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Travel Thursday #8 Seville

RoofHey all, This week we are in Seville, Spain for Travel Thursday. I was there about a month ago now (sorry for late post). I think it is already one of my favourite cities so I will definetly be back. The architecture and scenery all over the city is a architecture fan’s biggest love. Everywhere you look is picture perfect.
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feetBuildingGuitarHotelI was in Seville for less than 48 hours on my way to Portugal. Seville is probably the epitome in Europe of East meets West. You can see the impact of the Moorish influence all over the city. Perfect day is to first walk through the city heading to the Alcazar, (you should pass the Cathedral on your way). When you come out the Alcazar walk in the narrow alleyways and then you should come to Jardins de Murillo, sit, observe and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Once you have recovered from your morning’s walking and sightseeing, then head through the gardens to the Tobacco Factory and onto the Hotel Alfonso XIII for lunch.  The Hotel Alfonso XIII is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever been in. I could share 50 photos here but kept it just to two. Imagine though an old Spanish palace with beautiful long corridors, all decorated with tiles and mosaic from the Moorish era and wonderfully fabulous gardens. This is a must-visit if your in Seville to feel like you stepped back to an era past.

After lunch and relaxation then jump on a horse and carriage outside the hotel and take a tour of Parque de Maria Luisa, this is where the beautiful building of the Plaza Espana is and I can honestly say, that not only is the Parque beautiful the Plaza Espana is magnificent (again could have showed you at least 50 photos).

After your Carriage ride have them drop you off by the Cathedral and head to the hotel EME Fusion Hotel. Take a quick tour of this beautiful boutique hotel before heading to the roof terrace for drinks and watch the sunset over the city, with fabulous views of the Cathedral. After soaking up the best view of Seville head downstairs for dinner at Santo. This is a beautiful design restaurant with Hans Wegner’s wishbone chairs adorn this sophisticated restaurant.  Its a well executed Mediterranean menu so you won’t be disappointed by the food. Be prepared to eat with the best of Seville and you’ll want to take this restaurant back to your hometown. The atmosphere is understatedly hip and the design beautiful and a great jazz duo playing live music.

Yes I love Seville and can’t wait to go back!

Ciao for now xx

 

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Travel Thursday #7 PCH

DSC_0487DSC_0353DSC_0423DSC_0329DSC_0523DSC_0559DSC_0451DSC_0448DSC_0585DSC_0457DSC_0284The roadtrip on California’s Highway 1 was a dream come true, I had seen a documentary on this trip and had wanted to do this for so long. As you know, I recently had a milestone birthday and to celebrate with my parents, we flew to the West Coast of USA and stayed a few days in LA and you can read all about that on the blog here and here. After LA we headed to Santa Barbara which I totally fell in love with.

However, I had so many photos from this trip that I wanted to show you, I have narrowed it down to the ones above and I hope this gives you a good impression of why PCH is so worth a road trip. We sadly run out of time and didn’t make it to San Francisco but, for sure I will do this trip again from North to South and go all the way to San Diego.

If you want any tips and tricks please leave your comments below and I will fill you in to the best of my knowledge!

Are you road tripping this summer?

Ciao for now xx

Architectural Inspiration

DSC_0290DSC_0287DSC_0304DSC_0303I love Architecture it can keep me entertained for hours, its one of the reasons I love to live in Amsterdam and Dubai because there are great buildings everywhere. In Venice there are so many different types of houses. This is a quick post of some of the houses that caught my eye. I love the ones that line the beach and always imagine I could live in one of those. In fact, I always say if I win the lottery I would buy a place there (fingers crossed).

As for the last two houses they are from the canal area and I also wanted to show you that it’s not just the Beach front where there is so much diversity but all around Venice of course, arguably this kind of architectural diversity is all over LA but sadly some properties are not so easy to photography especially those in the Hills.

Which house would you like to live in?

Ciao for now xx

Travel Thursday #6 Venice and Santa Monica

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Hey all, well this is the first post of quite a few from my recent trip to the West Coast of America. If you follow me on twiiter or instagram then you would know I did a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Well, I didn’t make it to San Francisco as I ran out of time so I will be back soon and starting from north to south next time.

Here is a post on one of my favourite areas of Los Angeles; Venice and Santa Monica. What I love about Venice is the scenery and the people watching. I can spend hours sitting on the Venice boardwalk just watching people and being a little nosy and listening in on people’s conversations. When I go to Venice I love to go to Danny’s Deli as they have the best French Toast….. just so you get the picture, imagine sitting in the sun watching skate boarders go by and surfers coming back from their morning surf and then digging into french toast tossed with fresh fruit …. yes this is the best way to spend a morning!

Following filling your tummy walk along the Board Walk and head onto the beach to do some more people watching. All along the boardwalk there are street performers and plenty of kitch shops to keep you enterained. My favourite thing though about being in Venice is to look at all the houses on the beach front and then walk up South Venice Boulevard and head towards the Venice Canals. In my opinion this is the most architecturally stylish area in Los Angeles, the houses are all so different and it is quiet which makes it the most relaxing place to walk around. If you guys love Californication as much as I do you’ll know Hank and Becca often take walks around the canals …. I guess also because they sometimes need time out from their slightly crazy lives.

