It was a perfect birthday getaway, a weekend in Telluride, Colorado in a glass house at the end of the road. The interiors are designed by my friends Mat and Brandon who conceived the perfect peaceful sanctuary bathed in light and wrapped in nature. Having a March birthday, I love retreating to the mountains to reflect on the passage of time and celebrate the beauty of life.
We skied her perfect slopes with sweeping views of white capped mountains. We cozied up by the fire, Après-ski sipping on spiced hot chocolate and recapping the day’s events.
This little town that sits inside a teacup of mountains has somehow preserved its down home roots without pretension and for the love of all things natural. I spent a couple of hours at the holistic Medicine Ranch, a boutique shop with an array of locally made elixirs, incredible all natural moisturizers and every kind of rock, crystal and stone to cure whatever ails you. I also adored a little store and local grocer called Over the Moon where you can find everything from artisanal cheeses to the antique French boards to serve them on.
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I have fallen in love with Amsterdam. I don’t know how it is that this stunning city has been off my radar for this long. It’s a photographer’s dream with the never-ending canals wrapping around brick lane roads and arched bridges. Everything here is wonderful: The Dutch architecture! The flowers! The stroopwafel cookie! The Van Gogh Museum! Vondelpark! Bike rides! Boat rides! Shopping! and of course, amazing food. It’s a perfect place to escape to for a weekend away, charming and walkable and full of anything your heart may desire.
10 Favorite finds in Amsterdam
Van Stapele Koekmakerij – Just imagine the best warm chocolate cookie in the world. This is that.
Screaming Beans – Amsterdam hands down makes the best cappuccinos and this little espresso spot is heavenly.
Marc O’ Polo – Cool, comfy, casual clothing
The Dylan – Gorgeous hotel, amazing afternoon “high wine” experience.
Ron Gastrobar – TOPS. Some of the best modern food I’ve ever had. Get the “Surprise Egg” for dessert.
Boat tour – you have to experience the city on the water. We did it at night with a bottle of champagne.
Brasserie Harkema – French restaurant in an old cigar factory
Lyppens Antique Jewelry Store – I bought an antique gold ring with dancing baby diamonds I call my champagne ring with my friend Laurel who met us in Amsterdam for all the “off the record” memories.
Biking through Vondelpark
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We found ourselves with a few days off in Spain after our Dom Pérignon experience in Barcelona so we asked around where would be a great place to visit outside a big city. Everyone said Seville. Typically before we travel to a new place I do extensive research on the town, best places to stay, eat, activities, cultural norms but I didn’t have time in this instance, we just hopped on a plane and let discovery find us.
First thing I did was find a beautiful boutique hotel, Corral del Rey. We had breakfast every morning on the terrace overlooking Seville and it’s skyline dotted with steeples. We discovered Iberian ham, the world’s largest gothic cathedral where Christopher Columbus is buried, where they filmed Star Wars, where they filmed Game of Thrones (OBSESSED), and that Spain has hands down the best food in the world… and sangria. We also learned that Spaniards don’t do mornings and love to eat dinner around 9 or 10pm. And finally, we found Spain to be very affordable which is always fun for travel.
One of the things that makes travel magical is opening yourself up to new experiences, sights and sounds which you could never have anticipated, and become immediately enchanted with. Walking around a small city under a canopy of orange tress was as intoxicating as getting lost in the small narrow hallway walls that wind you around town in a magical maze of wonder. Once, one of our walks led us by AIRE baths, the concept of a Roman bathhouse reopened in Roman ruins and a 16th century mansion. Imagine floating in a candle lit room between ancient walls from the first century AD and then going in a hot tub on the roof of the mansion overlooking Seville to the sound of church bells ringing.
Favorite places: Alcázar of Seville *pre-buy your tickets with your hotel so you don’t have to wait in a crazy long line and go when they open so you’ll have the place to yourself*|| Cathedral of Seville || Mamarracha *this place was SO GOOD we went twice for dinner and have cried about missing it ever since* || Corral del Rey || Aire de Sevilla || Mercado Lonja del Barranco *to eat, drink, people watch and dance*
Here are some snapshots from Seville…
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I always have a camera with me, it’s part of fulfilling that need inside to capture the moment: the moment in time, the moment in my life, the way we were that makes me a photographer. I collect photographs in a way of possessing all that is beautiful in the world. If the picture is made, I then have it for always and the stress of the passing moment dissipates, and it is forever with me.
After our Paris trip I took a load of film to the lab collected over the past few months. I love the rediscovery of these moments I photographed, random snapshots of time I had to have live on forever. Oh yes, I remember the feeling of my hair blowing in the wind on the long car rides to Montauk or the way the sun was glowing through the trees in a burst of golden particles on the way to Sag Harbor or how beautifully the boat’s sail danced on a pivot as the rain headed our way. I look at the photographs, like a diary of my life, a fluttering of heartbeats forever trapped in a moment in time.
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