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RUSSIAN REVOLUTION The Splendour of St. Petersburg Imperial FabergĂŠ

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SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE ISSUE 2 2012

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION The Splendour of St. Petersburg Imperial Fabergé

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Mercedes Benz GL Class American Legend Harley-Davidson

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After an exciting summer of sports, celebrations and fabulous weather September is upon us. While poor old Blighty prepares for the onslaught of autumn here in Spain we can still take advantage of that glorious summer weather. Within this issue we bring you fabulous beauty and hair care tips, gorgeous fashion from FashionVilla & Elle Morgan and our designer bio spotlights Cindy Glass designer and entrepreneur Laya Rahman. This month we venture east to Russia and take a look at the splendour of St Petersburg, we pay homage to the legendary artist-jeweller, the creative genius and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court, Mr Carl Peters Fabergé.

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We profile the “Spanish Enchantress” Penelope Cruz and are invited to sit down with Señora Antonia Molina Navarro, of Gomez y Molina Joyerous, who delights us with her tales. This month we have become pure petrol heads and have a jam packed motoring sections, showcasing the stunning Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the legendary Harley Davidson & Mercedes GL Class and if that is not enough our Fine Dining Section showcases the Top 10 restaurants of the World and brings you are second course interview with the effervescent Sandro Morelli.

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MÁLAGA

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t is easy to understand why Malaga City is dubbed the Capital of the Costa del Sol. Once considered the poor cousin of Andalusia’s Capital city, Seville, it now competes successfully for attention, thanks to its profusion of quirky museums, innovative restaurants and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views. The opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 triggered the city’s cultural rebirth, and visitors are now flocking to this port city which boasts excellent transport, top-class cuisine, and fascinating monuments, from Moorish and Roman times through to modern day - while retaining its authentic Andalucian feel.

Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucia - and there are new ones opening al the time. History and Monuments As well as homage to the great Picasso, other great historic monuments include the imposing Baroque Cathedral, popularly known as ‘La Manquita’ (One Armed Woman), and the newly restored Roman theatre. High on the hill above the city is the Parador, which is situated in the Gibralfaro, a Moorish castle of great historical importance. The Parador is a wonderful place to either stay the night or have a long lunch with fascinating surroundings and panoramic views over 8

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Malaga city and out across the port to sea. Although there has been a certain amount of destruction in Malaga over the centuries, especially during the Spanish Civil War, there is still plenty of proof of the Moorish occupation. Today you can visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, dating back to 1065, which also now features a very interesting archaeological museum. Shopping & Festivities & Things to do Malaga is not only the perfect place to explore the many historical monuments, atmospheric little streets and squares with delightful café culture, but it is also an excellent shopping centre. The main street to head for runs perpendicular to the stunning tree lined avenue, the Alameda, and starts at the Plaza Marina, near the port. Calle Marqués de Larios was pedestrianised in 2002 as part of improvements to Malaga city centre. The result is a bustling, chic area with many boutiques, designer shops and classy cafes all surrounded by beautifully restored buildings. At the top of Larios is the main square, Plaza de la Constitución, which is centre of attention when cultural, traditional, and religious events are celebrated. It is especially pretty in December, when a huge Christmas tree and decorations become the focal point. During Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), Malaga is taken over by


the population of Malaga grows year on year. Included in the many ongoing Municipal projects is the construction of a Metro (underground) system to link up key areas including the large University Campus and the International Congress Centre to the West. There are many festivals celebrated throughout the year in Malaga, such as the International Jazz Festival (at the beginning of November) and Film Festival (held early in March) and much more. The main theatre and location these and many such events are held, is the excellent and beautiful Teatro Cervantes (Cervantes Theatre) Malaga Airport Pablo Ruiz Picasso Málaga International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain, with up to a staggering 16 million passengers annually. It serves much of Andalusia and especially the ever popular area all along the Costa del Sol. extraordinary religious processions and the square is decked out with tiers of seats for spectators. Off Calle Larios, in the melee of tiny streets and interesting tapa bars, restaurants and even teterías (Moorish tearooms) you will find other interesting shops and also the bustling main fresh food market, Mercado Central de Atarazanas. There are also several indoor commercial shopping malls, one just behind the landmark building of the huge quality department store, El Corte Ingles. Whereas previously, Malaga centre used to live up to the southern tradition of keeping the siesta time sacred, more and more shops are now open all day.

Malaga Port The Port of Málaga is an international seaport located in the city of Málaga in southern Spain, on the Costa del Sol coast of the Mediterranean. It is the oldest continuously-operated port in Spain and one of the oldest in the Mediterranean. Principal port activities include cruise shipping and the importation of containerised manufactured products, break bulk and vehicles. A small fishing fleet also operates from the port.

Some of the smaller, family run businesses may still lock up for a long lunch. But the commercial shopping centers, El Corte Ingles and many of the shops in Calle Larios stay open all day, to meet the demand of the resident or tourist who enjoys the freedom of longer shopping hours. During the summer months and leading up to Christmas and Kings Day (January 6 th) many specialist shops, such as El Corte Ingles department store extend their hours to open on certain Sundays. The urban sprawl around the city is undergoing expansion and development as SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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enélope Cruz Sanchez was born on April 28, 1974 in San Sebastain de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain. Her father, Eduardo, worked as a car mechanic and her mother, Encarna, was a hairdresser. Cruz was born as the eldest of three and a natural performer; she was also very willful. “My mother used to give me to my grandmother for the holidays and scream, ‘I can’t take this child’,” says Penelope. Penélope amused her family as a child by re-enacting TV commercials for their entertainment. As a youngster she threw her boundless energy into dancing, although a natural actress, she took up dance for her choice of performance arts. She studied classical ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory and moved to New York to dance under a series of prominent performers. When she was 15 years old, Penelope found her true vocation after beating out 300 other girls at a talent agency competition. Following this early success, she landed several roles as a dancer for music videos and on Spanish TV as the host of La Quinta Marcha. Penelope also explored her more sensual side in the French erotic TV series, Serie Rose.

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“The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman”. Penelope Cruz

In 1992, she made her film debut in the dark film, Jamón Jamón. The film’s director, who had been unable to cast Penelope as the lead in a previous film because of her young age, so waited until she was old enough for his next film. Her performance earned Penelope a nomination for Best Newcomer by the Spanish Actors’ Union, Best Lead Actress from the Goya awards (Spain’s Academy Awards), and Fotogramas de Plata’s Best Movie Actress. A year later, Penelope played Luz in The Age of Beauty (Belle Epoque). The film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, virtually sweeping the Goya Awards, and earned Penelope the Spanish Actors’ Union

Award for Best Supporting Performance. With an impressive apprenticeship to the craft, Penelope earned her place in Spanish cinema as a leading lady and was soon on the A-list of Spanish talent. Her resume continued to grow over the following few years, clocking up three or four films each year. In 1997, Pedro Almodovar cast her in Spanish-language films Carne Tremula, Penelope took the role of Isabel Plaza Caballero, for which she garnered more critical recognition. This was the first time she worked with internationally renowned director Pedro Almodóvar, who in turn became a life-long friend - and her vehicle for global fame. Two years later, Penelope landed a role in another film directed by Almodóvar, Todo Sobre Mi Madre. The Spanish film won an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. Peneliope’s final appearance in 1997 was the Amenabar-directed Spanish sci-fi drama, “Abre Los Ojos”/ Open Your Eyes. She played Sofia, the love interest of Eduardo Noriega’s lead character. Open Your Eyes received positive reviews, and was later remade by U.S. director Cameron Crowe as “Vanilla Sky” (who cast Penelope in the same role and Tom Cruise in Noriega’s role), but “Open Your Eyes” was not commercially successful.

Hollywood Success In 1998 Penelope embarked on her first American movie, The Hi-Lo Country which was directed by British Director, Stephen Frears, Penelope spoke very little English, but even as her language skills improved, the chief attraction for directors often seemed to be her dark Castilian beauty: and she was routinely cast as sexy temptresses, hot-tempered Latinas, and clichéd exotic foreigners. In 1998 Penelope appeared in Don Juan and The Girl of Your Dreams. In The Girl of Your Dreams, Penelope portrayed Macarena Granada, a singer who is in an on-andoff relationship with Antonio Resines’s character, Blas. They are part of a movie SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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troupe that moved from Spain to Berlin for a joint production with UFA during the years of Nazis. Penelope’s performance in the film was praised by film critics, with Jonathan Holloland of Variety magazine writing “if confirmation is still needed that Cruz is an actress first and a pretty face second, then here it is.” Penelope’s role as Macerna has been viewed as her “largest role to date.” For her performance, Penelope received a Goya Award and Spanish Actors Union Award, and was nominated for a European Film Award. In 1999, Penelope worked with Almodóvar again in All About My Mother, playing Sister María Rosa Sanz, a pregnant nun with AIDS. The film received favourable reviews, and was commercially successful, grossing over $67 million worldwide, although it performed better at the box office internationally than domestically. At the age of 25, Penelope made the bold decision to move to Hollywood, California, she took on the role of a control freak and successful chef in Woman on Top (2000) and as the romantic lead in Billy Bob Thornton’s western, All the Pretty Horses (2000), both of which received critical success. 2001 marked a turning point for Penelope she caught the attention of director Cameron Crowe and film icon Tom Cruise. Impressed by the script and the actress, the duo created an American remake of the film Open your Eyes, called Vanilla Sky (2001). The movie of which Penelope had originally starred in 1997 helped make Penelope a crossover success. During this time she also began dating her costar, Tom Cruise, putting her firmly in American headlines. Her romance with Tom created mass sensation since Tom had just separated from his wife, Nicole Kidman. On the other hand, this directed her to stay longer on the spotlight as the press was eager to find more about this new girlfriend of Hollywood mega-star. Nevertheless, the relationship had also ignited some discomfort as Australian women’s magazine New Idea 12

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accused her of cheating on Tom, having an affair with an unnamed Spanish actor behind his back. She then filed a lawsuit against the magazine for the allegation and won the case, earning an apology from the magazine. After three years together the demands of their respective careers eventually proved too much, and they split in January 2004. Penelope remains good friends with the actor, and was one of the first to visit Tom and Katie after their daughter Suri was born in April 2006. Caption: “I came to Los Angeles for the first time in 1994. I spoke no English. I only knew how to say two sentences: ‘How are you?’ and ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp”. Penelope proved she could hold her own when she starred opposite Johnny Depp in Blow (2001). The film was adapted from Bruce Porter’s 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. She had a supporting role as Mirtha Jung, the wife of Johnny Depp’s character. The film received mixed reviews, but made $80 million worldwide. That same year, she appeared in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001), and her performance earned her a nomination in the European Film Awards for Best Actress. Cruz’s next film, Waking Up in Reno (2002), saw her play alongside fellow cast members Billy Bob Thornton and Patrick Swayze. The romantic comedy about two couples headed to a Monster Truck show received little box office attention. In 2005, Penelope appeared in Sahara, a comedic adventure film. In real life, Penelope began a relationship with co-star Matthew McConaughey. The couple began a year long romantic relationship, but later split over conflicting film schedules. Returning to Spanish-language films, Penelope appeared in Bandidas (2006) with friend and co-star Salma Hayek. That same year she stared in Volver, another Almodóvar film. The director held the


role specifically for Penelope, and her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. A year later, Penelope working alongside Javier Bardem starred in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as a mentally unstable woman. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised Penelope’s performance in the film. Penelope received a Goya Award and her first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. Penelope was the first Spanish actress to ever be awarded an Academy Award in that category and the sixth Hispanic person to ever receive the award! As is Penelope’s modus operandi Penelope began to date her co-star Javier Bardem, however neither party confirmed or denied it even though they were photographed together on numerous occasions with each party refusing to be drawn to comment on their private lives. Penelope’s next film was the kid-friendly G-Force voicing a guinea pig spy named Juarez. G-Force was a commercial success, making over $290 million worldwide. Also in 2009, Penelope reunited with Almodóvar for the film, Broken Embraces as Lena. Penelope received nominations from the Satellite Awards and European Film Awards for her performance, Penelope’s final 2009 film was the film version of the musical Nine, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a famous Italian director. Penelope played Carla, the director’s mistress and only one

of the many women in his life. The film, adapted from the Broadway show, was directed by Rob Marshall and also featured Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren. Penelope’s performance as Carla garnered her nominations for Best Supporting Actress from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards. In 2010, Penelope took a turn and she began to star in comedy & light hearted roles appearing in the film Sex and the City 2, the sequel to the 2008 film, in a cameo role and in her biggest Hollywood film to date in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, as Angelica. On 1 April 2011, prior to the film’s release, Penelope received the 2,436th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre. She became the first Spanish actress to receive a Star. That same year Penelope & Javier wed. Their wedding, in July 2010, proved no exception to the rule. The couple tied the knot in typical, low-key fashion, in front of just a handful of friends and family in the Bahamas. And, unbeknown to the rest of the world, the newlyweds were closely guarding a special secret - Penelope was, in fact, two months pregnant with their first child. After increasing speculation that mounted as the screen siren continued to wear an array of loose-fitting garments, in September a spokesperson confirmed the happy news that they were expecting

a baby and in January 2011, Leo was welcomed into the world. Beyond her status as a well-known Hollywood actress, Penelope is actively involved in social causes. She once did volunteer job in Uganda for two months in 1997, even donated all her salary she got from starring in “The Hi-Lo Country” (1998) to the children’s sanctuary run by Mother Teresa in Calcutta. She also founded a nongovernment organization (NGO), Spanish Sabera Foundation, to provide a home, school, and clinic for homeless people who suffer from tuberculosis in Calcutta. After filming “All The Pretty Horses,” she took part in shooting a documentary for the foundation to raise money for deprived children in India. In the early 2000s, she spent time in Nepal photographing Tibetan children for an exhibition attended by the Dalai Lama. She also photographed residents at the Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home, most of whom where former gang members and recovering substance abusers. She said: “These kids break my heart. I have to control myself not to cry. Not out of pity, but seeing how tricky life is and how hard it is to make the right choices.” Thus, clearly pointing out that all the beauty this appealing actress retains: beauty in looks, behavior, and primarily, in the heart.

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A legendary model that has enjoyed unequalled recognition since its launch in 1963, the Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA presented at Baselworld 2012 offers yet more of the enchantment for which it is renowned.

bezel in all the colours of the rainbow along with its 18ct yellow gold case and bracelet, this COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA dons a bezel entirely set with an array of sapphires in rainbow colours. All the nuances of the celestial arc are visible, a delicate palette of reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, mauves and pinks. The subtle grace of these fascinating stones meticulously selected, assembled and set by Rolex is magical, endowing the watch with a stunning radiance. Also gem-set, the case lugs, crown guard as well as the hour markers on the dial participate in the exquisite allure of this variation on the DAYTONA theme.

Exclusive GOLD CRYSTALS counters Contrasting with the black lacquer of the dial, the reflections of the GOLD CRYSTALS counters blend with the radiance of the precious stones. Crafted from an 18ct gold alloy perfected by Rolex in its own foundry, these exclusive counters highlight the crystal structure of the gold in a seductive play of reflections and colours. Each counter is a natural work of art, different from every other.

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The OYSTER case, symbol of waterproofness The COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA’s 40mm OYSTER case is waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18ct gold. The winding crown is fitted with the patented TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system. It is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. The waterproof OYSTER case ensures optimal protection for the COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA’s high-precision movement.

Calibre 4130, a superlative chronograph chronometer The COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all PERPETUAL movements, the 4130 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches. Its architecture, like that of all OYSTER watch movements, makes it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue PARACHROM hairspring, patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the PARACHROM hairspring offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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Technical datas CASE Type OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, winding crown and chronograph pushers) Diameter 40 mm Material 18ct yellow gold, polished finish, lugs and crown guard set respectively with 36 and 20 brilliant-cut diamonds Case back Screw-down with Rolex fluting Bezel Set with a rainbow of 36 baguette-cut sapphires Winding crown Screw-down, TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system Crown guard Integral part of the middle case Crystal Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire Waterproofness 100 metres (330 feet) MOVEMENT Calibre 4130, Manufacture Rolex Mechanical chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch Bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor on ball bearing Precision Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC) Functions Centre hour and minute hands, small seconds hand at 6 o’clock Chronograph (centre hand) accurate to within 1⁄8 of a second 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock Stop-seconds for precise time setting Oscillator Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz) Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring Breguet overcoil Large balance wheel with variable inertia High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts Traversing balance bridge Jewelling 44 rubies Power reserve Approximately 72 hours DIAL Colour Black lacquer Counters Yellow GOLD CRYSTALS (18ct gold) Hour markers 8 diamonds in 18ct yellow gold settings, numerals 15, 30 and 45 in 18ct yellow gold Hands Red chronograph hands BRACELET Type OYSTER, three-piece solid links Material 18ct yellow gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges Clasp Folding OYSTERLOCK safety clasp EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link

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MARRIOTT’S MARBELLA BEACH RESORT MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

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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.

