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Travel Ideas for Greece: 5 Islands that will Blow You Away

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Summer is already here and our bodies are asking for a well deserved rest under the sun after months of hard work. If you don’t have your holidays planned already, check out these travel ideas for Greece by Voyage Privé to go to one of the best summer destinations ever: Greece. Here are some of the islands that you can visit

Santorini

Santorini is one of the most popular destinations among tourists who want to discover Greece. Why? Well, mainly because of the beauty of each of its beaches, its sunsets and its differentiating element with respect to the surrounding islands: its geological characteristics. The island is located in a volcanic caldera that gathers different volcanoes, turning the area into the volcanic centre of the Aegean Sea -which translates into impressive beaches. Each beach of Santorini has particular characteristics that makes it unique and exceptional. The brilliant black rocks, and the white, black and red sand make up an unforgettable scenery. Most of the beaches are well organized and offer umbrellas and loungers as well as various water sports. The characteristic white houses of the Cyclades will let you discover their treasures little by little and the sunsets will take your breath away.

Rodhes

If you are one of those traveling ‘nerds’ who enjoy spending time in the beach but don’t know how to go on holiday and without also discovering the most cultural and historic part of the destination, Rodhes is probably the best destination for you if you want to travel to Greece.

This island was very famous in antiquity for having the great Colossus of Rhodes 30 meters high, one of the wonders of the world, which served as a lighthouse for ships arriving on the island. Unfortunately, an earthquake in 227 B.C. destroyed the sculpture, although its history remains alive in the city. 

Today, however, one of its most interesting places is the old city centre of Rhodes, declared a World Heritage Site, where its medieval past stands out with the great walls that surround it, in which you will discover cobblestone streets and labyrinths, stone palaces, fortifications, mosques, minarets and ancient temples. After getting to know every corner of the old city, you can rent a car and get to the beautiful village of Lindos, find the archaeological sites distributed around the island and bathe in the beautiful beaches and coves with turquoise waters.

Corfu

In Corfu, Greece is mixed with Italy, a pinch of France and a touch of Great Britain. Each bite of this ancient city will make you fall in love with nature and history. Corfu is the greenest Mediterranean island, with 3 million olive trees, and it is also packed with small rocky coves, only accessible by boat. The old town of Corfu, is a marvel with influences in its buildings of the different conquerors, among which stand out the Ancient Fortress built by the Venetians, the Square of the Esplanade or Spianada, or the palace of Achileion, summer residence of Sissi Empress, located on the outskirts of the capital. Pontikonisi, a small island on which the Pantocrator Monastery is located, one of the most photogenic places on the island, is only 15 minutes from the centre by car and we recommend you not to miss it.

Crete

Crete is the biggest island of Greece and here you can satisfy every one of your desires. You will be fascinated by the crystal-clear beaches and the rugged mountains, dotted with caves and gorges, you will be amazed. The traditional cuisine, the beautiful villages and their charming people, and above all the numerous archaeological relics will not leave you indifferent.

Therefore, if the legends of the Minotaur or Icarus resound in your head, then Crete is your destiny. Greece’s largest island hides hundreds of secrets that any enthusiast of history, beaches and good food should visit. Here you can get lost among archaeological sites such as the impressive Knossos Palace, with its murals and striking red columns, or Festos and Gortina, worthy of a visit.

Kos

Cos is one of the pearls of the Aegean Sea. It goes from west to east giving life to one of the most international localities of Greece. Besides being rich in history because of the importance of its archaeological areas –only Rodhes has more, Cos is also the paradise of cyclists. You can rent a bicycle for 5 euros a day and the trails are very well maintained. It is one of the main destinations for Europeans and is one of the meccas of Greece’s nightlife: once the sun sets, the party begins and never seems to end. The long beaches are ideal for families with children but also for all those who love being on the beach without sacrificing comfort.

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Food and Wine Pairings You Should Try This Summer

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As the days get longer and the weather improves, we’re usually looking for cool, refreshing flavors to offset the warmth outside. Whether it’s humans adapting to nature or vice versa, we tend to gravitate towards food which grows best in the weather conditions of a given season, which is known as seasonal eating.

