Month: November 2014

If you’re a hippie, come to Seldovia

If you’re a hippie, come to Seldovia

Alaska, USA

Seldovia is a wilder version of Halibut Cove. It sits on deep green and mysterious sparkling waters. You have to check the tide before you start walking toward Outside Beach. The old boardwalk is melancholic and peaceful. You’re surrounded by colourful wooden cabins (red, turquoise, blue) built on pilings over the slough and flowers, and can spot eagles and seagulls. Even on a rainy day, Seldovia is magical. In the morning, the paths in the forest are muddy with plenty of wild berries to pick. As you’re surrounded by deep green giant leaves and orange spotty mushrooms, you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Suzie and Jerry own the most beautiful cottage on the old boardwalk and rent it out to visitors…

HALIBUT COVE

HALIBUT COVE

Alaska, USA

Since 1966 this green varnished wooden fishing boat has been sailing on the sheltered icy light-blue water of the bay serving as passenger ferry to Halibut Cove. The captain pokes her head out of the small square window to make an announcement. She’s a young looking woman: blond, big eyes, wearing summer boat shoes. She has the smile and the look of someone who was born for these adventures at sea, like one of Wes Anderson’s characters. Welcome aboard the Danny J! Rain ponchos are available on board to protect you from water and rain. Here’s the Gull Island’s sea bird sanctuary, the dream of keen birdwatchers…

Cordée des Alpes

Cordée des Alpes

Verbier, Switzerland

It is not among our dreams now, but if one day we should design a mountain hotel, Cordée des Alps would certainly be a great source of inspiration. The first impact is with a majestic but elegant architecture created with echoes of traditional style and precious local wood. But you will fall in love with the interior and approve every single detail, from the blankets with brick red and cream geometrical patterns to the one-time objects – old skis, ancient guides and vintage rucksacks; from the minimalist furniture to the irresistible palette of greens and beiges. On the upper floors you will find eggplant colour fitted carpets, pale grey and dark green doors…

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Francesca Romana Fontana

Francesca Romana and I meet at the corner between via Cavour and via Amendola, on a sun-kissed Roman afternoon, while a gentle zephyr blows. She was born and raised in Rome…

Ristorante Berton

Ristorante Berton

Milan, Italy

Your culinary experience at Berton Restaurant begins with a symphony of flavours. They are lain on a crumbly cuttlefish-ink flavoured cracker that reminds you of a Mediterranean island. At lunch, continue with the main course made of four gourmet dishes – minaudière version – then with dessert and finally with petit fours, accompanying the ritual of coffee. At dinner, it is quite difficult to choose among all à-la-carte dishes and degustation menus, including a new selection called ‘all around broth’. Anything you order will amaze your eyes and palate, and you’ll remember this amazement for long. The interior is minimal-strict. It reflects – and lets in through large windows – the futuristic atmosphere of the surrounding neighbourhood. Our favourite table is the one in the cabin that stands in between the dining room and the kitchen, where one can admire Master Berton and his company at work. The bench seats that recall a revisited American diner, and the semi-transparent wall through which dining room and kitchen communicate, complete the refined wonder of this out-of-the-ordinary culinary address.

Walig Hut

Walig Hut

Gstaad-Saanenland, Switzerland

We are about to tell you an alpine tale. A hut built in 1786 that belonged to farmers and their cows, who still spend some nights in the big shed at the beginning of June and September. Tonight we are going to sleep here, too. Drinking the fresh water of the trough. Stepping on fragrant dry hay along easy slopes at 1700 metres altitude. Waiting for the local fondue to cook as long as it takes on the burning firewood. Sinking under layers of butter-coloured feathers and of warm fur…

Russian Far East – Part 2 (VIDEO)

Russian Far East – Part 2 (VIDEO)

Aboard Silver Discoverer

A short film by Meraviglia Paper Aboard Silver Discoverer Director and Photographer Luca De Santis Music “Home Live” – Loukoko (Records Collection) Special Thanks to Silversea Expeditions

WELCOME TO HOMER, THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE

WELCOME TO HOMER, THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE

Alaska, USA

It’s summer in Homer, Alaska. You’re in your favourite American indie movie with people in jeans, flannel check shirts and rubber boots, holding cups of piping hot coffee. There’s nothing you would change, included that authentic hippie spirit that is in all Alaskan generations and that deeply inside you wished it run in your veins as well. At 5pm, ’90s car and pick-up trucks arrive on the Old Town’s beach and stop one next to the other to look at the sunset over the bay, like in a natural drive in. As Homer Split is illuminated by the last ray of light, it turns into a golden tongue jutting out into the bay, right to the very tip. It’s a campground perfectly integrated in the surrounding nature and deeply connected to water, sailing and fishing (The Fishing Lagoon is crowded with men and women with fishing rods and bags). You warm up around the campfire where they’re grilling fresh filleted fish, and enjoy the owner’s family and their friends company. Together, you wait for another day to end in the Kenai Peninsula…

Lodge Park

Lodge Park

Megève, France

The Beef Lodge could be the bistro one cannot miss in Milan, a contemporary steak house with shiny brick-red tiles in the in-sight kitchen, a perfect cut of tenderloin of bœuf de Simmental, and the creamiest pot of mashed potatoes ever. Outside, the swimming pool looks like the most seraphic and desirable corner of a Provençal villa – a wall of green cypresses, hydrangeas, deckchairs and towels the colour of soft lavender, the elegant pool and the sky-blue water. Inside, the tartan padded walls, the deer antlers, the hunt relics and the burgundy leathers – wild and sophisticated at the same time – echo sports and hobbies stories that belong to other men and other times. However, you are in Haute-Savoie, in Megève’s town centre, where celebrities sleep and, above all, where Les Fermes de Marie and its Alpage are.

Gstaad Palace

Gstaad Palace

Gstaad, Switzerland

A mountain Grand Hotel should have the history and elegance of the Gstaad Palace. A subtle triumph in hospitality and service, a supreme atmosphere in every hall and corridor. Textures and fabrics arouse joy – the lift padding is the nth wonderful tartan. The cubes of yellow mountain butter, the perfect gaufres, the morning newspaper, the warm waterfall with the scent of tangerine rind, the sauna, the romantic Walig Hut and Gildo, Head Maître D’ since 1968. La Dolce Vita continues in the Swiss Alps.

Le Môle Passédat

Le Môle Passédat

Marseille, France

The last floor of a contemporary museum, overlooking the quais and the vieux port, in a new Marseille that resembles a Paris of the future, touched by the Mediterranean Sea: this is the inspirational setting for a remarkable kitchen and restaurant. Le Môle brings all the Mediterranean countries to a table that is simple but elegant: a cutting board with pain paillasse, a white linen cloth and a knife with steel blade. La Cuisine’s antipasti and dessert buffet is a display of small wonders so elegantly arranged that you wouldn’t want to touch it. Fresh pan-fried octopus, cold Lebanese quinoa taboulé with mint and parsley, vine leaves filled with rice and lamb à l’Arménienne, Provençal meringue and lemon cream, and a typically French tarte au chocolat. They call it “restauration casual”…

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