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Business is a pleasure at The Westin Palace

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Only after I had checked in, did I realise that I stood out from the rest of the valued guests staying at the Westin Palace Hotel. Most of them were businessmen with briefcases in-hand huddled in small groups calculating their … Continue reading

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Living the suite life in The Four Seasons

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Fashion, frescoes, five stars and first class service. Chances are that you’re in Milan to shop until you drop or tour galleries and museums, but with a luxury suite at The Four Seasons Hotel’s prestigious address in the heart of … Continue reading

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Riad Yacout – A magic carpet ride from Milan to Morocco

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From the pavement outside, I teleported from the fashion capital’s Via Cadore to a street in the centre of Casablanca. The scene was set with cushions and couches on the veranda, a trickling water feature and glass lamps lining up to … Continue reading

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7 hours in Pavia; town of a hundred towers

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I hopped off the train at 11:30 and was relieved to see the friendly face of Claudia Sclavi, a striking lawyer who I first met at the La Vendemmia event on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone. It’s been a month since she … Continue reading

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Restaurant Lyr – fine Lebanese food served in a lavish lair

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Variety is the spice of life so I headed off to Restaurant Lyr for something to eat other than pizza and pasta. Walking through these doors is like travelling straight to the heart of Beirut with a rich setting of … Continue reading

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Hungry on Montenapoleone? Take your food ‘Chic&Go’

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Every now and then, I wander down an unexplored road in the vicinity of the Quadrilatero Della Moda only to discover something magical… And yesterday’s gem turned out to be the 10-month old ‘Chic&Go’ corner spot which I uncovered on … Continue reading

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The month-end Sunday market at Naviglio Grande

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On the last Sunday of every month in Milan, there’s one place you have to be – not only because there’s so much to see but because there really is something for everyone. The market on the banks of Naviglio … Continue reading

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An orientalised Indian dinner at the new Dawat Ristorante

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I feel like a slug. A second night of eating spicy Indian food but this time, completely on the house thanks to my friend, Ashwindar, who invited me to sample the dishes at his newest restaurant, Dawat, only a few … Continue reading

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Even rain couldn’t keep me away from La Vendemmia…

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Wow! Where do I start? I am soaking wet from the pouring rain but slowly defrosting after spending the most memorable night out yet on Milan’s main vein, Via Montenapoleone, Via Verri and Via Sant Andrea. Fashion Week has nothing … Continue reading

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Discovering the perfect apartment, a shopping centre and a new part of the city

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I discovered a new part of a Milan today, all because of a two-bedroom apartment available for rent in Via Pietro Gassendi. I had a look around the recently-renovated place, which besides not have free WiFi, is a dream. It’s … Continue reading

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Autumn leaves inspire furniture by Sicis

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The impressive store windows that line the streets of Brera are a constant reminder that this quaint area is the art and design district of Milan. There are restaurants galore, tempting boutiques and of course, Gelateria Amorino, my favourite spot … Continue reading

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My first night at La Scala Theatre

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My eleventh trip to Milan and I finally made it into a box seat at La Scala theatre, a surreal and beautiful experience and another one of my ‘Pretty Woman’ moments for just over 80 Euros. While the air was … Continue reading

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Desserts & gelato: Too good-looking to eat

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I have said it before, and I do maintain it… Italians all have a ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ inside of them. Extremely talented with their hands and motivated by visual appeal and aesthetics, they have natural ability to craft everything they … Continue reading

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My train troubles to the Micam shoe exhibition and back

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Firstly, I think I am finally getting the hang of the train system in this place. And secondly, when Italians say “It’s far”, they actually mean it’s 10 – 15 minutes by car. Of course that’s nothing for me, a … Continue reading

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Welcome to Novate, Milano

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After reading Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss, my ‘someday’ plan to experience Italy and live my dream took shape quicker than I expected. So here I am living out of a tiny room … Continue reading

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