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An Italian road trip is still very near the top of my bucket list. The beautiful scenery, the twisty roads, the food, the scents and smells of Amalfi. Ah, I could go on and on but the news of the latest addition to Hertz Italia’s Selezione Italia has made it more appealing than ever.

Hertz has just introduced a customised electric version of the classic 1960s Fiat 500 Spiaggina. The Fiat 500 Jolly Spiaggina Icon-e is being launched as part of an exclusive tie-up with the iconic auto design house, Garage Italia.


The exclusive partnership gives Hertz Italy customers the unique opportunity to hire a reinvented, all-electric modern classic this summer – a once-in-a-lifetime experience bringing together the best of classic motoring and design, with a radical modern Garage Italia twist.

It’s an absolute beauty and would be the perfect mode of transport to get you around Italy’s beauty spots.

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I absolutely love cruise holidays. The wonderfully relaxed feeling of being at sea, the excitement of the ship, the top-notch food and entertainment, the stunning sunsets and sunrises, the ports and the sundecks all tick a lot of boxes for me.

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, I’ve just had the opportunity to experience a cruise holiday with P&O Cruises which I think trumps them all. For once a year they offer guests the chance to take a holiday with an optional visit to the one and only Monaco Grand Prix, a winning combination if ever I heard one.

Oceana is one of the smaller ships in the P&O Cruises fleet but if you’re new to cruising you (or being around big ships) you will still find it absolutely huge! I’d only been on their largest ship, Britannia before and to be honest it still felt really quite sizeable to me. There was never a shortage of places to eat or drink or of things to do whilst at sea or of an evening.

The historic Maltese port of Valletta is postcard pretty and as most of the charter flights from the UK arrived quite early in the morning, there was plenty of time to explore prior to the ship leaving in the evening. It’s less than 15 minute’s walk from the ship to the bustling lanes and streets of the city so you really should make the most of your time there.

I had a balcony cabin near to the rear of the ship and I found that it was pretty well proportioned with enough storage for all of my things. The bed was incredibly comfy too. My only niggle was the lack of plug points, but as this is a slightly older ship, I suppose that is to be expected.

The compact bathroom had a powerful shower, white company toiletries and plenty of storage space for all of your grooming essentials too.

With the ship setting sail, it was time to get familiar with the facilities onboard Oceana and with 14 decks, numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, a gym, spa, pool and more there was plenty to see. If you find yourself on Oceana, my top tip is to try the speciality restaurant, The Beach House for tasty steaks and grill food. It was delicious!

After a lovely and relaxed first day at sea, we arrived into our first port of call, Ajaccio, Corsica. If there are any history buffs among then you might know that this was also the birthplace of Napoleon.

Aside from that factoid, I didn’t find this the most interesting or pretty of places but as I had pre-booked a catamaran excursion via the ship (highly recommend), I still really enjoyed my day. The ‘Catarman Adventure’ was a half day trip that takes guests from the ship over the bay to a very picturesque area where the anchor goes down to allow swimming, sunbathing, lunching or a combination of all!

Back onboard Oceana and it was the night before the big race. You could feel the excitement building among the 2,000 odd guests on the ship – many of whom would be making the trip to Monaco the following morning.

Pre 7 am on the morning of the race, Oceana laid anchor in the lovely little French town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, where a fleet of coaches was lined up to take us on the short journey along the coast to Monte Carlo in plenty of time for the Grand Prix kicking off.

P&O Cruises have a few pre-bookable excursions for the Grand Prix ranging from the all singing all dancing package that included a seat in the grandstand from where you can watch the action unfold down to a simple coach only transfer to the city.

Whichever option you opt for they really did seem to have everything organised with military precision. From the transfer from the boat to the local guide who walks you from the coach park directly to the spectator’s entrance point to the freshly prepared lunch bag ram packed with enough snacks to keep me going all day.

