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Monday, July 7, 2014

Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

























The Wereldmuseum was blessed. Not "only" by the Dalai Lama, but also by the weather gods. Summer can be pretty unpredictable in The Netherlands (with lots of rain and strong wind), but the day they reopened their terrace, the weather was wonderful. The sun was shining, there was a blue sky and hardly any wind. Many people came out, the drinks and hors d'oeuvres by Food Republic were delicious and weather appropriate (they had a BBQ) and the view of the Rotterdam skyline was priceless!

But to be quite honest, that's not what I came for. The reason behind my visit was the museum itself. And boy oh boy... was it worth it! A classical Dutch building hiding exotic treasures from all continents, an impressive staircase, beautiful banqueting rooms, a mouthwatering museum store... What more can you wish for?

The real surprise however was the Wereldmuseum's permanent collection. The majority of the artifacts comes from Asia, followed by Africa and Oceania. I don't think I've ever seen so much beautiful Asian art together in one place! From many different Buddhas to exquisite antique furniture, from vintage jewelry to religious artifacts, from statues to complete altars, it's all there.

The Wereldmuseum also puts on (con)temporary exhibitions. Currenly -until september 2014- there is an exhibition called Future Pass 3.0, showing "Animamix", a new art form that combines Eastern and Western art traditions.

Next time you're in The Netherlands and especially if you're in Rotterdam, you must pay this wonderful museum a visit. If you're lucky you can have a drink on the Asian inspired terrace, looking over the Maas river and Hotel New York (the former head office of the Holland America line).

For more information, please visit:
http://www.wereldmuseum.nl/en/home.html

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Party






















This week I went to the Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Party at the Breakers Beach House in Noordwijk. The weather was incredible... sunny, warm and a blue sky! The perfect conditions for a cocktail party on the beach I would say.

Champagne was flowing like there was tomorrow! The hors d'oevres by Breakers Beach House were exquisite... but for those who preferred a lighter (and colder) snack, champagne ice cream was served by two lovely ladies of the IJsboutique! As you can see, I couldn't say no!

If you want to learn more about the Ice Impérial Champagne by Moët & Chandon, please read one of my previous reviews:
http://tarasdolcevita.blogspot.nl/2011/07/moet-chandon-ice-imperial-ooh-la-la.html

For more information, please visit:
Moët & Chandon http://www.moet.com
Breakers Beach House http://www.breakersbeachhouse.nl/en
IJsboutique http://ijsboutique.nl

Pink kaftan by Antik Batik
Sunglasses by Ray-Ban

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Beachclub La Fontelina, Capri, Italy


















My first time in Capri I was overwhelmed by the enormous amounts of tourists… especially in the Marina Grande, where all the hydrofoils and ferries arive. No surprise here of course. But even on more remote parts of the island there are loads -and I do mean loads- of poorly dressed day-trippers. Not exactly what you’re dreaming of when you book a trip to Capri.

That is until you take the boat to private beachclub La Fontelina. An oasis of tranquility and fashionable people! We started with a delicious lunch on the terrace, overlooking the small beach, the bay and the famous “Faraglioni” rocks. The view is absolutely stunning! I felt like I was starring in a Dolce & Gabbana commercial.

La Dolce Vita as it was meant to be. Blue sky and turquoise water… pink tablecloths, red tomatoes, green basil and white buffle mozzarella… Exotic cocktails (try their signature white sangria) and mouthwatering salads and pastas…

However, there are no white sandy beaches, as many people might expect. The beach is more like a rock formation. Deck chairs are available as well as sun loungers. The rocks are partially covered with concrete to create a more even (and comfortable) surface. Furthermore, La Fontelina offers changing cabins and showers. (By the way, pack your best bikini / swim trunks and a cover-up for lunch!)

Spending the day at La Fontelina doesn’t come cheap, but it’s an unforgettable experience. Beachclub entrance, including the use of the changing room, shower and chair costs €21, per person, per day. In order to reserve a place on the beach, you need to book a table at the restaurant too. Oh and make sure you bring enough cash to pay for the shuttle boat to Marina Piccola.

The little boat trip was exhilarating! The lunch to die for. I will be back soon.

For more information, please visit: