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Traveling the Swiss Alps in style: Glacier Express

Panorama Zug, Glacier Express

Traveling the Swiss Alps in style: Glacier Express

Billed as ‘a train to fall in love with’, the world-famous Glacier Express takes passengers on the ultimate romantic journey through the Swiss Alps. The red-and-white train travels from east to west across a 300km stretch of railway, boasting unrivalled views of magnificent countryside en route. You can expect to see breathtaking mountain passes, glistening glaciers and rushing streams, so sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

The Glacier Express is over 75 years old, and took its very first trip in 1930 to ferry locals and tourists from one side of the Swiss Alps to the other. Up until 1982, the Glacier Express only ran during the summer months, as the thick winter snow made certain parts of the track impassable. In fact, there are still times during the year where conditions are too severe to travel.

Today’s trains are powered by electricity, but the original steam-powered versions would have followed the same route. This magical 7.5-hour journey begins in the glamorous ski resorts of St Moritz, and snakes through the Albula Valley, Davos Dorf, the Nikolai Valley on its way to Zermatt and the Matterhorn village. You can jump aboard at stops along the way, and indeed catch it going in the opposite direction. Either way, there’s no shortage of stunning Alpine sights.

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Contrary to what ‘Express’ might suggest, this is the world’s slowest train − it travels at an average speed of just 20km/hour − but it would be a sin to rush past such dramatic landscapes, Alpine meadows, narrow valleys and deep gorges at speed. You’ll also conquer 91 tunnels and across 291 bridges in total if you travel the entire route.

 

This is the most relaxing and elegant way to enjoy the picturesque landscape that makes Switzerland so utterly unique. Take a seat, pull out of the station, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off the unimpeded views through the windows of the stylish panoramic carriages. For example, the lengthy Rhaetian Railway (Rhätische Bahn RHB) section, which lies between Thusis and Bergün, is a World Heritage Site and an impressive demonstration of how civil engineering can blend seamlessly with its environment. It looks even better when the sky is blue, so it might be worth checking the weather before you book.

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Landwasser Viaduct

Particular highlights along the 180-mile line include the one-hour ride between Disentis and Andermatt, the stunning six-arch 65m-high Landwasser Viaduct between Chur and Filisur, and the Oberalp Pass with its crystal-clear mountain lake. When you reach the Oberal Pass, you’ll be at the highest geographical point of the journey − it’s over 6,600 feet above sea level.

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Chur Graubünden

Some of the climbs are so steep that drinks are served in specially designed tilted glass. 🙂 Well, you wouldn’t want your crisp Swiss white wine to spill, of course. This kind of attention to detail makes your trip even more of a pleasure. As well as indulging in a drink or two, you can also sample a freshly prepared three-course meal in the comfort of your seat or in the vintage dining carriage. This is luxury travel at its finest.

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Offering a truly unique perspective on the Swiss Alps, and a luxurious experience in total comfort, it’s no wonder the Glacier Express has gained iconic status. Make sure to bring your camera − you’ll want to look back at these fascinating sights forever.

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Featured Lifestyle

Dior’s new Home Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Dior’s new Home Collection

A large number of people are aware of the Christian Dior the brand, but few have any idea about the man who gave his name to one of the leading fashion houses.
Christian Dior was a French designer, who founded the world renowned fashion brand Christian Dior in 1946. Although, he died in 1957, his legacy as a designer and artist is alive even though more than half a century has passed since his death.

Christian Dior has had a lifelong passion for arts and during his youth he used to sell paintings of the likes of Pablo Picasso and his own sketches. Over the years he was also associated with other leading designers of the 20th century such as Robert Piguet and Pierre Balmain.

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Christian Dior and Arts
Christian Dior was passionate about arts, fashion and design. His talents as a gifted artist were visible since his schooldays. He shared a special love for nature and is reported as saying that

“After women, flowers are the most loving thing god has given to the world”.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Christian Dior shared a lifelong fashion for arts and in his free time he was often seen decorating his Paris apartment, paying minute attention to every aspect of the house, curating his gilded chandelier, medallion chairs. During his stay at his country houses, he even tended to care for flowers in his gardens as his love for flowers and nature is also cited as a reason by many for his success in fashion and design.

