As I write this post, it has been exactly a month and a week since the birth of our little angel Liel. She has brought so much light and love into our home and hearts, that I truly sound corny but it is absolutely the utter truth. It seems like she has been here forever, like I was pregnant a life time ago, and so much has happened within this past month, but I also think the sleepless nights contribute to my feelings of time expanded, since I am awake during both day and night:) Before Liel’s birth we had a staycation planned at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos, they invited to experience a weekend in their fabulous hotel, and to pamper me before the baby arrived. But God’s plan was different, and I went into labor the Tuesday night before that weekend, but I wasn’t about to give up on a weekend of fun for our family and we headed to the hotel two weekends ago and had a fabulous time of course:)I fell in love with the fresh new look of the hotel, those of you who follow me on Instagram and Pinterest are more than aware of my passion for design and especially interior design. I love to always show you guys my favorite spots in the city, and that of course includes hotels! So if you are planning a trip to Barcelona, this Fairmont location is HOT! It has everything from sleek bedrooms, Le Labo goodies, delicious food, pool life with one children’s pool offering fabulous Balinese beds, and a second adult pool! What more can you ask for?
A weekend getaway always sounds like the perfect plan for any given weekend to me! Which is why I was absolutely thrilled when the Lansdowne Resort and Spa invited me to experience their newly renovated bedroom(s), and all the fun activities they have going on, like 3 pools, Golf, vineyards (though we couldn’t enjoy these since we we were with Shirel) but we enjoyed every minute at the pool with delicious food and cocktails as you can imagine.. The funny thing was, the moment we arrived at the entrance Jeff realized that we had been here for our friends wedding, this was the first time I ever visited the US and DC, I was 24 and I arrived two days before the wedding weekend! And we had amazing memories there, and we were ready to create new unforgetable memories with Shirel. So the moment we entered in our beautifully redesigned room, we made ourselves coffee, changed into our bathing suits, I of course unpacked (can’t have clothes not hanging for too long hehe), and we headed to the pool with Shirel and the countless water toys Jeff decided to get her that morning at Target. Though there was an adult pool that looked so peaceful and fun, there were two kids/family pools just as cool as the adult ones. We found the perfect corner half shade half sun, and we started spraying sunscreen on Shirel and ourselves, I of course told Jeff to take her to play in the water, and I proceeded to my relax time under the sun (I so needed some vitamin D, as I had been hiding from the sun and heat all summer).
We were welcomed with delicious food, and cocktails in a bucket, which I found perfect for the occasion, even though I knew there was no way I could drink even half of it, I did get buzzed which was just what I needed to start my relax weekend! The day just flew by with going in and out of the pool, sipping on the bucket, and running after Shirel, so we packed up showered and headed to the Leesburg Outlets my hubby’s favorite hangout spot, because of their Nike store. Any time we go there I know we need a few good hours, luckily this time he was quick and we found kicks for Shirel, and a few work out goodies for me, and headed back to have dinner at the hotel. Saturday started with a delicious breakfast and beautiful views, and of course we hit the pool again since we had to leave the hotel and head back to DC for an early farewell dinner for one of our friends moving to the West Coast. As you can imagine it was just the same fabulously relaxing time as Friday:) We loved everything about the hotel, not only was the room delightful with amazing views, but the service in the hotel was impecable, everyone was so friendly everything was so clean, and they have so much to offer to families, young couples or just about anyone who is looking to have a relaxing vacation! We were so happy with our stay we wanted to come back the weekend after, but it was a little complicated since it was Labor Day weekend, and also my last weekend in DC before heading back to Barcelona, so I had a lot of people to see and loads to pack. But we will definitely be back at Lansdowne Resort and Spa as soon as we can, especially because I didn’t get to try out their Spa, and I have heard that’s a MUST:)
Last weekend was probably the hottest it’s been since we have been back in DC, and don’t get me wrong it’s been extremely steamy, but I could not have had a better refuge with my hubby and Shirel, than the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown. When I was first invited to stay at the hotel and experience their newly renovated Gold Floor and Gold Lounge, I was actually in Barcelona, but I made sure to let them know that once I would be back in DC I would love to stay at their beautiful hotel. Little did I know that the Gold Lounge at the Fairmont, equals absolute heaven! They re-designed the whole floor, including the bedrooms and the Gold Lounge, and we absolutely fell in love. Everything we experienced in the hotel was purely delightful, the service could not have been more excellent, the rooms are beautifully designed, so clean, and cozy, with warm colors and complete silence which is what I need when I am staying at a hotel. The bathroom shower