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If you follow my instagram account, you will have seen that I just spent some days on a boat in Croatia.
The hours before departing caught me very excited but also a bit in a rush. At the end of the day, I ended up extremely proud of myself when I contemplated the amount of outfits I had been able to stick inside my small hand luggage. Needless to say, I am not the light-packing kind of girl (friends and family will confirm)...
That moment of self-congratulation lasted until I finally arrived to Split's port and realised I actually brought no sunglasses, no phone charger, no camera, no pijama and no sunblock. I guess no matter how hard I try, I will forever be that person who can’t go on a holiday without bringing half of her closet.
So, in honour of my scatterbrainedness, here are some picture of a silky bat sleeved dress: a real favourite of mine for summer nights.
My year in Milan has now come to an end.
Thinking back on all the things I have done in only eight months, I thought it was only right to dedicate one last post to this wonderful city and suggest my most cherished spots.
Where to find the best pasta and pizza
Dry : pizza, focaccia and mixology
Nabucco : the real italian between all the Brera tourist traps
Mimmo : live piano and firewood mood in a lounge atmosphere
Drogherie Milanese : small italian "tapas", each as delicious as the next
Il salumaio: sophisticates lunch in the fashion quadrilateral
Where to head for cocktail hours
Mag : small but lively
Officina / Fonderie : both on the same secret alley
The Yard: boutique hotel with a dandy atmosphere
Fashion Cafe : in the cute Brera District
Canteen: also great mexican restaurant
Where to stroll for window shopping indulgement:s
Via Montenapoleone: the most iconic and elegant avenue
10 Corso Como : concept store, restaurant and gallery
Tearose : scents, lights, flowers and couture
Corso Vittorio Emanuele: tipical stores but exceptional architecture
Where to cool off on the weekend:
East Market : grab a beer, listen to the dj set and get some vintage
QC Termemilano : the most special wellness sanctuary
Navigli: nice ambience around the canals
Paro Sempione: ideal spot for a sunny picnic
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You might think that spending a week in Morocco just before exams revisions is not exactly the best idea. Considering that this is one of the most agitated destinations, one would expect the trip to be exciting and not at all restful. Yet here I am, just 10 mins away from the tumultuous Medina and its jammed narrow souk streets, disconnecting and clearing my head at the Beldi Country Club.
With a combination of traditional architecture and a chic minimalistic decoration this little oasis just crawled its way up my top addresses list.
The hotel’s unique environment sits on vast terrains that make you feel like you are their only guest (even during high season) and the beauty of its outdoors just makes you want to wander there for hours. Not only did the Beldi charm me with its olive tree paths and its tranquil swimming pools, but also with a delicious Moroccan cuisine and with its very own mini souk!
A calm retreat with good food and shopping? Now this is what I call heaven…
Having lived in Milan for over seven months, I can now proudly tell that I know the city quite well. And, even if I am still discovering new spots, some have already imposed themselves in my day to day life. The city has plenty of vibrating terraces and now that the weather is starting to get hotter I really appreciate drinking a Spritz in open-air aperitivos.
For those who aren't aware, the aperitivo concept represents one of my favorite milanese traditions. It simply means: buy a drink, get plenty of complementary food. This marvelous invention is offered all around the city and I have managed to try a bunch of places already (for research purposes of course)... and if the place has beautiful views it is obviously even more enjoyable
Anyway, here is my top five of Milano's rooftops:
One of the most secret rooftops in the city. It is calm and cosy. (picture above)
Hotel Milano Scala, Via dell’Orso, 7 20121 Milan
Incredible view of the Duomo. Plus, you get to buy some tasteful groceries on your way back.
Piazza del Duomo, last floor, 20121 Milan
Radio Rooftop Bar
This is probably one of the first rooftops I discovered and it has in my opinion the most scenic views.
Via Marco Polo, 1103, 20124 Milan
Stunning pool and delightful restaurant. I spent my last 21st birthday here and adored it.
Via Ceresio, 7, 20154 Milan
La Terraza di Via Palestro
This terrace overlooking the park is perfect to take a breather and just chill with some friends.
Via Palestro, 2, 20121 Milan