After spending two weeks in Turkey, I couldn’t think of a better way to end our adventure than with a requisite journey through Greece: getting lost winding through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Old Town of Rhodes, feeling embarrassingly touristy driving our “island explorers”, seeking out more secluded beaches, marveling at the whitewashed cliffs of Santorini‘s caldera, witnessing some of the most gorgeous sunsets, hunting for treasures at Athens’ infamous flea market, getting fitted for Greek sandals by Stavros Melissinos (of Jackie O & John Lennon fame), and finally, dining al fresco beneath the magnificently lit Acropolis. Opa!!
The only way to truly experience Turkey beyond Istanbul is to rent a car and see where the road takes you. From the Mediterranean in the South on up to the Aegean in the West, week two was the ultimate adventure: driving along the Lycian Way, making pit stops in the most charming port towns, imagining the lives that once occupied the ancient city of Ephesus and the many fascinating ruins, swimming in the warmest, saltiest and most pristine waters, standing dumbfounded in front of the eternal fires of Chimera, hopping on boats to explore multiple secluded beaches . . . and admitting that I might have gone a bit overboard with the kilim and ceramic purchases. Next stop, Greece!
I’ve just spent the last five days in Istanbul where I marveled at the architectural wonder that is the Hagia Sophia, was humbled by the beauty of The Blue Mosque, haggled for jewelry and Iznik ceramics at The Grand Bazaar, had my fortune read from the grounds leftover from my Turkish coffee, shopped for exotic spices and sweets at The Spice Bazaar, sipped cocktails on the Bosphorus, ordered tea 100 times a day, absorbed thousands of years of rich history, and officially fell in love with one of my new favorite cities in the entire world. Now I’m heading south to the Turkish Turquoise Coast along the Mediterranean Sea!
How flippin’ hip is this surf shack owned by Richard Christiansen of the ad agency Chandelier Creative? Albeit I won’t be spending the last few days of summer at this Montauk hideaway, you’ll find me at the Yuba River this weekend for some pre-NYFW rest & relaxation. P.S. How in the world is it already September 1st?!
I’ve been dreaming of a trip to South Africa for years - Kruger National Park situated at the very top of my wish list. And unfortunately, discovering the Singita Lebombo Lodge hasn’t made the yearning any easier. 15 suites are set into a clifftop overlooking the Nwanetsi river and the main lodge is located to take full advantage of the sweeping views of the Lebombo mountains and surrounding bush. The eastern Lebombo mountain range also boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in the entire park! One day, I will go but in the meantime, I can only dream.
Just footsteps from Joshua Tree National Park are Acido Dorado and Rosa Muerta, two vacation rental homes built by architect Robert Stone. 78% of the gold-dipped Acido Dorado can be opened entirely to the outdoors, bringing the desert indoors. With sliding doors and mirrored walls and ceilings throughout, it’s appearance changes as day progresses to evening. How would you like to spend a weekend in this 3 bedroom, über modern desert oasis?