Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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Room with a view

Guess where this photo was taken? This is the rooftop of The Gritti Palace in Venice and is normally not accessible to the public. But if you happen to afford the Redentore Terrazza Suite, which costs over US$15,000 a night, you could have all of this 250-square metre rooftop terrace to yourself, as well as the…

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Fashion through some years

The winter sale has just started this week and I bought five items yesterday. Most of them were purchased at my first stop: Les Enfants d’Edouard, which sells secondhand designer items. I bought a YSL scarf for just 25€, alongside items from Belgian designers Natan Edouard Vermeulen and Ann Demeulemeester. Total cost: 125€ Inspired by my…

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