27 Most Colourful Towns and Cities in Scandinavia

I started putting this list together a very long time ago and always end up adding a new town or city whenever I go back to Scandinavia. We all know it can be cold and often dark in this region but these colourful places really transform and lift the whole landscape. The first time I really started to appreciate the use of colour so far north was in 2012 during a visit to the art nouveau town of Ålesund whilst working …

A Tale of Three Temple Restorations in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley

In April, 2015, a massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people and injured up to 22,000. The worst damage occurred in Gorkha, an area located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Within minutes, entire villages crumbled to the ground. Roads and other infrastructure were so damaged that rescue efforts were hampered for weeks, adding to the loss of life. Though the earthquake was not felt as severely in the country’s two largest cities, structures in Kathmandu suffered significant damage because the… The post A Tale of Three Temple Restorations in Nepal’…

Italy’s top 5 beaches

Italy, surrounded by the sea, offers tons of beautiful, wide beaches. Whether in the north on the Riviera, in the east on the Adriatic, in the south or on the Italian islands. If you want to spend your vacation on the beach, this is the place for you! The many beautiful beaches offer something for

A mini map guide to London W1, United Kingdom

I was testing the concept with my mini map guide to Lisbon, Portugal and it seems that it has been quite useful to many and the requests have started. So second up, is London. Creating this mini map guide to London has been quite interesting – namely when I realised that I limit myself to the W1 postcode. London is a very large city with something for everyone – but my version of London (where I work, meet friends and spend the most time in) is indeed W1. …

PHOTO: Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also Known as “Valley of the Moon”

This photo perfectly portrays why the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan are often referred to as the Valley of the Moon. The the jaw-dropping view above was just a few steps from my traditional goatskin tent at Desert Rose Camp, which occupied high spot atop a rock outcropping. An occasional camel ambled by and the odd jeep kicked up a column of dust as it delivered visitors to one of the campsites scattered around Wadi Rum. Mostly, the vista was of shifting sands in myriad colors… The post PHOTO: Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also …

Colorado – The Ski Paradise of the United States

Once you’ve climbed the boards in the Rocky Mountains, you will not recover so quickly: The “back bowls”, the “cat skiing” and the ubiquitous deep snow will make you addicted and never want to ski anywhere else. The high altitude turns the North American winter destinations into a completely different ski world than we know

Lux StopOver: 18 hours in Vancouver, Canada

My time on this trip to Canada’s British Columbia was at a premium – after a pretty perfect day in Victoria, it was time to head to the big city: Vancouver. Vancouver needs almost no introduction – and for me, it is one of those cities I had always wanted to visit. While my husband ‘conferenced’ in Seattle, I went to see my lovely friend Nancy (who was my official guide to both Victoria and Vancouver) and have a little taste of British Columbia. I say a taste, because I want to go…

8 Unusual & Quirky Things to do in Rome

We all know the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and Vatican city, so let’s explore the lesser-known sites of Rome… Human Bones at Capuchin Crypt Don’t be scared, step inside Capuchin Crypt and into the world of the dead. It’s believed by many that life continues after death in one form or another and the Capuchin Friars who lived in Rome were no exception. These friars belonged to a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests, inspired by the ideals of St. Francis. Such ideals place emphasis on living as simply as possible…

The Bedouins of Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

The boy couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old but he seemed perfectly at ease with the Bedouin men sipping tea in the cafe at Petra, Jordan. He tossed his unruly black curls out of his eyes, flashed a pearly smile that split his deeply tanned cheeks, and lit up a hand-rolled cigarette. Outside, …

A Private Day Tour to Capri

The dramatic island of Capri has been a popular leisure destination since Roman times and makes for a fantastic day trip for travelers visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Artisans of Leisure arranges private tours featuring the best of the island, including seeing beautiful scenery, touring the historic highlights and time to shop and enjoy the outstanding local cuisine. After journeying by boat from Italy’s mainland to Capri, our tours usually begin with an exploration of the hilltop town of …

3 Days in Budapest – City Guide & Highlights

A city of two tales, where the River Danube divides hilly Buda from flat Pest and old from new. From the moment I glimpsed Budapest from the window of a taxi taking me to my hotel, and saw buildings towering above in a myriad of styles and colours, I knew I was in for a treat. The Romans, Magyars, Turks, Austrians, and Soviets have all left their influence upon the city, a city that wears its history through its architecture. Few places can offer a …

PHOTO: Monkeys, Monkeys, Everywhere!

During a recent visit to Kathmandu, I took my friend, Jane, to Pashupatinath Temple. Considered by Hindus to be one of the holiest sites in Nepal, Pashupainath is the location of the burning ghats where members of the Nepal Royal family were historically cremated and also one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. I didn’t tell her ahead of time, though, that it’s also one of the best places in the city to see…

The Top 5 European Travel Destinations In The Summer

The winter is over and for many, the well-deserved summer vacation finally comes within reach. Only few people book their vacation far in advance – last minute is the solution! You are looking for your personal dream destination for your summer holiday and would like to get to know another country in Europe? Paradizo has

Lux StopOver – 12 hours in Birmingham, England

On a recent UK road trip, which started in Manchester, with stops in Liverpool and Chester (which were very pleasant surprises), our final overnight was in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city. I had been once 12 years ago and I was curious to see how the city had changed and how it welcomes luxury travellers, which are beginning or ending their UK trips in Birmingham, due to its much improved international flights with American Airlines, United Airlines, …