The paradise within

The paradise within

A year ago I was writing here on the difficulties of keeping a peaceful mental state in our daily hectic lives as opposed to those people living in blessed sun soaked places such as Costa Brava of Spain or… Bali, of course. As I returned from my wonderful trip I kept looking into this matter: did this internal transformation of calm and trust come from the sacred space of Balinese landscapes or was it truly a deeper change? Of course we are...

Treasures of the island – design in Bali

Treasures of the island – design in Bali

For a design lover such as myself, Bali is a destination to leave you breathless. I can genuinely state that I haven’t really seen truly ugly buildings or places. As I spoke in my previous post, Balinese people have a spiritual connection with the island so they use the gifts of nature to create harmonious beauty everywhere. Now you would think of impressive temples such as Tanah Lot or Uluwatu or crazy looking pools, but I will show those ...

A ‘Bali’ view on spirituality

A ‘Bali’ view on spirituality

All you hear about Bali is that it’s a deeply spiritual place. Everything is ‘spiritual’ there, all has a secret meaning, it’s all connected to their Hindu religion or ancient practices. I myself keep saying it to everyone asking me ‘How is Bali?’ – well it’s a magical place, it’s very spiritual. However, as I kept repeating these words I noticed how they become shallow and empty and lose thei...

Take me back to Thassos

Take me back to Thassos

  I know, it’s frustrating. Outside we’ve got -15° C, the city is frozen in icy snow and the year has just begun so no chance for holidays too soon and I’m posting pictures from the lovely Greek islands. I’m ok with winter and all but let’s admit it, each of us has a happy place to go to when things or weather become too harsh. And today I choose to go to my place of summer, chill and love – Thassos. As I...

A magical Bucharest

A magical Bucharest

(special thanks to my dear friend Rubama who made me see my city with different, more appreciative eyes) When creating this blog my intention was to write and share the experiences on travel and design I have when being abroad. However it seems I have neglected a part that is so representative of my own culture and has been my teacher in appreciating beauty and art – my home city Bucharest. Having always compared it to the more glamorous, b...

One hour in Padova

One hour in Padova

It’s not the best weather I could get in this trip to Italy. It’s been pouring from the sky for 2 days and even as I write in my hotel in Florence outside I can hear the rain falling heavily on the pavement. After looking at so many pictures with beautiful sunny Tuscany my mental image of these places is a bit confused with this grey scenery. It makes me appreciate a cloudy but steady sky while you can at least take out a camera and c...

Small guide to spending a weekend in Hamburg

Small guide to spending a weekend in Hamburg

I was one lucky girl, everyone told me. Such splendid sunny days in Hamburg are rare and not just sunny, but warm and filled with the frenzy of locals enjoying the weather. So instead of visiting Miniatur Wunderland and other indoor stuff, I just took the city by foot and ferry to discover touristic and not so touristic sights. I stayed over Reichsof Hotel, near the Central Station – a symbol of Art Deco style in design and glamour. Locatio...

A French-chic brunch in Birmingham

A French-chic brunch in Birmingham

Going for brunch on a lazy Sunday morning isn’t just about waking up and eating late. It’s more about becoming Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha meeting up in a fancy design space preferably on a high-street venue, indulging in creamy lattes and sweet crepes because what the hell, gossips go better when they are sugar coated in deserts. TV shows have planted this idea of fabulous brunch so most cafes are now turning into design...

In love with Valencia

In love with Valencia

It was Valentine’s Day when I was in Valencia at the beginning of this year but one needs not such a special occasion to fall in love with this stunning city. From the moment I checked in to my hotel in the streets of Barrio del Carmen I could breathe the life and scents of the place and say ‘Ay, mi querida España!’. There’s a lot to say about Valencia and it’s incredible heritage but I’ll let the pictures do t...

Paris when it sizzles

Paris when it sizzles

Oh what a feeling when in Paris! No matter how many postcards, films or songs you see and hear there’s no way you can understand the fascination with this city until you get to see it. Many have been said and many iconic images have been seen from this stunning city so there’s little I can add to it. And yes, this time I’ve been a proper tourist, checking all the cliches attached to a visit in Paris: pictures on Pont Neuf, climb...