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28.9.17

Travelling in Brazil: Itamambuca Beach

 Hello folks!

Today I'm going to share with you some of the most beautiful and safe places to visit on the São Paulo state coastline: Itamambuca. The village is located on the north of Ubatuba Beach and its usually visited by surfers and tourist in search of silence, nature and peace. 


Itamambuca Beach
The inhabitants of Itamambuca are keen to keep the fantastic Mata Atlantica as protected as possible. In order to achieve this goal they developed their own sustainable waste management and greenhouses to growth and replant the original trees. Furthermore, they also keep a lovely public library and eco-track with information about the vegetation and their beautiful species of rare births. 

From a luxury resort to an eco bread-and-breakfast, I'm sure you will find a suitable option matching your style. No matter which option you choose, you will have access to all the eco-sports facilities provided by the local surf school.

I don't like crowded places and I also tend to avoid high temperatures. If you are like me: I strongly advise you to visit Itamambuca during the Brazilian winter. I went in August and even though I could enjoy pleasant temperatures.





Itamambuca BeachExtra bits of advice: 

- Visit the Projeto Tamar in Ubatuba, it's a fantastic NGO which protects sea turtles from extinction. 

- Rent a car in São Paulo Capital to go to Itamambuca or go by bus to Ubatuba and then take a taxi to  Itamambuca. However, if you speak Portuguese, you can easily manage to take a local bus to from Ubatuba to Itamambuca (I did it and it was ok!). 

- Do not walk or cycle on the motorway to visit the neighbour villages. If you want to visit other places take a taxi or a local bus. 





19.6.17

Scandinavian Design

First of all, long life to the kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden!

My passion for Scandinavian design goes beyond design, it is also a lifestyle. I can affirm this as the history of this movement matches with my personal beliefs. Minimalist, simple, functional, and affordable are not just design trends, but also a way to express the social democratic spirit, which emerged after the Second World War in this countries. The right to have a beautiful place to live were no longer exclusively destinated for the wealthiest people: it should also be affordable to the rest of the population. 

Based on my political and personal views I decided to immerse myself during the last months in the universe of Scandinavian Design, from Finn Juhl, who introduced Denish design to the world on the 50's, to the brothers Lassen. The result of the experiment was to decorate my own home and to rediscover my style. I would like to inspire you to do the same, studying and exploring new ways, to construct and reconstruct the environment and ideas inside and outside you. I'm sure that you will feel much better when your thoughts gets aligned with your surroundings.  

Based on this passion I created Scandinavian.Casa, an Instagram account to share and my routine and interaction with the interior design of my home, from coffee making to details of my furniture.

Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian Design

12.6.17

Cycling in Belgium

On the 5th of  February from 1930 Albert Einstein sent a letter to his son, in one of the paragraphs he wrote: Beim Menschen ist es wie beim Velo. Nur wenn er faehrt, kann er bequem die Balance halten. It translates to more or less: (...) it is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain balance.

My fiancé's hobby is cycling and I love photography, thus: nothing better for us than to go on cycling trips to explore Belgium while taking pictures. It's amazing to discover new cities and landscapes. It's especially nice to do this trips around our city, Leuven, as the tourism department give us all the support, from special maps to traffic signs related to the chosen rote. 

The last trip we did requires a bit of physical preparation and is recommended for experienced people, as the terrain is hilly during certain points of the route. However, we saw many tourists cycling on electrical bikes, what is convenient for seniors. The name of this route is "Hageland Hills" (36 KM). You can download a brochure with all the details about it on the website of Leuven. 

It was great to pass by peaceful fields, apple trees plantation and, last but not least, to visit the Kasteel Van Horst, which was originally built in the 13th century. Around the castle you can also find a bar (where you can also buy homemade bread ) and tables for a picnic, making this place ideal for your lunch break! So, what are you waiting for to keep your balance? Let's do it!


Cycling in Belgium


Cycling in Belgium


Cycling in Belgium

28.5.17

Travelling in Belgium: Knokke

Yes, we do have beaches in Belgium...

One of the hot spots of the Belgium summer is Knokke, a small city located in West Flanders. It's a great place to spend a comfy day, walking on the sand with the family and enjoying the sun. 

This city has an interesting history connected with art, being a vacation city for several painters during the 19th century, as the impressionist James Ensor and the post-impressionist Theo van Rysselberghe. Nowadays we can find beautiful art galleries around the coastline of  Knokke, as the Absolute. Furthermore, the city hosts cool festivals and events, a famous one is the Knokke Fashion Weekend. Impressive, isn't it?

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Travelling in Belgium: Knokke

Travelling in Belgium: Knokke


Travelling in Belgium: Knokke

Travelling in Belgium: Knokke

Travelling in Belgium: Knokke


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