Author: Irina Georgieva

Fairytale Perfect | Pena Palace of Sintra

The picturesque town of Sintra has long been a favoured location of the nobility and elite of Portugal. The pine hills surrounding the town are brimming with extravagant palaces, charming castles and beautiful gardens. The great variety of architectural style and admirable historic buildings makes Sintra the perfect tourist destination. One of Europe’s finest examples of unusually colourful Romanticism is the Palacio da Pena. Dating mostly from the 19th century the design of this fairytale palace has been highly influenced by the love of art and the mysticism of ancient cultures. The castle was built on the site of...

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Medieval Tower Town | San Gimignano

San Gimignano, located halfway between Florence and Siena, is a famous and well preserved medieval walled village. It stands tall on a hill and with its rising towers and walls it makes up for a fascinating sight from the surrounding valleys. Back in the time of it’s glory, San Gimignano had around 72 tower-houses, build by the patrician families. These towers were built as a symbol of the wealth and power of the noble families and although today there are only 14 preserved, the feudal ambient and appearance still remains. As the epitome of a Tuscan hill town, San Gimignano...

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The Alluring Late-Renaissance of Italy

Not many places in Italy flaunt regal allure, beauty and stylish history like Villa Reale di Marlia does. The Villa Reale has been esteemed and favoured by the great and glamorous for centuries back. The eternal elegance of the estate charms every visitor, and awards the perfect ambient for a relaxing day out in nature. Built in the 17th century, the Villa Reale has been the home of several famous and powerful historic figures. One of the most prominent owners of the Villa was Napoleon’s sister, The Duchess of Lucca Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi. Surrounded by high walls, as soon as you...

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Siena | A Throwback to Medieval Tuscany

Siena is without doubt one of the most beautiful Italian cities. A city where the architecture soars and is like a giant, open-air Gothic, museum. Although often overshadowed by Florence, Siena is truly a depiction of what you would expect from a Tuscan city. Set on a hill, the city boasts with amazing views and an astonishingly beautiful and well retained medieval forms. Another interesting fact about Siena is that it’s city centre is divided into several areas known as “Contrada”. Each Contrada has it’s own symbol & is marked by flags displayed on the tiny medieval streets. The...

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Weekend Fun: Opera on the Lake & Wedding

This past weekend I had the chance to visit the beautiful Austrian town, Bregenz. The main purpose for my visit was the wedding of one of my best and dearest friends. Having known her for almost 10 years (we met in Milan all that time ago) and always be in constant contact regardless of where life took us, made it even more emotional and special to be able to share this moment with her and her amazing husband. The wedding was set to take place in here boarding school Villa Raczynski, just near the shore of the Lake Constance....

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