Blog About Paris , Fashion, Food & Travel http://solli-kanani.com Solli's Lifestyle Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:49:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rent a 4×4 in Iceland http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/rent-a-4x4-in-iceland/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/rent-a-4x4-in-iceland/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:10:51 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40217 Rent a 4×4 in Iceland If you want to have the freedom to travel wherever you want in Iceland, a car is obligatory. Further, if you intend to travel there during the winter season, a 4×4 is highly recommended! Before my trip to Iceland in mid March I was actually hesitating between a regular vehicle and a 4×4. The 4×4 vehicles are quite expensive to rent, but on the other hand you are better prepared and can explore Iceland in a more comfortable way. I would advice to check with your car rental, provide them with as much as information as possible about your itinerary on Iceland, based on that, they will recommend you what car type to reserve. My roadtrip in Iceland was about exploring the southern part, and this is more or less what I did: Keflavik-Jökulsárlón-Höfn-Jökulsárlón-Vik-Reyjkavik-Keflavik. However I would not recommend to do the route Keflavik-Jokulsarlon in one go, it’s quite long and remember that in Iceland the speed limit is 90km/hour on the highway. However, due to that my flight was cancelled, I had to cancel my planned night in Skogafoss (between Keflavik and Jökulsárlón) in order to keep up with the rest of the itinerary. […]

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Iceland in Winter, bring a balaclava! http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/iceland-in-winter-bring-a-balaclava/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/04/iceland-in-winter-bring-a-balaclava/#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 20:50:10 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40208 Iceland in Winter, bring a balaclava! When traveling in Iceland you don’t only want to keep yourself warm but also protect your head and face from the strong and cold winds. When I was planning my trip to Iceland I realized I needed to invest in a high quality balaclava as I knew I would stay at least 1 hour in the cold while doing either a sunrise or sunset shooting. After some research I found the Icelandic outdoor clothing brand, Cintamani. The name of this Icelandic company, Cintamani, derives from ancient Sanskrit and means a jewel of good wishes. A jewel that can only be found by those who treat nature with respect <3 Cintamani’s products are all designed and tested in Iceland, developed for all types of weather and are technology advanced and functional. When traveling to Iceland, why not wear clothing designed in Iceland? :-) Balaclava in Merino Wool from Cintamani I had the opportunity to try Cintamani’s Balaclava, the model called Torfi, on the field during my trip in Iceland in the middle of March (=winter season in Iceland). Torfi Balaclava is made of 80% 220g/m merino wool and 20% polyamide. This mix of fabrics ensures […]

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NiSi Landscape Polarizer http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/nisi-landscape-polarizer/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/nisi-landscape-polarizer/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:28:08 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40169 If you are a landscape photographer you probably already use a polarizing filter. But if you are new to this type of photography this article is for you! Thanks to the Chinese brand NiSi, with 10 years of experience of making filters, I have had the great opportunity to try and test their latest polarizer, NiSi Landscape polarizer, on the field. Included in my NiSi V5 filter holder that I bought less than a year ago was a polarizing filter. However NiSi has developed an improved version enhancing saturation, vivid colours which is perfect when you do sunset or sunrise shootings, no color cast nor haze thanks to the ultimate high polarization. A difference that you will see further down on my test shots made with NiSi Landscape polarizer and without, in order to understand what impact it has on your photos. It is also important to know why a use of a polarizer is beneficial for landscape photography so I have listed some of the main benefits of a polarizing filter and why you should make it your best friend on the field! Enhance the tones during sunrise and sunset, no color cast, haze. What is a polarizing filter? […]

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Breakfast with a Seaview http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/breakfast-with-a-seaview/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/breakfast-with-a-seaview/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:40:36 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40109 A luxurious breakfast buffet is served every morning at the 5-star boutique-hotel L’Agapa Hôtel in Perros-Guerrec, Brittany. It includes many local specialties and homemade bread, cakes and viennoiseries and pastries. The yogurt and butter comes from a local provider and the eggs are from a free-range farm. There is a large selection of homemade jam also from a local provider. And not to forget, a table with only organic products! There is something for all tastes, whether if you are looking for a healthy start or a very sweet one, you will find everything to compose your preferred breakfast. Nothing beats a breakfast in the room, so I made a list with what I wished to have brought up to me , after my early Ploumanac’h lighthouse photo-session. At the scheduled time, staff from the restaurant came and put a white cloth on my table near the window and decorated it with a vase and lovely rose before setting up the delicacies one by one. Simply the best breakfast I ever had and the cherry on the top, breathtaking sea view! Restaurant Le Bélouga – 12 Rue des Bons Enfants, 22700 Perros-Guirec The breakfast courtesy of l’Agapa Hôtel. All content, […]