We arrived in the morning and as the big race did not get underway until mid-afternoon, we had plenty of time to take in the sights beforehand. There are fan zones and events going on in the streets around the race track so you’ll not be short of things to keep you entertained.

Even if you’re not hugely into the F1 yourself it is still worth making the trip over to Monaco for the day. The city becomes alive and if people watching is your bag then grab a perch on one of the pavement cafes and fill your boots.

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When you’re on holiday, working out is probably the last thing you want to do. A week of relaxing on the beach isn’t going to undo all the progress you’ve made in the gym. It’s your time to kick up your feet and indulge in a few not-so-healthy meals.

That being said, your margarita will taste a lot sweeter when you know that it’s been well-earned through a butt-kicking workout. If you want to keep your muscles looking toned on your next vacation, there are plenty of workouts you can do on the beach—no gym equipment required.

Before you start breaking a sweat on the beach, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from sun damage by wearing sunscreen and reapplying as needed. Additionally, sweat and sunscreen can clog the pores of your skin, so be sure to use a daily moisturizer with SPF for your face to reduce acne breakouts.
  • Stretching: Remember to do a few dynamic stretches to warm up your muscles before exercising, as well as static stretches after your workout.
  • Footwear: While going barefoot on the beach can provide muscle-building benefits, the risk of glass or sharp shells may not outweigh the benefits of going shoeless.

Ready to torch calories and cool down with a guilt-free, refreshing cocktail? Here are some total-body beach workouts that will have you tightened and toned in no time.

Sand Sprints

Sprint interval workouts are an effective way to build muscle, improve speed and crank up your metabolism. Add sand into the mix, and the benefits of sprinting become even more pronounced.

Best of all, sprinting, in general, can help you achieve the same heart-healthy benefits as a longer run on the beach, but in less time. In a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Physiology, sprint intervals were found to improve arterial structure and function at the same rate as longer endurance workouts.

In other words, you’ll spend less time working up a sweat and more time sipping on that well-deserved margarita. Here is what you need to do:

Sandy Sprint Workout:

  • Choose a sandy area that isn’t wet and sprint as fast as you can for a full 30 seconds.
  • Rest for 30 seconds, walking around on the beach.
  • Repeat the exercise five times.

Bear Crawls

While bear crawls may look like fun, they are a deceivingly intense workout, especially on sand. That could explain why buff celebrities such as Chris Hemsworth are big fans of this bodyweight exercise.

Bear crawls work your legs, core and upper body for a calorie-blasting, total-body workout. Do the following bear crawl workout and you may earn a quesadilla on top of your margarita:

Bear Crawl Workout

  • Get down on your knees and put your hands on the sand. Pop up on your toes to get into the bear crawl position.
  • Move your right hand forward, followed by your left foot. Keep your back straight and hips low to the ground.
  • Do the same movement, but with opposite hands and feet by moving your left hand forward, followed by your right foot.
  • Now, go backwards using the same technique. Do five pushups and start the process again for a total of five bear crawls.

Swimming in the Ocean

With its incredibly strong currents, the ocean provides the perfect resistance-training workout. A regular swimming workout will work your entire body and engage muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Swimming in the ocean comes with an additional bonus: It may be good for your skin. According to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, bathing in the magnesium-rich ocean waters can improve skin barrier function and hydrate the skin.

While it shouldn’t replace your regular skin care routine, it’s worth keeping in mind as you do the following swim workout:

Swimming Workout

  • Wade into the ocean and swim for three minutes against the current, followed by a minute with the current. Do this exercise five times without resting.
  • Rest for 30 seconds and repeat the exercise above.
  • Rest for one minute and swim for 15 minutes against the current before heading back to shore.

SUP Yoga

Want to show off your visibly toned abs? Rent a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and practice some yoga moves on it. SUP yoga is an excellent way to work your core while connecting with nature and practising mindfulness.