During the warmer months, we’re keen to eat al fresco, with dishes including fresh fish, barbecued meats, and ice cream proving most popular. The bursts of salt, sugar, and fat these foods offer makes them easy to accompany with the right bottle of wine to bring out previously hidden depths and flavours, arguably providing easier pairings than at any other time of the year. Here are three of our perfect matches.

Beaujolais and salmon dishes

Wine expert Karen MacNeil’s take on Beaujolais is regularly cited as the definitive description of this legendary Burgundy variant, calling it “the only white wine that happens to be red”. It has the reputation of a particularly delicate red wine and, as food journalist Fiona Beckett notes, it is often paired with snackier French foods like patés or cheeses. However, with wine brokers pricing the finest bottles from its ten primary Crus at no less than £75, you’d be forgiven for wanting to match it to something a little more substantial this summer.

If you fancy opening a bottle of Beaujolais to celebrate the weather getting warmer, pick up some salmon to grill alongside it. While fish is traditionally served with white wine, Beaujolais works particularly well with salmon thanks to the low tannin count of the grapes in the region. This causes the wine to taste less bitter than many heartier reds, providing an excellent accompaniment to a richer fish.

Malbec and barbecued meats

If you’re in the mood for something strong to sip as you throw another burger on the grill, look no further than the darkly complex, fruity flavours of a Malbec. Originating in the South of France, it’s an extremely versatile wine available in both old and new world varieties, but most commonly known nowadays as an Argentinian grape.

Indeed, serving Malbec with barbecue is very much a traditional Argentinian custom. As the International Wine And Food Society notes, Malbec works particularly well with grilled meats thanks to its “smoky, charcoal scents…seasoned with just a dollop of oak”. These flavours match beautifully with the similar smokiness of barbecued meats, as well as most accompanying marinades and sauces.

Pinot Grigio and vanilla ice cream

Of course, summer food isn’t all about savoury snacks, and while your dessert preferences may be scoffing strawberries while watching Wimbledon, there’s nothing more satisfying in hot weather than a couple of scoops of ice cream. And while wandering up to the ice cream van with a wine glass in hand seems like a strange combination, it’s becoming an increasingly popular summertime treat.
Ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins recently released a series of recommended wine pairings to match toits 31 flavors, from Riesling with pralines and cream to rosé with rainbow sherbet. But our choice is the most simple and widely-available: Pinot Grigio and vanilla. The rich dairy texture of the ice cream is complemented perfectly by the crisp fruit notes of the wine, bringing you what is arguably the true taste of summer.

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Pralines, Bread or Pickles: How to Sell Food Online

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Ordering food online becomes more popular each year. So why restrict your business to a local target group? Here is a guide on how entrepreneurs can sell their delicacies worldwide.

The way people eat today has changed a lot during the last years. Food is no longer something we need to survive, it’s about the experience you get by eating it. Nowadays, there are many food lovers around the world who enjoy spending money on a rare piece of chocolate or a homemade marmalade that reminds them of their childhood. Therefore, people like to order delicacies from around the world. But when it comes to selling food online, many chefs have trouble getting started as there are a lot of different laws and restrictions that come with it.

If food is your passion, these legal barriers shouldn’t stop you from starting to sell online. Just remember, whenever you get frustrated about a regulation, they were invented to make food safer for the customers and that – by following them – you can avoid getting people sick from your delicacies. If you are struggling too much with the regulations, consider consulting a lawyer who has experience in the food industry.

First of all, you need to decide what kind of food you would like to sell. Maybe you already have a physical store in a good area and now you want to expand your business. But if not, you have to find a niche in which your idea fits into. If you are looking for new inspiration, have a look at the current food trends and see if you can work with that.

Set up your Store

Once you decide on a certain kind of food, you can set up your web store. You can easily do this yourself without spending a lot of money on a developer with platforms like Shopify. But before you publish it, don’t forget to do some research: what makes your product better than your competitor’s? Compare your brand to others to see what you can learn from them and to better them.

