On this cloudy and drizzly day in Ibiza - Aubergine offered the perfect refuge for a coffee and a health kick of a juice (which I seriously needed). Aubergine is part of the Atzaro group; which does interiors, experiences and food so well. Aubergine is a farm to table restaurant with a cute shop in a serene setting.
Mikasa is located on the edge of Marina Botafoch, right by the yachts, a little down from the cruise and cargo terminal and across the water from Dalt Villa - the view is magnificent, the energy is ever-present and the terrace is secluded enough to remind you of the serenity that Ibiza always offers. Mikasa; my home for the week.
It's summer in the city.
The quiet town of Sant Joan in Ibiza seemed deserted during the lunch hours as we made our way from the parking lot to the Giri cafe. Siesta was going on and it was noticeable. Once inside the restaurant however, the atmosphere changed completely. Here were families, couples and friends enjoying their mid-day cava and soaking in the sun on the daybeds in the vegetable garden or enjoying a delicious lunch on the restaurant's patio. This is more than a cafe - it is a place to retreat to. When in Ibiza do make a point to drive up North and enjoy this place. Or stay at the Giri residence for a few days to truly recharge and engage your senses.
Whether you stay at a hotel, rent an apartment or crash at a friends' house feeling comfortable is key to enjoying any trip - at least for me. So for our recent trips to London I decided to try an apartment rental service a friend once recommended. I am now officially, for London at least, hooked on Onefinestay. If only for the booking process, the friendly welcome and the iPhone you are entrusted with during your stay. What I really love though are the magazines they publish (which feel more like books) and their blog (surprise surprise).
So if you are heading to London, Paris, NYC, Los Angeles and now also Rome do consider them. But in any case check out their blog. I've posted a few pictures with the links below. Enjoy :)
A few pictures of the city of Le Mans, France. We loved it.
"On women at the Le Mans 24h "- There are three types of women that go to the Le Mans 24 hours races each June. First there is the obvious category of women who actually enjoy the races, the competitiveness and the sheer passion of this event. Second, are the wives and girlfriends of the drivers who come for support and, hopefully, the celebration. The last category are the young girls who attend the event with their parents, and who hopefully keep enjoying this as they grow up - or even better, become a race car driver. :) - And then of course there is Leena Gade, the first female race engineer to win a 24h of Le Mans race with her team at the Audi Sport Factory.
Of the 263.000 attendees, I doubt more than 5% are women. The organizer of the Le Mans races, Automobile Club De L'Oest (ACO) is trying to change this. This year marked the first time the organization included a Women's Pavilion (Les Pavillion des Femmes) in the racing village. I have to stay they succeed marvelously in making women feel welcome (the space was more comfortable and certainly nicer than anywhere else at the track, sorry guys).
Free manicures, free massages, champagne and comfortable seating in front of large screen TV's and of course peonies to decorate, were just some of the features this pavilion had to offer. Oh, did I mention it had air conditioning - anyone that has experienced 30 degree Celsius temperatures in Europe can appreciate this amenity. It also didn't hurt that some of the drivers, including Patrick Dempsey of the Dempsey Proton Racing team, took a few minutes out of their time to visit.
So the next time you think of attending an endurance race, just take a few minutes to check if there is anything similar to a women's pavilion. It is worth it.
I love my Louboutin's, but there are times they need to be swapped for a pair of sneakers, and the 24h of Le Mans is one of those times. This weekend, on June 13th and 14th, Audi, Porsche, Nissan, Toyota and many others will once again take to the Sarthe track in Le Mans for the 83rd annual endurance challenge - and we will be there to cheering them on.
You might think that an endurance race is not something for women - however, this is more than a car race, there is history here and this year for the first time the ACO (l'Automobile Club de l'Ouest) has created a space during the Le Mans 24h entirely devoted to women and the motor car, but above all this is France and that is always lovely. So we've packed the umbrellas, our national flags and our camera's and look forward to starting our journey to Le Mans tomorrow.