While walking down I start smelling the sea. As I get closer to the harbour I can hear the sound of seagulls, a large group creates the overpowering sound that makes you curious to see why they have all gathered together and making such loud noises. As I look behind the fishing boats I see countless seagulls, fighting over fish that has been left as the fisherman are working hard trying to move their daily catch ashore. Only a few meters away you see the fresh fish being dropped off and sold immediately to the locals that walk by. – I don’t think you could get any fresher fish than this. I am in a beautiful place named Deauville/Trouville. They are famous for their amazing fish, you can definitely understand why.
The towns are incredibly beautiful. Streets are filled with the cutest houses, build in the traditional normandy style. The harbour in Deauville is always filled with fishing boats, and the harbour in Trouville with sailing boats. This for me says it all. The people that come here enjoy life. They enjoy good food, as we know French do, a glass of wine with a selection of local cheeses are always part of a daily routine. They also love the sea and have an active lifestyle. And all this, you can feel in the atmosphere. There is a calm and happy feeling in the air, which you cant help but breath in and follow the flow.
They like to call it ‘Little Paris’. It is no wonder that you find many people from Paris taking advantage of their weekend to escape to this beautiful place on the sea. It almost feels like people come here to relax, and that they do. Wake up in the morning from the sun that shines through the window, touching your face with its warmth. You stretch your legs, put on the first dress you can find, and walk to the nearest bakery to get your fresh baguette. You have a walk over the market and buy your fresh fruit (and the Moroccan styled handbag you have had an eye on for a week). You then sit down, on one of the terraces surrounded by green trees and colourful parasols. You order your coffee and sneakily dip the warm bread you just bought from the shop on the corner in your coffee. – This is the exact routine I did this morning, so believe me, its a routine that will make anyone wake up with a smile! (Even on Mondays!)
As you walk around you cannot help but notice how beautiful the houses are. I will be showing much more of this stunning town in the coming days. But if you feel that you would like to see this place in real life (which you should!) then book your next hotel in Deauville! Trust me, it is a place that will make everyone happy! – Perfect holiday place for romantic couples, families, or just a single getaway for those moments where you want to escape, just by yourself!
Another morning, another coffee, another hot day in Lugano! It is the perfect day to have a drive around the lake and go explore every beautiful spot. A spot that you should definitely visit is Lido di Faggeto. As you drive down a narrow road you notice a small parking space. This is where you find the cutest beach! You have parked your car and as you walk down you can feel the sand tickling below your feet.
At this great sunbathing spot they have comfortable couches in which you can fall into and drink your delicious espresso. As you hide underneath the parasol you can quickly change into your swimsuit so you can run over the hot sand and dive into the refreshing blue water.
It is the most beautiful spot with the most amazing view. (Even when you notice some clouds climbing over the hills slowly covering the sun, in my opinion the view just gets more and more amazing.) You see the rain coming in the distance, the clouds surrounding the hills. Far away you see that lightning hits the water – thats probably the moment when you realise to stop dreaming and get out of the water. You can already feel the drops and so you go back to hiding underneath the parasol. A tropical rain storm is about to take over, and its beautiful.
This place is the perfect place for both sunny and rainy days. Lovely food, lovely people, and an amazing view!
Where to go
Lido di Faggeto is open everyday from 10am – 10pm and their address is Piazza Cesare Scotti 1, Riva CO.
All images shot with my beautiful Leica Q
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Lake Como (Italy) is beautiful. It has its tiny streets full of cute cafes and restaurants. The bright colours and the warm yellow buildings create a cosy atmosphere that effects your inner happiness. Nevertheless, there is a place not far from the centre where you will feel like you have just entered another world. We decided to go and explore that other world.
You drive up as you squeeze the car through some narrow roads. As you leave the car behind you will have to continue the rest by foot. The moment you set one step on the ground and start following the river you will notice how quiet it is. The crickets and the birds singing are the sounds overpowering the quietness. As you try to keep your balance climbing up the rocks you will hear the sound of water clattering down in the background. As I was looking down trying to place my foot on the right rock without slipping I noticed the dogs footprints that were guiding me the way. The air is warm, the water is cold. As I walked up the river I notice that I wasn’t the only one that was feeling hot. The dog was already laying spread out into the water, with the biggest satisfaction on his face, he wasn’t moving anytime soon.
Just a little further.. and you will make it to the most beautiful waterfall. Welcome to the jungle! The water clear and blue. The only sounds you hear is the water flowing down the rocks. The coldness of the water makes the air fresh, creating the perfect temperature. The vibrant green plants create a beautiful shelter. The only companion you have are the occasional salamanders coming to say hi. I had to hold my breath for a second. It literally is breathtaking. Another world. So close, but yet you feel so far.
Its amazing. The sounds, the feeling it creates inside you. So peaceful. It makes you appreciate how beautiful the world really is. Its just the matter of finding those spots, they are anywhere. You just have to learn how to find them. – I am very lucky to have such a curious and adventures mind, which enables me to find such places. And once you have witnessed such beauty you will never stop looking. Its what makes me happy. The strive for experiencing and witnessing the beautiful things, even the smallest gestures such as playing cards with loved ones in the most beautiful spot somewhere in the jungle.
Of all the mornings I woke up in beautiful places this must of been the most spectacular one. I never thought I would spend my morning on a small boat accompanied by a group of humpback whales! We arrived in a little town in the north of Iceland named Husavik the night before. This town is known for having the perfect sea climate for whales and so is an extremely popular spot for all kinds of whales to unite. We woke up early and got on a small boat to spend our morning with the whales!
Honestly, I believe that this was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. The moment you leave the harbour it gets quieter and quieter. You can hear the wind moving the sea, the birds flying above you. Everyone is quiet, concentrating on the sea. Then something spectacular happens, the most beautiful animal appears from the depth and gives you a glimpse of its beauty. I must say, water filled my eyes. – Yes, it is that beautiful. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is a MUST when visiting Iceland.
You even get a hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun! I mean, what more do you want! This experience was mind blowing and I highly reccomend you to go on this adventure by getting your ticket from the company named North Sailing! They have an amazing service, cheapest tickets in Husavik, extremely friendly and a variety of types of boats which you can choose from (including a ‘carbon free’ electric boat, which is environmentally friendlier and creates no sound, which means you are approaching the whales with minimum disturbance) And not to forget, hot chocolate and cinnamon buns are included!!