SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE ISSUE 3 2012
NOSTALGIC ELEGANCE Luxury of the Orient Express Vintage Louis Vuitton
SOUTH BOUND Awe inspiring South Africa Migratory Birds
GOURMET EXCELLANCE Michelin 3 star longest holders Fine dining at Villa Tiberia Discover Café Panaderia
SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE ISSUE 3 2012
Photo by STAN ISRAEL
THE F I R S T WORD Autumn is now here the clocks have gone back the temperature has dropped and the autumn showers have began, yet while we begrudgingly turn the thermostat on for the central hearing spare a thought for the people of American who were affected so badly by hurricane Sandy.
NOSTAGLIC ELEGANCE Luxury of the Orient Express Vintage Louis Vuitton
SOUTH BOUND Awe inspiring South Africa Migratory Birds
GOURMET EXCELLANCE Michelin 3 star longest holders Fine dining at Villa Tiberia Discover Café Panaderia
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This issue we decide to take a step back in time and offer a look at the glamour, prestige and elegance of the iconic Orient Express, we bring you this seasons fashion from Louis Vuitton and look at the man who created this iconic brand. We step into the shoes of the fabulous Christian Louboutin and throw our designer spotlight on the sensational Nicole de Carle. We follow our migratory birds southbound and take a snapshot of the wonderful city of Johannesburg in South Africa and indulge every woman’s best friend “Diamonds” If you have been living on another planet you will have escaped the hype and attention surrounding the 50th anniversary of James Bond 007 and the release of the much anticipated SKYFALL within this issue we look at the many faces who have made Bond such an international man of mystery and intrigue. This month we found it impossible to choose which of the two spectacular cars, Fisker & Jaguar to profile so we brought them both, as always our Fine Dining Section showcases the best restaurant along the coast, and our style & beauty team pull out all the stops to ensure you are on trend with this seasons fashion and beauty must haves..
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“In Valencia I had the best time of my life”. Vamos! An excerpt from For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway:
alencia is Spain’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona, and is positioned half way down the Eastern Mediterranean Coast. Valencia is also Spain’s third largest metropolitan area, with a population ranging from 1.7 to 2.3 million, with the Port of Valencia being the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the largest on the Mediterranean Sea. Known the world over as the birth pace for the traditional Spanish dish, paella, Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. History will show that Valencia has been the capital of an autonomous Valencian Community within the Spanish Crown. 8
This status was taken away in the XVIII century after the European War of Succession and not re-gained until very recently. Currently, Valencia is proud to be once again an autonomous region with the right to promote its own cultural identity, and the region has been working very closely with its neighbours in doing this to great effect. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 acres; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations with major monuments such as; Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart, the Llonja
de la Seda (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996), and the Ciutad de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. The Museu de Belles Arts de València houses a large collection of paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including works by Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, as well as an important series of engravings by Piranesi. The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencian Institute of Modern Art) houses both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography. Valencia is not just a monumental attraction, in 1923, Ernest Hemingway visited the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, where he became fascinated by
bullfighting. The Hemingway’s returned to Spain staying in Valencia in 1924 and a third time in June 1925. It was during one of these visits where he began to write one of his first works the novel Fiesta in 1925. Hemingway adored Valencia and in a letter to his friend Waldo Pierce in 1928 he wrote: “In Valencia is damn great lunch on the beach or in the city a good melon with a pitcher of cold beer.” Hemingway made further references to his devotion to Valencia and it is said that it was his favorite European city. Valencia has grown to become a very lively economic player and that is why the city has so much to offer. Historically a major agricultural and merchant centre, Valencia has also developed several strong industries in addition to that. Currently, Valencia is one of the main European
centres for trade fairs and conferences. However, over the past 10 years it has also been receiving a healthy boost from tourist revenue & construction with development and expansion in telecommunications and transport.
One Grand Prix took place in the Valencia Street Circuit. Valencia along with Barcelona and Monte Carlo is the only European cities ever to host the Formula One World Championship Grand Prix on public roads within the city.
In 2009, Valencia was declared as the 29th fastest improving European city. Its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts contributes to its status as one of the world’s “Gamma” rank global cities (A Gamma city is a third-rank behind alpha and beta “World City which are deemed important to the world via economical, cultural and militarily and / or infrastructural development) Motor sports also jumped onto the popularity and growth of Valencia and between 2008-2012 the European Formula SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
“Shaken not Stirred” The wait is now over, with the long awaited release of the Bond “SKYFALL” movie marking the 50th Anniversary of the franchise in October, Sunsearch Magazine shines it light onto the many men who have made this character iconic. For over five decades Bond fans have been going to the cinema to see their favourite spy save the world. Children play with toys based on vehicles or gadgets in the movies. Grown men long to drive the icon cars and more often then not you will hear them quote, “The name’s Bond..... James Bond”. Yet, why do people do this - pretend to be James Bond? Why does James Bond appeal to us? And do these people really know who James Bond is? James Bond’s literary father, Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on May 28, 1908. As a young man, Fleming tried journalism as a career and achieved fame with his coverage of a spy trial in Russia during the 1930’s. He later moved 10
away from journalism and into a career in banking only to become bored and to rejoin the newspaper as a journalist. Fleming was sent to Russia to cover the news for The Times, but in actual fact was working undercover as a spy for the British government. With the start of World War II, Fleming joined the British naval intelligence, excelled and gained a position of commander. As the war prolonged he continued to excel in his work and later headed a secret commando squadron which performed numerous high profile missions. Towards the end of the war, Fleming visited Jamaica only to fall in love with the island. It was here, where Fleming after the war, would settle down with his newly brought gold plated typewriter and write his first novel, Casino Royale in which James Bond enters the world, although this was not depicted as the film until 2006. Sean Connery: 1962–71, 1983 The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, was released on October 5, 1962 and starred Sean Connery as James Bond. Connery
continued to make another four movies - From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball & You Only Live Twice then appeared again as Bond in Diamonds are Forever & Never Say Never Again. Connery’s portrayal of Bond as the gentleman spy the international man of mystery helped win him acclaim with the ladies and the actor became one of the greatest male sex symbols of film. Dr. No and From Russia with Love showed the more realistic James Bond by placing him in realistic situations however, Goldfinger was the turning point to the James Bond movies as it was the first time when James Bond had unrealistic gadgets and weapons. In 1967 Connery quit the role of Bond, having grown tired of the repetitive plots, lack of character development, however was tempted back to reprieve the role in Diamonds are forever for a reported $1.25 million plus 12.5% of the film’s profits making him at the time the highest paid actor.
George Lazenby: 1969 The first face change for 007 was in 1969 in the movie, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and was played by an Australian model, George Lazenby. Lazenby who had no previous acting experience won the role of Bond. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service screenwriter Richard Maibaum downplayed the use of gadgets and stuck more closely to the original novel written by Ian Fleming, this allowed Lazenby to develop Bonds character on screen given he was a former commando, expert skier, expert martial artist with multiple black belts, accomplished horseman, motorcycle racer & car racer. George Lazenby was offered a follow up role as Bond but turned it down as the first time actor felt the Bond scenes “were all too intense”.
Roger Moore: 1973-1985 The hunt for a new James Bond was on. Roger Moore was at the top of the list of candidates, thanks to the popularity of the TV show, The Persuaders and he became James Bond in Live and Let Die. Roger played the role as a sophisticated upper class English playboy with a suave and witty demeanour and slightly comical tongue in cheek edge. He went on to star in The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy & A View to a Kill.
Timothy Dalton: 1987-1989 When Roger Moore hung up his hat yet another hunt for a new James Bond began. They found Welsh stage and screen actor Timothy Dalton, who became James Bond in The Living Daylights & License to Kill. His portrayal of the character was completely different to what audiences had seen before. While fans of Roger Moore had got used to his light, witty, laid-back style, Dalton introduced a hard-edged, serious, ‘dark’ Bond. Dalton announced that it was his desire to be a ‘Fleming’s Bond’ and to return to the type of James Bond that the famous author had written about. 12
Pierce Brosnan: 1995-2002 Pierce had originally been asked to play Bond in The Living Daylights after the series Remington Steels ended but due to the strong publicity surrounding the announcement Remington Steele was brought back Pierce couldn’t play both at the same time, so Timothy Dalton was brought in to play Bond. Pierce was given another opportunity in 1995 and this time it was a success. He went on to play James Bond four times in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough & Die Another Day. Brosnan’s Bond is best described as a Blended Bond. He combines a large portion of the serious, brooding, the Flemingesque Bond of Dalton with the confident cockiness of Connery and just a dash of the well-tailored, upper-class style of Moore, however unlike his processors Brosnan Bond was portrayed as a-professional-killer with his no-hesitation, no-wisecracks execution. The suave, sexy but deadly combination made Brosnan’s Bond the highest grossing box office Bond at the time (this was to be beaten by Daniel Craig’s Bond).
Daniel Craig: 2006 – Present After a four year gap, James Bond returned with Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. It was the first film to use an original Ian Fleming title since 1987’s The Living Daylights. There were mixed feelings about Daniel Craig before the film was released. Some people even went as far as creating websites and petitions against the “blond bond”. However, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan all came forward to give their support. On Casino Royale’s release, the negativity all went away, and with the film a huge success, Daniel Craig turned out to be a popular and worthy James Bond. Daniel returned for his second outing as Bond in Quantum of Solace which was one of the highest grossing Bond film ever. Craig’ s portrayal of Bond is as an anti-hero, brutish, conflicted, aggressive and arrogant spy with little regards for those around him with this is mind we look forward to the next installment of Bond franchise with the release of the new Skyfall Movie.
MARRIOTT’S MARBELLA BEACH RESORT MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN
WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S MARBELLA BEACH RESORT Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort is a large beachfront property with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean, situated just 8 km east of fashionable Marbella with its prestigious dining, nightlife and shopping.
Pools, Beauty and Fitness:
1 - Bedroom Apartment
• Beachfront access • Outdoor beachside pool, garden lap pool and whirlpool • Heated outdoor children’s pool, indoor family and adult only pools • Fitness centre and aerobics studio • Whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms Eating and Drinking:
• MarketPlace® mini-market • Full range of restaurants including Charlie’s American Sports Bar, El Med Poolside Restaurant, Chill Cocktail Lounge and Beachside Bar & Grill For Children:
• MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Teen lounge and outdoor playground Other Activities:
• Daily activities programme for all ages • Many golf courses within short distance • Dining, shopping and local attractions within easy reach
• 1-bedroom / 1-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 84m2 • Sleeps up to 4 people 2 - Bedroom Apartment
• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 109m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people 3 - Bedroom Apartment
• 3-bedroom / 3-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 112m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people
APARTMENT AMENITIES • • • •
Living & dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Furnished private balconies or patios
Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort, Ctra. de Cadiz Km. 193, Urb. Marbella del Este, 29604 Marbella, Spain All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only. © Copyright 2011, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved. Marriott Vacation Club International and the programs and products provided under the Marriott Vacation Club brand are not owned, developed, or sold by Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Vacation Club International uses the Marriott marks under license from Marriott International, Inc. and its affiliates. IMG-11-049
La Heredia Hidden Hide-a-way La Heredia is a hidden gem set on a mountainside just off the Ronda road above the coastal town of San Pedro de Alcantara on Spain’s Costa del Sol, with an established and a highly select residential community. This beautiful enclave of delightfully coloured houses is also home to some of Marbella’s top businesses. A bakery that is out of this world, a restaurant that is one of Marbella´s best kept secrets an exclusive real estate agency & just slightly further up the hill another fabulous restaurant where you can tantalise your taste buds with authentic Belgium cuisine.
Cafeteria & Panaderia La Heredia Loving referred to as the Dutch Bakery Cafeteria & Panaderia La Heredia is a wonderful bakery that will delight the sense of anyone especially first thing in the morning when the bread, croissants and breads have been freshly baked. Once you step inside you will not be able to resist the delicious selection of cheeses and homemade chutneys. There is also plenty to tempt your sweet tooth from cakes to desserts. The Bakery also offers a fabulous breakfast and lunch menu with a take away service available for those who do not want to miss out on the delights this Bakery offers.
T. 952 927 081 Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Friday 9:00 - 17:00 Saturdays 9:00 - 16:00
La Heredia Real Estates La Heredia Estates specialises in property sales and rentals for La Heredia · El Madroñal & La Zagaleta. La Heredia Estates handpicks local professionals who can assist its customers with all legal and money matters relating to their investment, and are able to offer a full range of property management services By working in association with many leading companies La Heredia Real Estate is proud to say it is “More Than Just An Estate Agent”. The office is open from 9.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and offers a Wi Fi / Internet service & various office services including Scanning, Faxing & Printing. It is an official DHL Service Point, so you can send letters and packages all over the World with next day delivery.
T. 952 780 966 Opening Hours: 9.30 – 6.00 www.laherediaestates.com
La Casita Restaurant La Casita Restaurant is one of Marbella’s best kept secrets offering a wide range of the most exquisite home cooked meals with a modern gourmet twist. The restaurant offers a magnificent terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining and early evening drinks. Inside the tasteful decor and beautifully lit restaurant only adds to enhance the delicious food. There is also the famous La Casita’s Bodega which offers it’s customers an extensive range of wines including fantastic locally sources wines and beer. La Casita Restaurant offers a new dining experience – Go on spoil your senses
Tel: 952 788 033 Open every day for Lunch 13:00 – 16:00 & Dinner 19:00 – Late
La Heredia is an “Award Winning” Architectural designed little Spanish Pueblo. La Heredia is simply breathtaking. All of the houses are individually designed and no two properties are the same. This really is a place for the individual who are looking for something rustic, eye catching and who wants to be immersed into an international culture that has all year occupancy. Within the quaint cobbled streets of La Heredia you will find beautifully landscaped borders and the most elevated far reaching panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding mountain ranges.
El Coto Restaurant Situated slightly further up the hill passed La Heredia and opposite El MadroĂąal is the delightful El Coto Restaurant famed for its atmospheric terrace, friendly service and exquisite cuisine. The menu features revered Belgian dishes such as mussels, steak tartare and a tender chateaubriand with an irresistible BĂŠarnaise sauce plus delicious game, meat and delicious barbecued meat and fish.
T: 952 786 688 The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner.
K Bar Nestled next to Restaurante La Casita in La Heredia, The K Bar has an amazing feel to it. A tremendous amount of thought and care has been given in order to create a modern and inviting ambiance. The art on the walls, the chandelier at the entrance and over sized couches all give The K Bar a wonderful sense that you are in a very special place. If you are in the mood for a laugh, want to share the story of the day, or just sit back quietly and have a glass of wine while people watching, I guarantee that you will be most comfortable and enjoy the company at The K Bar. .
T: +34 952 787 763 Opening Hours are from 1:00pm to 12:00am.
Freshly baked bread everyday, with a great selection of cheese, salads & cakes Come and do your grocery shopping or sit on the terrace and relax in the sun enjoying your breakfast, lunch or just a coffee Delicious home made meals available to eat in or take away... Carretera de Ronda Km 43, 29679 Benahavis
Opening Hours Tuesday to Friday 9am â€“ 5pm & Saturday 9am â€“ 4pm Carretera de Ronda km 43, Benahavis 29679
T: 952 927 081 Driving up the Ronda Road (A-397) only 2 minutes
Aloe Vera A
loe Vera is a species of Aloe, native to northern Africa. It is a stemless or very shortstemmed succulent plant growing to 80-100 cm tall, spreading by offsets and root sprouts. The leaves are lanceolate, thick and fleshy, green to greygreen, with a serrated margin. The flowers are produced on a spike up to 90 cm tall, each flower pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 2 to 3 cm long. Aloe Vera has long been a popular houseplant. Often called the ‘miracle plant’ or the ‘natural healer’, Aloe Vera is a plant of many surprises. It flourishes in warm and dry climates, and to many people it looks like a cactus with fleshy thorny leaves. In fact it is a member of the Lily family, staying moist where other plants wither and die by closing its pores to prevent moisture loss. There are around 400 species of Aloe, but it is the Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera or “true aloe”) plant which has been of most use to mankind because of the medicinal properties it displays.
The Aloe Vera Plant Although there are many Aloe’s the term Aloe Vera (“true Aloe”) refers to the Aloe Barbadensis Miller. Fully grown the plant stands 60 to 90 cm high, and a mature leaf is 7 to 10 cm across at the base, weighing 1.5 to 2 kg. The lower leaf of the plant is used for medicinal purpose. If the lower leaf is sliced open, the gel obtained can be applied on the affected area of the skin. Leaves and seeds are the two edible parts of Aloe Vera.
The Aloe leaf structure is made up of four layers: Rind - the outer protective layer;
There is much confusion between Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice with the two often being thought synonymous. The term Gel refers to the inner leaf only, whereas Juice refers to “Aloe Latex” a bitter substance found just under the skin of the leaf. Leading authorities on Aloe Vera maintain that only Aloe Vera gel as fresh as preservation allows from the inner leaf has any remarkable properties.
Aloe Vera used Throughout History Aloe Vera has been found described in writings in many different cultures and as far back as the Greek, Egyptians, and Roman eras. References have also been found in writings from the Indian and Chinese early cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries, with its therapeutic advantages and healing properties surviving for over 4000 years. The earliest record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC. Its antiquity was first discovered in 1862 in an Egyptian papyrus dated 1550 BC. Egyptian Queens associated its use with their physical beauty.
Sap - a layer of bitter fluid which helps protect the plant from animals;
Uses and Home Remedies using Aloe Vera
Mucilage Gel - the inner part of the leaf that is filleted out to make Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe gel has been used for topical treatment for minor wounds and burns and skin irritations for centuries. Aloe Vera used to be known as the “burn plant’. It is no longer necessary to keep an Aloe Vera plant handy for when you catch your hand on the oven door, these days Aloe Vera Gel comes in handy tubes.
Aloe Vera (inner gel) contains the 8 essential Amino Acids that the human body needs but cannot manufacture. Aloe Vera has a bitter taste which can be unpleasant in the raw state. It is possible to get used to the taste of plain Aloe Vera gel, but if you can’t the addition of some fruit juice helps to make it more palatable. 22
One of the home remedies for asthma was to boil some Aloe Vera leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor.
Others have reported benefits of Aloe Vera in treating Eczema and Psoriarsis, and a product called Aloe Propolis Creme is favoured by many for these conditions. Made into a beverage and taken internally, it has been used to help many other conditions. Some of them are constipation, ulcers, diabetes, headaches, arthritis, and coughs. Taking aloe internally does have side effects, which can include pain, electrolyte imbalances, and diarrhea. Aloe Vera is best used when used fresh from the plant. It doesn’t store well but can be bought as a preserved product. Aloe Vera can be used topically as well as taken internally. It has been used for mouth sores, what we call stomach sores, or cold sores. Aloe Vera has been especially helpful of patients with severe and various skin diseases. It acts as a rejuvenating action. It acts as a moisturizer and hydrates the skin. After being absorbed into the skin, it stimulates the fibroblasts cells and causes them to regenerate themselves faster. It’s the cells that that produce the collagen and elastin so the skin will get smoother and look younger.
here’s no denying it: arresting shades of bright orchid, mauve, plum and eggplant are delivering purple power this season, presenting obsession-worthy colour to eyes, lips, and nails. We definitely glimpsed a “violet hour” this spring and summer, but it’s become an Aubergine Autumn makeup movement, making the complete purple spectrum utterly irresistible. From delicate, ethereal lavender eyes and cheeks, lush plum lips and eyes to the deep, sultry pouts, we’re powerless to purple’s charm. It’s definitely a bold, get-younoticed look, but it’s also a superfresh take on the requisite browns and berries we see every autumn.
