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Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton

There's a reason British millionaire hedge fund manager James Matthews has been whisking Pippa Middleton - little sister of the Duchess of Cambridge - off to the Caribbean island of St Barts.

His parents own the exclusive hotel, Eden Rock, on the island. So how might James entertain Pippa, now his fiancée, on St Barts? For starters St Barts is a duty-free port, so Pippa may go mad stocking up on Hèrmes, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, or Cartier should she wish.

She might dance the night away. Nightlife in St Barts kicks off at midnight, and it's usual to dance until the sun comes up and sleep the following day on a sun lounger.

And for super-fit Pippa (pictured), the island's beautiful beaches lend themselves to water sports, from windsurfing, scuba-diving and snorkelling to jet-skiing, sailing and deep-sea fishing.

For the love of art abroad

Aluxurytravelblog.com has listed 'top cities for art lovers'.

1. New York. Galleries contain more than two million works of art - the unicorn tapestries at the Cloisters, old masters at the Frick Collection, surrealist sculptures at the Guggenheim, and Warhol at MoMA.

2. Florence. For Renaissance art, there's much to see, including masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

3. Vienna. Start with the Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum), with its extensive collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman art.

4. London. The Tate Britain is the place to go for pre-Raphaelite art and paintings by Turner and Constable. For French art, furniture and armour, displayed in one of the grandest houses in London, visit the Wallace Collection. And don't miss the Victoria and Albert Museum.

5. Istanbul. Istanbul is home to a thriving modern art scene, with exhibition spaces located in palaces, warehouses, converted garages, power stations, and even a bank. Istanbul Modern should be first on your list if you're interested in contemporary Turkish art, but smaller galleries like Galeri Nev and Mixer are also worth a visit.

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Alone in the wilderness on foot

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot, is the new travel memoir from National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis, and about her 10,000-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi Desert from Siberia to Thailand. She completed the 10,000 miles on foot and wore out eight pairs of hiking boots. It should appeal to people who read and enjoyed Cheryl Strayed's book Wild about her Pacific Crest Trail walk. Published by Allen & Unwin.

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