While you don’t need to be a yogi to give this SUP yoga a try, you may want to take a SUP yoga class to reap the full benefits. If you want to skip the instructor and just have fun on your board, follow this core-tightening workout:

SUP Yoga Workout

  • Ease into your workout with easy poses, such as a seated pose and child’s pose. Take deep breaths from your abdominal area, paying attention to nothing but the gentle rocking of the ocean and sounds coming from the beach.
  • Practice lunge variations on your board. Start from a standing forward bend (Uttanasana) and place both hands on the board in front of you. Step your right foot back into a lunge before slowly raising your hands to the sky. Repeat with the other foot.
  • From downward dog pose, move into a plank pose. To make it more challenging, extend one arm forward and hold it for 10 seconds, alternating between right and left.

Run Up and Down Stairs

Most beaches have steps that lead to the ocean. Why not use them for a high-intensity, plyometric workout?

Running stairs helps build speed and muscle while providing significant heart health benefits as well. According to a 2016 study published in BMJ, stair exercises were found to lower blood sugar levels in subjects diagnosed with type two diabetes.

To beat the crowds, do this beach stairs workout early in the morning:

Beach Stairs Workout

  • Run up the beach stairs at a moderate pace. Go back down the steps and do 10 pushups.
  • Rest for 15 seconds.
  • Run up the stairs again, taking the steps two at a time. Go back down the steps and hold a 45-second plank.
  • Rest for 15 seconds.
  • Run up the stairs once more, taking steps one at a time. Go back down the steps and do 10 more pushups.
  • Repeat the three rounds for a second time.

Getting Fit on the Beach

Working out on a beach is one of the best ways to get fit and toned for the summer. Not only does it provide a softer surface that’s easier on your joints, it also makes your workouts more challenging.

Sand is an unstable surface, which means that your muscles will naturally work harder to stabilize your body as the sand gives way underneath your feet. The result is a total body workout that engages all your muscles. Perform one of these intense beach workouts and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a guilt-free beer or cocktail later.

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Until you ‘get into’ whisky, it can often feel a bit overwhelming. I remember having a swig of a dram years ago at a family event or party and swiftly deciding that it wasn’t the drink for me.

I had written off whisky in its entirety for about a decade until I took part in a press launch for a whisky brand and was introduced to the whisky sour and from there, my taste for whisky developed. It was nothing like that dram that stuck in my mind from all those years ago. I now found it much smoother, warm and a really enjoyable drink.

And here lies part of the problem. If you’re a novice to whisky, where do you start? If you pick up any bottle, you’ll generally see some very lovely branding, an age statement (if it’s a malt), and a where it was bottled etc but nothing at all about the flavour profile.

If you’re a bit of a connoisseur and know exactly what you want so that’s maybe not such a big issue, but if you’re trying to pick up a nice gift for someone or are introducing yourself to whisky then it can be a bit more of a challenge.

Thankfully, change is afoot as William Grant & Sons have created a brand new 10-year-old single malt called Aerstone. The idea behind Aerstone was to make it easier for people to discover a whisky that they like and to get an understanding of what kind of flavour that they might expect from it.

To do that, they created 2 very distinct variants of Aerstone, one a smooth and easy to drink whisky and the other a rich smoky whisky for those who enjoy a little bit of a flavour punch.

The Aerstone Sea Cask is the smooth and easy whisky and it has been matured in their warehouses by the sea down the Ayrshire coast in Scotland. The Land Cask, on the other hand, has been matured inland, using highland peat which results in a much richer and smokier character.

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday so what better way to say thanks then by taking some time out to share a dram with the father figure in your life. Both the Aerstone Land and Sea Cask variants are currently exclusively available at Tesco at the special price of £20 making it the ideal gift.

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This is a partnership post in collaboration with Aerstone whisky.

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I’m a massive fan of sportswear and the 80’s inspired TV series Stranger Things so when the news of their collaborative capsule collection dropped into my inbox yesterday I literally gasped with excitement.