Make sure that you have everything ready before getting started and don’t forget to think about your business operations. In a local restaurant, you have a restricted number of seats and therefore guests you can serve in a day. The internet doesn’t work that way. It’s hard to estimate how high the demand will be. Therefore, it can be helpful to use a manufacturing scheduling software that helps small manufacturers optimise their operations. The software will make sure you have enough ingredients in stock whilst you can concentrate on preparing the food.

As people cannot try before they buy, the way it looks on your website is essential. Your product has to tell a story through the package design, photography and the description. By looking at the product page, the customers must be able to imagine how the food might taste.

Last, but not least, develop a marketing strategy for your store. This should include setting up social media pages, optimising your website for the search engines, and starting an email campaign.

Now it’s up to you! Happy selling!

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Bee Bags Bring Skip Hire Into The 21st Century

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Getting rid of rubbish can be a major headache. If you’ve got waste material left over from decorating projects, moving house or major decluttering exercises, you need a way to get rid of it all. Perfect for today’s busy lives, Clearabee have come up with a simple, convenient alternative to skip hire. They offer Bee Bags – strong bags that come in four different sizes that they collect once filled with rubbish. Created with the customer’s requirements in mind, this waste removal service is just what the everyday person needs.

Up To Date Rubbish Collection

You can order a Bee Bag online, 24 hours a day, from your phone, tablet or laptop – perfect for anyone who has a full week with little time to spare. With just a few clicks a bee bag is ordered and it will be delivered the next working day. You don’t have to be ready to use it straight away if your plans change, you have a full 12-month window to load up the bag at your convenience. Once it’s filled up with all the rubbish, simply get back online to order a collection slot. In most instances it is removed within hours, but it will definitely all be gone within 24 hours. Regular skip hire is never this simple to arrange.

A Greener Way To Get Rid Of Rubbish

Clearabee have answered the call to be more environmentally responsible by taking all the unwanted junk to the correct waste station. This means that around 95% of all rubbish collected is diverted from landfill and gets recycled or reused. They also plant thousands of trees to offset their carbon emissions. With more than 100 locations, they make sure that their vehicle use is kept to a minimum to ensure fuel consumption is as low as possible. Bee Bags are re-usable, and when used again customers get a reduction in the collection fee.

Do Things Your Way With A Bee Bag

Clearabee like to be as flexible as possible, because they know this is what people want. The Bee Bags come in four different capacities so the right size for the job can be ordered. The website offers a handy guide to give a rough idea of what can fit inside each one. When you start to fill it, you can choose where to place the bag as long as it isn’t too far from the kerbside, so put it somewhere that suits you. And if you find that you have more rubbish than you expected, Clearabee will still collect it for an additional surcharge.

No Room For Traditional Skip Hire?

Bee Bags offer the perfect solution for places that don’t have much space. The bags take up much less room than a skip and they can be placed in smaller, more awkward locations as long as they are easy to access. This is ideal for homes with no driveway, or a an uneven front garden or a place where skip lorries can’t go.

Convenient Rubbish Collection

Rubbish collection services are not always very convenient to organise. Some require a phone call during office hours, payment by cheque, advanced booking and someone to be at home on delivery. None of that is necessary with Bee Bags. Everything can be arranged at any time of the day or night with a service that is quick, simple and without fuss. Same-day collection is also available if you want all your junk gone immediately. And if you already have a hippo bag or similar, you can use these as Clearabee will collect 3rd-party bags too.

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Luxurious Scottish Highlands and the Scotch whisky experience

From climbing the peaks of the Lake District to surfing in Cornwall or savouring the Scotch whisky experience in Scotland, the British Isles are home to a wealth of fantastic travel hotspots and destinations.

Top pursuits for tourists include a Scotch whisky experience (Edinburgh has many) and staying in luxurious accommodation nestling in the Scottish Highlands, such as CLC Duchally Country Estate.