Eyes: Whether you go with shimmery lavender effect or a dramatic pigmented plum, try any of these products for casting that purple gaze.
Try: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in Smoldering Plum, L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow Duo in Electrified, Benefit BADgal Plum Mascara For those who aren’t that experienced at applying eye-shadow try Painted Desert Eye Shadow Kit -10 Applications.
The potent purple pout at Dior might be too tough to pull of, but we suggest softening it up with a swipe of sheer gloss. Try Chanel’s Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Vamp, The Châteauneuf du Pape of wine lipsticks!
As you move away from summer’s peacock nail colors, keep in mind the two most-wanted nail shades for autumn: deep burgundy or Aubergine for when you want to be dramatic and creamy beige for a softer but equally sophisticated look.
Try: Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Crème lipstick in Vamp, Dior Mysterious Muave lipstick or Bobbi Brown Blackberry lipstick..
Try: Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in Nude, Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Orchid, MAC Concubine, OPI Nail Polish in the colour to watch & Orly Plastix Nail Polish in Purple Pleather.
s the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier your skin may lose precious moisture. Autumn is a time of transition, and the best autumn skin care routines will correct any summer damage that has occurred and prepare your skin for winter. Sun, chlorine, and saltwater may have taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer, so autumn is a time to exfoliate and moisturize.
Follow these autumn skin care tips for fabulous, healthy skin: Ditch the soap. Fragrant soapy scrubs might feel (and smell) wonderful after a day at the beach, but they leave your skin dry. When autumn arrives, switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser. Itâ€™s time to put away the gels and bring out the creamy body wash.
Aveeno Active Naturals Fragrance Free Skin Relief Body Wash available at www.aveeno.com
Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Cleanser available at El Corte Ingles.
Exfoliate with an oil-based scrub. The summer sun and chlorine may have left your skin feeling dry and flaky. Start the new season off with a full-body exfoliation session. Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they exfoliate and hydrate.
Desert Mineral Detox Anti Cellulite Body Scrub available at www.amazon.com Switch from lotion to cream. As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time.
Shiseido Replenishing Body Cream at El Corte Ingles Try: Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado Olive Revitalising Body Lotion available at Agro Jardin.
Autumn Skin Protect your lips. Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter. Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results.
Try: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm avalible at El Corte Ingles
Invest in hand cream. Hands often become dry and cracked during autumn and winter. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Start moisturizing your hands now to ensure soft, supple hands all winter long.
Neome Luxury Organics Hand Cream available at www.neomorganics.com
For the perfect start to your autumn moisturising regime try L’Occaitaine En Provence range available at L’Occaitaine in La Cánada
“The Love of Beauty is Taste.
Vanity Home of Beauty salon based in San Pedro is the ideal tonic offering an array of services to get you body perfect and in tip-top condition from head to toe.
With the changing of the seasons from summer to winter and the build up to the festive period on the horizon it is time to give yourself, that well deserved treat before we embark on the excess’s of enjoying Christmas and New Year. Over the summer months we have bronzed and tanned our bodies to perfection but all too often we forget about the damages the sun, sea and pool can have on our hair & skin.
Our hair is our crowning glory and just like our skin, taking care of one’s hair is an essential part of one’s beauty routine. Vanity Home of Beauty offers all the services of a hair salon plus more with high quality products such as Matrix (from L’Oreal) and John Masters Organics you will be spoilt for choice which products to use PLUS Vanity Home of Beauty is the only salon in Spain to use OPALIS a luxury hair care product from Paris which is cutting edge, simple and effective.
When preening ourselves our feet are often forgotten however Pedicure & Spa Pedicure are also available. If that wasn’t enough NEW to Vanity Home of Beauty is Beauté Pacifique a breakthrough in advanced skincare which offer a scientifically proven range of cosmeceutical skincare products from cleansing, toning, anti ageing, eye treatments and correction moisturiser’s. Whilst many products are only able to work on the skin surface or just beneath it, the unique patented delivery system in Beauté-Pacifique products such as Vitamin A Crème Metamorphique, allows high potency levels of Vitamin A to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin. This activates the cells responsible for repairing and rebuilding the collagen and fibre structures deep within the layers of the skin and after using for a short time, the skin will starts to appear thicker and healthier, and with continued use, the results can be amazing. The proof that Beaute Pacifique products really work lies in the DermaScanner, a unique skin ultrasound scanner. Vanity Home of Beauty is currently the only beauty salon in the Marbella region that has access to the DermaScanner.
The OPALIS products are highly concentrated and formulated with the finest cold-pressed oil and plant essences. Each product in the range has been designed to provide beautiful and naturally healthy hair. What more could a girl want!
This means that they are able to scan and analyze the customers’ skin - so objective, individual expert recommendations can be given to improve the skin with re-scanning continuously offered to show the customer the improvements.
Vanity Home of Beauty also offers body treatments; such as anti cellulite, anti ageing, weight-lose, seaweed and sea mud wraps, facials such as classic cleansing, anti ageing & lifting plus make up advice for that special occasion that will turn any wilting rose into a blossom once again!
Not only do the products in the Beauté Pacifique range help correct ageing and sun damaged skin, customers will also see a noticeable improvement in elasticity, texture and tone, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and correction of pigmentation and blemishes.
For your hands the manicurists offer Manicures & Spa Manicures using only the best products available from Austian Line & LaRic, and to achieve those lovely elegant envious nails Vanity Home of Beauty offers Bio Sculptures Gel which is a durable gel treatment that nurtures the nail bed allowing the nail to look immaculate and a semi permanent nail polish can be applied to complete the look.
To find out more about Beaute Pacifique contact Vanity Beauty Salon. FREE DermoScan and mini anti-ageing facials and Beaute Pacifique open days available
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More Tea For Me! People around the world have been enjoying tea for thousands of years, but it’s only recently that the health benefits have been more deeply researched. If you’re not currently a tea drinker, read on to see what you’ve been missing....
Types of tea There are four basic types of tea: black, green, white and oolong. Contrary to popular assumption, all four teas come from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis. The difference between the t e a s ’ flavors and health benefits are based on the way the plant’s leaves are cultivated and processed. You may be thinking, “Wait a minute, my favorite tea is Earl Grey. I know there are more types of tea than just those three.” Well, not really. Earl Grey, like many other popular teas, is actually just a flavor of tea, not a specific type. In fact, Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, which gives it a distinct, citrusy flavor. The making of tea Fresh tea leaves contain catechins a n d polyphenol oxidase enzymes. When tea is processed, the leaves may be rolled or broken, causing the polyphenol oxidase to join with the catechins. This process is known as oxidation or fermentation, and according to the Micronutrient Information Center, it can be stopped by steaming or firing the tea leaves. White and green teas both experience minimal oxidation, while oolong tea undergoes partial oxidation and black tea is considered a fully-oxidized tea. The main difference between the white and green tea varieties is that white tea is developed from young tea leaves and buds, while green tea is made from more mature leave.
Tea’s benefits Given the fact that each type of tea comes from the same plant, you can expect the health benefits to be similar, but not identical. The level of oxidation a tea’s leaves undergo will affect the benefits incurred by consumption:
Green tea: Made with steamed tea
leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
Uncured and unfermented, has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement; however, this has not been scientifically proven 30
tea If all these potential benefits have you itching to boil water and steep some leaves, make sure you’re not confusing herbal tea for green, white, oolong or black tea. Herbal tea is not made from the tea plant and cannot be associated with the same health benefits. The only thing that makes herbal teas “tea” is the fact that they use dried leaves and herbs to release flavour when soaked in hot water.
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“In whatever part of the body excess of heat or cold is felt, the disease is there to be discovered” Hippocrates 400 BC.
aving never heard of Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (“DITI”) until I visited the Bodyworks clinic near Estepona, I was intrigued about the whole process. I was offered the opportunity to experience this new technology by having my breasts screened using this new process. Like a huge number of busy working women I use the excuse that I never find the time for things which are really important, like smear tests and checking my boobs. So, when I was given this assignment I jumped at the chance to take advantage of breast screening. After filing in a medical questionnaire, I was taken to the screening room and explained the process giving me an over view of exactly what DITI is. DITI is a diagnostic screening procedure that images the breasts to help in the early detection of abnormalities. The process is pain free, 100% safe, no contact, no radiation, non invasive. There are no contra-indications for DITI making it safe for pregnant women and those with implants. DITI is a screening test for all age groups and is designed to establish
a baseline (the patient’s normal thermal “fingerprint”) for ongoing comparative analysis to detect any physiological change that justifies additional testing. Such testing could be examination by a specialist, mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, blood work, hormone testing or a number of other interventions. I was instructed to take my jumper, bra and necklace off and slipped on a gown I was advised that I needed to allow my body temperature to be as close to the temperature of the room. I was asked to remove my gown, sit on a stool, place my hands on my head and face the camera. Turning so that my back was facing the camera, the sides of my breast where were imaged and then diagonally viewed. The whole process had taken a few minutes and a total of six shots had been taken. I was then invited to take a seat in front of the LCD screen as I looked at the screen, I could clearly see the outline of my body and the shape of my breasts.
Now, I am not a scientist but even I could see very clearly two blobs on my left breast. The technician was quick to see the question forming on my lips. Yes, there are two indicators on your left breast and at this stage it is important not to panic. The technician then showed me a plastic model of a breast, cut through the centre to show the inside. There were two cysts shown and explained to me that they were harmless and very common. More than likely the two images showing on my results were cysts but as with everyone’s results my pictures would be analysed by a doctor who specialises in reading DITI results. The technician said that the images we had seen on my breasts were obviously worrying for me but that it was just as well we had done the screening. The doctor would analyse the results which would be available in 48 hours and take it from there. At this point I was handed over to Bob Mitchell who manages Bodyworks. I was obviously shocked to fineI had two lumps in my breast especially as I do bother to check
myself very carefully but Bob reassured me that it was very common and my results would be back quickly. Bob handed me a small plinth with a model or breast attached to it. “See if you can find lump in there-there are two “he said. I pressed and pocked but could not feel anything. He said I wasn’t doing correctly; it was very important to feel for any lump with the flat of my fingers, not try and roll the breast. After another attempt I managed to feel one lump but couldn’t find the other one. This is so worrying because obviously there are many women who check themselves for lumps but at this rate many will go undetected. As well as receiving the results in couple of days I will have to go back for another check in three months to see if there are any changes in the lumps found so as a monitor this device is priceless. It is also especially suitable for women who have implants as they are generally not able to have mammogram. A mammogram squashes the breast flat as possible and an implant could possibly burst. Also, mammograms are not generally suitable for use with women under fifty years of age as the breast tissue is usually too dense at this stage. I have read so many articles concerning breast-screening, mammograms etc over the years and have always failed to completely understand the science bit of the article. I think that it is possibly why so many of us switch off-because we just do not understand what is going on – it is frightening and very technical.
Bodyworks is a clinic but doesn’t feel scary, frightening or intimidating in any way. I feel quiet calm despite knowing that there are two lumps in my left breast – it is about the trust and having all the barriers between the time-pressed doctors and hospital atmosphere taken away and replaced with a very calm thermal imaging technician and clear, instant images and very fast analysis of data. I can’t change the fact that the lumps are there but I feel safe in the knowledge that they have been found and are being dealt with.
My message is simple, get yourself checkout, because as they say, you are worth it. Bodyworks Health Clinic, Carretera de Cadiz, N-340, km 165.5, 29-688 Estepona, Tel: +34 952-883-151 Fax: +34 952-888-359 E: email@example.com
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Treat your upper lip to a fur coat this month
uring Movember (the month formerly known as November), men around the globe grow moustaches while raising money for men’s health issues.
Let’s face it men are known to be more indifferent towards their health, especially when compared to the efforts of women, who proactively and publicly address their health issues. As a result, today the levels of awareness, understanding and funding for support of male health issues, like prostate cancer & testicular cancer lag significantly behind causes such as breast cancer. The reasons for the poor state of men’s health around the world are numerous and complex and this is primarily due to a lack of awareness of the health issues men face and this can largely be attributed to the reluctance in men openly discussing the subject due to longstanding traditions, coupled with an ‘it’ll be alright’ attitude. Statistics sadly show that, on average, men die at a younger age than women – the average life expectancy for men is four years less than women. That said, despite trailing the women’s health movement, things are beginning to change, but much more progress needs to be made to close the gap between the state of men and women’s health. Movember & Sons – United we Grow This November, Movember is getting down to the raw hard truths of the past two years of campaigning and taking a look, quite simply, at what it means to be a better man with 2012 the year of Movember & Sons. Knowledge is power and should be shared from one generation to the next between father and son and grandfather who all play a meaningful role in shaping who we become sharing there knowledge and wisdom, to learn their family health history and to understand the risks they face. 34
These simple actions can have a significant impact of the quality and longevity of every man’s journey through there life. Last year, Movember had its most successful year to date with over 852,000 Mo- members across the globe raising a phenomenal £79.3 million (€99.4 million). Movember changing the face of men’s health - For more information or to participate visit: www.movember.com
THE FABULOUS CAREER! OF A MAKE-UP ARTIST
ondon fashion week ended with inspiration from the makeup artists for the new season, mac have taken on the marilyn monroe look, red lips, eyeliner, beautiful porcelain skin, and thick brows are in so throw away the tweezers!
The double flick eyeliner is the new must have with the lower flick being thicker, match it with peacock colours for the smokey eyes that are bright not sultry. Kate moss´s mat lipstick is fabulous and stays on so well. i love the berry lips with smoket grey eyes, definitely the mba look for this winter!
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The world of make-up design and application has changed over the last 30 years with the availability of so many amazing quality pigments and products. The make-up artist can follow many different pathways ie; film/television,theatrical, cosmetic camourflage,editorial, videos, bridal,body art and many more. To gain an international qualification as a fashion and photographic make-up artist at marbella beauty academy,you will be required to create a mood board for the concept of 5 totally different looks with before and after photographs and a full description of your inspiration. Different looks are collected into a portfolio to show agencies and professional photographers. these looks will cover day, evening, bridal ,glamour, high fashion, body painting and black and white photographs. Make-up artists are in huge demand today as expectations and standards are raised,they work together with a stylist, art director,client, editor or advertising
agency, on comercials, videos,fashion shows,television and so many other exciting projects. Marbella beauty academy starts its new international training for fashion & photographic make-up on november 6th. We are thrilled to have Liza Mayne as the tutor for this course with other make-up artists demonstrating throughout, Liza qualified with a degree in make-up at the london college of fashion and make-up, and has had a varied career so far , she brings a wealth of experience with her. Tthe hairdressing side of the course will be delivered by an excellent and very talented Toni & Guy hairdressing educator. Please contact Giselle on 693507267 or mail info@ marbellabeautyacademy.com if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your requirements. Sonia abad Gonzlalez 2011-2012 student at mba has now gone solo after work experience with celebrity make-up artist lyndsey cavanagh, she also has the distribution for becca cosmetics from australia who believe in natural beauty they
Interviewing for January Beauty therapy, Massage and Fashion & Photographic Make-up Courses Limited spaces are Available in November for Fashion & Photographic courses The courses can be full time or part time allowing you to change and improve your life with small or big career changes. The Academy also offers weekend and residential course packages. Liza Mayne have an impressive range of shades for skins of all ages and tones to achieve the perfect flawless look. Sonia is also a distributor for Perricone MD, the Doctor who after 15 years of beautiful skin has produced products such as VIT C which brightens skin in 7 days, the wrinkle cure and cold plasma which treats the 10 signs of ageing. Contact MBA if you are interested in any of these amazing products, soia will be demonstrating them on november 7th if you would like to come along please call giselle.
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With retailers unloading new stock on a daily basis it’s time to hit the refresh button on the seasons top trends for fall and winter 2012/2013.
Oversized coats made a big impact at Céline, Choloé. The most modern way to wear fur?. As an accent piece, the furry sleeves at Fendi’s and the pelted skirts at Mulberry. photos complements of www.style.com
Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Steela McCartney focus on the waist by adding peplums, panniers and padding to the hips for a more hourglass impact. After seasons of colourful Givenchy and Versace
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icole de Carle is an innovatively British luxury lingerie brand that uses the designers’ rich cultural heritage as an artisan to define the brands commitment to and love of beautifully crafted lingerie. With inspiration sourced from the World of art, literature and iconic architecture, Nichole de Carle London is the embodiment of design and fine craftsmanship. By using only the finest fabrics available and with an exquisite attention to detail, each piece evokes the brands passion for the craft by delivering intimates that exude feminine strength, beauty, seductiveness, wit and sophistication. Since the brands birth, they have fortified a steady following of celebrities both national and international with names including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole. Nichole de Carle launched her career in the lingerie industry in 2001 after completing the worldrenowned “Contour” course at DeMontfort University in England, with first-class honours. She specialised in body contour and fit in lingerie, swimwear, corsetry and bridal wear. Nichole de Carle applied her talents whilst working as a tailor for the luxury design houses of Alexander McQueen in London, Donna Karan in New York, and Pleasure State in Australia. Nichole de Carle went on to found her company in 2008, crafting bespoke lingerie for private clients, through which she gained an international following of loyal and regular clients. It’s not often that underwear is given much of a voice in fashion, unless of courses if is for the wrong reasons like wardrobe malfunctions! And we all know the rule for matching underwear, and the age old warning ‘if you get hit
by a bus, you’d want to wear a set that matches!’ but apart from the brief dalliance with underwear as outerwear trend, knickers have been, well, an afterthought. Lingerie designer Nichole de Carle, it seems, is determined to break out of that mould. Designing absolutely stunning underwear sets, made from the most sumptuous of fabrics in beautiful colouring, Nichole’s collection is quite frankly gorgeous. Combining traditional shapes and silhouettes with bang on trend touches, Nicole’s designs embodies femininity, grace and allows a woman to embrace her sensual side. Inspired by art, architecture and landscape, her designs are split into her ‘Signature Collections’, and ‘Classic Collections’. Her signature collections, named ‘Onyx’ and ‘Opal’ are inspired by the Art Deco Movement, and Spanish Architect Gaudi, respectively. The exquisite detailing in the pieces conveys the inspirational and meticulous line work Nicole so wonderfully combines within her own ideas. Colours are predominantly provocative nudes such as almonds, champagnes and ivories, juxtaposed with a heavily ‘lined’ black. The classic collections are the most successful pieces in Nicole’s collection adapted into timeless pieces. Inspirations are stated to be the iconic symbol in Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, in which the female body is represented by the chalice. Other inspirations are the wondrous architectural design of Westminster Abbey and the opulent garden of the Chateau de Villette. For her spring summer 2012 collection, Nichole de Carle attached a certified 22ct diamond onto every knicker. The diamond is exclusive to the knickers and there are seven different knicker shapes available within this exquisite collection.
