Category Archives: TRAVEL

A WHITE WASHED HOLIDAY HOME ON A GREEK ISLAND

href=”http://www.nisyrosinfo.com/” target=”_blank”>Nisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. A place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. The island is one of the lesser known of the Greek islands but it draws arty crowd to its black-sand beaches and hilltop villages. Sterna residence is a beautiful house on the island that can be rented. Originally built as a two-storey tower in the mid-17th century, the residence was the first to be restored in the medieval castle after its collapse in the devastating earthquake of 1933. The restoration work has been meticulous, with the use of traditional materials and on the basis of historical documentation. The tasteful decor of the interior is characterised by whitewashed minimalism and enhanced by the intriguing sculptures of Sterna’s resident artists.

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A PRIVATE CAMP SITE IN URUGUAY

When Geoff, an Australian, and Sarah, originally from the United States, found a beautiful plot of land in a small coastal town near the town of San José in Uruguay they decided to settle here. On their premises located between the sea and a lagoon and surrounded by pine and eucalyptus forests they created a private camp site with several cabines and tents so that family and friends can come over to enjoy their piece of paradise. How lucky their guests are!!

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BON BON FAIT MAISON ON KYTHIRA, GREECE

Bon Bon Fait Maison is an innovative concept of fast gourmet food on a Greek island, where the Ionian, Aegean and Cretan seas meet under the Greek sunlight. The story begins a few years ago when some friends from Paris got together on a Greek island named Kythira. The island’s strange energy, the flavours, the aromas and the authenticity of the place made their hearts beat loudly. This intense love for the island evoked their need for creation. This is how BON BON Fait Maison (homemade) was designed, shaking things up gastronomically on the island. The soul of the endeavour is Chef Kriton Minas Poulis from Paris, he is the man who envisioned the gastronomic philosophy behind BON BON Fait Maison. The interesting menu includes homemade ice creams and sorbets that smell like Greece, French galettes and crepes from Brittany with black buckwheat flour, fresh juices of unique combinations and a strict selection of Greek traditional products.

The Interior Design Laboratorium is responsible for the design identity. This Greek interior design company was asked from the beginning to conceive of a design identity which could travel to other Greek islands as well as major European cities. The first BON BON Fait Maison is located in the town of Kythira, in a traditional two storey building from the 1860s. The design is inspired by Greece, the Greek summer and the life of the people living on the Greek islands. The intention of the design study was to create a space that would subconsciously awaken to the visitor memories of their childhood summer innocence; much like the warm feeling of the summerhouse that keeps you coming back. The careful selection of materials and elements, such as the traditional mosaic floor, the white marbles from the island of Naxos, the built-in benches and the wooden ceiling which was carefully restored and preserved, are familiar images tied to Greek island houses. The furniture and all the wooden constructions were custom designed for the project, highlighting both the uniqueness of the project and the design philosophy of Interior Design Laboratorium. The decorative lighting fixtures made from brass, porcelain and glass project impressive sparkles of design on the white plaster walls. The design outcome features a mix of old and new elements that emit a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: HOTEL SAN CRISTOBAL, MEXICO

Hotel San Cristóbal Baja (named in honor of Saint Christopher, patron of travelers, surfers, sailors and protector during long journeys) overlooks the white sand beach on the coast of Todos Santos, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. The stylish hotel consists of 32 rooms and suites situated around a central pool and lounge that were beautifully designed by architects Lake | Flato to complement the beauty of the surrounding nature. All rooms are peaceful, airy, light-filled abodes, channeling the town’s peaceful atmosphere. They feature colourful textiles from Guatemala, furniture from Guadalajara, and fixtures and accessories made by craftspeople across Mexico. This beautiful hotel definitely made it to my wish list of places to visit!

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A STYLISH VILLA ON THE ISLAND OF CAPRI (ITALY)

I know it is autumn but I still have some beautiful summer home lined up for you. Casa Solaro is a glamorous villa (which can be rented!) on the island of Capri in Italy. The property is located under the rocks of Monte Solaro, nestled between the sea and the mountains and surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation. This hidden oasis is the perfect place to unwind and to enjoy all the great things Italian life has to offer. What about an al fresco meal on that stunning terrace with sea view?

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OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY IN CROATIA

This summer we have spent some wonderful weeks in Croatia. The first week we stayed on Sveti Klement, as small Dalmatian island part of the Paklinski islands. We loved our bohemian style small resort Palmižana, which is owned by the Meneghello family who for over a hundred years has been devoted to creating a paradise of cultural tourism. It is a great place for kids as there are no cars on the island and they can run around freely. The water is crystal clear and our son spent entire days snorkeling and discovering sea life (he is still talking about the octopus he saw..). The atmosphere on the island is laid-back and friendly. However during July and August, the island get busy with day-trippers and yachts. The best time to visit is May-June or September-October. We were on the island at the end of July but we did not find this much of a problem. Yes it got busy in the afternoon but mornings were pretty quiet and after taking a 20-30 minute hike we managed to find beautiful little bays with hardly any people around.

After one week on this lovely island we took the ferry to Korcula, another island in the Adriatic Sea just off the Dalmatian coast. Here we stayed at Tara’s Lodge, a small boutique hotel (with 17 rooms & suites) with a contemporary, casual and friendly feel set in a beautiful turquoise bay. The beachfront position of the hotel made it the perfect place to unwind. We experienced a heat wave while in Croatia so we spent most of our days here on the beach, cooling of in the water. Most of the photo’s featured in this post were taken at Tara’s Lodge where we had such a wonderful time.

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SUMMER WARDROBE INSPIRED BY GREECE

This week will be all about summer fashion! Today we are taken a virtual trip to Greece and this is in my suit case.

1. embroidered cotton-voile midi dress | 2. bow-embellished denim sandals | 3. striped triangle bikini top | 4. striped bikini briefs | 5. scalloped denim shorts | 6. printed silk crepe de chine jumpsuit | 7. denim wedge espadrilles (also available with white strap here in light denim and here in dark denim).

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