Destinations – Men Style Fashion We Show You How Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:52:31 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Phuket Thailand – Millennials Destination Travel Tips Mon, 30 Jul 2018 01:00:52 +0000 Thailand has emerged as one of the top travel destinations over the years. It is understandable why tourists across the globe are flocking towards this gem of a destination. The pristine white beaches, lush green rainforests, diverse wildlife and aquaculture, vibrant culture, scrumptious food and exciting activities all make Thailand an excellent holiday destination. The fact that it is much cheaper compared to other similar beach destinations such as Bora Bora or Cape Town makes it even more ideal for travel. The casual lifestyle and the budget friendly cost of living and leisure that the country offers makes it one of the favorite travel destinations for most millennials.

When it comes to Thailand, it is almost impossible to cover it all in a single trip. This is because every part of Thailand has its aura and has something different to offer. A vast majority of travelers opt for the beach destinations in Thailand. However, it is often confusing for most tourists to pick one or two beach destinations among more than half a dozen choices that Thailand offers. One of the top picks for a beach holiday in Thailand is Phuket, the largest island in the country.

The best thing about Phuket is that it has a little bit of everything Thailand bundled in it, which makes it a great destination for a fully-fledged holiday. Here are a few reasons why Phuket beats all other places in the country whether you are a solo traveler, a honeymooner or on a family holiday.

Easy to Reach

Although Phuket is not as close to the capital as Pattaya, it does have an international airport, which caters to direct flights from many countries. If you are coming from the West, you can take one of the Middle Eastern airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates or Etihad, which operate direct flights to Phuket. Alternatively, if you want to take an airline to Thailand that does not offer a flight to Phuket, you can land in Bangkok and get a connecting domestic airline to Phuket with a layover as short as an hour and that too at very low prices.

The Beaches

Phuket is a paradise for beach lovers. It is home to more than half a dozen beaches, and every single beach has its distinct feel. From the touristy and happening Patong to the secluded and serene Kata beach, Phuket has something for every mood. If you want to head to the more picturesque white beaches, get a boat or a ferry to Koh Phi Phi and you will land in the heaven on earth.

The Neighboring Islands

When you are in Phuket, you do not get to experience Phuket alone, but you can hop around the islands neighboring the island. If you want to experience the picturesque white beaches with blue water shoreline, head to Koh Phi Phi. Islands such as Phi Phi islands, Maya Bay and James Bond Island have also been the shooting spots for some of the famous Hollywood movies. You can find many day trips and Phuket Tours to these islands easily, and you can choose the one that fits your criteria.

Sightseeing Tours

Phuket is not merely a beach destination and has a lot to offer when you are just bored of sand and water. From the exhilarating jungle safaris to the adventurous zip lining and white water rafting to the fascinating Phuket FantaSea show, the island has something to cater to everyone according to their tastes, preferences and pocket.

If you want something beyond beaches, you can go around the Phuket town for some interesting sightseeing. People who are into history and culture will fall in love with the rich culture and the beautiful temples. If you want to cut down on your transport costs to get around, simply hire a bike. It costs less than 10 dollars a day and is super budget friendly. If bike is not your thing, renting a car is also very affordable.

Phuket is full of lush green jungles with diverse wildlife. If you are in to nature walks, jungle trekking and safaris, you should not miss out on this experience. The elephant trekking is a lifetime experience where you get to explore the forests on an elephant ride. If you are an adrenaline junkie, give a go to adventure activities such as ziplining and white water rafting.

Phuket has amazing options for those who love to shop. From the highstreets brands at the Jungceylon mall to the street markets of Patong, you will find something for every budget. The walking street at Patong is a must if you are one of the millennials on a casual bachelor trip. The street comes to life at night with dozens of bars and night club dotting its pavements. You will find the best of booze, music, fun and all that topped with the most delicious food options.

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New York City – The Seven Top Places To Visit Sat, 02 Jun 2018 04:20:01 +0000 It’s been over 15 years since I visited New York and to be honest I couldn’t remember much as it was a very quick visit. Due to the demand of our followers I thought it was time to visit the Big Apple and see what the city is trending and is famous for. Whilst staying at the Williamsburg Hotel in trendy Brooklyn I decided to venture out and explore this vibrant city.

Teaming up with NYCGo, team MenStyleFashion had ample of options to choose by regarding sight seeing New York. How it works is simple.

Visitors to New York City can find it overwhelming, but not if they’re using CityPASS tickets. The very best attractions are hand picked and wrapped up in an easy to use package that’ll save you money and time, upto 42%. Because CityPASS tickets are valid for 9 consecutive days starting with the first day of use, there’s no need to feel rushed unless you have a short stay in New York. As my stay to NYC was 14 days I could see the city that never sleeps at my own pace, and truly enjoy the experience.

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World War II History Tours Fri, 04 May 2018 04:12:26 +0000 People choose to travel for many different reasons. Some like a week long getaway in the sun, some prefer quick, in-and-out long weekends for a swift city discovery, and some travel to experience history and culture. If you’re in the latter category and have a penchant for past events and the way they’ve shaped the present, then this article might interest you. We’re taking a trip back in time, highlighting the best cities to visit if you’re a World War II buff and want to know where some of the most crucial battles and events of that period took place.


