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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fidel Castro's Death





Fidel Castro has died last friday, November 25th... I pray for the Cuban people and I wonder how this will change their future... let's hope for the best! My regular followers will know that I love Cuba, in fact I have been there several times. It's a breathtakingly beautiful country, but every time it breaks my heart to see so many people living in poor conditions, gorgeous historical buildings falling apart...
"Buena Suerte" Cuba!

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Fall Walk
















Fall, it's a season I have a love–hate relationship with... I absolutely love the beautiful colours, the falling leaves, the pumpkins, Halloween decorations and pretty mushrooms popping up in the park.... but I hate those grey, rainy days when you practically can't leave the house.

But when the sun is out, the sky is blue and the colours are those of an "Indian Summer"... it's the perfect time to go out for a walk! I put on some warm clothes, grab my camera, or in this case, my cell phone.... and I'm ready to rumble!

These pictures were taken at the estate surrounding Duivenvoorde Castle in Voorschoten, The Netherlands. For more information about Duivenvoorde, please continue here:
https://www.kasteelduivenvoorde.nl/en

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!





Happy Halloween guys! I hope you will have a wonderful and (if you wish) scary evening! I have to be honest, I usually don't celebrate Halloween, but it's a great opportunity to decorate the house & garden. Some orange Champagne won't hurt anyone either ;-)

Ps. While I was writing this post, the doorbell actually rang and there were some Trick-or-Treaters!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

In Love with Capri





















Capri.... I fell completely in love with you (all over again)! This island with its beautiful colours, stunning views, pretty flowers and delicious scents... to me it's a miracle! Capri, I just can't get you out of my mind! More blogs will follow soon.

Food pictures -besides the pizza- taken at Beachclub Il Riccio:
http://www.capripalace.com/en/beach-club-il-riccio/
Sandal made by Canfora:
http://tarasdolcevita.blogspot.nl/2013/11/canfora-sandals-capri-italy.html

Friday, September 2, 2016

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

























Machu Picchu… one of the seven world wonders…. for many people it’s a dream destination, to put on their “bucketlist”. I can honestly say, visiting Machu Picchu was a dream come true. The town at the bottom of Machu Picchu, is called Aguas Calientes, a place where travelers from around the world gather before and after their visit to the ancient Inca citadel.

Aguas Calientes is filled with hostels and hotels in every price range. There’s only one that will take your breath away though… and that’s Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel! This ecological resort has 81 small "casitas" and 2 private villas scattered over the terrain (12 acres), making it feel as though you were in a little Andean village.

You are in the middle of the cloud forest here. There are many types of tropical birds, including the tiny but oh so beautiful hummingbird. Furthermore, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo has the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species). A few of them are pictured here.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel is located at an altitude of 2020 meters / 6627 feet above sea level. The hotel is part of the ecological Inkaterra chain, which was established in 1975. It now includes 6 eco-friendly properties near Cusco and Puerto Maldonado.

The casitas and public areas (restaurants, bar, lounges) are all decorated with traditional materials and furniture. At night, there are candles and fireplaces lit everywhere, making it an incredibly romantic place to stay. My casita even had its own fireplace; a bellboy came to lit it at night. Pure bliss!

There’s a spa, a jacuzzi with spring water and a small shop with beautiful handmade souvenirs. Everything is sustainable, in fact the water used in the bathrooms is real rainwater! A small card in your room explains exactly how it is obtained and warns you that in case of heavy rain fall, the water might appear slightly muddy. That doesn't sound too atractive, but I can guarantee you, that the hotel feels very clean and luxurious.

To me, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel was a perfect place to stay, beautiful, authentic and very romantic. It's also an oasis compared to the busy town of Aguas Calientes. It’s only a 5-minute walk from Machu Picchu Pueblo train station to the hotel. Trains run daily from Cusco to Machu Picchu (3 hour ride) and from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (1 hour 20 minutes).

For more information about the hotel, please visit:
http://www.inkaterra.com/inkaterra/inkaterra-machu-picchu-pueblo-hotel/the-experience
For more information about Peru:
http://www.peru.travel