Pamper yourself at an Istanbul Hammam

I recently spent a a few days in my native Istanbul and had a special girls night out with my friends.  We started at the hammam to properly pamper ourselves had a great time. While relaxing on göbektaşı, the large heated marble,  my thoughts started to wander about the old traditions and just how deliciously luxurious they…

Saint- Émilion – A Jewel of a Town

When a place is especially beautiful, the French call it a bijou or a precious jewel.  In that sense, Saint-Émilion is definitely a bijou in the heart of Bordeaux with its narrow streets, monolithic church and vineyards which have survived intact from 11th cc. Today Saint- Émilion and all the surrounding area is a Unesco…

Route des Chateâux – Bordeaux

We decided to visit Bordeaux just after the harvest and found out that this is in fact a very good time to visit the region. The weather is great, the vineyards are looking beautiful in autumn colours and most importantly, visiting the Grand Cru Châteaux are pretty fuss-free. We started our Bordeaux tour from Mèdoc,…

Land of the Storks – Alsace

Where in France a Parisian is regarded an expat, or you can go to a restaurant to taste some local specialities like baeckeoffe or flammekueche?  In Alsace of course. Guarded from the rest of France by the Vosges Mountains –ok, high hills really – and from Germany by the Rhine River, Alsace is a land of…