GRAPE ESCAPES – FOR THE ULTIMATE ‘ABS FABS’ EXPERIENCE

GRAPE ESCAPES – FOR THE ULTIMATE ‘ABS FABS’ EXPERIENCE

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We know that many of our readers like a sip of bubbly and often opt for Prosecco, but for those seasoned connoisseurs, there is nothing quite like the flavour of the produce from the revered regions of Champagne itself, in Central France

For those of you who have a ‘bestie’ and want to go on a ‘Patsy and Eddy’ weekend, or wish to share a memorable break with your other half, Grape Escapes will organise it for you.

One word of advice though, and we don’t want to be a Party Pooper, but make sure you drink plenty of water, and pace yourself throughout the stay, as you really want to relish every moment of this amazing holiday, and remember it when you get home!   Have fun!

Here is what Grape Escapes have to say:

DESTINATIONS/CHAMPAGNE

The delightful Champagne region remains our most popular destination, but what makes it so great? In part, it is because the region is so easy to get to. It is accessible from central Paris in just 45 minutes using the high speed rail line linking Paris with eastern France. Charles de Gaulle airport is even closer with a journey time to Champagne of 30 minutes on this line. For our UK customers, it is situated less than 2 ½ hours’ drive from Calais making it the UK’s closest premium wine region.

Other reasons include the recently UNESCO Classified picturesque hillsides and valleys, covered in vines and forests and the sense of history associated with the region. The city of Reims is home to no less than four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the finest gothic cathedrals in northern Europe where 25 kings of France were crowned. It was on the front line in both the first and second World Wars, and is also where the formal surrender was signed at the end of World War II. However, all of these reasons tell only part of the story. The main reason remains the world-famous wine.

As the leading specialist organiser of Champagne tours with over a decade of experience, they offer a huge selection of Champagne tours to suit all tastes and budgets!

Their friendly team would love to hear from you on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or at info@grapeescapes.net to discuss your requirements and suggest suitable packages, Here are some of our favourite Champagne tours, which are also available to book online at Grape Escapes

If you can’t find what you are looking for on their web site, they will be thrilled to put together a tailor-made itinerary for you. Just get in touch!

One of their recent clients commented:

‘Reims as a city was a delight to encounter and a very pleasant surprise. The hotel was perfectly situated. Both Marco and I learnt a tremendous amount about the production and history of champagne and thoroughly enjoyed every second from the moment we left home. Even the weather was kind to us.’

 

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HOW TO MANAGE THE UNREALISTIC DEMANDS OF A PERFECT LIFESTYLE

HOW TO MANAGE THE UNREALISTIC DEMANDS OF A PERFECT LIFESTYLE

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Many of us are living with high levels of stress, from the demands of a ‘perfect’ lifestyle, with the expectation that we have to live up to the Picture Book imagery of the immaculate Mother with the beautifully turned out kids, running her own business from home whilst doing the school run and cooking the perfectly organic healthy recipes, cooked from scratch of course.  Sounds familiar?  It could be you or your offspring, if you have grown up kids, oh and being the perfect Grandma also comes with its challenges.

If you are trying to live up to any of the above, you will be feeling the strain, and any small event could tip you over the edge if you aspire to these heights of perfection.

The one thing we all want to avoid is reaching for the gin bottle at the end of the day, or pouring that extra glass of wine or God forbid, take up smoking again.

You definitely do not want to take medication to calm you down either, and so we are giving you some support with some healthy ideas to help you through the day (and night!).

One last tip, stop trying to be perfect – you won’t score any brownie points, and will be a lot happier in the long run.

Here are our top buys, please consult your GP before taking any herbal products in case of any
interactions with any medication you are already taking.

 

Bach Rescue Remedy Spray

 

Kalms Tablets

 

Karma Mood Tablets

 

Calm Balm

If you have a favorite herbal remedy please let us know and we will be sure to try it

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A Royal Wedding Whirlwind

A Royal Wedding Whirlwind

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Meghan Markle’s mother will meet the Queen today after a whirlwind 24 hours where she was introduced to Prince Charles and Camilla as well as William, Kate and their three children.

