Note the mirror above, one of many exquisite mirrors, doors, tables and textiles I found recently while in Morocco. Marrakech in particular, has long been a destination of chic Parisians and other savvy travelers seeking a unique and intriguing culture with sublime architecture, decorative arts and cuisine.
Most recently I stayed at a small charming riad called talaa 12, located on the north end of the main marketplace. I found it via Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a travel company I highly recommend out of London. After hours of shopping in 90 degree heat, amid bustling crowds, the calls to prayer and the tens of thousands of things to see, this room was a true oasis. Opening onto the central interior garden, this magical room was a quiet and serene haven in the midst of a vibrant and ancient city.
I love the earthy tones of the necklaces above, the colors mirrored in this image of the magical enclave of Les Baux-de-Provence in the south of France. This ancient town clings to a towering peak, surrounding a citadel and castle with views for miles and miles. Inhabited since 6000BC Les Baux is built from the local stone quarried in the area by the native people and later the Romans in 2 BC. Down the hill from this fascinating fortress and surrounding town is "Les Carrieres de Lumieres" - a spectacular art space where huge images are projected on the walls of an old quarry and choreographed with music inside the vast chambers - it's a breath taking experience. Both sites are part of France's "Culture Spaces" a heady array of cultural treasures each spectacular in its own right; which to choose from next?!
|Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara CA
If I were to pick one favorite beach day of the many I have spent here in Santa Barbara, this shot would represent that day. I grew up here, spending many happy hours at Hendry’s Beach, East Beach, Butterfly, Miramar, Summerland, Santa Claus and Carpinteria Beaches. Strangely, even though I am a UCSB graduate, I had never spent any time at Goleta Beach.
Awhile back I was out near the airport, picking up a freshly powder coated vintage patio set for the store. It was late afternoon and I wanted to take a beach walk back in Montecito, however with the sun setting, I chose the more immediate option; Goleta Beach. I arrived to find an infinite blue sky and a spectacular minus tide before me. The picture speaks for itself; it was a classic SB beach day awash in the incomparable warmth and langor of late afternoon. While there, make sure to check out the Goleta Slough Rookery - high up in the Eucalyptus trees are many exquisite birds building their nests and tending their babies; Great Blue Heron, Double Crested Cormorants and Great Egrets among them.