Santa Cruz is Seville’s Jewish quarter and contains many of the city’s best known sights. So, it’s a warren of picturesque whitewashed streets along side the cavernous Seville Cathedral and the splendid Real Alcazar. If you visit Seville, you would definitely want to visit this historic and exciting area.
Parque Maria Luisa, Seville is south of the city centre and is full of striking historical buildings spread within a leafy area stuffed with fountains, flower beds and mature trees.
The French House in Fiquefleur-Equainville is a home away from home to kick back and reconnect in. Reconnect with each other and reconnect with time. I mean ‘old school’ time, when time is on your side and not against you. Like Sundays used to be when I was young. But days of it.
Honfleur Normandy is a beautiful port, where the historic little houses snuggle up along the quay sides. Along side the galleries and churches mouthwatering morsels and tempting tipples are there to indulge your tastebuds.
Beuzeville Normandy can be found in the middle of woods, meadows and valleys where cheese, jams, honey, cider and calvados are celebrated. This gentle and welcoming town has a history steeped in food, being in the heart of a fertile land. But, it’s not just their tradition with these local foods that define them.
Stroget is one of the most well known streets in Copenhagen, tho’ it actually consists of 5 streets: Ostergade, Amagertorv, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet and Frederiksberggade. Phew! It has an intimate charm, due largely to it’s medieval origins and is both cosmopolitan and stylish.
I usually feel that it’s a travesty to not eat local cuisines when abroad, but sometimes you may not be in the mood to be challenged and all you want is something your stomach understands. Step in those high end American joints
We had a day in Copenhagen recently and all these sights are within walking distance from one another. The Rundetarn is the historic Round Tower and gives great views of the city; Nyhavn is the infamous and colourful canalside strip; Amalienborg Slot is a grand cobbled square surrounded by four rococo palaces (their Queen lives here!); and the Marmorkirken is an impressive marble church.
We decided to go ‘out-out’ in the rather grand neighbourhood of Paris called Opera, so-called because of the magnificent Old Opera House that dominates it. Le Grand Intercontinental hotel sits beside this beauty. We started this rather extravagant evening at Le Bar, followed by a meal at the Drouant, just a stroll away.
Whatever your faith, churches are really rather lovely to wander round. Two of our favourites in Paris are Saint-Chapelle, with its awesome (in the true meaning of the word) stain-glass windows, and Sacre-Coeur, standing only second in height to the Eiffel Tower like the gleaming white ‘sacred heart’ it is intended to be
Booking a restaurant, bar or cafe where you eat with the locals has become a quest for me. A bistro or brasserie brimming with neighbourhood Madames and Monsieurs is like hitting the jackpot to my lot. You feel more immersed within their culture and somehow reassured that the famous French palette will guide you.
Could this be the most romantic apartment in Paris? It’s intimate, oozing charm and has 2 terraces with views of Ile Saint-Louis that stir you.
Hello, my name is Maria and I’m obsessed by food markets. If you are a foodie too strolling through Rue Cler and Rue de Buci in Paris is an experience for the soul.
Ile Saint-Louis, an island in the middle of Paris, is an unspoiled 17th century cluster of residencies. That is charming enough, but it also has boutique-style shops that will fill your heart, and cafes and food shops to guarantee you’ll shop ’til you pop
A stroll around Honfleur is like stepping onto a film set. You can hardly point the camera in a bad direction. Tall wooden houses with slate roofs are viewed through masts and ropes of the boats harboured there. Food markets, cafes and shops stuffed full of local produce are all part of it’s delights.