Travel, luxe and food journalist by craft and wanderluster by design, Jessica has visited over 50 cities on 5 continents while searching for extraordinary experiences and luggage that’s both stylish and practical. Her published work can be found at CN Traveler, Robb Report, BBC Travel, VICE Munchies, Rhapsody, CNN, Marie Claire, Travel and Leisure and Hemispheres.
Enchanting visitors with her sultry Mediterranean shores and assortment of historical riches dating back to Roman times, Barcelona is a city for the ages.
Ibiza, ‘nightlife capital of the Mediterranean’, is not a moniker to be sniffed but Formentera, Ibiza’s chilled out little sister, also has off-grid hippy vibes amid turquoise blue waters and pristine natural surroundings.
Lisbon is a diverse city break where you can wine and dine in sophistication or savour a casual street beer in LGBT hub Príncipe Real.
Mallorca embodies the best of the Balearics at every sun-kissed turn – a lyrical cornucopia of ravishing coastal scenery ranging from secluded crystalline coves to rocky peninsula belvederes overlooking the azures.
In a country renowned for its contributions to art, fashion and science, Milan is bursting with creative flair both past and present, seducing the senses with chic design, timeworn yet timeless architectural styles and unparalleled panache.
As the iconic grande dame of romance, Paris is a spellbinding metropolis for all things chic; the enchanting city of lights is a savvy seductress intent on stealing hearts.
Seville, the vibrant ancient capital of Andalusia, seduces the senses with a wealth of captivating enchantments ranging from ornately-tiled landmarks to a fascinating, multi-faceted history to the fragrant citric trees sprouting from every corner.
Though breathtakingly beautiful, selfie-friendly Stockholm offers much more than meets the eye. This Scandia classic pays homage to its storied history and celebrates its über-contemporary present.
While maintaining an aesthetic perfection usually reserved for period dramas, Switzerland’s capital of Zürich also harbours an unexpectedly edgy personality.
Once considered little more than practical pit stops following afternoon shopping sprees and night-time misadventures, style-savvy hotel bars have since re-emerged as the places to be seen and linger.
Until recently, brunch wasn’t an activity generally associated with the Catalan capital. But in a culture that reveres long, lingering meals, one has to wonder why it has taken this long to catch on.
In Barcelona, classic cocktails have long replaced wine and beer as the drink of choice for many a night-time revelry. But for those in the know, the latest wave of cocktail venues serving master-mix craft swigs in retro-fab settings is all that and a side of olives.
There is a growing crop of specialty coffee shops in Madrid, stocked with artisan beans from the world’s best producers and served in retro design spaces all across town.
In Barcelona, concept stores pay homage to all things design, not only as an aesthetic but as a cultured way of life.
In Madrid concept stores are found in droves, in all themes and sizes, perfect for the stylish gent looking for that rare objet d’art or inventive image metamorphosis.
Just can’t seem to find the time to go away? Fear not, urban city folk, here are a few close-to-home mini-break suggestions that will give you well-deserved respite from the rat race.
The ethereal Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Here is a small sampling of enchanting gardens found in the most unexpected urban spaces.
Lesser-known wine regions in Europe have been experimenting with new harvesting techniques, patiently waiting in the wings for their shot at glory.
After enjoying glamourous Mallorca or hedonistic Ibiza, refuel and re-energise in Menorca, the tamest natural beauty of the Balearics.
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