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Luxury North Pole Hotel to Open for One Month Only @elitetraveler

In April 2020, a unique hotel will open at the northernmost place in the world for just one month. The North Pole Igloos will consist of 10 state-of-the-art domes which will allow guests to stay in this frozen world under the northern lights.

The igloos will be positioned at the North Pole in April 2020 / ©Luxury Action

Due to fluctuations in sea ice, the North Pole is inaccessible for most of the year but conditions are stable enough in April to allow helicopters to land. Around 1,000 people visit the North Pole each year and many for scientific purposes. But there are no permanent structures so they all have to make do with basic accommodations that are exposed to the elements.

That will not be the case for those staying in the North Pole Igloos, which have been tested in extreme weather and come with heating and private bathrooms. They will also have glass ceilings and walls so guests can marvel at the frozen lands and skies above.

The igloos, which will be located on a glacier but are designed to be moved in case of extreme weather, have been developed by Luxury Action, a travel company specializing in high-end travel experiences in the Arctic regions.

None of this comes cheap, of course. A three-night adventure costs approximately $105,000 and only one of those nights will be spent in the igloos. The other two nights are spent in Svalbard, one of the most northerly populated lands before the extreme north begins.

From there, guests will be flown to the igloos via helicopter to a North Pole ice camp before being taken to the glacier where the igloos will be positioned. There is also an option to extend the trip by staying at Hotel Octola, a five-star lodge in Finland’s majestic Lapland, where guests can learn the Finnish’s secrets to thriving in the Arctic.

Read the full article by Elite Traveler here

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SUP With Your Pup: Dog-friendly paddle boarding on the Thames @TheLondog

Photo of dog sitting on a stand-up paddle board in Richmond

By The Londog August 25, 2019 

SUP With Your Pup latest session, a dog-friendly stand-up paddle boarding event hosted by Back of Beyond Adventures took place on Sunday 18th August in Richmond, on the Thames. After telling about it previously on the blog, we went along to report back on it.

SUP With Your Pup event: how was it?

Little dog on SUP

The SUP With Your Pup session had sold out and, on the day, 8 humans and their 5 large and small canines gathered for the adventure. Weimaraner Skylar, Poodle Noodle, Spaniel Rosie, rescue mutt Jordie and Pomeranian Todd, all brought their life vests and were soon ready for the adventure!

Group of SUP with your Pup participants near van

The morning hadn’t started under the best star, with grey skies and rain pouring down. But as everyone arrived at the meeting point in River Lane on the Thames, rain showers eventually stopped and the sky slowly cleared, leaving the place to sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Instructor and founder of Back of Beyond Adventures, Piers, invited everyone to form a semi-circle on the green next to the river for a briefing, with paddles and boards on land. He explained how to paddle, stop, turn, and all the tips of the case, including what to do in case of a fall in the river. Participants also received a life jacket each and were instructed about how to wear it correctly.

White poodle sitting on SUP
Noodle. Such a good boy!

As the briefing ended, everyone was given the task to fit the fin on the SUP and get the dogs on the boards while still on land, so they could become familiar with it. The dogs jumped up and down and were chilled out.

Photo of paddle boarders carrying their SUPs

The next step was bringing the boards down the slipway, where Piers put his into the water and gave a demonstration of how to get on and paddle, also aided by his dog Ty (short name for Tycheros), in front of everyone.

Tye is a two and a half-year old rescue Pointer cross from Cyprus, who gets often mistaken for a Vizla and at times follows Piers on his water adventures. Ty, though is no “water baby”, as he walks to the belly but rather prefers to be on the water than in it, as Piers recounts, is very careful at staying still on the board, in between Piers’ legs to avoid wet surprises.

SUP demo on the Thames
Photo of Back of Beyond Adventures founder with his dog on a SUP
Piers and Ty give a demo

While Piers gave the demonstration, 10-year old mongrel Jordie happily swam in the Thames’ water, while Skylar stared at the board with interest. In order to get onto the SUP, the humans had to walk a few paces into the river and leave shallow waters where the fin would otherwise get stuck and falls could be a bit more risky.