Decadent and luxurious, Nichole de Carle’s underwear is something to celebrate, and something to show off. Having been featured in Vogue, Marie Claire and Grazia it seems that underwear is having a bit of a fashion moment thanks to Nicole de Carle
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LOUIS VUITTON FALL/WINTER 2012
Marc Jacobs’s fall fashion show for Louis Vuitton began with a beautiful handmade steam engine pulling into a set in a courtyard of the Louvre, which had been transformed into an old train station edged in iron and adorned with a clock that glowed like a full moon. After the train — with a cabin emblazoned with the Louis Vuitton name — chugged into the station and the clouds of steam parted, models emerged, followed by porters carrying the new Vuitton bags. It was a homage to the company’s origins as a luggage purveyor, and perhaps also a nod to the Academy Award-winning film “Hugo,” about a boy who maintains the clocks in Paris’s Gare Montparnasse train station. Jacobs told reporters backstage that the steam engine had been “hand-built from scratch by the Vuitton team,” according to the Telegraph. He conducted interviews from a velvet banquette aboard the wood-paneled Vuitton Express while wearing a dress, and told the Guardian that the train could see a second life, perhaps as a pop-up store somewhere. Jacobs’s previous Vuitton show also featured a massive set — a slow-turning vintage carousel, which models rode to present their clothes. The fall collection, which featured high-waisted silhouettes, towering hats, ornate buttons and echoes of the famous Vuitton checkerboard pattern that has been used on luggage singe 1888, was widely praised by fashion critics.
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A retro allure with an Oriental spirit, the Louis Vuitton collection is an imaginary dialogue between Paris and Tokyo. The cuts and noble materials create luxury silhouettes with masculine elegance formed the oriental motifs on blanket scarves in cashmere and silk, another recurring theme was Paris and Tokyo signposts on belt buckles.
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hristian Louboutin has come a long way from that young man who was expelled from school three times and ran away from home at the age of 12 yrs. to the world’s most famous shoe designer, the man who put sexy back into stilettos. Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Beyonce, Carla Bruni, Tina Turner, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah – it seems there isn’t a famous and, more importantly, wealthy woman left on the planet who is immune to the pleasures and pains of wearing a pair of Louboutins. Their signature red soles are the last word in glamour. Women cripple themselves for them, literally and financially.
terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, I invented my own history, full of characters from Egypt because I was very into the pharaohs.” It was after he ran away from home that his indulgent mother allowed him to move out to live at a friend’s house which for a 12 year old was very
The man himself lives for shoes, and one imagines him smelling of eau de leather and spending the
working day running a fingertip along women’s arches basically, Louboutin is Grimm’s fairytale shoemaker come to life. Louboutin was born in Paris in 1963, the only son of a cabinet maker and an unconventional and loving mother who doted on him. He was the youngest of four and his sisters were much older than him, which made for the perfect education. Louboutin said in a 2012 interview that he was “much darker-skinned than everyone else in his family. You know, I felt I wasn’t French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was
unconventional. He began sketching shoes in his early teens, ignoring his academic studies and at the age of 14 yrs. was already telling adults who asked him what he wanted to do: “draw shoes”. His first job was at the Folies Bergères, the caberet where he assisted the entertainers backstage, the dancers were charmed by him and he became their “little mascot”. The
story goes that one of his tasks was to buy raw veal for them so they could pad their shoes and relieve their aching feet. Decades later, this trade secret would inspire the hidden platform inside the Very Prive stiletto, allowing Louboutin, and his shoes, to reach ever greater heights. Louboutin’s gained a small amount of training at the Académie d’Art Roederer studying drawing and decorative arts. Louboutin claims his fascination with shoes began in 1976 when he visited the Musée national des SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
At the end of the eighties, Louboutin reportedly turned his hand to garden design for a brief time, before launching his selfnamed shoe atelier in the early nineties. Christian Louboutin shoes became known for their vibrant colours and exoticism. Louboutin was pivotal in bringing stilettos back into fashion in the nineties and into the 2000’s. His wish to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as I can” has led to towering heels of 12cm or higher. His more opulent eveningwear designs often incorporate embellishment and decoration such as feathers, exotic leathers and jewel encrusted straps.
Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie on the avenue Daumesnil. It was there that he saw a sign from Africa forbidding women wearing sharp stilettos from entering a building for fear of damage to the extensive wood flooring. This image stayed in his mind, and he later used this idea in his designs. “I wanted to defy that,” Louboutin said. “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.” Fascinated by world cultures, he ran away in his teens to Egypt and spent a year in India.
Famously Louboutin’s trademark is the lipstick shoes red soles of his shoes, which flash into sight when the wearer walks. Like the white flash of an animal’s tail, the red flare of a Louboutin is a striking, come hither signal which has led Louboutin to christen his creations ‘follow ’. The coloured me shoes’. sole is an iconic symbol of the brand - simple and utterly recognisable.
Louboutin returned to Paris in 1981, where he assembled a portfolio of drawings of elaborate high heels presenting them to the top couture houses. The effort resulted in Jourdan employment with Charles Jourdan, and freelance work at a range of illustrious ateliers including Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. In 1988, Christian Louboutin joined Roger Vivier who at that time was known as the Fabergé of Footwear and who had previously collaborated with the likes of Dior in the 1950s. Under Vivier’s teaching, Louboutin learnt the mastery of making shoes and raised his skills to a new level. Vivier was said to have invented the stiletto or spike heel which so inspired a young Louboutin. The design was named after a slim knife. Louboutin credited Vivier with teaching him the crux of shoe creation and said “the most important part of the shoe is the body and the heel. Like a good bone structure, if you get that right, the rest is makeup”. 58
This simplicity coupled with Louboutin’s ability to infuse the spirit of femininity into his shoes, has helped to create one of the most recognizable and coveted luxury shoe brands. The king of the red-hot shoe may be famous for his sexy killer heels, however he also produces reams of elegant and feminine day and casual shoes inspired by enticing exotic locations, nature and dance. His footwear mirrors his upbringing and is a mixture of culture, art and history. Today Christian Louboutin shoes can be found in boutiques worldwide as well as on the catwalks for young highly regarded designers such as Roland Mouret and Rodarte. Notable celebrity patrons have included Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane von Furstenberg, Kylie Minogue and Catherine Deneuve. Christian Louboutin has established himself as one of the top shoe designers in the world. In a poll conducted in the UK, Louboutins were named the most sexy heel with his classic black stiletto being the most popular. Wearing Louboutins makes a woman feel sexy with Louboutin stating his shoes are the “perfect blend of beauty and sex appeal, high enough that they slow women down and give them a sexier gait.”
he Jeans Factory Marbella Outlet, is a family ran business ran by husband and wife team Roy and Bjorna, who have many years of experience within the fashion industry owning shops in Holland in addition to their Marbella outlet. At The Jeans Factory Outlet, you will find jeans & other fashion items for men, women and children at unbelievable prices, they offer their customers amazing discounts of up to 60% off the normal retail prices on designer clothing from Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, G-Star, Replay, Ed Hardy, Miss Sixty, Levi’s, Pirouette, Met, Wrangler, Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, BT Jeans, Diego Caviari, Wam, Arya Boy and many more branded items like Shoes, Bags, Belts, Beachwear, Jackets, Bermudas, Polo´s, Shirts etc.. Because The Jeans Factory Outlet purchases it stock directly from manufactures, and overstocked shops as well as liquidations throughout Europe they are able to pass these MASSIVE SAVINGS on to you the customer… All their items are new and with new stock delivered on a weekly basis, there is always a new bargain to be found.
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the perfume lover, vintage perfumes are a dangerous addiction that, once you have tried and smelt you will never want to return to the mass produced perfumes of today.
Why I hear you ask, well it’s because they really don’t make ‘em like they used anymore, many of the ingredients common in vintage perfumes are no longer in use due to reduced availability, ecological or health concerns, costs, changing tastes, or a combination of the above. So if you like what you smell in vintage perfumery the real oakmoss in chypres, the natural ambergris and civet, unctuous musks, a high percentage of floral notes then it may be difficult to accept what is being manufactured today. For the purposes of clarity: “Vintage” is a relative term. It may refer to very old perfumes which have been out of production for years, or older formulations of classics that are still in production (nearly always in modified form), or even relatively recent perfumes discontinued in haste.
Below we take a look at some vintage perfumes still available today. The legendary Chanel No 5 was the first perfume launched by Parisian couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel N°5 is a symbol of good taste and is currently one of the best selling perfumes in the world. Coco Chanel asked the perfume designer Ernest Beaux to create a perfume ‘ which smells like a woman’. Chanel N°5 is a very complex fragrance which does not allow any of the fragrant components to be isolated out of the composition, what was exactly a request of the great Chanel – the perfume should not smell like a rose, or a lily of the valley, but as a composition. The perfume became famous thanks to many celebrities who wore it, among which Marilyn Monroe. Chanel N°5 is often connected to her name because during an interview in 1954 she said that in bed she wore only ‘some drops of Chanel N°5’. That statement became a superb advertising slogan and a reason for millions of women around the world to choose this perfume. The current Chanel N°5 face is Brad Pitt. Ernest Beaux created two series of perfume samples numbered 1-5 and 20-24 and asked Coco Chanel to choose one of them. Madame Chanel chose the sample no. 5 and thus the perfume got its name. Superstitious, Chanel presented her new perfume on the fifth day of the fifth month of 1921. The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli. The first Chanel N°5 was captured in a simple rectangular bottle with the top which resembled Place Vendome in Paris. The first bottle was designed by Chanel herself and represents her classical principle – the less is more. 64
Greta Garble for JOY 1930’s JOY by Jean Patou was created as ‘the world’s most expensive
Emeraude by Coty was launched in 1921 by Francois Coty. The perfume offers an oriental smell with top notes of orange, bergamot and lemon; middle notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and Brazilian rosewood & base notes of amber, sandalwood, patchouli, opoponax, benzoin and vanilla. The bottle is very simple and plain yet the pale green juice of the perfume is instantly recognizable.
Intense and luscious with alluring floral composition, JOY was created by Henri Alméras, who made its top notes irresistibly delightful. The composition starts with fragrant jilt tuberose, luscious rose, ylang-ylang blossom, aldehydes, sweet and mouthwatering pear, and green notes. The heart beats passionately in pure and sweetly fresh jasmine notes, seductive and balmy spicy and darkened iris root. The base whiffs with sensual musk, warm and milky-powdery sandalwood, with mild musky civet tones.
perfume’ during the time of The Great Depression in 1929. JOY is created with a unique concentration of rare flowers with 10600 flowers of jasmine and 336 roses used within each bottle. During it’s most successful period JOY garnished enormous success and became the second best selling perfume of all times (the first bestselling is the legendary Chanel N°5).
The bottle, of simple and straight lines with a golden thread around its neck, was designed by the architect Louis Süe in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes for Eau de Parfume and 30ml and 50ml sizes for Eau de Toilette. Regardless of its simplicity, the bottle leaves an impression of luxury and hints that its content is one of the best perfumes of the world.
or ‘the bluish hour’ was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1912. The fragrance is velvety soft and romantic, it is a fragrance of bluish dusk and anticipation of night, before the first stars appear in the sky. The top notes open with spicy-sweet aniseed and fresh bergamot that gently lead to the heart of rose, carnation, tuberose, violet, and neroli. The soft and powdery floral notes are resting on a base of vanilla, Tonka bean, iris and benzoin. The perfume is mysterious, elegant, and timeless. The bottle is shaped like the one of Mitsouko and the stopper is shaped like a hollow heart that alludes to romantic pre-war years.
Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez is a Oriental fragrance for women. Bal a Versailles was launched in 1962. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean Desprez. Top notes are rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, neroli, bergamot, bulgarian rose and lemon; middle notes are sandalwood, patchouli, lilac, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and leather; base notes are tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, cedar and resins. 66
by Lanvin This famous perfume was made by Andre Fraysse for Lavine home in 1927. The name was chosen by the daughter of the perfumer and since she had been involved in music she chose name “Arpege”, the musical term arpeggio. In 1993, the perfume was successfully reconstructed. The Top notes are: bergamot, aldehide, peach, orange bloom, honeysuckle, orris. In the heart there are: rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, coriander, sensitive plant, tuberose, violet, and geranium. The base consists of: sandal, vetiver, patchoulis, vanilla and musk. The bottle is lovely, the beautiful figures on the black misted background represent mother and daughter (the wife and daughter of the perfumer), who are getting ready for the ball. In October 2009 the house of Lanvin created Arpege 120, utilizing the popular fragrance created back in 1927 and reformed in 1993. The new flacon of Arpege 120 is available in two amounts, 50ml, and 100 ml.
Shalimar was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925, as a tribute
to the legendary love story between Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who sadly died during the birth of their 14th child at the age of 39. Her death devastated Shah Jahan and he built the Taj Mahal and Garden of Shalimar in memory of his wife and their undying love. Shalimar is one of the best selling perfumes ever and its magic is undeniable. The perfume is composed of citrus notes; lemon and bergamot, jasmine, may rose, opoponax, Tonka bean, vanilla, iris, Peru balsam and gray amber. Coolness of the citrus notes leads to floral heart ending with a warm and luxurious trail. In 1985, it was repackaged and presented encased in a Lucite box to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its original launch, to date the composition of the perfume remains the same as when it was launched in 1925.
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In Pursuit of the Perfect Piece
Creating and innovating exquisitely designed and exceptionally crafted jewellery in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ piece.
ward winning jewellery d e s i g n e r, A n d r e w Geoghegan, has launched four stunning new cocktail rings, including a third addition to the incredible ‘Chocolate Box’ collection. Using only platinum and 18ct gold’s, exquisite diamonds and sumptuous precious stones, the AG brand encapsulates luxury, elegance and sophistication in timeless designs. Reaching finalist for ‘ Designer of the Year 2005 and 2007’ alongside the Platinum Innovation award helped secure Andrew Geoghegan as a tour de force in the British jewellery design and manufacture industry.
AG’s most popular right hand ring with a new cut. This ring is resplendent with a marquis Morganite and framed with diamonds. The cut of the Morganite is echoed in the satellite diamond. An incredible dynamic ring.
Fission Cluster Spinei
The Fission Cluster ring has been hugely successful for AG and has graced many fingers in the form of brilliant, asscher and radiant cuts. The oval was next on the list and Andrew sourced a stunning liliac Spinel for the occasion. Framed with diamonds and set in 18ct white gold, the beautiful result has inspired Andrew to create two more versions in princess and cushion cut.
The Chocolate Box Envy
This piece really does show how unique and perfectly made AG collection is. The first Chocolate Box with a clash of colours has been highly commended by Claire Adler in the IJL 2012 Edit Awards. The gems in the piece are all a different shade of pink with rubies and pink sapphire delightful framed by diamonds.
The Reflect Peridot
Andrew Geoghegan’s aim was to create a ring in which the stone is set slightly lower then conventional rings and in this way one must ‘look into’ the setting. By creating this ‘space’ or ‘hollow’ in which light is reflected from diamonds to zircon there is a feeling of peering into a box of treasures! The name Reflect is perfect for two reasons; as already alluded to, the internal diamonds are reflected in the main stone and, the term reflect can be attributed to the occasion for which the ring is brought for * reflecting on a memory* One of the intriguing aspects of the piece is the wizardry of stone setting: creatng an internal surface of diamond setting above the main stone is no easy task however the effect is unique and exquisite. www. andrewgeoghegan.com SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
his newly opened Horse and Rider’s boutique, has made it’s home in Pueblo Nuevo, in the heart of the Sotogrande Equestrian life. Owner, Manager Lulu Pouroulis, who competed internationally for many years, brings her wealth of equestrian knowledge and experience to the business. The rich, warmth of this uniquely layout store, with its dark wood finishes, lends it self to an easy and pleasant shopping experience. Soto-Cheval Boutique Equestre is committed to supporting and growing the local equestrian community, by sponsoring competitions and prices, and the philosophy of the Soto-Cheval store, is to offer a place where people feel welcomed and can exchange horse related information. The friendly and helpful staff will assist and advise you on your equestrian needs.
Come and sit at the coffee bar and have a chat or look through the vast selection of horse related books. The store offers a wide variety of equestrian products, including a comprehensive range of bits, spurs, bridles and rider’s clothing. With imported new brands including Just Togs Rider’s Wear, SSG Gloves, GFS Bridlery, Horze and PFIFF. Our focus is to offer great value for money, good quality products at an affordable prices and to ensure you step out in style every time you enter the arena our boutique stocks a wide range of competition equipment. PLUS coming soon to Soto-Cheval are the famous Berney Bros. PLUS coming soon to Soto-Cheval are the famous Berney Bros. Saddles! this includes handmade saddles for polo to dressage, all retailing under 1100.00 euros!!! Soto-Cheval Boutique Equestre is home of the NL Farm Herbal Range, the only store to stock and distribute these tremendous herbal mixes. This range includes Sport Mix Sport Horse Care, Sport Mix II Mature Horse Care, Recovery Complete Horse Care and the two most popular, Casco Forte Intense Hoof Care and Bute-X Anti-Inflammatory! 74
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Johannesburg Undiscovered Gem
he South African Tourist Board posters assert that this is a world in one country, a theory that is reinforced by the number of repeat visitors that boost the countryâ€™s economy. Africa, of course, means safari and South Africa has some of the finest game parks in the world, from the mighty Kruger Park to smaller, privately owned establishments like Mala Mala and the Pilanesberg reserves.
Some of the best game parks in Africa can be found in the Eastern Transvaal, which can easily be accessed via Johannesburg and is one of the main reasons that many visitors choose to fly into this vibrant African city. Unfortunately those who view O.R. Tambo International Airport as merely a gateway, the fastest route to the nearest herd of zebra, are missing out on a thrilling and unique experience. For those who prefer to mix it up and balance a few days in the bush with a touch of urban buzz, Johannesburg provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience the best of South Africaâ€™s cultural life.
The city has a plentiful supply of hotels, from large multinational names to the smallest boutique lodge. Whether you prefer the anonymity and huge range of facilities of a five-star establishment or the hands-on, personal service provided by a more intimate, privately owned hotel, Johannesburg has everything you are looking for – and more.
two of South Africa’s leading independent schools for boys and girls respectively.
For the past few decades the life of Jozi, as it is affectionately known, has been increasingly moving out from the centre of the city to the suburbs. These days, many visitors find themselves exploring the delights of this perpetually busy metropolis from an area that would seem to have more in common with Beverly Hills than any perception they may previously have gained about Africa.
Whether you choose to visit during the summer (December to March) or the winter (June to September), you will always find plenty to do, especially if you are keen to explore South Africa’s cultural life; but why not start by exploring the past? The Apartheid Museum, which opened its doors in 2001, is a grim reminder of the inglorious days in which this oppressive regime held sway over the vast majority of the population and is well worth visiting.
Johannesburg’s suburbs are not only very attractive places to live, but many contain a range of high class shopping centres, which cater for a sophisticated, urban elite. One of the most popular places to shop until you drop is Sandton City, which makes up for its slightly clinical ambience by its sheer size and the number of supermarkets, department stores, boutiques, cinemas, restaurants and cafés all under one roof. Locals also flock to Rosebank, an equally upmarket residential area, to enjoy the facilities and shopping opportunities as well as to enjoy some of the independent and quirky films shown at the 10-screen Cinema Nouveau, which is one of South Africa’s leading art house cinemas and is contained in The Mall of Rosebank.
