Matisse over the stairway, Gauguin under the curtains

Are you rich enough to commission your own Matisse ? Or fill the walls of your palace with art so dense that it will be a challenge to distinguish one painting from another ? The man who answered positively to both questions was named Sergei Shchukin, a turn of the century Russian business magnate who became an early patron saint to the Impressionists. The last … Continue reading Matisse over the stairway, Gauguin under the curtains

Cartagena – The city of colour

There are some cities in this world that are so rich in history and culture and every kind of human emotion from greed to purest kind of love that they evoke a certain excitement even to think about, whether you’ve been there or not. Through their history they attract intellectuals and fanatics, kings and pirates in any shape and form. They have the riches to … Continue reading Cartagena – The city of colour

San Blas Islands – Land of the Kuna

About 12 miles off the north coast of the Isthmus of Panama, there lies an archipelago of 365 islands  known as the San Blas Islands or more recently Kula Yala. They are the home of the Kuna, the indigenous people of Panama and Colombia. The Kuna believe there is one island for each day of the year but inhabit only 49 islands. The remoteness of … Continue reading San Blas Islands – Land of the Kuna

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