Dog on SUP

As the humans pushed the board into the water, some of the dogs enthusiastically dived into the river and they were happy to be lifted onto the SUP, like Jordie and Rosie, others, like Skylar, were much less convinced. In fact, Skylar’s first attempt at SUP resulted in her sitting on the board looking at the water,then  slipping a paw down the side of the board and plonking down into the water soon after, sinking underwater and reappearing with a very unamused expression.

Dogs and their humans on SUPs on the Thames

While Piers helped Skylar gaining her confidence on the board, Jordie and his human paddled downstream a bit: Jordie loved a swim and his human later ended up joining in the Thames too, with Jordie looking at him from a dry place on the SUP.

Group stad-up paddle boarding on the Thames with dogs

Once everyone was confident kneeling on the SUP, the paddling started, heading upstream towards Twickenham. I didn’t join paddle boarding, instead I followed the group from the riverbank.

With the sun shining and the lovely setting of the Thames, with the backdrop of Marble Hill Park and heather flowers along the riverbank, it was a great one to watch, and in fact many people stopped by, curious about that unsual group paddling off.

dog on SUP with woman
Rosie did love a jump into the water

With their own pace, the group made it down to Ham House, with Piers assisting where needed. They travelled on the right hand-side of the river (opposite Richmond and Ham House) as per Thames direction of travel, and some dogs decided to take a jump into the river at some point.

After a walk on the Thames path, I jumped onto the Hammerton Ferry to cross the river and watch them a bit closer. If you have a friend or partner not joining the SUP adventure, they can do it too: the ferry runs between Ham House Ferry Terminal to East Twickenham Ferry Terminal across the river (the service costs £1 each way – cash only -, is dog-friendly and dogs go free when on lead, otherwise £0.50, £0.50 is also the price for children and bikes, and is runs between 10am and 6pm).

Dogs and humans on SUP

To observe the river rules of travel (right hand-side), when turning to get back, paddlers had to cross the river. Thanks to the flow, travelling back downstream was much easier and quicker, and some of the humans progressed to standing on the SUP.

Paddle boarders at SUP with your Pup near Ham House

Back to the base a couple of hours later, everyone seemed to have had a great fun, and some expressed the desire to be back. At the “survivors pic”, we counted two humans who fell into the river and four dogs who at some point decided to make a jump during the adventure. Not too bad in the end.

Group photos of the humans and dogs participating to SUP With Your Pup

The dogs seemed happy about the adventure too!

Pack of dogs on stand-up paddle boards
The dog pack after SUP

Things to know

  • Your feet (up to the ankle or knee) will get wet (when you put the board in the water at least), so make sure you wear appropriate shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
  • There is a chance you’ll end up in the water. So it may be a good idea not just to have a clothes change, but also to make sure you don’t have open cuts that could become infected; Piers said that he considers the water clean and he sometimes he goes swimming in the river, however in the past there have been people who got sick after doing open swimming in the Thames.
  • There is no changing facilities at River Lane. Back of Beyond Adventures has a van which carries kayaks and SUPs. So there is no place to get changed, unless you are happy to use the woodland nearby, and no place to leave your stuff. If you have a car you can leave your things there at your own risk, or Piers welcomed anyone who wanted to leave their clothes change into the van too.
  • As Piers advises, one has to be careful with things that sink quickly: glasses, etc.
  • Personal floating devices are provided for humans, but not for dogs, so you may want to bring your own for your four-legged.
  • On the day, the weather turned to be perfect in the end, but the event is rain or shine. The only case the session is cancelled is if there are thunderstorms or high winds that pose a safety risk for participants.

Next SUP With Your Pup session & other dog-friendly SUP opportunities

Pomeranian on SUP

Back of Beyond has been hosting SUP With Your Pup sessions for the last couple of years, after a number of unofficial dog-friendly sessions and interest from regulars. The next date will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks and will take place in September (we will add it to the Dog Events Calendar and give it a shout out as soon as we receive updates on this).

