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Where to … Sleep • ATOUR Hotel, Shanghai

The ATOUR Hotel group inaugurated their first hotel in 2013 in Xi’an. Today, the chain has more than 300 properties across China. All have a common laundry/ironing room. The group has several hotels in Shanghai. Atour Light Shanghai on the Bund is at 491, Jinling East Road, Huangpu District.

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Where to … Eat • Nodaiwa

One of my favourite restaurants in Paris is Nodaiwa. Opened in the French capital since 1996, the eel rice specialist was founded in Tokyo at the end of the Edo period (1603 – 1867). And is still run by the same family for five generations. Although the menu has several other …

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Where to … Sleep • Mercure Yangzhou

Yangzhou is my favourite Chinese destination. The third- or fourth-tier city does not yet have a “kao tie” or high-speed rail connection. As a result, Yangzhou is spared the hurling burly of bustling visitors who usually end up stripping away the charm of a place, replacing it with insensitive tourism. You come to Yangzhou for Huaiyang …

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Where to … Sleep • citizenM

I have been a citizen for quite a few years now. I am not patriotic because I have divided my citizenship between Schiphol Airport Amsterdam (the first hotel that was opened in 2008), London, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, and Gare de Lyon. CitizenM was founded by India-born Dutch businessman Rattan Chadha and …

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Where to … Eat • Le Train Bleu

Le Train Bleu is in Gare de Lyon, Paris. “The Blue Train” is one of the most sumptuous restaurants in Paris. In its hey days, it was the penultimate destination in Paris before you launched yourself to luxury travel. A pate of duck and foie gras of duck is the …

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Where to … Sleep • Lotus

Priorat, the Catalan wine region, is about 120 kilometres from Barcelona in a southerly direction. Falset is a good location to overnight when visiting the vineyards. Lotus is a charming 3-star hotel in the old part of Falset. The rooms are very individual and the hotel prides itself in offering environmentally responsible …

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Where to … Sleep • Hotel Du Lys

370-year old hotel in Paris Hotel du Lys is a 370-year old hotel. A building, let alone a hotel, this old is very rare in Paris. Built originally in 1650, the charm is immediate as soon as you see it from the narrow street outside. Rue Serpente is just a …

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Where to … Eat • Au Bureau Merignac

Finding something to eat on a Sunday – let alone a public holiday – in France can be challenging. The next time you are in Bordeaux, it’s useful to know that Au Bureau Merignac is open  7 days a week: 11 am to 12 midnight (last order 2230 hrs) Sunday to Thursday 11 am to …

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Where to … Sleep • Chateau Fourcas Hosten

Now that I have lured you with photographs of Chateau Fourcas Hosten, I must confess to a little misrepresentation. Chateau Fourcas Hosten is not open to the public. You may not stay there unless invited.  The Listrac estate in the Médoc (north of Moulis and south of Saint-Julien) is owned by brothers Laurent and Renaud Mommeja, …

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