Today, we had a good weather here in Austria and we finally had some sun. It reminded me of a breezy summer night. It made me wonder where would I go after June 15th when the European borders open again and Croatia, the magical city with the nicest beaches and best food, came to my mind.
Last summer I visited Dubrovnik and it was a trip to remember.
When I first arrived, I stayed at a beachfront hotel outside the old city, before I cruise to Montenegro.
however, when I came back I wanted to experience the night inside the walls and I picked the most charming boutique hotel in the city.
So today I am sharing with the St Joseph’s Guesthouse, a 16th century former nobleman’s home carefully renovated to balance Dubrovnik’s history with luxury for you to consider in case you decided to visit Dubrovnik this summer.
This hotel is perfect for a romantic city break and great to explore the Old town rich history.
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 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 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.
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.