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Restaurant Le Bélouga http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/restaurant-le-belouga/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/restaurant-le-belouga/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:05:12 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40085 At the 5-star L’Agapa Hôtel in Perros-Guerrec you will find Restaurant Le Bélouga which offers a seasonal and gastronomic cuisine. Since May 2016, Vincent Premorvan is the new chef , together with his wife Natali that is in charge of the restaurant itself and wine list.  The restaurant is bathing in natural light thanks to the windows stretching from floor to the ceiling. Here you can have a table in front of a unique panoramic view over the bay Baie des Sept îles and the beautiful beach Trestraou with turquoise water in Perros-Guerrec. At Le Bélouga they add high value to local produce from Brittany (especially from smaller local producers in the nearby area) and organic products as far as it’s possible. Great quality ingredients, perfect location and a breathtaking view, what else is needed for an excellent dinner experience? The typical food in Brittany is seafood and that would be what I would recommend while eating at Le Bélouga. But if you by any reason don’t eat fish or meat, there is no reason to worry. Vincent and his team would be happy to prepare a vegetarian or even a gluten free meal for you, simply ask. During my […]

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L’Agapa Hôtel luxurious seaside hotel in Brittany http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/lagapa-hotel-luxurious-seaside-hotel-in-brittany/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/03/lagapa-hotel-luxurious-seaside-hotel-in-brittany/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:14:30 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40058 L’Agapa Hôtel is a luxurious 5-star boutique-hotel located on a hilltop in Perros-Guerrec with a stunning view over the bay Baie des 7 Îles. The Art Deco inspired hotel dates back to the 1930’s and was restored by a Parisian couple in 2003. The archipelago of the 7 Îles is a protected natural site that hosts 27 species of breeding birds and 12 species of seabirds also the Atlantic bird puffin that you usually can see on Iceland! Here you will also see beautiful pink rocks that stretches over this part of Brittany’s coastal line, hereby the name of the Pink Granit Coast.  From the hotel you can see the beach of Treastraou and thanks to the private access for the guests of the hotel you can easily reach the beach in  less than 5 minutes by walking down the steps. A luxurious 5-star hotel located in a beautiful and relaxing setting at the Pink Granit coast in Brittany Ever since my first trip last year Brittany has put a smell on me and a few weeks ago I returned for the third time to enjoy one of my favourite regions in France. I had organized a weekend-trip to photograph […]

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Gelato Tasting Paris http://solli-kanani.com/2017/02/gelato-tasting-paris/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/02/gelato-tasting-paris/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:12:06 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40067 Last week I had been invited to Il Gelato del Marchese together with a dear friend. For the occasion of Saint Valentine’s Day they had a special flavor, named Glace de l’Ambassadrice! I’m always eager to try new flavors so it was a pleasure to return to the elegant tea salon of Il Gelato del Marchese for a gelato tasting over a cup of delightful tea and a cappuccino. I can truly recommend you to do a gelato tasting rather than having a few scopes of flavors. Me and my friend tried 6 different flavors together with a generous filled cup with their delicious homemade panna montata (whipped cream). The flavors we tried were the following: Glace de l’Ambassadrice, pistacchio, chestnut, red pear sorbet with cinnamon, chocolate sorbet and yellow kiwi sorbet. What was hidden behind the flavor of l’Ambassadrice? A vanilla ice cream with pistacchio chunks and orange peel – very delicious and almost like eating an ice cream version of a panettone according to my friend :-) The yellow kiwi is a true favorite of mine and so is the chestnut together with the chocolate sorbet and whipped cream it’s a pleasant combination! The pistacchio is a must […]

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Tea Time at Mariage Frères http://solli-kanani.com/2017/02/tea-time-at-mariage-freres/ http://solli-kanani.com/2017/02/tea-time-at-mariage-freres/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:57:00 +0000 http://solli-kanani.com/?p=40032 Mariage Frères – with over 650 varieties of tea from 36 producing countries and covering all tea families (white teas, green teas, black teas and red teas among many others) this is a French institution for tea lovers! Established by the brothers Henri and Edouard Mariage in 1854, it is today the oldest importer of tea in France. Their selections of tea can be found worldwide, at different hotels, tea salons but also high end epiceries. In Paris you’ll find several Mariage Frères tea houses, the flagship store and tea room in Marais but also the latest one at 56 Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement not so far from the Eiffel Tower. I was more than delighted to explore the universe of the French tea brand Mariage Frères when I had my dear friends, Isa and Fabrizio, from Italy on visit a few weeks ago. We had the pleasure to try two of their homemade pastries and two of their latest tea blends. As 2017 is the year of the Rooster they have a collection of different delicious blends. A blue tea with a fruity composition of goji berries and blue flowers which gives its beautiful color. The second […]

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