Blog About Paris , Fashion, Food & Travel Solli's Lifestyle Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:21:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fall Is Coming to Paris Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:31:29 +0000 Fall is coming to Paris. There is something beautiful coming with every season of the year and during fall I love to see how the colors of the leaves are changing. One of my favourite parks in Paris is Jardin du Luxembourg which I live nearby but shame on me that I rarely visit it. Just before leaving to Italy, two weeks ago, I went there just when they opened to enjoy the calm and quiteness in a park that usually is crowded. Ever since I moved to Paris, even the first time in 2009 I have been living near this park so it really feels home for me and evokes so many memories. I can truly recommend you to visit this park when traveling to Paris.   Jardin du Luxembourg – 75006 Paris, opening hours Photos taken with my Nikon D750 50mm f1.4

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Photo tour in Romania Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:25:19 +0000 Photo tour in Romania It was in the end of March when I was exploring the green rolling hills in the Spring landscapes of Tuscany where I met the talented Romanian photographer Catalin Urdoi on the field. Also impressed by the stunning sceneries of Tuscany he was proud when showing me some photos he had taken of his native country. I was surprised, it was not the image I had of Romania. The winter landscape photos he showed me remembered me rather of my own native country, Sweden, but 100 years ago. Something I had never seen with my own eyes but in illustrations in children’s books and old photographs. Back in Paris and after some more research on Romania, the more photos I saw and the more I read about the remoted villages the more I was convinced that it was a place I wanted to explore. After some time of research and when I had decided what area to visit I finally found a local photographer, Vlad Dumitrescu. I ordered several books about Romania and also a language book so that I would at least know some basics. English is widely spoken in Romania, however I feel it’s […]

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The Purple Lavender fields in Provence Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:19:40 +0000 The purple lavender fields in Provence – who can resist them? Three weeks ago I left for a long weekend in Provence, my third time in a row to see the lavender fields. The previous times I went to La Vudèle near the charming village Quinson and the Gorge de Verdon. This time I decided to explore a new area, Valensole. I also decided to rent a car, a car is a MUST if you want to explore the lavender fields on your own. The most beautiful ones are definately not in reach by foot nor by bus. I took the TGV fr Paris to Aix-En-Provence TGV where I had reserved a car from SIXT and then I had approximately 1 hours driving to Valensole. It was my second time renting fr Sixt, first time was when I went to photograph the lighthouses in Bretagne. Given the fact I was satisfied with the experience I chose to use them again in Provence. I had reserved accommodation on a charming Bed & Breakfast, a room in a 200 years old farmhouse surrounded by barley fields and lavender fields, a few kilometres outside Valensole and perfectly located to shoot the fields I […]

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Cooking lesson in Tuscany Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:32:39 +0000 When me and my friend were in Tuscany we had reserved a full-day tour with Km Zero Tours, that promotes slow travel in Tuscany. We had two activities planned and one of them was a cooking lesson with Stefania Balducci, born in the hilltown Assisi in Umbria region of Italy. She is based in Montefioralle, a charming medievale village in Chianti, where she conducts cooking lessons in her beautiful 11-century stone farmhouse home with roses growing on the walls. Right when we stepped into her lovely home it felt like stepping back in time, she is not only a great chef but got a very good eye for decoration too. Stefania is a member of the Slow Food Movement which is about taking time to enjoy simple pleasures starting at the table with food that has been prepared by using high quality local sourced ingredients and using local culinary traditions in preparing. She learned cooking from her mother and her grandmother and now she is sharing the techniques and skills with anyone who is interested in learn to cook Italian food. Stefania puts very much focus in the health aspect in a recipe and make sure the dishes in a […]