Near the Apartheid Museum is Gold Reef City, which offers a lively representation of Johannesburg as it was in the 19th and early part of the 20th century, when it was the gold and diamond capital of the world. Containing a hotel, theme park and casino, this is an excellent place for a good family day out.
The suburbs of Johannesburg are also famous for a number of beautiful Herbert Baker houses, many of which are still privately owned. Lovers of gracious architecture would be well advised to make their way to Parktown, one of the city’s most well established residential areas, where some examples can be viewed. Baker was also responsible for St. John’s College and Roedean School,
Nobody could ever accuse South Africa’s premier financial centre of being beautiful, but those who know Johannesburg well will concur that it has an atmosphere all of its own. From all points, north, south, east and west it appears on the horizon like a glittering mirage, the J.G. Strijdom Tower and metal and glass office blocks rising like a hallucination dreamed by J.G. Ballard.
Suburban Johannesburg offers such generous amounts of peace and tranquillity that it is easy to forget that, only minutes away, lies one of Africa’s largest, most artistically exciting cities.
The Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City both lie close to Soweto. Previously a no-go area, Soweto is now a prime draw for tourists and many companies run guided coach tours there. Robby’s Place, in Pimville, Soweto, is an especially lively and attractive place to enjoy a pint of South African lager (Castle and Lion are popular brands) and a traditional South African meal.
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Johannesburg is a city that is always moving, always changing...... The Maboneng Precinct at 266 Fox Street is one of the city’s newest arts and entertainments centres, containing a theatre, cinemas, art galleries, shops, restaurants and even a spa and yoga retreat, ideal for some urban calisthenics. Equally artistic, although rather older is the world famous Market Theatre complex; as its name suggests, this was once the site of Jozi’s Indian Fruit Market. However, since 1976 this has been the home of some of the most memorable theatre to have emerged from the African continent, including many of Athol Fugard’s plays and record breakers like Woza Albert. The main Market theatre tends to feature large scale productions, while the Barney Simon Theatre (named after one of the Market’s most celebrated directors and co-creator of Woza Albert) and the Laager both help to showcase new works by new talents, many of which have emerged from The Laboratory, the Market’s talent hothouse. Braamfontein is Johannesburg’s university quarter and it is in Nelson Mandela’s alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand, that the Origins Centre can be found. This fascinating place aims to chart the development of human behaviour and houses some impressive rock art. The Origins Centre is open from Monday to Friday all day and on Saturday mornings. Since Braamfontein’s Neighbourgood’s Market is held every Saturday from 9:00 until 15:00 on two floors of 73 Juta Street, this is a good opportunity to plan a visit to both. Johannesburg is a city that is always moving, always changing and consequently always has something to offer. Locals say that living in Jozi means that it is possible to eat out at a different restaurant every day of the year and not retrace one’s steps. It is equally true that any visitor to this great city will find what they were expecting of Africa’s greatest city – and a lot more besides. 82
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the enduring appeal of diamonds...
Is there anything that will break the spell of the diamond ?
he Romans ascribed supernatural powers to them while in his Naturalis Historia, Pliny the Elder wrote of their ornamental properties. However, most historians trace the birth of the diamond as gemstone to India; Buddhist writings dating from the fourth century BC mention the beauty of diamonds, while other early documents discuss this stone’s durability and ability to scratch other hard surfaces. In fact, until diamond deposits were discovered in Brazil in 1725, India was considered the main focus of the already thriving trade. When, in 1867, it was discovered that Kimberley in South Africa was a rich diamond source, a hitherto unprecedented amount of digging occurred which transformed this sleepy backwater into a Wild West town where fortunes were made overnight. Even today, to stand on the viewing platform above the enormous hole in the earth created by early prospectors (including Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato, who would dominate the South Africa diamond business) is to gain a queasy understanding of the depth 84
and nature of human greed. By 1873 the diamond trade had turned Kimberley into the second largest town in South Africa with a population of approximately 40,000 such was the allure of these pieces of compacted carbon. Ever since, South Africa has widely been considered the centre of the diamond trade and De Beers, the company founded by Cecil Rhodes in 1888, has largely been responsible for the international mining and trading of the stones. The extent of the company’s involvement has, at times, resulted in charges that it has been guilty of price fixing and market manipulation. While diamonds are increasingly being used in the manufacture of items such as surgical blades, where their toughness and cutting ability can be employed to great effect, they are still primarily prized for their beauty. Diamonds are graded according to their weight (or carat), clarity, colour and cut. Obviously, the larger the diamond, the higher the value of the stone; one of the world’s largest diamonds, the Star of Sierra Leone, weighed a massive 968.9 carats in its uncut state and was so enormous that it was split and several impressive stones
were shaped, the largest of which is 53.96 carats. Clarity is, if anything, more important than size; too many internal defects or ‘inclusions’ as they are known in the diamond trade and even a large stone can be deemed not suitable for use as a gemstone. It is estimated that of all the diamonds mined only 20 per cent are used as decorative pieces, while the remaining 80 per cent are only fit for industrial use. Of course, certain minor defects can be hidden by being cleverly set in a ring, but major fields of inclusions will render the stone cloudy and therefore useless for jewellery. The diamonds most prized by jewellers are near colourless or ‘white’ and those deemed worthy of this title are graded D. The next categories are E and F and into these fall the stones that have colour only perceptible under laboratory conditions and once colour is detectable by the naked eye, the letters G to Z are used. Of course, coloured diamonds are not always bad news; while yellow diamonds are not considered especially desirable, blue and pink diamonds are rare and fetch enormous prices.
Diamond cutting is only undertaken by the most expert hands, since a skilled craftsman can add value to a mediocre stone, while having the potential to decimate the value of a perfect specimen. The art of cutting has developed over the centuries, but modern techniques are heavily influenced by mathematician Marcel Tolkowsky, who developed the round brilliant cut by calculating the best shape to reflect light when viewed from above. While our ideas of beauty have changed significantly over the centuries and what was considered glamorous last year was recently dubbed “passé” it is reassuring to know that now, as ever, we can rely on the enduring appeal of the diamond. The spell cast by these beautiful gemstones is as binding as ever. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
Baselworld 2012 BVLGARI Serpenti Italian fine jeweller and watch manufacturer, Bulgari, showcased a very beautiful model for the 40th Watch and Jewellery Show – Baselworld 2012: a new stunning Serpenti timepiece for women who exude style. The attractive creation was unveiled this March. The new Serpenti features the case shaped like a snake’s head and the jet-black enamel coiled bracelet set with diamonds. This year’s version of the Bulgari Serpenti is made of 18-karat pink gold. Its adorable polished case incorporates a charming bezel decorated on upper and lower sides with 6 brilliant-cut diamonds, weighting 0.6 karats. The case is protected with anti-reflective sapphire crystals which are extremely scratchproof. Underneath the front sapphire glass, there is either black sapphire or white motherof-pearl dial (depending on the model) encrusted with 33 diamonds set on hourmarkers (weighting 0.06 karats in all). 86
The new Serpenti colours its scales with jet-black enamel, and then sets them with brilliant-cut diamonds. This Bulgari masterpiece unrolls its diaphanous pink gold coils twice around the wrist and deploys the total of 346 precious stones, with the weight of 3.46 karats in all. Further, its bracelet extends to form the case which becomes the snake’s head. This marvel among women’s wristwatches is powered with Swiss made Caliber B031 quartz movement personalized for Bulgari. The total weight of diamonds is 4.12 karats. Over the years, the Serpenti series left its mark on the world of jewellery and watches. The Serpenti bracelets combine precious metals structure with precious stones, still preserving the innate suppleness and flexibility of these pieces of jewellery.
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ouis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton, or shortened to LV, is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. The label’s LV monogram is widely considered as one of the world’s most prestigious & recognisable brands and appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses, and books. In 1987 Louis Vuitton merged with Moët Hennessy a company formed in 1987 after the merger of prestigious cognac makers Hennessy and champagne producers Moët & Chandon and became LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A, better known as LVMH. In this issue of Sunsearch Magazine we want to take a step back in time and following the nostalgia of travelling on the Orient Express (see page 92 ) we trace the origins of Louis Vuitton and its luggage. Designer, entrepreneur Louis Vuitton was born on August 4, 1821, in Anchay, a small hamlet in eastern France’s mountainous, Jura region. Son of a farmer and milliner, Louis knew from a young age that he
wanted more from life then just to struggle to makes end meet. Sadly Louis, mother passed away when he was only 10 years old, and h i s father remarried, legend has it Louis, new stepmother was as severe and wicked as any stepmother depicted by Disney and as a stubborn and headstrong child, antagonized by his stepmother and bored by the provincial life in Anchay, Louis resolved to run away for the bustling bright lights of the capital to Paris.
t the age of 13, Louis left home alone and on foot, headed off on his 292 mile trek to Paris. He traveled for more than two years, taking odd jobs to feed himself along the way and staying wherever he could find shelter and arrived in Paris in 1837, after just celebrating his 16th birthday. At this time Paris was engulfed in an industrial revolution that had produced a litany of contradictions: awe-inspiring grandeur and abject poverty, rapid growth and devastating epidemics. The teenage Louis was overwhelmed & inspired and soon gained employment as an
Luxurious Louis Vuitton apprentice in the workshop of a successful box-maker and packer named Monsieur Marechal. In 19th-century Europe, box-making and packing was a highly respectable craft, and after several years of training Louis
had gained a reputation amongst the Paris more fashionable as one of the city’s premier practitioners. On December 2, 1851, LouisNapoleon Bonaparte staged a, coups d’etat which lead to his assumption to the Emperor of the French under the regal name Napoleon III. The reestablishment of the French Empire under Napoleon III proved incredibly fortunate for the young Louis as Napoleon III’s wife, the Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish countess hired Louis as her personal box-maker and packer and charged him with her beautiful clothes and garments which provided
Louis with a gateway to mix with the elite and royalty. 1854 saw a lot happen for the young Louis he met and married a 17-yearold beauty named Clemence-Emilie Parriaux and a few months after his marriage, he left Monsieur Marechal’s shop and opened his own box-making and packing workshop in Paris. The sign outside the shop read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.” Four years after opening his own shop, Louis had designed and produced an entirely new trunk. Instead of leather, it was made of a gray canvas that was lighter, more durable, and more impervious to water and odours.
ore importantly, unlike previous trunks, which were dome-shaped, Louis’s trunks were rectangular making them stackable and far more convenient for shipping via the railroad and steamship. Louis’s trunk revolutionised luggage and were documented as “the birth of modern luggage”. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
The trunks proved an immediate commercial success, with advances in transportation and the expansion of travel this placed an increasing demand for Louis’s trunks and in 1859, to fulfill the requests placed for his luggage, he expanded into a larger workshop in Asnieres, a village outside Paris, however, due to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent siege of Paris business was suspended.
hen the siege finally ended on January 1871, Louis returned to Asnieres to find the village in ruins, his staff dispersed, his equipment stolen, and his shop destroyed. Showing the same stubborn, can-do spirit he displayed all those years ago walking almost 300 miles alone at the age of 13, Louis immediately devoted himself to the restoration of his business and within months he had built a new shop at a new address, 1 Rue Scribe. This new shop was centered in the heart of New Paris, and was home to the prestigious Jockey Club and had a decidedly more aristocratic feel than Louis’s previous location in Asnieres so a new focus on luxury was adapted. In 1872, Vuitton introduced a new trunk design featuring beige canvas and red stripes, this simple, yet luxurious, new
design appealed to Paris’s new elite and marked the beginning of the Louis Vuitton label’s modern incarnation as a luxury brand. Soon thereafter, due to the continuing imitation of his look, in 1888, Louis created the Damier Canvas pattern, which bore a logo that reads “Marque L. Vuitton déposée”, which translates into “L. Vuitton registered trademark”.
“A new focus on luxury was adapted.”
or 20 years, Louis’s Vuitton continued to operate out of 1 Rue Scribe, innovating high-quality, luxury luggage, until he died on February 27, 1892, at the age of 70, but the Louis Vuitton line did not die with its eponymous founder.
Under the direction of his son Georges Vuitton, the company began a campaign to build the company into a worldwide corporation, exhibiting the company’s products around the world launching the signature Monogram Canvas under a worldwide patent. Its graphic symbols, including quatrefoils and flowers (as well as the LV monogram), were based on the trend of using Japanese and Oriental designs of the late Victorian era.
Under the guise of George Vuitton the Louis Vuitton Company introduced the Steamer Bag, a smaller piece of luggage designed to be kept inside Vuitton luggage trunks, the Keepall Bag, the Noé Bag made for champagne vintners to transport bottles and the Speedy Bag. In 1936 Georges Vuitton died, and his son, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, assumed control of the company and in 1966, the Papillon was launched (a cylindrical bag that is still popular today).
n 1978 the label opened its first stores in Japan: in Tokyo and Osaka and later expanded its presence in Asia with the opening of a store in Taipei, Taiwan in 1983 and Seoul, South Korea in 1984. By 1989, Louis Vuitton had come to operate 130 stores worldwide. Entering into a new decade of the 1990s and having operated for over 136 years the brand continued its expansion and opened
its first Chinese location at the Palace Hotel in Beijing. Further products were introduced such as the Taiga leather line in 1993, and the literature collection of Voyager Avec... in 1994. In 1997, Louis Vuitton made Marc Jacobs its Artistic Director who designed and introduced the company’s first “prêtà-porter” line of clothing for men and women, and in 2001, Stephen Sprouse, in collaboration with Marc Jacobs, designed a limitededition line of Vuitton bags that featured graffiti written over the monogram pattern. The graffiti read Louis Vuitton and, on certain bags, the name of the bag (such as Keepall and Speedy). Jacobs also created the charm bracelet, the first ever piece of jewelry from Louis Vuitton.
ver the coming years Louis Vuitton has introduced, the Tambour watch collection, the new Monogram Multicolored canvas range of handbags and accessories, the Speedy watch collection & the Damier Graphite canvas and has inaugurated stores in New York City, São Paulo, Mexico City, Cancun and Johannesburg, Shanghai, Champs-Élysées store in Paris and in 2010, Louis Vuitton opened what it described as their most luxurious store in London. With stores in every continent it is little wonder that Louis Vuitton is regarded as the most prestigious brand globally and is loved and adorned by stars and A-list celebrities alike who, even today with our fast paced methods of travel mirror that of the Paris elite of 1854 who would not be seen dead travelling without their LV luggage. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
MARRIOTT’S PLAYA ANDALUZA ESTEPONA, COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN
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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S PLAYA ANDALUZA This stunning seafront resort is located on the Spanish Riviera of the Costa del Sol, near the “Millionaire’s Paradise” of Puerto Banús, an exclusive marina made famous by royalty, and just 15 minutes from the beautiful seaside town of Marbella.
Pools, Beauty and Fitness:
2 - Bedroom Apartment
• 3 outdoor pools including children’s pool with slide and interactive water feature • Indoor heated pool, whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms • Beauty and fitness centres
• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 100m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people
Eating and Drinking:
• Matas Verdes Beach Bar and Solera Restaurant & Bar • MarketPlace® mini-market
• 3-bedroom / 3-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 135m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people
• MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Teen lounge and outdoor playground Other Activities:
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Daily activities programme for all ages Paddle tennis court 9-hole miniature golf course Over 40 golf courses within 30 km range
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Living & Dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Furnished private balconies or patios
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Venice by Rail Immortalised by crime writers and beloved by honeymooners, the story of the iconic Orient Express puts the romance and relaxation back into European rail travel
here’s a Chinese proverb that says ‘the journey is the reward’ which is not always easy to appreciate in these poor speedy boarding, no frills airline days, but if you let the train take the strain you’ll rediscover the art of luxury travel.
another train to Varna, from where they completed their journey to Istanbul (then called Constantinople) by ferry.
Synonymous with rail travel to Venice is, of course the Orient Express - the very name carries an aura of glamour and mystery. Van Helsing rode it to his battle with Dracula. James Bond romanced a beautiful Russian aboard it. And Agatha Christie set one of the best-known murders in literary history aboard that train.
The onset of World War I in 1914 saw the Orient Express services suspended, it resumed at the end of hostilities in 1918, and in 1919 the opening of the Simplon Tunnel allowed the introduction of a more southerly route via Milan, Venice and Trieste.
Founded by Georges Nagelmackers in 1876, La Compagnie Internationale de Wagon Lits provided a luxury sleeping and dining car service which was unheard of at that time throughout Europe, offering soap by the washbasins and exquisite wines and cuisine to its passengers the train became a favoured method of travel by kings, celebrities and criminals alike. Using the track, stations and locomotives of the various national railway companies en route, plus following a complex timetable crossing borders and linking various stops and changeovers saw Nagelmacker’s flagship service the ‘Express d’Orient’ run twice a week from Gate d’Est in Paris to Instanbul. The original route ran from Paris, Gare de l’Est, to Giurgiu in Romania via Munich and Vienna. At Giurgiu, passengers were ferried across the Danube to Ruse, Bulgaria to pick up 98
In 1885, another route began operations, this time reaching Istanbul via rail from Vienna.
The service on this route was known as the Simplon Orient Express, and it ran in addition to the ‘Orient Express’ continuing services on the old route. The Treaty of Saint-Germain contained a clause requiring Austria to accept this train and the Simplon Orient Express soon became the most important rail route between Paris and Istanbul.
When thinking of the Orient Express many of use evoke images portrayed on screen as a beautiful luxury train which costs a fortune to travel on, however the train you’re probably thinking of is the privatelyrun ‘Venice Simplon Orient Express’ (VSOE), which uses vintage restored sleeping-cars
& dining-cars and costs around £1,600 per person to travel on between London & Venice. Wonderful though the VSOE is, it is certainly not the ‘original’ Orient Express (there’s no such thing) or the ‘real’ Orient Express.
With more twists and turns that an Agatha Christie novel, the Orient-Express service continued to run, but on the 12th December 2009, EuroNight train number 469 ‘Orient Express’ left Strasbourg for its final overnight run to Vienna, and on 13 December the celebrated name ‘Orient Express’ disappeared forever from the official European timetables after 126 years of service.
So what is the Venice Simplon Orient Express? The Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) is a privately-run train of beautifully-restored 1920s, 30s & 50s coaches, providing a classic luxury train experience between London, Paris, Innsbruck, Verona & Venice. The journey from London to Venice takes 24 hours and costs around ÂŁ1,600 per person one way, including meals. The sleeping cars have 1 and 2 bedroom compartments that convert into a private sitting room for daytime use. The carriages are adorned with authentic period features like Lailique crystals and Chinese art and there is also a bar, complete with a grand piano to add that touch of nostalgia The Venice Simplon Orient Express runs on its main London-Paris-Venice route roughly once a week between March & November, but it also runs occasional trips to Rome, Krakow, Budapest and even Istanbul (once a year, in August). The Venice Simplon Orient Express is actually two trains, a historic British Pullman train from London to Folkestone and a Continental train of classic 1920s sleepingcars from Calais to Paris & Venice. It is run by Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) Limited, who also operate the equally luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok, the Royal Scotsman cruise train and the PeruRail trains to Machu Picchu. The VSOE should not be confused with the real Orient Express, the true descendant of the original 1883 Orient Express, a regular scheduled train which was finally withdrawn on 12 December 2009, however, if you can afford it, the Venice Simplon Orient Express
is the most romantic and luxurious way to reach Venice, and its vintage carriages are a piece of history in themselves. The food & on-board service are truly world class. Unlike many expensive tourist experiences, this train really does live up to its five-star and you won’t be disappointed. Although it is a ‘resumption’ of the Orient Express more in spirit than in terms of historical accuracy (for example, there were no bar cars with pianos in the 1930s!), the VSOE has superbly-restored pre-war carriages, top-class food and service, and it has now become an institution in it own right. If can you shouldn’t miss your chance to ride it!
