Category Archives: Travel

Thermal Waters: Where to Jump In!

mountain spa

1. Bormio

Dive into more than 2,000 years of history in the Roman baths of Bormio! These baths have been famous from the first century B.C. when ancient travellers use to come here for a regenerating bath in the thermal waters before continuing their tiresome climb to the Alps. Continue reading

A Summer Weekend in the Valley of Munster!

summer in the mountain

Last weekend I went with some friends in the valley of Munster, a lovely mountain range in Alsace, in the east of France.
Mountain lakes, glaciers craters, cows, horses, bluebells, daffodil Vosges pansies and delectable local products were all part of the scenery.
A feast for the eyes and culinary senses! Have a look!

The Cannes Lions Festival & Google Beach Parties: Insider Report!

cannes lion

My friend Anna is amazing. She works in a digital agency in Moscow, has perfect legs, speaks Russian-English-Italian fluently, blogs on her spare time and recently travelled to Cannes to attend… the Cannes Lions Festival, the world’s biggest festival for creative communications industry! Needless to say, I asked her to report on it!

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So I guess right now right here – while waiting for my connection flight to Moscow in Zurich and trying to sober up from all the rose I had during past 5 days – is the best time to tell you my story of Cannes Lions

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Biennale di Venezia: The Human Distiller!

biennale venezia human distiller

The 55th edition of the Biennale di Venezia just opened yesterday! The whole who’s who of contemporary art flew over there for its opening and major international art exhibitions will take place in various venues in the city from June 1st to November 24th, 2013. Time for me to share a few exhibitions which I found particularly interesting. Today.. the Human Distiller!

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Going Places. Vegas.

Mandalay Bay

One of the coolest areas on earth for me is Vegas and, more particularly in Vegas, the Mandalay Bay. The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is more than a hotel.. it is a little piece of heaven with its own tropical paradise where you find a wave pool with real sand, a lazy river which you ride along lying on rafts and even a beach casino (where, unlike normal casinos, casual dressing is highly welcomed! :). I heard that concerts on this beach club are amazing at night too and just in case you were looking for more spicy activities: they now have a Shark Reef Aquarium, a sort of giant aquarium with giant rays, piranha, golden crocodile.. where you can dive with sharks!! I recently tried it in Dubai (in the fantastic Atlantis hotel which also provides this sort of dive.. and it was one of the best experience in my life (but more on this later!).

Make sure you check out this hotel and in case you (or your friends) still think that Vegas is only for poker players, check out this guide which explains all the other things you can do in the city of Vegas. Cause there is no place like Vegas!

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The Hotel of Justin Timberlake’s Wedding!

borgo-egnazia-italy

Morning everyone! Sorry I did not give much news last week but I was on holidays touring Puglia!

Puglia is one of my favourite areas in Italy. It is completely in the south. If you think of Italy as a boot, it is properly the heel of the boot! The whole area is truly a dream. So much that Condè Nast Traveler US elected last year Apulia as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful tourist destinations and was the only Italian entry… and that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel choose it to get married over there last year! Why? Cause Puglia has it all: in addition to  sumptuous beaches and villages (several of them classified as world heritage by the UNESCO), you can play golf, tennis, do some cycling or trekking through the olive fields or go explore the national parks around the beach coast. Puglia is really a dream. A dream holiday destination.

But enough said now. Place to the pictures of this incredible hotel where Justiiiiin got married. The hotel is called Borgo Egnazia. It is a five-star L hotel with stunning views of Roman ruins and the Mediterranean sea. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake booked the entire resort which includes 63 rooms, 28 villas with their own swimming pools, a cigar lounge, a reading room, obviously a gorgeous spa, olive tree or jasmine gardens, a beach club, a cooking school and many other things.. Needless to say, these guys have taste. ;)

Happy summer everyone!

www.borgoegnazia.it

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Fab Hotel: The Royal Livingstone

Royal Livingstone

This week, I would like to present you another fabulous hotel I recently discovered: the Royal Livingstone Hotel.. near the Victoria Falls in Zambia!

