The Guardian: The Killing 2 - what's been lost in translation
Published by The Guardian, 1 December 2011 - read the original here
Condé Nast Traveller: Californian Soul
Published in Condé Nast Traveller, April 2013
Having made their names with with Shelter Social Club, a small group of design motels in and around Santa Barbara, Chris Sewell and Kenny Osehan (pictured above) are ready to unveil the Ojai Rancho Inn. Hippy-chic Ojai is a popular weekend retreat for Angelenos, with hiking trails and farmers' markets; the couple have stayed true to the town's make-and-mend ethos by keeping original wood beams and panelling intact while adding a contemporary edge through collaborations with designers and artists. The 18 rooms have colourful artworks by Carly Margolis, wooden iPod docks by Woodtec's Will Salley, Native American-inspired peshtemal bedspreads by Kylea Borges and ceramic lamps by Heather Levine. 'Ceramics are a vital part of Ojai culture," says Sewell. "Beatrice Wood, an influential ceramicist, moved here in 1947 and continues to inspire through the Beatrice Wood Center of the Arts. Carly Margolis came up with the idea of painting sacred portals on pieces of wood cut into circles and triangles. Her work communicates a spiritual story and we thought her presence was needed."
NAAG.com: Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant has been spotted at the Hayward Gallery
Published on now-defunct NAAG.com, 16 February 2011
London is home to an incredible number of great art galleries, but our favorite is one that you might just have walk past on your way to Tate Modern — the concrete-clad, well-camouflaged Hayward, smack-bang in the middle of the South Bank. And in that sentence you’ll find the heart of the gallery’s problem: pretty much everything else on the South Bank is covered in concrete, and as the Hayward doesn’t have a riverside OR street-level entrance, it’s near impossible to find, even when it’s right in front of your eyes. But we like that. Anything this difficult to get to must be worth the effort. And the Hayward is no exception to that rule.
Don’t get us wrong, you should definitely visit Tate Modern too, but the Hayward is much more manageable in size, less subjected to general tourist crowds who come only to tick the address off their to-see lists, and we’ve uncovered plenty of proof that it’s pretty darn cool too. Exhibit A: it’s the only art gallery in the world where we’ve admired paintings only to discover a Pet Shop Boy standing next to us (serious off-the-scale coolness, right there). Exhibit B: curator-director Ralph Rugoff has transformed the space in the last five years, organizing new takes on “old” subjects (including a brilliant exhibition of Alexander Rodchenko photographs a few years ago and Ed Ruscha paintings last year), and we have it on good art-world insider authority that he’s a man of great artistic vision who wants to turn the entire gallery — including that drab exterior — into an art show.
Right now we’re getting ready to visit the British Art Show 7, open from February 16 until April 17, and we think you should too — especially as it (according to the gallery’s official propaganda) “takes as its motif the idea of the comet as a harbinger of change, a measure of time and a marker of historical recurrence.” We couldn’t resist seeing it for ourselves even if we tried...
We figured that there’d be some great food in Florence (if we’re perfectly honest, food was one of our main reasons for going, what with it being the capital of Tuscany and all), but having lunched on below-par pizzas on one of the main touristy piazzas (why does that always happen on holidays? It’s not like we’d ever go for lunch round Times Square or London’s Leicester Square…) we decided to get some restaurant tips from an actual Florentine. And, as it turns out, it was probably the best advice we’ve ever taken.
See, our Florence insider sent us straight to Il Santo Bevitore with the words “this is where real people go,” and she was right. The dimly lit, fancy bistro-style restaurant is located on Via Santo Spirito, just south of the Ponte alla Carraia and a minute’s walk from the Ponte Vecchio but, while it’s not far from tourist-centric Firenze, it caters to people who know what they’re doing and where to eat in town. Il Santo Bevitore serves some of the best Tuscan food we’ve ever had — think a stunning bit of pasta followed by an incredible lamb dish and a dessert so brilliant we almost have seconds — which is made using traditional ingredients in a more contemporary way, and it really works. We spent hours eating (and drinking) our way through the menu and as far as perfect food memories are concerned, this is one of the top 10. Evviva!
