The library is far from the kind of place where you get shushed for raising your voice. Here is room for noise, activity, walking around and getting together with friends.
El Born barrio is now one of the most fashionable places in Barcelona. The cafes and restaurants are packed with people, the streets filled with music. But what about the people living in the neighborhood of Born? As a passing tourist I’d always look with a bit of envy at those going back from work to the ‘place to be’ in Barcelona, feeling like on a perpetual holiday.
There is little to say to describe the beauty of this place. It's Spain. And the sea. So I can't help at wondering: does this beautiful scenery they live in influence their easiness on life? Or is it just the upbringing?
Frankfurt is neat, clean, organised, well equipped with signs, streets and instructions. Everything seems to be in order, everyone is respecting some rules despite the great diversity living there. All this holds a certain aspiring value, a glamour coming from the impressive skyline and being one of the largest financial centers in the world.
Struck by a little inspiration this morning, I decided to end the year writing about the last road trip of the year - last month in Veliko Tȃrnovo. It's one of the new places I discovered in 2014 that brought old and new friends in my life, new experiences, learning to love design even more and I became a happier, better version of myself.
Rules are made to be broken and lessons to be forgotten. What I've learned from this amazing city is that there is one way to stand out from a population of almost 20 million - just be authentic, be creative, be unique.
Rusty romantic, reinterpretations of Magritte hats, modern metal or the colorful mosaic hanging lamps - Istanbul offers them all. And most importantly, offers the places to buy them!
Just as we consider symmetrical faces to be beautiful the same judgment we apply to architecture and interior design.
The use of patterns is traceable back to the Ottoman art. The sultans loved using recurring patterns and were not afraid to show it! Topkapi palace is the best example of using rich and heavy tiles for decorating interiors and outside walls.
Istanbul can hardly come up to mind as a romantic getaway for a weekend. However this city sizzles romance and most importantly offers sights that can rival the Tour Eiffel anytime.