“Living in a house that doesn’t reflect who you are is askin to wearing someone else’s clothes.”

This quote explains his passion and love for interior design which was an emerging field in post war Europe. This desire to design their own houses was also present in many other artists of Avant Garde and Modernist era, although few were as successful as Christian Dior.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Dior’s New Home Deco Collection
Dior’s New Home Deco Collection can be considered as the best tribute to its founder as it contains many elements modelled after Christian Dior’s belongings and have a feel of minimalist and natural design. Indeed, Dior’s newly opened 4 story store in London has been modelled after a conservatory, using greenery and light. Few know that Christian Dior himself preferred a natural way of life and the new store in a sense resembles a tribute to his love for flowers and greenery.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Guest Writer Hamza K.

 

Featured Lifestyle Travel

Venice – Ti Amo !

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Venice Travel Guide

We have all seen the beautiful and magical pictures of Venice, but nothing can beat seeing its unique beauty in real life. The romantic and glimmering surroundings of Venice makes it a city like no other.

 

Capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. With no cars or roadways, Venice is enveloped with tranquil alley ways and shimmering canals. The Grand Canal winds through the city, often filled with small boats, water taxis and of course, Gondolas.

 

The exquisite palaces and churches reflect centuries of history and a once wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Exploring the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of Venice, and it is one of the only few cities where getting lost may actually be a positive.

 

Finding sweet Italian shops and iconic bridges is all part of the Venice experience. However, at some point you may find yourself in the Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

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Why Go To Venice

Listed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit, the mesmerizing buildings and setting of Venice is something that can truly mesmerize people. As one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit, the charm and passion of the city can never be truly reflected in pictures.

 

The Rialto bridge and Palazzo Ducale are simply unforgettable, and with every twist and turn you are met with a beautiful alley or tranquil canal. If you are not sea sick and have the time for a gondola trip, this can be one of the most beautiful and raw ways to see the streets of Venice.

In 2008, the city was struck by catastrophic floods that left little in the city undamaged. As of today, the lagoon that has protected Venice from countless foreign invaders is the biggest threat to its survival. .. the city will eventually sink.

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Taking a water bus around Venice is an exciting and fun way of seeing Venice, and if you love to stay outdoors then a picnic by the Grand Canal is a great option. If you plan to wonder the maze of streets at night-time, make sure you take a stroll by the most beautiful church in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica. The marble pillars and towering breath-taking architecture is something you have to see!

 

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When To Visit

If you are expecting good weather, the best time to visit Venice is during late spring and early summer. However, bright sunshine can also be matched with heavy crowds and long waits to iconic land marks. Booking trips and finding accommodation can also be quite challenging, along with the rise in prices.

During late summer, you can also expect Venice to be packed with tourist. Venice can become very hot and the canals can begin to give off a rather unpleasant odor, along with the bothersome mosquitoes.

 

The fall can be a wonderful time of year to visit, as the crowds begin to diminish and the temperatures drop, which can make it a much more pleasant trip. However October through to January is usually considered a high water season, though flooding can occur at any time.

Venice is a beautiful city and should be a must-see on your places to visit. Filled with beautiful buildings, winding canals and gondolas, Venice is a truly mesmerizing city.

 Ciao!

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DYI Featured FOOD Tutorial

DIY – How To Make Pasta From Scratch

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How To Make Pasta From Scratch

When deciding to cook a pasta dish, many of us head to our local supermarket to purchase a pre-made packet of pasta. I have to admit, before finding this delicious and easy recipe, I was quite frequently put off by the thought of making pasta from scratch, especially with so many options readily made available in our local food stores.

However, I want to share with your this quick and tasty recipe that can get you making pasta from scratch. It does help to have a few helpers handy in the kitchen, but you can easily do this by yourself!

As you begin to get familiar with the recipe and process, you can start to experiment with different shapes and recipes for a delicious pasta dish.

