The King Cole bar at the St.Regis hotel New York

The King Cole bar at the St. Regis hotel, New York, is always a favourite stop when visiting New York. It was at this iconic bar that the famous brunch cocktail, The Bloody Mary, was created in 1934 by bartender Fernand Petiot. Maxfield Parrish Mural Some mixologists also suggest that a version of this cocktail was already created earlier by…

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Classic Cocktail: Boulevardier

The Boulevardier. This almost forgotten cocktail first appeared in the 1927 bartender’s guide “Barflies and Cocktails” and was created at the legendary Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Famous clientele of this fine establishment were Ernest Hemingway, the Duke of Windsor and Humphrey Bogart.  In Ian Fleming’s “From a View to a Kill” James Bond recalls visiting Harry’s Bar as a…

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Verdi Suite at Grand Hotel et de Milan

The Presidential Suite 105 and 106 of Milan’s magical “Grand Hotel et de Milan” @ghoteletdemilan is better known as the Verdi Suite. Maestro Giuseppe Verdi lived at this grand hotel from 1872, the year after his famous opera Aida premiered in Cairo, till his death in 1901. One of the reasons for choosing the hotel was the proximity to the…

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Ingrid Bergman’s 1954 Ferrari 375 MM

The legendary 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta Coupé Speciale Pinin Farina parked in front of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy.  This classic Ferrari was commissioned by Italian movie director Roberto Rossellini for his famous wife, movie star Ingrid Bergman. In the background is the always serene Lake Como. The car was custom made by Pinin Farina in a…

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The terrace of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio 🇮🇹 overlooking lake Como. The hotel is located in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. In the back behind the ferry you can see Villa del Balbianello which was used in the James Bond movie Casino Royale. Terrace overlooking Lake Como at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni  

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