I went location scouting around Paris in the week for a few upcoming collaborations. Following a meander around le Marais, I decided to cycle south of the Seine and ended up Jardin du Luxembourg. After hauling myself up a hill (I almost didn't make it and was cycling in heels!), I parked my velib, guzzled a bottle of water and wandered into this pretty place, which I hadn't visited in probably months. I live in the 10th, so don't often venture to the 6th. The sky was grey and the air was damp and a bit foggy, but the colours of this place were magical, so here are a few snaps. Enjoy!
Obonjan is place you won't believe exists until you visit. Dubbed a holiday with a twist it's that and so much more. Part music festival, part glamping site, part wellbeing getaway- it's a must-visit for anyone looking for a festival off the beaten track or a very different holiday experience. Think island living, sunrise yoga, fine-dining, mind-expanding workshops, cocktails by the beach (or pool), followed by dancing the night away under one of the most beautiful night skies I've ever seen (that gave its own show of shooting stars). Equally it's for anyone who loves to unwind in the downward dog position (I'm a convert) and wants to explore wellbeing in all its forms, including meditation and hypnosis.
A 45minute boat-ride from Sibenik, the island of Obanjan was originally occupied by one man and his dog. The organisers (the boys behind Unknown Festival) had to create the infrastructure from the ground up, installing running water, electricity, accommodation, restaurants, bars and music venues. It was a huge and ambitious undertaking, but despite a rocky start I'm more than sure this place is going to be on everyone's wish list next summer. We arrived on the opening weekend so it wasn't completely set up yet, but this unique place surrounded by turquoise blue waters and all it has to offer, overshadowed any logistical hiccups. What I loved most, what with perhaps being (cough) a little older than your average festival goer, was that I didn't have to scrimp on creature comforts - our Forest Lodge that came complete with an ensuite bathroom and terrace, was basically a much cooler hotel room and it was a five minute walk to a morning yoga session, one minute to the sea and ten to a restaurant. I already want to go back, or perhaps I'll move there next summer.
Thanks to Obonjan for hosting me!
The best thing about spring, beside the bluer skies and warmer temperatures is how nature suddenly blooms, spreading an incredible bouquet through the trees in the form of cherry blossom. I spotted this pretty tree while cycling through the 11ème yesterday on the way back home from a photo assignment, in front of a not so aesthetically pleasing 70's building. Photos of these fluffy pink, cotton candy-esque blooms are going to be popping up on blogs and Instagram all over the world, so I'm knowingly jumping on the bandwagon here, but how can I not take photos when nature throws this kind of beauty at me and I have a camera in my bag?!
Just a quick post featuring the Pestana Palace Hotel that I stayed in during my trip to Lisbon, because well it was pretty - it's housed in a former palace that was built in the 19th century (that's now registered as a national monument) and the main building has incredibly ornate interiors. Oh and just look at those blue skies! You can tell I'm in need of sun today... Do you have a favourite hotel that you've stayed in?