Alta Badia in Italy presents skiers with a delicious dilemma. Each season the culinary festival ‘A Taste for Skiing’ dishes up 130 km of beautifully groomed pistes paired with first class chefs, gourmet food and excellent Tyrolean wines. With ten mountain huts taking part and activities like ‘Breakfast with Powder Snow’ and ‘Sommeliers on the Slopes’, snow-goers are spoilt for choice. After a few days of eat, ski, repeat bigger ski pants may be required.
Alta Badia Org | Photo: Freddy Planinschek
I recently spent an evening of total captivation immersed in Carmen at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. It was the Barrie Kosky production and it’s an opera I’ve always wanted to see performed professionally.
A bit of background, because I have a guilty little secret that relates. I used to be a thespian and tread the boards at our local amateur drama group. There was also an operatic group based at the theatre and I used to go and see their productions. It was there I saw Carmen for the first time and fell in love with the music and passion of Bizet’s best-known opera.
Since then it’s been a dream to see Carmen performed professionally. The dream came true at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. I really don’t know why I left it so long…
©2018-2019 ROH | Photographer: Bill Cooper
Tis the season and London at Christmas lights up and sparkles like nowhere else. Towering Christmas trees twinkle with a million lights, streets are strung with the prettiest of illuminations and London Christmas markets pop up in the squares, parks and along the banks of the Thames. In London at Christmas there’s a definite sprinkling of magic in the air.
It’s become a tradition that me and Mr Jones take a day trip to London to put us nicely in the mood for the festive season. We spent the day soaking up the Christmas atmosphere, checking out the trees, ice rinks, Christmas markets and lights. Here are some of my favourite festive London spots which’ll get you feeling Christmassy.
I recently spent a literary weekend break in Paris exploring the haunts and hangouts of Paris’ glittering literati. From cafes and cemeteries to bookstores and Bouquinistes I utterly indulged my inner bookworm. This alone made it a weekend to remember but our library themed suite made it the Man Booker prize winner of brilliant weekends! Read on for details…
The City of Light is one of my favourite destinations for a European weekend break. Paris is heaving with iconic sights and attractions but it’s also loaded with literary landmarks of epic Parisian proportion. Over the centuries writers have sought inspiration from the city, used it as their muse and as a backdrop for many brilliant novels, books and plays.
On your weekend break in Paris instead of rushing around to visit the city’s big sights why not focus on its literary legacy. Having always been a bit of a bookworm I was in my element! If you love getting lost in a book, or a city for that matter, come with me on a literary tour of Paris.
The winter solstice on 21st December is the date that Brighton city centre lights up the darkest, shortest day of the year with a unique festival. Burning the clocks, Brighton is a magical procession which wends its way through some of Brighton’s oldest streets and lanes.
In this community event people hold aloft hand-made willow lanterns in a procession that heads down to the sea. The gathering ends on the seafront at Marine Parade for a spectacular finale of the burning the clocks on the beach. Clocks and lanterns and set upon a blazing beach bonfire followed by a burning the clocks firework display.