NAAG.com: Oprah would definitely advise you to 'be present' on Waterloo Bridge
Published on now-defunct NAAG.com 24 January 2011
London is great and everything, but it’s not particularly easy to get a good view of it if you’re stuck in the central parts of town. Unless you feel like heading to Parliament Hill or Crystal Palace, or climb the gazillion steps to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral or The Monument, we suggest you set out on a night-time journey to Waterloo Bridge.
With traffic whizzing past, the murky Thames underneath your feet, the limelights of the West End on one side and the grime of south London on the other, you’ll have a dazzling view of the city from here. Turn west and you’ll see the river curl round the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Savoy towers on the north side, and the London Eye (where your average tourist goes to see London from above — such losers), the Shell Building and the recently upgraded Royal Festival Hall to the south. Look towards the east, and you’ll have a perfect vision of the National Theatre bunker (the finest of the South Bank’s famous Brutalist monsters), the Oxo Tower, St Paul’s, the Gherkin and other the up-and-coming skyscrapers of the City, and the twinkling lights of Canary Wharf on the horizon.
It’s all pretty romantic — especially if you manage to erase the scary double-decker/taxi traffic just behind you from your mind — and if you don’t fall in love with this disorganized, manic and glorious town while pondering its beauty from this particular spot, you truly must have a heart of stone.
Across River Thames from the Strand to the South Bank, or between Temple and Waterloo stations
What do you do if you run a design agency and self-styled “font forge” but want to make sure your employees don’t get bored of what can ultimately be quite slow-paced and academic work? Well, if you’re Copenhagen-based agency e-Types, you open a concept store to show off your staff’s skills to the wider world.
Playtype is a small glass-fronted room on Vaernedamsvej in Copenhagen’s achingly cool Vesterbro, where you can commission fonts created by e-Types’ designers or pick up some of the stuff they’ve already made, which line the walls and lie on the great big dining table in the center of the room. Everything is brilliantly crafted: we’re talking beautifully minimalist notebooks, gorgeous handle-less coffee mugs with capital letters printed on them, some canvas tote bags, bottles of sparkling wine, and great framed posters embossed with letters or limited-edition artwork by Mads Lynnerup, so although the selection is pretty small, we’re all pretty much spoilt for choice.
If we ever move to Copenhagen, we’ll probably treat the place like our second office, hanging out there every day until they kick us out. But until then we’ll just put those coffee mugs on every Christmas and birthday wish-list until we have a full set. And maybe one day we’ll find enough space in a suitcase to bring back one of those letter posters…
Vaernedamsvej 6, Copenhagen tel 00 45 6040 6914 Playtype.com
NAAG.com: It's a pub, but we'd quite like to move into the Gladstone Arms
Published on now-defunct NAAG.com, 14 January 2011
The Gladstone Arms — named after the Victorian-era Prime Minister whose scary-looking face features on a mural outside — is pretty much the only pub we’d like to live in in London. From the outside, it looks dark, forbidding (he really did have angry eyes, that man) and a bit rundown, but open the door and you’ll find yourself in a tiny, warm, living-room-style pub, ready to mingle with regulars, staff and the folk and blues musicians who play here a few nights every week.
You’ll most likely stumble across both the the tiny bar at one end of the room and the even smaller stage at the other while looking for a place to sit — there are a few chairs and tables to lounge at spread evenly between the two, where you can sip tea, beer or spirits, basking in the retro atmosphere and charm. We don’t know much about indie-folk music that the Glad specializes in, but that doesn’t matter — it’s perfect here.
Every time we visit the Glad, we pick up some new hobbies, be it a reawakened love of card games, an obsession with Johnny Cash, a fondness for Pieminister pies, or a taste for Dalwhinnie Single Malt whisky. A teenage Charles Dickens lived in poverty on this street in the 1820s, so you might find that your visit inspires you to read some of his novels — in which case we suggest you go for Little Dorrit — after all, she married at the church just up the road.
Another reason we love the Glad so much is that it’s hidden away on the wrong side of the Marshalsea/Borough High Street junction, miles away from the nearest tourist and yet worth the (very short) trek. There are plenty of other good, traditional-style pubs in this part of London (the Lord Clyde on Clennam Street; the Royal Oak on Tabard Street; the Roebuck on Great Dover Street) and as the Glad is both popular and minuscule, we quite often have to decamp somewhere else. But still, the Glad is where most of our pub nights will start. Just as long as you don’t tell anyone else about it...