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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

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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

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

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ith all the current talk in the UK being of an imminent double-dip recession, hose pipe bans and the seemingly never ending ‘phone hacking scandal, it’s no wonder holiday-makers are more determined than ever to get away from the realities of life. One sector, the global cruise market, has blossomed at an amazing rate over the last few years, with ever more impressive vessels being launched that now have the facilities to cater for all ages, incomes and tastes. It’s not just the size of the new ships that is impressive, the technology on-board is stunning compared to even a decade ago, and the levels of luxury aboard of a calibre that would be unrecognisable to passengers on liners from past generations. Of course, the elite ships of yesterday like Cunard’s iconic QE2 (1969-2008) set the sea-going benchmark extremely high from the day it was launched, the company’s Queen Mary 2 now continuing to offer serious opulence on the high 18

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seas with, for example, its Queens Grill level accommodation, among the most lavish on board any luxury cruise ship. The amenities are extensive and begin before you even board —with priority check-in and embarkation - from a bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries on arrival, to the personal butler service (including packing and unpacking) and access to private lounges and a Grills-only sun deck. Guests dine at a reserved table in the singleseating Queens Grill restaurant and enjoy en-suite dining from the menu. For many, the name Cunard is a byword for ultimate cruising indulgence, but other cruise fleets have succeeded in bringing a taste of oceangoing luxury within the grasp of people with more humble budgets, and the race is on to build ever more impressive ships, packed to the gunnels with every conceivable holidayenhancing facility. Currently, P&O has a 141,000 ton new vessel planned (as yet unnamed) to be built at the Fincantieri Cantieri Navali’s Monfalcone

yard in Italy, the all-in construction cost being approximately €155,000 per lower berth, according to the company. ‘Ushering in an exciting era for P&O Cruises, the ship will offer a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities, along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features,’ it states. Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & PLC’s chairman and CEO, explains that: “P&O Cruises is synonymous with high quality holidays that celebrate its rich British heritage. The UK continues to be a key growth market and innovative vessels such as this new P&O Cruises ship, targeted specifically to British clientele, underscore our commitment to leading the expansion of this important cruise region.” Managing Director, Carol Marlow boasts that: “This next-generation ship will deliver the ultimate P&O Cruises experience, with ‘sophisticated wows’ and new features to attract thousands of newcomers to our


‘The Sea is Calling’

The Carnival Breeze – ship shape and ready to sail brand, and equally to resonate with existing P&O Cruises passengers. She will offer ‘the best of the best,’ combining the favourite classic features of our Oriana and Aurora ships, the choice and variety of Azura and Ventura, and a host of new ideas and concepts,” she enthuses. Carnival Cruise Lines, part of the P&O Cruises since 2003, has a new ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze, entering service in June, debuting with a summer schedule of 12-day Mediterranean voyages before repositioning to Miami in November for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean departures. With a total guest capacity (including uppers) of 4,724, normal cruise capacity of 3,690, 14 guest decks and some 54 suites and grand penthouse suites, the Breeze is described as Carnival’s newest ‘Fun Ship.’ Its design innovations, include expansive top-deck areas, such as WaterWorks, an aqua park with water slides and other attractions, SportSquare, an open-air

recreation complex with a ropes course, mini-golf, and outdoor fitness area, and The Lanai, a wraparound promenade with whirlpools extending over the ship’s sides, and a 270-square-foot poolside LED screen displaying movies, and other programming. For the technically minded, the diesel electric propulsion system engines (six) develop around 84,933 HP. The cruise market may be very buoyant at the moment, but it’s also fiercely competitive, something recognised by another major player, Royal Caribbean International (RCI), which has a fleet of 22 impressive cruise ships. Late last year, the company launched a new brand campaign that it felt embraced the most inspirational element at the very core of its global cruise line offering ... the sea. The campaign aimed to reawakening consumers to the sights and sounds of the sea and convey the relaxation, romance and adventure that only can be had on the open waters aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. It started with playful imagery

By Derek Smith of a conch shell as a ‘phone - dubbed the Shellphone - and communicated the campaign’s decree: ‘The Sea is Calling.’ Answer it Royally.” Created by Royal Caribbean’s lead advertising agency, JWT New York, in partnership with media agency Mindshare, headlines incorporated in the teaser campaign included tags such as ‘Not 3G, Sea G,’ and ‘Our Rollover Plan: Tan Front, Then Back,’ centre on the Shellphone, and hopefully helped drive curious consumers to the supporting website: www.TheSeaIsCalling.com. Keeping a brand firmly in the customer’s mind is key, and if the no-doubt expensive campaign, manages to do that, RCI will deem it money well spent. Staying in touch with relatives and friends for cruise line passengers has never been that easy, or cheap. Getting in tune with the modern instant communication demands of today’s clientele, RCI recently marked an industry first with the introduction of iPad mobile digital devices in every stateroom on-board its newly refitted SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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Splendour of the Seas liner. Guests can now access the Internet, the daily Cruise Compass of events and activities, personal daily itineraries, monitor their on-board account, view restaurant menus, and watch movies. In addition to the iPads, the ‘new’ Splendour of the Seas now also features an array of new stateroom amenities, such as flat screen televisions, new bathrooms, and completely remodeled interiors, including luxurious new linens and furniture, as well as an additional 124 balconies. The newly revitalized Splendour of the Seas also debuted new dining options including the Asian Izumi restaurant, the line’s signature steakhouse, Chops Grille, the Park Caf√ deli-style restaurant, and the exclusive Chef’s Table dining experience. Additional Royal Caribbean signature innovations on the ship include the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, a Diamond lounge, a Concierge Lounge, and a Britto Gallery featuring works from Brazilian pop-artist, Romero Britto. One developing niche within the cruise market is the adult-only sector, P&0 Cruises having recently welcomed back its Oriana vessel after a one-month overhaul which saw the addition of 27 new cabins and the introduction of the Ocean Grill restaurant, operated by celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, the celebrity chef. The restaurant replaced Oriana Rhodes, which was run by White’s spiky-haired rival, Gary Rhodes. The aft deck and its bar were redesigned, décor upgraded in the public areas and the Oasis Spa, and the ship’s Mediterraneanstyle café, Al Fresco, refreshed. The adultfocused Oriana will be part of P&O Cruises’ The Grand Event, which takes place on July 3, its entire fleet of seven ships docking together in the company’s home port of Southampton for the first time in its 175year history. After the ceremonies marking the event, each ship is due to depart on its own Grand Event cruise, with a spectacular send off with a champagne deck party, ‘flutterfetti’ and marching bands. It looks set to be an impressive sight, and for anyone able to make it on the day, it’ll be as good an indication you could ever wish to witness of just how far the luxury cruise market has developed in a relatively short space of time. 20

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adults Only Solarium Whirlpool, Pool and Sports Zone on its Oasis of the Seas liner.

I Name This Sip…. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that wine expert, Jilly Goolden, will be joining a Balmoral vessel’s cruise to Iberia in 2012, hosting a theme of ‘Wines of Iberia’ as part of its cruise enhancement programme, Vistas. The 10-night cruise departs from Southampton on October 3rd, and visits Lisbon and Portimao (Portugal), then Casablanca (Morocco), Cadiz, and La Coruna before returning to Southampton. Goolden will host wine tastings and give talks during the cruise about wines from the region, so the theme dovetails with the cruise itinerary. Best known for presenting top-rated epicurean TV series, ‘Food and Drink’, for almost 20 years, she appeared alongside the late Michael Barry OBE, Chris Kelly and fellow wine expert, Oz Clarke. Jilly Goolden – wine expert

She became nationally famous as the most widely known wine expert in Britain, and is now a regular on ‘Britain’s Best Dish’ programme.

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With the Autumn and Winter months drawing in what do you do to prevent that glowing tan you´ve spent all summer achieving disappearing.... The safest and best way to maintain that summer glow is to use one of the many new self-tanning products. The key ingredient in self-tan creams, lotions, and sprays is diydroxyacetone (DHA). This is a type of sugar extract that reacts with molecules in the outer layer of the skin or epidermis. This reaction creates a darker skin pigment, which is what gives us that tanned effect. As the epidermis renews itself, the ‘fake’ tan disappears - which is why you need to reapply frequently.

Here we look at fake tans available on the market to create that all important gorgeous summer glow…

Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid

St Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse

Fake Bake has long been one of the top go-to brands for the best self-tanning products, and now they’ve formulated their fastest ever developing tanning lotion that provides you with a natural sun-kissed glow in just 60 minutes.

The original, and many would argue still the best, St Tropez has maintained a loyal following, including many fans in the MC office.

The pioneering time-saving liquid boasts a fast-drying DHA and erythrulose complex making it perfect for last minute body prepping.

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But if you’re a fan of a really deep tan, you’re going to love this new offering for summer: Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse. The new darker formula contains allomelanin, which is designed to mimic the skin’s natural melanin, ensuring the most natural, deep tan for a gorgeous jet set look.

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Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion With an oil-free gel formula, Clinique’s Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion has a light texture that goes onto skin seamlessly for an instant bronzed look that develops into a rich tan. Te c h n o l o g i c a l l y advanced polymers help hold the product onto the skin’s surface to maximise the life of the colour, while mica and caramel particles give you that just back from holiday shimmer.

Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Weekly Self Tan Xen Tan is a must for self tan devotees, which now comes in a new darker formula. Not only does this self-tanning lotion contain lots of DHA for a deeper colour after just one application, but it also contains vitamin E, green tea and anti-oxidants that soothe, smooth and nourish your skin while providing an instant and natural colour you’re guaranteed to love.

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer SelfTanning Mousse A favourite with the marieclaire. co.uk team, this light, air-whipped mousse delivers an instant bronze sheen to the body without any of those pesky self-tanning streaks. The colour develops over a few hours and doesn’t have that telltale fake tan smell either.

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Rimmel Sunshimmer Instat Tan Water Resistant A great fake tan doesn’t have to break the bank. Rimmel’s matte tan budget buy, which comes in a choice of two shades, provides a gorgeous natural looking bronzed look whilst keeping skin nourished and moisturised. Not only that, but this water resistant version won’t streak in the rain!

Trilogy Self Tanning Instant Bronzing Gel Even though your tan isn’t natural, the product can be, thanks to Trilogy’s Self Tanning Instant Bronzing Gel with 100% natural ingredients. Fuss-free, quick-drying and easy to apply, the gel creates an instant golden shimmer to skin in need of a holiday, which develops over two to three hours for that must-have glow.

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Fake Tanning Tips Avoid tell-tale signs you’re faking it with our top tips for self-tan success

Preparation

It may sound like an obvious hint but trying to regularly keep your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the (fake tan) bottle. Try to follow the mantra and moisturize every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the sack. Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

We’re sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but we can’t stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalized, ready-to-tan skin beneath. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patch-tastic and desperate to cover up, not show off those pins.

Moisturize

Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturizer before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your tan enhancer. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet – any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.

Latex gloves/Applicator mitt

The tell-tale sign you’ve been cheating is so often the orange-tinted palms which, unless you want to don gloves in summer, are impossible to hide. To avoid that beacon glow and grubby fingernails, get into the habit of applying tan wearing latex gloves. Yes, it seems foreign at first, but after a couple of applications it’ll become second nature. Remove the gloves and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand.

Dab Vaseline on eyebrows and hair line

A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.

Buff

When St Tropez professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they don a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any build up of tan, to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades. A snip at €3.50, use this after applying lotion or spray.

Self-tan Remover

If it all goes horribly wrong and you are left with distinctly orange palms, don’t panic, there is a solution. Tanning experts St Tropez have created the fake tan version of the eraser pen, a super-easy way to remove embarrassing stains from your hands. Simply rub in and use wipes to remove those tell-tale signs.

Polish and reapply

Now your tan has developed and you’re happy with the results, the work doesn’t stop there! Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine (yes, we know, being beautiful is time-consuming!) of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturizing. And if you’re starting to pale into insignificance then do a tan top-up.

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Summer Tresses Summer hair should literally be like a day at the beach: Relaxed, pretty, a little bit messy, and fun. But foolproof hair can be hard to come by, especially when humidity-induced frizz, sun-parched locks, and overly oily tresses get thrown into the mix. To help put the brakes on bad summer hair days, we decided to go in hot pursuit of the best and easiest summer haircare tips to keep our tresses in top form. From super-sizing the shine factor to banishing humidity doused locks, our cheat-sheet with tips from the best hair gurus is all you’ll need to keep those locks looking lush and gorgeous….

Banish Extra Grease

Don’t let too-slick, second-day hair or extra oil stop you this summer (because not everyone does, or should, shampoo everyday). Besides adding a dry shampoo to your routine is a great way to prevent unwanted oiliness by creating major volume. The more lift you have in your look, the less your hair is sitting on top of your scalp. To get great lift, start with damp hair and apply a volumizer all over. Next, take a diffuser, flip your head upside-down, and push your ends to your roots using only the dryer (no hands!). This will create a great tousled wave that has lots of lift and no extra oil. When washing if your hair is a little oilier in the summer, concentrate the shampoo at the scalp not the ends. If you don’t shampoo the scalp, when you brush you’re just going to distribute the oil straight through the mid-lengths and ends.” Try: Sexy Hair Organics Volumizing Mousse, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo 28

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Amp up the Shine Factor Hair shines naturally when it’s free of excess oils and residue, so using a shampoo that gently cleanses and a conditioner that hydrates without causing build-up will help enhance shimmer. Since it tends to be more humid in the summer months, applying a lightweight silicone product to damp hair will protect against frizz while enhancing shine. Try: Bumble and bumble Shine On Finishing Spray, Let it Shine Shampoo & Conditioner, Redken Quick Dry 18 Hairspray

Liven up Limp Locks

Curls tend to frizz in the summer, but straight hair can go the opposite way and lose volume. Use anti-humectants on both straight hair and curls to create support and definition. With straight hair, it’s about using a root-lifting product and then an antihumectant like Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion for medium hair or Power Tame 16 Intense Straightening Balm for coarse hair — they’ll sit on the cuticle and help to repel humidity. Make sure you rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle a little more before you get out of the shower and don’t brush your hair when it’s dry. Try: Denman Boar Bristle Brush, Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion, Pantene Prov-V Fine Hair Root Lifter Spray Gel


Frizz Free

If you want to cut down on frizz, the hair has to be 100% dry to fight the humidity. Humidity creates curl and volume in naturally curly or wavy hair textures and walking out into a humid environment with slightly wet hair is going to add to the problem. We recommend using a flat iron to smooth the cuticle down even further for a double whammy on fighting frizz. You can also add dry shampoo or a little baby powder to the scalp to help absorb perspiration or humidity before it causes the hair to frizz.

Protect & Serve Tame your curls

In the summer months we experience a lot more exposure to direct sunlight, and this can cause excessive dryness to curls. Continue your deep-conditioning regimen from winter, and don’t forget to dab a little extra on the ends. We recommend using moisture-enhancing products from wash to styling, and our one tip for summer curls: “Have the right haircut. You can condition your hair and have the right styling products to seal in your curl, but without the right cut your curls won’t fall in the most flattering way. To finish a look and keep curls smooth mix a silicone serum into your moisturizing crème.

“When your hair is exposed to extra stress from summer fun, it’s imperative to minimize damage from the start, so always use a heat protector, also, make sure you use a leavein conditioner or spray with UV protection, or a colour-specific mask to help boost colour protection and manageability. Try: Suave Professionals Heat Protection Spray

Try: Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer,

Try: Living Proof No Frizz Refresh Styling Spray,

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HAIR by LINDA

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ased at her contemporary stylish salon “Hair by Linda”, at the 5-Star Los Naranjos Golf Club, Linda Rise offers incredible cuts, colour and customer service. Linda, originally from Sweden, has worked throughout the world with the finest hair and beauty specialist, including Judith Jackson, America’s number 1 Spa guru and setting up and managing

SPA and hair salons on Radisson Seven Seas 6 Star Cruise Lines. With a passion for hair, extensive knowledge and specialist colour training, 2012 has seen Linda awarded the prestige of becoming the first official Redken Colour Salon in Marbella. Linda also specialises in providing a complete Wedding Package, which includes hair for bridal party and professional make-up

artist. This can be at your hotel, home or at her relaxing salon “Hair By Linda”. Linda is offering Marriott clients 10% per cent off promotion on all cuts, colour and blow-dries including a free deep conditioning. Call today for a professional hair consultation with Linda on 667 908 228. Hair by Linda NOW offers clients

Opening Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 to 19:00 - On Saturdays by request Closed Sundays

an extensive Redken product range, including the world famous Redken Moroccan Argan Oil, loved by celebrities for its ability to give everyone luxurious healthy hair. Hair by Linda is at the luxurious 5-Star Los Naranjos Golf Club, Apdo 64, 29660 Nueva Andalucía – just 5 minutes from Puerto Banus, free parking for all clients.

Mobile +34 667 908 228 Los Naranjos Golf Club, Apdo 64 29660 Nueva Andalucia Email lindalevinus@yahoo.com www.hairbylindas.com


Are your sunglasses ruining your eyesight!!

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ith continual sun nearly all year round people come to Spain and head to the nearest beaches to soak up the glorious Spanish sunshine, we´ll all be wearing sun screen to protect our skin from the rays, but how many people think about protecting their eyes? Specsavers in Fuengirola is urging locals to remember to take care of their eyes when they are outdoors with the most effective sunglasses. Amrik Sappal, Store Director at Specsavers Fuengirola, says: ‘Providing they meet European safety standards, sports-style sunglasses not only protect your eyes but also help reduce premature ageing. Sunlight creeping in at the side of badly fitting frames can make you squint, leading to crows’ feet around the eyes. ‘Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye. In extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.’ Specsavers stocks a large selection of prescription sunglasses styles and will also fit tinted lenses to other frames within its range to create prescription sunglasses. Throughout the summer Specsavers are offering free reaction lenses and 2 for 1 on our sunglasses range. Visit in store for details.

Interviewing for September Beauty therapy, Massage and Fashion & Photographic Make-up Courses Limited spaces are Available

Follow these top tips from Specsavers to protect your eyes when enjoying the Costa del Sol’s famous weather this summer:

1. Check sunglasses comply with UNE-EN 1836:2006 + 2. If you already have sunglasses, take them into your local

The courses can be full time or part time allowing you to change and improve your life with small or big career changes.

3. Invest in photochromic lenses that instantly adapt to

The Academy also offers weekend and residential course packages.

A1:2008 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400.

optician to be UV tested. All Specsavers stores offer this service. light changes, darkening in bright light. Alternatively, get prescription lenses tinted to minimize the amount of UV rays that reach your eyes.

4. By adding polarized lenses you can decrease the amount of

glare, which can dazzle and strain your vision; particularly useful when you are participating in outdoor sports.

5. For driving, Specsavers UltraDrive lenses provide excellent eye protection in bright light by blocking out all UV light and up to 92% of blue light, making colours appear sharper. They also conform to European driving guidelines.

