Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New York City neighbourhood


Met Breuer just opened, ‘Museum Mile’, seven new brands launched flagships on Madison Avenue and a foodie hotspot – just a few reasons to explore this beautiful

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side (see picture below) opened The Met Breuer [BROY-er] in March 2016 in a neighbourhood that is already home to some of the world’s most-renowned cultural institutions, restaurants, and shops, steps from Central Park, and is where some of New Yorkers have called home for generations. The new Met Breuer, housed in a landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street, provides a new space for visitors to explore collections of 20th and 21st-century contemporary and modern art in dialogue with the full scope of the museum’s collection.

The Upper East Side is a cultural neighbourhood unlike any other in New York City. From The Met Fifth Avenue to the Frick Collection, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and everything in between, art aficionados are guaranteed to find places that will take their breath away. Museum Mile, which runs along Fifth Avenue between East 82nd and East 105th Streets, boasts eight world-class cultural institutions.

The largest luxury shopping district in North America, Madison Avenue teems with the biggest names in haute couture, featuring the world’s most celebrated fashion and jewellery brands, and over 100 art galleries. This historic community exhibits timeless elegance with a contemporary flavour that is distinctively New York. Since the start of 2016, seven new brands opened flagships on Madison Avenue, including Aurélie Bidermann, De Beers Diamond Jewellers, Isabel Marant, Saint James, Sonia Rykiel,Smythson of Bond Street, and Sweaty Betty.

The Upper East Side is also home to great cuisine. Visitors can choose from posh sushi spots, brasserie-style meals, confectionary delights, and nearly any other imaginable option. From JoJo restaurant housed in a lavish townhome, to Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant Daniel, to Orsay, diners taste buds will think they are in the heart of Paris enjoying the most exquisite French food. Looking for the perfect brunch spot? Sarabeth’s features a legendary brunch selection and specialty drinks such as the Four Flowers Mimosa and the Pickled House Bloody Mary.

For visitors looking to enjoy more of the Upper East Side can extend their stay at one of the Upper East Side’s luxury hotels such as Bristol Plaza, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Hotel Wales, Loews Regency, or The Surrey.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

CANADA: Bonjour Quebec!

As I travelled back to my hometown, I discovered new and old favourites. Here are my top suggestions for a walking tour of Quebec, one of the oldest cities in North America.

by Guest Blogger Caroline Faucher, Honey and Paws

All images by Terry Marshman

8am - Start the day with one of Cosmos Grand Allée's huge selection of breakfasts, then walk it off by making your way to the Petit Champlain where you will find charming artisanal boutiques and spectacular views of the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec's most famous landmark.

10am - Grab a coffee and a Beaver Tail, a truly Canadian deep-fried pastry, before heading down to the Musée de la civilisation for a cultural fix.

12.30pm - Avoid the crowd with an early lunch at Le Bureau de Poste, a new eatery with an après-ski ambiance. There, try Quebec’s national meal, the Poutine.

2pm - Stroll down Rue Saint-Joseph to the newly revitalised Saint-Roch district where you will find designer shops and trendy tea houses.

6pm - Head back up town and finish off the day with a gourmet burger accompanied with a microbrewery beer at Chez Victor on Rue Saint-Jean.

8pm - If this isn't enough, make your way to the edge of the old fortress city for some people watching at Carré Dyouville. Depending on the season you might even catch a friendly hockey match played on the outdoor skating rink.

9pm - Retire for the night in one of the city's many old auberges, with some dating back to the 17th century.