As they are keeping the group small and there are only 8 spots available, booking quickly is essential to avoid disappointment (if after the announcement you don’t see the date in the ‘Book Now’ section of their website any more, generally this happens when the session is sold out).

Weimaraner dog on SUP with owner and flowers

If you feel that you’d like to become more confident with stand-up paddleboarding before trying to add your dog to the equation, you can book a SUP lesson (these are meant to be without your dog) and then book a SUP with Your Pup one later.

On the other hand, in case you are an experienced paddle boarder and so is your dog, having already attended a session, you both can also join the SUP Socials that are held early mornings or at sunset (you can book through Back of Beyond’s website).

Read the full article from TheLondog here

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Dali, a History of Painting until 8 September in Monaco @GrimaldiForum

In line with the great monographs of twentieth century artists presented at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco (SuperWarhol in 2003, Monaco Celebrates Picasso in 2013 and, more recently, Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture in 2016), the summer 2019 exhibition will be dedicated to “Dali, a History of Painting” curated by Montse Aguer, Director of the Dali Museums.

This retrospective is conducted in collaboration with the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí. In this year, the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death (1904-1989), the Dali exhibition a history of painting, offers the public an exceptional journey through Dali’s artistic production and allows it to discover the different stages of the artist’s creation.

It not only offers a retrospective view of Dali’s work, but also reveals how the painter has become enshrined in the history of twentieth century painting.

The public will thus be able to discover the different steps of his creation and to recognize the imprint of the different painters who influenced him, and to whom he paid homage.

The selection includes, to date, approximately one hundred works, including paintings, drawings and photographs, mostly from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Dates: 6 July–8 September 2019

Opening hours: Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm

Late night opening: Thursdays until 10 pm

Accessibility: Exhibition accessible to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility

For more information read the full article from Grimaldi Forum here

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A sailing trip to Raja Ampat aboard one of the most luxurious charter yachts in the world @SquareMile_com

At 900sq m, Prana by Atzaro is the world’s largest phinisi yacht, and comes complete with a spa and an outdoor cinema.

Indonesia is so much more than Bali and Bintangs: Duncan Madden sets sail for remote Raja Ampat aboard one of the most luxurious charter yachts in the world – the Prana by Atzaro

By Duncan Madden

EMERGING BLEARY EYED from the cosseting luxury of my cabin to the still dark skies of Raja Ampat in search of mating birds of paradise is a pretty bewildering way to start the day.

Inky black skies are fringed by the soft light of a new dawn and drenched in the kind of heavy morning heat that only proper tropical climates can conjure. The soundtrack is a rhythmic slap of salt water against wooden hull troubled periodically by the caw of an unseen bird swooping through the dark nearby.

My jetlagged senses struggle to align these physical sensations with the time of day and I vaguely recall the journey that brought me to this remotest of oceans on the other side of the world. Somewhere in the back of my befuddled brain I already know this is going to be special.

And it is quite the journey to reach Raja Ampat. Part of Indonesia’s far-flung island chains, its pellucid blue waters fringe the Bird’s Head peninsula on the north-western tip of Papua nearly 2,000 miles east of Jakarta. Interrupting the 15,000sq mile turquoise seascape are 1,500 picture-postcard islands – mushroom-shaped outcroppings endowed with flawless white beaches, rich tropical forests, rocky precipitous cliffs and glass-still lagoons teeming with more marine life than anywhere else on earth.

A floating teak and ironwood palace serving up 900sq m of cabin, deck, spa, lounge and water sports centre to its guests

Navigating these sublime waters is my home for the week, the Prana by Atzaro. Built and launched last year by the group behind Ibiza’s famed Atzaró hotel, it is the world’s largest phinisi yacht – a floating teak and ironwood palace serving up 900sq m of cabin, deck, spa, lounge and water sports centre to its lucky guests. It was inspired by and built using the traditions of the sea-faring Bugis tribe – a two-masted cargo ketch elevated to something unique by the best craftsmen and every possible mod con.