To understand World War II is to comprehend Nazi Germany, and to figure out that is to understand the Weimar Republic. This was the German state that existed after the first World War up until 1933, before Hitler became chancellor and a new regime was established. Weimar was where this republic was founded, but more than that, it’s actually a fabulous city to visit and not as gloomy as it may sound. Finding modern accommodation is now entirely possible and the city is still beautiful, awash with life, culture, art and a number of great places to eat and drink.


The focal point of Nazi Germany, Berlin is a historical and cultural hive. The sites on offer to visit are numerous: see the Reichstag which, in 1933, was set ablaze and as a result, essentially allowed Hitler absolute power; the Holocaust Memorial is an unsettling and important reminder of the persecution of Jews which occurred during the WWII period; and the Topography of Terror is a museum dedicated to atrocities performed by the Nazis. Berlin is also a great place to experience more recent history, such as the Berlin Wall, and features dozens of different museums and points of interest.


What was once called Stalingrad, Volgograd was the site of one of the bloodiest and most intense – if not the most intense – battles of World War II – the Battle of Stalingrad. The city has since changed its name as part of the process of destalinization, but many monuments still exist to commemorate the battle and the part it played in ending the Second World War.


Ortona is an Italian coastal town which was made famous by the Battle of Ortona, also known as “Little Stalingrad” because of the ferocity of fighting between German and Canadian troops. Although the battle only lasted eight days – in comparison to the five months of the Battle of Stalingrad – it employed many brutal and close-quarter tactics similar to the Russian conflict. Nowadays, the town is a popular seaside destination with multiple historical churches, cathedrals and museums, with the Museum of the Ortona Battle being one of the most popular.

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Skiing In Aspen And Jackson Hole – The Prestige Runs Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:43:11 +0000 Shortly after touching down at Denver airport, with its jagged architectural peaks emulating the nearby Rocky Mountains, we were off in our Jeep Grand Cherokee heading west towards that very range. For over 50 years, the Rockies have laid claim to having the best snow and facilities in America and we were out to find the top resorts in the region. It’s an easy 3 hour run along the American Interstate highway system, passing Vail and Beaver Creek resorts and going through incredibly beautiful copper-coloured canyons en route.


Our first stop was Aspen, long considered to be the Grande Dame of American skiing venues. Aspen actually consists of four mountains: Aspen/Ajax, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Together, they boast 5,285 acres of skiable territory with some 336 trails and 46 lifts, this is one of the most extensive operations in the US. Each location has a different emphasis: Aspen/Ajax, which has been operating since 1947, is more suited to experts; double black runs and incredible views are the highlights. Buttermilk is geared more towards beginners and families, with wide, rolling trails. Snowmass is the largest, with over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain aimed at intermediate/expert skiers and snowboarders. Finally, Highlands, the locals’ favourite, boasts Highland Bowl, “Colorado’s ultimate off-piste experience”, where a short hike to the summit will provide 800 vertical metre descents down pitches as steep as 45 degrees.

All four areas are connected by frequent shuttle busses and included in one lift pass. One can easily spend a week here and never do the same run twice. We opted to ski Snowmass and Highlands and were impressed with the quality of the pistes and the excellent planning behind the lift locations. Once one is on the mountain, there are few queues and there’s a chance to get a lot of runs in during the time on the slopes.

Most of the après ski and accommodation is in the town of Aspen, which boasts some superb hotels, restaurants and bars. The long-established Jerome, in the centre of town; the Little Nell – right at the base of the Aspen lift, and the St. Regis offer luxury lodgings. At Snowmass, the Viceroy is a good option. Aspen also offers a wide range of top brand clothing and accessory shops.

Jackson Hole

From Aspen, we headed north to Wyoming and the world-renowned Jackson Hole ski area at Teton Village. A totally different scene awaited us there, more dramatic and compact…and more laid-back than Aspen. Located at the southern end of the stunning Teton range, with the longest vertical rise of any US ski area, Jackson covers some 2500 acres. In addition to the 100 passenger aerial tram, which whisks skiers to the mountain top at 3,185 metres in 9 minutes, there are two high speed gondolas and 8 quad chairlifts. Teton is geared more towards the advanced intermediate and expert skier, with half of its 133 trails designated blue or black. At the top of the aerial tram is Rendezvous Bowl, with double black steepness and open trails. Off to the right are the quad lifts, well spaced to give access to the many challenging pistes. Last season, the mountain launched the Sweetwater gondola, which offers access to several intermediate blue trails, less challenging than the narrow and vertiginous alternatives.

Because it is further north, Teton tends to have even better snowfall and more deep powder than the Colorado resorts. There are excellent trails for snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing, giving access to striking views of the Teton range.

Located some 20 minutes outside of the “frontier town” of Jackson Hole, Teton is home to one of America’s two Aman resorts, the Amangani. There is also a superb Four Seasons Hotel directly opposite the chair lift and the Terra hotel just a short distance away. For Apres-ski, many head straight to the Mangy Moose, located near the base of the tram and well-known for its margaritas and local brews. In Jackson, there are a number of excellent restaurants, including The Blue Lion, Snake River Grill and Wild Sage, but don’t miss the chance to have dinner at the Amangani: superb menu at the same prices as the town restaurants.

If you’ve had enough skiing and want some variety, several companies offer safaris to the National Elk Refuge by horse-drawn sleigh or to Yellowstone National Park by snowmobiles. It’s a two-hour high-speed run along snow-covered roads (which are closed to normal traffic) with a stop for lunch and a chance to see the famous Old Faithful Geyser (without having to cope with the huge crowds in summer).

