Palace of Versailles, France

Today's scorching hot weather in Sydney is reminding us of our trip to the Palace of Versailles in August. We almost went just by ourselves but we're so glad we booked a small group tour with Viator as the general admission lines for tickets were at least two hours long in direct sunlight with no shade, toilets or refreshments! Booking the tour gave us VIP entry, an amazing guided tour and plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent palace and gardens.

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Réaumur-Sébastapol Metro Station, Paris

The eye-catching art nouveau entrances to the Paris metro stations were designed by Hector Guimard in 1900. Built from cast iron, they make heavy reference to the symbolism of plants with the orange lamps being enclosed by a leaf as seen in this example at Réaumur-Sébastopol. The more elaborate édicule design with a fan-shaped glass awning is now extremely rare with only two original examples still remaining at Porte Dauphine and Abbesses.

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Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne

A few weeks ago we headed down to Melbourne for the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (where Milton won a gold award for one of his travel images!). The trip was made even more special as we had our first experience of Qantas' new business class suite which continues their relationship with uber designer Marc Newson and features seats that can be reclined during takeoff and landing. Sometimes it would be nice if that shuttle flight lasted just a little longer!

The other exciting aspect to our short break was that we squeezed in a visit to Ovolo Laneways, located near Chinatown on trendy Little Bourke Street.

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Les Bains, Paris

With Paris Fashion Week in full swing we thought this would be a fitting time to share photos from our stay at the recently opened Les Bains hotel. After all, the building was formerly Les Bains Douche, the Parisian equivalent of New York's Studio 54 where the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer partied hard through the 80s and 90s.

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Town Hall Hotel, London

Whenever we search for a hotel the first thing we look for is character, with extra points awarded if the hotel is in a restored building. So when we were planning our recent trip to London the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green immediately caught our eye. Originally built in 1910, this beautiful Edwardian building has been lovingly restored with touches of Art-Deco and modern design throughout.

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Aesop Newtown Launches Tacit With Jonathan McCabe Art Installation

Today saw the launch of Aesop's new fragrance, Tacit, the result of a five year collaboration with New York-based perfumer Céline Barel. Tacit is only the second fragrance released by the revered skincare brand and in keeping with its refreshingly low key marketing strategy of never advertising, the launch activity included an art installation in its Newtown store in Sydney's inner-west.

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