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4 Dec

Fashion Around Europe, Literally – Episode 7

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Made it in Valencia and as I’m writing these sentences I realize how much I loved it. I remember each detail of the city, even the smile of the people that were doing yoga in the park. It was a surreal feeling and it was coming from the city itself. I felt so connected to it and I wish to be back soon and get lost on the streets, meet the locals and explore its beauty.

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Spent our night at Caro Hotel which was a unique and memorable place as it is a historical monument-hotel. It offered us a glimpse of some original features from the Palace of the Marquis of Caro. Inspiring contemporary interior design combined with comfortable rooms and the kindest staff I’ve ever seen… it was just the ideal balance that made us feel at home in a blink of an eye.

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After of SUCH a good night sleep we were fully energized and off to meet Visori, a #feericdesigner that showcased at Feeric Fashion Week few years ago and we couldn’t pass through Valencia without checking out his latest work.

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Sad to leave Valencia but happy to be headed to Barcelona! God knows why I hadn’t visited it before but I sure know I was really looking forward to it.

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Felt like home the moment we entered Sir Victor Hotel and I confess it was terribly hard to leave that place.

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What I loved about this trip besides the places we visited, are the people we encountered along the route. And we have been blessed to meet locals of such kindness that made our stay ever more beautiful than we could have dreamt of.

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Sir Victor is one of the places that just had it all. Friendly staff, comfortable rooms, cozy lobby, rooftop pool… next to the bar… with a view over the city… not to mention the spa… the breakfast… ohh the library… and I should stop now or… shouldn’t I? Talking about the library you should know it was made by women and there are books written by woman or about women. Love the women empowerment and I congratulate Clementine for her hard work of putting everything together.

Even more impressive than this is the fact that the name of the hotel, Sir Victor, is inspired by a woman, Caterina Albert Paradis, a Catalan writer who participated in the Modernist movement. She used to sign her books under the name of a man, Victor Catala, taking it from the protagonist of a novel she never finished. She chose to do so after a small scandal that erupted when the jury of Jocs Florals d’Olot learned the author of the winning literary creation- a rather poignant work of theater, was actually a young girl from l’Escala.

 

Even if we wanted to spend all the time in the hotel we also had to discover the beauty of the city so we were off to the streets.

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Perfect way to end the day: enjoying some drinks at Boca Chica bar, located in the same builduing as Boca Grande restaurant, while admiring some originals of Dali, Miro and Andy Warhol… hanging on the walls. Yep, you got that right.

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Long time no food you must think. Worry not, we were on the way to Roig Robi to enjoy a perfect lunch and to #feelfeeric while eating. Great combination of tastes and colors.

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Perfect time to explore the city further and… fell more in love with it.

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Long walks make us hungry. Right in time for dinner! A dinner we were really going to DISFRUTAR. 2 star Michelin restaurant, an unforgettable experience offered to us by Chef Eduard Atruch.

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The restaurant is listed on the 9th place among the 50 best restaurants in the world and it is something you should experience if you ever find yourself in Barcelona. I mentioned above that people made this journey more beautiful. Well, I would like to add to the list the entire staff of Disfrutar. Rarely I was given to feel so, very, really welcome in a place. Felt like I was part of a play as everyone involved had a coreography for the serving of each dish. And there were 21 dishes.

No need to add words to the following pictures and to try to describe the tastes, I won’t succeed to make you understand what I felt. I just want to kindly ask you to believe me and go try for yourself. Thank me later.

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After the spectacle, because a spectacle is was, the chef himself took us in the room where all the experiments, plating design and magic takes place.

This is an unforgettable experience and I wish that you lovely people reading my post can try it at least once in a lifetime.

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Back to reality, and to fashion. Time to meet Ied Barcelona that welcomed us with open arms and offered us a great time discovering the work of their students. Lovely talk as expected. Ied is part of #feericfamily for some years now from the Italian side so it was about time we met the Spanish one.

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You must think I am by now fat (which might be true, lately) as I’m starting yet another sentence about food but I have to introduce you to Xavier Pellicer restaurant, Best Vegetables Restaurant, Number one of the world… Indeed!

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Pity we didn’t get to meet Mr. Xavier himself but it was lovely to meet his daughter who took such good care of us. Just like she takes care of the entire restaurant, being the soul of it. She was delightful while explaining  each dish that was based on 70 % vegetables and 30 % protein. As a vegetarian I was happy to try out each delicatesse but also to share it with Mitichi and Julie because the concept of the restaurant is sharing each dish on the table.

 

With this our time in Spain ends and we are off to… The French Riviera.

Short stop on our way there to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of flamingos…

 

And the beauty of Nimes.

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And now… a well awaited moment! Madames et Monsieurs… Camargue!

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Next on our route, another much awaited moment: Cote d’Azur!

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Had the pleasure to meet Monsieur Christophe Dufau that welcomed us at his home, literally. Les Bacchanales –  a Michelin star restaurant, with the cutest company you could ever dream of.

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One thing that made me feel more in love with the French Riviera, were the sunsets…

Carlos Paez Vilaro, a great artist, used to say he is a „millionaire in sunsets” and I am so living by his words!

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Our last stop on the French Riviera was Monte Carlo where we got the chance to know the fashion industry around these parts. With this purpose in mind we met Inessa who spreads so much joy while talking about her brand, Inessa Creations. She has so much passion for her work that you could see her eyes sparkling. And imagine she is just 21. I wish her a long career and to never loose that spark <3

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Took some time to enjoy the city also:

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Wish our stay here hadn’t come to an end but there is something waiting for me in Italy… espresso. Haha Joking!! By something I mean more memories to create!

See you next week in Italy!

 

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Landiana
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