3 Top of the Range Pens

Writing may be a dying art given the emergence of technology but that is not to say that the art of writing is completely dead. There are few things more satisfying in life than writing with a top grade pen which is comfortable and flows perfectly with your style of writing and I for one am still supporting writing the old fashioned way.

A beautiful pen is not just about how you write, it is also about wowing those around you and if you want to do just that then you should invest in a top quality pen. To help you decide which is going to be the pen for you, we have put together a quick list of 3 top of the range pens which you should look into buying if you too are still supporting the old fashioned pen and paper style of writing.

Best Fountain Pen 

For this of you who love nothing more than an inky and smooth fountain pen, the one that we would recommend is the Faber-Castell Ambition. This stunning pen is brought to you by one of the most respected pen manufacturers in the world and it features some unique detail and some exceptional craftsmanship. The pen will set you back around $110 but for this you will get a pen which writes effortlessly thanks to its steel tip and features a barrel made from exotic woods.

Best Pocket Pen

For those who will be writing notes on the go, signing thing with haste and who want to have a pen on them at all times, the best option is the Fisher Space Pen. This pen was designed for NASAs space mission and it can write upside down, underwater and even in zero gravity. Whilst you may not use any of these features, you will no doubt enjoy the smooth and simple writing style which the pen has, as well as its compact nature which means it can fit into any pocket. The pen is pressurized which means that the ballpoint allows ink to flow naturally and consistently. This pen can be picked up for just over $20 and it is incredibly durable.

Best Refillable Ballpoint

The finest refillable ballpoint which you should be buying if you are on the lookout is the Baron Fig Squire, a beautiful pen and one which needs to be in your pen collection. Baron Fig have produced great pens for may years and this model in particular is re-released every quarter with a new and exciting design. Aside from the aesthetics, the pen writes with an incredibly smooth action and you won’t need to replace the ink very often at all. My previous favorite in this class had been the Retro 51 Tornado but the writing style and weight ratio of the Squire is what really sets it apart for me.

What kind of pens do you like to write with and which is your favorite? Let us know you thoughts in the comments section below.

A weekend in Venice

Venice is truly the city of love, a beautiful Italian paradise of waterways, fine art museums, music and of course, the delicious Italian cuisine. Thanks to the low priced and accessible flight options that exist from around Europe, Venice makes for the perfect spot for a weekend break. A weekend may not be enough time to see everything that Venice has on offer, but you can certainly fill it up with plenty of things to do and see. If you are looking at Venice as a weekend getaway, here are some great ideas for how to spend it.

Three in One

In the middle of the magnificent San Marco piazza, the place which Napoleon himself referred to as the ‘drawing room of Europe’, you can see no less than 3 major attractions, perfect for those who are pressed for time. St.Mark’s Basilica is a beautiful representation of the Byzantine era which occupied Venice for many years whilst the Doge’s Palace, also in the square, was once the judicial and political hub of the region. Finally you will find the Torre dell’Orologio a magnificent clock tower which is over 500 years old. This square makes for the perfect place for your first stop.

Gondola Trip

Trip to venice wouldn’t be complete without taking to the water in one of the iconic gondolas. Gondola hire will cost you 80 Euros for 30 minutes between the times of 8am-7pm and between 7pm-8am you will be looking at a price of 100 Euros for 35 minutes. The prices may not be cheap but once you have experienced this trip out onto the waterways, you will realize that it is actually very good value for money.

Getting Artistic

The contemporary art scene in Venice really lives up to the city’s reputation and you can really explore some of the fine art installations throughout the city. You could spend some time in the Peggy Guggenheim collection, the city’s third most popular attraction or even visit the relatively new Punta della Dogana which has works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Rachel Whiteread and Dan Flavin inside.

Listen to Vivaldi

Listening to Vivaldi in Venice is kind of a rite of passage which everyone must do during their time here and you can find it played expertly by the Vence Baroque Orchestra. Make sure that before you leave home, you have checked out the schedule to see who is playing in the stunning Teatro Malibran.

Gelato

Another rite of passage in Vence is eating gelato and you can find some of the very finest here in the city. The best gelato is said to be served in the Boutique del Gelato and if you can battle the lengthy queues, you will be treated to some of the finest ice cream that you have ever tasted.

You weekend in Venice is sure to be pretty frantic so that you can see everything but thankfully mug of the attractions are pretty close together, make sure you have a map with you so you don’t get lost in the mazy streets.

