Sometimes you discover a gem in the blogosphere. Someone who is not terribly famous and who seems to have her feet on the ground. Someone who is stylish, moderate and terribly cool. Meet Emma. Continue reading
Every time I visit my family in Italy we try to spend at least one afternoon in Bassano del Grappa. I’m not lying, this charming little town has already appeared on the blog (click)! It’s one of my favourite places in the world. The faded colours of the buildings, the nice lively atmosphere on the streets, the elegant shops and the fresh air that comes from the montains make me want to come back again and again. Last month, during my short Italian getaway we managed to squeeze in our tight schedule a short visit to Bassano . Luckily for us, a special farmers’ market with regional produce was taking place at the Piazza. I took a few pictures, if you’d like to see… Continue reading
16 years ago I spent a few months studying in Heidelberg. Yeah, I’m that old. No Euros, no low cost travel, no internet. No internet!!! So that really meant being abroad, away from your family and friends. I may or may not sound like a granny but, really, those were the old days… I had my first brunch there when it wasn’t even called a brunch, I used payphones to call home, I wrote letters, I cooked lots of Tortilla de patatas because before globalization there were still things that we didn’t know from other cultures, I spent a huge amount of time in trains, I tried to surprise my best friend in Geneva but didn’t met her because there weren’t mails or mobile phones to warn her… I had a great time. It was disastrous, fun, scary and wonderful.
This weekend I’m taking my mum and P. to Heidelberg and I just can’t wait. It’s going to be a walk down memory lane and I’m really looking forward to it. I guess everything is going to be different (16 years have passed!) but I bet Heidelberg is going to be as charming as ever!
Do you travel light or full of “what ifs”? We always carry everything with us. Everything. The result: sore backs, grumpy moods and uncomfortable travel. But not anymore!!! We are determined to travel smart. Since we are going away this weekend (more on that this afternoon, stay tuned!) we’ve prepared a “just the essentials” travel bag. Well, apart from our phones, chargers, wallets and wipes, ehem, this is all we will take with us:
1. A medium size cross body bag. Free hands, cute colour, nice leather. It ticks all the right boxes. We bought this one in Hakei, one of our favourite Spanish shops. They have the best leather and fantastic designs.
2. Our camera. In fact we usually take two cameras with us. This one is our Canon Powershot S120. It’s small, easy to use (well, I still have to learn a few tricks) and records video too.
3. A notebook and a pen. To write drown all things important. And scrawling, mostly.
4. Oil blotting papers. Planes are awful to our skin, that’s why we always end up with terrible dry patches or shining noses. Or both. These are perfect to touch up and feel all clean and pull together.
5. Mints. Obvious.
6. We don’t really like to wear proper make up during flights, but it’s always good to add a little bit of color and a tad of moisture to our poor dehydrated lips. For that, this lip balm is our favourite.
7. I don’t know about you, but travelling always leave me exhausted. I know, I know, how can I be tired after a few hours seated somewhere? But still. Dull face, yellow skin and, again, dry patches. So to pamper myself and feel a little bit like Victoria Beckham at the airport (that is, fabulous) I always take a travel size simple of my favourite face cream with me.
8. And finally, noise cancelling headphones. I know someone who gets really nervous without them…
What about you? Any travel essential?
Last week we attended the most wonderful foodie experience: a French cheese tasting. It took place in our favourite restaurants in Bremen, Presse. Even though we eat there at least once a week, we hadn’t still attended one of their special nights. Two months ago, when we saw they have programmed a French cheese tasting, we couldn’t say no and booked our seats. If you love cheese, you are going to love this post! Continue reading
It’s 9 o’clock and I’m seated on the terrace of a tiny cafe next to Piazzale Roma. In fornt of me, a quiet canal where some gondole are still sleeping. It’s cloudy and I’m actually freezing, but I don’t want to miss the view: the dark green water contrasts with the golden details of the gondole. Even in this modest canal behind Piazzale Roma, Venice is wonderful.
Well, this post should have been called P. needs it, I already have it. A couple of years ago I bought a beautiful Burberry trench with leather details that became immediately my favourite piece. I wear it basically everyday in Autumn. It’s one of the first things I’d save if there was a fire in my house. That’s how much I love it. Lately, we have been looking for a trench that suits P. This is our selection:
1. The classic Burberry trench, of course. It’s obviously an investment, but it’s worth every cent. It’s timeless, it enhaces every silhouette and makes you look like a million dollar. Even if you wear it with jeans and Converse.
2. This light trench could be another option. It has a minimalistic vibe that makes it really cool. The light color is really nice too.
3. P’s favourite. We saw it the other day in a store in Hamburg and it triggered the search of the perfect trench. We both know this is the one she wants, but let’s keep looking…
4. A flowy trenchcoat. Zara always offers its take on trends and classics. This version seems to be borrowed from the boys and has camouflage lining.
5. This relaxed, casual little number would be perfect for everyday working looks.
But again, I know she wants number 3. Which one is your favourite?
Have you ever thought that some destinations are better if enjoyed at a certain age? Well, I do think that every age has its destinations. Long exotic journeys are for those years in college and things like tours around Tuscany call for a more mature and slow-paced travellers. Well, we feel that we belong in the latter group, so we’ve been planing a road trip in Tuscany for a while.
It would be nice to spend a few days in Florence breathing art and history. Then we could rent a car and get lost in the famous Tuscan countryside. Eat, drink, relax, repeat. I know is a fantasy that most of us have: Tuscany! It’s almost a brand, a cliché… but wouldn’t it be nice to make it a reality?
We’ve used the same fragances for years. For her, by Narciso Rodriguez for P. and Le Feau Light by Issey Miyake for me. P. still uses the famous velvety scent by Narciso Rodriguez but my beloved perfume was discontinued three years ago. Drama. Why oh why did they discontinue that wonderful fresh scent? Since then, I’ve been using Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne mostly. But recently we’ve discovered our mutual passion for masculine aromas. They are susually lighter, fresher and more vibrant than most women fragances, which we usually find too sweet or too powerful.