To view Specsavers’ full range of sunglasses and frames, or to book an eye examination or to find your nearest Specsavers, please visit www.specsavers.es

Congratulations to all our students on their amazing results. Good luck for your future careers! Local 2/3 Aloha Mira Sierra, Avenida Valle de Golf Aloha, 29660 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Tel: +34 952 817 632 M. 693 507 267 info@marbellabeautyacademy.com

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How-to: the zen art of shaving The Aveda men collection is tailored to every man’s essential need for high-performance

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Cleanse

Before shaving, remove dirt and oil with Botanical Kinetics™ Purifying Gel Cleanser to help prevent clogged pores, which can lead to blemishes.

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M Shave Aloe Gel

Highly concentrated oil-free shaving gel transforms into a rich lather. Softens and cushions even the heaviest beards for smooth, close shaves. Contains aloe to help calm razor burn.

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Pre-shave

Lather on Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ Shave Cream to prepare skin for a close, comfortable shave.

Moisturize

Apply Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ Dual Action Aftershave to the entire face and neck after cleaning or shaving - to moisturize, soothe and reduce razor burn to in-grown hairs.

Face Scrub

Pre-shave essential. Revives and smooths skin, removing dead flakes and oil buildup, clearing the way for closer, nick-free shaves. Lifts beard, helps reduce ingrown hairs. Contains rounded granules that won’t scratch skin.

Skin Supplies For Men AgeDefense For Eyes

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Fashion

Dior: Calle Ribera, Casa F, Local 15B, Puerto Banus, T. 952 90 65 25. Dolce & Gabbana: Pueblo Marinero De Ribera, Local 17, Casa F, Puerto Banus, T. 952 818 520. Loewe: Muelle Ribera, Local 15C, Casa F Puerto Banus, T. 952 81 62 65. ChloĂŠ: Muelle De Ribera, Local 16 Casa F, T. 952 90 70 38. Louis Vuitton: Muelle Ribera, Casa N, Puerto Banus, T. 95 290 8190. Versace: Benabola 8, Puerto Banus, T. 952 810 296. Brioni Blv Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, s/n Marbella T. 952 868 232 33 SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

Escada: Bul. Alfonso de Hohenlohe, 1. T. 952 86 86 21 Gucci: Valdes, 8. Marbella. T. 952 86 14 99 Elite: Ricardo Soriano, 7. Marbella. T. 952 77 45 05 Betty Blue: Avenida de la Ribera, Puerto Banus, Fashion Villa: Paseo de Suiza 394, Elviria, Marbella T. 952 85 05 01 Nina B: Calle de las Malvas, 62 Nueva Andalucia, T. 952 907 020.

Salvatore Ferragamo: Blv. Principe Alfonso de Hohenloe, s/n, Marbella T. 952 903 330 Missioni: Muelle Ribera Edificio E F Puerta 14 T. 952 908 037 Roberto Cavalli: Muelle de la Ribera Casa e, l.8 Puerto Banus, T. 952 813 812 Jimmy Choo: Edificio Casa N. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banus T. 95 290 80 43 Hermes: Calle Ribera 11, Bajo, Casa E, Puerto Banus, T. 952 81 71 25. Elle Morgan (Laguna Village): Unit 29 and 31, Laguna Village, A-7, km.159,Estepona T. 647 869 831. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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A glittering success story

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ith the dominance of international brands and chain stores that look remarkably similar, whether one is in New York or Newcastle, it is all too easy to forget that the small family business is still capable of delivering goods and a level of service that cannot be found elsewhere. Just enjoy a relaxing stroll along Marbella’s bustling Avenida Ricardo Soriano, continue past Café Marbella and the row of horses waiting to take visitors on a carriage tour of the city until the street becomes Calle Ramón y Cajal. Standing right by the entrance to the city’s atmospheric Casco Antiguo is Gómez y Molina. Perhaps it would also be a good idea to spend some time looking in the display windows before entering. The brand names alone will impress, since all the greats are here: Cartier, Patek Pillippe, Rolex, Piaget, Bulgari, Breitling, Chanel. This is a jewellery

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store that caters to the rich and famous, who naturally expect the best of everything. Ring the bell to gain admittance and you will be welcomed into a room that has seen almost as many famous faces as a copy of Hello Magazine. Presiding over this phenomenally successful family business is Señora Antonia Molina Navarro, who looks utterly at home in the middle of all this activity, so much so that it is almost impossible to imagine her doing anything else. So, her response, when asked whether her ambition was always to be a jeweller, comes as something as a shock. “No!” she states emphatically. “It was 1969, I was married very young and by the time I was 21 years old I was raising three children. What time did I have to think of anything else?” Motherhood might have seemed like the most obvious path for such a woman barely out of her teens, but fate was to throw a large spanner in the works, for Doña Antonia’s neighbour was planning to open a jewellery store in Marbella’s Hotel Don Pepe where, coincidentally, Doña Antonia’s

husband, Miguel Gómez Verdún worked as a manager. Perhaps life amongst gold and gemstones had not been her first choice of career, but it did not take her long to accept the challenge. For a while the whole family spent most of their waking hours at the Don Pepe; with her husband’s considerable workload and her own commitments in the jewellery boutique, Doña Antonia was obliged to resort to some unorthodox childcare arrangements. “The receptionists were very good, they would always help out,” she recalls. Certainly, bringing up three lively youngsters in a small space, crowded with tiny, glittering and very valuable pieces of gold must have presented a few headaches. Perhaps their early days had a lasting influence on the children, because now Miguel, José, Marina and Raquel (who arrived five years after her sister) are all involved in the everyday running of Gomez y Molina. The eldest, Miguel is now Commercial Manager, José, the next in line, is Branch Manager, Marina is Finance Manager and Raquel is Head of PR, filling


a vitally important role, given the store’s celebrity clients. All of Doña Antonia’s children have been given the benefit of an education that has ensured that they are both expert gemologists and multi-lingual: “Our customers come from all over the world, so languages are vital,” she insists. With this in mind, the new generation trained in Madrid, the USA, Germany and Switzerland and consequently are fluent in English, German and Italian. However, with a constantly changing clientele, the family has had to learn to adapt. “Miguel now also can get by in Russian and Arabic,” Doña Antonia reveals. However, personal skills are not the only part of the business that had to change to cope with the changing times; when, after 10 happy years in the Don Pepe, it became clear that Gómez y Molina needed to expand, the search was on to find a new situation. By this time, Avenida Ricardo Soriano was gaining popularity as Marbella’s commercial centre, so the decision was taken to move into the heart of the city. Now there are two

stores in key locations, the flagship on Calle Ramón y Cajal and another at the entrance to Puerto Banús. Many famous faces have become regular customers; Marbella’s founding Hohenlohe family, Jose Banús (after whom Puerto Banús is named), Julio Iglesias, Isabel Pantoja, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas to name but a few, but the eminently unflappable Doña Antonia states that she treats them as friends, which, after all, is where this family company excels. “Some of the customers they come to see us whenever they are in town, so we get to know them very well and because they spend a lot of money we have learned to have a different attitude towards the way that we deal with them.” Apart from stocking some of the most famous names in the world of jewellery, the Gómez y Molina team is often asked to create specific items for customers and this is when the strong relationships forged by the family come into their own. “One client wanted us to design a ring for his wife, so

I just drew what it would look like on his finger!” laughs Doña Antonia. “In the end he bought it just because of that drawing. He had not brought any money with him so I told him he could pay me next time.” Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, heir to the Saudi throne is one of Gómez y Molina’s biggest overseas fans and always plans a visit with his vast entourage when he arrives. “Once I had a phone call asking me whether the churros place near us was open. When I said that it was, the voice at the other end said, ‘Right, we’re coming to see you straight away.’ Of course, the royals never carry any money, so the Prince’s attendants had to borrow money from us to pay for their churros!” In these days of financial panic and near economic collapse, such success stories are increasingly rare but Gómez y Molina certainly seems to have found the recipe. Now that Doña Antonia is a grandmother, it can only be a matter of time before the next generation is being prepared to take their places to create jewellery fit for the next wave of royal and celebrity clients. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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Sunny Spanish Vacation Seafolly Australia Hat 45€

Elle Morgan helps Sunsearch Magazine pick the perfect capsule wardrobe for effortless resort style, to take you from relaxing pool-side to sipping cocktails at sunset! The hottest Boutique on the Coast, Elle Morgan, is located in the stunning Laguna Village situated on the beach between Puerto Banus and Estepona, where you will find International labels including Seafolly Australia, for which they are the Coast’s exclusive retailer, Heidi Klein, Havaiana & TomTom Ibiza combined with exciting up-and-coming brands to provide the ultimate ‘one-stop shop for must- have Summer Holiday wear’.

Animal print bikini 89€

Elle Mogan Boutique on the Beach – Unit 31 Laguna Village (next to Purobeach) OPEN EVERY DAY 11.00 – 22.00 T: 952 803 481 / 647 869 831 ellemorganboutique Pop-Up Cabana Store – Plaza Beach Banus see our facebook page for opening times.

Basket Bag 39€ Havaiana metallic logo 30€

Day 22 sunnies 69€ 38

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Cocktails at sunset!

Deborah Charles Silk Kaftan 299€

Rouched dress 50€

TomTom Ibiza bandeau mini 125€

Statement Ring blue crystals 29€

Tassel bracelet 19€

Aztec cuff in gold 39€

Wedges 89€

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Summer in style


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Airfield, Cambio, Joseph Ribkoff, Frieda & Freddies, Leo Guy, Maryan Mehlhorn Beachwear, Kuny Beachwear

The Fashionvilla Experience Visit Fashionvilla Marbella For All the Style You Want Under the Sun Like shopping? Then you are going to love Fashionvilla Marbella a unique luxury establishment in Marbella, where shopping for clothes is an absolute dream. One of the last remaining multibrand boutiques in the Marbella area, Fashionvilla provides a professionalized and personal shopping experience with more than a touch of Marbella glamour.

We follow all the fashion shows from all the major fashion weeks around the world to ensure that you get the very latest styles, trends and colours. You will see many outfits straight from the catwalk so that you can look and feel good with your new clothes from Fashion Villa.

Opening hours in August are: Monday - Friday 11:00 - 14:00 or by appointment, you can also contact by email fashionvilla@telefonica.net www.fashionvillamarbella.com SUMMER SALES UP TO 70% NOW AVAILABLE

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TO THE BEST PLACE IN FASHION

Travellers visit us from all parts of the world. They take back the best from our culture, our art and our traditions. From us they take back their most valuable memories. Welcome to the place with the best shopping. Ask at the Tourist Information Point about special conditions for foreign visitors. *Applicable to non-resident foreigners only. 43 SUNSEARCH Check conditions in local stores.

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CINDY GLASS aya Rahman, speaks exclusively to Sunsearch Magazine.... Laya born in Paris France, in October 1976. She spent her childhood and early adolescence in Beirut before moving to France with her family. There she pursued her studies and got her baccalaureate in economy. After a brief stint at Law university-Assas, she thrived to explore her artistic fondness and in Paris she found a rich platform for experimenting art in all its forms: acting, directing, photography and design. She joined the Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York for three years, as well as SPEOS photography school and the American University of Paris for Art History and Journalism. She also spent five years studying drama and attended Ecole Florent, Jack Waltzer, Jordan Beswick’s workshops. She then kick started her photography career with successful shows in Paris and Beirut, while in parallel working in film as actress and director of two short movies. Feeling incomplete with the 2D world, she decides to extend her creation to 3D objects and spontaneously chose footwear design, maybe to satisfy her compulsive appetite for shoes. She founded CINDY GLASS in 2005 and is totally passionate about her brand. She worked with multitude of French brands and distributed around the world, before she set up her first test store in Paris in November 2007. She now continues to upgrade Cindy Glass by bringing new and innovative designs to the market, internationally acclaimed by her peers as well as the world press. In 2011, she decided to move back to her homeland. She set up a landmark showroom for CINDY GLASS in Beirut, from which she intends to make her brand shine out to the rest of the world. She is currently working on developing her brand throughout the Middle East and Asia. As well, she is preparing 2 photography shows for 2012.

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CINDY GLASS’S in March 2008 showcased her to become world famous style: Agent 75: The Eiffel Tower heel.

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The success was stunning, with world press coverage and interviews in Prime French TV documentaries like “Des Racines e de Ailes”. Agent 75 was also part of the exhibition held at the Eiffel Tower itself in honor of the 120th anniversary of the monument. It is produced soley on demand and comes in various colors and materials. The heel as well can be customized to taste: Gold, Silver, Black, Swarovski rhinestone studded,the possiblilties are infinite................... A collector’s piece to have.

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  This summer tailored shorts were everywhere, they aren’t defined as the kind you wear as part of a business suit. Instead they’re flirtatious, luxurious, and inclined to present themselves in a range of fabrics from silk to mesh to leather. The key is in the construction and cut. Work them for morning or night, everyday or holiday.

Amanda Seyfried sporting a classy pair of business short shorts & jacket by high street store H&M

Eva Longoria works a dark blue Bocanegra short pant suit.

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hen fashion houses from Chanel to J.Crew sent models down their spring runways wearing pastels, lots of pastels, it was still possible to put off thinking about the season’s trickiest trend. Now here we are, a half a year later, faced with the challenge of trying to wear pretty new clothes in pale pink or light blue without looking like a giant preschooler or the queen of England. The hesitation, Back Bay-based wardrobe consultant Kerry Epstein explains, comes from one common place: “Most women don’t want to look like a baby duck.” Here’s how the experts say grown-ups can embrace the trend.

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Bottega Veneta By Mike Bottega veneta Reminder: Reserved and sexy have always been the origins of class. Alexander McQueen The latest inspiration surely raises the bar in terms of designing. What stood out most to me about this collection was the idea of incorporating the trends that are transcending across genders

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Banks are less likely to be on hand to ensure that the payment instructions are accurate and complete. We will make sure your payments arrive on time, every time. We offer Spot rates, Regular money transfer – where the exchange rate can be fixed for 24 months, forward buying of exchange rates and various market watches.   Other services Currency on the go, we sell travel money over the counter at our Bureaux de change, located across central London, Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton airports.  We also offer a network of ATMs at these sites.   Multi-Cuttency prepaid card You can have up to 14 different currencies on our secure, pin protected Explorer card – and that’s a world first!!  You can use it wherever Visa is accepted including 31 million merchant outlets worldwide and more than 1.4 million ATM’s -   Perfect for holidaying overseas, making this a lot safer than carrying cash.   Online Travel Money Buying  your travel money online with us is easy.  It should only take a few minuets and we will deliver you currency straight to your door (UK only) via Royal Mail, special delivery.   To find out how Moneycorp can help you get more for your money, making your money go further, please contact the Costa del Sol office on +34 951 319 700

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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.

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• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 100m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people

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• 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

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Marriott’s Playa Andaluza, Ctra. De Cádiz Km. 168, 29680 Estepona, 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


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Luxury SUV Mercedes Benz GL Class Written by Dawn Gudging

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This premium SUV is able to demonstrate its exceptional capabilities in everyday situations with dense city traffic, over very winding roads or on well-built motorways as well as off the beaten track.

Relaxed - and that means safe - driving both on-road and off-road - is one of the great strengths of the new GL-Class. Especially its NVH qualities (noise, vibration, harshness). The high standards of comfort are derived from the combined result of a very rigid body-shell, a perfected drive train, improved chassis, and superb aero acoustic finishing as well as the intelligent use of new-style insulation materials. At the same time, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class retains its traditional advantages of being extremely responsive with outstanding offroad expertise.

Here the multi-talent’s qualities are even more evident. Whether driving over tracks with potholes, continually altering road surfaces or dusty natural trails interspersed with off-road sections - the superior comfort of the seven-seater’s ride as well as its outstanding power and confident performance are really convincing even when the going gets really tough.

The air suspension system AIRMATIC with its adaptive shock-absorbing system (ADS) as well as a load recognition feature provides outstanding comfort with greatly improved handling, road holding and driving dynamics. The optional active tilting stabilizer ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM uses its active lateral stabilizers for the front and rear axles to reduce the roll angle

n the SUV world, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is setting new standards in comfort, dynamics, safety, elegance, and efficiency and with this spectrum it is regarded as the S-Class among off-road vehicles. The new GL-Class made its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

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when driving round bends, thus providing a greatly improved response and more fun behind the wheel. At the same time, the system makes for better handling. The GL is really well-equipped for going on tours off the beaten track with the permanent four-wheel drive 4MATIC program, the Downhill Speed Regulation DSR and a special program for off-road driving. The ON & OFF ROAD package of the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has six driving programs which greatly improve the vehicle dynamics and driving safety so that the most suitable drive control for extremely varying driving conditions both on the road and going cross-country is always available. Better visibility, more safety, greater comfort New Keep Safe Assist Systems Improved driving and stress-reduced safety for the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is provided in particular by its numerous assistant systems. In addition to the handling


control systems ESP速, ASR, ABS and the danger-alert PRE-SAFE速 safety concept, for the first time the standard version of the GL is also fitted with the collision warner COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and the drowsiness detector ATTENTION ASSIST.

not been recognised by the driver . Easy parking is guaranteed with the Active-Park assistant. The system is able to detect suitable parking spaces and steers the GL automatically into the best possible position for parking.

Functions such as load recognition or STEER CONTROL reduce the strain on the driver in critical driving situations when the steering momentum on the steering wheel is oversteering.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class drive systems In addition to the state-of-the-art engine technology, an extensive Blue EFFICIENCY package supports the outstandingly economic fuel consumption. This includes the new seven-gear automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS as well as the standard ECO stop-start function.

One innovation and highlight in the new GL is the standard Crosswind Assist which supports the driver with deliberate braking action when there are strong crosswinds, thus increasing the feeling of safety. Also available to optimise the safety of the vehicle are optional systems such as distance control DISTRONIC PLUS, braking assistant BAS PLUS or the PRE-SAFE速 brake with its autonomous braking function in certain dangerous situations that have

The intelligent generator management, electric power steering and reduced rolling resistance of the tyres also have a fuel-saving effect. In comparison with its predecessor (GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC), the weight of the new GL-Class has been reduced by 90 kg due to the extensive use of lightweight construction methods.

