Eddi Fiegel is an award-winning travel writer who specialises in Spain, France, America and the UK. She lived in Barcelona for several years, speaks fluent Spanish and French and has family in Andalucia and the Costa Brava.

She is the Costa Brava ‘Destination Expert’ for The Daily and Sunday Telegraph.

See Eddi's Telegraph Travel Guide to the region, including Costa Brava restaurant reviews, Costa Brava hotel reviews, as well as an overview of the region, attractions and nightlife here:

She also writes for many newspapers and magazines as well as The Telegraph, including The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, France Magazine and Family Traveller Magazine.

Read some of her features here:

Le Touquet - A nostalgic return to the chic French resort Favoured by writers and royalty - The Telegraph

I was five years old the first time I visited Le Touquet – the chichi seaside French town just south of Calais that’s so near to the capital that it’s subtitled “Paris Plage”. For several years at Easter, my parents and sister and I would swap the tame suburbia of north-west London for the coastal chic of the French Atlantic. To me, as a young girl, Le Touquet became synonymous with the beach, searching for Easter eggs in the gardens of the grand Westminster hotel where we stayed, and some seemingly interminable meals of the old-fashioned, starchily formal French kind. 

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Binisafúller, Menorca: Secret Seaside - The Telegraph

If your idea of beachside heaven is a secluded cove laced with pristine, silky white sand, knotted pines and clear, teal water, look no further than Binisafúller. Although you’re less than half an hour’s drive away from the airport in Menorca’s capital Mahon, you’d never guess; this really does feel like an idyllic island hideaway.

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Alternative LA - The Standard

"Say the words Los Angeles and most people think of Hollywood glamour, David Hockney swimming pools and the sanitised glitz of Beverly Hills.

But just half an hour's drive north-east of the city, in the areas of Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Pasadena you'll find another LA where vintage clothes boutiques, cycle shops and tattoo parlours sit amid Moorish Gothic follies and Arts and Crafts bungalows..........

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A Quieter Costa - Catalunya's Baix Emporda - The Standard

"Can you taste the saltiness, that almost sea-saltiness in the white wine?” asks Marta, proprietor of Can Sais, a small rural winery, north of Barcelona. “It’s because we’re so close to the sea,” she explains.

Now I know oenophiles can get a little florid in their wine descriptions but I see what Marta means. We’re sitting on the terrace of the 18th-century stone farmhouse in Vall-Llobrega, which is both Marta’s home and the winery which has been in her family for ­generations. It’s a beautifully warm day and although all we can see for miles are the sentry lines of twig-like vines, you can taste the closeness of the sea.......

Read Eddi Fiegel's feature for The Standard here

 

Film & Music Journalism

Eddi has written on music and film for The Guardian, The Independent, The iPaper, The Sunday Times and Mojo Magazine amongst others.

Here are a few of her features: 

Susan Sarandon interview - The iPaper

Hedy Lamarr was a 1940s film siren who invented the technology behind Wi-Fi. She’s just the kind of woman Hollywood should be celebrating, Susan Sarandon tells Eddi Fiegel

“You have to choose to be beautiful or smart,” says Susan Sarandon, “If you’re smart, you’re not very feminine. I don’t think I was ever the most beautiful, so I got character parts, which allowed me to survive.”

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Françoise Hardy interview - France Magazine

The singer Françoise Hardy who had her first hit as a teenager in the ye ye era, has just released her 24th studio album. She tells Eddi Fiegel about her life and career.

Read the feature here

Nick Cave / 20,000 Days on Earth - The Independent

"At the end of the 20th century, I cease to be a human being," says Nick Cave as he wakes up alongside his wife, Susie, in the crisp white sheets of their bed at their Brighton home. .....

Read the rest of The Independent feature on the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth here

 

Laurel Canyon - The Independent

Once upon a time, there was a wooded wonderland where long-haired men and women wore flowers in their hair and often little else, where wood cabins nestled among cypresses and bougainvillea and the sound of birdsong mixed with guitars.....

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The Rolling Stones : Exile on Main Street - The Independent

For many bands, the descent into drug-fuelled debauchery signals the beginning of swift creative decline. But for the Rolling Stones, the haze of the early 1970s arguably produced their finest work.

Nearly 40 years later, Exile on Main St – a gloriously louche and wilfully hedonistic double-album often cited as one of the greatest rock'n'roll albums of all time – is due to be reissued, complete with 10 previously unheard additional tracks. A BBC documentary will also air later this month, exploring the making of what is frequently considered the Stones' masterwork.

The story of Exile goes back to the summer of 1971, when, in order to avoid what they considered unreasonably hefty tax bills in Britain, the group decamped, in semi- voluntary "exile", to Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France........

Read more of Eddi Fiegel's feature on The Rolling Stones 'Exile on Main Street' here: 

 

Gil Scott Heron - The Independent

In 1969, the 19-year old Gil Scott-Heron told the dean of Lincoln University that he wanted to halt his degree studies temporarily in order to finish writing a novel. The dean insisted he see a psychiatrist. The likelihood of his getting the novel in print seemed minimal, but a year later in 1970, The Vulture – an impressively crafted urban noir, was published to critical acclaim..........

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Lalo Schifrin - The Guardian

"I wanted to create the sound of excitement," remembers the composer Lalo Schifrin of the staccato, edge-of-your-seat rhythms to his theme for Mission: Impossible. "It had to sound like energy, promise, anticipation." And it did.......

Read the rest of Eddi Fiegel's interview with Lalo Schifrin for The Guardian here

 

Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock - The Guardian

Think of the shower scene in Psycho and what comes into your mind? Almost certainly it'll be the look of terror on Janet Leigh's face accompanied by the nails-scraping-down-a-blackboard screeches of composer Bernard Herrmann's score. So seamless was the marriage of Herrmann's sound with Hitchcock's image that watching the scene you couldn't be sure where Norman Bates's knife attack ended and those nagging violins began......

You can read the rest of Eddi's Guardian feature on Hermann and Hitchock here