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SUMMER EUROPE ROADTRIP

October 31, 2018
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Col De La Bonette – the highest alp street in Europe   
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Left: Balcony at Hotel Fairmont in Montreux Lake Geneva, Right: Hotel Azteca in Barcelonnette   

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Left: Mont Blanc, Right: Navigating analog and digital always

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View from our room at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock
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Janessa Leone straw hat, Marysia bathing suit, Céline sunglasses and Musq facial spray 

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock   

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Left: Restaurant Le Plongoir, Right: Cannes city centre   

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Plage de L’Escalet   

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View from our hotel room at Hotel Les Roches Rouges

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Hotel Les Roches Rouges
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Plage de L’Escalet
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Hotel Les Roches Rouges
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Left: Private boat tour with the vintage 30 year old Aman boat to Burano, Right: Aman Venice  
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Aman Venice dining area
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View over the Canale Grande from Aman Venice   
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Burger House in Munich
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“Make memories” – that’s what they say. And oh boy we did.
But let’s start from the beginning….
1 super sports car aka the Porsche 911 GT3RS, 4 bags and 1 straw hat as big as an umbrella (and several other hats but let’s talk about something else).
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Stage 1
Berlin Germany to Montreux Switzerland with a short stop in my hometown in Bavaria. 1151km. That’s manageable in two days and driving out the car on the German Autobahn was probably the most fun (check my IG stories)  
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Stage 2 

Montreux Switzerland to Nice in France. Aka the Route des Grandes Alpes. And it really was grandes. Over 14 alpine passes and one of the most beautiful routes in the world. We planned in 3 days for the crossing of the alps and those 3 days were pure magic. The high alps scenery, changing autumn colours, the car itself and how it performs in such circumstances and all the other likeminded car enthusiasts we met on our way down to the South of France… 
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Stage 3 

Relaxing time at the Cote d’Azur. First days we stayed at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock where once Marlene Dietrich and Romy Schneider sipped cocktails at the famous pool by the see. Book a table in the near the sea in the hotel restaurant when the sun goes down (and try the beetroot cooked in rye bread with thyme crust). The other days we spent at the super hyped Les Roches Rouges Hotel and it really is one of a kind. Nestled in one of the coves near Saint Tropez this hotel has everything the modern travel hipster needs. Vintage De Sede sofa, light and breezy interior, friendly staff and live music in the evening (but the good kind).
PS book early as the hotel rooms sell out as fast as buttery croissants right after fashion week in Paris.
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Stage 4 
South of France to Venice in Italy. The route itself is quite boring (speed limits in whole Italy and no curvy alpine streets) but when we arrived in Venice, parked our baby and the friendly staff of the Aman hotel picked us up in a 30 year old vintage boat I almost couldn’t believe my eyes.
Venice is like out of a movie. The colours, the architecture and of course the food. The Aman hotel itself (George Clooney married his Amal here and now I know why) is one of a kind. Built 1560 and restored a few years ago they tried to keep everything original (hello frescoes, Murano chandeliers and hundreds of years old wooden floors) and added some modern interior. The view over the Canale Grande is priceless itself.
The next days were all about pizza, pasta, vino rosso and the typical must sees in Venice and we also took a boat tour to Burano to see how they make the world famous glass sculptures.
PS try the honey melon salad in the Aman garden restaurant just next to the Canale Grande and listen to the gondoliers sing ‘O sole mio’ while sipping a glass of red. 
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Stage 5 
Venice Italy to Munich and back to Berlin. Well this was nervwrecking. I’m from Munich so I know the legendary route from Laggo di Garda to Munich very well and it was no fun kiddos. Speed limits and traffic that had almost LA rush hour quality.
But well, we turned up the music and arrived in my old hometown just in time for dinner (best burger ww I swear). After a good night sleep we got up early to drive the last stage back to Berlin. Did you know the GT3RS is originally made to go on the race track? Now I know why. 319km/m somewhere near Munich.
Just a little bit slower than Sebastian Vettel on a good day trying to beat Lewis Hamilton.
Back in Germanys capital city the baby is safely parked in our garage and ready for the next trip coming year. Skandinavia? Toscana?
Let’s see…

 

PS for behind the scenes pics check my Instagram mija_mija and IG stories
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HOTELS:      MONTREUX Fairmont Le Montreux Palace // BARCELONETTE Hotel Azteca // SOUTH OF FRANCE Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Rock & Hotel Les Roches Rouges // VENICE ITALY Aman Hotel // MUNICH Louis Hotel 
RESTAURANTS:       SOUTH OF FRANCE Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Rock restaurant, Le Plongeoir (book a table near the water), Le Club 55, Hotel Les Roches Rouges restaurant
ROUTE:     Berlin – South of Bavaria – Montreux – Route des Grandes Alpes (we did the Curves Magazine route) – South of France – Venice – Munich – Berlin
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SUMMER SPARKLER

August 24, 2018
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INGREDIENTS FOR 1 COCKTAIL
2 teaspoons fig puree 
 1 dash Angostura Bitters 
champagne
fresh fig & thymeleafes for garnish
(photo by Mirjam)
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Enjoy. 

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THE RAREST EYE COLOR

August 23, 2018
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Green-blue eye color is the rarest color found around the world, and it is estimated that only around 3% of the world’s population has green-blue coloured eyes. 
  It sounds odd but green blue eye color can change depending on mood, medical reasons, emotional stress.
Eye color is almost always experienced through the presence of light and the intensity of that color also depends on chemical reactions happening inside the body.
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What’s your eye color? Share it on my Instagram… 
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CASA COOK KOS

September 1, 2017
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JANESSA LEONE     brown felt hat & black straw hat
MARYSIA SWIM       bikini & swimsuit
SHE MADE ME        charcoal crochet bikini 
TOTEME        wide leg pants (similar here
 All photos by Mirjam
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A short time ago I had the chance to visit the newly opened Casa Cook hotel on the Greek island of Kos. The interior design is so right up my alley – very minimal with focus on natural materials and clean cuts and well my private pool wasn’t that bad either.
And to be honest I’m already thinking about going back later this summer.
I finally had the chance to go windsurfing and stand up paddling again and the hotel itself is beyond words – but simply take a look a the pictures.
Ps if you have the chance try horse riding at the beach during sunset – I’ll never forget that and if you are new to windsurfing no biggie – the guys there are real pros and will explain you everything. 
See you soon Kos…
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