Doria Ragland, 61, is also supporting her daughter after an extraordinary week where her father Thomas pulled out and her estranged relatives landed en masse to cash in on her big day.

Ms Ragland has already enjoyed a ‘very jolly’ afternoon with Charles and Camilla this week with royal sources saying they got on famously.

Today Meghan’s yoga instructor mother, who is expected to walk her daughter down the aisle in her father’s absence, will meet her most esteemed new relative by marriage – the Queen – for tea at Windsor Castle, along with Harry and his fiancee.

The elegant 5* luxury country Cliveden House Hotel boasting 350 years of power, politics and parties at the Grade I listed stately home and the location of the notorious Profumo affair, one of the greatest scandals of the Cold War period – is where Meghan and her mother will stay tonight, along with a group of her closest girlfriends plus her dress designer and hairdresser. https://www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/

Harry, as is tradition, will say goodbye to wife-to-be and stay elsewhere with his best man, Prince William.

The princes have plumped for Coworth Park, a five-star country house a stone’s throw from Windsor and one that has been the venue for many a royal polo match and his first public kiss with Meghan. Quoted as being the scenic route to five-star bliss. Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises, from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape. Here you’ll find an experience to refresh every sense within the welcoming oasis of calm.  https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park/

 

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Have Your Own ‘Ab Fab” Experience at Harvey Nichols

Have Your Own ‘Ab Fab” Experience at Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols is one of our most famous and adored London superstores.  It is frequented by the Royals, featured in numerous Television Programmes, especially Absolutely Fabulous where Patsy and Edina spent many an afternoon sipping Bolly to the delight of the Nation and nicknaming it ‘Harvey Nics’.

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Now is your chance to taste some of the many delights of Harvey Nichols where you can have your own FAB experience.
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Why not check out Harvey Nichols website and Good Luck !

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Birth of a Cult: M.A.C From Wow to Now!

Birth of a Cult: M.A.C From Wow to Now!

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All Ages, All Races, All Sexes… A professional makeup brand setting trends backstage at fashion weeks around the world. Today, M·A·C means so many things to its millions of fans in every corner of the planet, but a global beauty phenomenon has to begin somewhere.

Make-Up Art Cosmetics started life in Toronto, Canada. Makeup artist and photographer Frank Toskan and salon owner Frank Angelo became frustrated by the lack of makeup that photographed well, so they decided to create their own. At first, they made the cosmetics in their kitchen and sold them straight from the salon to fellow makeup artists, as well as models and photographers. Soon, stylists and fashion editors got in on the action. As the magazine credits racked up and word-of-mouth popularity grew, the duo launched M·A·C in March 1984 from a counter in a Toronto department store.

Their approach was chic utility, with the makeup coming in black pots rather than compacts. While other major makeup brands at the time were predominantly skincare companies, M·A·C chose instead to establish itself as the ultimate colour authority. Professional makeup artists manned the counter, an industry first. One of the most popular offerings was an intense matte red lipstick, which got a boost with an appearance in a photo-shoot of the fast-rising Madonna.

The company took the industry by storm, offering a wide range of products that blended street savvy with glamorous style and panache. Behind the counter, the M·A·C approach was notably different. Rather than driving sales through traditional promotional techniques, M·A·C relied on the integrity of its carefully formulated product line. Adding to the image was a touch of outrageousness. A company that honours individuality and self-expression above all else, it brought a brilliant sense of drag and theatre into the sleek M·A·C stores and department store counters.

M·A·C is sold today in over 105 countries around the world. It remains committed to developing new categories, products and over 50 collections each year, all of which continue to serve the demand of consumers and professional makeup artists alike.

Collaborations with adored names from popular culture, art and fashion have included such names as Rihanna, Lorde, Proenza Schouler, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Brooke Shields. These continue to enhance M·A·C’s relevance and reach to existing fans as well as new ones, while our makeup Artists’ rock-steady presence backstage at over 200 fashion week shows around the world, working with names from Prabal Gurung to Vivienne Westwood, secures the envied status of M·A·C as the world’s leading beauty trendsetter.

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