I have finally managed to go on holidays!!!! Wohooo
2 weeks of total bliss, relaxation, meetings with my granny (yep, she lives in Martinique) and a hell of a lot of food and rum.
Rum comes in so many variations in Martinique, there are at least 10 – 15 distilleries on that tiny island. You can drink it pure like a matured whiskey, with exotic juices, aromatized with ginger, vanilla or tangerine peels (Shrubb) or the classic ti punch: rum, lime, sugar cane
We had this really lovely studio in the south of the island where there are only white sand beaches. And because we came off season, we had the whole beach to ourselves, as locals hardly ever go to the beach. I just loved trying out recipes I would never ever have thought of, like papaya salad, shark soup, boudin, accras or a typical local dish “Féroce” (translation: fierce): mashed avocado, manioc flour, chilli, oil, salt and pepper, cod
We spend the second week in the capital Fort-de-France and went to visit the North side of the island which has black sand beaches because of the volcano Montagne Pelée. There are so many things to do in Martinique that, should you ever consider going there on holidays, you need at least 3 weeks in order to adapt, relax, visit all the sites that are to be visited, swim, try out the local cuisine or go diving. But I will go back there, I haven´t had enough red snapper yet.
When I was a ballet dancer I used to love theatre rehearsals and being on stage.
The lights, the smell and all the fuss and stage fright backstage.
Last time I went to Paris I had the great opportunity to share this moment with a theatre group right before their big moment.
There is something fascinating about actors getting ready. There is that calm fuzziness that´s gets you too and sometimes there´s something very melancholic about it.
A huge thank you to la Compagnie du Grand Soir
« La vie de Galilée » by Bertold Brecht
At théatre du Lucernaire
53 Rue Notre-Dame des Champs 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 42 22 26 50
It is common knowledge that I s**k at taking pictures.
Especially when it comes to capturing the light (or the absence of it).
And if there is something you can´t do, you get yourself a toy that can: a canon G15!!!
So obviously I had to take a stroll around town today to see what my new toy can do
PS: Isn´t it amazing what you discover when looking for picture material?
Italy the land of food, cappuccino, architecture and dolce vita.
Milan, the city of fashion, design and shoes.
Every time I go to Italy, I feel like I am a completely different person. I feel more relaxed and even though I spend most of my day eating, I always feel light and up for adventure. I could spend days sitting on the terrace of a little café, drinking freshly pressed juice “spremuta” and watch all those fashionable people walk by.
I actually want to ride a Vespa and end up bathing in a fountain…
Seriously, how cool is that?
I´m not even gonna say much, I just let it work its magic!
Airbnb is a great website with weird, funny, sweet, cool and beautiful houses/flats all around the world.
Couchsurfing can be so cool!!!
You may have heard about it… once a year the worlds eyes are on Munich.
It´s Oktoberfest time!!!
What´s not to like? People from all over the world gather together in traditional bavarian clothes; Dirndl for the girls, Lederhosen for the boys.
Eveybody is an a good mood and while singing German folk song you enjoy a Maß of beer.
I think guys like it because there is beer en masse and boobs everywhere.
And for the ladies… well there are boys everywhere…
The Oktoberfest´s energy is really hard to describe… imagine a tent with 3000 people, wearing folk dresses, standing on benches singing an dancing while drinking liters of delicious bavarian beer and eating the best roast chicken ever.
Hope to see you next week on the “Wiesn“.
What can I say…
I arrived in Hamburg around 7pm, went straight to the Hotel to check in, then took a cab to the port where I had dinner. Then my colleagues, who knew Hamburg quite well, were so kind as to give me a little tour so I could see at least a little bit of the town before leaving the next day…
What stroke me the most was how clean and neat the town, port and buildings were.
The old warehouses have become beautiful buildings with luxury flats (hello water/port view!!!)
Everything seems calm and serene because little canals make their way like veins through the city.
If London and Venice had a child, it would be Hamburg.
Did you know that the actual word “Hamburger“ comes from Hamburg?
Back then when trade was in full bloom and Hamburg was the centre of it, german sailors took their lunch with them on the boot. It was a piece of minced meat called “Frikadelle” which they put beneath two slices of bread, making it more convenient to eat. Obviously, foreign sailors couldn´t pronounce the word, so they called it a hamburger.
I sincerely apologize for the bad pictures. It was night and the only camera I had with me was my phone…
I would like to state at this point that Bulgaria is absolutely underrated. I can imagine that it is not the first holiday destination that pops in mind while planning a vacation but it’s a shame to miss those beautiful coast lines, the long (and empty!) beaches and the local food which has an amazing variety and always tastes guiltily delicious. Don’t forget the emerald green Black Sea (I know, euphemism) and its tub warm water…
Beside that Bulgaria is increadibly cheap. You can have a real fiest with ten friends in a restaurant and only end up paying 7euros per person.
Of course, as any country, Bulgaria has its up and downs. Whilst some parts of the country are beautiful and majestic, others fall literally apart. Huge hotel complexes are being built everywhere, but don’t worry, aparently they are not build to be filled, so the beach remains calm and clear and there is always a lovely bar to enjoy a refreshing Gin tonic.
Of course it helps having a native person with you while travelling through Bulgaria but people are very nice and helpful.
Photo credits: Mia & myself
As last time I went there, Bulgaria kept every promise it made. It was beautiful, relaxing and every bit enjoyable. Especially because I was staying with a bunch of friends, making this vacation even more fun.
We spend almost every day on the beach, enjoying a cool glass of Gin tonic and reading (Fifty shades of Gray) except when we were sailing in Sozopol or visiting Sofia (beware of straying dogs!).
Food was delicious, you could never get enough of shopska salad or little fried fish, at least I couldn’t.
Photo credits: Mathias & Mia