Marvellous (hidden) Melbourne

Marvellous hidden Melbourne


A little local knowledge reveals that there’s still more to Melbourne than
meets the eye. What’s hip, what’s history and what’s hidden behind secret doors…
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Mexican Revelation…

Mexico City –­ Distrito Federal, or D.F. as it’s known – is one of the world’s megacities, a sprawling metropolis with a richly layered history and a powerful sense of its own culture. Change is in its DNA though, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that it’s not all mariachi bands and mezcal. But it is a surprise to find pockets of the city with a contemporary edge that snap well away from stereotypes. Design hotels in leafy inner-urban areas, international galleries, a culinary scene that owes as much to LA and New York as to myriad Mexican flavours, cool bars, and hipsters peddling past on hire bikes. Who would have thought?

Unless you’re here for an extended stay, the secret is to hone in on a few key areas.

Roma, La Condesa and Polanco are the colonias or neighbourhoods you might choose to start with, but don’t discount the historic centre, El Centro – even there you’ll find surprises.

For more about  Mexico City and its boutique hotels see International Traveller magazine May/June 2015 edition.MEXICO hip hoods, design hotels

La Valise in Roma Norte – how clever is this room, (in one of just 3 suites) where you can slide your bed onto the balcony for balmy Mexican nights.

La Valise, Roma Norte, mexico DF

High tea is hot right now. Cucumber sandwich, anyone?

It’s certainly not new – the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have started the tradition in the Victorian era – but silver pots, tinkling cups and refined, bite-sized morsels haven’t lost their appeal. No longer just for granny or your great-aunt, high tea has gone to a whole new level, with French champagne, designer cakes, chocolate fountains, gluten-free and vegetarian options.

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Madly delicious – Mad Hatter’s Afternoon tea, at the Westin, in Sydney.

For the full story see The New Daily

Out of the box : cardboard furniture

Cardboard comes out of the shadows and into the limelight in some clever, quirky, on-trend furnishings that give a whole new meaning to ‘out of the box’.  Frank Gehry’s Wiggle chair is witty and iconic. Some of the other pieces are just very practical (a double bed) and some are a little kooky (a cardboard cat). And cheap! Sustainable, flat-pack – and fun.

Check them out. For the full story in The New Daily see

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