All posts tagged: relax

At least 6 things to absolutely do in Samoa // Almeno 6 cose da fare a Samoa

Welcome to one of the still quite unspoilt paradise of the South Pacific! 1. Lalomanu Beach – spend there at least half a day to bathe in the turquoise water, lay on the white sand and just admire the amazing panorama either from the sand itself or from the rustic restaurant on the beach. There are at least two accommodation options “fale” style, the typical Samoan hut, either as it is in complete touch with nature covered by just a cloth or in a closed one to give you some more privacy. 2. 1 day Tour of Upolu island – you can rent a car and do it yourself which is probably much easier or pay a taxi driver for the day. They usually will charge around 300 Samoan dollars. A small / old car will cost roughly half, while a new one will cost you roughly the same as a taxi ride, but experiencing the island by yourself is just priceless. 3. Snorkelling – as my husband was saying, the reef is easily reachable …

A Lebanese night out in Zurich // Una serata libanese a Zurigo

Last night after a full day of running around doing million things, I really needed to relax, chill out, unwind… We were supposed to go to an organised event, but it was too late, so wandering around Zurich, I believe still in Enge, we saw this cute and lively bar on the corner, next to the river, with coulourful lights and music playing with such a great vibe and we decided to make a stop there. A very welcoming staff, just showed us where we could sit while waiting for  proper table. We sat on the stools, maybe a bit too high vs the table, but where we ended staying the whole night! We ordered a “stange”, the Swiss/German word for a small beer, which is already probably 3/4 of a pint (another country where beer is easily drunk :), and a “radler”, which I was told it’s called “Panache” or “Panache’ “, like in France, basically beer with lemonade. Ohhh God, it was so refreshing, since Zurich last night was still very warm. Oh, …

A recipe for a relaxing getaway: Good Food, wine and … at Daylesford // Ricetta per il relax: Buona tavola e buon vino, e … a Daylesford

A kind staff will welcome you when you arrive at The Lake house in Daylesford. You enter an environment of indulgence, interesting pieces of furniture that all find their place. And it’s only 1 hour and a half from Melbourne. A relaxing getaway for a day or a weekend. This time the description in the post will be more detailed (e.g. the lunch menu), but I’ve organised it in sections so you can read what interests you the most. Salus Spa I’ve spent the first 2 hours being pampered at the Spa thanks to my husband’s wedding anniversary present. I indulged in a full body massage and a facial. All the lotions perfumes’ they used contributed to the relaxation experience as I ended smelling a bouquet of fresh vegetables, although I’ve later been told it was all about flowers and fruit. And I wasn’t even hungry! Well, still a mistery to me… All this while Carlo was enjoying the lounge. Although no one actually came up to him to ask if he wanted a glass …

What’s it like a Saturday afternoon at the Hot Springs // Un pomeriggio alle terme vicino a Melbourne

Another tick on my bucket list for Melbourne and Victoria: the Peninsula Hot springs at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It came as an invite to a prolonged birthday celebration of a French friend, it couldn’t have been a better invitation as I wanted to go there for a long time. And it was the perfect end to the celebration, the party of the Friday night was awesome! 🙂 It takes a 1h 30 min to get there, or 1h 15min via toll way. Once you’re on the Peninsula the panorama starts to be already very pleasant. Thing to absolutely know: you have to book your appointment in advance for a specific time, otherwise you risk being denied entrance, also if you’re late on a fully booked day. Yes, that’s Australia! Passed the admin, it’s a very enjoyable place, especially because it wasn’t that packed. You should not expect neither a luxurious place nor a European level hot springs, but they’re nonetheless pretty good. There are I think 30 pools, hot and cold, with …

Where does Surf, Relax, Wellbeing, Beach meet in Australia? Byron Bay

We’re almost half way through autumn in Melbourne, already missing summer, although we still have a warm day every now and then. What’s better than an escape up the coast of Australia? An option, not too far from Melbourne is definitely Byron Bay. A laid back, beach & surf town in NSW. 2 hour flight from Melbourne, just over an hour from Sydney, probably a 2hr drive from Brisbane. Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Tiger fly to the Gold Coast airport in Coolangatta. And then it’s a 45min drive down to Byron Bay. April is a good month as it’s still warm, but not too crowded. The main activity is going to the beach or do surfing or the likes, like body boarding. There are plenty of places to book your surf lesson or to rent the gear. You can rent a body board for 2hours for as a little as $8 at the Corner Shop. There’s a lot of focus on wellbeing, so you’ll find a lot of Yoga, Pilates, massage & Spa places. And …