 

Ingredients

·      1 egg, beaten

·      1/2 teaspoon salt

·      140g plain flour

·      2 tablespoons water

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Method

1. Using a medium sized bowl, combine the flour and salt and make a well in the flour. Then add the slightly beaten egg and start to mix until it forms a stiff dough. If you are finding the mixture tough to stir, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

2. On a lightly floured source, start to knead the dough for around 3 to 4 minutes. Then using a pasta machine, or by hand, roll the dough until you reach your desired thickness.

3. Using a machine, knife or cutter, cut the pasta into the shape or width that you desire.

 

When Cooking The Pasta….

 

1. Get a large pot of slightly salted water and allow the water to start to boil.

2. Add the pasta into the pot, and cook for roughly 2 to 3 minutes. Remember that fresh pasta will cook a lot quicker than the pasta you buy from the supermarket.

3. Once cooked, the pasta will float to the surface. Drain the water and add your favourite sauces and ingredients to create a delicious pasta dish!

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The Benefits Of Making Pasta From Scratch

By making your own pasta, you are able to adapt and tailor your recipe to however you desire. Almost all dried pasta is made using an industrial process, which stems from from the ancient artisan method. For those looking for meals that will add nutrional value, pasta is considered a very healthy meal, as it is high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. It is also full of complex carbohydrates and gives the body a slow release of energy.

Fresh pasta doesn’t develop the gluten as much so it is light and doesn’t leave you with a heavy or bloated feeling.

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So why not try this delicious recipe at home and you can create your own tasty pasta. Great for eating fresh or storing for another time, you can tailor your recipe to create a dish that you desire.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Featured Lifestyle Travel

Casa Malaparte – a breathtaking Italian villa

Villa Malaparte at Pizzolungo-Hikingtrail, Capri, Italy. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.

Casa Malaparte – a breathtaking Italian villa 

Perched on the edge of the cliffs on the eastern side of the Italian island of Capri sits the imposing red villa of Casa Malaparte (Malaparte House).

The house was built between 1937 and 1942 by the writer Curzio Malaparte, who longed to live in a secluded location after six months of captivity at the hands of Benito Mussolini, who was offended by his 1931 book The Technique of the Coup d’Etat. It is widely thought that the villa was the work of architect Adalberto Libera, but Signor Malaparte actually rejected Libera’s design and built it himself, with the assistance of a local stonemason. Now, many architects and amateur enthusiasts come to Capri to see this fine piece of modern Italian design. Architect Simon Jacobsen called Casa Malaparte “a beautiful thing, forged out of a brutal environment.”

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Casa Malaparte is a three storey building. From the outside its most striking feature is the steeply sloping external staircase on one side that leads to the yellow coloured flat roof that covers most of the building.

Inside, there is a Tyrolean wood stove, marble bathrooms in Pompeian style, an atrium that also evokes thoughts of ancient Roman civilisation and an impressive fireplace. The house is filled with examples of Signor Malaparte’s own writings and his extensive library of other books, and with much of his original furniture. Perhaps the most eye catching piece of architecture in the building is a chimney backed with heat-resistant glass, allowing any visitors to watch the flames of the furnace through the glass.

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The house also affords superb views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Sorrento peninsula, the Amalfi coast and the three gigantic rocks of the Faraglion.

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After the death of Signor Malaparte in 1957, the property fell into disrepair, before his great nephew Niccolo Rositani was instrumental in leading a restoration project. Since 1972 it has been owned by the Giorgio Ronchi Foundation, although the Malaparte family maintain it as a private home.

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You can visit the villa today, although public access to the interior is only permitted for a handful of special events each year. Its location also means that getting there is not easy. To reach the house today, you either need to walk for over an hour from the town of Capri, or arrive by boat and ascend the precarious staircase cut into the cliff. Many of the Capri island cruises pass close to the house, and it lies close to the Pizzolungo Trail walking route. If you can’t make the trip, try and track down the scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt, where Brigitte Bardot sunbathes on Casa Malaparte’s flat roof.