How to Spend 3 days in Santorini

If you are looking to take a break in the Greek Islands then look no further than Santorini, the beautiful island in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Whenever you see those images of Greek islands with the whitewashed buildings and the mazy coastal path that leads down to the seafront, it is likely that you are looking at Santorini and in terms of raw beauty, this is the Greek islands at their very best.

Squeezing all that Santorini has to offer into a short 3 day break is not entirely possible but that is not to say that there isn’t plenty to see and do during your short break. Let’s take a look at what you need to doddering your 3 day stay.

Imerovigli

Requiring a cliff walk to see this beautiful village, Imerovigli is the best place to go for views of the island and assuming that you arrive on a Friday, you should make an effort to get up here for sunset. There is no better place to witness sunset than in this typical Santorini village and there are several restaurants with viewing platforms so that you can enjoy it in all of its splendor. Expect to spend around 3 hours up here.

Sleeping and Beach

In the afternoons in Santorini, almost everything shuts down for a few hours which gives you the perfect chance to relax, go for a snooze or hit the beach to bask in the beautiful sunshine.

Pyrgos

Pyrgos village is very different from the other villages on the island and it makes for a great place to explore. Here you will find an outstanding monastery to explore as well as plenty of street markets and you could even go on a winery tour and sample some of the local produce.

Beaches

There are lots of beach to choose from and as you are short on time it is important that you get it just right. Perissa Beach is probably the finest beach on the island and whilst it does not offer the lush white sand that others on the islands do, the cobbled stone and volcanic grey sand still makes for a beautiful beach. Here you will find several tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy the sunshine and most importantly, the view.

Cruise

There are several boat cruises which you can do to the neighboring islands and I would recommend that you take the cruise to the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni. Once you hit the islands you will have to do a bit of walking to get to the summit of the volcanoes but it is well worth the effort. The boat trip will take up a whole afternoon so make sure that you have planned it in well.

For your final few hours, you should look towhead back to the part of Santorini that you loved the most and once again enjoy the spectacular views which you can get from the island before heading back home. Three days may not be enough to see it all, but you can most definitely see enough to whet your appetite for next time.

The 5 best restaurants in Sydney, Australia

Last year I spent almost a month in Sydney and one thing that really surprised me was the sheer amount of high quality restaurants on offer. I knew that there would be one or two which would offer some beautiful cuisine but I was surprised at the volume of top quality restaurants and as you can imagine, I sampled as many as I could. It seems that Sydney is trying to battle Perth in order to become the food capital of the country and they are doing a very good job so far. If you are heading to Sydney and want to know some of the best places to eat, here are my top 5 picks.

The Paddington

Ran by British chef Ben Greeno, this is restaurant which is really trying to do things differently when it comes to the Gastropub game. Named like a pub and with the appearance of a British pub, this is actually a very high quality restaurant and the food in here is beautiful. The menu is centered around rotisserie dishes and from lamb chucks, whole birds of all sizes and skewered carrots cooked on the grill, you can really fill yourself with some stunning and interesting food options.

Yellow

I am not always a fan of what is perceived to be fine cooking, you know, the 3 fennel shavings served on a plantain leaf, but I was pleasantly surprised with this approach in the fine dining restaurant, Yellow. The cuisine here is all about vegetables and meat very much takes a back seat as you explore a little bit more of nature’s offerings. The creative way in which the vegetables are served will make you forget about meat altogether.

Bennelong

Set inside the iconic Sydney Opera House, there are few better places to dine on seafood than in Bennelong. This restaurant is a real celebration of Australian culture and cuisine and it perfectly mashes up some of the country’s finest produce, with an international fusion of styles when it comes to cooking them.  Should you go to the restaurant, I would recommend the squid with the charred pickled cucumber, it was an absolute delight.

Mercado

Brand new in 2017, this restaurant has already got tongues wagging in Sydney and it can be tough to get a table. Rustic, rugged and filling would be the words that I would use for this huge restaurant which also makes its own breads and cheese. It is all about simple cooking here and it really is a meat lovers paradise with plenty of grilled meats and charcuterie which is also made in-house.

Momofuku Seiobo

The name of this restaurant is quite a mouthful, and so too is the beautiful caribbean soul food which you will find being the doors. If you are looking for fine dining in a street food style then look no further tax this trendy and relaxed restaurant at the Star 80. Jerk chicken, barbecued ribs and green mango flavored cuttlefish are just some of the delights on offer in this highly popular eatery.

