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Bath is a city that feels like a palatial garden, with squares, terraces, facades, and bridges that are intermittently placed in and around shades of green. While the origins of Bath are shrouded in mystery, we know that it was, to some degree, settled by the Celts, but it didn’t come into its own until the Romans discovered it in the first century AD during the Roman invasion. The focal point of this settlement was, of course, the hot springs, and it was this foundation that temples and walls were constructed to form hubs of social activity. When the Roman Empire collapsed, and their presence faded, the spas fell into disrepair and were lost, it wasn’t until the 18th century that the springs were rediscovered. Under King George I, II, and III, Bath began to flourish as a cultural hotspot as great restoration projects were undertaken and since then it has become the famed elegant city of art, literature, and stunning architecture that we see today.
Set in the beautiful Jura region in Eastern France, amid vineyards and great forests, Dole has attained the fitting title of Ville d’Art et d’Histoire. This sought-after award is designated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and it comes with no surprises when taking the history and sights of the town into account.
The 1970’s were a dark time for desserts, a dark time indeed. Those old enough to remember will tell your stories of how it was back then. A period where Nouvelle cuisine reigned supreme, where every restaurant and chef was trying this new-fangled technique for food preparation. “All of the chefs in France are doing it”, proponents would cry out, whenever questions over portion and tradition were size raised.
Impressionist work is the essence of an imperfect world marred by the throes of time. These paintings were not symmetrical or idealised, but simply a passing flicker of what the artist saw and this was portrayed onto a canvas. Monet is without a doubt, the most revered and celebrated impressionists from the era. His paintings masterfully captured the subtleties of light and perfectly visage the fleeting qualities of everyday scenery. His unconventional and striking creations started a movement which has been adored for centuries and will be for much more to come.
Since 1998, the Goodwood Revival has captivated visitors as one of the most enthusiastic and involved motorsport festivals in existence. It is revered for its sheer spectacle and attention to detail, all of which is wrapped up in a slick post-war visage that is laden with style and moxie. At its core, the revival is a celebration of the best of British motorsport in the period between 1948 and 1966. This is a period characterised by low stooping speedsters, wrought danger and palpable drama. All of this is faithfully recreated over a 3-day period in fall each year. The 2017 incarnation will run from 8th – 10th September.
There is a romantic allure to Roman ruins that make them some of the most spectacular historical sites in all of Europe. They’ve been weathered and battered by the throes of time, but they still stand as achievements of great engineering and architectural beauty. They provide a fleeting glimpse into Roman Civilization. A glimpse into their livelihoods, the gods they immortalised, their art, and their pastimes. It’s the closest we can get into a 2000-year-old Empire that ruled over an unprecedented landmass for over 5 centuries.
This Burgundian hospital is a stunning example of late-medieval architecture and is one of France’s most prestigious and revered historic monuments. It immediately impresses even from a distance, owed to its flamboyance and unique symbiosis of late Gothicval and gothic architectural styles. The iconic Hospices De Beaune was built in 1443 and it is famed for the steep rooftops which are intricately covered in artistic polychrome tiles which are arranged in ornate and swirling patterns. Amid the tiles, the roofs are also flourished with imposing castle-like turrets that strut along the top.
Two towns with completely different atmospheres. Biarritz and Bayonne are akin to two siblings that grew to appreciate different interests from one another. The former prefers the glamorous lifestyle of high-octane surfing and the glitzy allure seaside resorts, while the latter enjoys the subdued appreciation of beautiful architecture, rich histories, and authentic cuisine. Biarritz and Bayonne enjoy a friendly rivalry as each town strives to highlight the differences and attractions which are exclusive to their own. The two towns are perched on the sunny Atlantic coast of Southern France and are separated by a 15-minute drive. This makes for an incredibly short journey for a momentous change in atmosphere and scenery, culminating in a remarkably complete holiday experience.
Set in the beautiful Jura region in Eastern France, amid vineyards and great forests, Dole has attained the fitting title of Ville d’Art et d’Histoire or “Town of Art” and History for you non-French speakers. This sought-after award is designated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and it comes with no surprises when taking the history and sights of the town into account.
Client: Back-Roads Touring Residing high in the mountains and nestled in an enclosure of calcified rock is the little Sicilian town of Corleone. Amid it’s pretty, idyllic, Mediterranean exterior, this town of 12,000 inhabitants has a coloured history that has been immortalised in popular fiction through the award-winning film The Godfather, and its portrayal of…
A land of wave-pounded craggy rock, sandy shores and ocean surf. This peculiar island extends from the western coast of Ireland and meets the Atlantic. It is a land awash with ancient monuments of stone and meek beauty, galvanised by the throes of time and now tell stories of devastation, conflict, and hope. The Dingle Peninsula is rich in history and atmosphere, underscored by charming settlements that dot the region amid beautiful mountain and coastal scenery.