There are a few shops I always take great pleasure in visiting when I’m in Hossegor such as Bensimon-Home Autour du Monde which has a great selection of fashion & home accessories, Billabong because I love everything they do and their latest Warhol surf collection is awesome, and of course Collective Soul which remains my favourite concept store. I first discovered Collective Soul when they opened two years ago (see first post here). Last May, Valerie, Founder of the Collective Soul started sharing her wonderful creative space with Bérangère an Interior Designer who also runs Nouvelle Vague, an interior design shop, so I thought I would show you the new set up for your next visit in Hossegor ;-) Since Nouvelle Vague opened in May, the collection is quite small but the shop has some lovely pieces to create a boho, relaxed, carefree look at home like this white cotton chair and black stools by Madame Stoltz, some beautiful boucherite rugs and nice mirrors and everything fits nicely with Collective Soul’s collection. On the Collective Soul front, Valerie offers …
Great adventures were exactly what I thought six weeks ago…I was racking my brain to come up with meaningful new resolutions and started thinking about the things that made me really happy in 2016, which was quite a tough year. One thing that stood out, was our family trip to Grândola in Portugal last February when I picked up my camera again and never put it back ever since. Since Mila was off to 10 days in Morocco surfing with her club and she didn’t want us around, I suggested Steve we go back to Portugal. He liked the idea but wanted to take his bike down there so he suggested to drive down with the trailer. I couldn’t be asked to drive with the trailer in toe so I suggested to ride his bike. Family decision making = 5 minutes…we were off to Portugal. It’s always quite sunny in that little head of mine so I didn’t really think that it would be February and not quite the Summer temperatures I’m used to when I ride behind him but nevermind …
I usually stay with my sister when I go to Paris but last week I spent one night with my friend Catherine at the Grand Pigalle Hotel. I hadn’t spent some time in Pigalle since I moved to London 19 years ago so needless to say that the area had changed a lot. South Pigalle (now called SoPi by hipsters) is a great district that has a lot to offer.
Last week, we spent two great days at the Futuroscope. I had heard about this futuristic, multimedia and cinematographic themed park since my days at Uni (the 30th Anniversary is in 2017), but somehow, never really made it. However, Mila was really eager to go so between our return from Hossegor and our trip to Paris, we headed to Poitiers to squeeze the last drop of our Summer holidays before back to school!
If you’re travelling with children this Summer and are looking for a sunny place with great kids facilities, private beach, top-notch customer service, a gorgeous spa and the chance to combine great food with culture, I just have the place for you!
Dreaming of Summer by the beach? Let me take you to Mykonos…you won’t regret it!
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.
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.