The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign writer Stephen Crafti (asa­tours.com.au) will lead a trip to Bel­gium from Septem­ber 6-16 based on art, build­ings, fur­ni­ture and fash­ion in Brussels, Ghent and An­twerp • Il­lus­tra­tor Me­gan Hess has been ap­pointed artist in res­i­dence for the Oetker Col­lec­tion ho­tel group; her il­lus­tra­tions of Le Bris­tol Paris and The Lanes­bor­ough in Lon­don were re­vealed dur­ing a tour to pro­mote her book New York, Through a Fash­ion Eye • Ar­ti­san Spirit Mer­chants is im­port­ing SPICEBOX bar­rel-aged rye whisky from Canada to pep up the fes­tive sea­son; the spice blend in­cludes cin­na­mon, black pep­per, nutmeg and three types of vanilla bean and is avail­able pre-mixed with dry ginger ale and lime in four-packs of 330ml bot­tles ($18.99) or straight-up in 700ml bot­tles ($44.99) • Lonely Planet’s an­nual com­pen­dium, The Travel Book ($80), is now out, con­tain­ing 850 images and up­dated con­tent; a land­ing site on the LP web­site fea­tures 360-de­gree videos of se­lected des­ti­na­tions and a con­test to win a trip for two.

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