Wine & The City

After a few days of absence from the internet, I’m now sitting in a wine bar ready to enjoy a well deserved meal. Well deserved after fasting at breakfast after a test. My choice is a ‘Savoury Tart’, or quiche, with some salad and balsamic vinegar. Very good indeed! All accompanied by a very good glass of Red wine from Tasmania. I’m feeling like something light since it is warm and Pinot Noir it is: Glaetzer Dixon Avance Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Excellent! It’s sunny, the air is clear, and I’m feeling so relaxed! the lunch at the ‘Wine Shop’ is really delicious, but a coffee and some ‘biscotti’ make the perfect ending to a good meal. the desserts are really inviting, but too sumptuous in such a weather. I even pronounce this Italian word with an English accent, so to make myself understood.  ; ) The ‘biscotti’ are in reality what in Italy we call ‘ Cantuccini’, although here a slimmer version, but not bad. There’s no Vin Santo, or actually I didn’t ask …

What is a ‘Friand’? It is delicious! / Cos’è un ‘friand’? E’ delizioso!

Today I learnt a new word. That’s the advantage of going outside and not sit at home,  you always learn something new! The word is friand, probably a French pastry or the Australian nane for a French pastry or some French name for an Australian pastry just to make it more appealing! 😉 this stimulated my curiosity, also because it is strange to learn about French pastry in Australia, bit in fact, as ‘Wikipedia Docet’ (= Wikipedia teaches), it is well spread in Australia and New Zealand. Here is what ‘Wikipedia’ says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friand The friand is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. It is popular in Australia and New Zealand.[1] It is usually made with almond flour and egg whites. It typically has additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. It is baked in small molds, typically oval or barquette in shape. It appears to be related to the financier, though it differs in being larger and not using brown butter.[2][3] The French word friand, which means dainty or a …

TasMANIAC – Chapter 2

It’s the 31st of January, 1 month in the new year and that’s when I usually, but probably most of the people are, start missing holidays, being somewhere else than your home and the ‘no worries’ mindset. So that is why I’ll go on with the 2nd chapter of TasMANIAC! I don’t remember if I already told you that we got our rental car canceled, so we quickly had to re-plan our trip and since we had 4 full days, we decided to take it slowly. We spent 1 ½ day in Hobart, starting from our Xmas evening, where we were wandering around the city craving for something to eat. Everything was closed, it was windy and probably we were not that well equipped. we knew ‘Tassie’ was a bit colder, but we were still in the summer months, but the wind is always the guilty one. Anyway, finally at the seaport, we see some people and some lights, a Fish & Chips: Fishy Business. It’s just in front of Mures, which is supposed to …

TasMANIAC! – Capitolo 1 / Chapter 1

La Tasmania per me era uno dei questi posti ‘mitici’, quasi mitologici, lontanissimi, dove chissà se ci sarei mai andata e per questo ha sempre avuto un forte attrattivo. Quasi un’allure misteriosa. E poi, una domanda che non si vuole pronunciare ad alta voce: “Ma esiste veramente Taz, il diavoletto della Tasmania? Sai l’ho visto nei cartoni animati della WB…” Una di quelle domande che ci si vergogna un po’ fare e ci si chiede mentalmente perché non ho fatto un po’ di ricerca preventiva su internet? Internet, che invenzione fantastica! Ti permette di stare in contatto con le persone a migliaia di Km e, per esempio, di evitare figuracce! Chiaramente insieme a milioni di altre cose. Comunque torniamo alla Tasmania. Beh, vivendo a Melbourne risulta che la Tasmania è a un tiro di schioppo. Praticamente come andare in Sardegna da Genova, circa 8-9h di nave e ci sei, nel caso si volesse fare la traversata via mare sulla Spirit of Tasmania, per esempio, per portarsi dietro la propria macchina, e non sarebbe neanche una …

Cos’è il “Babyccino”? Ti regala un momento di relax / “Babyccino”, Peace of Mind for the Parents: the story

Mi chiederete o vi chiederete: ”Cos’è un ‘Babyccino’?” O forse sono l’unica a non averne sentito parlare. O forse ancora subito penserete: ”E’ un cappuccino più piccolo”. E ci si è molto vicini. E’ quello che ho pensato anche io, ma c’è qualche piccola differenza e di interessante ci sono le motivazioni. E’ in effetti un piccolo cappuccino, ma la ricetta o gli ingredienti sono leggermente diversi. Chi l’ha inventato è stato Brunetti e consiste nel mettere semplicemente la schiuma di latte e poi un po’ di cacao e a volte guarnirlo con dei marshmallow. E’ quindi un’invenzione australiana. In questo modo anche i bambini si possono sentire come gli adulti quando vanno a un cafè con i genitori, soprattutto a Melbourne dove la cultura del caffè è ampiamente diffusa ed è qualcosa di serio ed assolutamente “cool” oltre che un rituale perpetuato ogni giorno. Ma è anche un’ottima idea per far sì che i genitori possano stare in pace per un po’ di tempo mentre si godono un caffè o incontrano qualche amico. Una …