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Organic Wine Tasting in Chianti Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:45:12 +0000 Organic Wine Tasting in Chianti, that was our next activity during our tour with Km Zero Tours in Tuscany two weeks ago. Arianna and Alessio (Km Zero Tours) drove us to Il Bacio, where the vineyard owner Franco was waiting for us. The location is just marvellous, serene and green rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive groves wherever you turned your head. With this scenery I believe already you would go into a slow mode and just enjoy what nature has to bring. If you will go to Il Bacio you will also see some of their cats, their adorable dog Agata and even donkeys! They are very animal friendly at this place :-) Franco, the owner warmly welcomed us and we walked down to his vineyard to have a closer look. We wandered around while he showed us the tiny grapes that had started to grow on the trees. It wasn’t until 1990, when Franco and his family left Florence for a simple life close to nature, that they started to work at this vineyard and producing wine. Already from the beginning they knew they wanted to use organic methods, he was one of the first 100 winemaker […]

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Km Zero Tours – Slow Travel Tuscany Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:08:31 +0000 Km Zero Tours – Slow Travel Tuscany It was last year I got to know Arianna who is running Km Zero Tours in Tuscany together with her partner Alessio. When I returned to Tuscany in March/April earlier this year I finally got to meet them both in real life, in Florence where they introduced me to the neighbourhood Oltrarno and where we had a lovely lunch at the organic and slow food restaurant. I remember how amazed and inspired I was about their story and the good work they are doing, both for the local producers in the area and also for tourists who want to explore the authentic Tuscany, which is all about SLOW – food, travel and living. With the name Km Zero Tours, Arianna and Alessio are referring to the expression: ‘Km Zero‘ (litterally ‘no distance’) products means the conscious choice to buy quality products and to consume them as close as possible to the area of their production, ensuring this way freshness, seasonality and biodiversity, strengthening the link with terroir. – Km Zero Tours As I value the philosophy of Km Zero Tours I trusted them fully when I asked for a full day tour in […]

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Breakfast at Leone Blu Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:13:06 +0000 Breakfast at Leone Blu An Italian Buffet Breakfast is included when you stay at Leone Blu in Florence. Different kind of juices, fresh fruit, berries, yoghurt, various types of bread, marmelades, ham and bresaola, a variety of cheeses, Italian pastries and other delicacies awaits you in the morning. You could either sit in the salon where the buffet was served, or bring your breakfast with you to the beautiful Salone degli Specchi featuring a splendid view over the river Arno, with high ceilings, grandious chandeliers and large windows where the light from the morning sun was pouring in. Me and my best friend tried almost everything that was on the buffet and found the breakfast very  tasty and delicious, simply a perfect way to start the day! Leone Blu – Piazza Carlo Goldoni, 2, Florence, Italy The impressive Salone degli Specchi where you could sit and enjoy your breakfast in the morningYoghurt, fresh berries and marmelade in miniature jarsThe Italian Breakfast Buffet at Leone Blu in FlorenceThe breakfast at Leone Blu – perfect start of the day Even though I’m not into coffee, I love having it in Italy, it simply tastes differently..and much better :-)Toasted bread with cheese and […]

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One night at Leone Blu, the ancient Palazzo Ricasoli Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:11:50 +0000 One night at Leone Blu, the ancient Palazzo Ricasoli As me and my childhood friend were celebrating our 25th Anniversary as best friends we had chosen to enjoy a long weekend in Florence, Italy, in the end of May. The first night we spent at the spectacular Palazzo Ricasoli, where the beautiful 9 suites of Leone Blu are located. Arriving earlier than my friend who was coming fr Sweden, I was let in by a concierge and right after, the baroness and landlady Maria Teresa Ricasoli Firidolfi herself came and greeted and welcomed me to Leone Blu. It had been almost 6 months since we had first met in Paris where I was introduced to Leone Blu that opened up in 2015 for the public after three years of renovation. Now the time had finally come when I was going to experience this beautiful Palazzo after seeing so many beautiful photos of it, after all, who wouldn’t like to spend a night in a palazzo with 500 years history? Maria Teresa decided to name the 9 suites (all uniquely designed) after her ancestors, and our suite, Orazio, was named after the author Orazio Ricasoli and also friend of Galileo Galilei. […]

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