Category Archives: TRAVEL

WEEKEND ESCAPE: BOUTIQUE HOTEL DWARS IN AMSTERDAM

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Hotel Dwars is a small boutique hotel in a cool area of Amsterdam, just a few steps away from the vibrant Utrechtsestraat which is known for great shopping and food. There are only 9 rooms and it is wise to book well in advance as this hotel is quite popular. Rooms are cozy and have comfortable beds, the location right in the centre of Amsterdam is just perfect. For more information and bookings, you can vist Hotel Dwars’ website here.

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A CHARACTERFUL HOLIDAY HOME IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

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This beautiful house is located in the lovely French village of Lalanne-Arque, which is situated within Midi-Pyrénées region in the South of France. The building, which has been renovated with respect for original features, is divided into two holiday houses (which can be connected). The first one (originally the stable) is suitable for a group of 2 to 6 people and the second house can be rented for up to 2 people. Both houses are decorated in a warm, natural style with lots of character. You can find more information here on Maison Vire’s website (you can use Google translator for a translation).

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ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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We, as a family, love spending time outdoors. We do not go on multiple day hikes but we do enjoy Sunday morning walks with our dog in a nearby park, building a bonfire in our garden and roasting marshmallows, and drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine (you can find a great recipe here). Today on the blog some outdoor fun inspiration and some of my favorite ‘outdoor gear’ which you can find at the end of the post. I love the Swedish Hestra Nordic Wool Mittens, they are not only good looking but keep my hands warm as well. Also, the Woolrich Chalet Slippers are my favorite slippers for inside, I have them in black and red. Stanley Flask is one of the best there is and keeps my coffee, tea, chocolate, or wine warm. The Feuerhand lantern is a classic: the factory in Germany has been producing these hurricane lanterns for more than 100 years. It burn up to 20 hours! The Penfield Rockwool Down Women Jacket is stylish and warm. And one of my all time favorites are the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots which will last a life time. These boots gained popularity through the movie Wild in which Reese Witherspoon was wearing these boots.

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A RUSTIC CHIC VIBE ON THE ISLAND OF MYKONOS

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With temperatures dropping here, I more and more have summer holiday on my mind. Yesterday I posted about this stunning holiday home on Syros and today we stay in Greece with these delicious images of beach club Scorpio on the island of Mykonos. I just love the rustic stylish decor with natural materials! You can see more (of the inside) of Scorpio in a previous post here.

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A STUNNING BARN IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

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Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: BEACH HOUSE ON ANTI PAROS, GREECE

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Paros and Antiparos are some of the lesser known Greek Cyclades islands but both islands have been gaining popularity in the past years. New restaurants and boutique hotels are arriving such as Greek-owned Beach House on Antiparos which opened last summer. This restaurant and beach bar is located right on Apantima Beach, one of most secluded and wind protected small bays in Antiparos. They also offer boutique accommodation which you can find on their website but also on on Airbnb. The island of Antiparos, located 1.9km southwest from Paros Island, is a laid back place ideal for peaceful and quiet vacations. There are many beautiful beaches and the calm cycladic landscape, with the scattered churches, the famous cave and the Enetic castle, is ideal for sightseeing. I have been to some of the Cyclades islands but never to Antiparos but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: ALEX HOTEL IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

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The group of friends behind Perth’s well known brewery ‘Little Creatures Brewing’ has openend Alex Hotel . This boutique hotel in Perth, Australia, has 74 simply and thoughtfully crafted bedrooms which offer comfort and sanctuary. Alex Hotel mainly aims at providing a place to sleep in, it is perfect for people who will mostly be out and not be spending too much time in their hotel room. Aussie interiors firm Arent & Pyke is responsible for the interior design. Together with the client, four key concepts were established for the design; ‘the personal’, ‘the escape’, ‘the craft’ and ‘the legacy’, to nurture a sense of intimacy, connectedness and domesticity.

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