Pias Chimeneas fire + design It takes a hearth to make a home...
he cool evenings and chilly nights are drawing in on us and after enjoying a fabulously hot summer us residents here on the Costa del Sol feel the chill in the air more then most. We all love to sit on our terraces and unwind after a hectic dayâ€™s work or play but all too often retreat indoors to keep our bodies warm.
Well there is an answer â€Ś Pias Chimeneas Fire & Design situated in Nueva AndalucĂa, Marbella are specialists in the importation and installation of avantgarde fireplaces, stoves and outdoor heating accessories. Established in 2004 Pias Chimeneas Fire & Design have become market leaders in the provision of heating products here on the Costa del Sol. With a wide range of models available in their showroom, from traditional gas fires to the popular state of the art infrared heaters in either a classical design or as a more contemporary statement piece Pias Chimeneas has something for everybody. When considering your heating needs, it is imperative to seek professional advice on issues such as chimney location, appliance size and what heating appliance is best suited to your heating and aesthetic needs, as every home is different and what may work in one home necessarily may not be suitable for another. Pias Chimeneas, Fire & Design work hand in glove with architects, builders and interior designers and have become past masters at converting existing open fireplaces as well offering advice on new contemporary and modern designs. In addition to keeping the home warm, Pias Chimeneas Fire & Design also offers dynamic outdoor concepts such as stainless steel fire-bowls, outdoor log & pellet fuelled stoves & table top heaters. Heating design no longer has to be confined to the interior of the home and a fabulous garden fire stove or heater will transform any patio or terraces into the ideal entertaining environment.
For more information about modernising your current fireplace or if you are interested in purchasing a new firplace contact Pia who will be more then happy to assist you.
Barbecues Outdoor Heaters Wood and Pellet Burning Stoves Free-Standing Fires Wood, Gas and Bibethanol Fireplaces Outdoor Kitchens Fire Pits Table Top Fires
ndalucía is a birdwatcher’s paradise and attracts ornithologists throughout the year. The southbound migration of birds of prey and storks across the Strait of Gibraltar each autumn has long been recognised as one of Europe’s greatest avian spectacles. The narrow stretch of water between the Sierras of southernmost Andalucia and the coast of North Africa provides the shortest crossing over the Mediterranean. Here at the narrow extremity of the “European Flyway”, migrating birds are funnelled to the very furthest tip of the continent here we can witness the awe inspiring spectacle of mass migration aided by the wind and thermal activity, species after species lift off into the blue, soaring higher and higher to catch the air currents which will assist their progress south into Africa. One of the most impressive sights over the Straits is when flocks of storks, sometimes numbering up to three thousand, cross en masse. Within this edition we look at the migrationof birds from our coast.
Europe’s smallest eagle, the booted eagle is a small, stocky eagle with a rounded head and heavily feathered legs. It occurs in two main colour forms of brown & cream with distinctive light panels on the wing coverts, and white patches resembling ‘headlights’ where the wings meet the body. The sexes are similar in appearance, but the female is on average ten percent larger than the male.
Northern populations of the booted eagle feed mainly on small birds, mammals, and reptiles, while in Africa rodents form the bulk of its diet. Although birds are frequently caught on the wing, the booted eagle typically soars at height, swooping down to take prey off the ground. The nesting behavior of the booted eagle also varies slightly across its range, with northern populations tending to build a
nest in a tree or on the ledge of a cliff, whilst southern African populations only nest on cliffs. There is usually just a single clutch of one to three eggs each year, which are incubated, predominately by the female, for around 35 days. The seasonal movements of the booted eagle are highly complex with European populations overwintering as far south as southern Africa, whist other populations appear to remain in the same area year round. The Booted Eagle can be found in southern Europe and North Africa, east to central Asia.
A large, carnivorous scavenger, the Eurasian griffon (Gyps fulvus) can be seen soaring majestically on thermal currents in the warmer, rugged areas of countries over Europe, the Middle East and North Africa which surround the Mediterranean as it searches for food. The most widespread population of Eurasian griffon occurs in Spain, which supports over three-quarters of the total European population The Eurasian griffon has an impressive creamy-white ruff which matches the colour of the head and neck. The body and upperwing plumage of the Eurasian griffon is pale brown, contrasting beautifully with the dark flight feathers on the rest of the wings and tail. This contrast is most noticeable in juvenile birds which have particularly pale upper-wing feathers. A fairly vocal bird, the Eurasian griffon produces a range of different calls when interacting with other Eurasian griffons. For example, a drawn out hissing sound is produced by dominant birds when feeding, and a wooden-sounding chattering occurs when another Eurasian griffon ventures too close. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
The White Stork
Owing to its mythological reputation as the bringer of babies, the white stork is an extremely popular bird. The white stork has a stout body, distinctive long neck and slender legs for wading. The iridescent black wing feathers contrast with the bright white plumage of the head, neck and body, and a patch of black skin surrounds the eyes. The bare legs and straight, conical bill possess a strong red colour that is acquired as the bird reaches adulthood.
European Bee Eater
The European Bee-eater is a beautiful and elegant bird similar to a rainbow when flying, this lovely species is a sight for sore eyes the adult maleâ€™s plumage has bright chestnut crown and mantle. Scapulars and rump are pale yellowish and the tail and steamers are green. On the under parts, the throat is yellow, bordered by black with the rest of under parts is green-blue. The European Bee-eater feeds primarily on bees, wasps, hornets and similar species. It catches them on the wing, performing sallies from exposed perches. Before swallowing the prey, the bee-eater strikes it against a hard surface in order to remove the sting. One single bird may eat up to 250 bees per day. The European Bee-eaters breeding areas frequents river valleys, pastures, cultivated areas with some trees, meadows and plains, hillsides, riverbanks with shrub in semidesert, and also corn-oak and olive-tree plantations, rice-fields and cereal crops. When migrating to Africa for the winter, these birds frequent savannahs, lake shores and cultivated areas. 106
The feathers of the lower neck and upper breast are elongated, forming a ruff that can be extended during courtship displays. The two sexes appear almost identical although males can be slightly larger. The white stork is almost voiceless and largely silent, although it does communicate with brief hissing noises and, most importantly, bill-clattering; this is most pronounced during breeding and nesting and the sound can carry great distances.
The white stork is a largely carnivorous bird, consuming a wide range of prey including small fish, snakes, frogs, molluscs, crustaceans, a variety of insects and, on occasion, some rodent species. The white stork spends the warm summer months of the breeding season in parts of central and southern Europe, the Middle East and west-central Asia. In winter it migrates to southern Africa, flying straight across the vast expanse of the Sahara without pause.
The hoopoe is an exotic looking bird that is the size of a mistle thrush. It has a pinkishbrown body, striking black and white wings, a long black down curved bill, and a long pinkish-brown crest which it raises when excited. The diet of the Hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles and frogs as well as some plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well. During the summer months it can be seen across southern Spain before migrating south to Africa during the winter months.
The Glossy Ibis is a wading bird in the ibis family, it is the most widespread of the ibis species, breeding in scattered sites in warm regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Atlantic and Caribbean region of the Americas. It is thought to have originated in the Old World and spread naturally from Africa to Southern Europe. This species is migratory flying south to Africa for the winter months. While generally declining in Europe it has
recently established a breeding colony in Southern Spain. The Glossy Ibis feed in very shallow water and nest in freshwater or brackish wetlands with tall dense stands of emergent vegetation such as reeds, papyrus or rushes and low trees or bushes. They show a preference for marshes at the margins of lakes and rivers but can also be found at lagoons, flood-plains, wet meadows, swamps, reservoirs, sewage ponds, paddies and irrigated farmland. Preferred
roosting sites are normally in large trees which may distant from the feeding areas. The diet of the Glossy Ibis is variable according to the season and is very dependant on what is available. Prey includes adult and larval insects such as aquatic beetles, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, crickets, flies and caddisflies, Annelida including leeches, molluscs (e.g. snails and mussels), crustaceans (e.g. crabs and crayfish) and occasionally fish, amphibians, lizards, small snakes and nestling birds. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
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The Seabreacher X
Above and below the water!
eing a resident of Spain allows us the opportunity to take pleasure in our surroundings of both sun and sea and if you’ve got a boathouse full of waterbased playthings (and who hasn’t?), consider it incomplete. Because although jet-skis, boats and Bond-style diving bells are cool, nothing comes close to the awesome Seabreacher X. Like a pimped-up version of the sharklike vessel Tintin used to search for Red Rackham’s Treasure, this state-of-theart submersible can whizz around above and beneath the water, and even perform acrobatic stunts as it breaches the surface. The custom-built Seabreacher X utilises a 260hp supercharged engine to sustain impressive speeds of 50mph above the surface and 25mph below. Chasing dolphins, searching for monsters and checking out mermaids has never been easier. Okay, so the Seabreacher X can’t dive more than 5ft, but who cares
when you’re breaking the surface, popping the lid and ordering a Martini “shaken not stirred” from the nearest Chiringuito beach bar.
docking station and if that’s not enough the good people at Seabreacher will even customise the vessel’s fully upholstered interior in any way you fancy.
The Seabreacher’s amazing power and manoeuvrability is achieved by way of a fully vectored thrust system that mimics the tail articulation of sharks and dolphins. In fact it’s so powerful it can even leap clean out of the water.
The Seabreacher X is one of the best reasons for messing about on, and below, the water you’ll ever experience… For more information visit: www.seabreacher.com
The interiors roomy transparent cockpit features additional mouth-shaped viewports to provide amazing visibility. What’s more a snorkel-mounted vidcam transmits live images to LCD screens for the pilot and passenger during dives. Built by Innespace Productions, the innovative design and Fabrication Company situated in California, this exciting submersible also comes packed full of goodies which Bond would have been be proud off, it has a GPS Navigation and an on-board stereo system with iPod
MARRIOTT’S NEWPORT COAST® VILLAS
NEWPORT COAST, CALIFORNIA, THE UNITED STATES
WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S NEWPORT COAST VILLAS This quintessential California retreat is located south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego on a stunning Pacific bluff swathed by breathtaking views. Everything of interest in Southern California is within reach; from romantic harbourside dinners and scenic drives down the coast to family fun days at one of the lively theme parks in Anaheim.
Pools, Beauty and Fitness: • Adjacent to world-famous Pelican Hill Golf Club • Heated outdoor pools and whirlpool spas • Fitness centre
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Eating and Drinking: • The MarketPlace® mini-market • La Vista Pool Bar & Grill
For Children: • MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • The Shack teen lounge Other Activities: • Tennis courts • Daily activities programme • Explore the ‘Pacific Riviera’ for arts, culture, shopping, dining, family fun and much more
- Bedroom Villa 2-bedroom / 2-bath villa Approx. 1,238 square feet Sleeps 6
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Living area with cable TV and DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped deluxe kitchen Separate dining area accommodates 6, with breakfast bar for 2 Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Fully furnished private balconies
Marriott’s Newport Coast® Villas, Newport Coast, California, the United States All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only.
NEWPORT COAST® is a registered trademark of The Irvine Company and is used herein with permission. Marriott’s Newport Coast® Villas is not affiliated or associated with The Irvine Company. Marriott Vacation Club International and the programs and products provided under the Marriott Vacation Club brand are not owned, developed, or sold by Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Vacation Club International uses the Marriott marks under license from Marriott International, Inc. and its affiliates. © Copyright 2012, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved.
What Does The Future Hold For Taxation In Spain? By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks
Is Spain a high tax country?
on the sale or transfer of assets (real estate and securities), dividend income etc.
When we think of high tax countries in Europe, places like Sweden, France, Belgium and maybe the UK come to mind. Until recently Spain would not have been on the list.
There are now three tax bands for savings income and capital gains: 21% for income under €6,000, then 25%, then 27% for income over €24,000.
When people weighed up the pros and cons of moving to Spain, few were put off because of the amount of tax they would have to pay.
Until the end of 2009, the rate applied to all savings income was 18%.
The tax burden on Spanish residents has however increased. They are paying higher income taxes and higher savings taxes. They may also have to pay wealth tax. Local council tax rates have seen a progressive increase and VAT has gone up.
Note that bank interest is taxed whether you withdraw it or not. There are however other arrangements where income and gains can roll up tax free. This is a good example of why you should seek professional advice from a firm like Blevins Franks on the most tax efficient way of structuring your assets.
The top rate of income tax in Spain is now 54% in Andalucía, or 52% in most other regions, so Spain now has one of the highest tax rates in Europe. So yes, Spain can now be considered a high tax country. However, do not let this put you off living in Spain. With professional guidance from a tax and wealth management firm like Blevins Franks, you may be able to use compliant arrangements which would lower your tax liabilities, sometimes considerably, depending on your situation.
So how much has taxation changed in Spain? Just two years ago the top rate of personal income tax 43%. Today’s 52% (for most regions) is a significant increase for such a short space of time, though it does apply to a higher tax bracket (income over €300,000). The new 52% rate of tax was announced at the end of 2011 as part of a number of measures to help reduce the budget deficit. All taxpayers have been affected as the income tax rates increased across the board. The higher the tax band you fall into, the more extra tax you are paying this year and next. Tax on savings income also increased. This covers capital taxes like interest, capital gains 114
How many more tax rises could be inflicted on Spanish taxpayers?
The top rate of income tax in Spain is now 54% in Andalucía, or 52% in most other regions, so Spain now has one of the highest tax rates in Europe.
Although Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he hopes to avoid increasing personal income tax or VAT again, he may have little choice. Much will depend on if Spain has to apply for a sovereign bailout, which comes with strict conditions, and these could easily include more tax rises. Sr. Rajoy could also simply hike capital taxes instead. This would mean you will lose more of your bank interest, of your investment dividends and gains, to tax in future. Then there is matter of wealth tax, temporarily reinstated for 2011 and 2012, in most parts of Spain, and now extended for another year. Another big taxation change in Spain over recent years has been the government’s approach to tax fraud. While tax evasion may once have been considered almost a way of life in Spain, the government is now determined to stamp it out.
People living “under the radar” in Spain – i.e. owning property and living here year round but not declaring themselves as resident – are being tracked down. The government is using land registry and utility consumption records to determine who owns property in Spain and how much of the year it is lived in, and comparing this with information supplied on tax returns. Residents who have failed to declare offshore bank accounts are being discovered thanks to exchange of information agreements with former tax havens, including the Isle of Man and Guernsey. A tax amnesty is currently available (it will close on 30th November 2012), an unusual move for Spain. The government has warned that it will be much tougher on tax evasion after the amnesty. It has said that is planning to introduce a new anti tax fraud law which would impose higher penalties as well as a new reporting obligation for offshore assets.
The good news is that, for many expatriates, it is often still possible to legitimately lower your tax liabilities in Spain. You need to make sure you get it right by seeking professional advice from an experienced firm like Blevins Franks.
The tax rates, scope, and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarized; an individual should take personalized advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
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Fisker Automotive is a new brand but it is backed by a strong pedigree and a long history in the automotive industry. Co-founders Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler bring more than 53 years of combined experience in the automotive world. They joined forces to start Fisker Coachbuild in 2005, a venture that revived the art of coachbuilding – designing bespoke automobiles to customer specifications. In 2007 the duo created Fisker Automotive to realize their vision of vehicles artfully designed for beauty, performance and environmental responsibility: Pure Driving Passion and Uncompromised Responsible Luxury.
Fisker’s “Horizon” logo represents a California sunset over the Pacific Ocean. It is a declaration of the company’s Southern California roots, and a celebration of the innovation, freedom and uncomplicated living the region is famous for. The Fisker Horizon, the line where sky and ocean meet, symbolizes the joining of this unique lifestyle with a necessary concern for the environment. Prominent vertical bars represent the two founders in the form of the designer’s pen (Fisker) and the creator’s tool (Koehler).
Henrik Fisker is responsible for designing such iconic vehicles as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. He also managed the design team behind the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept car, and penned the Artega GT. Fisker also served on the Board of Directors and as Design Director at Aston Martin; led design at Ford’s Ingeni design studio in London; and was CEO of DesignworksUSA, BMW’s North American design house. He grew up near Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bernhard ‘Barny’ Koehler started as an apprentice at BMW when he was 16. He rose to direct business operations at DesignworksUSA and Ford’s Ingeni Design Studio in London, and served as Director of Business/ Concept Build at Aston Martin. He was instrumental in developing the MINI Monte Carlo, the concept car that preceded the new MINI Cooper; the BMW R1200C Troika motorcycle concept; and the Aston Martin AMV8 concept. Koehler grew up in Munich, Germany.
Fisker Automotive started after Fisker and Koehler were introduced to a high-performance stealth vehicle being developed for U.S. Military special operations. The hybridelectric “Aggressor,” built by Quantum Technologies Worldwide, would enable soldiers to travel long distances before silently slipping behind enemy lines to complete their mission. The concept inspired Fisker to design what would become the Fisker Karma.
In 2007 Fisker Automotive received an initial investment of $2 million from a businessman in Merano, Italy, who shared the company’s vision of Uncompromised Responsible Luxury cars. This was quickly followed by an additional $2.5 million from leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Palo Alto Investors. A $15 million investment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) would follow. KPCB is the venture capital firm behind Google, Amazon.com and America Online (AOL).
Managing partner Ray Lane championed the investment. Previously, Lane was COO of Oracle and responsible for that firm’s explosive growth to become the world’s largest software company. He is also Fisker Automotive’s Chairman of the Board. More substantial investments would quickly follow. As of January 2012 Fisker Automotive had raised more than $1.3 billion in financing: $800 million in private equity and a $527 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Fisker Automotive consists of a “Dream Team” of designers, engineers and business executives from across the global automotive landscape. Top executive, design and engineering talent has come from MercedesBenz, BMW, Porsche, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler, as well as from Tier 1 suppliers involved in such benchmark cars as the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Porsche Carrera GT, Ford GT, BMW 7- and 3-Series, Saleen S7, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and more.
Fisker created the Premium Luxury EV segment when the Karma was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since then nearly every premium manufacturer has followed with similar concepts. However, Fisker was first to market with the Karma.
In just 37 months, Fisker Automotive was created, developed an all-new car with all-new technology, set up a global retail network, raised $1.1 billion in capital and acquired major manufacturing capabilities in the US.
The Fisker Karma has more torque than the $1.7 million (€1.225 million) Bugatti Veyron (959 lb/ft vs. 922), and gets more than 10x the gas mileage.