The new season of Stranger Things is set in the summer of 1985 and sees Hawkins, Indiana in the midst of big change. The 80’s nostalgia vibes are as prominent as ever and this, of course, extends to the cast’s wardrobe. Off-screen, this nostalgia is the impetus for the Nike Stranger Things collection, highlighting the Cortez, Blazer (two of my favourite ever Nike styles) and Tailwind.

The first drop of the Nike x Stranger Things capsule is expected on June 27th and incorporates Hawkins High’s green and orange colour scheme and Tiger mascot into a spirited mix of apparel and footwear. Sweat suits and T-shirts channel 1980s American phys-ed class style, and three footwear match accordingly.

A few days later the OG Pack, arrives (July 1st), and each shoe in this collection will carry a red, white and blue colour scheme and celebrates 1985 Independence Day with a year marker on the heel and special firework display sock liner.

It sounds awesome!

And for those of you wondering when Stranger Things season 3 arrives, you don’t have long to wait as it is coming to Netflix on July 4th .

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As our homes continue to get smarter and smarter the array of connected gadgets available to us keeps getting larger. Home security cameras used to involve a very clumpy setup with lots of wires, huge, unsightly camera and a monitor in the house for watching the footage back.

Thankfully this has all completely changed as it is now possible to install a device on the exterior of your home and monitor it in real time via an app on your smartphone.

I’ve been toying with getting one of these smart cameras for a while, as I love the idea of being to communicate with anyone who turns up at my door if I’m out. I get a lot of deliveries and often if I miss them it can be a real pain trying to organise a re-delivery or to collect them from the local (which never actually seem to be that local) depots.

Rather handily, I got an email last month from Yale, asking if I fancied trying out their brand new All-in-One Outdoor Camera so for the past few weeks I’ve been using one at home and must say I love already.

The camera

The camera unit itself is small and discreet which means that it won’t look unpleasant on the side of your buildings. It’s waterproof so there is no issue with the lovely British weather affecting it operating.

Aside from recording footage the Yale all-in-one outdoor camera also has a built-in siren alarm and spotlight, these can be controlled from the Yale App and used to scare off any potential intruders near your property. The motion detector can send an alert to your phone whenever motion is detected too.

The install

As this is a connected product you will need a home wifi connection and the Yale View App (downloadable from the app store or from google play) to use it. The app is used to configure and control the camera as well as to view the footage and activate its features.

Due to the features on the camera (light and siren etc), it needs to be hard wired into a socket and it comes with a 3-metre long USB cable. Luckily, I have a powerpoint that I use to power the Christmas lights already so it was easy to run it from that. If you don’t have a powerpoint handy then you might need to run the wire through a window or similar.

IT’s then just a case of finding the best place for it and attaching it using the mount onto the wall.

You will need an SD card for recording footage and this is not included so make sure you pick one up in advance. You’ll find these on amazon or the likes for under £10.

Using the app

You use the app to control the camera and activate its features. It also allows you to adjust the brightness of the spotlight or to completely disable it and the siren.

As the camera activates when it detects movements, you can also use the app to define ‘activity zones’. These are areas like your front path where you naturally get a lot of movement. Using this feature will cut down on the number of false alarms that you have.

You can also use the app to communicate with people who may be outside your home too. I found this feature really handy and on occasion, I was able to request that a courier leave a package in a safe place as I wasn’t at home.

The verdict

Even if you live in a relatively safe area, the addition of a few extra features like the Yale all-in-one outdoor camera just makes your home that little bit less appealing to any would-be intruders so it is most definitely an investment worth making. The added option of speaking to visitors is great too and for me really makes this product.

Price

£119.99

Buy yours from Yale.co.uk

This is a partnership post in collaboration with Yale but as always all options and thoughts are our own honest views.

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This year British Airways are celebrating 100 years in the sky and to mark this special occasion they have announced lots of exciting activity including some rather cool retro paint jobs on a few of their aircraft, new planes, and most excitingly for us a special edition IPA.

