Extraordinary views, killer cocktails in uber-hip bars, lush gardens and crystal blue infinity swimming pools. Sometimes with all 4! Read on for Our Ultimate Guide to Hotels and their Stunning Rooftop Terraces. Continue reading
The team at mypootle are always on the lookout for a lip smackingly good ice-cream. We are just back from Puglia where there was no end of tasty, fruit filled arty gelato but the good news is that you don’t need to go to Italy to get a lick of the good stuff, so here’s our selection of some of the best around… Continue reading
The former beating heart of Renaissance Italy will not fail to impress with its art, architecture and flamboyance. Gaze in awe at Brunelleschi’s dome and the Basilica di Santa Croce, walk the banks of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, explore the delights of the Uffizi and Academia and don’t forget that this is also designer shopping heaven and home to the likes of Gucci and Ferragamo.
This is a proud, exciting city where life is to be enjoyed; relax in the late afternoon with an aperitivo, dine on the finest rustic Tuscan food, taste your way around some superb chiantis and relish life the Florentine way. Oh, and sleep somewhere amazing. Here are our hottest Florentine boutique hotels. Continue reading
We are just back from the sunny, windy and ridiculously pretty Île de Ré. This is a gorgeous spot on France’s Atlantic coast with long sandy beaches, sparkling seas, picturesque villages and blue shuttered houses framed with colourful, feathery holyhocks.
Here’s what we got up to on the weekend…..
We are feeling really rather pleased with ourselves for our recent trip to Minorca, Menorca. This oft-overlooked island has lost out in the past to its neighbours, glitzy Ibiza and glam Mallorca but those in search of spectacular beaches take note – Menorca has not only more than both the other two islands combined – but also a ridiculously lovely discreet-chic, laid-back and sleepy vibe. Plus with only 30 miles between the furthest two points, a fairly gentle landscape and no big motorways the island packs in turquoise coves, pristine beaches, coastal paths and cycle routes a-plenty.
We packed a lot into our 3 days, and here are our top tips to a blissful Menorcan trip…..
Whether circling the Koutoubia (“bookseller”) Mosque, getting happily lost in the souks, brushing up on Islamic scriptures at the Ben Youssef Medusa or heading down into the Saadian Tombs, Marrakech is a exotic, fascinating, magical city.
Here are our top 12 tips to help you immerse yourself fully……
- The Saadian Tombs. Discovered by accident in 1917 these tombs date back to the late 16th century. There are more than 60 beautifully restored sarcophagi in two mausoleums spectacularly displayed with zellij tiles and carved stucco on the walls and supported with pillars of marble – which it is said, the Saadians traded sugar for, weight for weight.
Venice may dazzle but isn’t really known for its epicurean delights, pizza for instance has never been something to write home about here but there are some delicious eateries to be found, including delightful traditional chichetti (the local equivalent of Spanish tapas) and gloriously fresh seafood. All you need is our inside scoop. So here’s our guide to our top eating and drinking spots in the ever so slowly sinking city.
Cantina do Mori: The oldest osteria in the city with a lively atmostphere and renowned for legendary Casanova’s visit. Choose your wine and pick your cichette, Venetian tapas. Their speciality is francobollo (“postage stamp”), a tiny white-bread sandwich filled with sliced radicchio and gorgonzola.