My Sweet Escape

Did you visit La Provence yet? if not you definitely need to plan a visit next year.
As you all know by now I have a special flair for the south and southeast of France, and lately I am trying to visit the villages known as “les plus beaux village de France”. Today i am heading to Gordes.
Built on the foothill of the Mont Vaucluse facing the Luberon, Gordes is known as most beautiful village in La Provence, with all its cultural events in the summer, its museum, concerts and exhibition.
Gordes is three hour by train from Paris, two and a half hour driving from Nice, and 45 min from Marseille Airport.
We arrived around 3 pm, at La Bastide du Gordes, a Beautiful Palace in the heart of the village with spectacular view.
The hotel has a different nice restaurant. First, we tried L’Orangerie restaurant where they serve meals in a typical Provencal style in a bistro setting with a selection of Mediterranean products. We enjoyed meals on the terrace amidst the raised gardens with a panoramic view of the Luberon valley. However, breakfast at L’Orangerie was my favorite: an impressive, colorful and tasty buffet. Then we tried at night RESTAURANT PÈIR de PIERRE GAGNAIRE, a three Michelin star restaurant where you can taste the best Provencal cuisine by showcasing and honoring the products and flavors of the region;
The town is built around a rock, and on the top are the church and castle. Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh were all inspired by the charm and romance of this little town. I really enjoyed walking the narrow streets, admiring the beautiful old stone houses, the mesmerizing sceneries and the history of art in each corner of the charming small galleries. Don’t miss The Moulin des Bouillons, a former olive oil mill which is very well preserved.
The Abbey of Sénanque – a gem of Romanesque art – has also become a symbol of Provence. Set in the bottom of a small valley 10 min away from Gordes, it is still occupied by Cistercian monks who harvest the lavender grown in its fields. Unfortunately, lavender was cultivated in August, so I didn’t enjoy the smell or the view, but if you are planning a trip to Gordes, June will be the best time.

24 Hours in Rome

24 hours are never enough to explore any city, but Rome had always been my special escape, but today I’m here for work.When in Rome, I always stay at the Gran Melia Hotel Villa Agrippina located right next to the Vatican, the hotel is intimate and cozy holding luxury history in its architecture with exquisite taste and elegance contemporary design of the rooms. 

Today i did not have time to enjoy the pool or the gardens. I woke up early and directly to my meeting, and then went to lunch at Aroma next to colosseum.


I also edited a short movie for this trip.

What is your favorite city in Italy?

Courchevel 1850

I was so lucky this season to have the chance to Ski in the largest & most luxurious ski area in the world, it was a dream . Courchevel in the French Alps completely blew my mind away, but the weather wasn’t  a pure perfection but still i managed to enjoy the  beautiful landscape and the charm of this glamorous village. It was my first time skiing, the excitement I got on the flawless white slopes, it was a great experience, I felt so free and light.

L’Apogee Hotel:

This was my first time in Courchevel.  I stayed at 

L’Apogee Hotel, a stylish and warm place on the peak of pretty Jardin Alpin.This place was absolutely magical, My room was chic and cozy with a picture_perfect view, the staff were friendly and helpful, the breakfast area is cozy and warm and perfect for afternoon tea too. and the hotel has a direct access to the slopes.

Honestly 4 nights are not enough in Courchevel, but I enjoyed every second. 


Make sure to make all your restaurants reservation in advance even before flying there, because they are fully booked most of the time. My preferred restaurants are Cap horn for lunch after a long day of ski, La Mangeoire is a fancy restaurant great for dinners and parties, Le Chalet de Pierre is casual and Cozy, it has a huge terrace where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktails.

I had an elite alpine experience even before i arrived to Courchevel. 

The concierege was very helpful, He guided me through this experience, and made sure i enjoy my stay to the fullest. 

I made this short video hope you will enjoy it.


La Dordogne Best Villages Day 3

Today is my last day on this beautiful river, the last village we visited is the Domme a beautiful town with views over the river and the countryside.

Don’t forget to enjoy your coffee in the town and walk on the river enjoying the remains of the fortified walls that surrounded parts of Domme, or have a picnic in the jardin public (public Garden) before you go up to the hill.



This trip was my favorite so far, the southwest of France is a must visit for sure, what is your favorite vacation destination?


La Dordogne Best Villages Day 2

My Second village on the list is perched above the  Dordogne driver and it is member of the “les plus beaux villages de France” association LA ROQUE-GAGEA

The golden yellow houses with their traditional perigord grooves, line the river and spread up the hill behind. 

The road up to the hill is stiff but it s worth the walk. I explored the narrow streets with the small shops each side, the church is Magical. The Sceneries from the hill are truly a postcard pictures. 


La roque-gageac has always been a touristic landmark on the Dordogne river where you will find the boats cruising for hours starting at La roque-gageac passing the Chateau de la Malarti, Chateau Lacoste, Chateau Marqueyssac and Chateau de Castelnaud,, each has a guide describing the sights.

Are you planning any vacation soon?