NAAG.com: The finest cup of coffee in London Town is at Monmouth
Published on now-defuncted NAAG.COM, November 2010
Let’s get one thing straight — right here, right now — the finest coffee in London comes courtesy of Monmouth Coffee, whatever any young upstart barista chain might claim. Seriously publicity shy (owner Anita Le Roy doesn’t talk to the press), the company imports and roasts beans from single farms, estates and cooperatives, cutting middle-men, getting exclusives and giving a good deal to both people on the ground and people in their shops. How’s that for sustainable and fair trade?
Out of its three shops in London (which, in fact, are the only Monmouth shops in the whole world, although you’ll find the beans stocked at the best cafés and restaurants in town too), our favorite is the one at Borough Market. It’s easy to find — it’s the one on the corner of Stoney Street and Park Street with a queue that stretches all the way from the counter to Neal’s Yard Dairy 60 feet away. On a cold, dark, rainy November day, that’s as good a quality mark as any other.
There’s a big communal table where you’ll find bread and spread in the middle of the room, but despite the fact that the treats you’ll find here are made by other Borough Market traders (think the best chocolate brownies, lovely croissants and delicious truffles), there’s no doubt that coffee, glorious coffee, is the main reason why people come here. Buy filter coffees, lattes and flat whites, then get a bag of beans — whole or ground to suit your coffee-maker and skills — to go. Just don’t blame us if you fall in love with the scent of the coffee, the creaminess of the frothy milk, the smiley (handsome, even) faces, the utilitarian 1940s décor, the fact that they (rightly) call the borough “The Borough,” the market spirit, the coffee itself — all of which will make you want to return indecently often. Blame Monmouth’s quiet brilliance instead. We do, pretty much every day.
2 Park St., The Borough, London SE1 9AB, monmouthcoffee.co.uk (open Mon-Sat). Also at 27 Monmouth St. in Covent Garden (Mon-Sat) and 34 Maltby St., Bermondsey (Sat mornings only).
Subediting of English copy (translated from Swedish) published in RODEO's spring/summer issue, February 2012
Condé Nast Brides: Top 100 Venues
Published in the March/April 2011 issue of Condé Nast Brides
CNTraveller.com: Vamizi, Mozambique
Published on CNTraveller.com in November 2010 - read the story here
CNTraveller.com: Seattle Art Museum charts Kurt Cobain's legacy in a fascinating new exhibition
Published on CNTraveller.com 30 July 2010 - read the original story here
Det kan vara svårt att höra historiens alla vindslag genom Londons buller, men det finns vissa platser där tiden verkar stå still. En sådan ligger på hörnet mellan Copperfield Street och Pepper Street i Borough, bara några meter bort från trafiken och stressen på Marshalsea Street och Borough High Street. Här hittar man de (nästan) bortglömda resterna av All Hallows Church, en kyrka som bombades två gånger under andra världskriget och sedan lämnades att förfalla.
På 50-talet revs stora delar – en mindre del byggdes om till ett nytt kyrkorum medan resten av ruinerna övertogs av naturen – men 1971 stängdes kyrkan för gott och prästen flyttade ut. Sedan dess har All Hallows mest stått övergiven (med undantag för en period på 80-talet när den användes som inspelningsstudio av Depeche Mode), medan trädgården i de gamla ruinerna blivit en oas för oss som bor och arbetar i närheten.
Efter många års kamp har Southwark Cathedral, som äger All Hallows, nu gått med på att överge sina planer på att riva kyrkan och trädgården. Och tur är väl det – för som en koppling mellan det gamla och det nya Borough är All Hallows oslagbart.
Stylist: Top food destinations for 2012
Published on Stylist.co.uk, 18 January 2012
The reputation of Mendoza – Argentina's wine region – as a destination for gourmet holidays has risen sharply over the last few years, and boutique hotels are now popping up faster than you can open a bottle of Malbec. The wine-infused Cavas Wine Lodge (rooms from around £285 in the low-season) is one of the best places to stay here: set between vineyards and the Andes, it is ideally located for tasting trips to local wineries and its Moorish spa specialises in wine treatments – a combination that we find irresistible.
