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There are design hotels that amaze with their delightful aesthetics and architectural class and bravery. Then there are luxury hotels that indulge with their elegance, decadence and knock-your-socks-off-then-pick-them-up-and-tidy-them-away excellent service.
Then there is the Selman in Marrakech, which has somehow managed to slot itself into both of these categories, all the while smiling and not offering even a hint of pretentiousness or overdoing the exclusivity.
Plus, they have horses.

I’ll get to the …

[ Written by Frankie | 27 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

I’ve been following @nicnorgacia for nearly two years and every time I see a photo of his on Instagram I think, I must share his amazing photos with the Travelettes readers.
So finally that’s what I’m doing.
Hey, you can’t say I’m not diligent at keeping my promises. I’m just not very prompt at doing so.
Here are five reasons why I love Mr Nicanor García’s photos.
1.  Lines, lines, lines! They always match up. …

[ Written by Frankie | 20 Jun 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

They say that love happens when you least expect it.
Well, I have to say I agree. I didn’t expect to fall in love when I visited Český Krumlov, at least not with a museum. Heck, I didn’t even expect to visit a museum during my brief time in the famously historic Bohemian town, but when the words “one of the oldest working photography studios in the world” were mentioned, the …

[ Written by Frankie | 11 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Rising up from the Atlantic like a little miracle, it’s not hard to see that the island exists because it is a volcano… albeit one that is sleeping silently. For now.
And yet the same can not be said for the island. Madeira is a place that pumps and pulses with an energy I didn’t expect to find during my recent visit. Having become fairly well acquainted with Portuguese cities Porto …

[ Written by Frankie | 9 May 2014 | 7 Comments | ]


Hands up if you love hotels?
The clean white corners of the bed linen, the bouncy fresh towels piled in the bathroom, the soaps you have to unwrap as if they’re a gift… oh and what’s that? A robe and slippers! Yes!

This is me everytime I stay in a hotel that is 4 or 5 stars. I love hotels. I love being shocked at the price of water from the mini …

[ Written by Frankie | 29 Apr 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

In my quest to experience the finest mud-free festivals around I recently found myself in Madeira, Portugal’s remote island out in the Atlantic Ocean. I was there to learn a thing or two about fine dining and food festivals at Rota das Estrelas – which translates less beautifully as “The Stars Route” – a gastronomic and culinary adventure featuring some of the very best chefs from Portugal and Europe.
I am neither …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Mar 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Welcome to Linz, Austria’s third largest city, the administrative capital of Upper Austria and one of the most important cities sitting along the Danube approximately halfway on its course to Budapest. The river is an essential part of Linz and indeed it’s believed to be the source of the city’s name, with the Roman word “Lentia” meaning “knee”, a direct reference to the bend in the Danube that Linz is …

[ Written by Frankie | 28 Mar 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Following on from my Valentine’s Day post and Annika’s wise and worthy Why I Prefer to Travel Solo article, it came to light that we haven’t really discussed travelling with a partner at much length on Travelettes. While we applaud all solo female travellers and encourage girls to backpack together in heels around the world, we aren’t immune to the charms of travelling with the one you love, even if …

[ Written by Frankie | 20 Mar 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

It can be assumed that if I’m a travel blogger, a Travelette and a perpetual traveller that my one big passion in life is travel.
Except it’s not.
My real passion – and the dream I suspect I’ll spend the rest of my days chasing – is to write stories. For me, there is nothing more rewarding, more exciting and more flipping good fun than making up people, places and putting them …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Mar 2014 | 20 Comments | ]

Valentine’s Day will always be received with a mixed reception, depending so much on your “Relationship Status”, a term I hate in itself.
When I was single, I sort of half-loathed, half-loved it because despite all indications to the contrary I would hope against hope that come 14th February I would get a mystery Valentine through my post box. I did once… aged 11. I thought it was a sign of …

[ Written by Frankie | 14 Feb 2014 | 5 Comments | ]