I was so fascinated by this house, so I had to share the story…

DYI Featured FOOD Recipes Tutorial

Chill Out – with ICE CREAM DIY

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Vegan ice cream

This recipe is tried and tested by many of my friends and family and even though its vegan ice cream it’s really hard to realize due to its really creamy consistancy. It doesn’t contain any sugar so it’s really healthy too.

 

This portion is designed for two big scoops of ice cream

1 banana

handfull of blueberries, blackcurrants or strawberries

honey- optional

 

Blend all ingredients and freeze. It coudn’t be easier. Stir from time to time but dont freeze hard. If frozen hard remove from freezer for 5 mins and serve.

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Creamy vanilla ice cream

Ice cream is one of those things that you think it’s tastier and easier to buy rather than make your own. But once you make it, you will realize that it’s much tastier than the ones from the market. This is a fantastic recipe that doesn’t require fancy equipments and doesn’t need a lot of time. Just add vanilla, cocoa, watermelon or other fruits to get your desired flavor.

 

2 eggs

300ml whipping cream

100g sugar

1 spoon of warm water that was previously boiled

 

In the first bowl, beat egg whites with half of the sugar, in the second bowl, double cream and in third egg yolks with remaining sugar and water(beat until white). Gently fold all three mixtures and transfer to freezer in plastic box. Cover with kitchen foil and freeze for 12 hours.

 

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Ice lollies with fruits

Ideal for summer days fruit ice pops that you’ll not be able to get in shops. Made simply with water and juice.

250 ml of water

250 ml of favourite juice 100%

1 spoon of sugar

juice of half of lemon

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ice lollies trays or actimel containers with ice cream sticks

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Mix juice with water. In a pan stir sugar and lemon juice and bring to boil. Let it cool and mix with juice mixture. Into the ice cream trays insert fruit. Cover with juice mixture. Insert ice cream sticksand freeze for few hours until solid.

 

If you fancy colourfull ice lollies without fruit use 3 different juices eg orange, cranberry and crushed mint with water or squashed banana. Follow instructions above. Add juice one into the trays and freeze. Then juice two and freeze again, then juice three.

 

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Featured FOOD Lifestyle Travel

Top 5 Tea Houses in London – UK

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Top 5 Tea Rooms in London

 

The great scone debate ‘jam or cream first?’ is not over for many Afternoon Tea Enthusiasts. Some prefer to spread the jam first (the traditional way), while others like to get started with the cream, like butter on toast. Well, here’s something we can all agree on – tea. Scones must be accompanied by tea.

The great British tradition all started in 1840 when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford got too hungry in-between lunch and dinner. Thanks to her, the tradition is still popular today but is more of a luxury treat than a daily routine.

Whether you’re a lover of Afternoon Tea or have never tried it check out our Top 5 Tea Rooms in London…

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1. The Royal Opera House

The world famous 5-star Ritz Hotel offers an unforgettable quintessential, British afternoon tea experience. Tea is served in the majestic Palm Court, conveniently located at Piccadilly. The beautiful detailed ceilings, birdcage chandeliers, metal flowers, mirrors and authentic monuments make the salon a must visit! The Ritz is known for its impressive personal care and attention to detail. You will be made to feel special without a doubt.

If you like dressing up in fancy clothes you will fit in perfectly at this formal venue. Expect to pay £50+ per person… Well worth the money! Delicately homemade finger sandwiches (smoked salmon are the best), apple and raisin scones and a selection of impeccably made cakes are served on pretty chinaware. Not only are there 18 different types of loose leaf tea to choose from but an Epicurean afternoon tea tasting experience is also on offer. To top off this luxurious experience, a pianist and harpist play modern and classical music in the Palm Court.

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The world famous 5-star Ritz Hotel offers an unforgettable quintessential, British afternoon tea experience. Tea is served in the majestic Palm Court, conveniently located at Piccadilly. The beautiful detailed ceilings, birdcage chandeliers, metal flowers, mirrors and authentic monuments make the salon a must visit! The Ritz is known for its impressive personal care and attention to detail. You will be made to feel special without a doubt.