The hotel just underwent an ambitious renovation project. Paul Duesing, the architect, explains that «it is the whole atmosphere of Africa that I wanted to express in this renovation». Continue reading

Visiting Christian Lacroix Hotel in Paris!

Christian Lacroix Hotel Paris Bellechasse

While in Paris for the Fashion Week the other month, I had a very cool proposition: go visit one of Christian Lacroix hotel!! “Visiting” the hotel means that I was able to sneak inside all the rooms of the hotel (well.. ok those one that were free that morning) together with the director of the hotel. How fun!

What I discovered was a truly unique place. The whole decor is crazy, beautiful, baroque.. completely Christian Lacroix! It is called the “Bellechasse” and is located on the Left Bank of Paris in the middle of what is called the “Latin Quarter“, one of Paris’s most beautiful place (and yes, dear readers, this is central). Continue reading

Perfect Place where to Detox (and Retox): Bormio!

Bormio

The other weekend, we went to Bormio, a small romantic town here in Italy famous for its ski resort… and spas! The spas (one of which dates back from the first century B.C.!) were amazing. You could immerse in hot thermal water in different baths and pools situated on a big sunny garden (with gorgeous views over the Italian Alps!) or try things like a natural steam sauna in a cave inside. Continue reading

Food and Shopping in Paris – Part II

le bon marche paris

Today: second part of my little shopping and food extravaganza in Paris last weekend!

First of all, as you can all witness on the picture above, my shopping was extremely minimalistic that day (however, as you ladies all very well know, “the smaller the shopping bag, the more dangerous..“).

On that second day, I headed up straight to Le Bon Marche, an iconic Parisian shop dating back from 1838! (Point to note: department stores are usually closed in Paris on Sundays except before Christmas and this year for the Sales).

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Paris Food and Shopping Guide – Part 1

galleries lafayette paris

I am back from my little shopping and food spree in Paris (sorry but I had no internet connection over there) and so today, without further delay, I want to share with you pics of my weekend.. as well as a little personal guide of my favourite addresses in Paris!

The Galleries Lafayette is one of the most beautiful shops in the world. Going there is like mixing shopping and sightseeing (i.e. your argument to your boyfriend). If you need more points to argue, point out that the Art Nouveau dome and steel staircases actually date back from 1912 and are true masterpieces of this god-so-famous Belle Epoque of Paris and that not seeing it would be like missing the Eiffel Tower (which you can see even better from far!). Just do not mention that there are something like 7 floors (plus a basement full of shoes sales at the moment).

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Driving up the Romantic Road, Through Castles and Swans!

Ludwig Castles

As you may already know, my boyfriend and I decided to do a road trip just before Christmas on what is known as the “Romantic Road“, in Bavaria. The Romantic Road takes you through the picturesque mountains and villages of Bavaria and the castles of King Ludwig II (Sisi’s cousin), Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein (which was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle!), and Linderhof (yes, I know.. their names, on the other hand, could be a bit more romantic ;) Joke apart, with its charming castles, swans swimming in lakes and birds singing in the forests, Bavaria is a true land of fairy tales! Here are all the pictures.

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Winter Holidays Guide: The Tree Hotel, Sweden!

Lulea_Tree_HotelWhy not do something completely new this winter and try.. sleeping in a tree house?

Inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” (a tale of 3 city men who want to go back to their roots and build a tree house together), a genius couple indeed had the wonderful idea to build tree houses in Laponia, Sweden and turned them into a hotel: the Tree Hotel!

The 5 Tree Houses (and the Tree Sauna!) are located in the middle of a magical pine forest and close to the Lule River.

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Luxe Chalet Life in Zermatt!

Zermatt Luxury Chalet

A quick hello tonight from Zermatt where I arrived last weekend to celebrate the opening of the ski season with some friends.

It already snowed like mad so snow conditions are optimal but the best surprise was the chalet we rented: an absolutely stunning luxury chalet with sauna, outdoor jacuzzi, an über cool fireplace.. and magical views on Zermatt’s iconic mountain: the Matterhorn!

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