The beautiful Scottish Highlands

A long-time favourite with holidaymakers looking for a unique and amazing travel experience, Scotland has seen more high-end travel options open in recent years than ever before. Discerning travellers are not only looking for experiences such as whisky tasting, but also somewhere special to call home for a week or two.  Why not stay at the stunning CLC Duchally Country Estate and visit the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh?

For the adrenaline junkie and adventure enthusiast, luxurious lodge accommodation at CLC Duchally is close to many of the attractions that can be found in any decent guide to Scotland. Exciting activities visitors can indulge in include, jumping into a private helicopter to tour the Scottish Isles from above and taking to the pistes at one of the country’s five luxurious ski resorts and experiencing some of the most breath-taking slopes in the UK.

History, culture & the Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotland is a diverse destination, and for those looking for an extraordinary travel experience in the UK, there really is something for everyone. Rich history abounds in cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, while the wild, rugged Highlands beckon to be explored. But the real draw for many visitors is the world-famous Scotch Experience Edinburgh.

There are more than 120 active whisky distilleries throughout Scotland – an impressive feat for one of the smallest countries in Europe and indicative of the importance of the golden spirit. The five whisky-producing regions are Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. A Scotch whisky experience allows enthusiasts to learn about the history of the revered drink, which spans more than five centuries. Luxurious accommodation such as CLC Duchally Country Estate provides the opportunity to enjoy the Scotch Whisky Experience in a dedicated bar. CLC Duchally Country Estate has been appointed a ‘Whisky Embassy’ under the ‘Scotlandwhisky’ scheme and offers more than 50 quality varieties from all over Scotland. Each bartender has an in-depth knowledge of the best Scottish whiskies and guests can indulge in an evening of tasting, while learning about what exactly makes them the finest in the world – from grain to glass.

From hiking to relaxing in luxurious surroundings and enjoying the Scotch whisky experience, Scotland is a unique destination just waiting to be explored.

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The Best Places to Drive to and Around in France

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France is a treasure trove of delights, twice the size of the UK but with roughly the same population, its traffic free country roads are a joy to travel and take you back to a bygone age of picturesque sleepy villages and stunning medieval towns.  Exploring France by car restores the enjoyment of driving which gridlocked UK motorists may think a thing of the past.  However confident you are in your vehicle, punctures and breakdowns still happen, so be sure to be prepared.  Having European breakdown cover ensures that you get the benefit of roadside assistance when driving in Europe.  Hopefully you won’t need to use your cover, but if you’re going to break down anywhere, the French countryside is at least much more attractive than the M25.  

There are countless wonderful French villages, towns and cities which merit a visit but here are just five mouth-watering delights to set you on your way.

Bourg-en-Bresse

Situated in Eastern France this charming medieval city retains a centre of half- timbered buildings, which now serve as fascinating specialist shops offering a range of outstanding local produce.  The city’s star attraction is the Royal Monastery with its extraordinary glazed roof tiles, three two storey cloisters and outstanding marble tomb effigies. When you’ve exhausted the medieval delights of the city, it makes an excellent base from which to explore the many attractions of the delightful Bresse countryside.

Mont St Michel

Once seen, never forgotten, this gothic abbey rising from its island base is like a vision from a fairy-tale and when the tide is in and water surrounds the island, it is transformed into a mirrored miracle of climbing cobbled pathways and soaring architecture.  It’s little surprise then that with over two and a half million visitors each year, the Mont St Michel is one of the most visited places in France.

Vannes

This walled and gated town founded by the Romans and modified and expanded over the next 1500 years is a unique survival.  Wander its alleys and cobbled squares and enjoy the medieval atmosphere of this vibrant town, which also boasts a great range of bars and restaurants, museums and churches and the gorgeous Jardins des Remparts.

Nice

Popular with English tourists since the Eighteenth Century this capital of the French Riviera has plenty to keep you entertained for as long as you choose.  Great beaches stretch out alongside the Promenade des Anglais and of course there are enough bars and restaurants that you could graze all summer long and never visit the same establishment twice. There are museums, most notably the Musee Marc Chagall, a gilded cathedral, palaces and at the Parc Phoenix, one of the largest greenhouses in Europe.  And when you’ve had your fill of culture, there are the endless shopping delights of the Avenue Jean Medecin.

