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Archive for September, 2010

The rains may have come and the nights may be drawing in, but that’s no reason not to enjoy jaunty Bollywood tunes and samba covers, declares our TuneSmith Rob Wood… ALBUM OF THE MONTH Seu Jorge & Almaz by Seu Jorge & Almaz When? You fancy a Brazilian Why? It’s Kraftwerk gone samba Seu Jorge […]

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With the frappuccino drinkers of the word bereft after Sex and the City 2 sank into the dunes, all hopes are pinned on the release this Saturday of Eat Pray Love, the Julia Roberts-fronted retelling of New York journo Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of self-discovery to soothe our wounded souls. The journey takes Gilbert from Manhattan […]

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New York’s finest: star stays in SoHo

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Just in case yesterday’s sweetly mouthwatering NY ice-lolly postcard got you in the mood to book a trip to New York, we thought we’d give you a handy run-down of hotels within a lolly-stick’s throw of Popbar (not to mention brilliantly located – see our SoHo hotel map, right). Here’s Mr & Mrs Smith’s star-style […]

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Postcard from New York: hit the sweet spots

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Native New Yorker turned ethical shopkeeper Elizabeth Kiester (her behind Cambodia’s Wanderlust lifestyle stores) has nobly agreed to add blogging for Smith to her rosta of Wonderwoman-worthy activities. In her first post for the Smith Travel Blog, she reports back from one of her regular New York trips (to keep up with her fashion roots, […]

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Adam Rugel is the micro-blogging guru who was there at the birth of Twitter and took nano-posting concept round the world – literally: his website Trazzler provides window shopping for web-surfing armchair travellers and mini-adventurers worldwide. Trazzler’s travel writing contests also provide a forum for frustrated travel writers and wandering wordsmiths. Last time we met […]

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Hotel of the Week: Paradise Island Villas

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The British summer may be on its way out, but in Crete the water is still in the mid-20s and the raki-distilling season is only just about to begin. We also love a hotel where the rooms are fit for Greek gods and goddesses (and named after them too)… Style Set-apart, secluded villas Setting Cretan […]

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Like skydiving, coffee appreciation or Tetris, travel is one of those hobbies that sometimes borders on addiction, and there are more than a few addicts at Smith HQ. There should be some sort of jet-set rehab clinic. The closest thing we’ve found is The City Traveler, an online gathering of travel writers and global gadabouts […]

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GALWAY INTERNATIONAL OYSTER FESTIVAL When? 22–26 September 2010 Where? Galway, Ireland What? Guinness and oysters, two of the finest things in life, join up with two more: music and friendship. The Galway International Oyster Festival brings deep, simple pleasures. Style Guinness-gulping gourmets Setting Wild West of Eire Event highlights Socially inclined locals look forward to […]

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Planes, trains, helicopters and riverboats

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Here’s the diary of one travel writer’s 48 hours in New York City… Let’s play word association: I say ‘New York’, you think… Bright lights, big city… Cocktails on rooftops… Hip hotel lobby bars… Delicious big brunches… The Museum of Modern Art… The Statue of Liberty… The skyline at sunset… Well, I’m delighted to report […]

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Hotel of the week: Home Hotel

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Home Hotel is a lesson to us all – rather than resting on its laurels, the hip hideaway has given its (already seductive) interiors an off-season spring clean, adding hand-painted 1930s wallpaper (one William Morris original; some plucked from France) to its seductive Superior Rooms. Buenos Aires street artist Pum Pum was given licence to […]

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