Sunday 25 February 2018

Global village: What celebrities pack for the hols

Liz Hurley
Liz Hurley
Parrot flower power pot
Journeys of a lifetime

What do the glamorous and famous pack? Elizabeth Hurley told she packs, "three bikinis, a tankini top, a silk caftan, a cotton tunic, two tank tops, a ribbed cardigan, two pairs of white pants and a sun hat."

She added that she sneaks in several "flimsy little evening dresses," one pair of high-heeled mules and some flip-flops.

American actress Molly Sims's must-pack items are, "magazines, towels, coolers, sunscreen, makeup, about 10 books, my iPod, definitely, and my Blackberry - which is not a good idea."

Singer Vanessa Williams believes in bringing a lot of whites. "Pack a lot of white-sweaters, Ts, linen pants. They'll work with anything."

Kylie rekindles Paris memories

Kylie Minogue recently returned to Paris for a weekend of shopping with a friend, and as a former resident of the City of Light, there's no doubt she also visited some fun locations off the tourist track. has listed some unusual things to do in Paris, starting off with visiting the quay along the left bank of Port St Bernard, which comes alive with dancing on long summer evenings.

Through the summer, right up to the end of August, large groups of dancers gather along the river bank near the Institut du Monde Arabe, in the Jardin Tino Rossi, to perfect their salsa, tango, waltz and swing. Or you could share a bottle of wine at the edge of the Canal St Martin with a friend on a warm evening, a very popular treat with in-the-know Parisians, artists and the Bobo-chic crowd.

Meanwhile, Belleville's flea markets have stands filled with bustling shoppers, colourful products and heckling merchants.


Go potty for the sake of your plants

No plant need ever die on your watch again, thanks to the self-watering Parrot Flower Power Pot. Not even if you're away on holiday and have forgotten to ask someone to pop in and water your greenery in your absence. 

You will need to be a little tech-savvy though, as the Power Pot is connected to an app on your phone which tracks your plant's every nutritional intake. Sensors built into the Power Pot measure moisture, sunlight and soil fertility levels. The data is transmitted to an app on your phone and tells you when to hit the remote water reservoir release button.

A little water reservoir along the side of the pot releases the amount of water needed, and hey presto, your plant flourishes. It costs approximately €55.

National Geographic's top 500 trips

The National Geographic has revealed its pick of the world's most fabulous journeys - with helpful information for readers who want to try them out - in a lavish must-read book, Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips. It's a compilation of the favourite trips taken by National Geographic travel writers, including trekking the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, mountain biking in Transylvania, driving through the scenic Highlands of Scotland, rolling through the outback on Australia's famous Ghan train, and dozens of other intriguing options all over the world.

It features the world's top 10 elevator rides, bridges and train rides.

It costs €36.50.

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