Bordeaux

The centre of Bordeaux, a World Heritage Site, is an exquisite example of Eighteenth-Century architectural harmony on a grand scale.  Bordeaux is a city in which it is a pleasure to walk and simply gaze upwards at the endless invention of the buildings.  On the banks of the majestic Garonne, the restaurants of Bordeaux have access to the finest local produce, oysters, mushrooms, duck, asparagus and of course world-famous wine, which you can develop your appreciation of by visiting the world’s best wine museum.

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How Gourmet Food Can Enhance Stay-at-Home Entertainment

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When it comes to the atmosphere of an event, it’s the food that makes it. Where there is great entertainment, there should always be great snacks to fill up one’s belly. For some of the most famous feasts of all time, we can turn to https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink. The Medici wedding in 1600, for example, was an epic banquet during which 50 courses were served, including the very special dessert of milk and honey sherbet. Or there was the Regent’s Banquet of 1817, which featured 127 dishes, including a mosque made out of marzipan (GBBO eat your heart out!).

But you don’t need to be a monarch or hold some noble title to enhance your entertainment with gourmet cuisine. You can do it yourself and we’re showing you how.

What Can Food Bring to Entertainment in the Home?

Events outside of the home are expected to deliver opulence and grandeur, but the food you serve at events in your home is just as important. Not only does it help relax your guests, but it will also impress them. They’ll be positively bewildered that you managed to offer such delectable delights, all from the kitchen in your semi-detached.

This is especially useful when paired with at-home versions of not-at-home entertainment. You could, for example, invite your friends round for a casino night in which you try your hand at games like baccarat, roulette and blackjack without going out to a real-life casino. Live casino offerings like those at https://www.mrgreen.com/en/live-casino already enhance the atmosphere – with a live croupier who deals the game to you – but by offering tasty casino snacks your home will feel like a proper casino. Get out the shrimp cocktail, meat skewers and mini bruschettas and that’s an extra special night in right there.

Or, if you’re hosting a movie night, then turn on the surround sound speakers, dim the lights and serve up some popcorn to make your squad feel as though you’ve transported them to an actual movie theatre. You could even level up your popcorn to really “wow” your pals. Suggestions from https://greatist.com/eat/healthy-popcorn-recipes include apple pie popcorn, lemony kale popcorn, and spicy cilantro lime popcorn.

What Gourmet Food Can You Make at Home?

We’ve already given you a couple of event-specific gourmet recipes you can make to impress your guests, but how about some more general dishes? Ones that suit any occasion? The party appetizers detailed at http://recipegeek.com/food-talk are sound winners: mini pizzas, 4 ways, offers a yummy, bite-sized way to enjoy the classic Italian dish, while the fresh Thai salad rolls are incredibly easy to put together. Not only will this snack look the part, but with all those vegetables, it’s a healthy way of chowing down!

Food is massively important when it comes to entertaining. You want to be a good host that puts smiles on faces and food in bellies. Ditch the usual crisps and nuts and go big with the gourmet recipes we’ve outlined above.

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How Long Does Whisky Last Unopened

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In theory, a bottle of whisky can last almost forever. However, the actual shelf life of any bottle depends on how well it has been stored, and this is impacted by a number of external factors. These include whether or not your bottle of whisky has been opened, the lighting or humidity conditions where the bottle is stored, and even the air in the bottle. Simply put, not taking proper care of your bottles can make your whisky spoil faster.

All whisky collectors need to know how long a bottle of Scotch can and should last. Here, we’ll go through the steps you will need to take to ensure that your personal whisky collection will last as long as possible.

How to store unopened bottles of whisky properly

There is a science behind storing a bottle of whisky, which involves controlling the levels of light, temperature, air, and even humidity. All whisky needs to be stored correctly from the moment you bring it home, even if the bottle is unopened and sealed.

