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10 Questions: Melanie Joyez, Nolinski Paris

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Melanie Joyez of Nolinski Paris.

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Spotlight: Where to Travel in Turkey

Since the first time I visited Turkey as a child, its blend of cultures and friendly locals held me in thrall. As a 12-year-old, the contrast between this exotic land and my home country of Ireland was striking, opening my eyes to a world outside my childhood bubble. Since then I’ve returned many times, amazed at the country’s ongoing transformation as it balances secularism, capitalism and Islam.

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10 Questions: Claudio Catani, Hotel Brunelleschi

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Claudio Catani of Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence, Italy.

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Photo Essay: More to Munich than Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest kicks off on September 17th and it goes without saying that it’s a really big deal in Munich. But there’s more to the German town than beer gardens and lederhosen. On a trip earlier this year, Joy Pecknold discovered cocktail bars, beach culture and entertainment—of both the profound and popular nature.

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The List: Off the beaten track across Europe

When it comes time to plan out a Euro vacation, major locales like Rome or Paris are a given. However, the eclectic continent has over 50 countries, so there’s plenty to discover for those inclined to meander off the beaten track. With this in mind, we decided to devote attention to some of Europe’s hidden gems in this week’s blog.

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Photo Essay: A Road Trip Through Andalusia

The South of Spain is synonymous with orange trees, azure seas and hot summers, and it is in search of these Eva Zhu gathers her closest girlfriends for a road trip through the Catalan lands.

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Spotlight: Amsterdam

Resplendent with 17th century townhouses and a plethora of canals, Amsterdam offers one of Europe’s most charming city break destinations. There’s plenty to do in this storied metropolis too, ranging from the somber history of the Anne Frank House, to the iconic culture of the Van Gogh Museum, and the mischievous possibilities of a visit to the Heineken brewery.

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Trip Tips: Taking in Europe and its National Dishes

European nations didn’t just use military might to assert their dominance in Colonial times; they also took to the kitchen to integrate their potential colonies. Centuries later, those culinary creations survive as national dishes, and what better way to get to know Europe than via the dinner table? Read on as we take a look at some of our favorite national dishes, and provide a little inspiration on where to stay along the way.

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Spotlight: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

It takes a lot to shine amid the architectural splendor of the City of Lights, but a desirable location and some 19th century opulence marks Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme as a hotel worth closer inspection. Read on as we delve deeper on this Parisian marvel.

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The List: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Emerald Isle

On an average day, 5.5 million pints of Guinness are enjoyed globally. However, on St. Patrick’s Day that figure leaps to 13 million. It’s fair to say Ireland’s national holiday has evolved into a global celebration of Irish culture, and all nationalities are welcome. While the party stretches around the globe, there’s nothing like experiencing the occasion on the Emerald Isle. With the big day rapidly approaching, we’ve put together a guide to the festivities and eight of the best hotels to check out while there.

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