Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 
Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 
Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Hotel in Aix en Provence: Hôtel Cézanne

On the 20th of April, I hopped on a Volotea direct flight from Vienna to Marseille. A driver picked me and Anastacia up from the airport and brought us to Aix en Provence where we would spend three fabulous and more importantly, sunny days. I wanted to highlight the word, sunny days, because one day before the departure, it snowed in Vienna which was a real damper…

I felt totally smitten with this little pretty city in the South of France from the very first day of my arrival and super excited to photograph this region as we were planning to stay in Provence for one week. Three days in Aix en Provence resulted in thousand of photos. Here I publish my favourite shots that made it to the final selection. The photos of this blog post serve as an overview of how three days in Aix en Provence were spent but let me also go through more details from day 1 to day 3. You might want to use those tips as a travel guide for your Aix en Provence trip.

Day 1: There was not much time at our disposal because we arrived quite late in the city. The first day in Aix en Provence, Anastacia went to a concert at the Jeu de Paume theater but I prefered to walk around (do you know how much I love walking?) and find the most photogenic places of the city. Place d’Albertas was undoubtedly one of those. We met afterwards at Place de Rotonde (the hot meeting point in Aix en Provence) and went for dinner at Le Jardin Mazarin.

Day 2: The second day started with a visit in the Atelier Cézanne. It’s a must for everybody who visits Aix en Provence, and especially for art lovers. I loved finding out more about the painter’s life and being myself in his studio, where he lived, worked and created art paintings. After that, we headed to the Restaurant Le Saint Estève but more of this I am going to tell you in the next blog post. Later on, we were asked whether we would like to visit Château La Coste or go back to Aix en Provence and continue strolling around the city center. I chose the second option. Yay! After a long stroll, we ended the day with yummy french crepes with butter!

Day 3: The third day started with a visit at the market. This is where I bought the straw hat that you see me wearing almost in all the photos. I always buy an accessory from the market everytime I am in France. Last year I bought a straw bag and this year a straw hat. (Next year, what? Stay tuned) We continued the day with a visit at Hotel de Gallifet where we had a look at «Les enfants du Graffiti exhibition» and met the owner of this beautiful space. Hotel de Gallifet was located next to Monsieur Chou shop, where we savoured mouthwatering small round cakes filled with chocolate, vanilla and pretty much with anything you can imagine. In the afternoon, we visited the Caumont Art Center where we checked out the Photo Exhibition «Marilyn Monroe – I Wanna Be Loved By You ». This Art Center was pure magic. I loved everything about it: the photo exhibition, architecture, cafe and restaurant, garden, interior design, everything! As a result, we spent a couple of hours here before we headed to the restaurant Le Môme for dinner.

In general, the old city is small, full of life and very easy to explore. You will find all the hot spots one next to the other. This is something I loved. Grab a map from the reception of your hotel, and go out to explore. To my surprise, there was an Apple Store (which is something we don’t have in Vienna….At least as of now we don’t!)

And now the best of all is that there is a chance for you to win two flight tickets, accomodation and a rental car to see Provence by yourself. How? Just fill in this form. The Viennese Girl blog wish you the best of luck!

Now, can I go back, s’il vous plaît?

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The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

Rue Saint-Dominique

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Rue Saint-Dominique

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Rue Saint-Dominique
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Paris hotel recommendation: Green Spirit Hotels

Paris restaurant tip: Monjul

After visiting Paris again and again, one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that the 7th district is my favourite. Seriously, I have stayed in each and every arrondisement in this city and I am glad to be in the position to share my opinion regarding which area I liked more and which less.

Rue Saint-Dominique and the surroundings is the winner of my heart. This street has everything you want: flower shops, bakery shops, the cutest french cafes, bars and restaurants, and the cutest hotels in Paris: the Green Spirit Hotels. In addition to that, if you walk to the end of Rue Saint-Dominique, you will reach another one of my favourite boulevard, L’avenue de La Bourdonnais, which leads to the Eiffel tour.