The Karma is the first production car to have 22-inch wheels as standard, and the only known production car to have larger tires than those on its concept car (255 vs. 245 in front and 285 vs. 265 in back). In its quest to put design first, Fisker worked with Goodyear to develop a vehiclespecific front tire that would fit a 22 x 8.5inch wheel and not compromise the Karma’s remarkably close tire-to-fender clearance, while also helping deliver the necessary ride and handling characteristics.
The Fisker Karma is a packaging marvel: In front, a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, 175 kWh generator, three radiators, two mufflers, catalytic converter, intercooler, DC/DC converter, hydro-electric power steering system, brake controller and all associated wiring and plumbing fit under the hood. In the rear, two 201.5 hp (150 kW) electric motors, limitedslip differential/transmission, independent SLA suspension, high-voltage battery charger, fuel tank, and two AC/DC inverters fit between the seatbacks and rear bumper. The Karma’s battery and engine-generator set sit low giving Karma a lower center of gravity than many two-seater sports cars. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
The Karma’s signature solar roof is a wonder of art and engineering. To create it, a unique task force of designers and engineers was assembled and charged with turning Henrik’s artistic interpretation of a full-length photovoltaic roof into a functional subsystem that could be manufactured, while maintaining the flavor of the original design and specific shape of the car. To package as many solar cells as possible within the aggressively tapered space, a dynamic splayed pattern was developed to actually improve efficiency by taking advantage of different sunlight angles. Because the roof is by design a very visible component, and one that most strongly communicates the electric nature of the Karma, more than 70 graphic proposals were evaluated before a design loosely inspired by a 1950’s retro-geometric “electricity” pattern was chosen.
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In an effort to conserve power wherever possible, the Karma uses low-voltage LED exterior lighting, including the car’s reverse, rear fog and side marker lights. The chrome accents behind the front wheel arches are actually exhaust heat extractors. The design shape carries to other parts of the car, including the taillights and key fob. The profile of the Karma’s gauge cluster cowling is identical to that of a cross section of the front fenders’.
The chrome buttons on the insides of the Karma’s front headrests are actually coat hangers. The one on the passenger seat is for the driver, and vice versa, for easy access. Circuit board-inspired design elements in the Karma’s headlight assemblies, 22inch Circuit Blade™ wheels and windshield cowling communicate the electric nature of the Karma. The “Fisker Diamond” design elements seen in the front and rear bumper fascias are replicated in the black frit line surrounding the windshield. In the sunlight they cast shadows of the shapes onto the dashboard.
The Karma’s long wheelbase and self-levelling rear shock absorbers together eliminated the need for development and integration of the costly and complex headlight angle adjusters required in many world markets.
The Karma was inspired in part by actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. DiCaprio’s role came when he was seen by Henrik Fisker arriving at the Academy Awards in a fuel-efficient Toyota Prius, even though he could be driving something much more opulent. His Royal Highness Prince Albert commented to Fisker and Koehler that he would like to drive a fuel-efficient luxury car, having seen the Fisker Tramanto, a high-performance coachbuilt car based on the MercedesBenz SL500.
Like a racing car, the Karma features a solid link from the steering wheel to the steering rack, ensuring the driver enjoys the live and communicative feedback critical to Pure Driving Passion. Great things often have humble beginnings. All of the Fisker Karma’s powertrain development was undertaken clothed in the disguise of a Chevy pickup truck, to enable engineers to test on public roads without attracting attention.
Because the Karma will be sold the world over, Fisker engineered the car to be compliant with all applicable regulations for crash, emissions and homologation in the US, Canada, the EU, Japan, China, GCC (Middle East) and Russia. The 840 rules, at an average of 54 pages each, encompass 43,000 pages and require the submission of an additional 30,000 pages of documents and images. Together they would fill 70 three-inch ring binders. Stacked atop each other these binders would reach more than 11 feet high.
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aguar has unveiled its sensational new F-Type sports car. The Jaguar F-Type is the latest model to be created under the design genius of Ian Callum, the Scotsman who was recruited in 1999 to pull the British brand out of the past and smack bang into the 21st century.
Jaguar’s new F-Type is slick & powerful. The styling incorporates a modern front end, which makes a relatively clean break from Jaguar’s heritage; the oval grille that featured so famously on the C, D and E types has been replaced by a more rectangular design, although there’s a D type-esque ‘haunch’ at the rear wheels.
The F-Type has carried over from the C-X16 concept remarkably unchanged. There are nods to the E-type in its clamshell bonnet, sloping tail and tail light design for instance but this is a very different type of Jaguar sports car with its own identity.
3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, while the S has a 375bhp version of the same unit. The V8 S model gets a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that develops 488bhp.
Although the F-Type’s cabin is more conventional than the C-X16 concept car’s, it has a driver-oriented dashboard and, Jaguar says, ‘a more technical finish’ on the driver’s side, it also comes equipped with a top-of-the-line entertainment system which includes music streaming capabilities
In all three versions, power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and engine stop-start technology is standard. An ‘Active Exhaust’ system is standard for both S versions and an option for the entry-level model. It uses valves in the rear section of the exhaust to allow the driver to choose from different sound settings.
Extensive use of aluminium in the F-type’s construction has helped to keep down the weight, and high-strength plastics are used for structures under the boot lid. Three models will be available from launch. The standard F-type has a 335bhp supercharged
The slim vertical headlights follow the shape of the car and form part of a pair of ‘heartlines’ on either side that start at the gills, run over the front wings, and drop down into the door lines before disappearing into the rear wings. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
The rear of the F-type references the E-type, most notably with the gently sloping tail.
the Porsche 911, and 128mm longer & 4mm taller than a Boxster.
The rear LED lights wrap around the wings, there’s a diffuser, and integrated into it is the exhaust pipes – twin central pipes for V6 models and split quad pipes for V8 models.
The width is dictated by the F-type’s underpinnings. It is based on the allaluminium monocoque structure and body that is seen beneath the larger and more expensive XK.
A hidden spoiler also pops up from the rear at speeds over 60mph, and goes down again when the speed drops below 40mph. Also on the bootlid is the Jaguar name, as well as the badge. In profile, the F-type’s classic front-engine, rear-drive layout gives traditional long bonnet and short overhang proportions. It is 21mm shorter and at 1923mm, the F-type is a considerable 115mm wider then 130
The structure – which includes a 261kg body-in-white – helps contribute to a kerb weight of 1597kg in its lightest form. That’s 63kg lighter than the base XK 5.0 V8, but still a considerable 207kg and 252kg heavier than the lightest 911 and Boxster models. Features include a thick-rimmed, small steering wheel and a gearshift selector in place of Jaguar’s now familiar rotary dial.
A hard-top was considered for the roof, as was a soft tonneau cover, but a Z-fold soft cover was chosen as it was the lightest and took up the least amount of space. Boot space is 200.5 litres, and Jaguar will offer you bespoke luggage to fit its awkward shape. The roof can be raised and lowered in 12 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph. Prices will start at €73’000 (£58,500) for the F-Type, rising to €85’000 (£67,500) for the F-Type S and a whopping €100’200 (£79,950) for the F-Type V8 S, when it goes on sale next spring.
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would reflect. All of this dreaming and planning has paid dividends for la famiglia Morelli, who provide much of the inspiration for Sandro: “Everything I do is for my family,” he reveals. “When I was working all day and all night to build my restaurants, all I kept thinking about was the fact that I was creating a solid inheritance for my children and my grandchildren.” As a man who left his native Naples in 1959 with no more than the equivalent of five shillings in his pocket and a dream of a better life, the future is always at the forefront of his mind. Villa Tiberio’s appeal is ubiquitous, as its regulars will attest; your visit starts from the moment you enter the private car park, which is large enough to contain all the sports cars and family people carriers that might turn up on the busiest evening. After receiving a friendly greeting from the parking attendant, stroll beneath the
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In last issue of the Sunsearch Magazine we looked at the 10 Best Restaurants in the World as voted for by the restaurant guide, however you will be surprised to learn that the not all the restaurants listed within that guide held a Mitchell Star which as the media tells us is the elite in restaurant critic, so within this issue we look at what is a Mitchell Star and list the top ten restaurants around the world that hold not one but 3 of those converted stars.. The term Mitchelin Star is the benchmark of fine dining quality which is pretty funny considering that Michelin is, in fact, a tire company. The first Michelin guide book was launched in 1911 by André Michelin and his brother Édouard Michelin as a way to list and rank French restaurants throughout the country to encourage road tripping in France, this ranking later extended to the rest of the world. The Michelin Guide, which celebrated its 100th anniversary, last year, remains the most highly-regarded rating system for restaurants around the globe with just 90 restaurants worldwide holding a coveted three-star status. The stars are awarded to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality these are defined as:
A very good restaurant in its category.
Excellent cuisine and worth a detour.
Exceptional cuisine and worth a special journey.
Michelin reviewers are known to be anonymous and independent, they do not identify themselves, and their meals and expenses are paid for by the company founded by the Michelin brothers, never by a restaurant being reviewed. The French chef Paul Bocuse, one of the pioneers of nouvelle cuisine in the 1960s, said, “Michelin is the only guide that counts.” In France, each year, at the time the guide is published, it sparks a media frenzy which has been compared to that for annual Academy Awards for movies. Media and people debate likely winners, with speculation rife about which restaurant might lose, and who might gain, a Michelin star. The reason Michelin stars are so coveted is that most restaurants receive no stars at all. For example, in the Michelin Guide to France 2009, there were 3,531 restaurants included, but just 548 received a star. 449 received one-star, 73 received two stars, and 26 received three. Sadly as with all things controversy and allegations of corruptions plague the Mitchelin Guide. As the Michelin Guide is published by a French company, some American food critics have claimed that the rating system is biased in favour of French cuisine or French formal dining standards. When Michelin published its first New York City Red Guide, The New York Times noted that Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe, a restaurant rated highly by The New York Times, received a no star-rating from Michelin which they felt was preposterous. It was also claimed that the guide appeared to favour restaurants that “emphasized formality and presentation” rather than a “casual approach to fine dining” and that over half of the restaurants that received one or two stars “could be considered French.
Sunsearch Magazine look at the longest serving restaurants that have held a coveted 3stars ranking.
Paul Bocuse 40 Rue de la Plage 69660 Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France This beautiful restaurant has held 3 Michelin stars for over 50 years gaining all three in 1961, to some, however eating at the legendary Paul Bocuse’s flagship restaurant lies the establishment’s unflinching devotion to tradition; you get the sense that things haven’t changed much in the nearly fifty years.
Auberge de l’Ill 2 Rue de Collonges au Mont d’Or 68970 Illhaeusern, France L’Auberge de l’Ill has maintained its three-star status since 1967, making it the second-longest holder of the accolade. The food and experience are feverishly rooted in French Classicism; which is to say, grandly, formally and with a vocabulary that excludes the word “Change”. With a signature dish of salmon soufflé ‘Auberge de L’ Ill’ that has not changed in over 40 years and customers who have included presidents Chirac and d’Estaing, the emperor of Japan, the King of Sweden and the Queen Mother, as well as Barbara Cartland – The Auberge de L’Ill stands tall in the knowledge that customers come and do not open the menu as they know what they want and as that has stood then well why change a thing!
De Karmeliet Langestraat 19, Bruges, Belgium In 1996, chef Van Hecke of De Karmeliet in Bruges became the first Flemish chef to win three Michelin stars. In a classically elegant setting with contemporary touches such as the large black vases which decorate the fireplace and the terrace, you can sample the international cuisines which uses locally sources produce. Some of the set menus at De Karmeliet constitute a true ode to the produce of Belgium, the “flat country”, with dishes which, in terms of flavour, are anything but flat.
Martin Bersategui San Sebastain, Spain Martin Berasategui holds three Michelin stars and is no.29 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. Martín Berasategui may have taken a bit of stick for being the only heavyweight Basque chef to take his brand of cooking worldwide (he has an outlet in Shanghai), but the food at his flagship continues to impress. The menu comprises 13 tiny, neatly presented dishes and foams, jellies and spherified balls abound, but Berasategui stays true to his roots: he uses very little non-regional produce and all his plates’ reference traditional dishes.
L’Arnsbourg Modena, Italy Tucked away in the Vosges Mountains of Lorraine is the Chef Jean-Georges Klein’s restaurant, which has held three stars since 2002. Klein is self-taught, and his work is marked by its zen-like precision and seamless use of modern techniques; this is not typical regional cuisine. He and his sister Cathy are the property’s third-generation owners, and in 2006, they opened the nearby Hotel K so those that make the journey could have a place to stay.
Les Prés d’Eugénie Michel Guérard 334 Rue RenÃ© Vielle 40320 EugÃ©nie-les-Bains, France Say what you will about the Michelin Guide, but if anyone deserves three stars, it’s nouvelle cuisine pioneer Michel Guérard. His restaurant has for decades showcased his ability to create refined, balanced food that’s far from arrogant. So, too, does the restaurant provide the opportunity to get a feel for Guerard’s signature cuisine minceur, (lean cuisine) in which he prepares dishes that are unmistakably haute, southwestern French but show a studied effort at making things less heavy.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsey 68 Royal Hospital RoadÂ London, Greater London SW3 4HP Gordon Ramsay opened Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998, as his first solo restaurant. The location previously housed Michelin starred restaurant La Tante Claire. It gained its third Michelin star in 2001, making Gordon Ramsay the first Scottish chef to have done so. Current head chef Clare Smyth was appointed in January 2008 and is the only female chef in the UK to hold three Michelin stars. Although famously dropped from the 50 Best Restaurants in the World list in 2009, Restaurant Gordon Ramsey has managed to maintain itâ€™s 3 star status and this may be (although biased) because the culinary delights served at typically French.
Arzack 5 San Sebástian, Spain Juan Mari and his daughter Elena are inventors of dishes, but also of movements. It was Juan Mari who in 1977, with other great chefs, founded the new Basque cuisine - the vanguard in terms of creativity and techno-cuisine and a revolutionary way of inviting the region to take pride of place on the plate. His daughter Elena accompanies him on this gourmet adventure, adding her own touch to all the recipes. “I’m an old rock’n’roller and she’s more heavy metal”, jokes Juan Mari. Their “musical” collaboration produces marvels culminating in dishes featuring local hake, line-caught calamari or beef from the region, as well as a delicious array of aromas from across the world - tamarind, hibiscus, rhubarb, mango, molasses, coconut, roasted chocolate, star anise or liquorice powder all served with a modern twist evoking technology with some dishes, such as monkfish with gooseberries, now
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Le Louis XV Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Decadence and Opulence in spades, this is where it all started for Alain Ducasse. In the late 80s the Hôtel de Paris hired him in the hopes that could create something special. In an elegant room set in light and gold, reminiscent of Versailles Grand Siècle, all the hands on the clocks are stopped on 12 as a reminder that inside this Palace of Pleasure, time is of no consequence. The menu, a Mediterranean and seasonal symphony of a style that Alain Ducasse qualifies in one word as essential, suggests a wide pallet of exquisite dishes. The wine cellar is filled with 400’000 bottles and is a wine aficionados’ dream. The panache of Alain Ducasse remains in the dishes of Head Chef Franck Cerutti, as do the careful use of local Mediterranean ingredients.
Le Relais Bernard Loiseau 2 Rue d’Argentine 21210 Saulieu, France You may have heard the story about the three-star Michelin chef who heard through the grapevine that he’d be losing one star... and decided to commit suicide? It was Bernard Loiseau, tragically, he could not bear the thought of losing the converted 3rd star and sadly took his life with the irony that he never did end up losing the star. Thanks to the efforts of his wife Dominique and Chef Patrick Bertron, Bernards long-time protege in the kitchen, Le Relais Bernards Loiseau has both preserved and developed the famous Loiseau style (which eschewed textbook Burgundian cooking with its use of butter and cream in favour of new techniques emphasizing the natural purity and flavours of local ingredients). Loiseau classics such as Frogs’ legs with garlic puree and essence of parsley remain on the menu alongside new Bertron creations.
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tanino is the perfect place to enjoy dining under the stars or a fresh summer fruit caipirinha cocktail with live music on our chill out terrace with friends or family.
Not only is it a surprising and special place for any first time visitor but it also offers fantastic value for Money. Our International cuisine offers a wide range of dishes from home-made pasta, char-grilled steaks, fusion dishes such as stir fryâ€™s and our new concept of Indian cuisine plus home-made deserts including our delicious cheese cake and Tiramisu.
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Grill del Puerto
We get copied for a reason come and taste way ! Grill del Puerto, Puerto Banus - First line, Next to Picasso T. 952 811 686 Daily Menu 18,50 (+vat) Situated on the front-line of the port of Puerto Banus is the cosy and romantic Grill del Puerto Restaurant, ran by the successful husband and wife team behind the equally fabulous Grill el Rancho in Las Chapas. Although imitation is the greatest form of ‘flattery’ Grill del Puerto has no affiliation to any other restaurants in the port and why would it !!! The restaurant offers a lovely welcoming atmosphere with delicious home-made food, attentive service, relaxing music and a feel good ambience which will leave you wanting to dine here time and time again. Grill del Puerto specialises in Chateaubriand served on a small charcoal grill at your table which simply melts in your mouth! This also allows diners the opportunity to prepare there own meal just how they like it. The extensive menu also offers international cuisine including delicious Belgian style beef casserole & suckling pig plus there is also a good range of vegetarian options. Not to be outdone the dessert menu is equally delectable and all are accompanied by an extensive wine list, which if like me you are not a connoisseur then the waiters are available to help you choose the best wines to suit your meal. The ethos of Grill del Puerto is simple “we want to offer our customers the very best dining experience at a reasonable price”. By using only the freshest high quality ingredients and attention to detail it is a wonder how Grill del Puerto manages to do this as the prices are very reasonable and are great value for money. The restaurant has a team of multi-lingual staff on hand and is now taking bookings for Christmas and New Year. To avoid disappointment make sure you book early. Contact the restaurant on 952 811 686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of the finest grill restaurants on the coast specialising in Charcoal Grill & Stonegrill Groups & Celebrations Welcome Opening Hours: 12:30 ‘non stop’ till late
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Book now for Christmas & New Year Grill El Rancho, Las Chapas, T.952 831 922 Daily Menu 17,50 (+vat) Grill El Rancho situated in Las Chapas, east of Marbella is a richly ambient and welcoming restaurant with a beautiful warm terrace ideal for lazy lunches and early evening drinks. The rustic interior offers a chilled relaxed atmosphere, and is the perfect place to dine on these cooler autumn evenings. Every aspect of your dining experience has been catered to; there are warm winter terraces with smoking facilities, valet parking and a team of multi-lingual staff who will bend over backwards to ensure you have the best dining experience. Being a grill restaurant you would think the menu would be limited to that of a steak-house, however you would be pleasantly surprised. Grill el Rancho’s offers a fine dining experience of hot and cold starters of gazpacho, salmon tartar, seared scallop, mushrooms marinated in truffle sauce and deep fried camembert among many others. The mains courses are just as varied, Grill el Rancho specialises in Chateaubriand and speciality meats which are served on the stone at the table so the meat can be cooked to the diner’s personal taste, there is suckling pig cooked on the grill or roasted, swordfish, medallions of Iberian pork fillet with mustard, succulent chicken tikka and honest home-cooked dishes such as hotpots & Belgian style beef casseroles. To accompany these fabulous dishes there is an extensive wine list featuring wines from all over Spain, and to help you choose the correct wine for your meal Grill el Rancho’s Sommelier is on hand to provide expert advice and suggestions. If that wasn’t enough the restaurant also offers a private dining area “Tiffany Room” which is perfect for private lunches, dinners and celebrations. A private wine corner for parties of between 6-8 people where you can sit and enjoy samples from the extensive wine menu PLUS a gin corner where you can take pleasure in tasting the exclusive choices of gins on offer.
