Last month we went on a five-day skiing trip to Val di Fassa in the Northern Italian region of Trentino. The last few years we shifted from skiing in Austria to skiing in Italy, and that's mostly because we became real enthusiasts about all things Italian, but also because we find Italian slopes to be really well maintained, often wide and sunny, and then, there is this atmosphere of wildness, roughness and the sense of freedom that you get surrounded by bare rocky peaks of the Dolomites.Read More
We came to Kew on October afternoon, which except for being a bit chilly, turned out to be the perfect timing both for the colors of the leaves that started to turn yellow, red and brown, but also for the late afternoon light that pierced through the branches of the trees and over the river Thames. I would love to come back in spring, to observe the changes and the rush of colors and life coming into the garden.Read More
t has become a tradition on this blog to write one long post at the beginning of each year, about all the things I loved in the previous year, and I'm keeping with it. It is a lovely tradition. I am so excited with the idea of sharing things I love (things being a bit clumsy word for all the travels, music, artists, books, moments, foods) that it had occurred to me more than once doing it as a monthly post, but it hasn't happened yet. There is such a long list of past travel stories waiting to be told, photos waiting to be published. For now, let me share with you my favorite things and snippets from 2017.Read More
In October we visited London. We have had that trip in our minds for so long, that we created some kind of fuss about it- it should be the perfect time of the year, we should stay longer, we should plan well in advance... When we finally booked the tickets in April, I started researching a bit (ok, a lot), and it was overwhelming. Will I waste my week in London because of poor planning?
My plan was to do London a neighborhood a day, for it would save us time. Turned out, it was all so exciting that we would start the day at the Tower Bridge, explore all the nooks and crannies of the City, then take a long walk down the South Bank, hop on a bus to Belgravia just for some very famous cupcakes, then head to Soho (as it was our go-to destination almost every evening), to have one last beer in one of the pubs of Clapham. For someone who hasn't been to London, what I just said doesn't mean much, but let's just say we didn't do London a neighborhood a day, we were all over the place.Read More
With a nasty cold, fever and cough that I had, we still decided to make a day trip from Rostock (where we were staying for 3 days) and visit Ahrenshoop, a village inside Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park. A beautiful Instagram profile called Seesuechtig and created by talented Anja Hapke, made us want to visit Rostock in the first place, a relatively short drive from Berlin, where we spent the month of February. Anja's photography is one of my favorite things to look and marvel at on Instagram, and I still can't figure out how does she manage to take a perfect shot just about each time. I contacted Anja upon our arrival in Berlin, with a couple of questions about the region of Vorpommern and places that she'd recommend us to visit. She was kind and friendly, and answered with a ton of ideas (some of which we unfortunately didn't have time to realise, but saving them for the next time). We met for a drink in Rostock, talking about her region, tourism, social networks and the community they're creating. Connecting people have really been a positive side of it all.Read More