Tuesday, May 9, 2017

TENERIFE

Canary islands is almost too pretty for words…
We landed in Tenerife late at night, but luckily for us, our four hour flight was fun, full of laughter and singing for our birthday girl Riri.
When we woke up on Friday, it was surprisingly chilly so we decided to go on a cruise with our rented car to explore our surroundings. By mid-afternoon, the sun decided to make an appearance – Bikinis on, direction beach! Our Airbnb was 5 minutes away from one of the most renowned beaches in Tenerife south: Playa de los Cristianos. We soaked the sun up and had some sangrias by the beach. Also, a visit to Spain wouldn’t be the same without having a taste of the famous paella! One piece of advice: El Rincón Del Arroz.
We returned to our apartment to freshen up before a night of  birthday celebrations – after all, that was the purpose of the whole trip. A local advised us to hit a popular beach club called Papagayo in the heart of Playa de las Americas, where we danced the night away.
Playa del Duque is a must do as one of the nicest beaches on the island. We tanned on the golden sands and swam in the clear blue sea from 11am to 5pm. Thankfully; I now have tan lines again, after losing them in the Land of No Sunshine.
Post beach – food time: La Torre del Mirrador is ideal for a view of the sunset that will take your breath away.

As they say, Sunday Funday! It was cloudy and foggy which made beach out of the question, so we played tourist and drove around the entire island, the highlight of which was El Teide volcano. It’s the highest point in Spain as well as the highest point above sea level among the islands within the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also one breathtaking vista – and you know what 4 girls are like with a picture-perfect view!
Back on the coast, we made our way to one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife: La Laguna. The historic town center is a gem with its narrow streets, colorful houses, inviting bars and small shops! We made a pit-stop for some more sangrias, of course.
Monday was our last day, and a women’s holiday wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of shopping – direcciòn Zara!
With all of its beauty, Tenerife is certainly a top destination within the Canary Islands, and is the perfect place to switch off and enjoy the sun.

xx







Location / Tenerife, Canary Islands
Stay / Airbnb
Eat / Paella, Tapas, Tenerife quesos
Drink / Sangria, Mojito, The local cerveza: Dorada
Listen / Bedouin – Essential Mix, BBC Radio 1


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

STREET ART - ANNA LAURINI



One of my favorite things about London is how it is filled with all kinds of street art. Art is the expression of human skill and imagination, they say. My love for street art first started when I visited Berlin and got to see the East Side Gallery.
It must also be why I’m particularly drawn to East London, and why I’ve chosen Shoreditch as my home. It certainly reflects my personality: The wonder and excitement I feel walking down, say, Brick Lane is unparalleled in its melting pot of people from all walks of life.

I’m also always amazed by the graffiti artworks that decorate every wall in East London. If you’ve ever walked around Shoreditch, you’re sure to have seen the distinctive abstract faces that intrigue me so much and always made me question the mysterious artist behind these faces?


One sunny day as I was making my way back home, I was fortunate enough to bump into the very artist I was so eager to meet. There she was, painting my favorite face on another street corner. I just had to introduce myself and declare how much of a fan I was of her work.
Anna Laurini is one of the most humble people I’ve ever met; yet she’s one of the leading female artists to breathe life into our streets! Although she’s originally from Italy’s Milan, the abstract expressionist movement of 1950s New York creatively inspires her. Anna's work empowers individuals to think outside the box by looking inside themselves. 
Ever since that fateful chat, Anna has invited me to all of her events and exhibitions. The first public exhibition I attended of hers called “Faces” where Anna did a live painting session. “Profiles” which was Anna’s latest exhibition, debuted her collection of neon artworks.
Follow Anna Laurini on Instagram and Facebook for some insight into one of London’s most up-and-coming street artists. And if you ever happen to see her in action on the street, don’t hesitate to say hello! I wouldn’t have met such a colorful character if I hadn’t done the same… 

Can’t wait to see what you do next, Anna!


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