We remember every detail of our stay at Pensão Agrícola. First of all its geometry, the typical essential and fascinating one of Olhão’s houses, with their white walls combined together to create perfect angles. Then comes the fragrance of granola just taken out of the oven and let on a tray to cool down slowly. There is also Maria, so elegant in her pale grey dress, giving us squeezed melon juice to alleviate the hot summer in Tavira (and that robust cotton napkin with a tiny fringe on one edge)…
This is how we spent our days: we woke up in a pastel-pink box and took a few steps in the warm air to reach a desert patio. We then met the other morning guests while the bonfire lingering on from the previous night drew intricate patterns of smoke…
by Arthur and Philippine
It was impossible not to spot them on the patio of the barn, coming back from a ride in the countryside. Stunning, light-hearted and deeply Parisian. Arthur and Philippine are part of my souvenirs of a summer full of small yet great discoveries. They live in Paris, where they share their life and work. Arthur and Philippine – producers and art directors of photo and video material.
Kyre and Ivano live in rural Sardinia, where they have founded Pretziada, a website dedicated to writing about and promoting the little-known island. They have also opened an online shop, where they showcase a small but curated collection of objects created by putting local artisans in contact with international designers. Hailing from New York and Milan, respectively, they gave up the city life for this new venture two years ago and never looked back…
by Katherine Tsina Bird
Katherine graduated from Parsons School of Design and also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Contemporary Dance from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon arrival in New York, Katherine trained at the Merce Cunningham Dance School. She held an internship at Balenciaga America and worked professionally as a fitting model in New York. Her designer women’s line, Avion Feminin, was started in 2007 and focuses on made-to-measure with private clients. Her first brick and mortar flagship, Avion Clothier, opened in December 2015 in Los Angeles located at 3153 Glendale Blvd. Katherine currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Andrew and their son.
by Alessandra Monti
“Three flights, fifteen hours on a truck and ten riding a horse, the first Tsaatan camp. A plateau surrounded by mountains, two boiling hurtz, about thirty reindeers coming towards us, twenty or so wild horses, a herd of black sheep, three Alaskan huskies. Briefly, a surreal landscape, which yet sounded so familiar to me”. In 2009 Alessandra spent four weeks in northern Mongolia to study the relationship between the Tsaatan, a nomadic people, and wolves. Alessandra is a dog trainer, a set designer, a traveller and the host of an extraordinary B&B. She does everything just for the love of it. Only child, she has chosen dogs as her brothers. First came a black German shepherd, then a cocker spaniel followed by many other purebred and mongrel dogs, whom she either found or bought…
by Luisa Bertoldo
I was born in Lisiera, in Veneto and I studied in Gorizia. I started working when I was 15 years old and at the age of 28 I founded in Milan my own media company and press office, which I share with a close-knit team. Every day we work to turn the stories we tell into interesting and important concepts. For me traveling means catching up with a friend, starting immediately to enjoy the atmosphere of a place, finding a family in every place I visit.
by Emporio Ultrafragola
We have always tried to keep on playing, not growing up too much. We dreamed of a tiny corner in the world that was made in our image and likeness. Our dream came true when we opened Ultrafragola, our contemporary micro-bazar in the historical centre of Macerata (where there will soon be three of us!).
by Roberta Rusconi e Luca Merli
Luca, born in Milan, surfer, film director – block10.it. Roberta, born in Bari, David Bowie fan, fashion editor for “D” (La Repubblica’s weekly style magazine). Lola and Diego’s parents. We love good food and travelling, especially if we go to the seaside or visit cities of art.
Los Angeles, USA
Savory breakfasts consist of rice (Kokuko Rose Brown Rice) served in a soup plate with sorrel pesto, available in two different versions: a gentler one, steam-cooked with candied Meyer lemon, poached egg, sheep feta and radish, and a stronger one, sauté with shallot, mint, coriander, cucumber, ginger, house-made sausage and sunny-side-up egg. Sweet breakfasts are made of an oversized, thick, burnt Brioche Toast, with a generous portion of ricotta cheese and overflowing seasonal jam. Squirl serves savory and sweet breakfasts until 4 PM, but you will still find quite a few people queuing at that time. Hidden behind a flowering Pink Trumpet Tree on the edge of the Silver Lake neighborhood, it is our favourite pace in L.A.. Please share.
