Rignana: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Rignana: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Every now and again when I travel with just my husband, we fail to book accommodation until, you know, about 6 pm that night when it starts to get dark! We happened across Rignana when we were visiting some vineyards around Greve. We only stayed one night, but we managed to gorge ourselves at the restaurant and hike the nearby hillsides. I'm dreaming about when we can go back one day! 

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Paris: One of My Favourite Streets

Paris: One of My Favourite Streets

This is one of my fave streets in the world. It's not as fancy as some other parts of Paris, but it is quirky. Avoid the many tourist traps of Montmartre and, instead, make your way straight to the local hangouts, patisseries and fromageries of the 9th arrondissment. When you've stocked up on goodies, settle in for a long lunch of baguettes, charcuterie and stand-out cheeses.

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48 Hours in Sozhou, China

48 Hours in Sozhou, China

Sozhou is all about the gardens. There are nine big ones, over hundreds of acres dotted throughout the old part of town. The gardens have been developed since the 11th century and give a real insight into Chinese design, and their emphasis on tranquility and contemplation. They are beautiful spaces and it is worth staying a couple of days in Sozhou so you can see a few.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Surrounds, Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Surrounds, Bangkok

In a city where hip luxury hotels decked out in clean, modern design by big-name designers and imported celebrity chefs are de jour, it’s a mistake to think that Thailand’s oldest hotel, the Mandarin Oriental is getting tired. General Manager, Jan Goessing, points out: “Other hotels need the names of big designers, Philippe Starck and the like, but we want you to wake up every morning and know you are in Thailand.

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