Both Aspen and Jackson Hole resorts are easily reachable by air, with regular flights from many US cities directly to Aspen and Jackson Hole.

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South Korean Food – 2018 Gangwondo Provincial Specialties Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:02:49 +0000 MenStyleFashion was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea.

During the six days of this fabulous cultural trip, I was given many different dishes to eat, taste and experience. I am very familiar with Asian cuisines but it is the first time to South Korea so I was incredibly intrigued to see what food they had to offer. Korea leads the way in terms of a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, both pickled and fermented, a major part of a diverse cuisine. The food is always, fresh, looks great and is a very different eating experience. South Korea is a country that knows how to grill a piece of meat. Coming from an Australian background I have to say I was very impressed when it came to Korean barbecue.

Local beer often drank in South Korea


Yummy pancakes with mixed vegetables inside

Hwanggi Baeksuk

I was served a whole chicken soup boiled with astragalus thought to be among the best medicinal herbs for vitality. The dish is supposed to enhance the body’s control over sweating and therefore considered an excellent food for maintaining stamina in summer. I would certainly opt for this during the Winter Olympics 2018.

Steamed whole chicken with local potatoes from Herbnara Farm Pyeongchang

Core Ingredients

South Korea has a very unique food culture with incredible health giving properties and you will notice some influences from both China and Japan. Therefore throughout my visit I could identify how the fusions were intertwined. For me this is why in South Korea the food options are very unique. The portions served are very small, always fresh and don’t have a very strong aroma when first served. Many dishes are always served in a hot stone bowl adding to the overall look and dining experience. They can be either hot dishes or cold.

The core ingredients generally consist of beef, chicken, pig, soy bean, soft tofu, mint, eggs, chili powder, fermented cabbage, pork slices and plenty of garlic. Also ox cheek, pork belly, grilled aubergine, rice, bean-shoots, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots and dough which is used for dumplings. One important factor I noticed whilst eating in South Korea was I never came away bloated. I always felt content and full. The cuisines are one of the healthiest food dishes I have had in Asia. For me the dishes are not complicated and I would encourage anyone to just be open and explore.

Gondeure Beoseot Bulgogi

The dish below is called gondeure beoseot bulgogi, marinated Korean beef with mushrooms and thistle leaves.

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This is Venice – Save the Budget Travel For Other Cities Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:33:49 +0000 Capital of Italy’s Veneto region, Venice occupies a cluster of islands connected by a maze of arched bridges, allowing its famous gondolas to glide silently underneath. Founded in the 5th century by refugees of barbarian invasion, the once-marshy lagoon proved an excellent sanctuary. To firm up their settlement, early Venetians pounded massive beams of timber meters into the soft earth, atop which wooden platforms were constructed that could bear the weight of permanent buildings. The resulting community was remarkably resistant to invasion, and over centuries, the city’s unusual foundation of wooden stakes petrified from submersion in salt water. Not only did the independent state prove very resilient, its dominance as a trading and military force in the Mediterranean brought its citizens enormous wealth.

Idyllic Opulence

That wealth resulted in some of the most opulent buildings ever created looking out on stunningly blue water. On account of this dream-like atmosphere, Venice was an early destination for the affluent to spend their leisure time. In the 18th century, Caffè Florian on the Piazza San Marco served exotic Asian teas and coffees alongside elegant cakes and fine wines from its Mediterranean neighbors. Meanwhile, the Hotel Danieli threw lavish parties for visiting nobility. Speaking of parties, there aren’t many that can top the Carnival of Venice, the annual winter festival that sees glitterati arriving by water limousine dressed in full 18th-century costume, complete with ornate masks and powdered wigs.

If you’ve ever been tempted to pull out all the stops on a holiday, the city honored with the title “La Serenissima” – the most serene – is certainly rife with opportunities to indulge. While avoiding crowds isn’t quite as easy at some of the more typical attractions, a VIP arrival via charter flight to Venice certainly sets a tone befitting of the city’s nickname. While there’s no denying its mass market appeal, the city is also full of hidden and not-so-hidden treasures that cater to a more refined aesthetic.

Elegant Accommodation

Five star hotels are aplenty and many offer carnival packages complete with period costume rental and tickets to the Il Ballo Del Doge, the world’s most exclusive masquerade ball. With the Grand Canal on its doorstep, the Palazzo Venart features everything one could dream of, including a private courtyard, stunning frescoes, elegant décor, and the aptly named Michelin star restaurant, Glam, which is a creation of celebrated chef Enrico Bartolini. In the heart of Venice’s most picturesque quarter, the Gritti Palace was restored in 2013 and offers spectacular views of Santa Maria del Giglio square from its luxury suites as well as the intimate Acqua di Parma spa.

Another recently restored (2014) Palazzo, the Aman Canal Grande represents the ultimate extravagance. Its signature rooms are distinguished by original creations from among the greatest Italian artists, including onetime occupant Tiepolo, the 18th-century painter after whom the property’s largest suite is named. Its 1,100 square feet includes a hand painted Chinese sitting room and a frescoed ceiling above the bed. Reserving the full hotel (24 rooms and suites) affords the opportunity to make exclusive use of the Canal Garden and the Piano Nobile, where the ballroom and most magnificent dining rooms are located. The hotel also offers three spa suites, a fitness studio, and rooftop terrace.