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MYTILUS BELGIAN RESTAURANT BELGIAN SPECIALITIES Mussels and fries, Steak Tartare, Vol au Vent, Etc. Open every evening Saturday & Sunday Open all day
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Суббота и воскресенъе открытъ весъ денъ
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Restaurante & Terraza CARMEN “Charm has a name”
Restaurante & Terraza CARMEN is situated perfectly between Marbella and San Pedro and is just a few minutes drive away from Puerto Banus. The restaurant offers a beautiful large terrace which is ideal for early evening drinks, the rustic interior offers a warm and cosy environment, making it the perfect place to dine with friends and family. Our Spanish & Mediterranean cuisine is varied and elaborate, with fresh and mainly Spanish products, with a large selection of wines available.
RESTAURANT HOURS Monday - Saturday 19:00 - 24:00 Close Sunday For Reservations: 952 811 722 Avda. Los Girasoles, 341 29660 Nueva Andalucía, Marbella
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Macari’s Fish & Chips Situated next door to Baby Murphy’s in Centro Iberico, Puerto Banus is Macari’s fish & chips run by the well known husband and wife team and owners of Baby Murphy’s - Romano and June Macari. Macari’s is Ireland’s Nº 1 fish and chip shop so to guarantee the highest possible quality, taste and standards all the products are imported directly from Ireland. If your taste buds fancy something other then their delicious fish and chips they also serve a lot of very tempting comfort foods whether your looking for just a quick teatime snack or a full dinner, Macari’s can cater for you with options such as Fresh & Smoked Cod, Haddock, their famous Pitta bread Doner Kebabs, Pukka Pies, Hot Dogs, Southern Fried Chicken, Burgers PLUS they are the only shop in the whole of Spain to have Walsh Spice Burgers and Batter Burgers. Macari’s take pride in the quality of there food so to ensure you receive the freshest dish possible all meals are cooked to order, so while you wait for your delicious take away to be prepared why not enjoy a cool refreshing glass of wine, a beer, or even a gin and tonic next door at Baby Murphy’s.
Winter Opening times Monday – Saturday 4pm till late & Sunday 2pm till late Centro Iberico Local 7- Puerto Banus Puerto Banus Tel: 34 677 094 304
Baby Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant Bookings now being taken for Xmas & New Years Eve Baby Murphy’s - Live Music Bar & Restaurant situated in Centro Iberico, Puerto Banus nr the Barclays Bank is ran by the well known husband and wife team, Romano and June Macari and is an ideal place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Baby Murphy’s Live Music Bar is the ONLY Irish bar that offers a full program of music events throughout the week in a modern, stylish décor with Karaoke nights, live performance from talented artists along the coast and a new JAMMING session on Sundays. In addition to offering fabulous live music and entertainment Baby Murphy’s also shows the latest sporting events on it’s screens so now there is no excuse to miss the latest Premiership game or racing events.
For more information follow them on Facebook or contact June
Winter opening times Monday – Saturday from 4pm noon till late & Sundays from 2pm till late Centro Iberico Local 7 - Puerto Banus Puerto Banus Tel: 34 677 094 304
GOLDEN SUN Authentic Chinese & Cantonese Cuisine
Serving the finest, freshest food To eat in or take away
Open Everyday from 12:30 - 24:30 Easy Parking
Special New Year Menu â‚Ź50.00 per person to include:
Champagne, Party Bags, Gifts HUGE FIREWORK DISPLAY
Live music with Sean Murray Booking required, Please call 629 736 685 or 952 887 386 GOLDEN SUN
Centro Comercial Benevista, 28 CN 340 km, 167 Opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel 29680 Estepona (Malaga) 159
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Ristorante De’Medici Sophisticated Cuisine which stands for excellent quality and guaranteed Freshness Ristorante De’Medici is an experience for your taste and senses situated on the New Golden Mile between Marbella and Estepona, Brigitte and Gianni Pigani have been welcoming customers to their Restaurant, De Medici since 1990 and in the last 22 years De’ Medici Ristorante has developed into an institution for Quality Italian Cuisine. Many celebrity, have passed through the magnificent gates and gardens of this restaurant amongst them Prince Rainer and Prince Albert von Monaco, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Franz Beckenbauer as well as many Politicians, Actors and Artists from all over the world. With its stylish décor, beautiful “al fresco” terrace and of course the best Italian Cuisine, Ristorante De’Medici never fails to enchants their new and many returning guests, which can always expect a warm welcome from Gianni & Brigitte. The menu includes a wide variety of Fish, Meat and Pasta dishes, which are
only prepared with the best and freshest products. Gianni would never serve a deep frozen fish! Be ensured that everything will be prepared ‘to order’ in a creative and artistic manner. If you would like to order a dish after your own taste, Gianni’s Chef will prepare it for you or you could try the popular rack of lamb, which is prepared by the chef in a traditional Italian style. Just delicious! Not to be out done the accompanying wines which are available in Italian, Spanish or French – Gianni’s wine list is very well sorted and leaves nothing to be desired. The same applies for the Dessert Trolley which includes new daily creative desserts. Brigitte and Gianni welcoming you in De’Medici.
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Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Free private parking is available for all its guests.
Ristorante De’Medici Urb. El Pilar, Calle Sabinillas s/n 29680 Estepona Tel: (+34) 952884687
“A Gourmet Paradise in the heart of Benavista”
Pigani family Opening times: Monday – Saturday 19:30 – 23:30 Sundays closed www.demediciristorante.com 163
Mystery Diner!!! Restaurant Carmen & Terraza Carmen Terrazza & Restaurant is a delightful restaurant situated on the main road into Nueva AndalucĂa set back on the left hand side. If you were not looking you could drive past this restaurant and it would be a mistake. The restaurant offers a Mediterranean menu in a cosy warm and welcoming environment, the design of the restaurant is traditional with a contemporary twist with an open plan kitchen design which enables you to watch the chefs work wonders preparing your dish. The food is exceptional, and every care and attention is taken to produce fabulous honest cuisine. The restaurants main feature is its wonderful courtyard which offers a romantically lit backdrop where diners can enjoy a crisp glass of wine from there extensive wine list of national wines. This restaurant is an ideal venue for families to dine together.
The Complete Dining Experience
he Casino Marbella’s intimate restaurant is renowned for the highest standards of service, luxury and cuisine. This month talented Head Chef Jordi Miquel Sánchez and his team have prepared a wonderful new Winter Menu bursting with flavours and creativity, using only the freshest seasonal flavours and with a host of your favourite dishes this new menu will delight and tantalise your taste buds.
The smell, the taste and the textures of this new menu offers the essence of “other” gastronomies and allow us to travel the World, simply by closing our eyes… With special dishes’ such as Beef Carpaccio with Roquet, Parmesan and a Light Wasabi, Bean Sproat and floral Dressing. Lightly smoked seared Scallops with a Cream Celery, Trout Caviar and “Nori” Seaweed Crust. Working in collaboration with Marbella based Art-Gallery “Cero-arte” Casino Marbella is showcasing the talented artist James Blinkhorn, Todd White, Antonio Iannicelli & Nigel Cooke from 20th of September till Wednesday 28th November offering a fantastic backdrop to relax against whilst enjoying this tantalising new menu. (For more information about this
“Other gastronomies allow us to travel the World, simply by closing our eyes…”
month’s art exhibition see page 190) If you are looking for that special place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or occasion with friends & family then Casino Marbella is the answer. For parties over 8 persons Casino Marbella offers a group menu with prices ranging from € 30.00 € 55.00 per head and with valet parking offered as standard you and your guests will be made to feel like visiting royalty! Alternatively, you may be interested in enjoying a dining experience with a game of Poker again Casino Marbella has thought of everything and is happy to accommodate you and your friends and offers a fabulous package of taster menu and a private table.
“For that special place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or occasion with friends & family.”
The Casual elegance of Casino Marbella is continually evolving and is redefined every time you step through there doors as you experience not just the warmth and hospitality of there outstanding staff but that you are reminded of life’s simple but forgotten pleasures, excellent service, outstanding food and memories that are created to last you a lifetime. Open every day from 8.00pm until 2.30am Reservations: 952 814 000 or email@example.com
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about their latest offers. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
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Monday to Thursday Price per Person Weekday Lunch 9.95€ Dinner 11.95€ Weekends & Holidays 12.95€ Children under 7 years old 5.95€ IVA /VAT not included
We are open everyday Monday to Sunday 13:00 - 16:00 / 19:00 - 24:00
T. 952 883 788 Urb. El Pariso bajo, CN-340 Km 167.20, Estepona 169
together with her husband Gianni have worked here on the coast for more than 20 years with there Italian Gourmet Restaurant De’Medici. One year ago the outgoing Bridgitte opened the restaurant La Fiorentina Restaurant on the new golden Mile between Marbella and Estepona.
hat Brigitte would feel at home in the gastronomic arena was not foreseen. She worked successfully in the advertising and fashion scene during the mid 70’s in her homeland Germany where she also met her husband Gianni “it was love of first sight” she says which is a testament to their 33 years of marriage. At the time Gianni ran a very successful and well known Restaurant and Brigitte progressed with her career in fashion. The couple spent their holidays in Marbella during the mid 80s and Brigitte and Gianni were fascinated with the untouched Costa del Sol but were also surprised with the lack of gastronomic offers. “Besides Marbella Club and Toni Dalli there was nothing special in Marbella” both of them comment. Gianni was immediately attracted to Marbella and wanted to relocate Brigitte however wanted to stay in Duesseldorf where she was happy and successful in her job and did not want to leave her big circle of friends but Gianni was persistent and finally persuaded Brigitte. In 1990 they opened the Italian GourmetRestaurant De’Medici. It was not really a good time to invest in Marbella but with bags of enthusiasm they managed to establish the restaurant as one of the finest address’s to dine on the Costa del Sol. One year ago Brigitte opened the La Fiorentina the restaurant where mainly fresh Pasta and crispy Pizzas from the stone oven are served. With the food priced at fantastic value the restaurant is frequented for lunch by families with children and business people. In the evening there is a daily Live Music Programme with acts from along the coast. During its short period of trading La Fiorentina has developed into an absolute place to be Restaurant thanks to the engagement of Brigitte with her elegant outfits she guarantees a glamorous appearance and with her radiance and positive elegance manages to enchant every guest.
“PIZZA & FRESH PASTA AT IT’S VERY BEST” ENTERTAINMENT EVERY NIGHT! MONDAYS Elvis Presley Tribute TUESDAYS Mel Williams (Rolling Stones / Rod Stewart) WEDNESDAY Marilyn Monroe ( Also on Mondays and Tuesdays) THURSDAY Saxophone FRIDAY & SATURDAY Nel Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin SUNDAY Italian Opera & Argentinian Tango
Open everyday 13:00 - 16:00 for lunch 19:00 - 24:00 for dinner (Reservations are recommended) Urb. El Pilar, Estepona (entry from Benavista side) T. 952 885 765 M. 609 516 526
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GÜEY has carefully carefully blended ancient Mediterranean recipes with INTERNATIONAL cuisine combined with irresistible repertoire of the freshest creative dishes of our inspirational menu, from the lightest Sushi and Salads, fine Fish, to hearty roast Meats, not forgetting some Mexican dishes truly representing the authentic Mexican kitchen, whatever your mood you will find a dish to please your taste buds at GÜEY. We have recently launched our summer terrace so pop by and try out their new summer menu...it’s delicious! Our restaurant includes the “Mexican Corner” where you will find an exclusive TEQUILA display with the best variety of tequilas, Güey is the second biggest variety of Tequila in Spain!!! GÜEY’S spectacular split-level venue is one of Marbella’s hidden gems - encompassing a inviting international restaurant, beautiful tropical lush garden, chill-out terrace and a “bijou” exceptional underground design WINE CELLAR that you have the opportunity to see by walking through our restaurant. GÜEY’S beautiful outdoor tropical garden area is the prefect place to spend a sunny afternoon or a relaxing evening under the Costa del Sol skies. Add to our outstanding repertoire of live music program, including the best blend of sexy soul, jazz, latin songs, 100% Mexican Mariachis, Motown, Caribbean style, urban classics and our famous “Karaoke Nights” every Sunday. GÜEY also surprises with fashion, art and inspirational events.”
GREAT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS / SATURDAYS
BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS 24/12 Dinner Menu € 35.00
EXTRAS Free WIFI ACCESS, Valet parking, smoking areas, & Shisha Pipes.
NEW YEARS EVE 31/12 € 165.00 live music and DJ all night
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“RESTAURANT GÜEY (Say: WAY) Restaurant, Garden Terrace and Sky Bar has introduced a new management; offering fabulous international cuisine together with the excitement of live music, cocktails and Dj’s .
OPENING HOURS Sunday - Thursday RESTAURANT from 7pm till Midnight / SKYBAR 7pm till 2am Friday & Saturdays RESTAURANT from 7pm till 1am / SKYBAR 7pm till 3am RESERVATIONS: +34 952 929 250 Plaza de las Orquídeas 4, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella
Restaurante Asiatico Bangkok Thai & Asian Restaurant situated
at the foothills of Nueva Andalucía offers many specialities from Bangkok. The location of the restaurant means it is easily accessible for one to enjoy either a quiet lunch with loved ones or business associates or is a place to enjoy an evening celebrating with friends and family. The restaurant which has been newly renovated offers a fabulously spacious open air terrace where one can enjoy al fresco dining. The menu offers a wide range of Chinese and Thai dishes which are authentically spiced resulting in a selection of mouth-watering starters of spring rolls, spare ribs, prawn toast & chicken or lamb satay. The main dishes offer everything from shrimp, pork, chicken, beef or duck, fish and rice. Sara Chou Bangkok Asian’s owner is keen to explain that she is always on the look out for new concepts that will ensure her customers return time and time again and she is delighted to inform us that her á la carte menu currently contains close to 100 tantalizing dishes, as not to be overwhelmed for the uninitiated the menus display a photo of the dish so choosing your dish is made a little easier! During the winter months Bangkok Asian Restaurant has chosen to offer its customers that little bit more and has launched two fabulous value for money “all you can eat” buffet menus. For €20.95 customers can savour as many dishes as they like, “the portions are slightly smaller then that of the a’ la carte menu” says Sara “this is so diners can try a variety of as many dishes as they like, sometimes customers become stuck with a familiar dish and far to often miss out of other mouth-watering dishes our all you can eat buffet allows customers the chance to try new things” the second buffet option is priced at €26.95 and this includes drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks, water, coffee & tea). A children’s option for those aged under 10yrs, is available and is priced at €9.95 or €13.95 inclusive of drinks. Bangkok Thai and Asian Restaurant is a culinary delight to the senses and is a true dining experience that should not be missed.
Opening Hours: Lunch 13:00 to 16:00 Dinner 18.30 to 24:00
Thai or Chinese Freshly prepared from our menu.
Menu a’la carte
All You Can Eat!
All you can Eat & Drink
€26.95 soft drinks draft beer, house wine, “tinto de verano” coffe & tea
All included UNLIMITED!! Children up to 8 years old Unlimited food only €8.95 Unlimited food & drink €12.95 Prices are per person (Dessert not included) Each table must choose the same menu as the €20.95 and €26.95 menus can not be mixed at the same table.
We also have a take away menu! Come and Visit our lovely terrace with seating for up to 100 people and enjoy some of the best Thai & Chinese Cuisine on the Coasta del Sol.
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For reservations: +34 952 81 36 03 Plaza de las Orquideas, next to Casino Nueva Andalucia, Marbella
MARRIOTT’S GRANDE VISTA
ORLANDO, FLORIDA, THE UNITED STATES
WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S GRANDE VISTA This intimate hideaway stretching across 160 acres of tropical landscaping is near famous theme park fun. Next door you can enjoy 9 holes at the Faldo Golf Institute® by Marriott. Whether you’re looking for non-stop theme park thrills or fabulous dining, shopping or golf, Marriott’s Grande Vista offers an unforgettable Orlando getaway.
Pools, Beauty and Fitness: • Lakeside promenade and sandy beach area • Multiple outdoor heated pools, including a lap pool, children’s pool and family interactive water play area • Outdoor sauna tower and whirlpool spas • Full on-site luxurious The Spa at Grande Vista • Fitness centre and aerobics studio
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- Bedroom Villa 1-bedroom / 1-bath villa Approx. 884 square feet Sleeps 4
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- Bedroom Villa 3-bedroom / 3-bath villa Approx. 1,566 square feet Sleeps 12
Eating and Drinking: • The MarketPlace® mini-market • Nick’s Grill, The Grande Cove, Copa Loca Poolbar & Grill, the Lighthouse Sweetery For Children: • MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Children’s play area with PlaySmart indoor climbing structure Other Activities: • Faldo Golf Institute® by Marriott: a full-service golf school with 9-hole Executive Par 3 course and practice range • Tennis courts, basketball court, nature walk • Daily activities programme • Paddle boat and fishing equipment rentals
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- Bedroom Villa 2-bedroom / 2-bath villa Approx. 1,296 square feet Sleeps 8
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Living & dining area with LCD TV with cable & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Fully furnished private balconies and terraces
Marriott’s Grande Vista, Orlando, Florida, the United States All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only. Marriott Vacation Club International and the programs and products provided under the Marriott Vacation Club brand are not owned, developed, or sold by Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Vacation Club International uses the Marriott marks under license from Marriott International, Inc. and its affiliates. © Copyright 2012, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved.
The Great Cork Debate By Stephanie Warren
or the wine consumer, the Great Cork Debate is nothing if not confusing, ”experts” sound off about the pros of one and cons of the other, often in complete contradiction with other “experts”.
are considerably cheaper to produce than traditional corks. And they do have a strong argument for getting rid of traditional corks: cork taint.
It’s easy to find yourself bewildered to immobility in the middle of a wine shop, a natural corked wine in your left hand, a synthetic corked bottle in your right, and a screw cap in front of you.
Every wine collector has experienced that deep disappointment that comes when a bottle that’s been carefully aging for years opens up smelling like wet cardboard, due to a chemical compound called trichloroanisole (TCA), which occurs naturally in some corks.
Headaches like these can drive the most devoted wine enthusiast to consider collecting something else instead… perhaps hard liquor. As it turns out, the loudest voices in support of synthetic corks and screw caps often belong to those who make their living bottling wine. And this really isn’t surprising, considering that the wine stopper industry rakes in $4 billion a year, and that synthetic corks and screw caps 178
Depending on which study you look at, cork taint affects between 3 and 15 percent of bottles. Those aren’t numbers to be taken lightly, especially when we’re talking about the often-expensive wines meant for aging.
Cork vs. Synthetic
But what these proponents of man-made corks or screw caps usually fail to mention is that there are also significant problems with these cork substitutes.
