails on horseback or picking up a sword for a gladiator battle, there are some incredible adventures waiting for you and your family in Rome with a stay at Hotel de la Ville.
Rome
The Edinburgh Festival for kids An interview with Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man
An exciting, fun-filled occasion, the Edinburgh Festival is the perfect excuse to plan a family escape to the Scottish capital. Perfect for kids of all ages, Louis Pearl’s weird and wonderful bubble show has been delighting festival audiences for over a decade. As he prepares for another summer of shows, he shares his top tips for enjoying the Edinburgh Festival with kids.
Edinburgh
Brown’s lemon and raspberry cupcakes
Light and fruity, these dainty and delicious lemon and raspberry cupcakes are the ideal centrepiece for a springtime Afternoon Tea. True connoisseurs of Afternoon Tea, Brown’s Hotel serves its award-winning menu in hotel’s wood panelled English Tea Room. Perfect for baking at home with little ones, recreate the magic of this iconic institution at home with this simple cupcake recipe.
London
An unforgettable family Easter at Verdura Resort
Flooded with spring sunshine and filled with the delicate scent of orange blossom, the Sicilian countryside is in full bloom at Easter. This beautiful time of year is also a season of celebration at Verdura Resort, with a special programme of Easter activities available to guests of all ages.
Sicily
Why Putting Children First Makes the Perfect Family Holiday
Oliver James, one of Britain’s leading experts on child psychology, has really understood the effect that travel has on children, and why it is so important to their development. Adults have long regarded holidays as not only a way to relax and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, but as a way to learn, build bonds and create life-long memories. Children are no different in this respect, but what stimulates them is distinctive from their parents.
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