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"Jet Set" Leather Cabin Trolley // La Dolce Vita Collection by Mark/Giusti.
Ceramic plate collection // Grand chalet by Astier de Villatte
Cologne 352 perfume // Parisian Cologne by Ex Nihilo
Leather travel organizer // by Lost and Found
18-karat gold, apache gold and diamond earrings // by Kimberly McDonald
The "Malle Bicyclette" // by Maison Moynat Paris
VK-1 “Classic Edition” headphones // by Aëdle
Anthracite crocodile 'Roma' bag // by Bottega Veneta
Genuine treasure of the Mediterranean Sea, the beauty island lends to a relaxation stay all year long. With its paradisiac beaches and its landscapes that reminds us a Kerfily picture, discover the best of Corsica from the Agriates desert to the orange-red coves of Piana.
Corsica. Its name evokes both the place’s softness and steadfast character. It inspired Matisse’s works, sparked debate and made about, most of the time, its admirable landscapes. Whatever the subject, regardless of the fervor that enlivens the debate, it certainly does not leave indifferent.
Benvinutu en Corsu, where from its 2710 meters, the Monte Cinto keep watch, like a mother to her newborn, over the timeless charm’s beauty island.
Offshore of Tuscany, Corsica is a destination for the less exotic. You will be surprised to discover, between the mountains and the succession of coves, small traditional villages that have kept all their Mediterranean charms. Corte, Porto Vecchio, Sartène...each of these cities distinguishes itself from the other by its own history, its composition.
Between the towns of Ajaccio and Bonifacio, discover Roccapina bay, practically wilderness throughout the year, famous thanks to the king of the jungle. Indeed, the Lion of Roccapina, so named and naturally carved by the time at the top of this paradise, majestically watches over the bay.
However, one of the few regions in France to have preserved its Second Empire structure is also characterized by its simmering culture. The island hosts every year exhibitions and festivals. In June, Jazz lovers will rejoice the Calvi Jazz Festival, while art connoisseurs will be exalted in July by the Contemporary Art Festival of Corsica, which takes place in Ajaccio.
Keen on Gastronomy will be delighted by the island’s culinary diversity, known and recognized for its exceptional savors’ specialties. Figatelli, Fiadone, and Stuffatu these are, among other delights, the names of the Corsican thousand wonders.
Indisputably, Corsica is an invitation to live precious moments in a dream surroundings. Between beaches and mountains, the beauty island has it all and allows you to escape, at the mercy of your desires.
In the early morning, as he set foot on the Kenyan soil, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Le Collectionist lets himself wrapped by the heat already exceeding 104 °F. But he won’t stay in the capital. From the small Nairobi-Wilson airport, our hero must take a private plane that will take him to the southwest of the country, in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the world’s largest in the world. Listed as a humanity heritage, this unspoiled territory is named after the legendary Maasai, an ethnic group of farmers and semi-nomadic warriors, brave and proud, who continues to live with wild animal’s life.
Suddenly, Le Collectionist understands the exact reason for such a journey: a huge land of rolling savannah on which meanders the legendary Mara river. Far away, herds of thousands of zebras and wildebeest abscond due to the heavy sound from the little place. We are in June and our traveler came to those legendary lands to contemplate a unique event: the Great Migration. Enchanting spectacle that those of whole herds of zebras, Thomson's gazelle, wildebeests leaving the Serengeti park, in Tanzania, to gather together on the river Mara banks. Wildlife lover, Le Collectionist has promised himself to meet the famous "big five" that are buffalo, rhinoceros, elephant, lion and leopard.
Our adventurer stays at the Damaris domain, a huge raw wood villa overlooking the verdant stretch. A taste of adventure, admittedly, but amazing when you can have from the terraces such a unique spectacle in a highly diverse ecosystem: savannah, steep mountains and forests where hundreds of bird species scream their eternal melodies.
Night falls on the golden savannas. The setting sun illuminates, in a gentle brightness, the peaceable moment that our hero and his friends are sharing as if in a dream. Le Collectionist begins to appreciate the first images of a stay worthy of the famous Sydney Pollack’s movie, "Out of Africa". The lion’s roar in the middle of the night gives his finishing touch to the picture. And as Ernest Hemingway says in “Green Hills of Africa”, it seems to him like “it was a country where one went out as if in a dream, happy to have dreamed and, to see if it was going to disappear, I held out my hand…”
Summer is slowly showing off and Le Collectionist has only one destination in mind. As usual, he decides to spend a few days in the charmy village of Saint-Tropez. Known for hosting travelers from around the world, Saint Tropez’s bay has no secret to our aesthete. Le Collectionist arrives at a time when the sun just started to brush against the Tropezians. Moored to the port he enjoys, still amazed, the stunning view on the little fishermen village.