If you like dressing up in fancy clothes you will fit in perfectly at this formal venue. Expect to pay £50+ per person… Well worth the money! Delicately homemade finger sandwiches (smoked salmon are the best), apple and raisin scones and a selection of impeccably made cakes are served on pretty chinaware. Not only are there 18 different types of loose leaf tea to choose from but an Epicurean afternoon tea tasting experience is also on offer. To top off this luxurious experience, a pianist and harpist play modern and classical music in the Palm Court.

 

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3. Fortnum & Mason

Tea enthusiasts this is the place for you! Fortnum & Mason serve over 80 different types of rare, exotic tea from all over the world. They also offer their own traditional blends and have lately introduced a new range of green teas. F&M even have a tea-tasting service where staff members guide visitors through all the different blends and combinations. Exciting! Of course, they serve a great selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes too.

The Diamond Jubilee Tea salon is where it all takes place and was not long ago opened in 2012 by the Queen! Visit for a relaxed and sophisticated afternoon of tea sipping.

 

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4. Shangri-La

Tuck into your scones with an amazing view of London at the Shangri-La. The most exclusive afternoon tea experience of them all…

The view from the Shard is incredible, so along with afternoon tea you really are treating yourself. Booking a birthday surprise or celebration here would never fail to disappoint a close friend or relative! Over 30 different teas are offered and the option of English or Asian-inspired afternoon tea can be selected. Both choices are £54 or £62 with a glass of champagne. If you’re feeling adventurous and go with the Asian alternative, you must try the Ube Macarons and the Lemongrass Rice Pudding!

 

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5. Sketch

Mayfair’s quirky Sketch gallery is a food, art and music hang out that does its own funky spin on afternoon tea. Not as traditional as The Ritz and The Royal Opera House, Sketch goes for a more contemporary menu (£45 pp). Mozzarella and pesto paninis are served in addition to classic salmon sandwiches, although, these can also be ordered if preferred.

The fun vibe of the gallery is aimed at children as well as adults; kids can order afternoon tea from their own special menu (£27 pc) which includes ‘sweet treats’ like Malabar marshmallows and fresh meringue. Making Sketch extra original is the mixture of music genres on the playlists – expect to hear reggae, jazz, electro-pop, house and many more…

Visit Sketch for a colourful, vibrant afternoon tea and something a bit different to your average tea and scones.

Now it’s time to choose the afternoon tea of your taste… If you are anything like me, you will want to visit them all!

Guest Writer: Charlotte Lillington

Featured Lifestyle Travel

Five Reasons To Visit Lisbon – Portugal

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Five Reasons To Visit Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Lisboa in the local language), is a great place to visit for lovers of art, fashion, food, architecture and sport. So, aside from its warm climate, why is it such a wonderful city?

 

A wealth of art galleries

Lisbon is home to a number of world-class art galleries.

Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Van Dyck and Renoir are all on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum; while works by Romney and Gainsborough form part of the superb private art collection at the Medeiros e Almeida Museum.

The city also has a number of acclaimed contemporary galleries, such as the Museu Coleção Berardo (which has over 900 works) and the Centro de Arte Moderna.

For something more quirky, why not visit the Coaches Museum, and see the magnificent vehicles in which Europe’s artisans travelled in years gone by.

 

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A fashionista’s dream

Lisbon is not one of Europe’s most expensive cities, so you may find that you can buy designer clothing relatively cheaply. The Avenida da Liberdade in the upmarket Chiado district is perhaps the nearest equivalent to London’s Bond Street. Here you can buy items by Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Gucci, Armani, Versace and Prada.

When you’ve finished shopping, pay a visit to MUDE – the Design and Fashion Museum, which displays items from some 230 designers.

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Foodies will not be left hungry

The Chiado area of the city is home to Belcanto, where the skills of head chef José Avillez have been rewarded with a Michelin star.

Eleven (also the recipient of a Michelin star), Largo, Tavares and 100 Maneiras all serve top quality Portugese and Mediterranean food; Doca Peixe is the go-to dining destination for seafood lovers; while superb French cuisine is on offer at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho. If you want to sample Brazillian cuisine, then try Estrela da Bica.

