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29
June
2012

Birthplace of Empire

According to legend the sun god had his two children, a boy and a girl, spring from the waters of Lake Titicaca to create Cusco and from that the entire Inca Empire. If so the children would probably have been happy to leave the lake since at an elevation of 12,500 feet and a depth of over 900 feet, the water is a tad chilly.


14
June
2012

Country Cognoscenti - France

For the best hot chocolate in Paris stop by Angelina's, close to the Louvre, and get a chocolate fix. It’s basically melted chocolate with whipped cream on top, skip dinner.

Chateau Chambord was built by Francois I as a hunting lodge and its twenty miles of walls enclose 13,000 acres of parkland, larger than the city of Paris


14
June
2012

Hotel Napoleon… a hotel with a view and a past

The decision to visit Paris is an easy one. Which bank to stay on can sometimes be more difficult since the left bank, with its culture and bohemian aura, certainly fits a certain perception of Paris but the right bank with its iconic areas like the Champs Elysees and the Arch de Triomphe also has its supporters. It is for this reason that we offer our clients a selection of personally selected properties on both banks of the Seine. If you select a hotel on the right bank we do have to confess to a fondness for one particular property since we are pushover for a welcoming hotel that combines personalized service to today’s guests but which also has a “past” as they used to say.


06
June
2012

Sisi and the Summer Palace

Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria was never intended to be the Empress of Austria. Her mother had taken her and her older sister Helene to Austria to meet their distant relative Franz Josef who at 23 was already the Emperor of Austria. Helene was eighteen and the right age for marriage and Elisabeth, called Sisi by her family and friends, was fifteen. It was Sisi, however, who caught the Emperor’s eye and they were married a year later in 1854.



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