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French destinations for Autumn

23 Oct

65ef04b0254a14f067fa128e5298aa07Who hasn’t dreamt about a romantic Parisian getaway in Autumn? I know, I know, it’s a cliché… but wouldn’t it be nice? The faded light, the warm croissants, the cold sunsets… But for those who prefer travelling off the beaten track, there’s more to France than Paris. That’s why we’ve put up a list of other French destinations just as charming but not so crowded. Continue reading

We need this! Fjallräven backpacks

22 Oct

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I’ve always wondered how people live without a nice good old backpack. We absolutely can’t. Even though we sometimes think it’s about time to leave them behind, we go back to them looking for comfort, practicality and that casual vibe that we love. When travelling we always ask for those three attributes, so backpacks are a must. Besides, they make you look younger. It’s a fact. (My birthday was last week, so I’m quite sensitive about aging lately, sorry ;)

But we care about design, obviously. We love beautiful accessories, even backpacks. And well, who doesn’t know these cute square bags? They are all over the place now. You can blame hipsters…  or you can just admit that they are pretty cool (the two adjectives we were fishing for!), because they are. Did you know they were originally design in 1978 for Swedish school children? Those Scandinavians are always so trendy… And did you know that Fjäll Raven has other collections of day packs that are equally awesome? We have chosen our favourites  (those Autumn colours!) and put together a little selection for you on the picture above. They also have a fantastic tote, which I can imagine would be wonderful for mummies who travel and even a day pack that doubles as a chair!!!! How amazing is that? After spending six hours last Sunday standing in a terrible German train (thanks, railway strike!) I can see how convenient that could be.

We already have our look for our Autumn adventures: boyfriend jeans, white sneakers, a cashmere sweater and one of these backpacks. Which one would you choose?

PS: This post was sponsored by Fjäll Raven. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make The slow pace possible.

Padova

21 Oct

Padua_1The first memory I have of Padova is an image of my feet. I think  was 6 years old. I was wearing a new pair of beautiful navy Victorias. We were on the street waiting to cross the road and my feet were burning. Were my bright white soles melting? It was boiling hot! Now that I think about it, my first memory of Padova was a #fromwhereIstand shot! Anyway, I used to visit Padova with my mum every Summer. I’m not going to lie: at first I hated it. The heat, the confusing streets, the visits we had to pay to hundreds of old women who gave me sticky dried fruits that I pretended to like because it would have been rude not to do so… But as I grew older, I started listening to those ladies: they were my grandma’s friends and they told me amazing yet terrifying stories about the II World War and how my family survived. As time went by, those streets turned out to be the settting of my grandparents love story. And when I was a teenager, I discovered the shops where my mum used to buy her clothes and where she would buy the best ice cream. Continue reading

An afternoon at the market

16 Oct

Bassano_7Every 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

Moodboard: Heidelberg

14 Oct

moodboard_heidelberg16 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!

What’s in my bag? Travel edition

14 Oct

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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?

Thoughts about Venice

9 Oct

Venice_Sept_2014_05It’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.
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Moodboard: Tuscany

7 Oct

moodboard_tuscany_1Have 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.
moodboard_tuscany_2It 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?

Moroccan Spa with Mediteranique

2 Oct

riad-fes_1villadesorangersEvery season has its trends. Also when it comes to travelling. When we think about Autumn we usually picture ourselves in the woods, by the fire place in a cosy rustic retreat or exploring a Central European city. While this sounds completely inviting, sometimes we feel like escaping, experiencing something new and changing your life if only for a few days. All in all, that’s what most of us look for when travelling, isn’t it? Then, why not thinking outside the box?
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Moodboard: Morocco

30 Sep

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We have to confess that Morocco was not very high on our bucket list. P. visited Casablanca a few years ago and came back with mixed feelings. I’ve never been to Morocco and never gave it a thought, to be honest. But recently, we’ve started reading about new hotel openings, camps in the dessert, crowded markets and lonely walks in the Atlas Mountains… and now we have the urge to visit and get to know Morocco.

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What about you? Is Morocco on your bucket list? If so, stay tuned for Thursday because we will share with you something that might interest you ;)

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