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On the road

From Aix en Provence to Cahors and Bordeaux:
Aix is unexpectedly pretty. The Musee Granet hosts a magnificent permanent collection, as well as the temporary collection “Cezanne et la Modernite”  in collaboration with the Pearlman Institution until October, dedicated to impressionism and post-impressionism artists.
Shopping: Intimoda boutique
Loved “L’ epicerie” restaurant at Place des trois ormeaux. I tried the fillet de boef Rossini and the lemon tart,
absolutely delish.
The area around Bordeaux is known for -what else- wines. A couple of wine tasting strolls were on my menu.
Small village Cahors is world wide known for its fine Malbec. Pilgrimage shells are found all around, showing the way.
More wine tasting at Bordeaux. Fine food e v e r y w h e r e. Fresh pasta and tons of prosciutto at “Chez Peppone”.
I felt that small at Dune du Pilat: Europe’s largest dune is located at Arcachon and it’s spectacular.

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From Italy with love

Currently on a roadtrip that started with a 24h boat trip from Greece to Ancona.
First stop: Florence.
Highlights & tips:
The trip is long and the boats are no cruise ships, so be well prepared.
Florence, as you well know, is a small jewel, a live museum throughout its extent.
Don’t miss the green, red and white italian marble facade and the duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The Uffizi Gallery, that hosts treasures of the Renaissance, like Botticelli’ s Birth of Venus and Spring.
Try a negroni or a glass of prosecco at the veranda of Hotel Lugarno by the river, right before sunset.
Late dinner at Osteria dell’Olio, excellent wines and Tuscan plates.
Fine stationery and smart gifts at Parione.
One of the best Bisteca Fiorentina is that at Trattoria 4 Leoni that my Florence based friend Haritini recommended, as well as the ravioli stuffed with pear cream and cheese.
Not to be missed: La Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria di Novella, a post about this 16th century perfume legend is on the way.

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Istanbul

Istanbul, the city where old meets new in every corner.
Pristine beauty and technology/ history and evolution/ byzantine art and ottoman blend.
I visited the new Zorlu Center, it’s immense and jaw dropping, a shopping heaven.
I ate so much I’d almost die. Apart from traditional turkish food and sweets, I loved the salmon with mango sauce at Well Done restaurant. Very well done indeed.
Agia Sofia brings tears in your eyes, so beautiful it hurts.
A walk at Grand Bazaar to buy silver and jewelry is more than needed.
If you have too much money and don’t know what to do with it, book a room at Ciragan Palace.
The view from the hills of the city and the seaside will captivate you, it’s one of those you cannot easily forget.

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Remember the last time I visited Istanbul? It was for a Vogue Hellas photo shoot
I took many backstage photos. See them here.