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The Luxury Travel Blog Network – December 2013 Edition

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I am sorry.. where has 2013 gone? I cannot believe that Christmas is upon us. I had a very interesting month, where I went to France not once, but twice! I spent almost a week in Cannes, and I am just back from a fantastic ski weekend in Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps – a good warm up to the new year.

Not a bad view. Loved my weekend in Alpe d'Huez, France

Not a bad view. Loved my weekend in Alpe d’Huez, France

For the first time in many years, Christmas will be spent in the UK, which is a lovely idea – our families are coming to us, which I think is fab. And to end the year in style, we will be heading to Miami, Florida for 8 days where we will take a real break and come back to England re-energised and ready to start 2014.

And where have the other ladies been? Well well well, let’s find out, shall we?

Love love love NYC

Love love love NYC

Katie Goldstein focused on her hometown, the fab New York City, which is one of my favourite places in the world. There is something about that city. So she very kindly compiled a list of the Top 10 places you cannot miss on your next visit.

Cocktails in Vegas? Yes, please

Cocktails in Vegas? Yes, please

Newlywed Nadine Jolie (many congratulations, again!), headed to Vegas for a bit of fun. She stayed at the classic Caesars Palace which had a very nice refurbishment. I haven’t been to Vegas for years and I am kind of in the mood now…

Kim-Marie stops over in London on her way back from Mauritius...

Kim-Marie stops over in London on her way back from Mauritius…

And last, but certainly not the least, the one and only Kim-Marie Evans, aka Luxury Travel Mom, shares with is a fab video of her stay at Le Prince Meurice in Mauritius, where she took one of her lovely children. It is quite interesting to see how this destination is trying to make the shift from honeymooners to a family destination. On her way back from paradise, she stopped over in London for a night, and tried and loved The Apartments at the Sloane Club. They had champagne for her, and Legos for Keaton…


And there you have it! We are all done for the year and I would love to take this opportunity to thank you for keeping me company throughout the past 12 months. Here is to the next 12. Thank you so much, and I wish you and your family a fab Christmas.


Mrs. O

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  1. Erin at The World Wanderer

    December 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Lots of great reading here! Love that you’re heading to Miami…one of my favorite spots! Enjoy it!
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  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    December 24, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Wishing you a great 2014!! I will be in Miami celebrating too!
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  3. Lance | Trips By Lance

    December 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    New York is one of my favorite places as well. Visiting NYC is a definite in 2014. Miami needs to be in the cards too. I haven’t been since I was a kid. Little jealous of my wife taking a girls trip there a few years back.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      December 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Miami is fab fab fab.. and so is NYC. Hope you make it there!

  4. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    December 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Caesars is my favorite place to stay in Vegas! Like you, I haven’t been in years, though. Merry Christmas to you & yours!
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  5. Traveling Ted

    December 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I will be in Florida too for New Years, but farther north in Tampa and Orlando.
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  6. Leah

    December 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Love Vegas and Caesars! I’m getting the itch to play some blackjack. And the French Alps and Mauritius go without saying.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      December 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Vegas may beed a return visit at some point. It has been way too long!

  7. Savi

    December 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hey Ana,

    You are so right about Mauritius – we were there a few months ago and could see that it’s becoming quite a hit with the families too. That said, it still remains an amazing honeymoon destination 🙂

    Miami sounds like a great idea – especially given the weather in London/U.K. these days. Have a great trip 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      December 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Savi, I need to head there myself just to see if it is really true to not! So looking forward to Miami!!

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