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Beverly Hills Happy Trails

15/05/2023 by .
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Anthea Gerrie dismisses the myth that no one walks in LA by exploring Beverly Hills Happy Trails, strolling its art, retail and restaurants.

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In Praise Of Paso Robles

13/01/2022 by .
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Anthea Gerrie returns to Paso Robles to find this delightful Californian town has more to offer than just being a base for wine tours.

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Field of Light at Sensorio, Paso Robles 

18/12/2019 by .
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“Build it and they will come” could have been a command created for British artist Bruce Munro, for in whichever remote spot this alchemist of light weaves his magic the crowds follow in droves.

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Palm Springs Modernism Week

23/01/2017 by .
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Barack Obama put Palm Springs on the world map when he fled there from a chilly Washington DC on the day of Trump’s inauguration, and thousands of architecture buffs will follow him there in February.   For this California resort awash in sun, sand and mountains is actually most famous for the greatest concentration of mid-century modern homes in the world.

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Twelve Top USA Art Museums

07/09/2016 by .

People holiday in the States for many reasons – Disneyland, beaches, Hollywood, to ski, to see Graceland or to party in New Orleans – but going to art museums is not usually the main attraction. Nevertheless, many of the world’s finest art museums are in the USA, giving extra reasons to visit city break destinations that are already popular, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. In fact New York has so many fine art collections it’s one city that’s worth visiting for that reason alone. Here are twelve top USA art museums, in alphabetical order, from a list that could easily be twice as long.

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Do you know the way to San Jose?

07/06/2016 by .
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When Dionne Warwick posed the question in Burt Bacharach’s hit song she could hardly have imagined British Airways would come up with an answer nearly half a century later.   But San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley, is the airline’s newest California destination, making the best international jumping-off point to date for the many attractions of central California.

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Burning Man Festival. Stunning Nevada Desert Experience.

10/11/2015 by .

Best golf courses with spas

29/08/2013This entry was posted in California, Dubai, England, Europe and Middle East, Fife, Hotel Reviews, Lisbon, London, Phuket, Portugal, Scotland, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom, USA and tagged on by .
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The world’s best golf courses offer an unrivaled  playing experience; lush rolling fairways, glass quick sculpted greens and total respect.

Does it get any better? It does if you can enjoy a relaxing luxury spa after your round.

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A holiday in Death Valley? Believe me you’ll kill for it.

28/06/2013This entry was posted in California, North America, USA and tagged , on by .
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Just a short drive from Las Vegas, Death Valley as an alternate a resort destination as you could possibly imagine.

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