Year: 2016

The book that you need to read

Airport layovers are the best moments to buy makeup, magazines and books. A few years ago we discovered this little bookshop in Frankfurt’s airport and it has become a mandatory stop everytime we change flights in Frankfurt. It mostly sells paperbacks and pocket editions but over the years we’ve found very interesting books there. It has a very compelling selection, from bestsellers to independent authors.  Last August we stopped in Frankfurt on our way to Rome and I bough this book: Prisioners of geography, by Tim Marshall. I’ve already read it twice. It’s brilliant. Jaw-dropping. Eye-opening. It has made me understand so many things about current politics that now I recommend it to everyone. I even took notes while reading! The main theme is geopolitics, which is absolutely fascinating, but it covers international civil and military affairs, it explains some of the most intricate conflicts in such a clear yet meticulous way that you will be exclaiming ooohhs!, aaahhs! and whaaaaats? all the time. If you like history and geopolitics, you’ll love this book. And if …

Postcards from Rome

It’s been a month since we visited Rome but it feels like a year. September has been hectic to say the least but we finally get to share some pictures of our very own Roman Holidays. Maybe we inspire you to plan a getaway to the wonderful Eternal City? Its beautiful ochre façades will sure be the best background for the golden Autumn sun.     We spent a short weekend in Rome with friends, so it was more about enjoying our time together than exploring the city. That’s why we took it slowly…. but we did squeeze in some sightseeing, aperitivi and dolce vita in our schedule. Rome, with it’s hoards of tourists and its impressive history is better if you take a detour and look for the hidden cobblestone alleys, wake up early and go for late night gelato runs.     The highlights of our weekend were the quiet early morning breakfasts in the tiny café located just under our apartment, the views from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, the very refreshing aperitivo at …

Autumn squash soup with an Asian twist

Long weekend ahead? We get a cold, obviously. These past days we’ve been fighting the flu. Somehow it seems we are winning, thanks partly to the oldest weapon againt colds: soup. This one in particular has the star ingredient of the season, squash, but also some of the best ingredients to give your health a boost: ginger, garlic and coriander. To make this delicious, zesty yet velvety, uttlery comforting soup, you will need: 1 butternut squash 2 large onions, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 3 cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped 1,5 litres chicken broth Juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon of soya sauce Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) To prepare the amazing lemony coriander oil that adds the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the squash and the onions, you will need: 2 handfuls of fresh coriander (leaves and stalks) finely chopped Zest of one lemon 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 8 tablespoons EVOO Black pepper We found the original recipe, which we’ve modified a …

The best coffee in Hamburg

With that beautiful faded light in the mornings and the first orange leaves in the trees, Autumn is slowly but surely making its way into our lives. Since this year we’ve had a few days of Summer with proper high temperatures and crazy humidity, we are looking forward to the new season, which by the way has always been my favourite. It’s the best time of the year for that slow life we love so much: candles, blankets, crispy air, rosy cheeks and afternoons in lovely cafes sipping warm, comforting lattes. We happen to live near one of the best cities to sip coffee: Hamburg. With its huge port, its lovely classic city center, the most amazing shops and that cold North Sea air that blows strongly, Hamburg is our favourite destination for a Saturday of shopping and coffee. Here you have our favourite coffee addict addresses: Coffee Table Mags (Wexstraße 28): we discovered this place on Instagram, because the owner posts the most beautiful images: wooden tables, unique magazines and coffee, that is, heaven. …

Chanel Le Rouge Collection : Candeur et experience

So Autumn is here and it’s time to revisit the usual suspects: tartan, berry lips, pumpkin lattes and velvet. I love the crispy air and the traditions that come with it, so I can’t be more excited. However, this year Autumn brings something new beautywise, Le Rouge Collection by Chanel. And what did I pick from the whole collection? An eyeshadow quad, of course. The beautiful Candeur et experience multi effect quadra eyeshadow. After reading lots of reviews I decided to buy it but obviously it wasn’t that easy. Finally I did find it during a short layover in Amsterdam Schiphol airport (one day we’ll have to talk about the correlation between the number of layovers per year and the number of beauty products bought per year). Hurrah! It was mine! All I had to do was wait until any occasion to wear red, brown, warm eyes. I didn’t find it because the weather has been quite nice, oddly enough, and I ‘m trying to make the most of the sun and the Summer colours …

5 tips to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

We’ve talked about our approach to sightseeing before and while we don’t stress over visiting all the sights any more, there are a few places in the world that we simply cannot miss, even if we have visited them a few times before. St. Peter’s Basilica is one of them. We could be in Rome with friends, with family, rain or shine… but we always find a bit of time to visit this breathtaking, sumptuous building. It can be overwhelming, it can be terribly crowded and it can certainly feel soulless. But it is one of the most beautiful things built by men. So here you have a few tips to make the most of your visit: 1 – Get up early. It opens its doors at 7 o’clock, so be there as early as you can. It’s the best way to avoid the crowds and the faded morning light not only makes the atmosphere magical, but also creates fascinating effects over the marble.   2 – Cover yourself: this tip is ridiculous or at least …

Our favourite magazines

If there is something that you will always see in our home is a bunch of magazines spread all over. We are subscribed to a bunch of them and we always buy loads in airports, train stations or local stores. They are our faithful companions during flights, Saturday afternoons at home and, of course, vacations. Our love for magazines started a long ago. I think I’ve been subscribed to Elle (Spanish edition) for more than 15 years. While it’s not my first choice anymore when I grab a copy from one of our several magazine racks, I just can’t unsubscribe… I’m emotionally attached to it! Though my first obsession was Ragazza, a Spanish publication that filled my high school and first University years with the most fashionable trends and not so healthy diet advice. Those were the times when the concept politically incorrect didn’t exist, supermodels run the world and lycra and chockers constrained our bodies. By the way, I can’t believe chockers are back in fashion. Dazed and Confused was a magazine that we used …