The day I checked in at the Le Pavillon, I left the luggage in my room and went out to take some photos on Rue Saint-Dominique. A while later, it started pouring and I decided to retire to the hotel room to wait for Polina to come and have dinner with me at the Monjul

Monjul restaurant was on the other side of the city, and since it was raining we decided to take a taxi. Monjul was exactly what we needed for that night, a cozy place and great atmosphere to enjoy dinner with my friend and toast our Parisian adventure. For all of you who follow along on Instagramyou might already have seen the live stories from that night.

The Green Spirit hotels consists of 3 small colourful hotels in the 7th arrondisement: Le Pavillon, Amelie and Malar. We checked them all, except the fourth one which is located in Monmartre. They are not like the usual luxury properties that I often get to feature on The Viennese Girl blog. BUT they are an affordable solution for those who want to visit Paris, and maybe stay a little bit longer than a weekend, but don’t want to spend a fortune in accomodations…everybody knows how expensive this city is, and after all, you don’t go to Paris to stay in the hotel. You go to Paris to see the city, walk around and explore. You might also want to save some bucks from accomodation to invest on shopping in the french boutiques or on culinary experiences. At Le Pavillon we had a maisonette with a winding staircase that led from the living room to the bedroom. I recommend that you check out the white maisonette, and if you have children, look for a colourful room. I also recommend that you check the vision of the hotel which I personally found very interesting.

This Paris Fashion week from last March was filled with memories that brought a smile to my face as I am writing this. We met so many people who work in the 7th arrondisement and it felt more like we were home. If we forget that my French cell phone got lost (probably stolen) somewhere in Monmartre, everything else went just fine.

Every night on the way back to the hotel, we had the best view that anyone can have in Paris, again thanks to the amazing location of the Green Spirit Hotels. 

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Morning beauty routine

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Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

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Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

For the visual story of this blog post I was inspired by the philosophy of the Vichy Slow Age products, which is nothing else than: take care of your self, sleep well, eat healthy, exercise, escape to the nature, breathe fresh air, and use high quality skin care products that will prevent skin aging before it’s too late. I wanted to create a visual story that reflects those principles to remind me that self care is so important and it is something we unfortunately tend to forget.

It’s true that no one can avoid stress, damage from the sun, pollution, and fatigue. These are all factors of a busy lifestyle that we cannot control, but they have a huge impact on our skin. What if we all adopt those four steps in our every daily morning beauty routine?

Step 1: Vichy Puree Thermale, the facial cleanser. 
I use it every morning to wash my face and feel awake, and every night to clean the impurities and remove make up.

Step 2: Mineral 89, the daily booster.
As soon as my skin is clean, I apply Mineral 89. I never thought I would ever use a product like that, but I got hooked on it because it feels like silky water on my skin and just one drop is enough for the whole face. It can be integrated in every skincare routine, as the first step after the cleanser, has the highest amount of VICHY THERMAL WATER in combination with hyaluronic acid and together the formula strengthens your skin and hydrates the skin just perfectly.

This product has become my favourite!

Step 3: Vichy Slow age daily creme
This face cream comes in two different formula, which is very clever since we don’t all have the same skin complex. The one formula is the one that you see in this blog post and the other one was in my previous blog post To get a better feeling of the two formula, you need to check it out! Find the one that matches your skin! This face cream has been a staple part of my morning beauty routine for a long time now.

Step 4: Vichy Slow Age for the eyes
Last step of my morning beauty routine but very essential. Creamy and soft, it’s easy to use and leaves a smooth finish.

All the Slow Age products are Paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and contain the Vichy thermal water which is the star ingredient of the brand. The Vichy thermal water is rich in 15 different minerals which provide long lasting hydration and improve skin quality.