Indulgent Shopping

Few cities rank as high on the distinctiveness scale, and that’s certainly true of Venice’s fashion scene, which tends to be on the more ostentatious side of the Italian aesthetic (perfectly exemplified by local designer Emiliano Donaggio). Another of Venice’s must-visit boutiques includes Ca’ Macana, where brilliant mask makers faithfully reproduce designs from the past. Shopping on an even grander scale arrived in the newly opened T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS, completely transforming the interior of a four-story 16th-century trading house into a profusion of 300 top brands and exceptional eateries.

Venice’s rich cultural history and remarkable architecture make it a ubiquitous choice for travelers with extensive palettes. It’s not a city you can really miss, but breathing in its beauty and charm through unparalleled accommodation and activities outside of the typical tourist’s agenda assures you an experience truly befitting this legendary setting.

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A Guide to Visiting Russia’s Two Biggest Cities Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:38:42 +0000 Russia is the largest country on earth in terms of surface area, and has a number of stunning cities located within its vast perimeters. It isn’t always high on traveller’s lists of dream destinations but it certainly isn’t short on wonderful architecture, iconic buildings and eye-catching landscapes and it is a great place to explore and absorb some of the culture.

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Moscow and St Petersburg are the two most visited cities in Russia and it’s easy to see why these two magnificent locations are heavily favoured by tourists. Moscow’s Red Square remains a hugely popular destination and whilst wrapping up is strongly advised due to the humid continental climate, it truly shines throughout the winter months with regular snowfall and extravagant Christmas decorations giving it the perfect festive feel. The iconic St.Basil’s Cathedral dates back to the 16th century and is regarded as one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world. Described as an ‘icon of Russia’, it’s a must-visit for any traveller, with group photos and selfies outside the symbolic building an absolute essential. History buffs cannot afford to miss out on a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum which is located in the centre of Red Square making it both figuratively and literally unmissable. It is the resting place of the former Soviet leader and is steeped in history. Queues can be quite lengthy, particularly during the summer months, so it is advised to set off early although it is undoubtedly worth the wait.

Away from Red Square, Moscow has a strong sporting tradition boasting no fewer than four football clubs in the Russia Premier League during the 2017-18 season, with CSKA Moscow regularly attracting large crowds in the Basketball Euroleague. In June 2018, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup and the opening game between the home nation and Saudi Arabia will be staged in the city at the Luzhniki Stadium. This contest will be preceded by the opening ceremony which will attract a worldwide audience whilst the final on July 15th is also set to take place here. Moscow already attracts an array of visitors of differing nationalities, but a huge number of countries will be represented during the month-long tournament in which expectant fans from the likes of Germany, France, Spain and England are set to descend on the city in the hope of watching their side lift the Jules Rimet Trophy. Whilst fewer South Americans are expected to make the substantial journey over to Russia, the latest tournament odds found on Oddschecker have Brazil priced up as the 5/1 favourites for the competition.

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St. Petersburg also has plenty offer visitors with potential incomers advised to visit between May and September in order to see the city at its breathtaking best. You won’t be short on places to eat and drink in the second largest city in Russia, with a mixture of luxurious restaurants and traditional cafes serving up top class cuisine every night of the week. There are also plenty of nightclubs and cocktail bars within walking distance to help wash down those hearty portions. History is once again at the epicentre of the city with the Church on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress amongst the must-see attractions located in St.Petersburg.

Visiting Russia may not be on everybody’s bucket list and it does get perishingly chilly during the winter months but it truly offers something for every kind of tourist and is also reasonably affordable. There is so much history and stunning architecture within Moscow and St. Petersburg and a trip to both cities is highly recommended.

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Winter Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang – Top Tips For The Games Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:50:23 +0000 MenStyleFashion was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea.

MenStyleFashion was asked as digital media to make aware to all those that have never heard of Pyeongchang. Where is it? Pyeongchang is pronounced PYUHNG’-chahng. It is approximately 112 miles east of Seoul. Pyeongchang is located in Gangwon province in the northern part of the country, nestled in the Taebaek Mountains.

Over the several days of experiencing the South Korean culture, I want to inspire you, that when it comes to the latest of technology, South Korea is right up there. Therefore these Winter Olypmics are going to be one of the most digital interactive games ever seen. I encourage those who are seeking an extremely thrilling adventure that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, is the place to come. When it comes to name recognition, the isolated South Korean ski resort remains resolutely off-piste and growing in awareness as we march closer to this global event. However, on arrival I was pleasantly surprised how many tourists were already flocking in to see it’s progress.

Why Come To PyeongChang?

On this occasion I was driven from Incheon international airport which is a 250 kilometre journey to the other side of the peninsula. Roughly a three and a half hour trip by car. But don’t worry this is South Korea the historical pioneers when it comes to road construction. So it comes to as no surprise, that a high speed rail link connecting Seoul and Gangneung, a coastal city some 40km east of Pyeongchang  is expected to open later this year. I can’t wait to experience that and it’s latest technology when it comes to rail transport.