Where do you like to eat in Sydney? Think we’ve missed anywhere? Let us know in the comments section below this post.

Which Brand of Watch is the best investment

A watch is about far more than simple timepiece and these accessories are key to being fashionable and stylish. The cost of watches can spiral incredibly and as such, many have become popular for investors who are looking to adorn themselves with the finest watches, and ensure that the watch holds its value throughout its lifetime. If you are looking to invest in a high quality and beautifully crafted timepiece which is sure to hold its value, here are some option for you to think of.

Rolex

Rolex has become notorious for creating stunning watches of extremely high value. Thankfully, because of the strength of the brand and the outstanding craftsmanship that has gone into creating these watches, a Rolex will always hold its value and ensure that should you ever need to move it on, you can do so with ease and without losing any of your investment. Aside from the financial aspects of a Rolex, they will also look classy and impressive when you wear it.

Breitling

Breathing have created watches over the years that have stood the test of time and their aerospace-style designs have made these watches pretty iconic. The watches have been designed through the years with the Navy and the Air Force in mind and these have lead to inspirational timepieces which not only tell the time, but also stand the test of it. If you were to invest in a Breitling then you are going to have a stunning accessory to wear and a watch which will most definitely hold its value.

Omega Seamaster

Omega make a wide range of watches for all budgets and whilst the brand itself may not be known as one which is worth investing in, its Seamaster model most certainly is. The Seamaster professional is not going to make you a millionaire in a short space of time but over the years this is most definitely going to be a smart investment given that the model is no longer in production. There was a limited number of these watches made and as you know, when the demand outweighs the supply, the price rises beyond belief.

Tag Heuer Silverstone

For just around $6,000 you can get your hands on this highly limited watch which is sure to inflate greatly in its valuation in just a  few short years. The watch is an Heuer-badged Monaco edition which in the past have shown themselves to be highly collectable and highly valuable and this latest model is still on the market for you to get your hands on bit you and better be quick as there aren’t too many of them left. The watch itself is chunky and offers a wide face with the classic ‘Tag’ design features. With that being said, this is not a watch which too many will wear as it can appear to be quite standard, something which will not be important once the collectors is to get their hands on it.

5 Things to Think About Before Investing in FX

If you are looking for somewhere to invest your cash and you have been thinking about foreign currency as a viable option then this is a great choice. Currency moves all the time and if you are able to tap into what impacts the market anyhow you can best use that information to beat the system then you could make some sizable profits. Now before you get too excited and want to throw all of your money at the potential downfall of the Japanese Yen, there are some things which you will need to take into consideration.

Transaction Costs

Unlike when you by stocks and shares where you need to pay a commission on the sale and cover the spread on it, with FOREX  you will only need to pay 1 transaction cost. For example, if you want to buy shares in Apple at $20 per share (hypothetically speaking of course) you may be quoted $20.20 for the offer, yet when you sell, you will be quoted $20 which is the bid, this means that you have a $0.20 spread on your share dealings. FOREX doesn’t have this spread feature unless you are trading on the ECN, which is highly unlikely. This means that you will have more money to play with and you will need to factor this in.

No Ownership

When you buy share sin a company, you become an owner of a small slice of the company whereas when you buy currency, you don’t own anything. The currencies that you buy and sell are not owned by you because you are betting on the spot market which doesn’t actually take deliveries of currency. Your transactions will be nothing more than digits of the screen of your broker.

Leverage

Leverage on FOREX markets can cause you great wins and sizable losses and you need to fly understand how this instrument works. You may be offered 1:50 from your broker meaning you could turn your investment over by 50 times its value, this is not uncommon in FOREX. The problem with this however is that if you maximize your leverage and buy the full amount available, it only takes a small drop to completely wipe out your investment.

Carry Trading

You need to do your research when it comes to carry trading which is when you receive a higher interest rate on your long bets than the shorts. The basics of the carry trade is that you are borrowing a low-yielding currency in order to help you to fund buying higher-yielding assets from elsewhere in the FOREX spectrum. This is all well and good unless the interest on the long option appreciates to a higher rate of interest than the short, do your research and make sure you know exactly how carry-trading works.

As long as you put in the work when it comes to researching FOREX you should be just fine but don’t go into this with your eyes closed, or you could lose big.