has a rain shower, which made me wanna take never ending showers, their soaps and lotions were probably one of the best I have had in a hotel (except Hotel Arts in Barcelona, where they had Aqua di Parma, tough to compete with that one), and the BED I must’ve told my husband a hundred times that I want a bed just like that:) Since we couldn’t go anywhere due to the horrid heat, we just lounged at the Gold Lounge, and the food was just unbelievable, as a guest you get breakfast included, drinks and snack all day, at 5pm they bring out hors d’oeuvres, and at 8pm the desserts come out. What is even better is that every day was a different theme, the first evening it was Spanish style with a sea food Paella and all shorts of cheeses, the second day it was Asian food, Duck buns, Dim Sum, and Sushi, and on Sunday it was American style with a barbecue inspired theme, mini hotdogs, mini burgers, coleslaw, and corn. It wasn’t just delicious, it was so fresh, all their fruits and vegetables, it felt like I was back in Europe. I honestly cannot remember the last time I ate so much, and anyone who knows me knows that I love food but I have a small belly which makes me get full quite easily, but here it was just stretching by the minute, and I enjoyed every moment. It goes without saying that every detail in the hotel is so well thought, the employees are just wonderful, always ready to help, with a simple on their face, which doesn’t always happen when you have a toddler running around touching everything throwing things, you know being a kid. This weekend at the Fairmont is just what we needed, a little family staycation, filled with delicious food, and a relaxing ambience. Stay tuned as I will be sharing more from this stay, I shot a few Fall looks at the hotel in partnership with Shop Lynn Louisa, and I cannot wait to share them.
Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, each year and especially during summer season the city welcomes a sea of tourists on a daily basis. I am proud to call Barcelona my city, not only because it is such a coveted city, but because I am truly in love with it’s beauty. By beauty I meanall it offers, from it’s architecture, it’s story, the beautiful beaches, mountains (Tibidabo, Montjuic), the weather, it’s restaurants and food, it’s shopping, and especially it’s Hotels that come with amazing rooftops and views of the city! So as you can imagine when I got invited by El Palauet for a staycation in their exclusive hotel, I was SO excited. El Palauet is not your normal hotel that you can stroll into the lobby and have a casual coffee or lunch, it is an exclusive space where you need to be let in after ringing the doorbell, and once you walk in you understand why it is Barcelona’s most unique and beautiful hotel. The building is an art nouveau building with a rooftop spa, El Palauet (original Casa Bonaventura Ferrer) hotel is home to chic centre-city suites with high ceilings, stained glass windows, bright-white furniture, and forty-five original ceilings with ornate moulding designs are listed as historic treasures by the Town Hall of Barcelona. Superb carved-wood doors, mosaic tiles, wrought iron ornamentation, dramatic staircases and the traditional elevator have all been meticulously restored. In an art nouveau building that dates back to 1906, each artistically designed suite also comes with a personal assistant with intimate knowledge of all of Barcelona’s barrios. The experience was just amazing, I have stayed in many hotels in Barcelona and while traveling, but this suite just took my breath away, I truly felt like it wasn’t just a hotel, but I could easily live in this suite, I mean wouldn’t we all want to? If you are planning a trip to Barcelona and are looking for that special experience El Palauet is without a doubt the perfect choice, it’s location is super, as it is right on Paseo de Gracia and Diagonal, not too far from Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batllo! Let me know if you have any other questions regarding Barcelona, and I can help you plan your trip, until then enjoy these pictures and remember El Palauet is definitely Barcelona’s best kept secret.
This train station holds many memories for me, specifically going back to 1993 when we moved from Barcelona to Antwerp, and we traveled with the train to Paris and from Paris to Antwerp. I will never forget my mom took me and my brothers to Zara and bought us all new outfits so we could be well dressed on the train, see my mom would always shop new outfits for us whenever we would travel anywhere, and that has stuck with me into my adulthood. And so here I am again at the same spot wearing an all Zara outfit, and yet so much has changed. I find it so amazing, and I don’t take it for granted because I am used to moving countries and cities ever since I am a little girl, some would say I am a Nomad and I would say probably so, and I love it. The thrill that comes with discovering new places, meeting new people, feeling out of place seeing things from another perspective, taking yourself out of your comfort zone, that is what life is about (to me). If you or anyone you know is planning a trip to Barcelona and would like to experience the city with my private tour, feel free to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org and I will personalize the tour with your likes and interests, so you can get the best out of this spectacular city! I will show you all the hidden gems that us locals know about, take you to try out the best tapas, cavas, get the best shopping experience and anything your heart desires! Besos and hope you enjoy this look as much as I do!