These include the use of light but durable aluminum alloys for the bonnet and wings. The front and rear suspension links are also made of light alloys. This pays twice over: On the one hand the lower weight reduces energy requirements, and on the other hand the vehicle provides a more comfortable ride due to its lower unsprung mass. Other weight reductions are the new acoustic windscreen, the magnesium cross beam of the dashboard, the BlueTEC system with SCR technology or components such as the new electric power steering, the electric parking brake or a plastic engine support. First Class interior for seven people In addition to its extremely comfortable ride with excellent dynamic driving features, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class spoils its passengers with an interior which comes up to the first class standards of a luxurious saloon. Up to seven passengers are able to enjoy the outstanding spacious seating. The elegant interior decoration has been SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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made with high-quality materials and great attention to detail has been made. The generous space arrangement has a perfect ergonomic design. Extensive trim elements in various kinds of wood or in aluminium, controls in silver-chrome and upholstery in permeable ARTICO manmade leather material with decorative topstitching on the seams in a contrasting colour underline the overall high-quality impression. The 2-3-2 seating arrangement provides a generous amount of space. In comparison with its predecessor, the passengers have been given a great deal more elbow, shoulder and headroom in all three rows of seats as a standard feature, the third row of seats can be folded down and up electrically to create more boot space. Another new edition to the Mercedes-Benz is the optional sound system from the wellknown Danish manufacturers of high-fidelity 64

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systems Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG High-End Sound System with 14 high-end loudspeakers enhances the listening pleasure in comparison with other known sound systems and transforms the interior of the car into a concert hall with breathtaking acoustic. Standard and Optional Features The entry-level model in the GL-lineup, the GL350 BlueTEC, is fitted as standard with leatherette upholstery, genuine Eucalyptus wood trim, heated and eight-way poweradjustable front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and an AM/FM/CD stereo with HD radio and a six-disc CD/DVD changer. Additionally, both the liftgate and folding third row seats are power-operated for extra convenience. On the outside, the wheels are 19-inch alloys. The GL450’s standard equipment is exactly the same, outside of the diesel engine being

swapped for the gas-burner. The range-topping GL550 gets even more goodies, including 10-way heated and ventilated seats, three-zone automatic climate control and rear air-conditioning, and a Harman Kardon Logic7, Dolby 5.1-certified surround sound system. The Parktronic system with Active Parking Assist is standard as well, as is Burl Walnut wood trim. The standard wheels are 21-inch AMG alloys with a twin five-spoke design. A long list of options is available, with highlights including a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a trailer hitch for towing up to 7,500lbs, 20-inch wheels, and a surroundview parking system that uses front and rear cameras to create a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings. There is also a plethora of special order items that include special various leather and color combinations as well as aluminum trim.


New edition to the Mercedes-Benz is the optional sound system from the well-known Danish manufacturers of high-fidelity systems Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG HighEnd Sound System with 14 high-end loudspeakers.

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Both the GL350 and GL450 will get the option of a Parking Assist package that uses the PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist for automatic maneuvering in and out of parallel parking spots and includes a surround view camera. It takes images from four cameras around the vehicle and shows the combined view on the display. The two models will also have the optional Lighting package that includes Bi-xenon headlamps that turn in their housings to follow a curve. This also includes Adaptive Highbeam Assist and a headlamp cleaning system. Both packages are standard in the top-rung GL550. There’s no questioning the GL’s breadth of ability. It is excellent off road and respectable on it – particularly thanks to its two excellent engines, which give the buyer a choice of sheer polished performance, or real-world pace and decent economy. If you regularly carry seven over long distances – or five and huge amounts of luggage – the GL-class is something of an unsung hero. It’s certainly a nice way to travel and seats seven with absolute ease and - sheer luxury.

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An American Legend… Few could argue that Harley-Davidson is a name recognized and revered the world over. The company doesn’t just produce American motorcycles; it produces an American legend just ask Captain America!

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t’s been ten years s i n c e H a r l e y Davidson launched its V-Rod family of high performance, draginspired Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and this year they are celebrating with this exclusive, limited edition anniversary model, a shining homage to the original V-Rod. This exclusive edition’s every shining element from its silver wheels and instrument cluster to its polished forks, clamps and handlebars, its leafy Aluminium frame and polished aluminium speed screen to its chromed mufflers, heat shields, and covers all reflect a decade of aggressive attitude and serious street performance. With ultralimited availability and staying true to its drag bike heritage, this bike is going to go fast and that not just on the road!

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Early ‘Rods developed notoriety for putting the rider into a “clamshell” posture via a long reach to the handlebar and forward foot controls. If you’re long-legged, or just generally tall, the ergos weren’t the worst thing on two wheels. But if your build is closer to my 5-foot-8-inch frame with 30-inch inseam, then the reach forward was a turnoff. The updated V-Rod’s pullback handlebar is now 3.0 inches closer to the rider, while footrests are a little more than an inch closer. A new inverted, cartridge-style fork – a la the V-Rod Muscle provides good damping for SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE 68


a smooth ride, and a 2.0-degree reduction in rake (36 to 34 degrees) tightens up handling. In addition to friendlier rider ergos, an all-new set of wheels gets top billing. Chopping 4.8 lbs from the front wheel and 3.8 lbs from the rear, the new Split 5-Spoke cast aluminum wheels are a whopping 8.6 lbs lighter in total than the previous models’ wheels. One of the best ways to improve a motorcycle’s handling and improve suspension performance is to lighten the wheels – so mission accomplished here! Other updates include a more tapered tailsection design with a new flush-mount LED taillight and integrated stop-turn-taillights similar to those on some of the Dark Custom models like the Nightster. The V-Rod Night Rod Special, a model sold in greater numbers outside the U.S. than domestically, according to Harley, receives the same upgrades given the anniversary edition. And while both models have a 69

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special 10 Years emblem on the engine case, the anniversary edition ‘Rod is all the more special: Harley intends to manufacture this bike for one year only. If the V-Rod’s appearance doesn’t signal to you this is a Harley beast unlike any other, then its engine most certainly will set it apart from the rest of the Harley Davidson family. For the birth of the V-Rod in 2002, Harley turned to renowned German sports car maker, Porsche, for assistance with engine design, and drew inspiration from the power plant in the Harley VR1000 superbike. Going where no other production Harley Twin has gone before, the 2002 V-Rod was powered by an 1130cc liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin with overhead cams and dubbed the Revolution engine. The firstgeneration Revolution engine claimed 115 hp at 8250 rpm. If you’ve ridden a recent model-year V-Rod, then straddling either the 2012 Anniversary or Night Rod Special is a familiar experience since the 26.7-inch seat height is unchanged.

H o w e v e r , reaching for the handlebar and footpegs reveals the controls on the new ‘Rods are significantly closer than on previous V-Rods. The overall sensation is a more compact rider triangle with nowhere near the clamshell posture previous models folded the rider into. The saddle’s deep dishing and rear hump hold you securely as you wick up the power in the smooth liquid-cooled Harley, the billetaluminium-looking engine accelerating eagerly all the way to its 9000-rpm rev limit. Equally as impressive as the engine are the strong-biting Brembo front calipers. As welcome as the changes to the ergo layout are, so, too are handling performance improvements gained from the new inverted fork, lighter wheels and shallower rake angle. Steering effort is moderate to light, and the stout front-end keeps the bike tracking true through a turn.

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It’s quite a treat to hustle this Harley around a corner quicker than you might any other Harley. The chassis updates do an excellent job of masking any ill effects the 240mm rear tire might have on handling, except, say, during ultra-slow speeds. The limiting factor to spirited riding is the V-Rod’s stingy lean angle. Get too aggressive and you’ll start scrapin’ sooner than you’d like. With so much riding performance potential, increased lean angle clearance would make a worthwhile improvement in future V-Rods. A 67.0-inch wheelbase unchanged from last year can aid in giving the bike stability at speed, but when combined with that big rear tire, slow-speed maneuvers, like a tight-radius U-turn, are still a challenge to complete cleanly, as the bike feels cumbersome at a walking pace. You might find yourself second-guessing if you can get the V-Rod turned without dabbing your foot on the pavement like a back-up training wheel. The V-Rod was, and still is, a polarizing motorcycle. Traditionalists disliked the move to a foreign influence in engine design, while a new generation of Harley fans has embraced the performance-driven qualities so readily apparent in V-Rods.

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The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiarano’s successor has been announced and it’s one hell of a car. The car is called Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and is the most powerful and fastest Ferrari ever produced. The all-new F12 Berlinetta will replace the aging 599 GTB Fiorano in Ferrari’s lineup and was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The F12 Berlinetta was designed by Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina; it looks really good in pictures and I’m sure it’ll look even better in person. The car has a long hood and a short rear end, with lots of moving lines, it looks fast standing still. The interior is uncluttered and looks very user friendly and comfortable. It looks like the perfect place to be in as you carve through the mountainous roads in the Alps. The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine mounted in front of the driver. The V12 engine produces a massive 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, the engine can rev up to 8,700 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch F1 transmission. The F12 is 30% more fuel efficient than the car it replaces while gaining 118 HP While the F12 Berlinetta’s general profile roughly resembles that of its predecessor, there’s not a single bit of sheetmetal shared between the two cars. Styled by longtime design partner Pininfarina, the F12 Berlinetta is an interesting amalgamation of strong, flowing surfaces and existing design cues. 75

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Up front, the F12 Berlinetta’s long headlamps bear a resemblance to those of the 458 Italia, while a large egg crate grille -- much like that used on the four-wheel-drive FF -- dominates the lower half of the fascia. The F12’s front fenders quickly taper to a narrow point, allowing the hood surfaces to wrap down and around the side of the car, terminating in a large V-shaped swage that curves upward into the rear fenders. While the F12’s rear quarters are rather conservative, they’re not without some dramatic flair. The lower edges of the rear valence curve downward, forming a surface that intersects the rear diffuser and neatly wraps beneath the bumper. The F12’s look will undoubtedly inspire heated debate among Ferrari aficionados and purists, but the automaker says the form is actually functional. Active shutters on the brake cooling ducts help reduce drag, while the so-called “Aero Bridge” scoops, located between the front-wheel arches and the cowl, channel air from the front of the car to its sides. Ferrari says the F12 Berlinetta boasts a 76-percent increase in downforce, along with a surprisingly slippery drag coefficient of 0.299. If you think the F12 Berlinetta appears a little smaller than the outgoing 599, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

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Although Ferrari has previously dabbled with hybrid systems and forced induction, the F12 Berlinetta sticks to a time-tested tradition: a big, normally aspirated 12-cylinder engine. As is expected of such a machine, the F12 Berlinetta is equipped with Ferrari’s full suite of performance-enhancing features, including E-Diff, ESP Premium, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS algorithms. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard, as are Ferrari’s revised adaptive magnetorheological dampers. The F12 Berlinetta may be quick, but as Ferrari’s premiere gran turismo, it can’t skimp on interior amenities. Subsequently, we’re not surprised to learn the cabin is covered in liberal amounts of Frau leather and carbon-fiber trim. Photos show an attractive saddle-hued interior, but as always, interior schemes are left to the customer’s discretion (and budget). The F12’s dashboard largely resembles that of the FF, but there is one significant difference: It no longer packs a large, clunky-looking navigation unit into the centre stack. Instead, the F12 displays all infotainment-related screens through the digital Human Machine Interface gauge cluster, controlled by a small bank of switches located to the right of the steering column.

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Ferrari holds the F12 Berlinetta as the fastest, most powerful road car it’s ever built. That’s certainly true at this point in time, but it may not be for long. We hear the automaker is already preparing an 800-hp (or higher) variant of this engine for use in a successor to the fabled Enzo supercar, perhaps in time to debut by the end of this year. If so, the F12 may lose that crown, but it will remain one of the most powerful and desirable front-engine sports cars available on this planet.

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ith all the doom and gloom around at the moment, it’s worth taking a moment to focus on the positive aspects about living in Spain - and believe it or not, one of them can be taxation. The Spanish tax system is different from the UK’s and many other countries, so many people moving here find it complex and potentially expensive from a tax point of view. However, they often don’t realise that they may be able to protect their assets from many Spanish taxes - you can end up paying less tax here than in countries like the UK. First of all you need to be aware of all the Spanish tax rules and how they affect you. You can then move on to establish if there are ways to minimize the impact they have on your savings and investments and if you can use the rules to your benefit. I do recommend that you take advice here because do-it-yourself tax planning often backfires and you cannot be sure you have all the up-to-date information you need to make the most informed decision. The Isle of Man and Guernsey no longer offer the withholding tax option and now automatically exchange information on interest earnings with the tax authorities of the client’s country of residence. So if you do not declare their interest earnings on your local tax return, the Spanish authorities will find out about it anyway. 84

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The moral of the story here is to only use legitimate tax planning; anything else is too risky and doesn’t necessarily save you money. The good news is that it’s often possible to legitimately significantly improve the tax position on your savings and investments.

Some expatriates living in Spain still do not declare their offshore savings here, even though they are legally obliged to declare all their worldwide income and gains. If they have bank accounts in jurisdictions like Jersey and Switzerland then the EU Savings Tax Directive withholding tax is deducted at source. This is now 35%, which is much higher than the top rate of savings tax in Spain (27% for income over €24,000).

If you are a British expatriate you will probably have used ISAs and PEPs as tax planning arrangements, but the tax planning benefits do not carry over to Spain once you are resident here. Income from cash ISAs is taxed as interest in Spain, even if you never withdraw it from the ISA fund. Likewise, dividends and capital gains within share ISAs and PEPs are taxable as dividends and capital gains in Spain. All is not lost, however, since there are taxefficient investments available to Spanish residents. These can be structured so that if you don’t need income from your investments, any growth is tax-free, while if you do require an income, this can be very tax-efficient. Such investments can also be structured so they are outside Spanish succession tax.


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It is important to use arrangements tailored for your aims and circumstances. For example, offshore insurance bonds can provide many tax benefits for Spanish residents. However, how they are taxed depends on whether the bond is approved for tax purposes (issued by an EU country and compliant with Spanish regulations), or not approved. Approved bonds attract much more favourable taxation – the difference can be significant. Note that the Isle of Man and Channel islands are not part of the EU. Wealth tax was reinstated in Spain as a temporary measure to apply for 2011 and 2012 to help the Spanish economy (I wouldn’t be surprised if it needs to be extended again, however). Although previously an unpopular tax, it affects less people this time - Comunidad Valenciana (Valencia, Alicante and Castellón), Islas Baleares and Madrid are continuing to apply a 100% credit, so there is no wealth tax if you live in these regions.

Secondly the thresholds are higher than they used to be. A married resident couple who jointly own a property have a total threshold of up to €2 million. If you are affected by wealth tax, seek advice to find out if you can legitimately lower your liability. Succession tax can be costly in Spain and the tax is even charged between spouses. However, depending on where you live in (the rules vary by region), if you are a habitual resident when you die and your heirs are your spouse and/or children, succession tax can be reduced to very low levels. Again, if your heirs will be hit with high succession tax liabilities, ask a professional tax adviser if you can take steps to lower the liability for them. It is possible to combine your tax planning with your investment planning. This makes life easier and allows you to plan to fight the twin threats of tax and inflation at the same time. You may also be able to take the opportunity to

protect your savings from institutional failure, something which is causing some concern at the moment. Taking the time to understand the rules and taking advice from an experienced tax adviser like Blevins Franks can allow you to hold investments tax-efficiently, to minimize your tax liabilities and maximize your income, making your money work harder for you.

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 must 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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From Russia with Love.... ussia or The Russia Federation (to use its full title) is the largest country in the world and constitutes one-seventh of the world’s landmass spanning eight different times zones.

