Monday, 31 August 2009
Frank and I have been going to Spain at least once a year for the last twenty years. My parents-in-law own a wonderful appartment in Cunit, near Barcelona and it's become a second home to us and a place where we can instantly relax - no matter how short our stay there is.
Today I want to point out a wonderful luxury hotel/Spa that is located in Calafel, the next village.Remodelled from an ancient finca which had been deserted for years, they turned it into a lovely hotel/spa. Just having a coffee on the fabulous terrace is a wonderful experience and well worth a visit there. But it's also the perfect weekend-trip if you're looking for a relaxing time to re-charge 'your batteries' or just to get away from it all for a while.
Only forty minutes away from Barcelona it's situated on a beautiful beach and far away from the hectic/tourist village "Calafel".
Especially outside the main season, the rates are affordable. We're very much looking forward to hopefully return there over the winter holidays this year.
For more info, visit the hotel's website here.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Deeper within the house, spaces become increasingly private – tucked between the building itself, retaining walls and the hillside behind.
Designing for a hot climate, small site and hillside lot are difficult enough individual constraints for architects to overcome alone – let alone all at the same time. This marvelous little home by P + T architects manages to make the most of a seemingly difficult situation through a few critical design moves that turn problems into opportunities.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Something of a canine fancy dress contest, it takes just two hours for owners to transform their pets, which are sheared and coloured to achieve each look.
The incredible transformations were captured by photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition.
'By the time the dogs get to me after they have been through the tournament they are bounding around and very happy. 'I think all the attention that gets bestowed upon them through the whole process must be nice for them.'
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Soon, summer will be gone and the leaves will change their color. I love this park throughout the seasons (actually it's an ancient graveyard :) So tranquil and peaceful.
I love the change of seasons. For me, every season has its highlights.
Right now, I'm trying to make the most of the last remaining summer days, enjoying the outdoors and the garden. Here's a glimpse of my favorite little park.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
This is such a sweet moment caught on camera here. Obama, not only one of the most charismatic men in the world, but obviously a doting father as well.
(pic from BZ)
Speaking of "doting fathers"... This pic left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Ricky Martin's twins are adorable.
It's such a shame that people still start controversial discussions about his sexual orientation and whether he should have kids, stating kids need both a Mom and a Dad. Well, I think that all that matters is that they are loved! And as long as there is much love in their life it shouldn't matter if they are raised by a hetero couple or two fathers, or two Moms or by a single parent.
(pic via Ricky Martin's twitter account)
Thursday, 20 August 2009
(From "Schoener Wohnen". For more info go here )
...seems to be more of a lover than a fighter
will be fun to have around the house.
can be difficult to housetrain. (<-- mind you, I don't know how difficult it was to housetrain the dog owner ;)
is good with children and adults.
Courageous and a persistent fighter if provoked
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Just the other day, I had decided to clean out a drawer in my desk when I found an old "Congratulation Card" that my father sent me years ago after I had finished my college exams and started my first job for Mercedes-Benz. I had totally forgotten that my Dad had sent me this back then. He was so proud of me.
It really touched me and made me cry. My Dad died six years ago from a heart attack and there were so many things, I didn't tell him and wished I had. I loved him and I miss him still.
When I got this book today, I was really moved by many of the statements in there, aside from the fact that the photographs by Joyce Ostin are awesome!
Another plus is, that it had my favorite actor in it and I didn't even know that, because he wasn't mentioned anywhere in the book's description.
Looking at the pics in this book and feeling the warmth and love that Ostin managed to capture in her photos, totally made my day today.
I can recommend this book, not just for the wonderful photographs but also for the quotes and thoughts on fathers and their children. Besides, it contributes to a good cause, helping the Joyce Ostin foundation in its support of research for breast cancer cures.
(book available via amazon.com or www.joyceostin.com)
Monday, 10 August 2009
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Currently adorning my coffee table. An awesome book with fantastic photographies by Antonio Attini and Peter Skinner.
A world capital with a strong presence in the imaginations of many people throughout the world, New York has its share of icons - from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building - that are instantly familiar. "High Above New York" does not fail to find new angles to present these great monuments, but this handsome volume also is designed to expand the reader's sense of the city. Stunning photographs present Manhattan as the jewel crown, and then the book's photographic eye searches for treasures in the other four boroughs. We tour Brooklyn, with its much-loved waterfront heights looking down over Lower Manhattan, where admire its fine architecture, elegant row-houses, and lush parks. The Bronx shows off its many waterfronts, parks, college campuses, and its world-class zoo and Botanic Gardens. Queens is a borough of ethnic enclaves, where Indian gold jewellery shops, Latin American food stores, and Little Korea are to be found. Staten Island boasts early Dutch and English settlements - as well as a traditional Himalayan monastery. (available from amazon.com)