The UN will tell you there are 44 countries in Europe but the EU will disagree. Depending upon your camp there are either 47, 49, 50 or 51. No matter how many there are a lot of amazing cultures to discover.

The UN will tell you there are 44 countries in Europe but the EU will disagree. Depending upon your camp there are either 47, 49, 50 or 51. No matter how many there are a lot of amazing cultures to discover.


Tuscan Princess tour
Luxury tours in Italy

Enter stage left, Valerio Fantinelli, an Australian-Italian chef with the culinary wizardry of a Michelin-starred sorcerer, and his cohort, Luca Rocconi, a professional Italian tour guide whose ancestry presumably includes a lineage of Roman emperors, given his encyclopaedic knowledge of Italy’s secrets. Together, these cousins concoct asmall-group tours through Italy’s heart and soul, promising escapades from one to six days that would make Caesar himself green with envy.

Caminito del Rey
Hiking Spain: The Camino De Santiago and Beyond

Ah, Spain! A land of contrasts and contradictions, where the sun beats down on the Mediterranean coast with the same fervour as the sangria flows in the local tavernas. But beyond the clichés of flamenco and paella lies a secret: Spain is Europe’s second most mountainous country.

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Spirited Comeback: the Glenglassaugh Seaside Saga & Whisky Revival

In the shadows of the parent company, Brown-Forman, a formidable player in the spirits realm with brands like Jack Daniel’s, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve, Glenglassaugh stands poised for another chapter of rejuvenation.

Brown Forman GlenDronach Scotch Whisky
Dr. Rachel Barrie’s Whisky Wonderland Down Under

Embarking on her maiden voyage to Australia, Dr. Barrie graced Elizabeth Bay House to pay homage to women in whisky.

The Majestic Hotel Santorini
The Majestic Hotel in Santorini

It is more than 11 years since we last set foot in the Majestic Hotel, on the outskirts of Santorini’s capital Fira, but I mean it in a good way when I say that little has changed.  My daughters may have grown from toddlers to teenagers (seemingly overnight) but the same high standards and bright, luxurious complex that I remember from 2012 remain front and centre at the Majestic.

Kate Branch
Social media travel with Kate Branch

In today’s digital age, where our lives are increasingly intertwined with screens, social media has undeniably transformed the way we experience and perceive travel. As a photographer and social media manager in the travel and hospitality industry, Kate has had a front-row seat to witness this remarkable evolution.

Nefeles Luxury Suites in Fira of Santorini island
Nefeles Luxury Suites in Santorini

A stay at the Nefeles Luxury Suites is what Santorini dreams are made of.  With its nine cave suites, ingeniously hewn out of the cliffside, directly opposite the caldera that makes this Greek island so distinctive, in the capital Fira, just staying in and feasting on the view is enough to make guests feel very special.

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Simon Moore on New York, ABBA and Chopin

Fine Music FM’s Simon Moore can be found most years on Broadway. “Broadway is home to the pinnacle of the peak art form for musical theatre,” says Simon. He describes it with gusto saying that it offers “musical theatre in various flavours including outstanding and new work.”

Katharos Pool Villas in Santorini
Santorini’s balmy nights and blue domed days

Our three night stay at the Katharos Villas, at the edge of Oia, on beautiful Santorini, begins perfectly.

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Jill Hickson on Austria, Adelaide and Dame Joan

First Class Magazine’s Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan sits down with 2MBS Fine Music Sydney’s Jill Hickson to talk all things music and travel.

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And all that Jazz

From the Hofburg Palace to Mozart’s apartment, Vienna is the finest city of music. One of the most divine experiences is staying in Schonbrunn Palace to feast like an emperor and slumber in a four poster bed in the former Habsburg summer residence.

Milan Mandarin Garden Courtyard
Luxuriate in the exclusive fashion capital at the Mandarin Oriental Milan

Now with 37 hotels and nine residences in 25 countries and territories in their stable, First Class Magazine is celebrating with a gaze at the Mandarin Oriental Milan.

Opening image credit: Roberto Sorin