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This expansive area occupies most of Eastern Europe and north Asia, allowing it to neighbour more countries that anywhere else on earth, it is bordered by Norway and Finland in the northwest; Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania in the west; Georgia and Azerbaijan in the southwest; and Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and North Korea along it’s southern border, it also touches twenty-two bodies of water stretching from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caucasus in the south and holds twelve seas within its borders. Its vast and complicated array of landscapes has created a diverse blend of forty national parks alongside its forty UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

Here you can find the oldest mountains in the world, the Urals, and the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. Travel from the tundra to the steppes, the desert to the glaciers and from valleys to volcanoes. Because of its size, Russia presents a drastically different atmosphere depending on your location. Most of the country has a continental climate with distinct periods of warm and cold weather that increases as you travel east. The Russian winter certainly guarantees plenty of snow and frost…think Dr Zhviago! but not everywhere and it doesn’t last forever. Russia’s climate varies dramatically, from the deep Arctic chill of the far north to the searing desert heat of some inland areas further south. Yet, throughout much of the country there are only two distinct seasons – winter and summer. Spring and autumn are only brief spells of change in between. Winters in Russia’s European part are nothing like as terrifying as many myths have it. In Moscow and St. Petersburg the first snow usually falls in late November

and stays till early April. The average winter temperature is about -10°C. Colder snaps are not uncommon, but winter chills are compensated for by splendid summers. St. Petersburg usually enjoys 20-25°C and Moscow often swelters in highs of 35-37°C. Sunsearch Magazine takes a look at the splendors that St Petersburg has to offer; St Petersburg - the city which fulfils all our dreams of Russia has undergone an extraordinary makeover since 2003 when Russia’s one-time imperial capital celebrated its 300th birthday. Millions have been spent on restoring the city’s magnificent palaces, churches and canals. Domes and spires sparkle with gold leaf. Stucco-fronted palaces gleam in newly painted pinks and creams. Shops that once sold pickled cucumbers and gristle-filled sausages are now stores stocked with designer labels & goods. This is the city where Rasputin raged, Dostoevsky tramped and Pushkin died in SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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a snowy duel. Having been Russia’s capital for more than 200 years, it’s a proudly cultural city, where appreciative audiences still pack the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov) and the elegantly laid-out streets are filled with conspicuously consumerist New Russians, fetchingly uniformed naval cadets and babushka-wrapped grannies. St Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great as his ‘window on the West’. Watered by the River Neva - and dotted with canals and bridges - it is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Many of the street signs in St Petersburg are in Cyrillic script, so when travelling you will need a city map, although most of the sights are close to the centre, St Petersburg is a large city. If you begin to tire, you could always try a favourite Russian method of getting around. Just stick out your arm and, within seconds, a driver will stop and ask where you want to go. As long as you agree on a fare before setting off, these impromptu mini-cabs can be very convenient. Don’t worry if you don’t speak a word of Russian. Generally, people are extremely friendly and most youngsters speak a smattering of English. Palace Square The Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, more popularly known as the Palace Square is the central area and the city square of St. Petersburg and the former Russian Empire. This place has been the historical backdrop of many significant events. This place gets 88

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its name from the very famous palace situated here, the Winter Palace of Russian Tsars. The southern side of the Square is in the shape of an arc and was designed by the famous George von Velten. This place encapsulated the history of St. Petersburg over 300 years. Stage Hermitage Museum. This is a very interesting place with a size second to only the great Louvre. It was founded by Catherine the Great and is one of the oldest museums in the world. The collections possessed by it equals to about 3 millions in number, most of which are not displayed permanently. It has the largest collections of paintings in the world. This museum comprises of six palaces: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, Menshikov Palace and the Museum of Porcelain. The Winter Palace Often known as the Hermitage, this is the city’s most opulent & famous building. The Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. The Winter Palace has been residence of every tsar since Peter the Great, its state rooms are dripping with stucco and gold, and the sheer size of the palace is daunting the Winter Palace is said to


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“Domes and spires sparkle with gold leaf. Stucco-fronted palaces gleam” contain over 1,500 rooms. One of the most popular galleries within the Winter Palace (rooms 143-6) houses the ‘trophy art’ an extraordinary cache of Renoirs, Van Goghs and Monets appropriated from Nazi Germany at the end of the Second World War. Leaving the wonderful Winter Palace visitors are encouraged to walk to the River Neva, past the Admiralty with its slender golden spire, until they reach the city’s most famous statue, the Bronze Horseman. This massive statue of Peter the Great was commissioned by Catherine the Great. St Isaac’s Cathedral, Tthe city’s largest cathedral. Numerous men died from exhaustion during its construction, although this didn’t trouble Tsar Nicholas I, who believed that ‘idleness can only do them harm’. The interior is studded with marble, jasper, malachite and gold. What it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in opulence. If you have the energy, climb the 262 steps to the dome for a magnificent panorama of the city. Its main dome is plated with pure gold and it rises to a height of 333 ft. Under the dome a sculpted dove is suspended representing the angel of peace. Its internal features are

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constructed from multicolored granite and marbles collected from all over Russia. Yusupov Palace Famous as the scene for Rasputin’s murder, this 19th Century palace is one of the city’s grandest attractions. Begun in 1830 by Boris Yusupov, it was enlarged and enhanced by each successive generation. There are magnificent dining and drawing rooms, a Moorish hall and private theatre. The excellent English audio tour provides a full history. Rasputin was killed in the palace cellars on December 30, 1916. The ‘mad monk’s’ influence over Tsarina Alexandra infuriated Prince Felix Yusupov and his friends and they decided to poison him. When the poison failed to have any effect, Yusupov shot him. Rasputin still didn’t die and it took a further four bullets to finish him off. His corpse was then dumped in the Neva. Rasputin had long prophesied that Tsar Nicholas II would not survive him for long. Three months after his death, the February Revolution swept him from power. Church of the saviour on the spilled blood This church gets its unusual name from the bloody assassination of Tsar Alexander II, which occurred here in 188. As the imperial

carriage rattled along the embankment, a band of revolutionaries lay in wait. The first bomb to hit the carriage failed to kill the tsar and he called out: ‘I am safe, thank God.’ Then a second bomb found its target, inflicting terrible wounds. Alexander died shortly afterwards. The commemorative church was built to resemble St Basil’s in Moscow. Its interior is the most flamboyant in St Petersburg dripping in gold mosaics, it is impressive rather than beautiful. Peter and Paul Fortress The Peter and Paul Fortress is a small ancient city in the very heart of the modern megalopolis. Designed to protect newly acquired lands from invading Swedes, the hexagonal shaped Peter and Paul Fortress lost its military significance before it was completed. Its guns never saw any action and were put to use as a flood warning signal, and the fortress housed a political prison for two hundred years. Its prisoners were many famous Russian people: members of the Royal Family, writers, poets, political figures & statesmen. In the Fortress you will see St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of every tsar since Peter the Great, Trubetskoy Bastion, the former interrogation center and prison.


St Petersburg - the city which fulfils all our dreams of Russia In the gardens there is an interesting and controversial monument by the local artist Mikhail Shemiakin to Peter the Great.

Valery Gergiev One of the the greatest conductors in the world today.

Kunstkammer The Kunstkammer is St Petersburg’s most ghoulish attraction-Founded by Peter the Great in 1714, it houses his collection of curiosities and freaks. The tsar offered rich rewards for all ‘human monsters’ as well as any other unknown animals. These were then pickled in vodka and put on display. In Peter’s day, the Kunstkammer even had live exhibits, including a long-suffering hermaphrodite who had the good fortune to escape. These days, you’ll see a curious collection of pickled freaks. It’s not for the weak of stomach - little wonder that visitors used to be given a glass of vodka before entering the museum. Mariinsky Theatre One of St Petersburg’s most famous cultural attractions is undergoing a major restoration to bring it into the 21st Century. Established in 1860, the Mariinsky’s golden era was in the 1890s when ecstatic audiences watched Anna Pavlova and Vaclav Nijinsky dance their way to fame. Better known abroad as the Kirov, this sumptuous ballet and opera house has performances most nights.

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SWEET CHARITY Sandro Morelli, owner of Villa Tiberio, talks to Daisy Morris about the amazing satisfaction he gets from his charity work for children.

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he first time I met Sandro Morelli was at Villa Tiberio on a Sunday afternoon, where he took enormous pleasure in introducing me to his grandchildren.

Sandro is a typical Italian patriarch who delights in having his family around him; he’s the kind of man you’d always dream of as having a grandfather and he wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Cinema Paradiso. When I called him to arrange a second meeting to discuss his charity work, I apologised that I couldn’t make it on a Sunday this time as I had to look after my children. At which point he insisted I bring them along so he could play with them. Once I finally convinced him that having a toddler trying to dive in his Grecian pond while we were talking probably wasn’t conducive to a successful interview, we set a date and I promised to bring the kids down another time. Children are an integral part of Sandro’s life and work. He built his restaurant

businessso that could give his own children and grandchildren a better future, and his generosity extends as far as the numerous charities for children that he supports every year. “Children are the future,” says Sandro passionately. “If I can wipe the tear from one child’s face, somewhere in the world, then nothing makes me happier,” adds the philanthropist, who has been personally responsible for raising hundreds of thousands of euros for children’s charities over the years. He proudly shows me a letter from Children with Cancer – a UK charity based on Great Ormond Street, which works tirelessly to alleviate the pain and suffering caused by childhood cancer – personally thanking him for all his hard work and donations amounting to £200,000 over the past five years. Sandro regularly organises fund raising dinners at Villa Tiberio for this important charity, which was inaugurated by Diana Princess of Wales in 1988 and has a long list of celebrity supporters including Sir Paul McCartney MBE, Cilla Black OBE

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Charity Evening at Villa Tiberia

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and Sir Michael Caine CBE. Sandro is no stranger to celebrities – as illustrated by the thousands of photo of him with A-list stars in Villa Tiberio – in fact the success of his charity dinners often relies on his famous friends who he calls upon to make donations to the auctions. “As soon as I start planning a new event, I get straight on the phone to the footballers I know such as Glen Johnson and Joe Cole, and my Formula 1 contacts such as Damon Hill, to ask for donations,” says Sandro, who has been hosting the rich and famous at Villa Tiberio for more than 20 years. “They are a great bunch of people who are always very supportive of charity events,” adds the man who also counts Sean Connery and Harry Redknapp as close friends. Villa Tiberio, and by extension the charity events it hosts, thrives on its celebrity clientele. Just last month Karen Brady from The Apprentice was quoted in The Telegraph saying Villa Tiberio is her favourite overseas restaurant. Sandro even gets a mention in the autobiography of Alan Sugar, who calls him a “dying breed of restaurateur”.

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The accolades don’t get much higher than that and these are very useful people to know when you are on a mission to raise donations. Villa Tiberio is the perfect venue for a charity dinner. With its expansive main dining area and beautiful tropical gardens it is the ideal setting for hosting this kind of event. “When people come here I feel as proud as if I am showing them around my own home,” says Sandro who pays meticulous attention to every detail at the restaurant. “For me Villa Tiberio is like an attractive woman who has many different facets to her beauty. Every corner has something interesting and beautiful to look at: fountains, statues, lemon trees and much more.” And as they say that charity starts at home, it makes sense that Sandro would open up the restaurant, which is his spiritual home, to host these extraordinary charity events. Joan Hunt OBE, President and Founder of Cudeca, is also grateful to Sandro for his generosity. The last Cudeca gala dinner that was held at the restaurant raised 26,000euros for the organisation’s hospice.

In a letter to Sandro she congratulates him on the delicious menu, fantastic entertainment and efficient staff, all of which contributed to the success of the evening. The next Cudeca gala dinner at Villa Tiberio is scheduled for November 11th and Sandro is already in action gathering items for the auction and inviting his celebrity clients. Coming from an impoverished background, Sandro understands the importance of charity more than anyone. “I will never forget seeing my father crying when there was no food to put on the table,” says the restaurateur, who grew up in Naples in the 1950s and left home for London at the age of 18 without a penny in his pocket. “God gives us the gift to give. You don’t have to be rich. You can share a glass of water with someone. It’s a great feeling,” he concludes. And as if to prove it he disappears into the kitchens and comes back with two enormous slices of chocolate cake that he insists I take home to my children.

Tel: (0034) 952 77 17 99 - Fax: (0034) 952 82 47 72 E-Mail: rest.villatiberio@hotmail.com

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Favourite restaurant abroad? Daily Telegraph - 05 Jun 2012 Interview by Lisa Grainger

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Villa Tiberio in Marbella. It is all outdoors; there is nothing worse than going somewhere sunny and having to sit inside. The gardens are spectacular, and if you like Italian food, it is the best you will ever have. Sandro Morelli, Villa Tiberio’s owner, is utterly charming, and although it’s glamorous, it’s not stuffy. You could go in shorts and T-shirt or a ball gown and feel fine, which is what I like – there are no rules.

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rganised by Restaurant magazine, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 800 international restaurant industry experts. What constitutes “best” is left to the judgment of these trusted and welltravelled gourmets. The results are a simple computation of votes.

Given that this well-constructed list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is a honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe.

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As is the case with all food ranking lists, the World’s 50 Best has it share of detractors, though few other publications attempt to rank such a global list. The ranking has only been around for a decade. In the past 10 years, the list has zipped to one of the most recognizable restaurant ranking systems. While Michelin offers a comprehensive city-wide guide around the world, and Zagat covers most of the U.S., neither company attempts to rank the entire world in one list. Still there are plenty of discrepancies between Michelin and the World’s 50 Best. Noma, for example, has two -- not three -- Michelin stars. Sunsearch Magazine trails through this list and brings to you The Worlds 10 Best Restaurants… (as voted for by Restaurant Magazine’s panel of judges)

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Noma Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen, Denmark Last year’s position: 1 / Years on list: 7 Noma’s innovative, inventive and – of course – ground-breaking approach to cooking has created a maelstrom in the culinary world. The restaurant, for example, has taken the tired old concept of the amuse bouche and turned it into a dazzling array of onebite starters that are alone worth the air fare to Denmark. Through the use of innovative cooking methods, Rene Redzepi’s former warehouse on the dockside has changed diners’ perceptions of Nordic cuisine. It is a restaurant of extraordinary pedigree, where passion and honesty is reflected in every mouthful.

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2) El Celler de Can Roca Can Sunyer 48, 17007 Girona Spain The passion for cooking and hospitality shared by the three Roca brothers (Jordi, Josep & Joan) is palpable, but the food is playful rather than serious – caramelised olives are brought to the table on bonsai trees and Catalan ingredients are given centre stage billing on the menu. Clever techniques complement simple flavour combinations designed to titillate the palate and the memory rather than confuse the mind. It’s clever stuff – but thankfully it is also utterly delicious this is why El Celler de Can Roca has achieved three Michelin gold stars.

3) Mugaritz Otzazulueta baserria, Errenteria, Spain Mugaritz is a place where diners go to have their preconceptions of food smashed to pieces. Its dishes are designed to tell a story, evoke an emotion, and bring some magic to the dining experience. The food is exceptional, of course. Andoni Luis Aduriz and his kitchen would have been found out long ago if their approach was all style and no substance, but it is the overall package that makes Mugaritz such a unique and beguiling restaurant. Andoni’s approach involves paring flavours and textures of Basque produce to surprise and stimulate. Take his two most renowned dishes – the first is called “Edible Stones” and comprises two beautifully crafted ovoid like charcoal coloured “stones” on a bed of cinders. In fact, they are delicious potatoes with an edible clay covering on a bed of breadcrumbs and squid ink. The other signature dish is “Vegetable Carpaccio” which looks like a beautifully prepared beef carpaccio, but is actually crafted from water melon.

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4) D.O.M. São Paulo Brazil D.O.M.’s principal aim is to champion produce from Brazil and the Amazonian region, from everyday palm hearts and cassava to obscure finds from the rainforest. More familiar European fine-dining fare gets a look-in, but often in supporting roles to the likes of cambuca fruit, manioc root and tucupi juice. Chef-patron Alex Atala’s one-man mission to promote and develop Brazilian cuisine – rooted in this 50-cover restaurant in the centre of the southern hemisphere’s largest city – remains determinedly on course.

5) Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy Few chefs balance the demands of tradition and modernity as effectively as Massimo Bottura. A meal at Osteria Francescana might begin with a simple plate of local coppa ham before segueing easily into more complex plates that seek to play with or shake up the cooking of the Emilia-Romagna region. Deconstruction is a recurring theme, but the restaurant, which was awarded a third Michelin star last year (2011), is otherwise refreshingly informal and low-key.

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6) Per Se Manhattan, New York, USA Perfect execution; constant evolution. These twin traits help define Per Se, Thomas Keller’s superb restaurant where New York’s moneyed élite dine in plush modernity overlooking Central Park. Every dish, including the signature dish “oysters and pearls” while faultless in delivery, comes under constant scrutiny and development within the kitchen to ensure the daily-changing menu edges ever forward. The service, wine list and unshowy luxury of the space all conform to rigorously high standards, matching food that is as deeply considered as you’ll find anywhere.

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7) Alinea Chicago, USA Alinea might just be the blueprint for the restaurant of the future, but fortunately we’re allowed to eat there now. Chef-patron Grant Achatz (rhymes with jackets) has entirely rethought the eating-out experience: bite-sized dishes are suspended by wires and some creations are even served directly onto the table; the food is techniqueled, using gels, foams, powders and concentrations, all served in a slickly modern interior. An extraordinary man and an extraordinary restaurant.

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8. Arzack 5 San Sebåstian, Spain The philosophy of father and daughter chefs Juan Mari and Elena is simple: take good, honest Spanish food and raise it to new heights of flavour and texture, and transform eating it into a multisensory experience. While certain dishes, such as monkfish with gooseberries, are now served on computer screens, classic Basque recipes remain the bedrock of all the restaurant does, and flavour the guiding principle. Veuve Cliquot – Best Female chef of the year 2012 (Elana Arzack)

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9) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Knightsbridge, London, UK - Highest New Entry 2012 The conceit at Dinner involves the reworking of historical British recipes from as far back as the 14th century by Blumenthal and chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. The food delivers big flavour and texture hits: diners can revel in the mandarin-tinged, supersmooth creamy chicken liver parfait of the meat fruit or the sweet fluffy indulgence of the Sauternes-soaked tipsy cake. These are dishes that will remain at the forefront of your taste memory-bank for years to come.

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10) Eleven Madison Park New York, USA Chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara now co-own Eleven Madison Park, which has not only leapt from having one Michelin star to three in a single bound, but can now celebrate entry into the world’s top 10. The pair have charted each step of its journey together, including creating a menu format where diners choose one core ingredient for each of four courses. A relaxed but dynamic dining experience that’s deeply rooted in New York.

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tanino is a happening place, somewhere to really live the moment!

tanino is one of the most welcoming open air venue on the Costa del Sol which has made it one of the most popular restaurants in Estepona, situated only five minutes from Puerto Banus. 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 fry’s and our new concept of Indian cuisine plus home-made deserts including our delicious cheese cake and Tiramisu. With this tantalising variety of dishes tanino offers a fresh gastronomic

concept, influenced by its two sister restaurants in Madrid.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. We also have an exquisite selection of cocktails and specially prepared Gin and Tonics for the more discerning. Inside we offer comfortable seating and relaxed dining experience with free wifi. tanino was created to invite people to experience our relaxed rhythm, style and design, to share any day, any time‌

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Yin & yang, Hot & cold, Male & female

GOLDEN SUN CHINESE RESTAURANT

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hinese food therapy is a practice in the belief of healing through the use of natural foods instead of medications. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the notion of heaty (yang) as opposed to cooling (yin) is related to the balancing of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’. To most people, especially the Chinese, in Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singaporeans, such concepts are very much part of the indigenous culture and are commonly used as a form of expressing certain set of symptoms or sensations often associated with emotional or physical reactions

Serving the finest, freshest food Enjoy authentic Chinese, Cantonese Cuisine in our restaurant or take away

Recommended Speciality dishes:

Steamed Sea Bass Fried Battered King Prawns Crispy Aromatic Duck with Fresh Homemade Pancakes, Hoisin Sauce & Cucumber Sizzling Fillet Beef with Black Pepper or Cantonese Sause Golden Sun

Open Everyday from 12:30 - 24:30 Easy Parking Centro Comercial Benevista, 28 CN 340 km, 167 Opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel 29680 Estepona (Malaga) Tel. 952 88 73 86 M. 629 73 66 85 Free Apéritf to Marriott Vacation Club VIP Card Holders 110 SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

One of the central ideas in this belief system is that certain foods have a “hot” or heat inducing quality while others have a “cold” or chilling effect on one’s body, organs or “energy” levels. How does the concept of yin and yang relate to food? A basic adherence to this philosophy can be found in any Chinese dish, from stir-fried beef with broccoli to sweet and sour pork. There is always a balance in colour, flavours, and textures. However, belief in the importance of following the principles of yin and yang in the diet extends further. Certain foods are thought to have yin or cooling properties, while others have warm, yang properties.  The challenge is to consume a diet that contains a healthy balance between the two. Example of cooling and heaty foods: Cool (yin) Foods: Bamboo shoot, banana, bitter gourd, clam, crab, grapefruit, lettuce, salt, seaweed, star fruit, sugar cane, water, chestnut, watermelon, lotus root, cucumber, barley, bean curd, chicken, egg white, marjoram, oyster, pear, peppermint, radish, strawberry, tangerine, yogurt, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, pineapple & turmeric. Heaty (yang) Foods: Pepper, cinnamon bark, ginger, soybean oil, red and green pepper, chicken, apricot seed, brown sugar, cherry, chestnut, chive, cinnamon twig, clove, coconut, coffee, coriander (Chinese parsley), date, dill seed, eel, garlic, grapefruit peel, green onion, guava, ham, leaf mustard, leek, mutton, nutmeg, peach, raspberry, rosemary, shrimp, spearmint, sweet basil, tobacco, vinegar, walnut, jackfruit, durian, leek, shallots, spring onion, , apricots, blackberries, black currant, mangoes, peaches, cherry, mandarin orange, grape.