The new transatlantic IPA has been developed for British Airways but the Scottish craft beermaker, BrewDog and in a world first it has actually been brewed at 40,000ft.

The IPA started life onboard a British Airways 787 Dreamliner as it cruised at 500mph near to the home of BrewDog, over the north of Scotland. BrewDog founders Martin Dickie and James Watt enlisted the help of some BA cabin crew to mix the water, hops and barley needed to start the mashing process.

The new beer has been aptly named Speedbird 100 after the airline’s call sign and is exclusively available on board all BA flights and in selected airport lounges.

Boffins will tell you that at altitude our tastebuds alter and our sensitivity to flavours and smell is reduced. Speedbird 100 has been expertly crafted to ensure that it tastes its best whilst enjoyed in the air.

In addition to the launch of Speedbird 100, British Airways partnership with BrewDog has seen them open the first dedicated BrewDog bar in New York within the BA lounge at JFK airport.

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My wine journey (and my new-found love of red in particular) actually started on a long-haul flight.  Now I know that the connoisseurs out there will probably tell you that altitude is the worst place to properly taste wine as out taste buds are completely altered up there.  Time after time I had politely declined the crew’s offer of wine with the meal service but on a night flight over the Atlantic, I took a notion to try the red.  As I was clueless about wine, I asked the steward to recommend one and so they did.  It was a Cabernet Sauvignon and after those first few sips, I savoured every last drop.

I’m now a couple of years into my wine journey and, while still not an expert I’ve had time to try a few others and discover the types of wines that I like and those which I also dislike.  I quickly discovered that my wine of choice was generally of the red variety.  I’m not a massive drinker in general but that experience of a nice glass of red with dinner or on a chilled evening is something that I’ve really grown to enjoy.

Finding nice wines is something that I’ve realised is not always easy.  I’ve finally realised the obvious and that the cost of the bottle does not always signify the best taste.  The nice labels don’t mean nice wine and so on.

After spending some time sampling a few wines from supermarkets I found the Millesima online wine shop.  It’s an amazing destination for wine lovers and has grown from humble beginnings in 1983 to become Europe’s leading fine wine mail order merchant.

They specialise in a unique range of Bordeaux wines from all the best appellations of the region, in a range of vintages but on top of this they have a very expansive range of wine from the other regions as well as the Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, South-West, Corsica, Alsace, Loire Valley as well as a great foreign offering.  In fact, they stock around 2.5 million bottles of wine so if you can’t find something that you like on there, you are most definitely doing it very wrong!

The website is very well laid out so if you know what you are looking for you can quickly navigate over to that but if you enjoy a bit of a discovery mission then it’s great just to browse the collection.  They offer very detailed descriptions of each wine, so you have a lot of useful information and tasting notes to go on before deciding what to purchase.

And the best part is, once it has been very carefully packaged at the Millesima warehouse in Bordeaux, it’s all delivered directly to your door.  Now tell me that doesn’t sound good.

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Millesima

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DS, in case you are still unfamiliar with this relatively young car brand, are a standalone luxury car brand within the PSA family (Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall) that were created to meet the growing luxury market.  Initially, the first carnation of the DS3 that was unveiled back in 2009 was very much a stylised version of the Citroen 3 but as time has moved on DS have carved their own very distinct style and identity.

I was actually at the unveiling of this new car over in Paris, late last year but last month, I popped down to Kew Gardens for a closer look at the car and to hear about the DS sponsorship of the current Chihuly exhibit at Kew.  This was my first visit to Kew so I was as excited to see the gardens as I was to see the car and thankfully neither disappointed.

The DS 3 Crossback is a luxury small SUV and the third car to join the DS range and with a few others set to be unveiled by 2024, DS will shortly have a car in almost all of the main segments.  DS (in their own words), is an avant-garde car brand who blend the knowhow and craft with advanced tech and, I guess that does hit you from the first look at the DS 3 Crossback.  In a line-up against its direct rivals, the Audi Q2 and the MINI Countryman the DS 3 Crossback really does rather striking looking.

