Category Archives: TRAVEL

THE TRAVEL FILES: A GREEK ISLAND HOME

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Today we visit the Greek island of Lesvos, where Australian born photographer Carla Coulson (who now lives in France by the way) stayed in a lovely guest house owned by Australian author Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 this couple left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesvos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village. Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Visit the guest house’s website for more information and to make reservations. If you want to learn more about the beauty of the island and Claire’s life here, you can read Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STUNNING GUEST HOUSE IN NEW ZEALAND

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Villa Scrubby Bay is a working farm and luxury holiday escape (suitable for up to 14 people) nestled between the rolling hills of Annandale, New Zealand. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts to be found in the luxurious cedar-clad beach house. The man behind this unique destination is Mark Palmer, who was born and raised on a New Zealand sheep farm, and has always dreamed of sharing a property like Annandale, which captures what is real and unique about New Zealand. His vision has resulted in a striking harmony between land and architecture, where rugged beauty and ultimate luxury rub shoulders, evoking a strong sense of belonging, providing guests with an authentic setting in which they tailor their own experience and make their own enduring memories.

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MEDITERRENEAN SUMMER COLORS

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I am holding on to summer with these mediterranean pictures from the portfolio of photographer Romain Ricard. I hope we still have some beautiful summer days left before the leaves start falling. The frist two photos are from stylish hotel Masseria Cimino, which is a 18th century farmhouse that has been transformed in a stylish boutique hotel in the Puglia region in Italy. You can read more about this hotel here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: RUGEN BEACH HOUSE IN GERMANY

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Benefiting from the rugged beauty of the Baltic coast, Rügen Beach House is a tranquil retreat immersed in nature. Scandinavian in its design, this self-catering house which is entirely wooden compliments its surrounding environment while offering modern luxuries such as a sauna and underfloor heating. Overlooking a quiet harbour, a stone’s throw away from white sand beaches and surrounded by the Zickerschen Alps, the location couldn’t be more idyllic. The island of Rügen also boasts harbour villages, dramatic landscapes and Robin-Hood type woods. This stylishly decorated home in Germany is for rent, it is suitable for up to 8 people.

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TANIS: A BEAUTIFUL NEW INTERIOR SHOP ON IBIZA

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Tanis is a beautiful new shop on Ibiza, Spain. Conveniently located on the road from Ibiza to Santa Gertrudis, Tanis offers a beautiful selection of furniture pieces, homewares and interior accessories sourced from all over the world. Owners Tatjana Berger-Sandhofer and Nick Lording (both interior designers) have a chic, pure and natural take on design. There is also an in-store cafe which makes it even more attractive to visit the shop when you are on Ibiza. Address and contact details for Tanis can be found here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SCENES FROM ITALY

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I hope you are enjoying summer! To get you inspired and get you travel juices flowing today’s post featured some images (from the portfolio of Nicole Franzen) of the beautiful city of Rome. The delicious food, the charming streets, the many historic sites, the weather and the atmosphere in general makes Rome the perfect place for a short break. Bellissima!

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HAPPY SUMMER: I’M OFF TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

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I am off to the South of France my dears. We will be staying close to Saint Tropez where, according to Garance Dore, I should be looking for these stunning Rodini sandals. I am taking a break from blogging for a week or so but you can follow my French adventures on Instagram. Happy summer to you all!

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Source: 1. Gary Pepper | 2. Garance Dore.