The constitution of each person is influenced by congenital factors as well as the acquired lifestyle (e.g. diet, stress level, amount of exercise and sleep, living environment), and this varies from person to person. In other words, different foods act upon the body in different ways and affect our state of health. The body’s metabolism & functioning all combine to determine our susceptibility to these yin & yang foods and today medical doctors believe that this balanced lifestyle is beneficial and effective in many ways to a long healthy life.. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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Macari’s Fish & Chips

Baby Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant

Situated in Nueva Andalucia and run by the well known husband and wife team, Romano and June Macari, this fish and chip shop is sure to be a firm favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Baby Murphy’s - The new Irish bar & restaurant situated in Centro Iberico, Puerto Banus nr the Barclays Bank. Ran by the well known husband and wife team, Romano and June Macari, is ideally placed right next door to there famous Macari’s Fish & Chip shop.

Originally founded in 1947 by Romano’s father Macari’s have been in the business long enough to know the fine art of chip making. Macari’s is Ireland’s Nº 1 fish and chip shop with over 50 shops in Dublin city and to ensure that whether you are picking up a take away in Dublin or Puerto Banus they import many of their products directly from Ireland to create the same taste and high standards. 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, Pies, Hot Dogs, Southern Fried Chicken, also Burgers & the only shop in the whole of Spain to have Walsh Spice Burgers and Batter Burgers, plus loads more to tempt... 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! There is seating available inside the restaurant, or outside on the terrace with a large TV screen so you can catch up with all your sporting events.

Open from 12noon till late Centro Iberico Local 7- Puerto Banus Puerto Banus Tel: 34 677 094 304

Baby Murphy’s bar & restaurant offers a full line-up of live music events throughout the week, with a modern, stylish décor. Baby Murphy’s is the ideal place to relax and unwind after a hectic day in the sun! For more information follow them on Facebook or contact June

Open everyday from 12noon till late Centro Iberico Local 7 - Puerto Banus Puerto Banus Tel: 34 677 094 304


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spice village

R E S TAU R A N T Fine Indian Cuisine

N

o two people in the country will agree on the exact recipe of a favourite dish.

It should help maintain and enhance the character of the dish, give it colour and fragrance and leave you wanting more!..

Recipes are handed down from generation to generation, verbally in the kitchen and are closely guarded secrets in most cases, but all agree, a dish is well cooked when the spices blend into the well cooked meat.

“ To share a relaxed meal with friends or colleagues is one of life’s little pleasures” Spice Village situated on the New Golden Mile, prides itself on offering the most exotic and delicious dishes from India in a warm relaxed atmosphere. Our food is freshly made to order, so whether you prefer mild dishes such as Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Massala or a fiery Vindaloo or Phal dish we can ensure you’ll find the right curry to tantalise your tastebuds..

The spices should not have disparate flavour, or taste raw. No one spice should over-power the other and be so intrusive as to completely hide the true taste of the vegetable or meat dish being cooked.

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“A Gourmet Paradise in the heart of Benavista”

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we were greeted at the imposing De’ Medici arch and led through onto a lush floral terrace - an unexpected haven of tranquillity, I felt that we were going to be in for a treat.

Aperitifs were ordered and arrived promptly, along with olives, bread and crudités. The full menu presented by our waiters Javier and Antonio and was very tempting offering a vast array of starters, salads, pastas, risottos and meat and fish dishes but they easily seduced us with some of the specials of the day.   To begin our meal we chose three dishes - Green Asparagus, a lovely light starter, very fresh and perfectly cooked, a velvety and well seasoned Potato and Leek Soup and plump Prawns sautéed in garlic and basil with a spicy kick - delicious.   To follow we selected one of the specials of the day, Grilled Sea bass which was moist and delicate and cooked to perfection (possibly the best I have eaten on the coast). This was accompanied by an almond and lemon sauce.

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The crunchy texture of the almonds and the uplifting zesty lemon were a divine combination with the fish. Our other main course was Veal alla Caruso, a generous portion of tender veal cooked in a robust tomato sauce with garlic, capers, olives oregano and mozzarella and absolutely bursting with flavour.  Both mains were served with al dente green beans, fresh spinach, and melt in the mouth golden sautéed potatoes.  To accompany your meal De’ Medici offer a fine selection of Italian Spanish and French Wines.   Also in attendance was the ever popular and gorgeous Brigitte casting a proprietorial eye over every detail of the evening and offering help and advice to her diners.  Just to be extra greedy we sampled some superb Gorgonzola and tangy shards of aged Parmigiano Reggiano from the wonderful Italian cheeseboard and a deliciously fruity homemade raspberry sorbet which was summer on a plate!  As the sun set over the De’ Medici sign we left happy and replete. De’ Medici had far exceeded our expectations.

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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.

look forward to their Restaurant

Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Free private parking is available for all its guests.

Sgra. Brigitte Pigani

Ristorante De’Medici Urb. El Pilar, Calle Sabinillas s/n 29680 Estepona Tel: (+34) 952884687 116

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Opening times: Monday – Saturday 19:30 – 23:30 Sundays closed www.demediciristorante.com

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GREAT FOOD

GREAT SERVICE

GREAT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

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!

HAPPY HOUR

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!!!

Free WIFI ACCESS, Valet parking, smoking areas, & Shisha Pipes.

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.”

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EVENTS

From Sundays to Thursdays enjoy happy hour from 8-11pm with cocktails just 5€*

MONDAYS: Eric Duval on organ

Tuesdays “The Beer day” 2€ for a PINT

TUESDAYS: Duo, Marlies & Claudio, Jazz Pop, Soul and Latin songs with a personal touch

EXTRAS

WEDNESDAYS: Mexican Mariachies THURSDAYS: Dru Chapman, Motown FRIDAYS: Sarah Howard, Singer Songwriter & Acoustic Guitarist, a sultry & poweful vocalist, accompanying herself with feisty acoustic rhythm guitar, an expierenced musician playing her own songs SATURDAYS: Felix Vidal, (Singer, Sexy Caribbean soul voice SUNDAYS: Karaoke@ GÜEY SKYBAR from 21:00 till Midnight

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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

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A UNIQUE PLACE TO HOLD A FRIENDLY MEETING Its summer in Marbella & everyone wants to eat outdoors on a terrace from which to enjoy the sun, light, landscape, climate and above all delicious food.

and offer customers gastronomic encounters where everybody will enjoy themselves and have great time. Our goal is to offer the best service and best quality.

Summer is the best time to spend with friends and family and Da Bruno Restaurants offer a variety of the dishes which are adaptable for every pocket and for all the tastes.

A good restaurant is much more then a good kitchen, it is a place dedicated to hospitality, to make the customer feet as if at home. Our favourite dish is customer satisfaction!”

Established in 1994 Da Bruno Restaurants offers quality Italian cuisine, with a complete gastronomic experience thanks to good service, lovely ambience and culinary delights, with five establishments along the Costa del Sol Da Pasta Da Bruno, Da Bruno Sul Mare, A Casa, Cabopino and San Pedro.

Da Bruno restaurants offer an extensive menu throughout the day, offering “non stop” customer service facilitating and adapting to the needs and tastes of there guests. Over the years the Da Bruno restaurant have established themselves as a benchmark in Italian cuisine skillfully combining traditional recipes of the mamma with the latest trends in catering with seasonal know-how Da Bruno’s restaurant are a definite must visit on anyone lists whether living or visiting Marbella!

For the owner of Da Bruno Group, Bruno Fillippone “Dining out is a special time for all my family and we want to share this with are friends

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Summer Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8pm to 11 pm

Voted No1 Restaurant in Alhaurin el Grande visit: Santiago Restaurant Alhaurin

Modern British and International cuisine. A La Carte and Set Menu 2 Courses 15.95€ 3 Courses 18.95€

Live Flamenco Show every Sunday from July to September. Traditional Sunday Lunch, served from October to May

For information and reservations please call: 952 Email: info@santiagorestaurant.es Web: www.santiagorestaurant.es

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Aidan’s Bar & Grill

From the heart of Dublin,London and Sydney.... now in Cancelada.

Amazing Bitesize Mini Meals Tasting Menu for two

Sample Menu Starters Fresh Mussels a la creme Homemade Soup with Hot Garlic & Mozzarella Bread. Warm Goats Cheese Salad, Caramelized Apple, drizzled in our house dressing. Prawns Provencale. Main Course Prime Irish Sirloin Steak with Crispy Onion Rings, French Fries with a Bearnaise, Pepper or Jameson Whiskey Sauce. Cajun Fillet of Salmon Served with a Spicy Tomato & Beer Sauce, delicious. Ballantine of Chicken with Spinach, Mushrooms & wrapped in Parma Ham. Fresh Fish in Alhambra Beer Batter, French Fries & a Tartare Dip. The Sweets are all Homemade.

Serving succulent foods and great drinks with a friendly atmosphere. Traditional Irish Sunday Roast, glass of Bubbly and a delicious Homemade sweet 19.95€ We specialize in private parties, small weddings and corporate events which we talior for you.

Now Open 7 days a week Lunch: (Sat-Sun Only) 12am - 4pm Dinner: Mon - Sun 6pm - Late

Bar open from 4pm everyday 4/5 Monte Mayor Cancelada, Estepona

T. 952 887 828

Complimentary Bottle of House Wine for VIP card holders


In the heart of La Heredia Cafeteria y Panaderia La Heredia or the “Dutch Bakery” as people loving refer to it is located only 3 minutes from the motorway up the mountain from San Pedro to Ronda within the beautiful village enclave of La Heredia. This wonderful bakery is a delight to the senses, upon arrival I was greeted by Yvonne Van Kleef the charming owner who along with her husband started the business four years ago. The aromas from within the bakery every morning of freshly baked breads & croissants will tempt you to follow your nose and savor the delights from within and once inside I guarantee, you will not be able to resist the many tantalizing temptations – With a fabulous selection of imported cheeses from Holland, home-made chutneys, chicken coronation, sausage rolls, homemade cakes such as brownies, carrot cake and my favorite muffins, which are available in a variety of flavours plus many more makes this a bakery paradise. The Bakery has a large welcoming terrace where people can relax and enjoy freshly made smoothies, coffee or fresh orange juice while they peruse the tasty breakfast

or delicious lunch menu which offer’s a wonderful variety of meals from snitzels with home-made French fries, hamburgers with home-made French Fries or Steak. Yvonne has told me that her chef Adrian can prepare take away meals and offers catering for barbeques & small parties as well… With a wide selection of Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, there famous home-made meat balls, (which are enormous!), Carpaccio, Pastrami, Pasta, Paella, and a large selection of quiches, plus much more, you will find yourself venturing to this wonderful bakery time and again to satisfy your savory or sweet cravings. They also sell all kind of wines from there own wine cellar out of the real rock mountain. Cafeteria y Panaderia La Heredia is focused on, in addition to it’s delicious breads and pastries, optimum service and Jose & Yvonne, together with there sons Sebastian and Daniel offer a warm and welcoming service and will do everything within there power to provide you with a memorable experience.

Cafeteria y Panaderia La Heredia Opening Hours Tuesday to Friday 9am – 9pm & Saturday 9am – 4pm Cafeteria y Panaderia La Heredia Carretera de Ronda km 43, Benahavis 29679 T: 952 927 081 Driving up the Ronda Road (A-397) only 2 minutes

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ENTERTAINMENT EVERY NIGHT! ENTERTAINMENT EVERY NIGHT! MONDAYS

ElvisMONDAYS Presley Tribute

Elis Presley Tribute TUESDAYS

Mel Williams (Rolling Stones / Rod Stewart)

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Mel WilliamsWEDNESDAY (Rolling Stones/Rod Stewart)

Marilyn Monroe ( Also on Mondays and Tuesdays)

FRIDAY & SATURDAY THURSDAY Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin Saxophone

FRIDAYSUNDAY & SATURDAY

Nel Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

Italian Opera & Argentinian Tango

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Italian Opera & Argentinian Tango


“PIZZA & FRESH PASTA AT IT’S VERY BEST”

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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NEW TASTING MENU 8 tasting courses €16pp Served daily Reservations only

10% discount for VIP cardholders

LIVE MUSIC Latino Music Every Saturday night from 8:30pm

TAKE AWAY / DELIVERY SERVICE For Marriott’s Playa Andaluza guests only

We are a family run restaurant serving delicious, authentic Tex-Mex food for over 25 years. Our food is subilty spiced and uses the highest quality ingredients. Try our famous margaritas, relax, unwind and enjoy your evening with us.

OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK (closed Wednesdays) Opening hours 5pm - 12am every day except Sunday Sunday 12pm - 4pm / 6pm - 12am Telephone: 952 88 36 12 Reservations: 667 957 153 / 650 364 795 Directions: Urb. El Saladillo, Ctra Cadiz km 166 (Saladilla garage exit)

corner café Open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 7.30pm Serving breakfast and lunch, wraps, sandwiches, tapas, quiche, cakes, salads & main meals.

Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Monday to Friday: Daily special’s board Choice of starter and main course, 1 drink + coffee or a dessert only € 9.00 Saturdays:

Excellent prices High quality food and service

Discount of 10% for VIP Card holders

Main course or Paella + 1 drink only € 7.00

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“Auténticos Profesionales de la Carne” Grill “ EL Rancho”

Grill El Rancho, Las Chapas, T.952 831 922 Daily Menu 17,50(+vat)

Two of the finest grill restaurants on the coast specialising in Charcoal Grill, Stonegrill, Chateaubriand served on it’s own table grill, Extensive wine list. Groups & Celebrations Welcome Opening Hours: 12:30h non stop to 00:30h

Grill del Puerto

Grill del Puerto, Puerto Banus - First line T. 952 811 686 Daily Menu 18,50 (+vat)

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Traditional Cuisine & Homemade Pizza’s

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RESTORANTE PIZZERIA DA MARIO MARIO CAFARELLI, MAESTRO OF ITALIAN CUSINE I, for many years have been fortunate to work for two of London’s principal Italian Restaurateurs. So to say I know and indeed love Italian cuisine in its finest glory, is certainly an understatement. In light of this, I was absolutely thrilled to be invited by Mario to spend a glorious lunch tasting his menu on Da Mario’s heavenly sun-drenched terrace. What more could a girl ask for? Upon arrival I was welcomed by Mario, who bears all the hallmarks of an extremely debonair and charming archetypal Italian gentleman, upon being show to our table here we were presented with the menu whilst enjoying some fine Italian wine. Mario suggested a choice of starters including a typical Napolitan dish, Melanzine alla Parmigigiana (oven baked layers of aubergines with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, parmesan) and Pan de Pizza (Tomato, garlic, oregano pizza garlic bread). Whilst savouring these, I discovered that Mario originates from Napoli and in his own words states, ‘Napoli - is the home of pizza’. “The aubergine dish was quite simply to die for and an absolute must for vegetarians, it may even sway me in that direction, if I was not a traditionally British meat eater. The pizza base had a beautifully thin crust and Mario told me the secret is to make the base two days before. Mario then explained how he came to establish Da Mario’s here in Guadalmina. “When I first moved to Spain in 2007, I was asked by some friends to join a partnership with them in a place in the Port of Estepona called La Pappardella, and in 2009 I left with the ambition of opening my own Italian restaurant. It took me some time, but eventually I found the ideal location at the end of April 2011. We opened at Easter and from day one attracted many

customers who have now become regular clientele. What is it that makes Da Mario’s so special? “It all stems from when I was a child and helped my grandmother with the cooking. I learnt to make the dishes exactly the way she used to using only prime ingredients. These original recipes are all served at Da Mario and we make sure we source the very best ingredients, such as De Cecco products, the highest quality meat whilst persevering with the present economic situation ensuring that our dishes are of excellent quality, affordable and always served with a smile.” On being served our main courses, the above certainly shone through. My accomplice chose the grilled entrecote (entrecote alla griglia). His first comment was ‘this is huge and cooked to perfection.’ I could not resist a taste, it was undoubtedly a morsel of the best meat I have had on the coast. I, opted for the pan fried veal escalope in breadcrumbs (cotolette alla Milanese) served with a selection of fresh vegetables. The delicate flavour of the veal was complimented by the light crispy coating and melted in the mouth. I also had the chance to sample their penne pasta with basil, pine nuts and olive oil sauce (penne al pesto). Al dente pasta coated in basil pesto, a perfect example of a simple dish, well executed. It still surprises me how many Italian restaurants can get this traditional dish completely wrong, no soggy or oily pesto in sight! To add to this culinary experience, their chef Omar with over 15 year’s experience, entertained us, with his simply astounding pizza tossing techniques. Quite a spectacle! Undoubtedly Da Marios with Mario at the helm together with his staff, Manager Nisrine, Norberto, Maria, Omar and Khadija is a jewel in the crown for any discerning Italian gourmet lover for locals and visitors alike.