Climb aboard its sleek wooden deck and (once you’ve despatched with the ice-cold juice you’re duly proffered by the smiling, barefoot crew) you’ll find nine luxurious suites, from cosy arrowhead shaped cabins in the prow to Batavia, the vast master suite at the stern complete with freestanding bath and floor to ceiling windows opening onto a sweeping private terrace.

Outside decks climb over three levels peppered with deep, comfy cushions, inviting daybeds and lounging areas cleverly arranged to offer peace, quiet and room to sprawl. The top deck doubles as a yoga space and open-air cinema, the middle as an outdoor spa and massage area, the lower as an al fresco dining room. But the pick of the spots has to be on the elegant wooden bowsprit, where I regularly find myself stretched out watching the water fly past below me: a petrel skimming the waves on my wingtips.

After our early morning Saporkren adventure to intrude on the randy birds of paradise, we set sail through silky waters to Kri. Soon dropping anchor not far from the wooden jetty of Yembuba village, we don scuba gear and motor towards it on a RIB while our cruise director Cedric, an affable Frenchman who’s been exploring these waters for a decade, describes the wonders we’re about to dive into.

His words can’t begin to do it justice. We slip into an aquatic wonderland barely five metres below the surface, drifting through coral forests as vast shoals of fusilier fish swoop around us in a spectacular underwater murmuration. I spy a leatherback turtle gliding easily along the seabed before Cedric points out a black tip reef shark cruising lazily at the fringes of our visibility. The coral almost glows – a panoply of colours, shapes and textures each home to a new and seemingly more fantastical form of sea life. An hour passes in a moment and soon back on deck we excitedly swap stories of what we saw as the crew weighs anchor and points us towards Wayag.

Special, even in this extraordinary environment, the conical karst islands of Wayag can only be appreciated in all their wonder from on high. So, at first light, fuelled on exotic fruits and strong coffee, we paddleboard to shore and spend a sweaty few hours climbing the craggy limestone Mount Pindito to drink in the panorama.

The spectacular views are reward enough, but the crew are keen to show off every wonder Wayag has to offer. Which is why, after a gluttonous beach barbecue of lobster, steak, fish, fresh salads and a particularly delicious chimichurri, I find myself speeding through empty lagoons, trying to remember how to wakeboard while whooping and screaming in equal measure delight and awe. Later, we putter out to a nearby ranger station and wade into the shallows to handfeed lunch leftovers to hungry nursing sharks.

Back onboard, we head south for Aljui Bay, crossing the equator late in the day while feasting on more delights from chef Fauzi before retiring to the top deck to watch a Wes Anderson film under the stars, the setting adding another layer of surrealness to the weird and wonderful on-screen visuals.

We dive a spot called Melissa’s Garden – a broad sweeping reef of magnificent coral formations teeming with sealife

For the first time another yacht appears in the dark and sails close by, but by now we’re so accustomed to the solitude of our surroundings that we take on a pirate mentality and wave them away, wielding champagne flutes rather than cutlasses.

Cedric saves something special for the last, as we begin the run back to Sorong on the Papuan mainland and the long flights home. Close to Batanta Island, we dive a spot called Melissa’s Garden – a broad sweeping reef of magnificent coral formations teeming with spiky lionfish, striped angelfish, pygmy seahorses, ribboned sweetlips and the ubiquitous clownfish. A fellow diver even spots a tasselled wobbegong shark but I’m too busy goggling eye to eye with a sizeable batfish and miss it.

We lounge on deck late into our final night, supping cold Bintangs and listening to stories of Raja Ampat and beyond. “We’ve just given you a taste of where we sail – this is only the winter season,” says Cedric. “Come back in the summer and we’ll take you to Komodo with its beautiful landscapes, pink beaches and, of course, dragons…” I hear the diving’s pretty spectacular, too. 

To find out more about sailing Raja Ampat on board Prana by Atzaro email or see Full private charter costs from $12,500 to $18,000 per night sleeping up to 18 people with all meals, a range of wines and alcohol, all water sports and lots of other stuff included

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The One Monte Carlo district @VisitMonaco

With the opening of the new One Monte-Carlo district, the Monte-Carlo Shopping mall is set for a new lease of life as the Riviera’s most exclusive retail experience. 