Florence's charm lies in its history, its Tuscan location and beauty: where else can spend your days feasting your eyes on magnificent medieval art before rubbing shoulders with the locals at an excellent family-run restaurant next door? On our last visit, we were told that Florence's young foodie crowd visit Il Santo Bevitore (Via di Santo Spirito 64/66) on the southern banks of River Arno for their Tuscan gourmet fix, and we can see why: the restaurant is a modern, slick reinvention of the enoteca e trattoria and serves fine Florentine classics with a contemporary twist.
Japan had a terrible 2011 with earthquakes, a devastating tsunami and nuclear debris oozing out of the Fukushima plant – all of which has made travellers stay away. But Tokyo, which emerged pretty unscathed from the natural catastrophes, is one of the best places for food in the world, and we remain big fans. Whether you choose to go for local authenticity at one of the yakitori dens underneath the railway arches by Yurakucho Station, blow the budget at the Michelin-starred restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental (the Tapas Molecular Bar on the 38th floor serves a tasting menu for just eight people per night so book before you go) or just want to sample drinks, snacks and skyline views at the Peninsula Hotel's Peter Bar, you'll be spoilt for choice.
The landlocked Spanish region that gave London both Brindisa and José Pizarro is the perfect place to go for a tapas-filled gourmet pilgrimage. Fly to Madrid before catching a train to region capital Cáceres, where you can rent a car in order to see as much of Extremadura as you possibly can: we'll make Hospederia Convento de la Parra (from €85 – about £70 – per night) our base, setting off on eating excursions every morning and returning with full stomachs every evening. Pizarro recommends the modern Spanish cooking at Altair on Av de José Fernández López in Mérida (00 34 924 30 45 12) and the migas (fried breadcrumbs with chorizo and fried eggs) at Mesón La Troya on Plaza Mayor 10 in Trujillo (00 34 927 321 364), so make sure to stop off at both addresses.
Cape Town has long been used as a stop-off point for people going on roadtrips through the Cape Winelands, but the city's own foodie scene is well worth staying put. On our next visit, we'll be tucking into authentic Mexican food at El Burro in Green Point (81 Main Road; 00 27 21 433 2364) before having drinks at The Black Ram at The Power and Glory in Tamboerskloof (on the corner of Kloof Nek and Burnside Roads; 00 27 21 422 2108) and dinner at classic burger joint Royale Eatery in the centre of town (273 Long Street). We'll stay at POD (pictured), a 15-room design hotel conveniently located along the beach in the very glamorous Camps Bay district (3 Argyle Road; room rates from R2,700 – about £217).
Stylist: Best of British
Published on Stylist.co.uk, 18 January 2012
Holt in northern Norfolk is quite possibly our favourite English village: located a few hours from London by car, it's a pretty Georgian town with some excellent shops (we love antiquarian bookseller Simon Finch), pubs and cafés, and the perfect base for roadtrips around the countryside (the Perfect Spot Café at Narbourough Hall and the Real Ale Shop are great stop-offs). Holt is also home to Byfords, a brilliant boutique B&B, deli and restaurant in the heart of town where you'll be well looked after (room rates start at £150, including B&B and dinner).
We like to pretend we live in Cornwall whenever we go there, and who can blame us? It's a great place for a family- or group-holiday, so an ideal to gather your loved ones in a house for a week or two. We have our eyes set on Marver House (pictured; from £2,400/weekend), which has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a beachside setting by Mawgan Porth Bay and all the facilities you could wish for. It's like being at home – only better.
As soon as we saw photos of Croft 103 – a couple of nature-chic self-catering cottages on the shores of Loch Eriboll in the northernmost part of the Scottish Highlands – we knew we had to pay it a visit. Owners Fiona and Robbie MacKay live nearby and have furnished the eco-friendly lodges with everything you need in order to look after yourself once you have arrived. We have a feeling we may never want to leave once we get there. Rates start at £220/night (a three-night minimum stay is required) or £1000/week
One of the most intriguing openings of the year can be found in the Solent, where the imposing Spitbank Fort is being turned into an eight-bedroom retreat. It is due to open in March, will sleep up to 16 people and is available for exclusive hire, so all you need now is a group of friends and a budget of £13,100/night, and off you go.