Open 6 days a week (closed on Wednesdays) Lunch: 12.30 - 15.30 Dinner: 19:00 - 23:00 10% discount for VIP cardholders

Centro Comercial Guadalmina, Guadalmina Alta San Pedro de Alcántara 29670 (Located next to the chemist) For Reservations: T. 952 883 459 131

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TABLE TALK

Mystery Diner!!! Baby Murphy Macari Fish & Chips

Cafeteria y Panaderia La Heredia

Spice Village

With summer in full swing all the restaurants along the coast have been pulling out all the stops to entice the influx of holiday makers and residents alike through there doors.

Many a afternoon I have longed for the classic Ploughman’s dish served back home in England but sadly the assortment of cheeses and dips available within the local supermarkets have left this dish tasting flat – until now finally I have found the answer!

Spice Village, Fine Indian Cuisine situated within the lovely Urbanization Guadalmansa Playa (nr Tikitano) is the brainchild of the flamboyant and ebullient Sheik his mission statement regarding the fine Indian gourmet served within Spice Village is that “No two people in the country would agree on the exact recipe of a favourite dish - The spices should not have disparate flavours, or taste raw.

This summer I also found a lot of new establishments opening there doors one in particular is Macari fish & chips shop situated in Centro Iberico, Puerto Banus (opposite La Sala Restaurant). Now I am not a huge fan of take away food, but I couldn’t resist popping my head round the doors of this fish and chips shop as the smells emitting from it’s fryers reminded me of when I was a young lad, and boy am I glad I did the scrumptious fish and chips and succulent batter is the best I have tasted along the coast for many a years, Romano & his lovely wife June have been serving fish and chips for years in Dublin Ireland and have successfully become the Nº 1 fish and chips store – Thank heavens they crossed the seas and arrived here in Spain!

Panaderia La Heredia situated within the wonderful village enclave of La Heredia along the Ronda Road also known as the “Dutch Bakery” offers a wide selection of cheeses imported from Holland, breads, dips, chutneys and for the wife cakes! This lovely cafeteria & bakery is such a delight to the senses. If you ever travel along the Ronda road I must urge you to pop in and wonder at the goodies on offer you won’t be disappointed.

No one spice should over-power the other and be so intrusive as to completely hide the true taste of the vegetable or meat being cooked. It should help maintain and enhance the character of the dish, give it colour and fragrance and leave you wanting more!” and visiting his opulent Indian establishment and sampling the delicious food I simply couldn’t put better myself!


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CASINO MARBELLA NOT JUST A CASINO! Written by Dawn Gudging

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asinos bring to mind images of bright lights, glamour, and glitter accompanied by laughter, cries of joy and the buzz of excitement surrounding wins and losses, but Casino Marbella also has another surprise hidden within its doors. After passing through the Casino Marbella landmark and viewing the impressive selection of cars on it’s forecourt you instantly know you are about to enter into a world of luxury and glamour. Once inside you can immediately feel the excitement emitting from the players as you pass what can only be described as a Slot Machine Paradise, Casino Marbella offers 101 machines all with differing jackpots; for the traditionalist there are reel slots such as Poker and Keno and for the more adventurous there are the video progressive slots with unimaginable jackpots on offer, adorning the walls of Casino Marbella there is an ever changing exhibition of art and local photography. Moving inwards you can spy the many other games available from Poker, Blackjack & Roulette where I can imagine that over the years many a person has stood and tried there hand at beating the house. Now with all this excitement you would think that Casino Marbella is the perfect place to spend an evening and you would be right but wait it has more! 134

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Games available from Poker, Blackjack & Roulette


The Casino Marbella restaurant overlooking the main hall of roulette and poker tables is the perfect place to dine for gourmet excellence and over the years has attracted it’s own following of diners and has become an established restaurant in it’s own right, to dine at Marbella Casino is to experience arguably the highest quality gastronomic cuisine in Puerto Banùs. The innovate menu is a creative mixture of modern International and Mediterranean Cuisine with something for everyone and to ensure that the highest of standards which have now become expected of Casino Marbella Restaurant are maintained the menu is changed at regular intervals

throughout the year depending upon the season with only the freshest local produce used. To accompany the exquisite food Casino Marbella also has an extensive wine list of around 50 of the best Spanish wines available, from white to red and rosé, from Muscatel to Rioja to Cavas and Champagne, there is also an impressive selection of gourmet coffees and teas available too. With regular diners, the sophisticated demands of players the head Chef and his team are well aware of highest expectations demanded of them and time and again they prove why Casino Marbella is unmatched by any other restaurant in the town..

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RESTAURANTE

TERRAZA

Restaurante & Terraza CARMEN “Charm has a name”

Restaurante & Terraza CARMEN is situated in a perfect place, between Marbella and San Pedro and just a few minutes away from Puerto Banus. The restaurant offers a private courtyard where you will able to dine “al fresco” enjoying the summer nights accompanied by family or friends. Our Spanish & Mediterranean cuisine is varied and elaborate, with fresh and mainly Spanish products, with a large selection of wines available. Restaurante & Terraza Carmen is the perfect place to dine.

RESTAURANT HOURS Monday - Saturday 19:00 - 24:00 Close Sunday For Reservations: 952 811 722 Avda. Los Girasoles, 341  29660 Nueva Andalucía, Marbella

www.terrazacarmen.com


RESTO

EL COTO BELGIAN RESTAURANT

NEW MENU Open every day Белъгийский Ресторан

НОВОЕ МЕНЮ

Отскрытъ каждый день

Ctra. de Ronda Opposite Madroñal, Nº 3 29679 Beneahavis Tel: 952 786 688 belgianresto@gmail.com

RESTO

MYTILUS BELGIAN RESTAURANT BELGIAN SPECIALITIES Mussels and fries, Steak Tartare, Vol au Vent, Etc. Open every evening Saturday & Sunday Open all day

Белъгийской кухин

Моллюски и картофелъ-фри стейк тартар валован Открытъ каждый вечер

Суббота и воскресенъе открытъ весъ денъ

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MARRIOTT’S ARUBA OCEAN CLUB PALM BEACH, ARUBA


WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S ARUBA OCEAN CLUB Enjoy world-famous windsurfing, snorkeling or simply lounge by the beautiful ocean. Discover the excitement of Oranjestad, the island capital rich in Dutch heritage, friendly commerce and vibrant island nightlife. Shop for local art and artifacts, Dutch delft, cheeses, jewelry and other treasures among the many malls and stores.

RESORT AMENITIES

VILLA TYPES

Pools, Beauty and Fitness: • Beachfront access • Outdoor free-form pool and whirlpools* • Oceanview swimming pool with swim-up bar, 3 spas at the elevated natural rock pool and children’s pool • Full on-site luxurious Mandara Spa • Health club and sports courts

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- Bedroom Villa 1-bedroom / 1-bath villa Approximately 923 square feet Sleeps 4

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- Bedroom Villa 2-bedroom / 2-bath villa Approximately 1,239 square feet Sleeps 8

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The story of Faberge´ he story of Fabergé is inex tricably linked to the lives, loves, and tragedy of the last Romanov Tsar Nicholas II and his Empress Alexandra, and to the R u s s ia n Revolu tion that c ha ng e d the c ou r s e of wor ld his tor y.

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Rise of the House of Faberge and the “World of Art”Peter Carl Faberge (known as simply Carl) was born in St. Petersburg on May 30th 1846, to the Baltic Germany jeweler Gustav Faberge and his Danish wife Charlotte Jungstedt. Apprenticed as a boy to his goldsmith father, Carl Fabergé was educated in St Petersburg and the Dresden Arts and Crafts School Peter fell under the mesmerizing influence of the Renaissance and Baroque treasures held within the famous Green Vaults. As a young man he travelled extensively, and in 1864 he immersed himself in the cultural tour of Europe know as the Grand Tour, he received tuition from respected goldsmiths in Germany, France and England, attended a course at Schloss’s Commercial College in Paris, and viewed the objects in the galleries of Europe’s leading 146

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museums including the Medici Renaissance treasures in Florence. His travel and study continued until 1872, when at the age of 26 he returned to St. Petersburg and married Augusta Julia Jacobs. For the following 10 years Carl studied within the family business “House of Faberge” under his father’s trusted work-master Hiskias Pendin who not only acted as his tutor but mentor as well, it was during this period that the company became involved with cataloguing, repairing, and restoring objects held within the Hermitage (a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg). Upon the death of Hiskias Pendin in 1882, Carl Fabergé took sole responsibility for running the of the company and was awarded the title Master Goldsmith, which permitted him to use his own hallmark in addition to that of the firm. Carl Fabergé’s reputation was so high that the normal three-day examination was waived. His brother, Agathon, an extremely talented and creative designer, joined the business from Dresden, where he had also studied at the Arts and Crafts School. Carl’s work came to the attention of the Tsar during the Pan-Russian exhibition in Moscow that


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same year when the Tsar was so impressed by a Faberge replica of gold bracelet from the 4th century BC that he was unable to tell the replica from the original. The Tsar ordered that objects by the House of Fabergé should be displayed in the Hermitage as examples of superb contemporary Russian craftsmanship. Praise for the Faberge business was lavish and widespread. The House of Fabergé with its range of jewels was now the focus of Russia’s Imperial Court. When Carl took over the House of Fabergé, there was a move from producing jewellery in the then fashionable French 18th century style, to becoming artist-jewellers. Carl belonged to an art society in Russia called ‘Mir Iskusstva’ or ‘World of Art’. Members of the ‘World of Art’ sought to distance themselves from the earlier naturalistic influences of the Itinerant aesthetic (a realist movement in Russian art), instead focusing their highstandards on creating a new style of expression based on ‘art-nouveau’ aesthetics. This resulted in reviving the lost art of enamelling and concentrating on setting every single stone in a piece to its best advantage. Indeed, it was

not unusual for Agathon to make ten or more wax models so that all possibilities could be exhausted before deciding on a final design. Shortly after Agathon joined the firm, the House of Fabergé introduced objects deluxe: gold bejewelled items embellished with enamel ranging from electric bell pushes to cigarette cases, including objects de fantaisie. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title; ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’.

Faberge Eggs Carl Faberge created the first of his legendary eggs in 1885. The Tsar Alexander III commissioned the House of Fabergé to make an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria. The egg was made of solid gold and covered in smooth white enamel meant to resemble an egg shell. When the egg was opened, there were two surprises inside for the Empress. The first was small a golden hen with ruby eyes, which in turn opened to reveal a miniature replica of the royal crown as well as a small ruby pendant. The Empress and the Tsar were both thrilled with the gift and its SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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surprise, and a tradition was born. The Tsar placed an order for another egg the following year. The House of Faberge was also given the title of official imperial jewelers of the Tsar, who proceeded to fund the cost of all the future eggs. In 1887, Carl Fabergé was apparently given complete freedom with regard to design, which then became more and more elaborate. According to the Fabergé family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take: the only stipulation was that each one should contain a surprise. As the years went by, the eggs became more and more elaborate, typically covered in diamonds, silver, gold, rubies, emeralds; every sort of precious material known to man. As the renown of the eggs grew, orders for eggs came not only from the imperial court, but from the nobility of Europe as well. Tsar Nicholas II, continued the tradition of his father presenting an egg annually to both his wife the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna and to his mother the Dowager Empress Marie Fedorovna. However, there were no presentations during 1904 and 1905 because of political unrest and the RussoJapanese War. 148

A total of 75 eggs are known to have been created by the House of Fabergé, 52 of which are Imperial Easter eggs presented to Russian Tzars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their respective wives sadly only 62 are known to have survived the tumultuous events of history and exist today. Although the House of Fabergé is famed for its Imperial Easter eggs, it made many more objects ranging from silver tableware to fine jewelry. I n

Fabergé’s company became the largest jewellery business in Russia. In addition to its Saint Petersburg headquarters, there were branches in Moscow, Odessa, Kiev and London. It produced some 150,000 to 200,000 objects from 1882 until 1917

1900, his work represented Russia at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. As Carl Fabergé was a member of the Jury, the House of Fabergé therefore exhibited hors concours (without competing). Nevertheless, the House was awarded a gold medal and the city’s jewellers recognized Carl Fabergé as maître. Additionally, Carl Fabergé was decorated with the most prestigious of French awards – he was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour. Two of Carl’s sons and his Head Work-

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master were also honored. Commercially, the exposition was a great success and the firm acquired a great many orders and clients.

The Bolshevik Revolution and the End of the House of Faberge With the Bolshevik Revolution following on the heels of World War I, the house of Faberge was nationalized in 1917 and all its famous creations and treasures repossessed by the new Bolshevik Government. Carl Fabergé and his family fled Russia, leaving on the last diplomatic train to Riga. From Riga, the family would continue to travel across Europe with the Revolution on their heels until they were reunited in Switzerland in 1920. The Revolution, however, had taken its toll on the great master; Carl Faberge died in Switzerland that same year. The Soviet attitude towards Faberge’s creations was one of disgust, as they viewed the eggs as reminders of the decadent lifestyle of the Tsars. As a result, many of the eggs that were confiscated were eventually sold at auction by the new government to the highest bidder in return for hard currency. Faberge’s legacy remains scattered across the globe to this day. There are


currently many companies bearing the name ‘Faberge’, offshoots of the once powerful and grand ‘House of Faberge’, but none could ever recapture the glory or the fame of the original, once the most sought after and prized jeweler in Europe.

Faberge Today In October 2007 Fabergé, announced the reunification of the Fabergé name with the Fabergé family, a previous legal settlement in 1951, had held that the Fabergé family had lost the right to produce and market designs under the Fabergé name. The reunification the Fabergé name with the brand opened a new chapter in the intriguing story of Fabergé, and set the stage for a total revitalisation of the Fabergé name and philosophy, in tune with its original values, aesthetics, and spirit. Fabergé was re-launched on the 9th September, 2009, with three Les Fabuleuses de Fabergé High Jewellery Collections Les Fleurs, Les Fables and Les Fauves de Fabergé. Today, with Katharina Flohr as Creative and Managing Director, and her inhouse creative team, Fabergé is forging a fresh yet strong identity. Paying homage to Peter Carl Fabergé’s genius as a visionary artist-jeweller, and benefiting from the expertise and guidance of Tatiana and

Sarah Fabergé, his greatgrand-daughters, contemporary Fabergé collections are imbued with poetry, artistry and refined ideals of beauty.

Caption The most expensive Fabergé egg to be sold at auction was one of the most expensive ever produced; the ‘Rothschild Egg’ sold for £ 8.9 million at Christie’s in 2007. The egg was created for members of the French Rothschild banking family in 1902. It was commissioned by socialite and art collector Batrice Ephrussi de Rothschild to be presented to her younger brother’s fiancee, Germaine Halphen. The Rothschild egg is thought to have remained undocumented due to the destruction of the Fabergé archives following the October Revolution. The egg, which is also a decorative clock with a diamond-set cockerel that pops up on the hour, is not just the most expensive Fabergé egg; it’s also the most expensive timepiece and the most expensive Russian object. It was purchased by the owner of Russia’s first private museum, Alexander Ivano

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IN PRAISE OF SPANISH WINE by Xavier Peddington

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here’s a question that has possibly never been asked in any pub quiz or general knowledge programme. Which country makes the best wine? It is an impossible question to answer. Many northern Europeans of a certain age were brought up to believe that French wines have no peers, but that was when competition was thin on the ground and generally amounted to nothing more than a few just-acceptable Chiantis and maybe a Rioja or two. Indeed, the only red wines you would ever think of laying down to mature for the next ten or twenty years were Bordeaux and Burgundy. It was not until serious wine aficionados discovered some dependable Spanish 150

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wines that were never exported that they realised every wineproducing country surely has great products that are begging to be discovered. Today in Spain the competition amounts to around 2,500 bodegas, and between them they produce more than 20,000 different wines. Now how on earth do you decide out of all this huge selection which is the best value-for-money, best overall, or best whatever? Impossible. And just to confuse drinkers even more, there is a mind-boggling number, more than 60, Consejos Reguladores, the controlling regional bodies that decide everything from what can be stated on the label to what type of grapes can be used. None of them seem to work to the same rules, and a grape variety that may not be permitted in one region, may be authorised a few kilometres away in the neighbouring region – without rhyme nor reason, except the old chestnut that the wines must be kept as ‘pure’ as possible, meaning uncontaminated by ‘foreign’ grape varieties.


A Sherry vineyard at dawn, courtesy of Emilio Lustau SL Selling wine, as with selling practically anything except government bonds and sovereign debt, is all about marketing. Spaniards in general are insufferable wine snobs, and as a result experiment very little, so if you are a winemaker fortunate enough to have established a brand that virtually sells itself, (for example, Protos, Marqués de Caceres, Muga, Pesquera, Torres, Izadi, Chivite, Riscal, Murrieta….these are not necessarily recommendations!) you have made the cut. However if you produce an excellent wine that costs a fraction of what people are prepared to pay for a name wine, then pray that you are lucky enough to get an award in one of the multiple wine competitions held in every city from Ulan Bator to Piddle-onThames, or that some wine guru like (the now discredited) Robert Parker decides your wine has that rich dark blackcurrant and elderberry, with hints of Gitanes and burnt treacle, taste, that will earn you a generous 96 points in some meaningless publication aimed at wine ignoramus who need this sort of crutch to help them decide what wine to buy.

Indeed once you have established a solid reputation at home, this does not mean you can rest easily on your laurels. Before you can say Pinochet your customers will start telling you how they are being offered Chilean or Australian wines at incredible prices. Chile is indeed fast becoming the new world product of choice. Is this due to better marketing than, say, Argentinean wineries, or is it down to value for money? Well, actually prices are very similar, so perhaps it’s back to marketing. Rather like Italian and Spanish olive oil. What is absolutely undeniable is that excellent wines from Australia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina can be brought to our tables at a fraction of the cost of comparable products produced in Europe. If I were the producer of a middle-of-the-range product in, say, Spain’s Rioja region, I’d definitely be losing some sleep about the progress of New World wines generally. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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cease to be amazed by the level of quality some of the smaller producers manage to achieve, but unlike most business ventures this tremendous dedication and input of tireless effort will never guarantee them financial security. They will, in most cases never sell enough to do much more than cover their costs, and in ten years’ time they will still be out in the vineyard every day, rain or shine, watching over their beloved vines. Which is why, if you don’t know a winemaker, go out and find one. They are about as different from what most people consider to be businessmen or manufacturers as an astronaut is to a bullfighter. All they want to do is to make the best wine in the world and have people concur with this.