The One Monte-Carlo complex is a major new development in the very heart of Monaco, offering a global luxury experience just yards from the iconic Place du Casino.  Combining high-end residential units, retail spaces, top restaurants, cultural and business facilities, the ultra-modern district surrounds the Promenade Princesse Charlène, a new pedestrian area lined with trees and seven buildings, designed to be a transparent and green space.

Officially opened on 22 February 2019 by Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, accompanied by Their Children, the concept building currently houses 37 apartments, 24 luxury boutiques and nine floors of office space.  

A global and exclusive luxury experience

One Monte-Carlo is a brand new fashion district, with 24 high-end boutiques, 17 located inside the buildings themselves, along the new Promenade Princesse Charlène and on Avenue Princesse Alice, with a further six on Avenue des Beaux-Arts.  The great luxury houses present at the One Monte-Carlo include Akris,  Chanel Joaillerie,  Lanvin, Art in Time, Czarina, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga (summer 2019), Fendi, Prada Homme, Boucheron, Fred, Ralph & Russo, Céline, Gianvito Rossi, Saint Laurent, Chanel, HRH Jewels, and Sonia Rykiel. On Avenue des Beaux-Arts can be found Dior, Piaget, Alexander McQueen, Bulgari, Prada and Cartier.

An exceptional address in Monaco 

A unique residential address on the Place du Casino, One Monte-Carlo is a haven of peace and a superb place to live, work, or simply take a stroll. The brand new residential district, the first of its kind in Monaco, offers 37 high-end apartments for international clients looking for a truly exceptional living environment.  

A sustainable, green district 

Designed by  Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, one of the world’s leading contemporary architecture and urban design firms (which won the the 2007 Pritzker Prize, and also designed the Centre Georges Pompidou with Renzo Piano) and Monegasque architect Alexandre Giraldi, One Monte-Carlo is built to the most stringent environmental standards. The project was awarded the European BREEAM label. The roof of the building is fitted with latest generation solar panels. The exterior spaces were an important part of the project, designed to create a breathing space in the centre of the city, encouraging pedestrian traffic and social conviviality, under the responsibility of landscaper Jean Mus.

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‘Off-Piste’ Safaris Offer True Off-the-Grid Experiences @RobbReport

Here’s How to Take One, in a Challenger 350, no less

By Jackie Caradonio on June 26, 2019

Namibia coast dunes near Swakopmund 
Courtesy of the Explorations Company

Nicola Shepherd has been going to Africa for 30 years, exploring new destinations and taking clients on trips of a lifetime. Now she’s introducing the “off-piste safari,” a truly bespoke bush experience. While on a jaunt from South Africa to Rwanda to Kenya, she filled us in on the high-flying details.

What is an off-piste safari?

It’s doing things that nobody else is doing—or hasn’t done for 50 to 100 years. It’s feeling like the original pioneers of the early 20th century, going into pristine regions that are devoid of tourism and have a plethora of wildlife.

Courtesy of the Explorations Company

And how do you do that?

By private plane. When you have a Challenger 350 and a Pilatus 12 at your disposal, you can bypass a lot of the time-consuming issues that come with flying commercial in Africa, and it means you can go straight to smaller areas like Tanzania’s Maswa region and the Namib Desert without the extra overnights and pit stops.

Is the Explorations Company the first to offer this level of customizability?

There are other companies that have private-jet safaris, but most offer them en masse—one goes with dozens of other people. There is nothing private or bespoke about that.

Does the exclusive treatment continue once you’re on the ground?

Yes. Once we’re in places like the Serengeti—where it can seem like the whole world converges during the Great Migration—we bypass the national parks and instead take our clients to totally private concessions where you can get out of the vehicles, away from the crowds and view the animals on foot. We also have contacts with top scientists and researchers to arrange behind-the-scenes access to all sorts of experiences that aren’t viable or available for the general tourist, including microchipping rhinos and collaring lions and elephants.

The bathtub at Botswana Duba Plains camp
The bathtub at Botswana Duba Plains camp Courtesy of the Explorations Company

Where would you say is the ultimate off-piste destination right now?