Gone are the days when Wales was considered a no-go-zone for people looking for a stylish British escape – these days we're positively spoilt for choice. Come summer, we'll book a stay at pretty countryside hotel The Grove in Pembrokeshire (rooms from £150/night), which is an ideal spot from which to explore nearby Barafundle beach.
Amsterdam is a long-term favourite city break destination of ours – it may have a reputation for seediness, but we love it for its brilliant museums, great hotels and fantastic restaurants. Plus, it's only about an hour's flight away from UK shores, so ideal for a short weekend getaway. We recommend the Lloyd Hotel and its democratically star-rated rooms (the spartan but comfortable one-star rooms start at €90/night – about £75 – while plush five-stars are twice as pricey), the Rijksmuseum's Masterpieces collection, the Hermitage Amsterdam, and strolling between the canalhouses in the Jordaan district.
Most people don't think 'tourist destination' when they hear the name Colombia, but there is more to this beautiful country than drug wars and kidnappings. Cartagena, a walled medieval city on the Caribbean coast, is one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America and home to plenty of boutique hotels and great bars. Stay at La Passion Hotel in the Centro Histórico – a classic 19th-century Spanish mansion, it is both stylish and comfortable (room rates start at US$225 – about £147).
The sensory overload brought on by a visit to Hong Kong is legendary: if you want a taste of life in a bustling Asian metropolis, nothing compares to this city. We love the shopping and the restaurant scene that features everything from haute cuisine (Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has just been awarded a Michelin star) to street food (we recommend the stalls at the Temple Street night market) and everything in-between (the dumplings at Luk Yu Tea House on 24 Stanley Street are famous for the right reason). Meanwhile, the Victoria Peak mountain provides a bit of shelter from the pollution, and a visit to the calming Chi Lin Nunnery is a must.
No, we hadn't heard of Guimarães before it was made European Capital of Culture in 2012 either – but the more we hear about it, the more we wonder why we haven't been there before. The northern Portuguese city seems to have it all, including a UNESCO-protected medieval city centre with excellent bars and restaurants, and we like the look of the new CAAA – a museum of art and architecture – too. The historic Pousada de Guimarães Sta. Marinha, located on a hill overlooking the city, has rooms from €79 (about £65) per night.
New York's skyscrapers may be more famous, but it was in Chicago that the world first saw the birth of majestic cloud-peeping buildings. Most of Chicago's skyscrapers lie in and around the Millennium Park, which is also home to the excellent Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion – an outdoor music venue. Chicago's cultural scene is excellent too, and we're hoping to catch the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago (16 May-3 September). We suggest you book a room at Thompson Hotels' Sax Chicago: its downtown location makes it an ideal base from which to explore the city on foot (rates start at US$150/night – about £98).
The hottest beach right now is the one where hardly anyone has been, and Song Saa Private Island on the coast of Cambodia fits that description perfectly. While the scars left by the Khmer Rogue are still visible elsewhere in the country, this island paradise off the southern coast of the country is peaceful and relaxing. Unlike some of the other resorts that are opening up on pristine stretches of sand up and down Cambodia and neighbouring Vietnam, Song Saa isn't just about style – the owners' sustainability and conservation programmes benefit not just guests and the environment but the local population too. Villas cost from US$735 (about £480) per person per night
Our favourite African beach can be found off the coast of Mozambique: Vamizi, a conservation project on an island in the Quirimbas archipelago, is home to 12 spacious villas, a lodge where guests gather for drinks at sunset, and a finely powdered white-sand beach that is like no other. The island's setting on the shores of the Indian Ocean is idyllic, and nearby Neptune's Arm is considered one of the world's best dive sites. Villas start at US$590 (about £385) per person per night
This year, we're heading to Menorca for a European beach holiday. The Balearic sister island of Ibiza and Mallorca may be less famous and it certainly lacks its neighbours' fancy hotels, but its beautiful interior (the whole island is a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve) and relaxing pace makes it irresistible for a week-long beach break. We look forward to spending our nights at Ca Na Xini (rooms from €140 – about £115 – per night) and our days at the stunning Cala Macarella beach on the south coast.
We're already planning our 2012 winter-sun escapes: come November, we'll be heading to Punta del Este – Uruguay's glitzy beach resort – to revel in sunshine and Côte d'Azur-like glamour. We'll stay at the local outpost of stylish Brazilian hotel chain Fasano, the Fasano Punta del Este (rooms from US$500 – about £327 – per night), which is located in the hills a 15-minute drive from town.
