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Sri Lanka – land of husbands, saris and sapphires

Adventure, CITY, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel

(a pre-covid memory)

Colombo Skyline in Sri Lanka Image by Shutterstock and saiko3p

I am one of those females who loves organising other people’s lives – call me manipulative if you must – but I just know when two people would be perfect for each other – even if they don’t know it. So if a friend breaks up with their partner, they know where to come. Unfortunately there have been, well, quite a few disasters in my match making career – one of the most recent involving a stump grinder and a tree surgeon but that’s another story.

A hidden guest house in Byron Bay

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Byron Bay Surf Image by Daniel Resnik

Daniel Resnik finds a luxurious guest house in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is located on the far north eastern corner of NSW. Surrounded by some of the cleanest surf waves in Australia, it’s bordered by lush farms and hinterland. It’s also home to Australia’s most Eastern point, made iconic by the ‘Cape Byron Lighthouse’.

Spetses: where the millionaires play

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The Poseidonion seen from approach to Spetses Image courtesy of The Poseidonion

Spetses: where the millionaires play

‘The Poseidonion, a veritable French chateau, stands out from its commanding position if you arrive by sea. Set less than a kilometre from the harbour it is convenient to the Bouboulina Museum and the Hatzigianni Mexi Spetses Musem. There are also a handful of beaches just minutes away. Opened in 1914 and the brainchild of Sotirios Anargyros it represented the cosmopolitan face of the island tempting high society, royalty and wealthy Athenians to its doors.  In 2009 it welcomed a five-year restoration inviting guests back to the island which inspired John Fowle’s The Magus.

Why go international when you can go to Tassie?

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The Southern Lights Image Credit Dietmar Kahles

Why go international when you can go to Tassie

We have a lot more chance of going to Tasmania soon than to Europe but looks like there’s no need to cross the international dateline because Tassie is offering everything from their own brand of bubbles through to the southern lights and even whisky distilleries.

Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

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The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Image credit: The Balmoral Hotel

Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

If you’re heading to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and you stare up at the magnificent building on the south side of Princes Street and you’re fastidious about punctuality, take a deep breath. The looming clock tower is wrong. Ever since 1902, the clock on what was once known as the North British Station Hotel was set three minutes fast so passing travellers wouldn’t miss their trains. There is one exception. Every year on Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations, the clock is set to the right time. This consideration for travellers continues inside the magnificent building now known as the Balmoral Hotel and run by Rocco Forte Hotels.

Start spreading the news

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Statue of Liberty Image Credit shutterstock

Start spreading the news

For those able to travel to New York, First Class has put together a guide for a range of distinct tastes. For those of us who have to hold back, New York will be there for us to so we can do our research and savour the wait.