Author Archives: Lucy Daltroff

Grand Hotel Amrath

01/06/2016 by .

Quite often when on holiday, I stay in a hotel and from there go and visit the local art galleries.  This conventional way of doing things was rather turned on its head during a recent stay in Amsterdam, as Grand Hotel Amrath is a piece of art in itself – a historic and architectural gem both inside and outside.

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Rio de Janeiro. There’s more to Rio than beach

25/02/2016 by .

“Rio de Janeiro is a magical place to be” many people told me.  I remembered this as I crossed the road from the eminent Copacabana Palace Hotel and lay on the legendary shoreline, enjoying the sun and glancing up the hill towards the iconic outstretched figure of “Christ the Redeemer”.

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Hotel Riu Palace Tenerife

08/12/2015 by .

What gin would I like for my G & T?   The list is long and after a time I finally opt for Miller’s with lemon zest, orange slices and fennel seeds.   It’s refreshing, but by far the best part is drinking it on the terrace of  the Hotel Riu Palace Tenerife overlooking the sea on, a warm November evening.

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Slack Deux Caps Art Festival

23/06/2015 by .

The coast, between Calais and Bologne sur-Mer, just across the English Channel is relatively undiscovered by visitors and it may because of this that an outdoor art exhibition has been mounted on some of its most scenic points.  Slack Deux Caps art festival is running between,  20th June  to 20th September 2015 and the idea is that the art fits  seamlessly into the landscape. 

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15/06/2015 by .

Henry James described the Loire as the “land of good dinners” and so it is.   The whole area is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the ascension of Francis 1 known as the “Le Grand Roi François” and a renowned gourmet.    We went to visit one of his homes, the Royal Chateau Blois which is filled with more than 35,000 works of art and also has an awe inspiring 13th century assembly hall. Afterwards it was great to chill out just a few yards away and relax in its ancient orangery which is now a Michelin starred restaurant simply called L’Orangerie-du-Chateau

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The Loire Valley. Wine and castles

15/06/2015 by .

It is difficult not to like the beautiful Loire valley in central France. The river is the longest in the nation, spanning 170 miles and winding through spectacular countryside, beautiful villages and historic towns, these include Amboise, Angers, Blois, Orléans, and Tours. In 2000, UNESCO added the Loire Valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. There are more than 3000 châteaux, ranging from those built from the 10 to the 15th centuries and the wine encompasses the areas of Muscadet, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

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