Jun 30

The Sleeping Chestnut: A Treehouse for Grown-ups El Castaño Dormilón on Spain's Galician Coast

By Abi King | Small Luxury Hotels

El Castaño Dormilón Along the curves and swerves of Spain’s secret Galician coastline, the nights arrive so peacefully, even the chestnut trees fall asleep. I wrote not long ago about my first impressions of Galicia: Spain’s most northwestern point. A network of sleepy fishing villages, wild clifftops with lighthouses and jagged, ragged inland rias, a three […]

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Jun 27

Holding on for Hope

By Abi King | From The Heart

Friday morning marked the arrival of some very big news. Both on the world stage, and on my own, private little stage. First, as I’m sure you’re aware, Britain woke up to discover that it had voted to leave the European Union. Second, I saw my unborn baby wave at me, alive and kicking on […]

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Jun 23

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden

By Abi King | Europe

Sponsored Post: Visit Sweden 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden Sweden. Somehow it’s somewhere I’ve only managed to visit in the cold. A little cold, in Malmo. And a lot cold in the Arctic Circle, slipping beneath reindeer skins and slipping hot lingonberry juice in the dazzling Ice Hotel where the rooms felt balmy […]

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Jun 19

Galicia, Spain. The Salty Sea Dog of the North

By Abi King | Spain

Galicia, Spain: The Salty Northern Sea Coast Of course, every coast is salty. But northwest Spain’s Galician coastline seems the saltiest of all: its landscape licked into shape by the churning, whirling waves, its cuisine at one with the sea and its architecture, history and general attitude shaped by the way that surf reaches the […]

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Jun 12

Croatia’s Calming Nature

By Abi King | Europe

“What a difference, a day makes…do, doo, be doo… “Twenty four little hours.” As the evening breeze let my hair rise and fall with its sigh and the birds soared overhead in the sunset, I found myself humming this, one of my favourite tunes. Twenty four hours into my stay on Croatia’s Lopud Island, the […]

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Jun 02

A Travelshoot In Rome

By Abi King | Italy

Travelshoot Rome If there’s one city in the world that demonstrates the rise of the selfie stick, and selfies in general, it’s the hybrid ancient-and-modern city of Rome. Everywhere you look, there’s something to marvel at – and consequently, everywhere you look, there’s a tourist taking a selfie. When in Rome… A Travelshoot In Rome […]

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May 30

Lopud Island: An Appointment with Croatian Blue

By Abi King | Europe

The Journey to Lopud Island, Croatia It had been an uneventful flight and a James Bond type drive: all hair-pin swerves and clifftop spills into foaming surf below. The red rooftops of Dubrovnik and the years and villages that followed splashed red-rust tiles under the light of the sun and pierced the sense of overwhelming […]

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May 12

The Shakespeare of Spain: Cervantes and Don Quixote

By Abi King | Spain

Back in the time when men wore tights and puffy-ruffled adornments around their neck, the world of literature exploded. In England, Shakespeare’s plays strutted across the Globe. In Spain, Miguel Cervantes published the world’s first novel. That should probably read as arguably published the world’s first novel, since when it comes to world firsts, people […]

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Apr 28

Dinky in Helsinki: Exploring a Finnish Design Shop

By Abi King | Europe

The Lure of Finnish Design Shops When the streets outside wear inky black and swathes of snow, it stands to reason that people focus more on what’s inside. Of the many intriguing aspects of Helsinki, one facet was the capital’s obvious love of design. For over 130 years, a national organisation has been promoting design in Finland […]

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Apr 25

5 Of The Best Places To Eat In Hanoi

By Abi King | Asia

5 of the Best Places to Eat in Hanoi Hanoi packs a punch in a pretty small area when it comes to flavoursome food. Raucous street food eateries? Check. Refined, French-inspired delicacies? Check. Lakeside views, reminders of “that” war, and contemporary, charitable enterprises with an antipodean twist? Check, check, check. When I first got back, […]

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Mar 30

Five of the Best Places to Eat in Hong Kong

By Abi King | Tempt Me

Eating Out in Hong Kong Hong Kong and eating. Simply, where do you start? With over 4000 restaurants in one gleaming cosmopolitan city, not to mention a labyrinth of street food stalls, markets and strange looking slippery things in tanks, Hong Kong diners could stay here for years and still not stumble across everything there […]

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