As I have already mentioned in my previous blog post, there is no magical cream that will do magic on your skin. Take care of yourself, choose a healthy lifestyle, use a high quality skin product and you will see your skin shine every morning ♥

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

The first thing that was making me super excited about Paris Fashion Week last March was the Cartier Press Event, and the second thing was the Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris.

Oh yes, here on The Viennese Girl blog, we die for little glitter and glamour, why should we hide it anyway? And Paris has a lot of them to offer, that’s why we also go, why should we hide it anyway? And all those things together always remind me the reason why I started this blog: to escape the routine, get access to dreamy places, and do things I’ve never done before.

It was raining cats and dogs the moment we stepped in at The Peninsula for our afternoon tea. Perfect timing to be somewhere indoors. Polina and I hunkered down in the armchair and indulged in delicious finger sandwiches and pastries. While sipping tea and savouring scones served with cream and jams, we took those photos. At the same time, we tried to be as discreet as possible not to disturb other people in Le Lobby, although it was quite difficult to hide our enthusiasm. The luxurious setting at Le Lobby, impeccable service, live music of the chamber orchestra, delicious pastries and two glasses of champagne, everything made a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris. If you happent to be in the city, I would highly recommend you to treat yourself an Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris. 

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Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier
At the beginning of this year, I asked myself whether I wanted to go to the upcoming season’s Paris Fashion Week or not. To be completely honest with you, I wanted to (of course I did) but the thing is that I didn’t really want to go through all this process of organizing everything all over again.

Believe it or not, the organizational part before the PFW is a big production. Flight tickets, hotel arrangements, presentations and shows, plus emails, emails, emails…So I was kind of skeptical and couldn’t make up my mind. For that reason, I called my friend Polina in Athens to see what her intentions were, since we spent the previous fashion week in Paris together, and we could make a decision this time together again. Together, it’s always better.

All this lasted until the moment an email from MAISON CARTIER hit my inbox. It made me change my mind immediately! Wouldn’t you change yours as well? I was kind of flattered, to say the least, that I was invited by such a huge renowned French Jeweler and Watchmaker to visit Paris for the Press day. So I felt it was meant to be and hopped on a flight to Paris on the first of March. I had a Rendezvous avec Cartier. How cool! But I didn’t stay for just one day. I stayed the whole week, but more of that on next photo blog posts.

The event took place at Hotel Pourtales. During the Rendezvous avec Cartier, I didn’t take many photos, nor had someone with me to take photos of me or for me (which could have been an option as I noticed from watching the others). My focus was rather on the collections, to see and try out some of my favourite pieces (of which you can see here), the Cactus de Cartier for instance, which reminds me of my days in Morocco, and meeting new people.

And I know, I know before you say anything…I should have published my photos from the event much earlier, but don’t be harsh with me : ) The last months I’ve been traveling non stop, and I finally found some time right now to deal with all the editorial content from Paris before I leave for the next travel adventure. I hope I will finish my work before Sunday night, because the next departure is on Monday morning.

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Corte San Pietro

Corte San Pietro

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Corte San Pietro

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Corte San Pietro
 

Shoes: Humanic shoes

The perks of being the owner and editor of The Viennese Girl photography blog (TVG) are visiting amazing places around the world, staying in amazing hotels and getting to know amazing people. One of those hotels and places was Corte San Pietro in Matera and the owner of it, Sig.a Marisa and Fernando Ponte.

I kept thinking again and again “This hotel property should be featured on the TVG in the category Hotel recommendations” . And here it is now, online on TVG.

I am not sure whether my photos can do justice of the beauty of Corte San Pietro. This place is way too beautiful! I tried to catch the beauty though. Having just only one lense, the 50mm, is not easy. I know, I know, I have to buy more lenses, but this is another topic of discussion haha. Nevertheless, I took many photos of Corte San Pietro, as I usually do with anything that I like a lot, as it usually happens every time I am in a place I like a lot.