We are hatching a plan to get summer residence in Ojai. We have already met new friends, straightforward and peaceful as only adults on vacation can be. Playing on the boules court close to the swimming pool and the tepee tent we met Chris. Thanks to his Shelter Social Club, Chris is showing us, one after the other, must-see examples of hospitality along the Central Coast. On that same boules court we met Branden, who bought eleven shiny Airstream and gathered them in a nearby area. The Airstreams, each with a palm tree and a hammock in the shade, will be available for renting for one or more days. It is as if Ojai, this hippie town that makes you think of a rainbow, combined together all the things we love of the Central Coast: endless fields planted with fruit trees, cactuses, farmers’ morning markets, both an exotic and a Mediterranean flair, refined gold jewelry and black diamonds, Mexico, Peru, USA, enterprise of the best kind. At Rancho Inn, ask for the closest room to the swimming pool and Chief’s Peak and stretch your tie-dye curtains to protect yourself from the hot weather, which, here, smells like the Mediterranean.
There are some places you could draw for a child even without having visited them. You could depict all their attractions and start telling a story about them. Take Paris, Las Vegas, Venice, New York or Varanasi, for instance. Santa Cruz is a funfair with cherry-red rollercoasters on a wide beach full of palm trees and surfers. There is also a huge, semicircle-shaped hotel overlooking the ocean, with orange beach umbrellas and lemon-yellow deckchairs. When you arrive at the Dream Inn Hotel you find everything is in the right place, even crazier, sweeter and more “Sixties style” than in your drawing.
There are no reasons why one should not come back to the Farmer and the Cook every hour of the day, every day. After the yoga class with live music in the nearby studio or a visit to the farm located just across the street, for instance, or riding a bike down the green cycling route which runs parallel to the village, or on Sunday night, to eat the wood-baked pizza topped with vegetables grown by Steve in his garden. Swiss Chard Enchilada (two corn tortillas stuffed with beet, pumpkin, cashew cheese, red onions and a sauce made of pumpkin seeds and home-made chili) and Banana Bread served in the morning can become addictive. This Mexican vegetarian cafe-market is perfect for Ojai and has everything that can make one happy.
San Francisco, USA
Old-world brick red, snow white and eucalyptus green California. If there is an image of San Francisco that makes us think of the words ‘home’ and ‘America’, it is us enjoying the view from the first floor of this inn – built in 1903 as a military office with the classic wooden colonnade. Outside the large horizontal window in our suite, we can see the strip of quiet and slightly leaning asphalt that reflects twin single houses bounded only by short-grass gardens and no gates. For centuries, Presidio was the neighbourhood of the US Army officers, and it is the green park area on the map where the magic red bridge begins, the Golden Gate Bridge that takes you to Marin County like a rainbow that ends into our pot of gold north of San Francisco, i.e. Muir Woods, Bolinas, Mt. Tamalpais, and Point Reyes.
I am halfway through my journey in California and I have 48 hours to spend in the corner suite at the Alamo Motel. I will use the aquamarine tin jug to cook over a low heat the strawberries I picked in the morning at the farm (The Farmstead); I will string a clothesline between two branches of the fruit tree in my back patio and hang my laundry out in the sun; I will play an LP disk quietly in the dining room; I will organize my travel notes and turn on the colorful lights in the garden before the night falls. Tomorrow is Monday. All bakeries in town will be closed, there will be no yoga classes at the Gentlemen’s Club, the sun will not shine on the vineyards of Santa Inez Valley, but Los Alamos, with its single main road and this perfect motel, is not just a place of transit. Password: Remember the Alamo Hotel.