Travel Blog

Murals in the desert

Posted by Alexandra in Art, Hidden Gems

Long before murals were popular, they adorned the walls of large mansions in India. Built by merchants from the mid-XIXe to the early XXe century, what became known as havelis were family homes, trading offices and signs of wealth. Their walls – both outdoor and indoor – were painted with scenes from the Hindu mythology (Krishna), daily life (hunting) and…

My 10 favourite moments in Japan

Posted by Alexandra in Art, Hidden Gems, Lifestyle

2018 had definitely an island theme to it as after Sardinia, we headed to Japan in August. Fortunate to eschew two typhoons and one earthquake, we had a wonderful trip which as always expanded our horizons and nurtured our souls – here are my 10 favourite moments: Going for a swim in Yumigahama This trip wouldn’t have happened without two…

My top 5 in Northern Sardinia

Posted by Alexandra in Art, Hidden Gems, Lifestyle

As I am expanding my writing beyond Paris, my first post is about Northern Sardinia that I was fortunate to explore for a week at the end of May this year – perfect timing (beautiful weather, warm enough to go swimming + very few tourists) but wrong length of stay (10 days would have allowed us to incorporate a couple…

Bring France Home – literally

Posted by Alexandra in Hidden Gems, Lifestyle

Wandering the streets of Paris is my favorite activity: it allows me to take the pulse of the city while finding new gems. This July was no exception: as soon as I had dropped my bags I bolted out for a first taste of Paris 2016 vintage. Being based in Le Marais, it’s an easy walk to Place des Vosges…

Paris remains a moveable feast

Posted by Alexandra in Lifestyle

It was my first time since the dreadful events of Friday, November 13th, 2015. I didn’t know what to expect: would the city be different from the last time I was there? If yes, how would it be different: would I feel safe? Would it still be as vibrant? What would people’s spirit be like? With 5 days in Paris, some on my…