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Wednesday
Nov302016

Hump day holiday - part 2

Still need a virtual holiday to get you through this long, long, long Wednesday? Time to escape to a traditional riad in Marrakesh, Morocco. I've lost myself in the tiles and that ceiling, the rugs and the plants. This one might just have to become a real holiday ... Riad Jardin Secret.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

Hump day holiday - part 1

It's Wednesday, hump day, the working week half done but still the promise of the weekend is just out of reach. If we can't escape our everyday humdrum then perhaps we can take a virtual getaway to this simple but oh so stylish holiday home in the sleepy waterside hamlet of Patonga, north of Sydney. Nothing to do but sit back and relax, perhaps a dip in the river followed by a drink on the verandah. It's about wet swimmers and tyre swings, old boats and the hum of summer insects, good books and good friends. Nothing precious except the memories and the objects d'art strewn about. The dream can be real though. Noojee is available for holiday let via Contemporary Hotels.

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Friday
Nov182016

Host Unusual

Friday and the working day drags on and on and on. When will I be free? When will the weekend finally be here? You know by now that my solution to the working day's drudgery is to escape on a virtual getaway ... except today is lots of getaways. Everything from architect designed homes to country cottages, towers to windmills, gypsy caravans to treehouses all via Host Unusual, a hand-picked directory featuring the most unusual and exciting holiday accommodation in the UK. I've only featured a few here. (Clicking on the picture will take you to the listing.) I guarantee you'll get lost for ages checking out all the properties they have to offer. And remember we may be daydreaming today but these are actual real holiday homes. A dream can become a reality.

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Friday
Nov112016

Velona's Jungle

It's been a crazy week (I won't delve into it as I'm sure you've heard enough, but my day job involves the website that our friends to the south crashed which ended up all over the news) and before I get into this post, I just wanted to make quick mention of this special day. Today my Grandfather who was a decorated war veteran is in my thoughts along with all those who fought and died in the line of duty. I unfortunately did not know my gramps very well before his passing several years ago as he lived on the opposite side of the country for the majority of my youth, but he was a pretty cool guy and I was really proud of what he did for this country. Anyway, this week has been very emotional and continues to be, so I don't know about you but I could use some eye candy as a distraction, if only for a few moments. Thanks to the team at Studio Fotografico Francesca Pagliai for sending along these beautiful photos of an absolutely delightfully decorated boutique hotel in Florence called Velona's Jungle. (Interior design: Studio Sgroi)

Savor the flawless comfort and unique style of the guest suites at Velona's Jungle Luxury Suites, where many of the elegant objets d'art and furnishings date from the mid century, when the family's patriarch - a respected Florentine art dealer - began collecting pieces during his travels in Italy and abroad. His fabulous finds from trips through Florence, Rome, Naples, London, Paris, and Vienna in the 1950's were paired exquisitely with the prestigious antique and period furnishings from his gallery, creating a one-of-a-kind home.

Subsequent generations added to the original collection, carefully selecting works by contemporary artists, fabrics and decorative accents by favorite designers, and choice books and sculpture...each chosen with the same care and passion as their grandfather and together creating the glorious whole that is now Velona's Jungle.

This dining room is soooooo fabulous!!!!

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Friday
Nov112016

The Bunker

If a concrete home leaves us cold we'll often describe it disparagingly as a bunker. So what happens when that concrete home is actually a bunker? If it's this penthouse apartment atop a WWII above ground bunker in Hamburg, Germany what could have been sterile and oppressive is instead raw, warm and sophisticated. The loft-style space has four metre floor-to-ceiling windows, is filled with contemporary designer pieces and has two big balconies offering amazing views over the city. What makes this beautiful apartment even more exciting is that it is part of the luxury vacation accommodation offered through Welcome Beyond. It's available from March 2017. In the meantime we can daydream of a getaway to help us through the Friday grind.

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