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Two out of twelve

I spent last week working in two of the twelve islands of Dodecanese, Rhodes and Symi. Snapshots from the immense 70s hotel where we worked and from Symi, which may I say that is breathtaking beautiful.
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London: Highlights

Ι’ve already talked you about the Alexander McQueen exhibition and the afternoon tea experience at Sketch, but my recent trip to London had more highlights:
The Tate Modern permanent collection and the room-scale artwork “Making Traces” by mark Rothko.
The “39 Steps” play that I watched at Criterion Theater.
The dinner at Wolseley, the art-deco glamorous cafe-restaurant at Mayfair.
The cocktails at Jin Juu.
The Fortnum & Mason pistachio & clotted cream cookies.
The flowers shops.

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Sketch London

One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was an afternoon tea at Sketch restaurant, a two-hour delight for the eyes and mouth. As you enter Sketch the Glade room with the bamboo furniture and the wallpaper is really something
but then you enter the hall where the tea is being served, the Gallery, the divine pink room designed by India Mahdavi who set the ideal backdrop for David Shrigley’s artwork all around.
A glass of fine champagne, rosebud infusion tea and a selection of gourmet sandwiches and pastries all served in a pink room -what else could possibly a girl ask for.
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Did I mention the eggshape Gattaca inspired toilets?

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress”.

I spent last weekend in London for the exhibition dedicated to the long gone talent of Alexander McQueen in Victoria & Albert Museum, an emotional trip down to the brilliance and inner world of a designer who cannot be compared to anyone else.
Among iconic pieces of his work from the 90s to “Plato’s Atlantis”, his last complete collection before his death, there is the hologram of Kate Moss included from his Fall/Winter 2006 fashion show that brings tears to my eyes every single time.

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Derrière

Paris is not known for its yards and terraces but this is not the case with restaurant Derrière, a place with delicious food, a charming terrace and the most inspiring decoration -parisian fusion I would call it- with trimmed Chesterfield sofas,
baroque wallpapers and vintage furniture.
Thanks to my parisian friend Isabelle, I now know the secret door that leads to the smoking sanctuary.
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The scent of Firenze

As promised, a post dedicated to the most ancient pharmaceutical workshop in the world.
Santa Maria di Novella in Florence is well known for its natural products from local herbs since 1612 and for producing the first perfume worldwide for Catherine de Medici. Now their vast collection includes from soaps and perfumes to facial skincare and wax. And the list is long. Being crazy about it ever since I came across their products at at El.Marnieri gallery, I couldn’t help but paying a visit at its historical and charming building in Florence when I traveled there.
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