 

The architecture is remarkable and hugely varied

Lisbon has everything from the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery to the glass tower blocks of the modern Parque das Nacoes area.

The Basílica da Estrela, the Igreja de São Domingos and the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora are also fine religious buildings.

Many of the city’s railway stations are especially fine buildings, so if you find yourself catching a train from Gare do Oriente Station or Baixa-Chiado Metro Station, then allow extra time to look around.

Guiding Architects offer bespoke English language tours of the city’s architectural gems.

 

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See the Euro champions play

On July 10 2016, Portugal won the Euro 2016 football tournament. You can watch the newly crowned champions of Europe in home international matches on November 13 2016 and March 25, August 31 and October 10 2017, although it has not yet been confirmed whether all of these matches will be played in Lisbon.

Cristiano Ronaldo, possibly the greatest player of the modern era, captains Portugal.

Lisbon is home to two famous football clubs: Benfica and Sporting. These teams have regular home matches during the football season. Of the victorious Euro 2016 squad, Eliseu plays for Benfica; and Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva and Joao Mário all play for Sporting.

te vejo em breve….!

 

Featured FOOD Lifestyle Travel

Grotta Palazzese – Most Romantic Restaurant

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Grotta Palazzese

Be enchanted as you enter the magical cavern at Grotta Palazzese, nestled in the cliffs of Polignano in the sublime Italian region of Puglia. With its classic Trullis, its simple land, and Mediterranean feel, Puglia offers a rich, diverse and inspiring experience in itself. However, a visit to Grotta Palazzese will elevate your experience of Puglia to new heights. Create memories and magic alike at this restaurant with a difference.

Grotta Palazzese is like nowhere else on earth. A traveller’s dream, and a truly unique find await you. Dining here happens literally on a cliff edge, whilst nestled within a cave, chiselled in to the rocks, and both exposed and cocooned in Adriatic glory. Having spent your days exploring the Heel of Italy, you will be rewarded with a dining experience that simply cannot be matched.

Winding down the 64 stairs to the restaurant itself, you will realise that your dining experience was just elevated to the incredible and awe-inspiring. Whether you choose to enjoy the hues of dazzling blue contrasting with the cave’s lush green reflections during a daytime visit with the bustle of Italian summer heights, or the spectacular sunsets at twilight mirrored off the sea, or a moonlit after-dark experience with ambient lighting, you simply won’t be disappointed.

 

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Grotta Palazzese is a dining experience of a lifetime. You won’t forget the magical memories made here, they will be etched in your recollections for ever. Open only for the summer months between Easter and October, this is a truly stunning location which is steeped in history. If you’re in Puglia during the summer season then make sure you make time for a visit here, you won’t be disappointed.

Whilst you revel in awe at the setting and views, the dining experience itself is not to be missed. With a diverse range of local seafood such as fresh cod, tuna, mullet, mackerel, salmon and shrimp, paired with the finest local seasonal vegetables, the food here is divine, enhanced only by the incredible setting. In addition to the fruits of the sea there are heartier options of lamb or beef, as well as Puglia’s renowned pasta and rice dishes. Puglia, the ‘breadbasket of Italy’ is the Italian heartland of pasta, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Finish off with a classic Tiramisu and an Italian coffee as you absorb your last moments in this elegant restaurant.

 

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The menus here are served with true Italian service and Puglian flair. The dishes are presented with an elegant twist that strives to compare to the natural cave setting. There is a tasting menu should it simply be too difficult to make up your mind, and the serving staff are ready to pair the very best wines with your choice of meal.

Without a doubt, Grotta Palazzese is the romance capital of Puglia, if not Italy. Your soul will be moved as you experience the stunning scenery with a vista spreading out over the Adriatic. It is obvious why many travellers choose Grotta Palazzese as their wedding venue, a unique, never-to-be-experienced-elsewhere natural haven of romance and desire. The backdrop of this divine location lends itself to wedding photography that is inspirational, remarkable and one of a kind. For an ocean wedding with a difference, Grotta Palazzese is the place.