Prerequisite of the seaside town, Le Collectionist chooses to stop at the café Le Gorille Ô Soleil, for an ideal breakfast and relishes, filled, his espresso, in the middle of the crowd came to enjoy the scenery and the summer heat.
Then, his adventure leads him to the Club 55 on the Pampelonne beach. The reminiscences of the humble beginnings of this Eldorado come to his mind. Indeed, this tryst place, which was once composed by three shacks, bereft of water and electricity was the promised land of the De Colmont family, that run aground the beach on a mistral day. Struck by the beauty of the place, the patriarch decided to acquire the piece of land, made famous by the shooting of the Roger Vadim’s movie "Et Dieu…créa la femme” in 1956.
In a relaxed atmosphere, he settled on a sunbathing enjoying both an invaluable discretion and an idyllic view over the Mediterranean Sea. After some breaststrokes in the turquoise waters, our epicurean offers himself the exceptional flavors of a bream accompanied by a glass of Minervois.
The sun tickling his face, Le Collectionist decides to make a stop at Truffaux, located in the village of Saint-Tropez. With his valuable panama combining know-how and modernity, he walks along the port blending into the crowd of tourists and regulars. Who knows? His long ride may one day lead him to the Madrague, to the good memories of Miss Béjo our goddess of fire.
But now, the time has come for the sun to reach his bed, inviting Le Collectionist to sit on the terrace of the Bar du Sube and its authentic style. Our sybarite, rapt with wonder, assist at the spectacle offered by this unique sunset while sipping his cocktail Saint-Germain. By his side, stands the majestic statue Pierre André de Suffren, cast in artillery pieces taken from the enemy.
In the evening, Le Collectionist continues his trip in the mesmerizing surroundings of Les Viviers du Pilon, comfortably contemplating the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. He willingly devoted himself to the stimulation of his taste buds through the long but delicious gastronomic journey he is about to undertake.
Finally, to end the evening on a more festive note, Le Collectionist rushes into the bewitching atmosphere of the White 1921 bar-lounge, located on the mythical place des Lices, whose name refers to the period of construction of the little mansion.
After dark, Le Collectionist plans, serene, his next day’s program: at daybreak, at the villa L’Escalet where he sojourns, he will rejuvenate by the sea before heading to the Annonciade museum where graze the works of Matisse, Derain and Albert Marquet. He will then go to Sénequier where he will taste the specialty of the house, the nougat, whose recipe is jealously preserved from the Place aux Herbes’ workshop.
The blue sky …. the powder snow which covers the white slopes of Mont Grand-Fonds which is a station settled in the city Malbaie in Quebec. In the distance, a myriad of trees hangs on to the massif of Charlevoix, adding a harmony of purple and gold to this already so majestic whole. As soon as winter is coming, this region is regularly rewarded by a white gold bed which is a treasure offered by the nature and so often aspired by ski enthusiasts. Today, on the station located on the black mountain, the Collectionist puts his ski on in order to slither down some of the 18 slopes
Our skier uses a descent to notice in the distance the mythical river Saint-Laurent. For a while, this natural wonder, which is called Hochelaga – « The walking way » – by Amerindians people, was used by fantastic characters. Famous explorers stopped there such as Jacques Cartier who took possession of the river on behalf of the King of France François 1er and to whom this official discovery is attributed.
While zigzagging on the slope «of birches» our slalom skier joins a delightful wooden chalet to find his friends there. The gourganes soup with braised pork on rices and vegetables is a good reason to enjoy the splendor of the snowy landscapes for an hour. But we must unfortunately go. "The mountainside of the Lynx", laid out in an opened forest, receives it in a thick snow-covered topcoat, alloying pleasure of eyes and at the same time pleasure of gliding. We shove not at all in snowy and lighted paths. It is only under the declining sun that Collectionist decides to join the Orignal chalet, hidden in the middle of a dense forest of conifers. His day ends while he is coiling up in a couch next to the fireplace and savoring plates and this delicious “ice wine” with his friends.