If somebody wanted to go seriously off-grid, I’d take them to Zakouma National Park in Chad. It’s the largest intact savanna ecosystem in eastern Africa and just a wonder in diversity. It’s truly extraordinary and, for now anyway, virtually untouched.

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London gets dog-friendly bowling lanes and tournament

London is getting a dog-friendly bowling tournament this Summer and dog-friendly bowling lanes to stay! From the collaboration between All Star Lanes and London Dog Week, which will unravel in a series of Summer events, there is a first for London dog owners (or “parents”): the Dog Parent Bowling League. We were recently invited to the launch party of this new initiative and this is all you need to know.

By The Londog July 3, 2019

Dogs at bowling lanes

Dog-friendly bowling lanes: All Star Lanes opens its doors to canines

Until recently, All Star Lanes used to have some dog restrictions in place. But things have changed. The new Managing Director of All Star Lanes is a big dog lover and has a little sausage dog called Brenda (as in Beverly Hills), and has partnered with London Dog Week. Aneka Johnson, Co-founder of London Dog Week tells us, “He understands that dog/owner connection and the social element of having a dog by your side and wanting to do stuff with your furry bestie! I think we bring quite a strong case to why dogs should be allowed into venues, education to change perceptions on dogs inside venues is the key.”

Dog near bowling balls

All Star Lanes’ new favourable dog policy applies at All Star Lanes Brick Lane and White City venues and now provides that well-behaved dogs are welcome in the bar areas and on the lanes, on condition they are kept on a lead, with a maximum of 2 dogs per lane at a time.

Leaflets of dog-friendly bowling tournament

Further to this, All Star Lanes and London Dog Week are launching the Dog Parent Bowling League at All Star Lanes, White City, starting this month: the first of a few dates which will run during the Summer (Sunday 7th July, 4th August and 1st September 2019). Aneka explains that one can take part in just one tournament or all of them throughout the Summer and each tournament has fun prizes for the dogs to be won, adding that the aim of the event is to have fun, compete for prizes for dogs and humans and make new friends.

dog at bowling lanes

“We are huge bowling fans,” explains Aneka, “and both of us [Aneka and her co-founder Lois] have grown up going to bowling on Sunday afternoons with the family, and one of the things we both said is would love to go bowling with our dogs.” So the concept came before the collaboration they started with All Star Lanes.

Dog-friendly bowling tournament: what it is all about?

Dog looking at bowling ball

But what to expect from the dog-friendly bowling tournament? We were invited to have a sneak peek at the launch event and met a few “instafamous” dogs, among whom there was a large delegation of pugs, sausage dogs and pomeranians (and to represent large dogs, the placid Zeus the Malamute). The event was h0sted in the private events space of All Star Lanes Brick Lane, upstairs from the main lanes, where there are 3 lanes, a bar area and a quieter area with tables.

Woman and dog at bowling

Canapes and cocktails for humans, and dogs posing for photos at the start of the event. The bowling game afterwards. Each player got their dogs’ name on the screen and the fun began. We didn’t have Argo with us, but observed and had a cuddle with some of the dogs attending.

We didn’t find the bowling particularly loud and looking aroudn we didn’t see any dog particularly bothered about it at all. Just a couple of them preferred to stay off the runway on the lanes and watch from the back, but we didn’t notice any distressed behaviour in the dogs when the balls hit the bowling pins. If we had brought Argo, I would have been more worried that he’d want to try and chase the ball rather than being scared of the noises to be honest. Of course, each dog owner is the best person to assess whether their dogs would cope well with that environment and it may not be for everyone.

Dog on bowling lanes

If this is something you’d like to try, the dog-friendly bowling parent tournament is taking place at All Star Lanes in White City (while All Star Lanes is at Westfield – the venue can be accessed from the street) on Sunday 7th July, 4th August and 1st September, from 12.30 to 3pm. Tickets are from £10 per person and upgrades are available for sharing platters for 4 people for £40 (with sliders, brisket bon bons, padron peppers, halloumi fries, BBQ wings and tiger fries), full events listings and links in the Dog Events Calendar here.

