Check-In: Hotel Angleterre & Residence, Lausanne, Switzerland

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On an impromptu trip to Lausanne, Switzerland, after the hustle and bustle of staying in the center of Marrakech’s rowdy Medina, we opted for a relaxation spot with all the amenities needed to rejuvenate and just rest easy. Hotel Angleterre was the perfect venue for this. Superbly located in the residential part of Lausanne directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, 5 minutes away from Lausanne’s shopping centre and only 40 minutes from the International Airport Geneva-Cointrin, this place is one of its kind.

The unique concept of the Hotel Angleterre & Résidence occupies six buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and 21st Centuries, all renovated. Pure lines and modern design within historically rich walls create an environment where modernity combines perfectly with tradition. 75 rooms ranging from superior to suite style accommodation await our guests. Direct dial telephone, Wireless Internet access, remote control colour TV and radio, mini-bar, safe and air-conditioning in all rooms.

The views from the hotel is all a tourist to Lake Geneva. The staff were attentive and very friendly, even helping us after we checked out to visit the town of Evian, famous for its bottled mineral water – a short ferry ride from right in front of the hotel. This is truly one of the best hotels to stay in Lausanne!

Special thanks to Annina Hart-Hönig for offering us all the information we need and keeping up with our busy schedule with care and consideration! 




Travel Video: Lake Hallstatt in Upper Austria!

‘The Lake’ winner – CHRONOS film festival 2013 & ‘Goldene Stadttor’ ITB Berlin 2014 from geoff tompkinson on Vimeo.

For many years now I have been fortunate enough to live for part of each year on the shore of Lake Hallstatt in Upper Austria.

This video is not about the town – but about the Lake itself.

Hallstatt, the town, is famous for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times. It is a very popular summer tourist destination – so popular with the Chinese that they have actually built a replica of the town in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The whole area has Unesco World Heritage status. Continue reading

Four Seasons Austin becomes a Zero-Waste hotel!

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Just one year after setting out to become a Zero Waste hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Austin is proud to be the only hotel in Texas – and one of only a handful of businesses in the country – to reach this prestigious environmental goal.

The push to become Zero Waste, defined as diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill, started in late November 2013 and was initially a two-year project, but thanks to a concerted effort by Hotel employees and the expert assistance of partner Texas Disposal Systems, the initiative was accomplished in nearly half the time.

“This truly is a testament to Four Seasons employees being able to accomplish anything they put their hearts and minds into,” says Rob Hagelberg, general manager at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. “Watching behaviors change and seeing the pride employees took in contributing to the effort was inspiring.”

The official Zero Waste designation was bestowed in January 2014 after Texas Disposal Systems completed an audit finding that the Hotel successfully diverted 263 tons (240,00 kilograms) of waste through recycling and 262 tons (200,000 kilograms) through compost. Only 58 tons (53,000 kilograms) of waste went to the landfill in all of 2013, an impressive feat considering the Hotel plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. To put this in perspective, the Hotel has decreased its environmental waste footprint by more than 900 percent since 2012. Continue reading

Travel Music: 10 Essential Artists from Denmark!

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Tina Dico

Gist: The only artist who truly captures the Danish landscape and translates it into English.

Download: “Room With A View,” “Count To Ten,” “Break Of Day,” “Long Goodbye” and “Moon To  Let”


Gist: Denmark’s answer to Robyn brings us to the Copenhagen dance floors.

Download: “Gutter,” “You & I,” “Forever,” and “Lonely”


Gist: The happiest nation on Earth produces the happiest band on earth.

Download: “The Spell,” “Always Up With You,” “Fascination” and “Vacation.”

Agnes Obel

Gist: The happiest nation on Earth also produces one of the most melancholy artists of our time.

Download: “Riverside, “The Curse,” “Brother Sparrow” and “Dorian”

Oh Land

Gist: Quirky as she may be, the three-albumed singer has some solid beats.

Download: “Sun Of A Gun,” “White Nights,” “Cherry On Top” and “Voodoo”

Junior Senior

Gist: Glee comes in shapes and sizes, but this is pure unsaturated happiness.

Download: “Move Your Feet,” “Can I Get Get Get” and “Shake Your Coconuts”

Electric Lady Lab

Gist: Fashion-forward catwalk music with a Scandinavian twist.

Download: “It’s Over Now,” “Touch Me” and “Wondering”

Gist: A newcomer with a lot of flair gives Lykke Li a run for her money!

Download: “Don’t Wanna Dance,” “Never Wanna Know” and “Glass”


Gist: Even Soul music thrives in the fertile music scene of Denmark.

Download: “Mind The Gap,” “Heartbreaker” and “Ask Yourself”

Ida Corr

Gist: Dance floors and pride parades worldwide can embrace this singer’s hits.

Download: “Give It To Me,” “Jungle Fever” and “Let Me Think About It” with Fedde Le Grande

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