Category Archives: Travel

#TCTalks | Episode 7 | Metaxa

Welcome to the seventh episode of tikichris Talks. This one features an interview with Metaxa Managing Director Stephanie Ancel and Metaxa Master Constantinos Raptis. Our conversation took place at in November at theSt James Bar of the Sofitel London St James Hotel – one of my favourite bars in London actually – and was followed by a tasting of head barman Matteo Giannuzzi’s Dragon’s Son cocktail with Metaxa 12 Stars as the key ingredient. It’s a rich mix definitely worth you seeking out for a sip. Continue reading

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The 7 Biggest Travel Trends for 2018 And Where to Best Experience Them (Going Places)

Here’s our go at predicting what’s going to create the most buzz in 2018 – and where best to experience the trends. Continue reading

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Best of the Best of 2017

I hope the year was as fun and delicious for you as it was for me, and I look forward to sharing more amazing experiences with you in 2018. Continue reading

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Best Hotels of 2017

I stayed in a lot of hotels over the past 12 months. Most of them were perfectly adequate, and I wouldn’t be against checking in at them again. A select few far exceeded even my highest expectations and deserve some extra recognition. Continue reading

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Best London Ice Cream of 2017

Here’s the scoop on London’s best ice cream, soft serve and gelato! Continue reading

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Best London Burgers of 2017

Whoa! There’s a beefy bunch of burgers in London. Most of them underwhelm. But the following six eateries do their burgers right. Continue reading

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Best London Pizza of 2017

Anytime’s pizza time in London with these fantastic pizzerias. Continue reading

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Best London Cocktails of 2017

My quest for the Best of 2017 slurps on with sips of the city’s most interesting and delicious cocktails. Continue reading

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Best London Cheap Eats of 2017

Is it possible to grab a bite in London for five quid or less that’s still tasty and filling? Yep – especially in my neck of the woods. Continue reading

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Best London Bars and Pubs of 2017

Having a drink in London is still a fine way to spend time. Here’s my take on the finest places to do so. Continue reading

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Best Bars of 2017 (Excluding London)

If your preferred mode of travel involves sidling up to a bar, you’re going to love this ‘best of’ list of bars visited during my travels in 2017. Continue reading

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Best London Restaurants of 2017

Londoners, did you dine well in 2017? I sure did – especially at five particularly amazing London restaurants. Continue reading

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Best Restaurants of 2017 (Excluding London)

Best restaurants in the world? Here’s a taste of the ones I got to try. Continue reading

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Best of 2017

As the end of 2017 draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the best food, drink, and travel related treats that I came across in London and around the world over these past 12 months. Continue reading

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Review: Highland Apartments by Mansley (Urban Travel Blog)

For a “best of both worlds” getaway, Highland Apartments fit our bill perfectly offering an urban base for rural pursuits. Continue reading

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Simon Says, Shop Better!

Simon Malls cover 14 states in the USA and offer an unbeatable mix of high street retailers, premium outlets and impressive dining options. Continue reading

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Experiencing “City Zen” in London on an E-Bike

For the past month or so, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of riding around London on a gorgeous Cityzen C8 HMB e-bike on loan from Royal Dutch Gazelle. As my time in possession of it comes to an end I’m trying to eek out as many chances as I can to ride it before having to return it. Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About TSA PreCheck (Miles Away)

Hate to wait, love to travel? TSA PreCheck might be just the thing for you to gain more time relaxing and having fun by shrugging off the long lines going through airport security. If you dread dealing with security everytime your fly or just hate waiting in line, then you’ll probably be interested in this program. Continue reading

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An Essential Guide to Visiting Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (Going Places)

Planning a dream vacation to the Hawaii? Make sure to save time for a visit to historic Pearl Harbor to honor the more than 2,000 Americans who died during the surprise attack by the Japanese on the naval base that … Continue reading

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5 Festive Things to Do in Essex

There’s nothing quite like getting away for the day, travelling down long winding roads and sipping on (mulled) wine. So if you’re looking to escape the city for something a bit more magical, here are five things worth exploring in Essex to get you in the spirit. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 6 | Chocolate Ecstasy

For Episode 6 of tikichris Talks I share a hot chocolate with Jennifer Earle, a self-confessed chocoholic, internationally recognised chocolate expert, judge for the International Chocolate Awards, the Academy of Chocolate Awards, the Great Taste Awards, the Quality Food Awards and Which? Magazine and founder of Taste Tripper, Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, and Ice Cream Ecstasy Tours. Continue reading

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Cold Comfort: The Coolest Destinations for Winter Lovers (Miles Away)

Bundle up with a warm cup of cocoa and enjoy reading about where to go for the most chilled out and coolest trips to take before the onset of spring! Continue reading

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10 Ultimate Ski Destinations Around the World (Going Places)

Can’t wait to head to the mountains for ski season? Before you go, make sure to have a look at our list of some of the planet’s best winter sports resorts and most powdery slopes – from the ultra famous to the next to unknown. Continue reading

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#TCTalks | Episode 5 | Hot & Chilli

Episode 5 of tikichris Talks finds me sitting down for a chat with my good friend Rosana McPhee, an amazing cook and photographer and the mastermind behind the award-winning food, travel and luxury blog Hot & Chilli. Continue reading

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Shop Till You Drop at America’s Best Cities for Holiday Shopping (Going Places)

If you’re wondering which US cities are the absolute best for taking a holiday retail wander then check out this all nice/not naughty list of the choicest shopping destinations in America. Continue reading

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Winery Weekend at Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire

Among the standouts and best established of English wineries is Three Choirs vineyard and winery in Gloucestershire. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #71

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Must See Places in Auckland

In 2015, Auckland welcomed a record breaking two million international travellers, an increase of 5% from the previous year. This reflects Auckland’s charm as a popular tourist destination, with unique attractions and experiences. For any country, more visitors means more … Continue reading

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Make the Most of Winter With These 6 Budget-Friendly Breaks (Going Places)

What does a winter break mean to you? Is it a chance to embrace the season, bundle up, and go outside to play in the snow? Or does it mean make for warmer climes and avoid the chill at all costs? However you prefer to spend the colder months of the year, winter is a great time to travel.

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Celebrating the Annual Cognac Cocktail Connexion at Solera, Paris

Cognac looks set to be the next spirit to break the traditional mould and hit the mainstream in Paris – and the annual Cognac Cocktail Connexion is largely responsible for this. Continue reading

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Top 10 Choices for Pre and Post Theatre Food and Drink in London (Trainline)

Grabbing drinks or having a meal at the right place and for the right amount of time can help set the tone to commence or end any theatre outing on a delicious note. Continue reading

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Countries with the Easiest and (and Toughest) Visa Processes for Americans (Miles Away)

Of course, some places are easier to visit for Americans than others and a few don’t really want Americans (or any other) visitors at all. So which countries raise the least fuss at their borders about Americans entering and which ones do their best to keep us out? Let’s have a look. Continue reading

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A Log Cabin Escape Awaits at Broken Bow Lake

If you are tired of cookie cutter hotel rooms and obnoxious crowds everywhere, come to an Oklahoma hidden getaway. Several roomy log cabins in Broken Bow make exceptional accommodations for reduced rates. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Big Time

A road trip interspersed with city breaks and rural retreats across one of the world’s most captivating landscapes: Kemey and I fell for Scotland big time. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Inverness and Around the Highlands

Last stop on our tour was the Inverness, where Kemey and I spent most of our three-day visit hiking in and around town and through wilderness areas within easy reach of the city. Continue reading

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