It is on the interior though that the designers have really gone to town and whilst I applaud the craftsmanship and originality.  I was driving the Ultra Prestige model and I think that in some aspects the interior is a little bit too fussy for me, especially in the non-black colour options.  I guess that’s just my taste though as I’m a bit more of a minimalist.  I was a big fan of the infotainment system though, it was clear, sleek and responsive.  The seats, which were a mix of soft Nappa leather and Alcantara were comfortable and luxurious to the touch and, for its size, the cabin was relatively spacious inside too.

On the road, whilst not the most fun I’ve ever had driving, the DS 3 Crossback felt solid, safe and relatively powerful for its size too.  I switched from some lovely quiet country roads to the joy that is the M25 and it was a smooth ride on both.

By 2025, DS intend for their entire range to be electric so it’s no surprise that they are really pushing the E version of this car too and whilst I have not had the change to drive one, the E-Tense DS 3 Crossback does sound promising too.  Particularly that at a quick charge station you can top up your battery to 80% in just 30 minutes.

You do get a lot for your money with a DS car both in terms of the vehicle spec and in terms of aftersales.  Their unique ‘Only You’ mobile app, for example, offers a whole host of services from assistance to exclusive event invites and servicing so they really do go that extra mile for their customers.

The DS 3 Crossback is priced from £21,500 and available to order now.

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Perfecting a good morning routine forms a great foundation for the day ahead and I think it all starts the night before.  Waking up feeling refreshed and raring to go all depends on having a good sleep doesn’t it?  I’m pretty fortunate that I’m a pretty good sleeper on the whole, it’s rare that I struggle to doze off at night, but I realise that is not the case for everyone.

No matter how crazy your day has been it’s always best to try to take some time to slow down and unwind before falling into bed.  If you don’t as soon as you hit the pillow your head will still be spinning with thoughts.  It goes without saying that taking time out to have a bath, relax and enjoy some general chill time before trying to sleep is great but who actually has time for all of that each night? Not me for one!  Try to make some small changes in the hour before bed.  That means no TV, no sugar and no work.  I like to listen to some chilled music (Radio 2 have some great documentaries on late at night) and generally slow things down a bit.

Your bed itself should be a haven of comfort so investing in it should not be overlooked.  A good quality mattress, pillows and bedding make a massive difference.  It’s no coincidence that when you stay in a nice hotel the beds normally feel like heaven, they use premium cottons and well-made mattresses.  Try switching to Egyptian cotton bedding too and there is no way you will want to buy cheap supermarket sheets ever again.  

Next comes the mattress.  I know you probably think that your current mattress is ‘fine’, but fine really isn’t good enough.  Depending on your personal sleeping habits it is likely that you spend around a third of your life in bed, so you need to ensure that this is spent in comfort.  You’ve no doubt seen the Casper mattress advertised everywhere.  They offer comfort and support all in one through their high-density memory foam and transition comfort zone layers.  The zoned layers treat your shoulders and hips differently for better alignment and deeper comfort.  Honestly, once you upgrade your mattress to a new one like the Casper you will quickly realise that your old one was anything but fine!

It’s important to get the temperature right during the night too.  As we move into summer it’s worth thinking about switching your heavy duvet for something a bit lighter.  Being too hot or too cold is a major factor in a restless night’s sleep.  I’ve switched to a summer recently too, it’s only 4.5 tog so it’s ideal, as the night temperature creeps up a little.

So now you have got to sleep, what about waking up?  I’m obviously lucky in that I work from home a lot of the time so waking up in the morning is not so much of a rush job for me as many of you probably face.  The one thing I would say is to stop using the snooze button.  Just set your alarm for as late as you possibly can and get up as soon as it kicks in.  An extra half hours sleep is much more beneficial than 30 mins of constant snooze button hitting.

How does your routine differ? Drop me a message on twitter @everyday_man and let me know!

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