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February 2019

The benefits of quinoa for the skin

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Apart from being an excellent alternative to starchy foods, quinoa is our partner for beautiful skin. This plant is not only a favourite with vegetarians and vegans; it’s also known for its healing qualities, its anti-aging effect, and as a food that helps resist spots and acne. Quinoa, a grain with real benefits for your skin Consisting of 70% carbohydrates and 15% proteins, quinoa is ideal for people with gluten…

Sports latest: the Megaformer

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I’m having an interesting sports experience that I’d like to share with you. For the last three months, I’ve been doing Pilates on a ‘Megaformer’ machine at Community Megaformer studio. I take two courses per week, on top of my usual routine. The Megaformer is often confused with the ‘Reformer’, but the Lagree method is different. (Lagree is the name of the Megaformer designer and coach). With Lagree, you do,…

RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL | VIENNA

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Do you know Vienna? I’ve just spent a few days in the Austrian capital. I walked in the footsteps of Empress Sisi and Crown Prince Rudolf, and I admired the fabulous palaces and magnificent gardens. I also had the good luck to see Madame Butterfly at the Vienna State Opera. In Vienna, the grand story of Europe is still ever-present in the 21st century. If you’re planning a romantic/cultural getaway…

Hong Kong and Macau – not just Chinese

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Located right next to China, Hong Kong and Macau have led their own lives for nearly two centuries in the one case and four in the other. Hong Kong was a British colony, more or less, for 155 years; and Macau was under Portuguese administration for four hundred years. About twenty years ago, they went back to being – almost – Chinese, as Chinese administrative regions enjoying a special regime,…

Santorini – the jewel of the Cyclades, or not?

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Santorini has a reputation for being the romantic destination par excellence. I dreamed for a long time of its villages of white houses and its blue domes, perched high above steep cliffs, and the laid-back lifestyle shown in so many Instagram photos. I wanted it to be my turn to immerse myself in this much-hyped world; I imagined myself tasting cheap and delicious Greek cooking every day, experiencing the authenticity…

Pollen, the unsung hero of beehive products

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Pollen: A little grain with big benefits Used since time immemorial, beehive products never cease to surprise with the sheer variety of their benefits. We know about honey and royal jelly, but we hear less about pollen. However, with its toning, energising and anti-aging properties, now is more than ever the time to use it! What is pollen? Pollen consists of little yellow, gold and orange spheres, collected by bees…

Healthy, practical, tasty snacks

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So you’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle and decided to keep it up? You don’t want to carry on nibbling just anything that comes along, but you’re even less keen to pay inflated prices for healthy snacks. Let me pass on some healthy recipes that are easy to make. Energy Balls Half a cup of stoned dates Half a cup of sliced almonds A quarter cup (15g) of cocoa powder 1…

Bruges: A city of character that you can explore in a day

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A medieval town in the north of the Flanders plain, Bruges is a true open-air museum. With its winding streets, its authentic little squares and its picturesque canals, the town seems to be right out of a fairy story. The Venice of the North is small, and lends itself easily to a day’s excursions on foot, in a boat or in a horse-drawn carriage. After dark, you can appreciate the…