Today we are off to Spain!!!! Applause, applause!!! While looking for some travel outfit ideas I stumbled across this picture. Isn’t that outfit perfect in its simplicity? Obviously I had to discover who that girl was… And thanks to Pinterest I found her! Meet Paulien, also known as Polienne.
Travel changes you. It makes us leave our comfort zones and face new experiences, new challenges and new cultures. But what if we really look for that change? What if that personal growth is the aim, not a collateral effect? Choose these non conventional retreats for that spiritual peace and personal transformation.
The town of Meteora, about a 5-hour drive north of Athens in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site – six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on enormous rock pinnacles that rise up to 1,300 feet from the valley floor. Six of the monasteries still operate today. Several of the monasteries are accessible to tourists on a road connecting the rock towers. Byzantine frescoes and architecture are a sight to see, and the views are breathtaking into the valley.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
During centuries, St, Jame’s Path has been an spiritual journey for those who, religious or not, looked for growth and personal change. This journey ends in Santiago de Compostela, which historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Stay at Hospedería San Martin Pianaro, a monastery that has been home to the pilgrims since the sixteenth century.
Conca dei Marini, Italy
The renovation of Monastero Santa Rosa, a seventeenthth-century monastery, has resulted in a unique Amalfi boutique hotel steeped in history and set in gloriously scented tiered gardens. Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer cliff above the Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini, this resort could be the perfect retreat for those who look for the perfect balance between solitude and luxury.
Benediktushaus is an old monastery wonderfully located in the center of Vienna. According to the tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict, the Scottish Abbey also runs a guesthouse. This bed-and-breakfast is embedded in the historical buildings complex of the Benedictine monastery. It was established in 1980 and extensively renovated over the last years. No TVs or radios and only five guestrooms guarantee that much neede peace.
Shojoshin-in Monastery, Japan
This large traditional Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest temples on Mount Koya (Koyasan). During a stay at Shojoshin-in monastery, the guest gets to see how monks in a monastery actually live, making it a once in a lifetime, unique experience. Breakfast ready at 5.30 am, vegan food served in your own private room, late-night strolls to the mausoleum and meditation time at the temple provide a very authentic, serene experience.
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We love tiny delicate jewellery. That is what we wear… if we wear any jewellery at all. But I have a thing for statement necklaces. I just can’t help it. I think they immediately dress up an outfit, make it look more polished, 0riginal and edgy. I love them. Last week I discovered this brand, Toubab Paris, and I thought I had to include their work in this section because I really need one of its pieces. I really do. They look exotic… but they actually are hand-made in France. The designer, Maud Villaret, creates unusual pieces that bring together travel treasures, symbols, poetry and colour. And they are absolutely stunning. Don’t you think they would be the perfect accessory for your Summer looks?
They are launchig their on-line shop shoon. In the mean time check here their points of sale!
One name: Gaudí. His work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre.
2. New York
One area: the meat packing district. Design-forward restaurants, bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and artists’ residences in a neighborhood formerly known for its meat warehouses.
One place: The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design collects art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919–1933), one of the most influential schools of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century.
One sight: the futuristic skyscraper business district known as La Défense. Plans have been approved for the Hermitage Towers — a project designed by British architect Norman Foster. When finished, these twin towers will be the tallest skyscrapers in Europe.
One garden: Jardin Marjorelle. The garden is named after its creator, Jacques Majorelle, a French born artist who settled in Marrakesh in 1919 to continue his career as a painter. Majorelle died in 1962 and the gardens remained unkept, until 1980, when the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the property and restored it.
One museum: the Triennale Design Museum. Opened in 2007, this is the first museum of Italian design. It offers the visitor the chance to discover the excellence of Italian design through unedited points of view. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares.
One river: at the mouth of the Douro River, the medieval city of Porto, Portugal, is undergoing an architectural renaissance. Old world icons, such as the baroque Torre dos Clérigos bell tower , contrast with contemporary buildings by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura.
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We first visited this restaurant because we wanted to try their burgers. And they were gooood. The tartufo burger wass superb. But that day we didn’t have our camera with us so we came back…
We continue our search for the most charming places to spend an unforgettable Summer in Europe. Today we travel to the Isle of Harris, in Scotland.
We’ve been using these products over and over again for the last month, so we might as well share them with you because they are absolutely fantastic. We are not beauty experts but, from not beauty expert to another… do you want to have a look? Continue reading
In a couple of weeks we will be flying to Spain to visit friends and family. We just can’t wait! Before heading to the beach, we will be spending a few days in our beloved Madrid. Oh, we miss that city! We lived there for a few years and we always dream about coming back. There is something about Madrid that makes it unique: you always feel welcome. It doesn’t matter where you come from, this city will make you feel at home in no time. We are looking forward to visiting this exhibition, meeting our friends for tapas in La Latina (with a couple of new babies hopefully!) and finally seeing my old coworkers, who I haven’t seen in a long time.
But we need your help: any new addresses that we just can’t miss? New restaurants, bars or shops? We would be really thankful if you leave us your tips on the comment section! Thanks a million!