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,
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.
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 Leonithat 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.
And this is the most beautiful dress I have ever slipped in. Not really a dress, since it’s a three piece miracle made of silk crepe in an icy lavender color, consisting of a maxi skirt, a top and a pvc belt.
By glorious Roksanda Ilincic.
Sling backs by Jil Sander. British country flowers by Zerdes flower shop.
Photos taken at Grecotel Pallas Athena by Mirella Alexou.