All bottles of whisky should be stored upright, away from direct sunlight, and below room temperature, in an environment that isn’t too humid. Unopened bottles of whisky won’t oxidise, so you should avoid decanting it until the bottle has been opened, and is less than half full.

Whisky matures, like most spirits, by being left to age in the cask before it is bottled. However, unlike wine, whisky doesn’t mature once it’s in the bottle, so the flavour profiles won’t change over time. If you’re just beginning your whisky collection, bear in mind that you are effectively buying your whisky pre-aged. A bottle of 12 year Scotch will remain a 12 year Scotch, even if it’s opened 100 years later. The flavour will only start to change once the bottle is opened, as oxygen starts to react with the spirit in the bottle. Consequently, there’s little point in keeping a bottle of whisky unopened, unless you’re saving it for a special occasion, or you’re looking to sell it on at a later date.

Take care when storing open bottles of whisky

As we mentioned earlier, whisky changes once the bottle is opened, which can alter the taste for the worse. While you can’t totally prevent this from happening, there are steps you can take to slow down this process. If your bottle has a cork, you can get an additional cap on top to further protect your scotch against evaporation. However, your most crucial measure should be to keep an eye on the temperature to prevent your whisky from evaporating. If your bottle has a screw cap, remember to regularly retighten the bottle by hand, as they tend to loosen on their own over time, leading to increased evaporation.

Both of these methods stop air from getting into your open bottle of whisky, which oxidises your scotch. The existing air in the bottle, and any new air which may enter the bottle, slowly reacts with the whisky and changes its flavour profile. In the short term, this can either ruin the whisky or improve it, depending on your personal preference. Over a prolonged time, however, oxidised whisky will lose its original flavour and colour, which you want to avoid.

The best way to avoid oxidising your whisky, and changing the flavour, is simply to drink it. An open bottle of whisky lasts much longer if it’s more than half full, with a shelf-life of up to five years. But once it reaches the halfway mark, this drops to just one or two years. If you want your whisky to last even longer, the best thing to do is decant it into a smaller glass bottle, reducing the amount of air in the bottle and stopping it from oxidising any further.

Now you know the basics of how to keep your whisky at its best possible quality, you can start building your own collection of rare scotch without having to worry about it losing its flavour or its value.

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The best luxury apartments to stay in Barcelona

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In the last decades, Barcelona has become one of the trendiest destinations in Europe, and maybe in the whole world. This Spanish city has great weather all year round, is sunny in winter and with little rain. In the summer, it is hot enough to enjoy perfect beaches, drinks at the sunsets and parties all night. No matter when, its architecture, cultural heritage, gastronomy, and touristic attractions will surprise you. Besides, in only a few hours by train or car, you can visit some of the most amazing natural landscapes in Spain such as the Pyrenees or Costa Brava.

If you are planning a trip, perhaps you should think about Barcelona as your dream destination. And for your stay, what would be better than a luxury apartment? Nowadays, many Barcelona Real Estate Agencies specialize in luxury flats or houses, with the aim of creating an unforgettable experience for the client. They are becoming even more popular than hotels: they don’t have schedule restrictions, they give more freedom to the clients and they enable meetings and parties without disturbing other users. No wonder then that they are requested by thousands of travelers every year.

When choosing a luxury apartment in Barcelona, you have to take into account not only the size and the furniture but also the location. For example, you might want to live near the city center, in El Gotic neighborhood or in Eixample, places with great nightlife and right next to the best restaurants and cultural attractions. Or, if you are visiting during the summer, you may prefer something near the beach, for example, in Villa Olímpica or Port Vell. Anyway, for longer or shorter stays, we always recommend apartments close to a subway and bus stop. That way, you make sure that the fun is only a few minutes away!

In addition, facilities should also be taken into account. If you are staying over the summer, try to choose an apartment with air conditioning: days can get hot! In winter days, we recommend houses with a heating system, it can save you from a cold night. Also, an acoustically isolated apartment is a must: you don’t want to be disturbed on your sleep!