So what would wine makers do without their home markets? Countries with no wine industry can and do import from anywhere, but France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and a long etcetera mainly consume their home-grown products. It will be many years before serious Spanish wine drinkers can be seen ordering a New Zealand Chardonnay to accompany their fish, but the heathen hordes from non-wine producing countries, have no such prejudices. They go for value for money, and to hell with tradition. Americans from outside California are the same, and when ‘wine guru’ Parker gave a 90+ score to Cloudy Bay’sSauvignon Blanc a few years back the New Zealand wine disappeared from shelves worldwide (well, mostly in New Zealand), and reappeared in the States at three times its original price. The best thing we can do is just sit back and count our blessings. Here in Spain we have some of the finest wines in the world, bar none, although occasionally they may take a little finding. I never 152

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So the best advice is to move outside the well-travelled road of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, good though their wines undoubtedly are, and start searching out the less well-known regions that Spain is fortunate enough to have aplenty. Leaving aside all local supermarket offers, with the sterling exception of Alcampo, and stores like Vinacoteca La Cartuja (Marbella), Casa Pablo (Marbella), Birdie Wines (Fuengirola), and very few more, you may need to go online to strike real gold. The regions to look out for are Rías Baixas, previously known as Albariño until Brussels decided that a wine region could not be named after a grape variety, and its close neighbours Ribeira Sacra with its 16 grape varieties (Rías Baixas has only a handful with Albariño predominating), and Ribeiro’s equivalent of the Portuguese vinho verde. All these are young and fresh whites, although some improve with age, and production is generally limited to small farmers that take their grapes to the local co-operative at harvest time. Prices are not usually low but recently have tended to come down in response to market conditions.


demand for a drinkable white wine at a low price. But there are hundreds of labels, and if you don’t like one, there are surely a dozen more that will satisfy you. Nearby Toro originally made heavy red wine; up to 15% alcohol, but the average commercial product now will be in the 13º-14º range; still strong, but it ages very well, and as an indication of its perceived potential, Louis Vuitton Group recently bought the Numathia bodega for an alleged 50 million Euros. We could continue for pages. The amazing Navarra wines, possibly the best value in Spain today, and the outstanding Somontano region in which two major sherry bodegas have invested heavily. If you want to drink the typical wines of the Basque country, then you really have a job on your hands. There are three officially recognised regions that produce this green-fruity through peachy-fruity tasting young wine known as Txacoli that is the best accompaniment in the world for shellfish. Bierzo wines are somewhere between the light wines of Galicia and heavies of Ribera del Duero, where the region is situated geographically. Definitely an up-and-coming location, even the well-known Galician winery of Martin Codax has set up a bodega there. Funny how Spanish rosés have developed. First they came from Rioja, then Navarra (still do), and now the Cigales region, bordering Ribera del Duero, has made them its own and has also started making very good reds. Rueda’s Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes seem to have achieved what Penedés could not achieve previously; satisfy home

Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena (Aragón), Penedés with its 80% Chardonnay whites, the heavy Prioratos, the cavas from Catalonia but now for opinionated reasons being made all over Spain, Mallorca’s Binissalem. The Levant wines: Alicante, UtielRequena, and nearby Valencia, Murcia, Jumilla, Yecla regions. Extremadura is starting to make some very interesting wines, although I question what effect global warming will have in the medium term. Andalucía’s sherries from Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and now more than acceptable whites and reds; Lanzarote’s truly remarkable white wines that come from vines grown in individual walled trenches and taste of volcanic ash and nearby Ronda’s superb reds including the Petit Verdot from Cortijo los Aguilares, that has twice taken first prize over 2,000 other Petit Verdots in a blind tasting held annually in Switzerland; And we haven’t even scratched the surface....... SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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A Passion for Spain The Finest Wines of Rioja & Northwest Spain: by Jesus Barquin, Luis Gutierrez & Victor de la Serna

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his is undeniably the book for anyone who has more than a passing interest in Rioja, and we are fortunate it is published in English. It is an indispensable book which will make any lover of Rioja wine sit up and take notice as the contestants go to their respective corners to await the decision of the judges. The authors are not however impartial. Much as they can appreciate that the new Riojas open up a new era in the history of the region with the greater emphasis on intense colour and deep fruit flavours, ‘wines of expression’ as they are known, the traditionalists win on points. More subtle, less colour, less fruit but more breeding and underlying superiority, denote class, but….. the cleverer bodegas are hedging their bets by producing both styles of Rioja. The first part of the book deals with the Rioja area and its wines, (and the latter part wines from Navarra, Bierzo, Rias Baixas, Ribeiro, Valdeorras and Monterrei), but the most interesting section is that composed of very brief descriptions of a small number of wineries (selected on the basis of the quality of their wines) and their owners/ wine makers. For any wine nut who wants to get under the skin of this business here is a mine of information that cannot be found anywhere else under one cover. It is fascinating to read that Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, having only established his bodega in 1989 after a lifetime acting as intermediary for the purchase, sale and exchange of vineyards, and who currently produces some of the best award-winning Riojas, appears to have been born a natural winemaker. Among his many quirks, he actually splits the bunches of grapes at harvest time to separate the ‘shoulders’ of the bunch from the lower part, as the better wine will come from the latter extremity. Remírez de Ganuza makes good wine because he knows where the best vineyards are, and he kept them for himself, but repeatedly in the book the emphasis is on the location of the small plots of land, even their height above sea level, as being decisive to the end product. 158

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There are fascinating near-footnotes, like the description of the tiny village of Villabuena de Alava where there are 40 bodegas – and seven inhabitants per bodega . And that wine producers who can sell every bottle they make year after year are looking at ways of reducing grape yield, often by as much as 50%, in order to produce even better wines. Nor will most Rioja lovers have appreciated the chasm that exists between the ‘Atlantic Riojas’ and the ‘Mediterranean Riojas’, the latter comprising the mass of the Rioja Baja area and until recently condemned to a life of bulk sales without even the benefit of a decent label. Review for Books4Spain by Andrew Linn who has lived in Spain for 40 years writes regularly on Spanish wine and food in both English and Spanish for a number of publications.


Rafa My Story: by Rafael Nadal & John Carlin

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he Wimbledon men’s singles final of 2008 has been described as the greatest tennis match ever, possibly the most keenly fought sports competition of all time. It saw then world number 2 – Rafael Nadal of Spain – taking on the then world number one – the Swiss, Roger Federer - and only after 4 hours and 48 minutes of fierce competition was a winner – Rafa Nadal - finally declared.

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We can easily admire the talent, skills and endurance of those two top tennis players, but what were they thinking and feeling when in the midst of ‘battle’? As we learn in this book, Rafa Nadal had been well schooled by his coach (his Uncle Toni) to show “una buena cara”? “Una buena cara” means “a good face” in English, but as a Spanish expression it means, we are told: “to wear a serious, concentrated expression when you are playing, one that betrays as few negative emotions as possible, reflecting an attitude of persistence and professional discipline”. However, behind ‘la buena cara’ there was much going on in Rafa’s mind, and it is this that you are given insight into in this book. Indeed, with a similar approach taken later in the book to an in-depth discussion of the 2010 US Open Final (where Rafa completed his career Grand Slam), the reader is given a rare view of Rafa’s thoughts and feelings during a tennis match – from the prematch dressing room through to the last point and beyond. In this lies the unique quality of “Rafa: My Story”. You will be disappointed if you are expecting tabloid style “revelations” about Rafa’s private life, or his thoughts on the characters and personalities of his fellow players. Instead, for example, he talks of Roger Federer with an obvious respect for his talent as a tennis player. No, what you learn here is the true “essence” of Rafa Nadal, the tennis player and the man. When we think of Spanish culture and attempt to characterise the people of Spain, the strength of “family” is always one of the topics for discussion. And Rafa certainly embodies this. I think it is fair to say that without the support of his close-knit family, Rafa would be neither the tennis player nor the gentleman that he is. So many biographies of sportsmen and women are published every year, and so many are predictable and ultimately disappointing to read. This book satisfies, and offers something to all, not just the avid Rafa “fan”! Review by Malcolm Cliff who retired as Head of Sports Studies at the University of Huddersfield in 2011. A bibliophile and a lover of Spain and all things Spanish, Books4Spain could have been invented for him!. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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adrid, 1936. The young seamstress Sira Quiroga ekes out a living with her single mother. Poor and frustrated she scandalises everyone by abandoning her respectable fiancé and moving in with Ramiro, a dashing typewriter salesman. Then Sira receives an inheritance which is too much for Ramiro to resist. He persuades Sira to leave Madrid and her mother for the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco, and in March 1936 they set sail for Tangiers, where Sira’s life, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War and the European conflict that followed, takes an unexpected turn. The Seamstress is the new English translation of María Dueñas’s blockbuster 2009 novel El tiempo entre costuras (literally: The Time Between Seams).

Dueñas has gone back to the source in her desire to recreate the fabric of daily life in Spanish Morocco during the wartorn 1930s. Much of the novel takes place in Tetouan where, as Sira navigates her way around the shifting alliances of the city’s seedy expatriate community, she comes into contact with influential real-life figures such as the Francoist minister Juan Luis Beigbeder and the British intelligence agents Rosalind Powell Fox and Alan Hillgar th. The result is a vivid depiction of a city whose name may be familiar to us from Madrid’s Tetuán metro station, but about which I, certainly, knew almost nothing more. Overall, this is a gripping novel with a compelling narrative, which brings a forgotten aspect of Spanish – and British – history to life. Sira is an engaging heroine who makes some horrible mistakes and some fabulous dresses. Recommended! Review for Books4Spain by Kirsty Hooper http://booksonspain.wordpress.com/ Kirsty is a specialist in Spanish and Galician Studies at the University of Liverpool, where she’s worked since 2004. 160

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apas are an integral part of the Spanish lifestyle. This comprehensive compendium of tapas dishes enables you to bring a taste of Spanish culture into your life with hundreds of recipes to choose from for any occasion.

Neither difficult nor time-consuming to make, tapas can be served as a starter, quick snack, side order or as a complete and exotic meal. Choose from scallops with morcilla and sage, boqueronies, patatas bravas, and pannetone with rhubarb, to name but a few. Be it an informal barbecue or sophisticated dinner party you wish to cater for, your only difficulty will be in the choosing. “As the title suggests `500 Tapas Dishes´ (in one dynamic little orange book) is, and I quote, `the only compendium of tapas dishes you will ever need´. ..enjoy - it is really a great little book!” Angela Sharp, a Marbella resident who assisted in the start up of The Hotel Management School – ‘Les Roches’ and was the Principal & Director of Studies for over 3 years. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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he concept of art has had to reinvent itself throughout the ages.

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term is now used to describe various artistic media that have little time for graffiti’s vandalism.

Early Man recorded the forms of the animals he hunted in crude daubs on cave walls; for a long period only religious subjects were considered worthy of artistic representation and it was even longer before ordinary people were depicted in paintings.

Typically the street artist wishes to make some point about his political or social situation. Cairo has a reputation as the street art capital of the Middle East, the anti-Mubarak slogans that started to appear in its public spaces are credited, at least in part, for his eventual overthrow.

With the birth of photography, art became increasingly radical, freed from its role as the realistic recorder of face and form and when Andy Warhol and his Pop Art cohorts began to make art from everyday objects it was but a short step to the type of projects that these days are considered worthy of critical acclaim.

Perhaps it is a combination of the way in which it has grown out of graffiti and its radical political face, but street artists tend to hide behind a pseudonym. Bristol’s Banksy is one of Europe’s most high profile street artists and his usually humorous artistic attacks never fail to attract the attention of local residents and the media.

Most recently, the movement of increasing numbers of people to the cities has resulted in the birth of street art. While in the past this was primarily used to describe graffiti artists who would launch nocturnal assaults on public spaces with aerosol cans, this

What was yesterday’s avant-garde inevitably becomes today’s big ticket item. These days urban art is serious business; collectors are prepared to part with a considerable amount of money to secure the latest piece by a leading urban artist.

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The famous helicopters that Banksy spray-painted on the side of a lorry at the 1998 Glastonbury Festival sold for £103,250, quite a sum for a self-styled artistic guerrilla whose identity is still a mystery. Even after his documentary/mockumentary about alleged street artist, Thierry Guetta, Exit Through the Gift Shop (itself a wry reference to art’s commercial aspect) was nominated for an Oscar, Banksy chose to lie low.

Banksy is the 21st century’s Scarlet Pimpernel and speculating about his identity has become something of an obsession even amongst journalists who have previously shown little interest in art. Believed to have been born in Bristol in the 1970s, he started to develop his style during his teenage years when he became an aerosol artist, a craze that swept the city during the 1980s.

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Now his stencilled images have become a feature of various urban landscapes and are as likely to adorn the wall of a house in New Orleans or a portaloo at Glastonbury Festival. With images such a naked man dangling precariously from a window to avoid being spotted by his lover’s husband, Charles Manson hitching a ride to, “Anywhere” on the wall of a sexual health clinic in Bristol, the Israeli West Bank barrier featuring a group of children reaching up towards the tropical paradise that awaits them on the other side of the wall. Banksy’s reach is global and his visual wit never fails to attract attention, his work extending to encompass sculpture, most notably the ruined, bleeding phone box that he managed to install, unseen, in London’s busy Soho area in April 2006, with a pickaxe at its side. Banksy was clearly in a mischievous mood in that year, since during the summer he managed to plant 500 copies of his own version of Paris Hilton’s debut CD in 48 different shops. His take on the celebrity’s dubious talents included his own cover art and alternative mixes by his collaborator, Danger Mouse; the new tracks included titles such as Why Am I Famous?, What Am I For? And What Have I Done? Street art has long been attacked as vandalism in disguise and indeed Banksy has come in for criticism from various quarters, including the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and The Guardian’s acerbic cultural commentator, Charlie Brooker, who noted that, “… his work looks dazzlingly clever - to idiots”.

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Not for them the discomfort, inconvenience and peril of the streets; these young pretenders have not abandoned the tradition of pseudonyms, but their creations, which are still recognisably urban in influence, are now painted on canvas and sell for thousands of euros. Fellow street artists have also joined the debate; Blek le Rat, who is widely credited with creating the life-sized stencil graffiti technique in 1980s Paris, has been particularly vocal in his allegations of plagiarism. With significant financial rewards on offer (Banksy’s art still attracts considerable interest from collectors) it is hardly surprising that a new generation of street artists have their eyes on the prize.

These days, fashionable art galleries in newly trendy areas in London’s East End, such as Brick Lane, are the location for exhibitions dedicated to the best of current street art and tours are organised to show the best local examples that appear on walls and in public spaces locally. The growing public appetite for street art has led one company, Street Art London, to launch a smartphone app that serves to direct aficionados to London’s best artworks by using a GPS system. This high-tech application contrasts starkly with this fast growing and constantly changing artistic genre’s very low-tech roots. From its early days as the nocturnal sport of choice for disaffected youth who chose to place their financial and emotional investment into cans of aerosol spray, to its appearance in auctions organised by prestigious companies such as Bonham’s, street art is here to stay. It’s likely that there will be a few more twists and turns in the story of this urban art form before it loses its popularity.

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Working with only the most prestigious brands such as Daum, Zuber, Christofle, Zanetti Murano, San Giorgio & Houles Paris.

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Gibraltar - The beauty will simply take your breath away!

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ibraltar is a place we are told that we should all visit at least once in our lives. It is interesting for the history buff, for those who enjoy good food, great shopping, wildlife, sightseeing on land and water and has an interesting nightlife all compacted into an area of about seven miles. The Rock of Gibraltar, as it is coequally known, is an area that has been inhabited for over 100,000 years. It protects the entrance to the Mediterranean and is connected by an isthmus to Spain. Both famous and enigmatic, Gibraltar contains some of the most extensive military fortifications in Europe, spanning over 1200 years of Moorish, Spanish and British history. Gibraltar was ruled by the Moors for over 700 years and their mark is still very much in evidence today. There are approximately 30’000 locals “Gibraltarians” and about 250 Gibraltar monkeys or Barbary Macaques. Legend holds that as long as the monkeys live on Gibraltar, it will stay under the rule of the British

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To make sure the decline of the British in Gibraltar didn’t happen in 1942 when their numbers dropped to only seven, Winston Churchill had Barbary Macaques imported from Algeria and Morocco to bolster the local population. Rule Britannia!!!

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A first time visitor might be forgiven for thinking a seven mile peninsula guarding the gateway to the Mediterranean couldn’t possibly hold enough to keep everyone’s interest. How wrong they would be!

Casemates Square is also where the nightlife of Gibraltar happens with first class restaurants serving cuisine that is as varied as the history of the Rock itself.

Gibraltar has something for everyone and there are places you just shouldn’t miss; the Cradle of History; the Changing of the Gibraltar Guards; dolphin and whale watching; the Barbary Macaques; the Alameda Botanical Gardens; the 100 Ton Gun; St. Michael’s Cave; the Moorish Castle; the Great Siege Tunnels; the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, and that only scratches the surface. There is also a lot to entertain visitors in Gibraltar if sightseeing isn’t your thing. Once the place where public executions took place, Casemates Square is now the place to “shop till you drop” for leather

Gibraltar consists of many wonders – did you know that the first skull of a Neanderthal man was found in Gibraltar in 1848 and where but in Gibraltar would you have to stop the traffic so that airplanes could take off and land on what is the shortest runway in the world? Gibraltar is a place which is mesmerising and enchanting and the shadow created in the wake of the rock only adds to its beauty and mystery.


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