Unveiling a pearl of an expedition – Paspaley Pearl by Ponant
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by Liz Bond
3w ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life Travelers with a taste for adventure have always sought the extraordinary. Ponant is partnering with the legendary pearling company Paspaley Pearls to create transformative voyages designed for adventure. Each expedition has luxury at its heart while remaining in harmony with nature. When PASPALEY PEARL by PONANT launches next year, it will be a boutique expeditionary cruise ship unlike any other. The vessel is designed for just 30 guests and is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Paspaley Pearl ..read more
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McLaren Vale. What a champ!
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by Ian MacTavish
3M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life Recently, three big events helped show us why McLaren Vale, perhaps one of our lesser-known wine districts, is one of our most vibrant. First, at the 7th Annual James Halliday Grenache Challenge, where the best of this delightful grape’s offerings go on show, local heroes Serafino of McLaren Vale took the prize with their 2022 Reserve Grenache. Serafino of McLaren Vale took the prize with their 2022 Reserve Grenache James Halliday AM observed: ”The makers of Grenache responded jubilantly to the quality of the ’21, ’2 ..read more
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Less is so much more at AC by Marriott Southbank
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by Liz Bond
6M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life AC Hotel’s tagline ‘Everything you need, and nothing you don’t’, doesn’t come close to telling the whole story. At the AC by Marriott Southbank, Melbourne everything is at your fingertips; and a whole lot more. History The AC refers to hotelier Antonio Catalán. In 1997, in Spain, his vision was for timeless hotels with a ‘European ‘feel’ while incorporating their locale in every element from design to dining. He believes, “Hotels should serve as an escape, an oasis from the mundane.” Despite over 200 hotels in 27 c ..read more
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‘Watercolour: My new Love’ by Jill Bryant
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by Tim Bond
6M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life This Magnificent Life spoke with painter Jill Bryant. “I was born in West Australia, and I have lived in Brisbane for the last 4 years. I have produced and sold both abstract and impressionistic paintings throughout Australia. Living temporarily on the East Coast, I have focused on Australian watercolour painting in the last few years. Initially out of convenience because of storage issues but as a result, I have truly fallen in love with this medium. What are your influences? Artists, nature, the immediate world ar ..read more
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Taking a long view
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by Ian MacTavish
7M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life A package arrived the other day. Six bottles from Longview Estate in the Adelaide Hills. Three whites and three reds. A couple of familiars but first timers too. Plenty of scope for exploration and enjoyment. The new ones had us intrigued so of course we had to go to the source and find out more; to see what one of our favourite family wineries was up to. We contacted Peter Saturno who with brother Mark and overseeing winemaker Ben Glaetzer is driving the Longview name forward. Before we talked about the wines we ta ..read more
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Truffle Sundays at Signature
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by Liz Bond
8M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life Truffle aroma is musky, oaky, almost gamey – perhaps best described as the fragrance of extravagance. The deeply complex flavour combines with the alluring scent in a wave of gentle umami that is irresistible to most. And somehow truffles taste even better when shaved, slivered and sliced in elegant surrounds. Fittingly, then Emporium Hotel’s Signature restaurant is serving up everything truffle every Sunday until August 27. Signature’s Executive Chef Luca Spagnola has collaborated with Lady Truffle – Debs Oliver to ..read more
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Is Melbourne’s Apollo Inn Australia’s best bar?
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by Liz Bond
8M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life In 1844 one of Melbourne’s first public houses, the Apollo Inn, opened on the corner of Flinders Lane & Russell St. In 2023, that site is home to what is considered Melbourne’s (or is that Australia’s?) finest restaurant – Gimlet. Image: supplied Nearby, the new Apollo Inn is the latest from Chef Andrew McConnell and partner Jo McGann’s taste-making restaurant group Trader House. The Apollo Inn is self-described as “our ode to the ageless art of the cocktail, the bar, the bartender and the drinker”. While a compa ..read more
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Surf and Turf – Park & Cove Noosa
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by Liz Bond
8M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life Passion. Fervour. Commitment. Call it what you will but it is what Australian farmers have been doing since colonisation. Determination to produce the very highest quality hyper-seasonal food from the land. In a region where nature’s treasures never give up – Noosa and the Sunshine Coast enterprising newcomers and generational farmers are leading the way. Image: Tim Bond Photography Many have learned and adapted what the traditional owners – the Gubi Gubi did here for millennia; working with the land instead of again ..read more
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Emily from sunlight to shade
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by Ian MacTavish
9M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life In 1788, when Captain Phillip brought the First Fleet into Sydney Harbour he would have noticed the outcrops of sandstone at every turn. Rough and weathered, hewn by nature down to the waterline, covered in shrubs and trees unknown to him or his crews. Before We Met © Emily Persson Oil on linen 102 x 102 cm The Wentworth Galleries Within a few decades, masons would be smoothing these easily burnished rocks into our first houses and public buildings. Today’s Sydney has many grand sandstone structures. Some of them are ..read more
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Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne born again
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by Liz Bond
10M ago
You can find the original of this magnificent post here This Magnificent Life Discovering something new in a city I know or uncovering what Chat GPT constantly refers to as a ‘hidden gem’ is my preferred sport. Staying at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne in the centre of the CBD was one of those discoveries. Grand hotels have a certain indescribable something that separates them from the also-rans. Confident enough not to say “look at me” but still requiring more than a glance. Magnificent but restrained. Refined but never stuffy. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is that kind of hotel. I’m a world away f ..read more
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