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Montechiaro Wine Estate, Siena – Savouring the Tuscan countryside

After Florence, we couldn't wait to savour rustic Tuscany. From the Chiantis and the Brunellos to the cyprus- lined landscapes of green. Vineyard hopping would…

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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d'Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern…

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How to Avoid Museum Fatigue in Europe

Museum fatigue is that feeling of just walking through a museum, looking but not really seeing, as row after row of sculpture or painting just blurs…

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Montechiaro Wine Estate, Siena – Savouring the Tuscan countryside

After Florence, we couldn't wait to savour rustic Tuscany. From the Chiantis and the Brunellos to the cyprus- lined landscapes of green. Vineyard hopping would…

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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d'Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern…

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Riva Lofts, Florence – The countryside in the city

Riva Lofts, Florence. A beautiful set of lofts south of the Arno in a quieter part of the city, this was an absolute gem of…

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How to Avoid Museum Fatigue in Europe

Museum fatigue is that feeling of just walking through a museum, looking but not really seeing, as row after row of sculpture or painting just blurs…

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All Day Internet Wifi for Travellers

Being connected is probably everyone's biggest priority while travelling, regardless of whether you're on business travel or leisure. And for us, as travel bloggers, it's…

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Maxwell Scott Bags: Review and ₤100 Giveaway

If you've clicked on this for the word "Giveaway" in the title, I know you're dying to scroll to the bottom, but read through this…

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Our discoveries. One plate at a time.

Italian Branzo at Stax Hyatt Regency Mumbai

We don't usually go for Christmas or Easter brunches in our own city, and most certainly not to five stars because it's usually the same…

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Cellar hopping in the Mornington Wine Region, Australia

As a friend's personal photo album from this day of our Australia trip on Facebook says, "Our friends were visiting from India, so we had…

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Maggie Beer’s Farm, Barossa Valley, Australia

Maggie Beer is a massive celebrity for viewers of Masterchef Australia here in India. We hang on to this chef extraordinaire's every word, smile like lovestruck puppies…

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Montechiaro Wine Estate, Siena – Savouring the Tuscan countryside

After Florence, we couldn’t wait to savour rustic Tuscany. From the Chiantis and the Brunellos to the cyprus- lined landscapes of green. Vineyard hopping would be one way to look at it, but we wanted more. We wanted to live in the heart of all of this. And the Montechiaro Wine Estate was the ideal setting. A Tour of the Montechiaro Wine Estate We (Charles, I and a couple of dear

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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern fittings, exceptional service and unparalleled location along the Arno, it is the kind of place to call home. Nothing could have prepared us for this most unique stay experience in Florence. We were let in by the palace concierge. We crossed the courtyard and ascended

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How to Avoid Museum Fatigue in Europe

Museum fatigue is that feeling of just walking through a museum, looking but not really seeing, as row after row of sculpture or painting just blurs and everything seems the same. Your legs drag behind you, your mind shuts down, and it becomes about as enjoyable as having a tooth extracted. As travellers who enjoy the cultural aspects of travel, discovering art is such an integral part of every trip we

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – The Florence Duomo

The Florence Duomo as the Florence Cathedral or Santa Maria del Fiore is more commonly known is by far the most iconic vista of Florence, showing up in nearly every picture postcard or image search of Florence. And for good reason. The cathedral, an ambitious plan for its time, sat dome-less for over a 100 years because they simply did not have the technology to build such a large dome at

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Riva Lofts, Florence – The countryside in the city

Riva Lofts, Florence. A beautiful set of lofts south of the Arno in a quieter part of the city, this was an absolute gem of a find. We love slow travel, unfortunately as travel bloggers there are times when keeping up with the million things we have to do makes us zip at high speed. So we were thankful for this chance to spend some downtime recharging our batteries at

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All Day Internet Wifi for Travellers

Being connected is probably everyone’s biggest priority while travelling, regardless of whether you’re on business travel or leisure. And for us, as travel bloggers, it’s definitely our number one requirement no matter where we go. It’s great that a lot of hotels and apartments now offer free WiFi but the reliability of such a connection, and the speed is usually suspect. We’re constantly on social media, and trying to manoeuvre

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Colosseum Underground Tour by City Wonders, Rome

The Colosseum Underground Tour by City Wonders was by far one of the best decisions we made on our stay in Rome. A guided tour of a historic site isn’t always our favourite way to see someplace. We prefer to take our time, referring to an audioguide, guidebook, brochure or map as we do it. We’ve normally read up in advance, so we’ve got a bit of background information that helps

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Residenza Johanna I, Florence – Old suite charm!

The Residenza Johanna I. Nothing could have been better for our first night in Italy. This charming set of suites in Northern Florence, didn’t feel like a hotel but like being guests at a local’s lavish home as it sat in a beautiful residential building. Residenza Johanna I, Florence The Residenza Johanna I featured several suites, all with attached bathrooms and elegant fittings. Pushing the buzzer on the gate, and

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Paris Insider: Isabel for HiP Paris

Don’t we all wish we had that one friend, someone who’s a local, an insider who’s got the dish on what’s hot, what’s not, where to go, what to see and how to do it when we travel someplace? As a part of our City Insider series, we bring you the Paris Insider. Easy, simple and quick tips to help you manoeuvre the city of light like a local and

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