A trip to Taiwan
Not bound by such limitations Taiwan is where one experiences spectacular modes of transport; a high-speed train, dangling cable cars and ornate boats.
Hotel Amba where we spend our first night in Taipei requires special mention, for its location and character. A very casual ambience and club like atmosphere, wrought iron chairs and bookracks decorate its dining area.
Go down the elevator and you emerge outside a MAC store, right at the most happening intersection of Ximending, the mother of all night markets. It’s so lively, bustling, dynamic and vibrant, even a non-shopper like me doesn’t want the night to end.
Cape House Hunt: Heritage abounds in classic Federal
By KATHY SHARP FRISBEE
Spacious rooms have hosted the lifestyles and comforts of various owners for two centuries, including a deacon, a Massachusetts senator, a shipmaster who sailed to China five times, a bank president and merchant, two judges and a lawyer. Homes that survive time like this one serve as emissaries from the past, deserving of restoration and renovation-minded owners to take them into the future.
Shaded by a chestnut tree and surrounded by rolling acres edged with stone walls and a stream, the home’s slate and bluestone front steps rise to a columned entry. Inside are a wide center hall, three staircases, front parlors, dining room and large bedrooms, all with original pine floors, wide baseboards, horsehair plaster walls, high ceilings, and window and door casings with fluted and roundel moldings.
The south parlor has double crown moldings and a Rumford fireplace with an Elizabethan-style mantel and curved brackets. Adjacent is a library and a south-facing sunroom with pine tongue-and-groove paneling and 14 tall, muntined windows.
Wainscoting in the dining room and front parlors have 28-inch wide pine planks running their full length. The kitchen, which needs updating, began as a summer kitchen and includes a staircase to a second-floor housekeeper’s suite.
The front parlor is warmed by a coal stove with ornate wrought iron and imported green leaf tile detailing. A side hall leads to a bedroom that was once an office, with tall windows and period interior doors with tiger maple panels.
Fabulous Homes Of Fashion A-Listers
Fashion mogul Georges Marciano of Guess Jeans may have built—and recently lost to bankruptcy—his fortune with casual clothing, but the style maestro’s stunning seven-bedroom, nine-bath Beverly Hills home, now on the market for $24.5 million, is more the “little black dress” of luxe living.
Tucked behind high walls and wrought iron gates, his iconic Old Hollywood estate was designed in 1927 and once belonged to Harry Cohn, the legendary founder of Columbia Pictures.
The stunning mansion has a two-story wood-paneled foyer with a sweeping staircase, elegant living and dining room, a tony professional screening room, library, family room, billiards room, card room and two full-sized kitchens. And that’s just on the first level.
Outside, Marciano’s lushly landscaped property also has a greenhouse, sunken tennis court with a pavilion, a large swimming pool, cabana and two guest cottages.
Melissa Gorga’s New Jersey Home
The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga has listed the home she shares with her real-estate developer husband, Joe. They built the six-bedroom manse in Montville Township, New Jersey in 2009. It’s now up for sale for $3.8 million.
Gorga’s New Jersey home sprawls over 2.24 acres, and has an English slate roof.
The Italian marble foyer in Gorga’s home has marble staircases with wrought-iron bannisters, and cedar French doors.
Chandeliers, carved bookcases, golden detailing and domed ceilings fill the property.
Two bedrooms belong to Gorga’s three children, including one room with a sports theme.
The other child’s bedroom is all done in girly pink, with soft drapery as a headboard and a chandelier over the bed.
The 13,500-square-foot home also has a home theater with luxe leather seating and wood detailing.
Happy New Year Wedding Offer from Ness Gardens
Ness Gardens is located in the heart of the beautiful Wirral Peninsula with breathtaking views over the River Dee to the Welsh Mountains. The setting for civil ceremonies and partnerships is an idyllic location with steps leading down into the Rock garden.
Couples cross the sandstone bridge and are married in the summer house overlooking our angelic lily pond, which provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs. Guests make the short walk from our privileged car park and enter in the beautiful gardens through adjoining wrought iron gates to await the arrival of the bridal party.
A perfect setting, coupled with excellent food and service, guarantee you and your guests a most memorable occasion whilst the picturesque gardens provide wonderful photographic opportunities whatever the time of year.
Following the ceremony, we can provide a canapé and drinks reception in the gardens or alternatively our reception room holds up to 90 guests. If the weather is inclement on the day we do have a beautiful conservatory that overlooks the gardens and is licensed for 100 seated guests. This room is ideal for Winter and Autumn wedding or an alternative to an outdoor ceremony.