Luckily, the main real estate agencies in Barcelona have already taken care of all these issues and offer perfect apartments for both long and short stays. You don’t know where to start looking? One of the most requested flats are the luxury Aelite St. properties in Barcelona. This agency specializes in creative, elegant and comfortable homes. Their flats can be found in almost every location in Barcelona and can adapt to different styles of stays: from tourists to workers to travelers that aim to discover every corner of the city.

With hundreds of luxury apartments, no wonder that Barcelona is the place to be right now. Many celebrities and millionaires have already tried it, and more and more tourists follow their lead every year. Will you be the next to step in Barcelona?

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Think outside the box: 5 great food subscriptions to get your loved ones for Christmas

Everyone knows the best presents are the gifts that keep on giving. Food subscription boxes literally do that. Your loved one will get to open their present on Christmas Day. And again 30 days later. And again 30 days later. Every month right up until next Christmas, at which point they’ll probably beg you not to buy them anything because they’re already too indebted to you.

If you’ve chosen to buy a food box subscription as a present, you’re onto something good. But with new options hitting the market with the regularity of the boxes themselves, which one should you opt to buy?

In this guide, we’ll break down which boxes are best suited to different tastes, and help you find the perfect way to feed your friends and family for 12 months straight.

1. Cheese box subscriptions from The Cheese Geek

What is it? We all know someone who loves their cheese. A cheese subscription box from The Cheese Geek will make their dairy dreams come true. Packing 600g of finely crafted curds into each monthly cheese delivery, The Cheese Geek’s cheese subscriptions feature old favourites alongside just-as-delicious lesser known varieties. Each box comes with tasting notes and a scorecard to help wannabe cheese geeks keep tabs on their favourites.

Who’s it for? Well… cheese geeks.

How much is it? From £27.50 – £29.50 per box.

2. Vegan Bakery Box from A Kind Mama

What is it? Though vegan treats are increasingly easy to come by, herbivores still struggle to indulge their sweet tooths quite as often as their eggs and dairy guzzling cousins. This vegan bakery box from A Kind Mama steps in to fill the void, guaranteeing a smorgasbord of ethical sugary sweets every month. The Mixed Box includes two cookies, two brownies and eight donuts, while the Mixed Brownie Box swaps the donuts for two additional brownies.

Who’s it for? Vegans who love puddings as much as they love animals. Or anyone who wants to avoid dairy but not dessert.

How much is it? £13 – £15 a month.

3. Flaming Licks from Cratejoy

What is it? Quite simply the spiciest subscription box in the country. Each delivery from Flaming Licks includes one Hot Sauce of the Month, a second spicy condiment and some fiery cooking products, snacks, dried chillies or rubs. More than enough to keep even the hottest of spice heads roasting.

Who’s it for? Anyone who laughs at the Extra Hot sauce in Nando’s.

How much is it? £17.99 a month.

4. Pasta subscription box from Pasta Evangelists

What is it? Pasta Evangelists boast “restaurant-quality pasta fresh to your door”, and they’re not talking about Prezzo on Deliveroo. This is true artisan pasta, complete with garnishes and sauces, all of it in season, and all of it from pasta’s motherland, Italy. Recipe cards explain how to assemble each dish, so subscribers can end up cooking true gourmet meals in their own homes. Recent boxes have included crab-filled squid ink tortelloni and pistacchio-filled giant dessert gnocchi.

Who’s it for? Anyone who loves pasta. (So, anyone.) Aspiring Michelin-star chefs who begrudge buying ingredients.

How much is it? £41.70 – £53.70 a month. (Around £13 per week.)

5. Healthy meals from Mindful Chef

What is it? After creating the UK’s first vegan subscription box, Mindful Chef has flourished into a food box service that caters for all diets, with meat options from Britain’s Butcher of the Year, no less. Offering different meals every week, each one nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare, Mindful Chef is a great way to try out healthy new recipes. Recent dishes include smoked salmon frittata, Middle Eastern aubergine and Thai pork meatballs.

Who’s it for? Anyone who loves to cook and wants to broaden their horizons.

How much is it? Since subscribers choose the meals they want each week, gift vouchers are available from £25.  

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