Hmm, what should I say now about this beautiful hotel? I have more feelings than words can describe because it’s special, unique, one of a kind… I loved the minimalism, the attention to detail. And in general, I love people who have an exceptional sense of style and know how to decorate a place. I loved how they managed to turn old caves to a luxury boutique hotel. The Italian breakfast in the morning, a peaceful courtyard, our room the Deluxe Loft Matrimoniale, the view from our window, the umbrellas hanging on the door in case of rain, and our names in front of our cave, because this was our temporary home. Temporary, but still our home in Matera! Amazing place, as I’ve said before. It made me feel special and most probably it will make you feel special too.

The only bad thing is that we had to leave…

If you have the chance to visit the South of Italy, please visit Matera, Corte San Pietro and Fernando!

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visit Matera

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visit Matera

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visit Matera
 

visit Matera

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visit Matera
 

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visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

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visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

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visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 

Do you know for how many years I’ve been longing to visit and see Matera myself? I recall once, I saw an editorial on a magazine that took place in Matera and since then I’ve been dreaming of this little cave-town in the south of Italy which is very particular and unique like no other. And now, not only am I happy that I finally visited that place but I am also happy to share this travel and adventure of mine with you all, so that you can all visit Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, and see the beauty of the place for yourself. But, do you know what the best thing in the whole trip was? Or maybe one of the best things… Matera in February seemed to be all mine. I hope this doesn’t sound selfish, all I am trying to say is that I loved looooved the quiet atmosphere of the place ..and without scads of tourists, I could take photos here and there uninterrupted. I guess the high season in Matera starts in April and ends somewhere in October.

When we arrived in Matera, after about 4 hours bus ride from Napoli, it was pretty late and we were quite tired. Do you know, what was the first thing we did, once we checked in at Palazzo Gattini? Three letters I tell you: SPA! I put on the swimsuit and jumped literally into the pool, and after the sauna, it felt, oh so revitalizing! The following day, when I woke up I started realizing more of what was happening and where I was. I can still recall three things of that morning very well, like it was yesterday: Fresco painting on the ceiling of our hotel room, bruschetta with ricotta for breakfast and an Italian flag hanging on the balcony. Welcome to Matera! Together with our personal guide Mrs. Dora Cappiello, we were more than excited to check what Matera had to offer and to photograph its beauty. It was that kind of place that I was dying to photograph, although it was quite confusing at the beginning because I didn’t know from where to start, like it usually happens with all the beautiful places in this world that blows my mind.

We stayed two nights at Palazzo Gattini and two nights at Corte San Pietro (of which I am going to tell you more in the next blog post). Another day we were also invited to have breakfast at Sextantio, another beautiful historical hotel, where we met Mrs. Marcella di Feo from Basilicata Turistica and the whole team. Afterwards, we drove together to the opposite part of Matera to see the little town from another point of view. The program of our visit was quite flexible, and it was good like that because I needed my freedom to move around and explore everything the way I wanted.

I miss everything about this little town. The hot chocolate I had everyday at Caffè San Biagio, crazy and funny tuk tuk rides with Paolo around i Sassi di Matera (look for him in Matera), bruschetta with ricotta, “Trippola maritata” pasta dish we had every night for dinner and so many other things that made this trip special…too bad we had to leave because the day of our departure there was a chocolate festival happening in the weekend…but as Fernando from Corte San Pietro said in Italian “Per tornare, bisogna andare”! And I had to leave. Paris was next on the list!

At this point, we have to thank ENIT Italia for organizing this individual press trip for us, My Austrian Holidays and the Region Basilicata for having us as guests and showing us I Sassi di Matera! More on Instagram.♥

Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Leopoldskron
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Schloss Leopoldskron

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Schloss Leopoldskron

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Schloss Leopoldskron

There are three films that I grew up with and marked my childhood in a very significant way: the french film “La Boum”, and the American musicals “Annie” and “The sound of music”.

The first weekend of April I had the great opportunity to stay and take photos in the premises of Schloss Leopoldskron where the “The sound of music” was filmed.

