Traveler’s Picks

by Maura Dettoni

Apr 2014

Maura, No Borders Magazine's photo editor, is in charge of selecting photographers (but not only). She loves cold countries; Finland and Iceland are at the top of her list. She prefers to spend her spare time embroidering rather than writing her biography.

If you could close your eyes and be somewhere else, where would you want to be?

In Brittany on the island of Oussant, on the rocks across from the Museum of Lighthouses and Buoys. I climbed that precise spot and I got so scared I couldn't go any further. I'd love to be right there now and try to move one more centimetre toward the ocean.

The restaurant where you feel at home.

It's a tricky question for a vegetarian. Most of the time when I travel I have to go with whatever is available. I would say Samsara in Brugherio, a delicious restaurant where, as I found out last time, they serve an incredible Passito (straw wine).

A hotel room that makes you nostalgic.

A room in Venice with exposed wood beams and two small windows looking on a tiny street. The view was nothing special but I clearly remember the cosiness and the sound of the siren announcing high tide.

A travel you could do over and over again without getting bored.

I know the answer to this one. Finland. Helsinki is my haven. Each time, I love to discover new places where to drink coffee and eat korvapuusti. During summer Suomenlinna (a maritime fortress off the coast of Helsinki) is very windy and colourful; in winter it's ideal for visiting museums.

A dish that recently surprised you.

I've recently discovered (or rediscovered) simplicity. Steamed vegetables seasoned with just oil and pepper… The 'farinata' from "Il banco" in Novi Ligure wasn't too bad either.

A holiday place from your childhood.

Traveling around North Europe on our 8 passenger Crysler (just the 4 of us). We used to leave home heading North. Our first stop would always be at Heidelberg campsite (Germany). In the morning the barges would wake us up and we’d get back on the road straightaway. I also have very fond memories of another campsite in Karlstad in Sweden on a beach with very fine sand.

If a kid asked you to take him/her on a trip, where would that be?

I would take them to the mountains. With kids there is no risk of them getting short of breath. I would show them all the different types of trees and make them listen to the sounds of the forest to keep them entertained. I'm thinking of Switzerland, in the canton of Grisons, where lake Saoseo is. As you get there you see so many things: trees, rocks and then finally the lake with its amazing colours.

If you could choose a dream place to celebrate (birthday, wedding…) what would that be?

A house by the lake in Finland with a wooden porch opening onto a field and access to the water to go for a swim after the sauna.

A view you will never forget.

Iceland, the views of icebergs and seals in Jökulsárlón. Timanfaya National Park on the island of Lanzarote: an expanse of black land and rocks.

Your Meraviglia address that can’t be missing from our collection.

La Casa sul Sentiero, a bed and breakfast in Montemarchi, Valdarno. I love it because of the breath-taking views, the elegance of the flat and most of all because of the owners we immediately bonded with.

A place you wish it was just round the corner.

Perhaps I haven't found such a place yet, or perhaps I like to think that it's behind the corner waiting for me.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Cornelius Arslanian

 

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