Like the Bay of Arcachon, l’île de Ré is definitively a destination for nature and fitness lovers. There is about 100 kms of cycling path that will take you around the island from Saint-Martin-en-Ré where I took these photos to La Flotte and Ars-en-Ré, all very nice destinations on the island. You don’t really have to worry about where to stay, the island is quite small and you can get from one side of the island to the other on the back of your bike. As you can see from my photos, the weather was quite overcast when I was there. It wasn’t exactly the perfect bikini beach day, more like a breton wearing kind of day but it was still very beautiful.
As I’m writing this, my poor body is aching from yesterday’s surfing. Yet, I had such a ball… Carrying my board to the beach strapped in a tight wetsuit was all worthwhile when I stood up and took a few waves. Forgetting my swimsuit on Wednesday turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it was only three of us on Thursday (instead of 40 kids) and all women 35+ with the same desire to learn and have fun. It was so awesome that I’m very much looking forward to go out in the ocean again this weekend, once my body has recovered a bit.
I first spotted a painted rug on a concrete floor in the holidays home of Paola Navone in Greece and I think it’s a feature that doesn’t get old and feels quite summery too. I love this painted rug very much. What do you think? Is it something you would like to do?
Last week I joined a blog trip at the last minute. One of the Bloggers couldn’t make it and Eve from Minireyve kindly suggested my name. I wasn’t planning to travel again so soon, given I had just been back from a press trip in Spain which was great but very tiring. I was indeed looking forward to some down-time, to eat better and stick to my running programme but I love l’ile de Ré and I hadn’t been there for a very long time so I thought…carpe diem. We have one life and this year, I want to live mine to the full and seize whatever opportunities that come my way.
We are being blessed with great weather in the Bay these last few days so I’m all about beach, summer vibes and making the most of it while it lasts…Since you all loved this feel-good, family home in Biarritz so much, today I’m taking you further south direction Ibiza to check another great home and get some inspiration…
A calming photo to end what has been two busy weeks first in Barcelona then l’ile de Ré. Both were press trips and while I’m open this year to embrace as many new experiences and be grateful and appreciative, I realise also that I need to pace myself and look after myself better…consistently. Both trips were very different but equally great fun and I ended up meeting lots of new Bloggers and laughed like I hadn’t laughed in a long time but I also ended up eating too much, drinking too much and not sleeping enough so I’m taking a few minutes tonight to try to re-focus. Not an easy task…I don’t want to regret the good times I had during these past few days but I wish I was more consistent. For some reasons, each time I’m travelling, my good resolutions go out of the window which annoys me. How about you? How was your weekend?
I had this image bookmarked for a very long time… I thought it would be a pretty cool thing to do in our home in London which has now three floors + the loft conversion (part 2 here) but I never got around to do it. You can find this in the Wiesler Hotel in the Centre of Graz, Austria. Probably one city I will never visit but the hotel rebranded by Moodley looks pretty amazing so if you’re planning a trip there, here is a nice place for you to stay or have lunch. 1. | 2. | 3. | 4.
Blue is definitively a colour that gets my attention comes Spring time and I really love the Design Lab 2016 collection done this year with Anna Glover. Anna graduated from University College Falmouth in 2009 and returned to London to work as part of a creative studio producing dedicated artworks for high end, global fashion brands such as Givenchy, Cacharel, Etro & Armani. She specialises in creating distinctive, beautiful hand-painted artworks, brought to life through her skilled approach to colour, scale and digital surface print.