An offseason visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

An offseason visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than a winter escape. But if you’ve got more than beaches on your mind, there’s plenty of upside to a brief cool visit that avoids the crowds and heat of summer. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, often called the cradle of Western civilization. Visitors will find monuments…

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Following the Leader: Los Angeles – Sydney

Following the Leader: Los Angeles – Sydney

It is a long way from Los Angeles to Sydney – 6,510 nautical miles to be precise – and around 14 hours depending on which airline you select. Five airlines, Qantas, American, Virgin Australia, Delta and United operate the route but none publish the same elapsed time for the journey. The five are a mix of legacy and low cost, include all three global alliances, and yet the schedule choice is limited, if indeed there…

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Right royal piece of paradise

Right royal piece of paradise

This is the first Shangri-La in Europe, a magnificent melding of two great cultures in one palatial mansion. Liu Weifeng reports from Paris. IIt used to be the palace of Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s grandnephew. This is a royal mansion in the 16th arrondissement of Paris nestled by the banks of the River Seine, within hailing distance of the Eiffel Tower. It is now the new landmark of style and luxury in the fashioncapital, a place…

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Getting a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep

  A hotel anywhere in the world has one major priority, and that is to ensure its guests get a good rest. But how do they know how to do this? Enterprising hoteliers turn to the experts. Global market research company Ipsos recently unveiled a survey about sleep preferences among 3,148 travelers in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia who have stayed in a hotel, commissioned by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts….

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Want a classier Sunday brunch? Try Sofitel Wanda’s new a la carte French menu

Want a classier Sunday brunch? Try Sofitel Wanda’s new a la carte French menu

When you think of brunch, generally the combination of all-you-can-eat buffet comes to mind. However, brunch has been evolving over the years, with more and more restaurants introducing the a la carte concept to offer a more intimate experience. Sunday brunch affairs are always special. To make the best of these moments, Sofitel Wanda has come up with the Allure Sunday Brunch at the Heritage French Restaurant to let everybody discover more flavors of France…

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Finn Airlines weighs passengers before boarding?

Finn Airlines weighs passengers before boarding?

Recently, Finn Air introduced an entirely new piece of equipment to its passengers near the flight gate. This device is neither a red-hot 3D luggage security inspection machine, nor a full-fledged passenger identity iris scanner, but a scale, used to weigh the weight of passengers in front of the plane, and carry a few catties hand-held luggage. Is Finn Airlines in accordance with the weight of passengers charged? Overweight part of the extra money to…

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