A throwback to an amazing day with the girls at the Yacht Club in Monaco. The architects behind the club is Foster + Partners and if you have the slightest of interest in architecture, this is quite something. It looks like a yacht and with its deck-like terraces, there are several levels that offer spectacular views. One of which includes the course of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and another is the the view of the harbor. We go here to relax and swim, before going back home to our lazy weekend meals: cheese, ham and wine. x
Although we were running a bit late for our wine tasting appointment at Castiglion del Bosco, we were met with smiles and “don’t worry’s”. Our host then asked some questions to understand our level of knowledge, only to find out that we (read: me) didn’t know awfully much Brunello wines… or wine in general, for that matter. Eager to learn the basics, our following afternoon was spent in the cellar, follower by a tour of their production, storing and packaging area, before being led to the member’s only tasting room. Here members can store their wines in their own temperature controlled locker (there are only about 200 lockers…). If you look closely, you’ll be able to find the locker of the owner of the estate, who is no other than fashion mogul Massimo Ferragamo (youngest son of Salvatore), who we were told, visit more or less every month.
Following shortly thereafter was the wine tasting. We tried a selection of white and red Tuscan wines, ranging from smooth, deep and all the way to the their punchy “Super Tuscan”. We were also given a map of the hills to better understand where the different grapes are grown and the combination used within the wines. The vineyards here produce some of the finest wines in the world, but also one of my boyfriend’s favorite. As a child filled with excitement, he quickly concluded that Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino 2011 was his favorite, while I opted for Millecento Brunello di Montalcino Reserve 2010.
Starving, we headed to one of the hotel’s famous restaurants for some pizza and a glass of red. We chatted away while looking out at the most spectacular view, before walking our final tour around the property. And that was all for our Italian road trip. And what a trip it was… ♥
Bummed that I wasn’t able to attend the catwalk and celebration of 10 years with Line of Oslo last week, I thought I would show you some of my favorite pieces from their AW2016 collection (which you can find on their website here!). What I like about Line of Oslo is how it is focuses on fit, quality and that women should feel good – every day. You can tell that I am really into great basics, with a color palette consisting of black, grey and white. How cool would the black silk dress be paired with one of the knits, a belt and a pair of boots? Love! x
The last destination of our Italian road trip was spent in Tuscany. Just imagine that you are driving from a place as beautiful as Florence and under less than two hours you find yourself in surroundings like these? vineyards, sunflower farms and fields as far as your eyes can see… Of course we had to stop and take a few photos! Seconds later we ditched our bags at the hotel, before heading to Castiglion del Bosco, one of the oldest and most respected wineries in Italy. Stay tuned! x
The Four Seasons Hotel in Florence – it’s an oasis in the middle of the city. By no means did we stay here, however I had read about it and so we decided to have lunch here (dinner is supposed to be amazing too!). We walked around their gardens, admiring the place and all it had to offer, before we sat down at the restaurant by the pool. Their bellini with freshly squeezed peach is probably the best I’ve ever had! Oh, and the cheesecake… Just promise me you’ll go, ok? x
Things to do in Florence? 1. Walk Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. The shops on the bridge are solely goldsmiths, selling a wide assortment of jewelry. 2. Have a gelato (or three!) 3. Shoe addict? Pop by Aquazzura. You’ll find it in Lungarno Corsini. 4. Find a local cafe with great coffee with a side dish of people watching. 5. Pursue art and architecture. My picks? Galleria dell’Accademia to see the statute of David, the Uffizi Gallery and Duomo, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Pssst! Get tickets in advance, because people are lining up everywhere. 6. Spoil yourself with a lunch/dinner (outside!) at the Four Seasons Hotel.
I think anyone who has ever been to Florence will recommend you to go and watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, a square that offers a panoramic view of the city, where thousands of people gather just to get a glimpse. My recommendation is to find a spot on the level just below the square and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of rose in your hand, before heading to dinner at Giostra. Psst! Make a reservation in advance and book a table in the small section (the restaurant is divided into two). That’s your evening all set! ♥