After my morning stroll it was time to head to Santa Monica, and I went via Shutters on the beach ….. this is one of the most elegant hotels that has an old colonial feel to it. I like to spend my meal times in hotel lounges and the best thing about this one is that you can sit on the terrace delve into a delicious burger with a cocktail and an uniterrupted view of Santa Monica pier. After lunch, walk up and down the pier and take in the atmosphere and if you have time chill out on a bench and sit and listen to the sea. I don’t know if you guys have a happy place but mine is listening to the rythm of the waves and I also love the salty smell of the sea so for me I could spend a couple of hours doing nothing here.

From the pier you can head onto 3rd Street Promenade which is a mini shopping heaven. Head to Bloomigdales and Barney’s of New York in the mini mall area and then head to Kitson for cute gift ideas and gorgeous t-shirts. Recently I have been going crazy for t-shirts because they are so simple and paired with my skinny jeans they just make the perfect outfit.

After this, cross the road  walk down 3rd street and wonder in and out of stores and try if you can to keep your credit card in your wallet. After you’ve done enough shopping on 3rd, then head to my shopping must-stop; Fred Segal. This must be one of the best concept stores I have ever been too. Whenever, I am in LA I make a bee-line for this store and usually spend at least an hour in the fitting rooms because they are so many amazing brands, IRO, Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang and JET to name a few. This time I picked up some t-shirts and a great pair of limited design Nike’s …. I  m sure you’ll see them on the blog soon.

Aside from these essentials I recommend just walking and cruising in your car around both Venice and Santa Monica. There are so many places to see and the street art in Venice is inspiring and for the European eye it has a retro feel that makes it feel so different. Next time I promise to bring you a whole new set of photos to show you just how diverse the area is. One thing is for sure though I won’t miss my french toast 😉

Have you been to Venice or Santa Monica or do you live there? Send me and other readers your tips and tricks in the comments box.

T-shirt by  Sandro, Hat: Venice Boardwalk

Ciao for now xx

Travel Thursday #4 …….. Zanzibar

After we met Maria the model and DJ I promised to share her story from Zanzibar so I have finally managed to find time to do this for you guys. Zanzibar is high on my list to visit so I was intrigued by what Maria had to say about it. What I’ll tell you all is that my lust for Zanzibar has increased dramatically since my conversation with her at the Dylan in Amsterdam. I always imagined bright turqoise sea, exotic landscapes and hidden coves and beautfiul East African architecture.

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Maria said “I think I had such a great time in Zanzibar because I didn’t know what to expect and then I arrived on this beautiful island and I was in love”. This to me is the best thing about travel you don’t know what to expect and then its amazing and your swept off your feet!

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In this picture Maria looks dressed for Zanzibar in a relaxed easy going dress that is so feminine.

I asked Maria for her tips for and she said “Be prepared for a tropical paradise, just wonder around, relax and try new foods”.  Although this was not her first trip to Africa it was her first to middle Africa and she has already visited the northern countries.

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Maria stayed at http://staroftheeast.diamonds-resorts.com and flew to Zanzibar via Kenya.

Do you want to visit Zanzibar?

Ciao for now xx

Travel Thursday #4 …….. Maria’s Photo Diary

As Maria has traveled so many places and in my interview with her we talked extensively about St. Tropez and Miami I wanted to share her DJ travel pics with you.

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What’s your favorutie pic from Maria’s diary? Would you rather go to Miami or St.Tropez

Ciao for now xx

P.S look out later today for Maria in Zanzibar

Travel Thursday #3 …… Lake Como

Hello to the travel fans out there. Last week I told you about my trip to Milan and after many trips to the wonderful Italian city I finally made my way north to the Lakes where I had been hoping to go for a long time. I’ll say this straight away the saying “good things come to those who wait” is true for the lakes. I stayed with my family in Lake Como at a wonderful villa with a fabulous view over the lake. I should maybe change the wonderful villa description because I later discovered my mum had seen a ghost in the kitchen (believe it if you can). When visiting the Italian lakes it is very popular to stay in villas. Be very careful when you book your as there are lots of dodgy/fake ads out there where they scam your money.

Below you can see the gorgeous colours of Lake Como and no matter what time of the day its picture perfect. I had been wanting to visit Lake Como since I saw Oceans Twelve . I have been convinced for most of my adult life that if I met George Clooney for long enough he would have me move in his villa and we would be doing groceries and live happy for ever after (some people say I m delusional).

So aside from trying to meet George Clooney there is plenty to see and do at Lake Como. If you’re a boat enthusiast then this is the place for you ……. I would highly recommend taking the ferries across the lake to the different villages visiting all the little boutiques where you can be great unique things. You must visit Villas dotted all over the lake if your like me and love Architecture you will be very inspired. You can also drive or cycle but its magical being on the water surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the mountains, green landscapes, beautiful boats and colourful villas. There wasn’t one moment at Lake Como that wasn’t pleasing to the eye! See in the photos below how perfect the scenery is.

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View from aboveView of the Lakesunset from the villa viewRoom with a ViewI would say the only disappointing thing about Lake Como was the weather and food. We had temperamental weather with sun and rain which of course meant we had thunder too. This doesn’t create the setting for laying by the lake and catching Mr. Clooney’s eye whilst reading magazines and sipping on something cold and tasty.

The food was tourist food, I think to have good Italian it’s never a good idea to be where there are lots of tourists. I feel that Italians don’t like to cook for tourists who don’t appreciate good, unusual food. Moral of the story here, don’t come to Lake Como hoping to taste amazing Italian!

I got to Lake Como via Milan with KLM.

Have you been to the Lakes and which one do you think is best?

Ciao for now xx