Going to great lengths

If you want to look understated but utterly gorgeous this season, then reach for the longer skirt to give your wardrobe a modern day overhaul.  Nothing is more versatile, flattering and comfortable than the swish and the swing of long skirt. Feminine by nature, topped up with a silky shirt and ballet flat, it won’t...
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Finding Leonardo

It just so happened that our visit to the Loire Valley in France coincided with the 500 anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci who spent the last three years of his life at the Château du Clos Lucé in the historic town of Amboise.   It seemed the perfect time to be visiting! The palace contains a museum...
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Immerse yourself in the peace

Arriving at The Kiln Houses tucked away in the glorious Ovens Valley of Victoria, is that moment when you cross the line between leaving the stresses of daily life behind to submit to the magic of this outstanding location amidst lush green fields at the foothills of Mt Buffalo. You know when you’re there.  The stunning...
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Mary Quant – energetic fashion

Mary Quant’s dynamic entry into the world of fashion was totally revolutionary.  Her sixties mod appeal grew from the larger cultural rebellion of the 1960s that saw expression in music, art and ‘sexual politics’. She responded to the youthful desire for simple clothes that allowed for easy movement ‘in which you could run and jump’ –...
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Lyon – the cradle of silk weaving

You may know that Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital, but did you know that it was once famed as the capital of the French silk weaving industry?  A visit to the workshop and museum of Maison des Canuts uncovers this surprising heritage.  When visiting Lyon, this is not to be missed. It’s a joy to...
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