My Summers

My Summers

by Arthur and Philippine

It was impossible not to spot them on the patio of the barn, coming back from a ride in the countryside. Stunning, light-hearted and deeply Parisian. Arthur and Philippine are part of my souvenirs of a summer full of small yet great discoveries. They live in Paris, where they share their life and work. Arthur and Philippine – producers and art directors of photo and video material.

My Summers

My Summers

by Pretziada

Kyre and Ivano live in rural Sardinia, where they have founded Pretziada, a website dedicated to writing about and promoting the little-known island. They have also opened an online shop, where they showcase a small but curated collection of objects created by putting local artisans in contact with international designers. Hailing from New York and Milan, respectively, they gave up the city life for this new venture two years ago and never looked back…

My Summers

My Summers

by Katherine Tsina Bird

Katherine graduated from Parsons School of Design and also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Contemporary Dance from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon arrival in New York, Katherine trained at the Merce Cunningham Dance School. She held an internship at Balenciaga America and worked professionally as a fitting model in New York. Her designer women’s line, Avion Feminin, was started in 2007 and focuses on made-to-measure with private clients. Her first brick and mortar flagship, Avion Clothier, opened in December 2015 in Los Angeles located at 3153 Glendale Blvd. Katherine currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Andrew and their son.

My Summers

My Summers

by Alessandra Monti

“Three flights, fifteen hours on a truck and ten riding a horse, the first Tsaatan camp. A plateau surrounded by mountains, two boiling hurtz, about thirty reindeers coming towards us, twenty or so wild horses, a herd of black sheep, three Alaskan huskies. Briefly, a surreal landscape, which yet sounded so familiar to me”. In 2009 Alessandra spent four weeks in northern Mongolia to study the relationship between the Tsaatan, a nomadic people, and wolves. Alessandra is a dog trainer, a set designer, a traveller and the host of an extraordinary B&B. She does everything just for the love of it. Only child, she has chosen dogs as her brothers. First came a black German shepherd, then a cocker spaniel followed by many other purebred and mongrel dogs, whom she either found or bought…

My Summers

My Summers

by Luisa Bertoldo

I was born in Lisiera, in Veneto and I studied in Gorizia. I started working when I was 15 years old and at the age of 28 I founded in Milan my own media company and press office, which I share with a close-knit team. Every day we work to turn the stories we tell into interesting and important concepts. For me traveling means catching up with a friend, starting immediately to enjoy the atmosphere of a place, finding a family in every place I visit.

My Summers

My Summers

by Emporio Ultrafragola

We have always tried to keep on playing, not growing up too much. We dreamed of a tiny corner in the world that was made in our image and likeness. Our dream came true when we opened Ultrafragola, our contemporary micro-bazar in the historical centre of Macerata (where there will soon be three of us!).

MY SUMMERS

MY SUMMERS

by Roberta Rusconi e Luca Merli

Luca, born in Milan, surfer, film director – block10.it. Roberta, born in Bari, David Bowie fan, fashion editor for “D” (La Repubblica’s weekly style magazine). Lola and Diego’s parents. We love good food and travelling, especially if we go to the seaside or visit cities of art.

Sqirl

Sqirl

Los Angeles, USA

Savory breakfasts consist of rice (Kokuko Rose Brown Rice) served in a soup plate with sorrel pesto, available in two different versions: a gentler one, steam-cooked with candied Meyer lemon, poached egg, sheep feta and radish, and a stronger one, sauté with shallot, mint, coriander, cucumber, ginger, house-made sausage and sunny-side-up egg. Sweet breakfasts are made of an oversized, thick, burnt Brioche Toast, with a generous portion of ricotta cheese and overflowing seasonal jam. Squirl serves savory and sweet breakfasts until 4 PM, but you will still find quite a few people queuing at that time. Hidden behind a flowering Pink Trumpet Tree on the edge of the Silver Lake neighborhood, it is our favourite pace in L.A.. Please share.

Ojai Rancho Inn

Ojai Rancho Inn

California, USA

We are hatching a plan to get summer residence in Ojai. We have already met new friends, straightforward and peaceful as only adults on vacation can be. Playing on the boules court close to the swimming pool and the tepee tent we met Chris. Thanks to his Shelter Social Club, Chris is showing us, one after the other, must-see examples of hospitality along the Central Coast. On that same boules court we met Branden, who bought eleven shiny Airstream and gathered them in a nearby area. The Airstreams, each with a palm tree and a hammock in the shade, will be available for renting for one or more days. It is as if Ojai, this hippie town that makes you think of a rainbow, combined together all the things we love of the Central Coast: endless fields planted with fruit trees, cactuses, farmers’ morning markets, both an exotic and a Mediterranean flair, refined gold jewelry and black diamonds, Mexico, Peru, USA, enterprise of the best kind. At Rancho Inn, ask for the closest room to the swimming pool and Chief’s Peak and stretch your tie-dye curtains to protect yourself from the hot weather, which, here, smells like the Mediterranean.

