Vienna Details (Part 2)

Sissi / Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria  



That gown (embroidered with Arabic script to say: “Oh mon Dieu quel beau rรชve” / “Oh my Lord what a beautiful dream”)



and this Bavarian style gown:  


Sporty Empress: she worked out regularly and check what she had installed in her office!



and while she didn’t often join in the oppulant family dinners in order to maintain her physique (and fit into those tight waisted dresses…)  
 … she made sure to have a very unique set of tableware to entertain:    




Vienna Details (Part 1)

I take inspiration from details wherever I find them and Vienna certainly has no shortage of subtleties… Whether in art, architecture, music, food or Christmas ornaments, the place is brimming with human innovation steeped in historic depth… Amazing, exciting & challenging your senses to awaken and for you to imagine a world full of infinite artistic possibilities & human potential…

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien:




Hotel Sacher:

Hotel Palais Coburg (and a Marie Antoinette dress casually displayed):









Schรถnbrunn Palace:




Christmas Markets, mulled wine & hot coco…





๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณTuscan Hills ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ

Castello di Vicarello (Poggi del Sasso

Heavenly isolated…


Tuscan infinity …


No filter… this flower’s otherworldly details and light reminded me of the magical flower in Tangled!


Morning harvest…


Organic eggs, tomatoes, figs, aubergines, zucchini & rosemary!


Can’t wait to see what the chef has done with my ingredients!

After a good meal, it’s time to work it off village-style!    

Siesta …




Only drawback… those bees! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ constantly chasing me around buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing in my ears !

I tried running away, but they’re everywhere!  

The remedy ๐Ÿทall day & all night…


Details of my OOTN


Siena… Travel in time to the medieval era… just filter out all the tourists from your views and it feels like you’re there!  


and along the way we saw this amazing sunflower๐ŸŒป field… 

and stopped at this picturesque hilltop village, Montalcino, home of the reknown Brunello di Montalcino wine ๐Ÿท


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italian Riviera ๐Ÿš— to Tuscany ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Cinque Terre  





Olive spread in Corniglia


Firenze (aka Florence)

Il Duomo




Ponte Vecchio


Pinocchio is omipresent in Firenze!


Somewhere between a pizza and bread & cheese and absolutely delicious…


Souvenirs , souvenirs…

   Those stradas! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 

Back to the hotel for some garden & pool time…


Purple love is still alive in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น




Huge petals & smells heavenly!



I left my kids back home but it turns out I can’t escape the kid in me!

Provence ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท to Portofino โ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น via St Tropez ๐Ÿ‘™

My Provence lavender hunt obsession led me to the Abbaye de Sรฉnanque and while the lavender wasn’t in full bloom, the setting was still picturesque…


Provence is not just about vinyards & purple love, its palette is rich in colors and I particulaly โค๏ธ this red hot cherry ๐Ÿ’ tree! so much that I actually fell into a ditch (and broke my phone’s screen ๐Ÿ˜ก) as I was trying to capture its beauty!

Gordes… Gorgeous!


Couldn’t resist sharing this with my little ones so it was time for a quick Skype!


Here’s me practicing my favorite St Tropez passtime: people watching! ๐Ÿ˜


The next day it was time to drive off to Italy but not before we stopped @ a random beach near St Tropez where tanners of all ages seemed to take issue with the idea of a swimsuit!


 And we finally arrived in Italia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น…


After a long drive it was Pesto time in Portofino ! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น


Nature’s splendid beauty was drawing me to it and away from all stress…


Flowers ๐ŸŒธ & Trees ๐ŸŒด in magical harmony…


Lemon trees ๐Ÿ‹ & jasmine … a perfect blend of sents!


Piscina & mare

๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธa fitting entrance to the Spa (which I desperately needed to end my day) ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ


Tasting, Breathing & Dipping in Provence ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿท๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒพ


Appetizer: une tarte salรฉe


We started our Provence tour in Avignon where a local chef cooked for us a delicious provincial meal in a 14th century cuisine in the basement of La Mirande (an old cardinal’s palace across from the Popes Palace)


The description of the dish by the chef is way too long to include in a caption ๐Ÿ˜

Some wine tasting straight from the cave …

A stroll in the garden to take in the sents of les herbes de provence

Provinรงal dessert…

Next stop was La Bastide de Marie in Mรฉnerbes (Luberon)


La Roulotte … our tree house for the night!


of course, matching my outfit ๐Ÿ˜‰


Cute cozy randomness abound inside!


Some turquoise energy…


Some lavender energy…




Bonnenuit ๐Ÿท! Next stop: Bonnieux


To be continued… 

๐Ÿ‘ฏ Walking in๐Ÿ‘ฃ Daddy’s Steps ๐ŸŽ“

Since we’re kicking off our summer in Beirut and right in time for this weekend’s Father’s Day, we thought we’d take the kids for a stroll in the gorgeous AUB Mediterranean campus, where their dad did his freshman year… Memories, nature, stories, โ˜€๏ธ, endless questions (e.g. papa, c’est lร  que tu prenais le goรปter?; elle est oรน la classe de papa?), mischief & dreams… ๐Ÿš€