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Dinner at Bâtard – Tribeca, NYC

Scallops Bâtard

With a Michelin star you might expect Bâtard to be uptight and stuffy but the laid-back and cheerful atmosphere made for a wonderful meal. Th first course was the delicately textured and sweet scallops with kale, vanilla, herbs and potato mousseline.

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VW Bulli T1 at Weingalerie und Café NÖ! – Berlin, Germany

Weingalerie Cafe No VW Berlin

If you didn’t know to look for the VW Bulli T1 that sits in front of the impossibly cute Weingalerie und Café NÖ! you might pass it by as the building is covered in vines. It’s a gem of a wine bar serving German and Mediterranean food near Unter Den Linden in the Mitte neighborhood. The VW is available to rent and gaze upon if you are lucky enough to snag a table outside.

 

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Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Surin Beach Phuket Thailand WatermarkWith summer winding down I am revisiting the memory of one of my favorite beaches in the world, Surin Beach on the island of Phuket in Thailand. Surin Beach is a quiet beach town on the west coast of the island, north of Patong. Great for relaxing, swimming and long beach walks. There are many great restaurants there to enjoy and the laid back vibe makes it easy to chat with restaurant owners and workers and hear a bit about their lives.

Spiral Staircase – Cotton House Hotel, Barcelona Spain

Cotton House Hotel Barcelona Staircase 1

The only hotel I took the stairs instead of the elevator every day. It was a joy winding my way around and looking up at the beautiful yellow globes of light that changed with the sun.

The staircase in the Cotton House Hotel is protected by the city of Barcelona as a historical architectural feat. Built in the 1960s it’s the first of its kind –  a hanging spiral staircase suspended by cables.