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018 are a major international multi sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018. On this occasion, we experienced,  part of Pyeongchang’s five month programme of test events. I was taken to three test events, during the three day stay. The first being in Alpensia which is a multipurpose ski jumping stadium. I was watching the ski jumping for the female’s. On the second day I was taken to Phoenixpark Hotel and Resort to watch the FIS World Cup Snowboarding event. Finally on the third day I experienced the figure skating. Each of these events, were in separate locations. Over all the drive and access was more than reasonable leading up to these games.

Snowboard FIS, World Cup Competition

What a fabulous way to start the snowboard FIS, World Cup competition at Pheonix Park Resort. I am very familiar with snowboarders and what they are seeking when it comes to facilities. On this occasion I was watching the half pipe event. What better feedback to really appreciate what Pyeongchang has done, than to ask the athletes themselves.

Shaun White Snow Boarder

I ran into legendary snowboarder Shaun White from Canada. Who has had many years of experience around the globe and understands what is needed to produce the perfect half pipe.  In his own words

“The pipe is amazing right now, to be honest it one of the best for the year”.

Scotty James Snowboarder

I also asked Scotty James from Australia what he thought of the half pipe. After speaking to Scotty, it was brilliant to see him winning the overall competition here in Pyeongchang. In his own words.

“The pipe is awesome here, they have put on an amazing show for us here. The pipe in comparison to other events is absolutely amazing”.


Gangneung Figure Skating Events

Because of limited space in Pyeongchang, many athletes and spectators will stay in Gangneung, which is hosting the ice skating events. The stadium looks amazing and was very easy to get access to. There was a huge crowd here when I turned up but the staff and organizers handled everything very well. The seats were comfortable and overall Pyeongchang, will not have an issue hosting the Ice Skating events.

Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium

When I saw the Ski Jumping Stadium I was terrified. How one earth can these athletes do such a brave sport. The Ski Jumping podium looked amazing and I know once everything has been completed this is certainly one to watch. The Korean people encouraging the athletes before and during their jumps was electrifying regarding atmosphere. The drum playing is certainly a nice cultural way to support the up and comping Winter Olympics. This facility is a familiar place among Koreans. You can head to the 90m tall ski jump lounge for gorgeous views.

Alpine skiing and figure skating are also among 26 competitions to be held at Olympic venues before the end of April, a hectic and challenging schedule for the hosts. However once again I want to reaffirm that the South Koreans have an amazing history when it comes to pioneering new things. This challenge for them is what I can see is an effortless walk in the park. The organizers are keen, positive and hard working. I am confident everything will be completed well and truly before schedule.


New Events To Be Featured

Just as exciting are the new events that will be featured in Pyeongchang. These new competitions are making a debut in 2018 include: snowboarding big air, curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start and Alpine skiing team.

Phoenix Park Hotel And Condo

I stayed at the Phoenix Park Hotel and Condo for two days in the condo section. It was clean, spacious and had easy access to both the hotel and the ski resort. Depending on budgets there were plenty of budget and luxury choices. There was an option to cook yourself and if you want to you can eat breakfast at the hotel part. The bed was comfortable and the internet was super fast, this is South Korea. It had everything you needed for washing your clothes to ironing. It was a perfect place to stay with a group. It is close to all the shops, restaurants in fact you’re right in the thick of things.

Make sure you bring your own toiletry goods to ensure your condo stay is special.

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Gorgeous Granada – The Alluring Spanish City That Has It All Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:47:33 +0000 If you find yourself visiting Spain, then an absolute must will be spending some quality time in the magnificent city of Granada, nestled beneath the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains in the southern region of Andalucía. Steeped in history and culture, surrounded by stunning scenery, few cities in the world can boast being in such a spectacular location.

While there’s so much to see and do in the city itself, within less than an hour drive of the city center, you can also be swimming in the Mediterranean, skiing down pristine white pistes, or exploring traditional mountain villages. Whether you want to relax, be adventurous, or simply sample the culinary delights this location boasts in abundance, you won’t be disappointed with gorgeous Granada.

The City

Amidst the narrow and winding streets, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the midst of Federico García Lorca poem, as you peer into beautifully tiled hidden plazas, or wander out into the grandeur of the avenues.

There are new discoveries to be made around every corner. Within some of the ancient alleys, you will find tiny shops with all manner of wonderous knickknacks, or even traditional Spanish tarot card readers, looking into your future. Although technology means that tarot card reading (whether you use it for entertainment or to get a real glimpse of the future) can be done on the phone or online through services such as TheCircle, visiting such a parlour can be part of the traditional experience of the local culture – in fact, this esoteric element of the city comes from both its Jewish and its Arabic past. Beneath them, the city of Granada truly comes to life, especially in the midst of the typically hot summers. Sitting in most bars while sipping a fresh local beer or glass of wine, you’ll be treated to a wide variety of generous and culinary creative tapas treats; and so long as you’re getting a drink, your tapas is usually always free.

Enjoy spectacular views and sunsets from the Mirador de San Nicolas, clap along to the gypsy flamenco rhythms in the Sacromonte caves, or stare longingly across at the Alhambra from the ancient Albaicín district.

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The Alhambra

Famous 19th century American writer Washington Irving was so enamored by The Alhambra, he was inspired to write a romantic vision of his stay, which enduringly has enchanted visitors ever since.