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

California, USA

There are some places you could draw for a child even without having visited them. You could depict all their attractions and start telling a story about them. Take Paris, Las Vegas, Venice, New York or Varanasi, for instance. Santa Cruz is a funfair with cherry-red rollercoasters on a wide beach full of palm trees and surfers. There is also a huge, semicircle-shaped hotel overlooking the ocean, with orange beach umbrellas and lemon-yellow deckchairs. When you arrive at the Dream Inn Hotel you find everything is in the right place, even crazier, sweeter and more “Sixties style” than in your drawing.

Farmer and the Cook

Farmer and the Cook

California, USA

There are no reasons why one should not come back to the Farmer and the Cook every hour of the day, every day. After the yoga class with live music in the nearby studio or a visit to the farm located just across the street, for instance, or riding a bike down the green cycling route which runs parallel to the village, or on Sunday night, to eat the wood-baked pizza topped with vegetables grown by Steve in his garden. Swiss Chard Enchilada (two corn tortillas stuffed with beet, pumpkin, cashew cheese, red onions and a sauce made of pumpkin seeds and home-made chili) and Banana Bread served in the morning can become addictive. This Mexican vegetarian cafe-market is perfect for Ojai and has everything that can make one happy.

Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio

San Francisco, USA

Old-world brick red, snow white and eucalyptus green California. If there is an image of San Francisco that makes us think of the words ‘home’ and ‘America’, it is us enjoying the view from the first floor of this inn – built in 1903 as a military office with the classic wooden colonnade. Outside the large horizontal window in our suite, we can see the strip of quiet and slightly leaning asphalt that reflects twin single houses bounded only by short-grass gardens and no gates. For centuries, Presidio was the neighbourhood of the US Army officers, and it is the green park area on the map where the magic red bridge begins, the Golden Gate Bridge that takes you to Marin County like a rainbow that ends into our pot of gold north of San Francisco, i.e. Muir Woods, Bolinas, Mt. Tamalpais, and Point Reyes.

Alamo Motel

Alamo Motel

California, USA

I am halfway through my journey in California and I have 48 hours to spend in the corner suite at the Alamo Motel. I will use the aquamarine tin jug to cook over a low heat the strawberries I picked in the morning at the farm (The Farmstead); I will string a clothesline between two branches of the fruit tree in my back patio and hang my laundry out in the sun; I will play an LP disk quietly in the dining room; I will organize my travel notes and turn on the colorful lights in the garden before the night falls. Tomorrow is Monday. All bakeries in town will be closed, there will be no yoga classes at the Gentlemen’s Club, the sun will not shine on the vineyards of Santa Inez Valley, but Los Alamos, with its single main road and this perfect motel, is not just a place of transit. Password: Remember the Alamo Hotel.

Natura Cabana

Natura Cabana

Cabarete, Domincan Republic

Six o’clock of an early May afternoon on the northern coast of the island. The wind cautiously starts to ruffle the palm trees of the small jungle surrounding Natura Cabana. At the same time, Nico, in-house executive chef, heads to the vegetable garden, looking for perfumed herbs and ripe vegetables for dinner and the last practitioners hurry down that same path, leading to the patio overlooking the beach, where the last afternoon yoga class is about to start. A few days are enough to understand that whatever rain may take you aback in this Caribbean land, it will be harmless and transient, sometimes merciful. Like the one that is going to fall tonight, just to make the shades of green even brighter, hibiscus and tropical almond trees even more scented and sky and ocean even more shimmering. Our cabana is the one where Franca spent her childhood together with her family. Of Chilean origins, she also has Ligurian ancestors on her father’s side, doe eyes, amber-coloured skin and an athlete’s healthy and fit body. She tells us that she arrived here from Chile when she was a child and that what started as an improvised but warm hospitality for friends coming there to visit slowly turned into a lodge based on the principles of ecology and Feng Shui. Natura Cabana is today a reassuring oasis of happiness. A handful of rustic cabins made of stone and wood in a forest of palm, banana and almond trees and mulberries, overlooking a small, secluded beach, North to Cabarete. A Caribbean version of our ideal is served for breakfast: we spread rust papaya jam on perfectly roasted slices of bread, enjoying sweet sips of tropical vitamins from homemade juices as we wait for our serving of soft and fragrant pancakes. Then we venture out headed to the plantation of organic cocoa and coffee on the central plateau and we come back just in time for the last yoga class and for another creative dinner of our Argentinian chef. Natura Cabana, Caribbean style, in the hippie, raw, pure version we were looking for.

Six o’clock of an early May afternoon on the northern coast of the island. The wind cautiously starts to ruffle the palm trees of the small jungle surrounding Natura Cabana. At the same time, Nico, in-house executive chef, heads to the vegetable garden, looking for perfumed herbs and ripe vegetables for dinner and the last practitioners hurry down that same path, leading to the patio overlooking the beach, where the last afternoon yoga class is about to start…

Leadner Alm

Leadner Alm

South Tyrol, Italy

There are many reasons why you should seat at an open-air table of Leadner Alm. Some of which are, definitely, the paths and meadows you have to cross to reach it, the XL glasses of delicious buttermilk and the most genuine homemade version of canederli. Hot food until 5pm.

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