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Dream.Plan.Book: Our bookings team’s favorite trip of the week is a ten day car journey through Ireland starting in Dublin followed by a stay at County Cork’s Longueville House. The family of four will then head to the Victorian Park Kenmare and end at the regal Dromoland Castle. For help with your next trip, contact our team.
This is London’s summer in the spotlight, and the British capital is awash in magnificent Union Jack flags and patriotic cheer. Not only will these warmer months see the annual hubbub around Wimbledon and Ascot, but the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, honoring sixty years of reign, will lead straight into the 2012 Summer Olympics. Museums, theaters and restaurants are hosting special exhibitions and new features, and even the 150-year old underground train system is getting a new perk: free Wifi for riders. The Big Smoke is on fire, indeed. Read about the Hot Spots not to miss this summer: London Update.
Salzburg sits like a baroque jewel at the Alps’ northern boundary. Shaped as much by its natural setting as by human creativity, the city has inspired Mozart, Strauss and Toscanini, amongst others. Every summer, the Salzburg Festival draws the greats of music and theater to the cozy Austrian town. Indagare’s destination guide details what not to miss when visiting, including the best garden restaurants, terraces with views and a venerable atelier for Trachten (traditional costumes) that also happens to run an incredible gourmet deli with Austrian specialties. Read more: Salzburg Now.
To Francophiles and foodies, the name Patricia Wells has been synonymous with culinary Paris for decades. Wells, the food critic for the International Herald Tribune until 2007, first published The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris in 1984. Today, this bible of French savoir vivre is available to the next generation thanks to the new Food Lover’s Guide app (for the iPhone and iPad). The app covers everything from restaurants and cafés to the best food shops and markets. Read a Q&A with Wells, including her thoughts on up-and-coming young chefs and favorite classics in Paris, as well as top summer restaurants in Provence: Food Lover’s Guide.
New York–based travel and food writer Salma Abdelnour’s first book is a memoir about rediscovering Beirut, the city her family left when she was nine. The evocative Jasmine and Fire traces Abdelnour’s year in Lebanon, focusing in particular on its food scene. “Whenever I take walks in any city in the world, I always have some kind of food adventure in mind.” Says the author. “The ones I went on in Beirut and smaller villages in Lebanon helped me find my way around, geographically and, in a way, emotionally too.” The book is full of wonderful culinary observations, restaurant recommendations and descriptions of Lebanese dishes, fruit and products so delicious that they might just inspire your next trip. Read a Q&A with Abdelnour, including her top picks for Lebanese food in New York City: Bittersweet Beirut
When it comes time for making summer plans, most of our members cast their eyes to Europe. However, that elusive combo of a five-star hotel, a big, gorgeous beach and fantastic family activities can actually be found much closer to home: at the Caribbean’s top resorts. And family activities don’t mean just building sand castles. For example, June kicks off sea-turtle nesting season at the Four Seasons Nevis, one of the region’s great family properties. Budding conservationists can help patrol the beaches, mark turtle nests during the night-time vigils and join a weekly sea turtle camp. Read more about Four Seasons Nevis, recently visited by Indagare’s Monique Brendel: Nevis. And travelers who don’t have this year’s holiday plans locked down should consider that there are still spots available at Nevis and some other coveted resorts. Contact our Bookings Team for help planning a trip.
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