Photo credit: Eamon Ward & The Outing LGBT Music & Matchmaking Lisdoonvarna Ireland

What It’s Like to Go to the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Ireland

Matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions, and for the last 150 years, it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna, a West Coast village near the iconic Cliffs of Moher. For the month of September, this tiny spa town of 800 residents hosts the popular Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – a month-long celebration bringing together hopeful romantics from around the world. Most recently, a gay, bisexual and transgender weekend, called “The Outing,” has been added to the program – the world’s first-ever LGBT matchmaking festival. Continue Reading →

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Naumburg: Vineyard treasures along Germany’s Romanesque Route

The lure of an undiscovered wine is often incentive enough for vineyard enthusiasts to make their way to a region. To this end, many people will find happiness in Naumburg, Germany.

Tucked away 60kms from Leipzig and sitting on the Saale river, Naumburg is a charming piece of German heartland situated along the Romanesque Route. Its colourful historic burgher buildings and tree-lined promenade make for a peaceful stop along the Romanesque route and one that should not be overlooked, especially if you are a wine lover! Continue Reading →

London

Six Filming Locations in London That You Can Visit (+ One Cool Contest to Win Airfare!)

The City of London has been featured in countless films: from historical recreations of the Elizabethan London in Shakespeare in Love, to the Victorian Era flicks such as Sherlock Holmes, to the romantic comedies of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. And don’t forget the slew of crime films, spy thrillers, science fiction and the “swinging London” films of the 1960s (yeah baby!!).

But truly, the film sites are even more enthralling in person. I’ve picked out six of my favourite filming locations in London, England that you can actually visit. And to win a roundtrip flight to the Big Smoke, keep reading to get the details about the We Love London Ticket Race on September 22! Continue Reading →

Sunset on the Private Terrace

Melenos, Lindos Boutique Hotel: A Collector’s Love Letter

On the island of Rhodes, Greece sits a luxurious boutique hotel. It rests beautifully beneath the ancient Byzantine temple Athena (circa 10th century BC) overlooking the Aegean Sea. Melenos is a collection of exclusive suites and villas where guests can experience serene sophistication lovingly conceptualized and meticulously curated by owner and collector Michalis Melenos. A collector of art and ancient artifacts, Michalis built Melenos to so guests from around the world could enjoy his pieces discovered during his many journeys of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. Continue Reading →

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

24 Hour Stopover: Reykjavik, Iceland

When a friend insisted that I hop overseas to experience a proper Scottish ceilidh for New Years Eve, it proved too irresistible to turn down. To be honest, I’ll take any excuse to travel.

Of course, flights to Europe are never cheap; however, Icelandair’s carrot at the, erm, middle of the stick — a stopover! — made all the spending seem worth it. Here’s how to spend a 24 hour stopover in Reykjavík, Iceland: Continue Reading →

Parmigiano-Reggiano by Artizone

How To Eat Like a Parmesan in Italy

The city of Parma is nestled in the fields of the Emilia Romagna region, stretching across the northern part of Italy’s boot. Considered the most culinary area on the planet, it’s the birthplace of the world’s most appreciated cheese, meat, and wine. This place has got the goods.

Want to eat simply, with the discriminating taste of the people who created Lamborghinis?

Here’s how to eat like a Parmesan in Italy: Continue Reading →

Northern Lights

Winter Adventures in Finland’s Lapland

Every February, the winter blues set in and your misguided optimism about “embracing the cold” has petered out. You’re watching reruns of Jeopardy in your jammies, while wondering what flavour of pizza you will be ordering (Hawaiian) and eating the Valentine’s chocolates you bought for special someone like a drugged-out woodchuck.

Well, not this year adventure seeker! Grab your snow pants and get off the couch because we are going to Finland’s Arctic. Continue Reading →

Amsterdam light show

Amsterdam’s Love Affair with Light: A Photoessay

Amsterdam is a city of contrasts. Historic, narrow 17th-century buildings and canals coexist with liberal drug, prostitution and same-sex marriage laws. But no contrast is so clearly embraced as the one that continues to permeate the Netherlands’ approach to artistic expression.

The Amsterdam Light Festival turns three this winter, and already draws international artists and spectators, in the dead of winter. The festival’s emphasis on light in contrast with dark breathes new life into the Netherlands’ rich artistic history. For more than fifty days, the historical center of Amsterdam is illuminated with light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary (inter)national artists. Continue Reading →

Tea and Sandwiches at Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel and Spa

Guilt-Free Cream Tea (& Other Luxuries) in Southern England

On my lifelong search for the quintessential holiday fitness facility, I came across Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel and Spa, tucked away in England’s verdant Sussex Downs. It’s not just a private hangout for local ladies who lunch; it’s a boutique hotel with spa and gym with exercise classes, tennis and a ritzy restaurant. Oh, and an English cream tea destination to boot! Continue Reading →