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10 of the best tapas bars and restaurants in Almería, Spain

10 of the best tapas bars and restaurants in Almería, Spain As Spain’s gastronomic capital for 2019, Almería will be in the spotlight. Here, the author of a new book on Andalucían food picks her favourite places to eat Some find it a bit of a mystery that Almería has been named Spain’s gastronomic capital for 2019. The modest city in the south-eastern corner of the peninsula is often overlooked and draws fewer visitors than the rest of Andalucía. Yet it boasts Europe’s largest Islamic fortress, after Granada’s Alhambra, with 10th-century walls clambering over two rocky hills, peering down over the compact city below. Islamic flavours don’t stop there as, following centuries of connecting Almería’s traders with the Arab…

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Spring breaks: 5 of the best cities in Europe

Spring breaks: 5 of the best cities in Europe From fiesta-mad Seville to buzzing Montpellier and blossom-filled Berlin, spring is a blooming marvellous time for a short break Summers in the flamboyant Andalucían capital often nudge 40C, but spring is a delight, with the parks in bloom and the scent of orange blossom and jasmine in the air. And in Semana Santa (Holy Week, 14-20 April) the streets come alive with floats and processions. There is also the raucous annual Feria de Abril – a week-long fiesta of parades, flamenco and partying long into the night (4-11 May; expect higher hotel prices if you visit then). Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Jane Dunford, Chris Moss, Mary Novakovich, Celia…

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10 of the best cognac distillers, tours and tastings, France

10 of the best cognac distillers, tours and tastings, France Exploring Cognac and the Charente region gives an insight into a brandy rich in history – with a barrel full of tastings on offer Cognac is one of France’s most iconic products, yet little of it is consumed at home: 98% is exported. Authentic cognac can only be produced from a specific region but this vast vineyard stretches from the grand town of Cognac itself inland across the Charente region and over to the Atlantic coast. It is a delight to explore, with winemakers, distillers and the famed maisons de négoces (cognac merchants) open for visits. Most people begin in Cognac with one of the multimedia tours (around €20)…

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What’s new and happening in Chicago

What’s new and happening in Chicago Chicago welcomed over 57.6 million visitors in 2018, a growth of 4.3% over the previous year, resulting in a new tourism record. In 2019, Chicago will continue to wow visitors with its world-class theater, innovative culinary and mixology adventures, state-of-the-art hotels, premiere exhibits and more. This winter in Chicago, experience the Year of Chicago Theatre, The post What’s new and happening in Chicago appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Johnson Tweet

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Short stay: Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living, Park Lane, London, UK

Short stay: Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living, Park Lane, London, UK Situated on London’s exclusive Park Lane, overlooking iconic Hyde Park, Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living offers contemporary luxury residences just moments from all the best that London has to offer. With a level of sophistication and elegance that is not overly-stuffy, this special hotel perfectly combines the refined beauty of a historic London building The post Short stay: Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living, Park Lane, London, UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Johnson Tweet

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Short stay: The Cavendish, Mayfair, London, UK

Short stay: The Cavendish, Mayfair, London, UK Those of you with good memories may recall that I reviewed The Cavendish on a previous visit back in 2016. Located in the heart of prestigious Mayfair and Piccadilly, the hotel was just as good as I remembered: an inviting place to stay in the capital, and suitable for both business and leisure travellers alike. Shoppers The post Short stay: The Cavendish, Mayfair, London, UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Johnson Tweet

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5 fine dining experiences in Amsterdam

5 fine dining experiences in Amsterdam Amsterdam is a city where culinary opportunities are rising faster than just about any city in Europe. The multi-cultural nature of the residents plus the fact visitors come from all over the world has resulted in Michelin star chefs painting culinary creations with a unique approach. And the product is meals and creations that expand The post 5 fine dining experiences in Amsterdam appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Neil Wolkodoff Tweet

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5 ways to find a new-found love for Paris

5 ways to find a new-found love for Paris I’ll admit, I grew a bit bored of Paris after visiting a few times for fun over the years and a couple of times for work in my past career. However, recently I gained a renewed passion for the city after having some fresh, unique endeavors. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Paris The post 5 ways to find a new-found love for Paris appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Tisha Neufville Tweet

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Luxury resorts and vegan food in Phu Quoc

Luxury resorts and vegan food in Phu Quoc Read all about these Luxury Resorts and Vegan Food in Phu Quoc from our recent trip to the Vietamese island which is a fast growing tourism hotspot. We experienced 3 luxury resorts that were all very different to each other but had one thing in common for sure. Upon request they were more than able The post Luxury resorts and vegan food in Phu Quoc appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. Go to Source Author: Paul Eyers Tweet

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A local’s guide to Palermo, Sicily: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Palermo, Sicily: 10 top tips It may still be basking in the glow of being Italian Capital of Culture 2018 but the city has been a cultural melting pot since antiquity The Sicilian capital, called the “Kingdom of the sun” by invading Normans in the 12th century, has been a cultural melting pot since Phoenicians and Greeks fought over it in the 5th and 6th centuries BC. Sitting close to where Europe ends and Africa begins, Palermo bears the scars – and echoes the glories – of centuries of domination. Once Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman and ultimately Italian – unified with the mainland only in 1861 – it has a relatively recent “made in Italy”…

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