Tulum, on Mexico's Yucatan Pensinsula, still defines boho-chic beach holidays and the place to go for a lazy break with a bit of culture and excellent food thrown in for good measure. We'll be heading there for some early spring sun in order to stay in one of the Papaya Playa Project's pop-up eco-cabañas before they close down in early May. From $25-$675 (£17-£440) per night
Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire is a calm and quintessentially English spa retreat where you can choose to check in for just the day or – if you fancy a real escape – stay overnight. A spa day, which gives you access to the spa and one or more treatments, costs between £69 and £189, while a two-night full-board spa break starts at £228.
Eastern Europe has been known for its healing spas for hundreds years and is still one of the best destinations to go for high-quality spa breaks to suit smaller budgets. We've set our sights on the award-winning Aqua Villa day spa in Riga, Latvia's pretty capital, where a two-night spa break (including accommodation at the Hotel Justus and a four-hour spa package each) costs from €340 (about £280) based on two people sharing.
Les Sources de Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Bordeaux
Les Sources de Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa is a dream-destination for wine-lovers: a sleek retreat is run by Caudalie – the legendary skincare range that uses the healing properties of grapes in its products – Les Sources caters to stressed-out gourmands who want to eat well and sample Bordeaux's finest wines before re-emerging rejuvenated into the real world at the end of their stay. A half-board stay with breakfast and dinner starts at €262 (about £217), while treatments start at €65 (about £55).
Monart Spa (pictured) is located in the beautiful County Wexford countryside, a two-hour drive from Dublin, and is the place to go if you want to relax in style. The rooms here are stylish and spacious, and prices start at just €119 per person (about £98) for a one-night midweek stay, with treatments starting at €55 (£45).
The COMO Shambhala Retreat on Bali is a legendary spa retreat: housed in one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, its holistic treatments and five-star service are justifiably expensive. The retreat's Wellness Programme – tailored to each guest's needs – is available for three, five or seven nights, includes all meals, a consultation on arrival, some treatments and a daily activity, and costs from $1,900 (about £1,240; based on two sharing a Garden Room) for a three-night stay.
Getting a good airline deal is harder than ever, but there are some tricks you should keep in mind when you book your flight to keep prices down. One is the famous algorithm that ensures that flights are at their cheapest on the Tuesday afternoon eight weeks before departure – great in theory but not terribly helpful in reality. Instead, we recommend you set your sights on a few different destinations and sign up to the emails of the carriers who fly there well in advance of going. Pay extra attention to any airlines that might do a stopover in your destination on long-haul flights elsewhere: Air New Zealand, for example, regularly offers reduced prices on flights to Hong Kong and Los Angeles on the way to Auckland.
Go to Iceland
Reykjavik used to be prohibitively expensive but in the aftermath of the recession that followed Iceland's near-bankruptcy in 2008, prices have dropped considerably. Last year saw the opening of KEX, a design hostel owned by Eidur Gudjohnsen, Hermann Hreidarsson and Pétur Marteinsson – three former Premier League footballers who have converted an old biscuit factory in the the city centre into the hippest place to stay on the island. You'll get a bed in the 16-bed dorm for just 2,200 Icelandic krónur (about £12) per night, but it's worth paying a bit extra for comfort and privacy: a double room with a private bathroom, bedlinen, towels and breakfast is still just 13,6000kr (about £72).
While the British Pound has taken a bit of beating against the Euro in recent years, the US remains relatively reasonable for those of us who want to do style on a budget. The Ace Hotel group, which has opened places to stay in Portland, Seattle, New York and Palm Springs (pictured) so far, combines hip designs and great atmospheres, and is consistently one of our favourite places to stay for under £100/night.
Self-catering is one of the best ways of keeping prices down when you're on holiday and Airbnb, which allows owners to rent out their properties room-by-room or as a whole unit, has revolutionised the lettings market over the past couple of years by making it easy and hassle-free to find stylish places to stay. Look for flats or houses that have lots of reviews (the more the better): a quick search for flats in Paris unveiled this former bakery in the Marais, a one-bedroom place for £76/night.