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After dining to the sounds of the waves crashing hauntingly on the rocks below, and whilst breathing in the salty sea air, then make your way back up and out of the cave to the enclosed dramatic Sea Lounge. With magnificent windows overlooking the Adriatic, you gain a slightly different perspective than from the cave below. The Sea Lounge is a perfect place to enjoy an after-dinner cocktail and allow yourself to continue your enchanting adventure before relinquishing your experience to memory.

Grotta Palazzese is a truly beautiful dining experience, touching the heart, spirit and soul of every traveller who enters its cavern. No two experiences here are alike as the blend of weather, seas, and light all come in to play to provide a memory and experience that is as unique as you are. Puglia holds a restaurant gem in its hand: be sure to experience it.

 

Ciao !

Featured Garden

THE LANGUAGE OF THE BLOOM – Flowers

Have you ever visited a beautiful flower garden and taken time to observe the natural variety of colors and hues? From the deep passionate red of the rose to the delicate and gentle lavender clematis, each tells their own language – be that the language of love and admiration or a heartfelt message of sympathy.

So what does each color signify? What do we need to know when choosing a floral gift or flowers for a particular occasion?

 

Red Flowers

Demanding attention and capturing a vibrant, passionate energy, red is the color of love and romance – giving red roses is well known as being a traditional romantic gesture. Red flowers are a close symbol of the heart – they are powerful, command respect, and are dynamic and impulsive, but above all symbolise desire, love and admiration.

Pink Flowers

Pink colored blooms represent fresh beginnings and convey the sweetness of youth. It’s also a romantic colour symbolising grace and innocence. Light pink flowers suggest a feminine energy while brighter shades suggest friendship, happiness and love.

Blue Flowers

Blue is an unusual color for flowers with most containing a hint of purple. Truly blue flowers represent tranquillity and harmony – giving out a sense of honesty and security, calming worries with an air of peace and openness.

White Flowers

White is the colour of the circle of life. White flowers given at significant life occasions such as a birth conveys innocence, love, peace and purity. Equally they are often noted at funerals as well as weddings for being that gesture of respect to highlight the peace and purity aspect. A bouquet which features predominantly white blooms is graceful, elegant and demonstrates a simple, but natural beauty

Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers symbolise the color of the sun, evoking happiness, friendship, success, pride and joy. Yellow is a color associated with spring time –new beginnings and fresh hope. The daffodil and sunflower, typically spring time blooms, signify this light hearted, relaxed and happy time.

Lavender Flowers

Lavender flowers personify femininity, refinement, grace and evoke memories of our youth – Lavender scented drawers and distinctive lavender perfumery display a delicate mix of old fashioned quaintness and modern day timeless and elegance. Lavender flowers are a softer shade of purple, and whilst not symbolising the regal qualities of purple, lavender sends out a message of youthful beauty.

Orange Flowers

Orange colored flowers are bold, full of life and suggest a flamboyant air. Orange blooms will speak for themselves in terms of evoking confidence, enthusiasm and friendship. Often seen in floral arrangements where people may gather together to discuss ideas, orange flowers are fiery and vibrant and are therefore used to help bring out passion, boldness and natural exuberance.

Green Flowers

Traditionally green flowers are said to bring good luck or good health – the clover and shamrock being examples. Green is the color of nature and perfectly complements other colors for being a balanced tone. It represents the optimism of renewal, of spring and of youthfulness.

Purple Flowers

As a color purple has long been associated with royalty, dignity and ceremony, purple flowers also symbolise this. Traditionally used for dignified or successful occasions, purple flowers highlight admiration and adoration. They have a distinctive charm – an almost enchanting elegance brought about as a result of their ceremonial use.

 

So as can be seen, flowers have a significant, yet hidden language. Next time you need to think about sending a bouquet or even visit a stunning floral exhibition, you’ll be able to understand the emotion behind each color and see nature in a new light.

What is your favorite color?