One can’t help but be awed by the stunning architectural beauty and legacy left by the Moors, before relinquishing their last foothold in Western Europe; especially as you take in the opulent splendor of the Palacios Nazaríes, which remains one of the finest examples of Islamic art and design still in existence. Along with the imposing fortress and its impressive views over the city, there’s also evidence of the Spanish Christian ‘Reconquista’, with the San Francisco convent and majestic Renaissance period Carlos V Palace. Walking through the rich history of The Alhambra, the open spaces are equally astonishing; such as the Patio de los Leones, the mesmerizing reflecting pool of the Palacio del Partal, or the ingenuity and beauty of the Generalife gardens.

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Sierra Nevada

Rising above both the magnificent city of Granada and The Alhambra, the winding road up to the Sierra Nevada mountain resort of Pradollano is a dream for any fan of driving, especially if you don’t mind the vertiginous views on the ascent. Winter is undoubtedly the best time to visit, with pristine white pistes for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy, all of which were upgraded and with no expense spared, when the resort hosted the 2017 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

Nowadays, this ski station can genuinely boast facilities to match many of the best in the world, with snow quality also reliable throughout the main season. When these majestic mountains aren’t crowned by snow, there’s just as much to see and do; with trails to the peaks to trek, guided horse riding trails, dip your toes in the glacial Yeguas lake, or even thrilling off-road motorsports.

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Costa Tropical

If all the above isn’t enough to keep you busy, then just forty minutes down the road and through the mountainous valleys, the scene opens up to one filled with blue, as the typically cloud-free sky meets the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Two of the most popular small coastal towns to visit, given their ease of reach from Granada city, are Salobreña and Almuñecar, both offering sun-kissed beaches where you can relax and catch a few rays, and plenty of fresh seafood to enjoy in restaurants along the seafronts.

If you want to get off the beaten trail a little and away from the tourists, there are also some exquisite hidden beaches along the coast, free from the hustle and bustle of the towns, but once discovered, you’ll need good footwear on the tiny winding paths down to the shore.

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Great European Road Trips Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:44:38 +0000 There are lots of great European road trips for people to try today. Some people want to have European vacations where they spend a lot of time at the beach. Other people are interested in European vacations that will allow them to see as many sites as possible. However, there are many tourists who just want to be able to hit the open road, and there are great destinations in Europe that will allow them to do so. Many people would consider a lot of long European roads to be sites in their own right

Germany – Romantische Strasse

People who want to feel as if they have entered into a fairy tale should take a Romantische Strasse, Germany road trip. There are walled towns, castles, gorgeous natural sites, and palaces to see along the drive. For the people who are used to living in areas that are fairly new and modern, seeing Romantische Strasse, Germany is going to feel even more like a dream from another world. There are wine villages along the way and towns that seem as if they have changed very little since the Middle Ages in Germany. People can get a window into the past when they drive through Romantische Strasse, Germany, and they will feel more connected to the future as a result.

Ireland – Ring Of Kerry

Anyone who knows about Irish travel is probably familiar with Ring of Kerry, Ireland. This is a wonderful place for a road trip. The Glenbeigh beach will be waiting for anyone who wants to try this area. There are modern touches here, such as fine restaurants that people will want to visit during the trip, as well as historic areas like Cahersiveen. Ireland is famous for its abundant and rich natural beauty. When people visit Ring of Kerry, Ireland, they will be able to see some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland for themselves.

France – Verdon Circuit

For the people interested in France, the Verdon Gorge circuit is one of the most gorgeous places to take a long road trip. Provence is hugely underrated, and it is one of the most beautiful parts of France. There is a lot of history in this area, and people will see it all firsthand as they travel through the Verdon Gorge circuit. There are charming market towns to visit along the way. The drive is also very pleasant, so people are not going to have to worry about having to face any major obstacles along the way.

Norway – Trollstigen

Northern Europe does not always get as much attention from travelers as Western Europe, but this will change as more people hear about Trollstigen, Norway. The mountain views and waterfalls demonstrate all that is special about the natural beauty of Norway. This is also a fantastic road trip destination for the people who are interested in a quiet trip. Some people want to be able to travel through Europe in order to see a lot of different European communities. Other people will want to be able to enjoy all of the scenery for themselves.

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Winchester United Kingdom – Top Places To Visit Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:34:53 +0000 Only 60 miles away from London and just over one hour train ride away, lies the city of Winchester known for its Cathedral. It is the perfect destination for a weekend trip. With a unique city like Winchester, which is simply so rich in English heritage and history, it is highly advisable that you enlist the expertise of a local tour guide. We got ours through the local tourist information centre.

What to Do – City Tour

The city of Winchester has many points of interest, Winchester’s world famous Cathedral being the most eye-catching structure you simply cannot avoid. On my tour we learned about how King Alfred The Great was the figure responsible for introducing the educational system for children in England; whilst on the other hand he was often being reprimanded by the church for trying to sneak about the town to spend time with his favourite Mistresses!

Winchester is also the final resting place of the infamous British female writer, Jane Austen, where she returned to Winchester to live in her last months of illness so that she could be closer to her most trusted doctor.

Our Tour Guide, David, was the most polite, passionate and knowledgeable gentleman we encountered during our stay. Without him, we simply would have missed the unnoticeable little treasures dotted all around Winchester. He told us about how the likes of James Bond Writer, Sir Ian Fleming, based the Spy’s character on a local gentleman he met and befriended whilst residing in Winchester.

