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 can be. The hammam is a traditional Turkish bath, a large … Continue reading Pamper yourself at an Istanbul Hammam

It’s Champagne Time

Who doesn’t like a glass of champagne? It’s the perfect drink for a celebration and a great way to start a party. It goes equally well with strawberries and seafood. Sometimes the mere sight of a flute of champagne can evoke mouthfuls of hidden delights. But tasting the bubbly in Champagne, its original home in France is not just sipping from a couple of different … Continue reading It’s Champagne Time

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 World Heritage site, which is a reason for pride for … Continue reading Saint- Émilion – A Jewel of a Town

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, the home to the famous Grand Cru wines. Mèdoc region … Continue reading Route des Chateâux – Bordeaux

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 beautiful green hills, photogenic villages and good wine. And storks. … Continue reading Land of the Storks – Alsace