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Global village: Amy lives the high life in Hawaii





Comedian du jour Amy Schumer recently hung out with her close gal pals Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn in Maui, Hawaii. So, what could three spirited and lively stars get up to on their holiday in Maui?

Well, they could go whale-watching and see the North Pacific humpback whales that grace Maui's oceans during their annual winter migration.

They could go snorkelling at Molokini Crater, an impressive underwater volcano islet. Or take a helicopter ride and get a bird's eye view of the beautiful island of Maui and the outer Hawaiian islands of Moloka'i and Lana'i.

They could also take a guided walking tour of Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, and learn more about lavender cultivation, while enjoying the calm beauty and tranquility of this Maui attraction. prideofmaui.com. 

London's calling - so get on over

Lily James, Glenda Jackson and Jane Horrocks are just some of the stars set to grace the London stage later this year. So it's always good to know of a good hotel in London that is located a short walk from Somerset House, Covent Garden Plaza and the West End's abundance of theatres.

Boutique chain Z Hotels has opened the doors to its fifth London property, Z City, in the heart of the City of London. The 109-room hotel offers guests urban luxury at an affordable price, with room rates from just £60 per night (approximately €80).

A designer conversion of a former office building, Z City is situated on Fleet Street, neatly nestled between Aldwych and Ludgate Circus. The hotel also serves complimentary cheese and wine between 5pm and 7pm each evening in the Z Café.

Z City is the group's seventh property. The brand has expanded rapidly since launching the new concept in 2011 with its flagship hotel in Soho, London. Since then the portfolio has grown to include Z Victoria, Z Liverpool, Z Piccadilly, Z Glasgow and Z Shoreditch. thezhotels.com.

A walk on Paris's dark side

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There are two sides to every story, and, it seems, to every city. Writer Luc Sante looks at the once dark underbelly of the city of light in his new travel book, The Other Paris. And it isn't fine dining, high fashion, the Belle Époque or the Art Nouveau architecture of Paris that has his attention.

Instead Sante gives us an insight into a Paris that has almost vanished - "the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the wilfully nonconforming."

The Other Paris is published by Faber.

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