Where to Stay – No. 5 Bridge Street

Located in the heart of historic Winchester Town, No.5 Bridge Street Bar, Kitchen & Rooms is a homely hotel and an ideal venue to relax, socialise and enjoy top quality food and drink whilst you plan your stay in Winchester.

The en-suite rooms are both stylish and comfortable and are designed to entice you into a state of calm – it didn’t take us long to unwind in these surroundings. The beds are unbelievably comfortable and don luxury soft Egyptian linen. The bathrooms are decorated to a high standard and the fluffy bath sheets and complimentary Temple Spa Toiletries really set it off.

The restaurant and bar is by far a popular destination for friendly locals, University students and visitors of Winchester. Sophie, the Duty Manager in charge during our stay, was so friendly and welcoming. There is a lot to be said for a venue where its staff members go that extra mile to make you feel right at home (even offering to deliver us ‘breakfast in bed’ on the Sunday morning)!

The seasonal menu at No.5 Bridge Street is also noteworthy for its variety and food quality. They make superb use of great local ingredients which helps create an exciting selection of modern classics. Be sure to sample a Bloody Mary at Sunday Brunch – you won’t be ordering just the one!

  • Address: 5 Bridge St, Winchester SO23 0HN, UK
  • Phone: +44 1962 863838

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Date Night At Home – Our Top Tips Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:45:03 +0000 The movie-and-dinner date routine is tired, pubs are too casual, fancy restaurants burn a hole in the pocket and there’s only so many times you can bungee jump your way to relationship excitement. Staying in works well for those in the early stages of a relationship as much as it does for those in long-term ones, and can be plenty exciting with a good attitude and set of ideas.

But just because you’re keeping it simple doesn’t mean you must take it down a notch. A night at home can be just as exclusive and delightful as anywhere else out. If you want to impress your lady and show your caring, imaginative and creative side, it’s easy to fix up a perfect night depending on the budget and things available.

Theme is Everything

Picking a theme leaves a deep impression, and at the very least will earn you serious brownie points. A theme also makes it easier to narrow down on the food and entertainment for the date, and makes way for the evening to later become an endearing memory. When in doubt, choose between common categories like movies, TV shows, time periods or countries, extra points for picking a theme based on a mutual fascination or favourite.

Set the Menu

It doesn’t matter if you prepare a whole three-course meal by yourself or keep it realistic by cooking the entrée and ordering in dessert from a service like Deliveroo, there must be something to eat that you make with your own effort, and all menu items should be decided beforehand. Of course, if the meal you want to serve is something you are aware you cannot whip up (and no shame in that!), make sure you don’t serve it in the delivery containers! Culinary arts school instructors are known to make aspiring chefs cry blood for missing a single decorative dot of sauce on the plate, but don’t worry, all you need to do is keep some utensils on hand and a couple of non-scented candles and flowers at the table to create a romantic ambiance.


There’s really no dearth of things to do that are engaging enough to distract you from the world outside. Card games, board games and puzzles aren’t a surprising choice and may even be considered childish by some, but no one who would care to judge is invited to your date night anyway. There’s plenty of variety to choose from, whether it be classic British games or newer adaptations from series like Downton Abbey. If you’re plenty bold or simply under the influence of liquid courage, karaoke works well, as do games that dig deeper, like ‘would you rather’ or ’21 questions’. If you aren’t down for unearthing information, movie and TV marathons are safe fun, as are arts and crafts activities. Even the actual preparation of the night’s meal could be a form of entertainment with a cook-off. Those interested in boozier plans can put together a mini-tasting of a selection of wine, scotch or whiskey, or experiment making cocktails and mocktails.

Select your favourite ideas, clean up your apartment, drink responsibly, and have fun without murdering your wallet.

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Hillside Beach Club – Luxury Resort Fethiye Turkey Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:26:39 +0000 Luxury resort, Hillside Beach Club, a hidden paradise by the Aegean Sea, makes for the perfect location for a family getaway or couples break. Throughout the season, Hillside Beach Club host a variety of themed weeks and dedicated programmes for their guests from fitness and art to music and family.

October sees the return of the health & wellness-inspired Feel Good Week, which aims to revitalise body and mind with a programme of fitness training, nutrition advice, yoga, hiking, spa treatments and a healthy balanced menu of Mediterranean-inspired food to leave you feeling good inside and out. There are also a vast array of artistic workshops available at the resort, from terrarium building to silk painting to mosaic design so guests can learn a new skill and unleash their inner creative flair.

Overlooking the dazzling blue waters of the Mediterranean in its own private bay, the luxury resort has devised a full programme of wellness and creative activities for guests to take a week out to nourish and nurture their health and wellbeing, whilst soaking up a dose of Vitamin D from the Aegean Coast’s enviable sunny climate.

Guests can awaken their inner yogi with invigorating sunset yoga on the deck of Hillside Beach Club’s private boat, and wake up to sunrise yoga on the secluded adult-only Silent Beach. Take part in soundala and breath therapy to relax and heal the mind, body and soul.


The Main Restaurant there is an array of Mediterranean-style cuisine and dishes alongside an energy-boosting selection of food and juices bursting with nutrients, exclusively available during the Feel Good Week. Guests can expect a menu of vibrant salads, refreshing juices and nourishing snacks for a truly holistic healthy week.

For guests who prefer to relax and re-charge on holiday, Hillside Beach Club boasts three beautiful beaches that include newly designed resting and sunbathing decks for guests to relax and unwind whilst looking out over the dazzling Aegean Sea. The tranquil environment of Hillside’s adult-only beaches create a serene and calming atmosphere, ideal for those wanting to switch off.