Singapore Air first class – check it out

Last year I traveled from San Francisco to Hong Kong on Singapore airlines and I had the great fortune to be boosting up to first class. This is not the first time that this has happened to me and I think that a combination of my frequent flier status and my debonair charm is what seems to seal the deal for me, well, my frequent flier status at least.

This was the first time that I had ever traveled with Singapore airlines period, let alone on their first class cabin and I must say, I was absolutely blown away but the excellence of the service. If you re looking to travel first class then here is exactly why I would recommend Singapore Airlines.

Check-In

There were just 8 seats on the plane’s first class cabin so as you can imagine, both check-in and boarding were an absolute dream. I hate waiting in queues and such so this really helped to get my journey off to the best possible start. The brooding area was around a 10 minute walk away from the first class lounge and of course, when the time came to get on the flight, there was zero waiting around.

The Lounge

The lounge was exactly what you would expect and nothing more, a pleasant selection of drinks and snacks as well as great service. The lounge did nothing special but in reality, it doesn’t really need to.

Cabin and The Space

The seats in the first class cabin had a 1-2-1 formation and offered a great deal of space for passengers, I read in the in-flight guide that we actually had a whopping 35 inches of space to play with.  I really like the design of the cabin, it was dark chocolate and orange and it really gave it a welcoming atmosphere.

The seat had a high definition TV in front and a deep footwell below which was incredibly comfortable. The seats change into beds when you need to sleep and honestly, it was so incredibly comfortable that I could’ve stayed there for days.

Additional Touches

On the way into first class we were given a small Ferragamo-branded bag with lots of little goodies in it such as aftershave and lip balm, highly useful on long flights!

Food and Drinks

I was really impressed with the food and drink choices on the flight and I sipped on Krug Champagne and ate a range of wonderfully cooked French cuisine. There was a wide range of fine fine dining choices on the menu and by the looks of the other guests meals, everyone had delicious options in front of them.

The only thing that I would say the first class section lacked was the presence of a shower to freshen up but I understand that their other models have this. All told this was a wonderful experience that I would be more than happy to pay for the next time I travel.

The 5 Best Luxury Suitcases

If you are looking for a luxury vacation then the first step is to travel in luxury and give the appearance of a stylish jetsetter who is off on a luxury stay. In order to do this, the best way to start is with your luggage, after all, what would a luxury holiday maker look like if they didn’t have the luggage to help with the luxurious appearance! We have put together a list of some of the very finest and most luxurious pieces of luggage which you need in your life if you want to become the ultimate luxury traveler. Let’s take a look at the pieces which you need.

Samsonite

Samsonite have been making high quality luggage since 1910, named after the biblical strongman Samson, the luggage makers are notorious for their durable and hard-wearing luggage. The beauty of this luggage is that it not only looks great and is incredibly hard, it is also lightweight and well crafted. Samsonite is a market leader in luggage and it has since gained fame for being the go to luggage of those looking for luxury.

Tumi

Somewhat strangely, this luggage manufacturer is named after a Peruvian knife which is used for sacrifices. In spite of its interesting heritage, the brand has become the poster boy for luxury luggage options and ever since the 70s, both hippies and yuppies have used this company as their luggage of choice. The Tumi vapor in particular is one of their most luxurious, hard wearing and iconic pieces and with one of these bags, everyone will know who you are.

Victorinox

This company was the original Swiss Army Knife manufacturer and they have been making some of the world’s finest luggage for over 130 years. The luxury status which the company has achieved is as a result of the incredibly high quality and craftsmanship which goes into the making of their cases. Lightweight, beautifully designed, incredibly well made and luxurious to a tee, if you want to stand out, Victorinox is for you.

Globe-Trotter

Globe-Trotter specializes in vintage looking cases that are well made and highly durable and with one of these cases you can really become true luxury traveler. The design of these cases has won numerous awards and when that beautiful piece comes around on the luggage carousel, everyone will basking who’s it is, and where you got it from.

Louis Vuitton

Whilst the company has become the victim of the black market and many fakes are in existence, there really is not a luxury case quite like that of Louis Vuitton. The design of these cases is iconic, the faded chocolate brown color with the Louis Vuitton emblem repeated throughout. These are not just fancy looking cases either, they are spacious, durable and lightweight and they come in a  wide range of sizes to suit any traveler. If you want to show off your luxury status, Louis Vuitton is a great option.