Steps are being taken to lessen the occurrence of cork taint in natural-corked bottles. Major manufacturers have invested millions in recent years to screening their cork more carefully and upgrading their production processes. As a result, cork taint rates have been dropping. Here are a few: Synthetic corks don’t change with their surroundings. The glass that all
wine bottles are made of expands and contracts with small temperature shifts in the environment around it.
Natural cork expands and contracts with the bottle, keeping the seal between wine and air consistently snug. And environmental consistency is the number one rule of wine aging. A too-loose synthetic cork can let in too much oxygen, ruining the wine by letting the alcohol turn into acetic acid, or vinegar. A too-tight cork can be tough to remove from the bottle. The latter is a common problem with synthetic corks: after about 18 months, they can be too tight to extract without a fight. A small amount of oxygen is necessary for aging wine. Without oxygen, most of the natural reactions that occur between the hundreds of chemical compounds in a bottle of wine can’t happen, and the wine can’t develop so-called “aging flavors,” notes that can make a Chardonnay “buttery” or a Cab taste of truffles.
Screwcaps and synthetic corks prevent oxygen from getting to the wine. Sure, this prevents over-oxidation, but so does
drinking wine the day it’s bought. In short, a synthetic-corked bottle doesn’t really “age”– it’s just taking up space in the cellar. Screw caps can trap unsavoury gases inside the bottle, ruining the wine’s aroma. Some of the reactions that occur within an ageing wine result in sulfury gases. These are allowed to dissipate through a natural cork and leave the wine, but are trapped by screw caps, resulting in a rottenegg smell in the final product.
Synthetic corks and screw caps could leech chemicals into the wine. We don’t
yet know how the compounds that make up plastics interact with the compounds in wine, but there are many studies that indicate the harmful effects the ingestion of plastics can have on the human body.
So for once, it turns out that the old way of doing things was more environmentally friendly. Cork is taken
from recently harvested cork oaks cork trees in sheets once every ten years. This process doesn’t harm the tree, and in fact, the cork grows back, making it a renewable resource. A typical cork oak can continue producing for 200 years. Cork orchards, cover huge swaths of land in Span, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, France, and Portugal, providing an
environment for flora and fauna, including endangered species like the Iberian lynx, Barbary deer, and the Imperial Iberian eagle, and farming the cork provides jobs for over 100,000 people. The cork trees also trap vast amounts of carbon dioxide, lessening pollution. Almost 70% of the product from these cork farms goes directly to the wine stopper industry. Without it, the orchards and the protection they provide for people, animals, and the environment, would disappear.
Steps are being taken to lessen the occurrence of cork taint in naturalcorked bottles. Major manufacturers have
invested millions in recent years to screening their cork more carefully and upgrading their production processes. As a result, cork taint rates have been dropping.
Besides all these practical reasons to refuse to move to synthetic corks, there’s a very deep psychological one. The satisfying “pop” signals that a tradition almost as old as civilization itself is about to begin. Wine is an organic, breathing substance. It is its nature to change over time, and to change not in a formulaic way, but in a way influenced by its environment and the skill of those in charge of it. To lock it behind machine-produced plastic is to lessen the artistry of wine aging. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
What to Drink Now.. Wines for Autumn New Zealand Syrah
s the days shorten, fine brisk autumn is descending upon us and thoughts turn from cold crisp white summer wines & sparkling Cava’s to richer robust red wines that go with the stews, braised meats, and roast chicken whose pots and pans were put away in May to make way for the salads and BBQ’s. Our cooking ingredients change in autumn: tomatoes and corn and raspberries disappear and heartier foods such as butternut squash, pumpkins, wild mushrooms, truffles, parsnips, cranberries, apples, and of course game, become readily available. It doesn’t mean abandoning white wine entirely: France’s Languedoc is adept at producing some very acceptable wines for the cooler nights. But it does mean we can begin to revisit some styles that were just too forceful for summer, such as New Zealand Syrah, Washington State reds, Nebbiolo from Piedmont. 180
New Zealand used to be regarded solely as a source of white wine, and Sauvignon in particular. But over the past 15 years, the land of the long white cloud has begun to flex its red wine muscles. Pinot Noir has been the major success story, but more recently, Syrah, especially that from Hawke’s Bay in the North Island, has been gaining much critical acclaim, with wines that have more in common with those of the northern Rhône than with the Shirazes of Australia. As both the vineyards and the winemakers mature, the wines just keep getting better. Craggy Range Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2008, Hawke’s Bay Classy wine, big but never brawny, with a fragrance of violets and pepper, and a herby, roasted meat-like edge to its dark fruit flavours. Beautifully balanced, and could pass for a top Crozes-Hermitage. Vidal Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2008, Hawke’s Bay Gimblett Gravels is making its name for several styles of red wine, including Syrah. This example is young and lively, with bouncy blackberry and black cherry flavours, touches of black pepper and a vibrant juicy finish.
Washington State Bordeaux-style Reds
California dominates the wine scene in the USA, with more than 90% of the country’s total vineyard area. Washington State, two states to the north (Oregon lies in between), comes a distant second in the league table of production. While it cannot compete on quantity with the Golden State, it’s a place that is capable of producing wines every bit as good as those from the likes of Napa and Sonoma, especially from the Bordeaux family of grapes. Powers Merlot 2006, Columbia Valley Nicely mature wine that manages to be full and ripe in flavour while retaining some leafy freshness. The flavours of blackcurrant, currant and slightly baked berry tinged with tar and tobacco would go very nicely with roast lamb. Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2010, Leonetti Cellar Walla Walla’s premier wine family is in better form than ever with their wines. The Merlot is a portrait of Washington’s possibility: heady, dense, scented like good oolong tea and savoury wood. Deftly, tannic with enough structure to match the dense fruit flavours. Few people take Merlot more seriously than Leonetti, and it shows.
The Coteaux du Languedoc is the largest and one of the most significant viticultural regions of the Mediterranean vineyards. Created in 1985 and over the past 20 years the wine quality & popularity throughout southern France has increased exponentially, and it’s now one of the world’s prime sources of sensibly priced wines with a real sense of place.
Nebbiolo is a black-skinned red wine grape variety most famous for creating the ‘tar and roses’ scent of Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Unfortunately, its scarcity combined with the clamour for the best bottles from wine lovers the world over, means that the prices can be fabulous too. Truffling out Nebbiolo at everyday prices is a challenge, but not an entirely fruitless one, provided you stay away from the famous names. An ideal wine to serve with mushroom risotto with a few shavings of white truffle.
La Difference Viognier-Muscat 2009, IGP Pays d’Oc The La Différence range is one of the best examples of what is possible at the value end in southern France. The herby, peppery Carignan is brilliant, and this tangy young white is almost as good. It combines the rich oily/peachy edge of Viognier with the grapey freshness of Muscat to give a delicious, fresh and honest aperitifstyle white. Domaine Belles Pierres Les Clauzes deJo Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc 2007 A barrel-fermented blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Decanting does wonders for it, as it dispels the initial oakiness and brings out the aromas of fennel, herbs and honeysuckle. Add in the wealth of musky pear, peach and tropical fruit flavour and the pungent minerally finish, and you have a super, porkfriendly wine.
Bruno Giacosa 2003 nebbiolo d’Alba A quintessential effort from one of the masters of Barolo. Perfectly concentrated, with a powerful punch of dried raspberry, roasted cherry, sweet herbs and mint, a leathery middle and a long, slightly tarry finish. Slow to open up, but then it’s graceful and strong. Gaja Barbaresco Sori 2004, San Lorenzo Highly concentrated currant and black cherry fruit with a hint of coffee, in addition to aromas of fine herbs, minerals and exotic spices. Almost always the most powerful and austere of Gaja’s five singlevineyard wines, requiring a longer time to fully develop. A very focused, concentrated wine with a long, lingering finish and refined tannins, it has excellent aging potential. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
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James Blinkhorn James Blinkhorn is emerging as one of the most intriguing artists working today. Born in 1966 in Manchester into a very artistic family, James was considered outstanding and was encouraged by tutors and family alike to paint, he began painting commissions from the tender age of eleven. James went on to study at Tameside College of Art and was highly influenced by Royal Academy tutor Bill Clark, who taught James the valuable lesson of reworking the painting, and putting more emotion and depth into his work. James progressed to become a young newspaper artist for a while, after which he joined forces with his two closest friends and artists to form â€œIncredomanâ€? an illustration agency. The agency soon became leaders in their field illustrating for companies such as Disney, Coca-Cola, Siemens, BT and other world leading brands. James reputation as an artist grew and he was becoming known as a versatile and creative young artist. In the early days he drew inspiration from unconventional scenes; the local scrap yard on a rainy day was a particular favourite. He moved on from this to making studies in cityscapes and with his success came the opportunity to travel. New York and many European cities have become the focal points of James Blinkhornâ€™s spectacular works. His atmospheric images are created using a wide variety of media and art materials. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
Todd White Artist to the stars Todd White’s distinctive style and down to earth personality has won him an international reputation which shows no chance of slowing down. Born in 1969 in Texas, he came from humble roots. During his twenties he relocated to Hollywood and worked in the animation field, developing characters at some of the most renowned production studios in the country. He was even part of the lead team for the international hit cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants. During this period Todd started to forge his artistic style by experimenting with style and concept. He eventually arrived at the working method that now guides him through every piece. His paintings captivate people. They often invoke laughter and demand repeated viewings. By revealing his subjects’ innermost feelings he creates timeless scenes of attraction and intimacy. Todd’s subjects come from the everyday world, but his perspective is so unusual that he alters the way we perceive people and the roles we play around each other. In 2011 Todd was awarded one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious accolades in the shape of the Diana Princess of Wales Gold Medal, after donating his portrait of the Princess to the Diana Awards charity. Only 11 people to date, Todd now included as the only American, have been honoured with the Award.
Antonio Lannicelli Antonio Iannicelli was born in Naples in 1952 and now lives and works in Castelvolturno. As a boy he showed a great inclination for painting and he cultivated it with a simple affection, taking the heaven, the sea and the local people as his inspiration. With that he has become one of Europeâ€™s foremost landscape artists. Iannicelli paints almost exclusively the Italian landscape that he so loves. Where his work excels and enthrals collectors above all are in his Venetian works and coastal scenes of Campania on the Neapolitan Riviera, with the beautiful islands of Ischia and Capri. His work captures the tranquillity of the coastal landscapes, where the cloudless sky meets the horizon of the endless azure Mediterranean. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke Born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Nigel Cooke joined the Merchant Navy after leaving school and subsequently has held a number of jobs on the road to becoming a full-time artist. Nigel Cooke sold his first painting at the age of 14 and joined Butlins as their resident caricaturist and entertainer in 1992. He later went on to open caricature concessions on Blackpool’s Central Pier and Pleasure Beach, in the Trafford Centre Mall in Manchester, and at Alton Towers. During this time Nigel Cooke estimates the number of caricatures completed from live sittings to be in excess of 50,000. Nigel Cooke has also worked as a character designer for the Hong Kong based C.I.M International and remains a member of the National Caricature Network in the USA, a body he joined in 1996. “My art is mainly humorous figurative paintings of people interacting. Naturally, this has its foundations in my lifelong dedication to portraiture, caricature, humorous illustration and character design.” Nigel Cooke. 188
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ALICIA CZERNIAK ABOUT THE WORK OF ALICIA CZERNIAK When contemplating a work of art, be it a painting, sculpture or building created by the hands of a human being or simply a marvellous sunset, we cannot but ask ourselves about who is actually behind it all. Behind this marvellous sunset that we just mentioned, there is undoubtedly the Creator, this allmighty being, who is everywhere, even though we might not see him. Behind each work performed by anyone in this world, there is a whole universe of creation, as we are the drop of water clinging on the palette of this universal paintor, whom we almost invariably identify as God, according to our faith. We are absolutely spiritual beings and this is why we are moved by the sight of a sunset and the works of art that ooze love, this simple seed that is so allmighty, that moves it all and without which nothing would be possible. This is why when contemplating a work of art born out of the love of Alicia Czerniak for the universe that surrounds her, we cannot but be fascinated by the passions reflected on her canvas as much as by that personality and goodness that comes out of each pore of her soul. Alicia is an amazing painter. Her work, permanently exhibited in the most prestigious art galleries and museums all over the world, is a witness to this but, above all, Alicia is a special person, the fruit of the love and awareness of all positive energies surrounding her that her paintbrushes know how to capture like no one else. I don’t know if Alicia is one of those geniuses produced on rare occasions by art, what I do know though is that she constantly personifies love and spirituality. This is why one feels free and in peace by her side and thinks, contemplating her smile, listening to her unhurried way of talking or looking at her creative hands that the world is a lot more beautiful because beings like her live in it. Alicia carries out research and grows day after day and I assure you that she is never a mere passer-by in life. Frankly, her vitality knows no boundaries. Text written by: Rafael de Aldehuela Historian specialising in Andalusian culture, Art critic in newspapers such as La Opinión de Málaga and others. www.painter.aliciaczerniak.com You may find some of Alicia Czerniak works at: Houses of Art Gallery, Marbella Club Hotel
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The Sentinel by Mark Oldfield
he Sentinel” begins with the unearthing of 15 bodies, to be examined by a forensic scientist. The 15 bodies, we learn, had been buried in the early 1950s at a time when Franco is portrayed as ruling Spain with an iron fist. One of his enforcers is a brute of a man – Comandante Guzmán. As Head of Franco’s secret police – the Brigada Especial – Guzmán takes his orders directly from the caudillo himself, ensuring that those perceived as “enemies of the state” soon “disappear”. Thus it was Guzmán who was directly responsible for the deaths of the fifteen and as we learn about Guzmán’s methods, we can have no sympathy for a man who takes what he wants from life – food, drink, women, and more – and in return delivers vicious punishment on those who cross him ! Ana Mariá Galindez is very much an example of a young, modern 21st century Spanish woman. In her role as a forensic scientist with the guardia civil she is asked to examine the 15 bodies, but her investigations lead her to want to know more about Guzmán. Pursuing what may still remain of this monster in the form of a personal account of his atrocities, Galindez soon finds herself being followed by dangerous people. Has Guzmán’s power somehow reached out across the years? The Sentinel is written with great intelligence. Descriptions of Madrid and its people, both in the 1950s, and now, are very vivid. Characters of the main protagonists are well drawn. Just as the reader of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” does not need to know and understand all the subtleties of Swedish politics, neither does the reader of “The Sentinel” need to know and understand all of the Spanish and other themes presented in this novel. Simply enjoy being transported to another world ! I introduce the title “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” deliberately. That bestselling book was the first in a trilogy and was also described loosely as a crime novel. Some men were portrayed as exerting their power in violent ways. There was a young, gay heroine. Parallels with “The Sentinel” are clear, but they do not stop there. There is the real quality and intelligence of the writing, but above all, for me, reading “The Sentinel” gave me the same kind 192
of satisfaction as when I first read that famous Swedish novel. Historical, political and social issues are explored through the vehicle of an engaging and thrilling story. I fully believe that it deserves the same kind of success as Larsson’s bestseller! “The Sentinel” can bring a story set in Spain to a truly international audience Review for Books4Spain by Malcolm Cliff who was a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield but early retirement has enabled him to further his interest in reading crime fiction, and when the books are set in his favourite country – Spain!
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The Camino de Santiago by Sergio Ramis
he Camino de Santiago is currently reliving its “golden age” that commenced over 1,000 years ago and these days over 100,000 people a year undertake the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino de Santiago passes through small villages, whose names you will never have heard of before, to larger cities, like Burgos, Pamplona and Leon, where the traveller has the opportunity to visit some of the most impressive cathedrals in Spain. This guidebook offers tips, directions and advice on how to complete the 700 km long Camino Frances - starting in the cobbled streets of Saint Jean Pied de Port, 8kms from France’s border with Spain, in 30 stages. None of the 30 stages exceed 30km in one day and some are shorter to allow time to visit villages, churches and bridges, to take refreshment in a bar or have a picnic in a meadow. A map showing the Camino Frances as it winds its way across Spain, precedes a 30 stage guide to the Camino itself; it is useful as a reference to the traveller and also to identify the principle towns and highlights along the route. The book provides practical advice on what to carry, how to cope with walking long distances over many days, etiquette whilst travelling along the Camino de Santiago and personal safety. It also explains that to travel the Camino de Santiago by bicycle is easy and might almost be termed relaxing. Recommendations are made for the choice of bike, route, gear and how to make the most of the journey in 10 days, avoiding any potential mishaps. There is also a section dealing with the origins of Santiago de Compostela and of the ensuing pilgrimage, including information regarding the architecture, history, scenery and culture that the traveller will encounter or, should look out for, along the Camino de Santiago. An abundance of full colour photographs compliment the description and motivate the traveller to continue along their pilgrimage. Review for Books4Spain by Phil Robinson who walked the entire North Route from Hendaya, France to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days and 40 nights. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE
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Alhambra by Michael Jacobs
he Alhambra palace complex is the most important surviving medieval Islamic palace in the world. Michael Jacobs takes a fresh look at this magical palacefortress. The heart of the book is a tour of the palace and the adjoining gardens of the Generalife. The final chapter assesses the literature, art and architecture inspired by this legendary place. “Michael Jacobs is perfectly placed to write an informed, approachable book on what one writer has called ‘the most perfectly beautiful place in the world’. Add to this the many beautiful photographs of Francisco Fernandez and you have a book that works well as both source book and souvenir.” Sunday Times “The Alhambra’s extraordinary appeal is based on an unrivalled combination of architectural brilliance, a seductive setting, and a long and romantic history - all captured gloriously in this book.” Traveller
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Spanish Cooking by Miguel Maestre
iguel Maestre’s new simply titled book ‘Spanish Cooking’ is full of recipes, beautiful food photography and tastes from his life in Spain growing up in the South Eastern province of Murcia. Maestre now a celebrity chef in Australia, shares recipes and anecdotes, full of Spanish flare. Celebrating produce from all regions, freshest fish dishes from the coast, hearty meat & arroz plates from the mountains and central plains, vegetables that are to found in season on over laden market stalls and direct from the vegetable patch. The recipes featured are simple and easy to follow many with just a few fresh ingredients, this along with photography displaying the finished dish sublimely. This book is equally at home on the coffee table for mouth watering browsing as it is propped up in the kitchen, whilst pots are bubbling away and olive oil poured. Many of the dishes are featured regularly in Spanish eateries, and now with “Spanish Cooking’ can be easily achieved in the home. Dishes I have prepared from this book, include: ‘Sopa de Cebolla’ (p156) – a warming onion soup with a comforting manchego cheese crouton; and Mantecados de Aceite (p216) - a Spanish style shortbread made with olive oil, and flavoured with Cinnamon, a perfect recipe to make and share with children, and pass another tradition on. A super quick supper which tastes very special, and is ideal to make for a cosy night in is ‘Lubina al Ajo Pescador’, a roasted bass with a garlic sauce, simplicity at its best. I am yet to attempt a whole suckling pig, but there is the most wonderful recipe (p39) for this with a little sherry, two of my favourite things, so this will be on the menu I think in the near future, just hope it fits in my oven! Review for Books4Spain by Lynsey Drake who offers culture & cookery courses in the rural mountains of Malaga. Her website iswww.larosilla.com
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