Chateau of Cheverny 🇫🇷 🏰
A magical place which enchants visitors of all ages. The Château de Cheverny is a grand estate which has been in the same family for over six centuries. Cheverny has always been lived in and every generation has made a great effort to take care and embellish it with a true passion. In 1922 it was one of the first private homes to open its doors to the public.
We appreciate the splendour and delight of real life in a castle. The owners invited us to discover this fantastic and vivid heritage: from the botanical park to the magnificent interior of the Château; the hunting dog kennels to Tintin’s exhibition and the gardens through to the forest.
The Château de Chenonceau is a French château spanning the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France. It is one of the best-known châteaux of the Loire valley.
The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. Chenonceau castle is well furnished with Renaissance furniture, a good collection of 16th and 17th century tapestries and a great number of masterpieces.
The bedrooms of the ladies of the chateau, who played major roles in the history of Chenonceau are the most exquisite. Paintings by Le Primatice, Rubens, Le Tintoret, Rigaud, Nattier are among the most famous names that can be found here.
Chateau d'Artigny 🇫🇷 🏰
Chateau D’Artigny is an 18th century-style château located in the heart of the Loire Valley, 15 km from Tours. It offers luxury 5-star accommodation with a spa, pool and gastronomic restaurant. The current structure was built between 1912 and 1928 to serve as residence to perfumer François Coty.
As we rented our own car in order to drive to this Chateau, we found ourselves driving in the night through a dark forest with tree branches joining above us to form a tunnel like passageway, there were no street lamps and no moon light as soon as we drove into the forest we could only see our car headlight infront with complete pitch darkness in the rear view mirror, it was a scary experience and we were so happy when we finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel and it was breath-taking to see the Chateau light up with purple and yellow lights.
Château de Chambord 🇫🇷 🏰
The Château de Chambord in Chambord, Centre-Val de Loire, France, is one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.
While the chateau’s immensity, facade and estate are enough to impress, its main attraction could very well be its central staircase. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, the brilliant inventor, the Chambord staircase features a design concept that was unique at the time: two spirals that intertwine, giving outside observers the impression of a single structure. And yet anyone who has climbed the stairs can attest that it is possible to reach the next floor without crossing paths with another person who is walking at the exact same pace: at best, they may glimpse one another through the slits carved into the inner side of the staircase.
Step into awe at CHIJMES Hall, filled with unique charm and ambience. An exquisitely restored early Gothic styled 19th Century chapel with intricate design and detail, it’s the perfect location to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Boasting enviable high ceilings and detailed stained glass windows, the chapel’s columns and corridors also bear lovely motifs of flowers and birds – all adding to its lasting allure. Gazetted as a National Monument in 1990, CHIJMES Hall is indeed a stunning venue in the heart of the city.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel 🇸🇬
Marina Bay Sands is a destination for those who appreciate luxury. An integrated resort notable for transforming Singapore’s city skyline, it comprises three 55-storey towers of extravagant hotel rooms and luxury suites with personal butler services. In addition, its architecture is made complete with the Sands SkyPark which crowns the three towers.
At the Sands SkyPark be prepared to be wowed by the 360-degree views on the observation deck. As hotel guests, we really enjoyed the breath-taking experience of swimming in the infinity-edged swimming pool overlooking the horizon. Diving into the pool before dusk and witness the picturesque view of the sunset from the pool’s edge, 200 metres in the sky.
Shanghai Tower, China 🇨🇳
Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre, 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is the world’s second-tallest building by height to architectural top and it shares the record of having the world’s highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m. We had afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton with a great view of the Shanghai Tower.
Taipei 101 🇹🇼
With a height of 1667 feet or 508 meters, Taipei 101 has the distinction of being the third tallest building in the world, and tallest outside the Middle East.
Its spire adds to its height, and the total makes it higher than the Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers. The name, Taipei 101, is derived from the fact that the building encompasses 101 floors.
We had a delightful afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton Hotel which was in perfect view of Taipei 101 building in the background and Gem really loved the food.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall 🇻🇳
Ho Chi Minh City Hall, officially called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Head Office is the city hall of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The hall was built in 1902–1908 in a French colonial style. Since 1975, the building has housed the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee.
Although the building is not open to the public, it is popular for its photo opportunities. Tourists can take photographs outside and many people choose to do this at night when the building and its grounds are lit up.