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!
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…
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!
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!
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
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
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
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).
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).
“Follow the sales where they are” has always been a big inspirational mantra in my life ;).. so this weekend, I am off to Paris as Paris sales started just this Wednesday. Hopefully the (chic) Parisians will have leave me a few bits.. Let’s see. And, I know: too bad for the hot men models who are going to invade Milan just tomorrow (Milan Men Fashion Week is from 12-15 January). I’ll (try to) catch up with them on Monday! I had my eye on the Versace show in particular (for obvious reasons)..
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.
The first thing we did upon arriving however was to take a horse drawn sleigh tour of the area as I thought it was a charming way to get a little feel and preview what was waiting for us this weekend..
The ride lasted one hour and took us through the snowy Alpine foothills, frozen lakes, Bavarian forests where birds were singing just as in movies (and we even got to see a deer!!). As sunset was approaching, Continue reading
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.
Immersed in the rolling green Tuscan hills, the Salviatino Spa is a must-try experience for any beautistas visiting Tuscany. Set within the sumptuous XVth century villa hotel Il Salviatino near Florence, the Spa collaborated with Dr Vranjes, one of Florence’s most exclusive perfume houses to create special poly-sensorial treatments using all the characteristic Tuscan fragrances! Continue reading
The area of Friuli Venezia Giulia is a great spot if you are looking for a cheap, safe, not too crowded place to ski.