Monthly Archives: March 2014

Corinthia Hotel. Budapest

28/03/2014 by .

It’s no coincidence that Wes Anderson, director of The Grand Budapest Hotel, visited the Corinthia Hotel in Hungary’s capital before making his movie.   It may not have been set in the city or even the country, but there are remarkable similarities between the hotel which stars in the movie and the five-star establishment considered Budapest’s finest.

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Ethiopian Airlines. Right at the heart of African aviation

28/03/2014 by .

Tewolde Gebremariam is looking rather pleased with himself. Not surprising really considering his airline, Ethiopian Airlines, continues its impressive expansion as Africa’s number one carrier running the only daily east-west flight across the continent and a Star Alliance Member since December 2011.

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A weekend wonder on the Calais Coast

27/03/2014 by .

From his lofty perch some 53 metres up, Napoleon Bonaparte gazes across at what might have been. Back in 1804 over 100,000 men of his grand army stood alongside him right here at Boulogne sur Mer on the Calais coast poised to invade England.

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On the trail of Richard Strauss in Germany

26/03/2014 by .

This is the view from composer Richard Strauss’s house in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Is it any wonder that he wrote the “Alpine Symphony”?

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Pecs. The Gateway to the Balkans

26/03/2014 by .

When I went to visit Pécs (pronounced Paych) the 5th city of Hungary I expected to find the grey uniformity associated with decades of communism.  As if to prove me wrong the guide started her tour of Pecs by pointing out the brightly covered roof of the town hall, glinting in the sun, defying the long years when the colourful tiles had been covered over.

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Cathay Pacific First Class

25/03/2014 by .

Would you like us to make up your bed now Mr. Mossack? This was a request quite impossible to ignore after all, it was getting late and a few hours in a freshly made bed seemed a perfect way to arrive bright and ready in Hong Kong. Such is life in Cathay Pacific First Class, when, in just the few minutes it took for me to slip into my cotton sleep suit, my lavish living suite had been transformed into a slumberland complete with mattress, duvet and pillows.

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