Hillside Beach Club’s two spas can create the ultimate pampering experience or relieve those hard-worked muscles while guests can chill in serene surroundings after a day of exercise. The SANDA Nature Spa, set amidst the trees surrounding the resort, uses Balinese techniques in rejuvenating massages and treatments to ensure a rejuvenating renewal of body and mind, while the SANDA Spa is an indoor oasis of round-the-clock pampering, set beneath a picturesque pine forest.

After a day of hard work, guests can escape to one of Hillside Beach Club’s luxurious rooms, where a complimentary pillow menu allows for a good night’s sleep before waking up to breathtaking views over the ocean.

Hillside Beach Club in Fethiye, Turkey, cocoons visitors in contemporary comfort, with rooms terraced up verdant mountainous slopes for breathtaking views and set the around the picturesque cove. Surrounded by woodland, the setting ensures a peaceful stay in keeping with the natural and unspoiled surroundings. The area benefits from an enviable climate from April through to October. Hillside Beach Club is an hour’s journey from Dalaman Airport.

Hillside Beach Club, whose success story recently became the subject of a case study at Harvard Business School, welcomes guests with colourful parties, educating and entertaining workshops and elaborately planned weeks filled with fun and enjoyable sports activities.

Booking your stay at Hillside Beach Club has never been easier with the introduction of its new service on Instagram which allows you to simply post an emoji to start the booking process. Book your stay at Hillside Beach Club now to avoid missing out on the new and exciting activities on offer for the season to come, with 7 nights starting from £1,046 per person.

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The Top Ten Architecture Sites In The World Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:51:10 +0000 My name is  Christopher Mercier, I am an architect. I left Frank Gehry’s Gehry Design Group in 2002 to establish my own architecture practice to create (fer) studio: Form, Environment Research. Here are my top ten architecture sites in the world.

Notre Dame du Haut (Ronchamp, France ) – Built 1954

  • Architect: Le Corbusier
  • This chapel has a strong sense of place, originality and an individually expressive nature like few. As an artist and architect, I appreciate the dual artistic and architectural expression this building presents through its curving forms and monastic type interior experience.

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Top European Cities for a Long Weekend Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:12:53 +0000 Whether you want a last minute break now that summer is officially coming, or you want to plan a short trip to brighten up the winter months, long weekends are a way to get away from the humdrum of everyday life, soak up some culture or experience some of the best culinary delights the world has to offer, without requesting days and days of holiday from work. Whatever your reasons, and whoever you plan on going with, here are some of the top European destinations for an unforgettable long weekend away. If you’re travelling from the US and just a couple of days won’t cut it, consider city hopping around Europe to take in as much as your trip will allow- these destinations are great places to start.

Rome, Italy

One of the best cities to visit while in Europe, Rome will leave you breathless. Filled with monuments, food, and fashion, Rome is a city that will keep you busy every day you are there. Whether that be strolling through the famous “Via Condotti” carrying big shopping bags in each hand, sitting by the Trevi Fountain enjoying a gelato, or even just admiring one of the many ceilings in one of the many churches, you’re definitely in for a swell weekend. Pack comfortable shoes and get ready to explore; Rome’s history is waiting for you!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Capital to one of the most organized cities in Europe, Amsterdam should be at the top of everybody’s bucket list. Known as “Dam” by the locals, the city is super eco-friendly, has incredible pancakes as an option not only for breakfast but also lunch and dinner, and boasts some of the best museums in Europe. It’s a very popular tourist destination though, but thankfully sites like allow you to get your Van Gogh Museum tickets in advance in order to avoid wasting time and money when standing in line. If you don’t fancy walking all day, but like the idea of public transport even less- hire a bicycle and travel as the locals do!

Barcelona, Spain

Colorful and energetic, Barcelona is a city that will capture your heart and keep you going back for more. With the famous official naptime after lunch- the “siesta”, the Spanish are serious when it comes to beauty sleep. Take a walk down “Las Ramblas” all the way down; they will bring you to the beach! With delicious food such as Paella or the sweet Crema Catalana and perfect weather all year round, Barcelona is most definitely one of the places to visit when in Europe.

Paris, France

One of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris is luxurious, high-end, and beautiful. With its macarons, Eiffel Tour, and Chanel, no wonder it has become one of the most visited cities in Europe. Also known as the “City of Lights” or “City of Love”, Paris manages to surprise every one of its visitors. Take a walk down Champs D’elysee and enjoy the long weekend! Paris in the springtime is truly gorgeous but also very bust, perhaps an autumn trip would suit those travellers looking for a slightly more chilled out trip.

Glasgow, Scotland

Home to many famous music festivals, Glasgow is the destination that has no age requirements, as there is truly something for everyone. Glasgow celebrates the arts and is rich in beautiful architecture and style. With music and style being at the center of the city’s mainframe, Glasgow is also one of the UK’s best shopping venues. It is also famed for its friendly inhabitants, known to smile and say hello as you pass in the street.

Europe has a huge variety to offer and you can find a city that has exactly what you’re looking for. But if the trip is short- preplanning and good research will be very useful beforehand. Not only will you know where you’re going as you’re wandering the streets of the city, but you will also be able to visit the most important sights while there.


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