Other events by All Star Lanes X London Dog Week

Frenchie near bowling shoes

The bowling tournament is not the only event All Star Lanes and London Dog Week will be co-organising this Summer. They have also thought of other two event formulas: a more classic dog brunch (“Barking Brunch”) and a speed dating event for dog owners/lovers (“Date My Dog”). Aneka notes, “With the dog dating you just need to be single and have a dog and of course looking for love! Think a room for of owners and dogs mingling and getting to know each other, as you are all dogs lovers, you are sure to have at least one thing in common. Personally I would not date someone who didn’t love my dog Chubbs [a black Frenchie with a white mark on his chest] or who didn’t love dogs at all, definitely a deal breaker! There will be of course bowling available for people wanting to get to know each other on the lanes also!”

pugs at dog event

So who are these events for? “For anyone that loves bowling, food and fellow dogs and owners and want to connect with kindred spirits in London. The brunch and the dog parent tournament is tailored to the whole family coming out with their dog for a fun experience and the Dating events for anyone looking to connect with other dog owners for potential love connections.” Find all information in the Dog Events Calendar.

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Join the Fête de la Mer 2019 in Monaco tomorrow @yachtclubmonaco

Port Hercule will again celebrate Fête de la Mer in collaboration with the Monaco Mairie (city council), Société Nautique de Monaco (rowing club); Pontons de Monaco Association; and other Monegasque institutions linked to the sea including the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; Oceanographic Museum; the scuba-diving Club d’Exploration Sous-Marine de Monaco; and the Association Monégasque de la Protection de la Nature.

All were keen to join forces with the Yacht Club de Monaco to offer a packed programme discovering a host of activities linked to the sea.

In between short performances by the Rainier III Music and Theatre Academy choir, the menu includes a giant water slide plus introductory sessions of sailing, sea kayaking, kite-surfing, paddle boarding, scuba-diving, water biking and water walking balls for tiny tots. The highlight will be a parade of boats between Monaco’s two harbours.

Register here

Get the full information from Yacht Clud de Monaco here

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Should You Bring Your Dog On Your Honeymoon? @roverdotcom

Congratulations! You’ve married someone who loves dogs just as much as you do. The reception’s over and it’s time to take the trip of a lifetime. If you included your dog in your ceremony, what better way to keep your new family together than by bringing them along? Then again, is it really a good idea to take the dog on your honeymoon?


I recently got married and had to make this very decision. Here’s the pros and cons list that helped me decide.

Pro tip: if you’re already sure your dog isn’t a good traveler, it’s easy to find a loving pet sitter and hit the road happy.

Pros of Taking Your Dog on Your Honeymoon

Sharing the Journey


Your dog is your best friend, your confidant, and a big part of your newly-formed family. Bringing them on your honeymoon means that you get to share this special trip with them.

Exploring Dog-Friendly Destinations

It’s easier than ever to find dog-friendly vacation spots and meet other dog lovers. In many places dogs are welcome not only in hotels, but restaurants and public spaces too. It might just be reconnaissance for another pet-friendly vacation in the future.

Making Memories


You know you’ll take tons of photos on your honeymoon, and they’ll be extra special if they include your dog. And who are we kidding? There’ll probably be more photos of the dog than of you two.



Taking an extended trip is a great way to give your dog a change of scene. Plus, talk about bonding time.

Cons of Bringing Your Dog on Your Honeymoon

Extra Fees

Places that are pet-friendly may charge extra fees for cleaning, potential property damage, and noise control. Do your research on pet fees and extra cleanup charges.



You’ve spent a ton of time planning the perfect wedding and honeymoon. Traveling with your furry friend means not only finding pet-friendly places to stay, it also means bringing their food, medications, and other important possessions (you can’t leave home without your favorite tennis ball).

Limited to Dog-Friendly Destinations


Though you love spending time with your pup, there may be times during the trip where they can’t be right by your side. Not every place is dog-friendly, and hotels may have rules about leaving Fido unattended.

