A Home – wish it was my home!

February 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Ok. This is precisely why I became a blogger! THIS. How do I come across these images without sharing them with you??

Seriously, gorgeous! And it’s not just a home. It could be your home! It’s a hotel that you rent out and use as if it were your home. Or perhaps your best friend’s home! What a concept! Looks like I need to visit Stockholm. lol

The grey painted wood paneling, the beautiful white windows with brass detailing, that marble-carved free-standing tub… seriously?

Here. Click this for more. I can’t even go on right now. I’m type-less.

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Inspired: Versailles in the Snow

December 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

What could be more inspiring than Versailles?

And since this is the season for snow and flurries and drifts and flakes that too quickly become slush and drudge and black ice… I thought that maybe I’d keep the fluffy white stuff as beautiful and magical as when it first lays down. Captured beautifully here in these photos, Versailles’ gardens are snow tipped and white capped.

Absolute magic.

Roaming: Prague

November 18, 2012 § 13 Comments

A day in beautiful Praha!

I’ve always been desperate to visit the Czech Republic’s capital city. So much so that I was starting to worry my expectations would not be met. But low and behold, Prague was so beautiful, so fanciful and so breathtaking… it really did not disappoint! I spent several days wandering the winding streets of Old Town, hiking up to the hilltop Prague Castle and eating street food like never before! Here’s just a glimpse of what I loved…

  • Frank Gehry’s Dancing House – the singular ultra modern prototype
  • Strolling along the Vitava River – a city with a river running through it means there must be beautiful bridges to cross
  • The National Museum – and the start of historic Wenceslas Square
  • Church of Our Lady Before Tyn – a landmark in Old Town Square
  • Begging for hope in Jewish Town – one of my favourite areas in Prague
  • Me having my first klobasa sausage, a slice of bread and that oh so special sauce – i think it was mustard!
  • Doughy and delicious trdelnik – wrapped around a giant rolling pin and baked over open coals, coated with sugar! So good.
  • A view from Prague Castle overlooking the city of a thousand spires – and the best illuminated buildings in Europe.

Knock Knock

November 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

A series of traditional door knockers. Just because I love them.

But here’s the thing: Size matters… make sure your door knocker is in proportion to your door! In the last shot (and my favourite door knocker of the bunch), the door knocker was at least 8″ in diameter because the door itself was about 30′ high. It opened into one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever visited… Igreja de Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon.

Custard Tarts and Tiles too…

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

You haven’t been to Lisbon if you haven’t been to Belém… and more specifically… to the bakery and café, Antiga Confeiteira de Belém. The most sacred of pastries (invented before the 18th century by the Catholic Monks of the Jéronimos Monastery) and let’s face it… the best pastry you’ll every eat, the Portuguese Custard Tart (Pastel de Nata) is known to draw three long line-ups: one for sit-in, one for take-away and the third, a much more frenzied and disorganized variety, where patrons nudge their way to the coffee bar and down an espresso and in two or three bites, a warm, just-out-of-the oven tart, sprinkled with cinnamon.

Trust me… there is nothing more delectable.

And while you’re there, look around you… the interior is covered in 18th century, hand painted wall tiles. Inside and out, the tile art is seen all over Portugal. So another ‘must-visit’ if you’re interested in this beautiful art form is the D’orey & Cardoso antique tile store. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of history and art – and proprietors that are more than happy to share it with you. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite patterns from their website. But the best part…they ship to anywhere in the world!

Wanting: Wooden Spectacles

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Light and finely crafted (best looking plywood I’ve ever seen), these wooden pieces are more than just eyewear. They are ‘spectacles’!

I spotted them while shopping in and around the famed Viktualienmarkt in Munich. For more colours, shapes and wood species… click here. I’m partial to these, Terra Mata in Nut, but might be persuaded towards the Wenge finish too! Decisions, decisions…

And if you’re wanting even more of this look…check out this earlier post on wooden timepieces, er, watches!

Instagram: Eastern Europe

October 29, 2012 § 4 Comments

A few Instagram shots from my recent trip to Europe. 5 countries in 9 days! What a whirlwind of airports, trains, architecture, music, language and food! Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Munich.

Not bad for a last minute trip, don’t you think?

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