Tips for that Winter Break

Tips for that Winter Break

Our resident holiday expert Rob Farrow is here to provide guidance, advice and answers to your holiday dilemmas. In this edition he looks at getting the most from autumn and winter breaks. As the autumn draws in, traditionally people’s thoughts turn away from holidays and towards nights indoors, but things have changed. Gone is the…

Paris - The 6th or 16th

Paris - The 6th or 16th

My memory tends to capture random moments in life, and one of which was a claim made by a French lecturer that she lived in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Not that I had any interest in her home address, but it was the tone of voice, an astringent sense of pride, that caught my…

Mabel

Mabel

In the back of a cheese toastie store you usually expect to find a store room with cheese and bread in it, not a bar, and not one that’s self described as a ‘Cocktail Den and Rum Empire’ – but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Mabel in Paris. Mabel, is a cocktail bar twice…

Lisbon's New and Old Heritage

Lisbon's New and Old Heritage

I was in Lisbon in early spring with my sunglasses, linen trousers and loafers ready, and… it was raining, raining cats and dogs, and rather cold. However, I was not really upset. I was sat comfortably in an armchair next to a quirky 18th century fireplace that crackled away giving off a light smoky aroma,…