Is Your Pup A Good Traveler?

Some dogs are homebodies, some are adventurers. Assess your dog’s level of anxiety before bringing them on your trip (and think about whether you’re flying or driving). You want all three of you to have fun and be comfortable on all legs of the trip.


When my husband and I got married we seriously considered bringing Lana with us; the appeal of the bonding time was strong. However, she’s a terrible traveler and wouldn’t have had fun on our extended road trip.

Instead, we opted to leave her with a loving pet sitter from Rover. It saved us all stress. Lana had a blast and we did too!

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The 59th Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo opens tomorrow! @festivaltvmonte_carlo

Every year, in June, the Principality of Monaco hosts a Festival. StudiosTV channels and stars of the small screen get together for several days in an idyllic setting to promote their programs for press and public, and compete for the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards.



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Premiere of the L.A.’s Finest Series at the opening of the Festival

At the opening night of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival on Friday, June 14, 2019, the L.A.’s Finest series will be screened, as a French premiere, in the presence of actresses and executive producers Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba.

As every year after the Opening Ceremony, the Festival offers a public preview of an original and unseen series. This year, the Festival hosts invite you to discover L.A.’s Finest, the spin-off of the movie Bad Boys (with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence). Gabrielle Union plays Sydney Burnett, Marcus’ s sister, the clownish character of the famous duo of the saga Bad Boys, while Jessica Alba plays Nancy McKenna.

In this female version, the action focuses on the lives of two policewomen who have become teammates in the Los Angeles Police Department. The two conspirators with dark and complex past help each other to fight against organized crime in the City of Angels. Both of them struggling in their personal family life.

The series created by George Gallo includes thirteen 42-minute episodes and will air on Monday, May 13, on Spectrum, the video-on-demand service of the Charter Communications group. Of course, other public screenings are planned during the Festival.


The Golden Nymph Awards are among the most prestigious prizes in international television, rewarding the best TV programs and actors.

Over the course of the Festival, an international jury of leading actors and industry professionals attend screenings of all the programs in competition.

The Golden Nymph statuettes are copies of the Nymph Salmacis, the original of which can still be seen at the Louvre in Paris. The original was created by the Monégasque artist François-Joseph Bosio, who was chief court sculptor to Louis XVIII.

The Golden Nymphs competition – featuring the best in TV programming from around the world, will reveal the 2019 winners at the Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony, ending the 59th Monte-Carlo Télévision Festival edition.

Michael Douglas will receive the Crystal Nymph

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Michael Douglas, the famous actor and producer, will receive the Crystal Nymph at the 2019 Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Internationally renowned, son of the iconic Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas will make the honor of his presence at #MonteCarloTVFestival and will receive the prestigious Crystal Nymph award, a symbolic prize celebrating the outstanding career of the actor, as announced by Laurent Puons, president of Monaco Mediax, host of the festival.

At age 74 and after more than 40 years of career in the film and television industry, very few actors can justify such an impressive record. After starting on television and receiving first recognition in the 1970s for his role as Inspector Steve Keller in The Streets of San Francisco, the rising star of the film industry will try his hand as a producer and win the prize. Oscar for the best movie with the timeless “Flight over a cuckoo’s nest”.

However, it is as an actor that Michael Douglas will receive the consecration of his career by winning the Oscar for Best Actor in 1988 for the role of a corporate raider, Gordon Gekko, in Robert Zemeckis’ Wall Street.

After receiving dozens of other international awards (Golden Globes, Honors Césars, BAFTA’s) and worked with the greatest directors (Ridley Scott, Paul Verhoeven) the actor has recently appeared in television series like The Kominsky Method. You can also find it at the end of the year in Green Eggs and Ham, new Netflix series in production.

Laurent Puons said, “Michael Douglas’ long career includes television, film and theater at their highest levels. Even today, he remains among one of the most respected actors in the field. It is an immense honor to receive such talent and to be able to celebrate at our Festival all the impact it has had on the television industry. “.

Michael Douglas will receive the Crystal Nymph awarded by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, during the closing ceremony of the Festival on June 18.

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