Who would have said that such a day would come? I was thrilled to be in the location where scenes of the musical were filmed and see the garden, the lake and the mountains with my own eyes. On top of that, it was also very exciting to see the place where a CHANEL fashion show was held on December 2014. CHANEL is known to always select only the best venues for their shows. Plus, we had the chance to take photos in the suite where Karl Lagerfeld stayed during the show. I still remember the moment I stepped into the beautiful suite and how it made me feel. The windows were open, the sunlight was coming in, the classical music was playing in the radio, a breathtaking view to the lake and mountains in front of me, and some kind of magic spread in the air.

In the weekend we spent at Schloss Leopoldskron, we were so lucky with the weather. It was the first days, after a very long time, that I could finally wear a summer dress without coat and tights. Hard to believe it while we were there, but Salzburg treated us to its best way. We stayed at the hotel Schloss Leopoldskron the whole day, and only went out for dinner, as the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but you can find one right at the opposite side of the lake, a few minutes away on foot. The hotel offers breakfast though, served in the elegant halls of the palace. To be honest, there was not really a need to go out. I could easily spend hours taking photos of the palace or sunbathing in the garden and looking at the lake and mountains without thinking absolutely anything. The swing that was hanging from a big tree in front of the palace and the bicycles that the hotel offers for a ride were an extra highlight of our stay at the Schloss Leopoldskron.

A place like this shouldn’t be missed on The Viennese Girl blog. I recommend you to check out hotel Schloss Leopolodskron for many reasons. Not only for its historical background, but also because I think it’s a nice option for those who are seeking for an accommodation in Salzburg and for those who are looking for venues to host a wedding or events. I personally would love to come back. More on Instagram ♥

slow down

slow down

slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
 

slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream

slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
 
slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
 
slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
 

slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream

slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
slow down concept for the VICHY SLOW AGE day cream
 

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been travelling quite a lot. I used to love airplanes more in the past, but the more I travel now, the more I feel like a flight attendant who hops on and off airplanes, although being a stewardess is not my current job.

Sure, I do feel lucky to get so many travel opportunities. However, after travelling to Italy, London and 3 times to France already this year, I felt my body asking me to slow down and I suggested to a friend of mine to visit a quiet place that doesn’t involve airports or airplanes and spend a relaxing girly weekend in the nature. This is how, more or less, we ended up in Salzburg, Austria.

When Vichy offered me to check out their facecream Slow Age cream, I didn’t say no. I wasn’t really curious to check out the quality of this daycream, for which there is no doubt, as I have been using Vichy skin care products for ages, but in this case, there is a special concept behind this product which consists of slowing down, taking care of yourself, and living peacefully, so that your skin keeps its natural glow.. A concept that matches 100% with my emotional status at this period of time.

Now, from a personal point of view, I never faced any major skin problem or I am scared of my skin aging because I know that if I take care of myself, skin stays young for a long time. What I totally dislike are dry hands, lips, and skin, which among others, cause skin to age. Every time I am traveling my skin is exposed to different environmental conditions, and I make sure not to forget my lip balm, hand and day creams at home. It is something that has happened in the past, and I still remember the unpleasant feeling that it caused. The funniest thing of all, is that I often buy moisturising products for friends who have dry skin and I don’t stop telling them that they should use them.

Regarding the Slow Age cream, I noticed that my skin absorbed it immediately, without leaving a white residue or greasy finish, which is already a sign that this cream and my skin can get along well together. Right after applying the cream, I could move on with my daily morning routine (foundation and concealer). However, for this weekend in Salzburg, the Slow Age cream was enough. As I mentioned before, it was a relaxing weekend, therefore I limited the use of skin care products to the basics.

If you want to take anything from this blog post, keep in mind that there is no magical cream that will do magic on your skin. Take care of yourself and your health, slow down, use a high quality skin product and you will see your skin shine every morning ♥

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