March 07, 2014 - Posted by Elio
In Normandy, France, there is a busy little medieval town (pop.16,000) which has survived attack after attack through the centuries. Passing to new hands more often than not, it continues to survive. Today, its greatest claim to fame is that it is home to the world’s most famous tapestry that isn’t a tapestry. For the tourist, it is an excellent base for visiting not only the Bayeux Tapestry, but other sights in the town itself and the surrounding area.
March 06, 2014 - Posted by Elio
The estuary is that of the River Rance. Rising near Collinee in the centre of Brittany, it meanders eastwards through lush fields of maize and cauliflower. Near the little village or Saint Jouan-de-l’Isle it gently veers northwards and, widening, flows beneath the viaduct at the lovely medieval town of Dinan. Continuing north and broadening all the time, it meets the sea between the towns of Saint-Malo and Dinard.
February 11, 2014 - Posted by Elio
Located in the province of Brittany and straddling the cerulean blue waters of the English Channel, the Grand Hotel des Bains can truly be called one of the most privileged and pristine escapes to paradise in all of France.
February 03, 2014 - Posted by Elio
Hotel Des Ormes is a 19th Century Norman boutique hotel, located on the waterfront in the picturesque costal village of Barneville-Carteret, Normandy. The hotel is cosy and welcoming, with either stunning harbour or tranquil garden views.
January 29, 2014 - Posted by Elio
From Paris to the Flowery Coast, Normandy - Sandy terrain, sun-kissed beaches and ethereal cliffs and, on the top of it, beautiful people and beautiful environment! What else does one need more? Pack your bags, we say, because it is time to explore this awesome terrain.
January 22, 2014 - Posted by Elio
Aquitania, “the land of water”. This was the name given to this beautiful region in Bordeaux, France, when the Romans assimilated the area into their vast empire.
December 03, 2013 - Posted by Elio
As the sun sets, the air is filled with a flickering light and the scent of grilled meats and spices. The haunting call to prayer echoes from a nearby minaret and a storyteller plies his trade by lamplight. This is Marrakesh: a city of sensory overload.
And North Africa’s most bustling city, too.
I know, it seems unlikely. The Dordogne practically IS the dictionary definition of the beaten path in France. From the gorgeous chateau studded hills of the Dordogne valley itself to the famous caves of Lascaux to the medieval town of Sarlat, the number and quality of attractions on offer means that you are likely to be sharing them with countless other visitors.
But this doesn’t have to be the case.
September 04, 2013 - Posted by Elio
Steaming vans framed by Haussmann palaces, micro-kitchens that spill over the sidewalk and retro-trucks filled with countryside delights. These are the new mobile-restaurants, where the stellar chefs of tomorrow (and the actual ones sometime, too) redefine French gastronomy.
Local, sociable and affordable!
August 18, 2013 - Posted by Julien
Corsica’s most dramatic peninsula is made for lazing. But Cap Corsica has much to offer for one who is looking to go beyond the lounger. Imagine: fish fresh from the harbour, small restaurants on-the-rocks, a super-panoramic road taking you through photogenic fishing villages and dazzling green vineyards.
We've seated with local hotelier Julien Pieri to know where to go.
June 16, 2013 - Posted by Elio
Souks appeal. There is some kind of incommensurable appeal that oozes from the combination of labyrinthine alleyways, ancient berber healers, hip art galleries and out-of-control donkey carts that makes a short break in Marrakech truly unique.
Dive headfirst for a 72 hours short break in Marrakesh.
An almost imperceptibly fused expanse of sand and shimmering sea stretches towards the sky as far as the eye can see. Dark stick figures shimmy like mirages across this phosphorescent desert: one slowly sauntering with a dog gambolling back and forth, another duo jogging.
A coastal idyll in Normandy.
The Bordelais, thousands of hectares of vines with producers on every bend of the road… When you visit Bordeaux and its region, you have to be prepared, you have to know what you seek – otherwise, as the saying goes, it will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
I invite you to meander in the Libournais region along the banks of the Gironde.
Among the grandest country chateaux, rolling orchards and sparking Loire river, the fifth generation of the Badin's family run a dynamic wine estate with both charm and simplicity. Pass by, they will show you around and share their passion with you - they'll make you feel like an old friend visiting from the moment you step in.
Come during their open-door weekends, and you'll sit with the locals at the long tables adorned in the wine storage.
March 30, 2013 - Posted by Elio
Slow-Chic first approved property in the Belgian Ardennes is La Ferronière, a small luxury hotel in Bouillon. Having uncovered this hidden gem, we will soon be adding more exceptional country hotels in the Ardennes, luxury bed and breakfast in Brussels as well as boutique hotels in Bruges and Antwerp.
Stay tuned for more Slow-Chic Belgium.
December 01, 2012 - Posted by Nicola
You’re a beach bum at heart, but you still need to feel the pulse of a city scene? With its grand boulevard, neo-Gothic palazzi, art-nouveau café, and as cultural hotspot of the island Cagliari looks every bit the cosmopolitan capital, and is happy to flaunt its urban credentials. Cherry on the top: the 8 km long Poetto beach!
Discover the best places in Cagliari, from those in the know. Courtesy of Nicola and Giuliano from the Maison Miramare !