Jordan : A Mystical Journey

Jordan : A Mystical Journey

They say that Jordan is the land of Milk and Honey. I would say that this is really selling the place short. Why settle for milk and honey when vast Roman cities, the Dead Sea and (hello!) Petra are on offer?

If you are looking for a truly spectacular cultural experience, Jordan is your next destination. All its wonders are packed into a relatively small country so two weeks is enough time to slowly savor it’s many delights. Sure, you can do an abbreviated version in a week, but then you’ll not have the chance to accept that generous invitation to tea from a random stranger. This will happen by the way. Soft spoken and kind-hearted Jordanians are crazy hospitable. Possibly the friendliest nation I’ve ever visited.

Venice

Venice

Venice is a city of floating visions and faded splendor, a place where romance lurks around every corner.  

When arriving by taxi boat from the airport, one’s first glimpse of Venice is of renaissance spires and domed churches rising from the sea. Taking in the mirage of towers and palazzos where there should be none is an indescribable thrill, one unique to this watery world of reflections.

Venice is situated on a collection of small islands cast across a vast lagoon in the northern reaches of the Adriatic Sea. The jade green water of the lagoon is protected from the sea by the stretch of sand called the Lido where Lord Byron raced on horseback with Percy Shelley. Waterways and canals crisscross the town and transport is limited to boats and foot traffic. Be prepared to arrive by boat to your hotel and walk a thousand miles a day.

Croatia ~ Montenegro Road Trip

Croatia ~ Montenegro Road Trip

Explore rocky shores undulating above a glassy sea, evocative walled cities and impenetrable castles – a land full of history and natural beauty.

Dubrovnik and Montenegro; mythic places with rich histories dating back to ancient times and clouded by the mists of time for centuries. Shrouded behind socialism and burdened with war in our era, this region opened to the casual visitor in the last decade of the 20th century. Now flourishing with tourism and recent updates of classic properties, it is a serious rival to the crowded rivieras of the western Mediterranean.

Unless you’ve got a boat, the best way to discover this part of the Adriatic coast is on a road trip. The road from Dubrovnik to Montenegro is one of the most beautiful in the world and Travellur can take you there. This is your guide to a 14 day slow-travel road trip of this land of legend. There is plenty of time to relax, swim, nap and daydream. All the stuff you don’t get back home. If you are short on time, you can do it in 7 days, but you will have to make some edits.

Lavenderland

Lavenderland

Exploring the lavender region of France is like dipping your entire life into an aromatherapy bath...

...drinking in the heady scent of lavender and rosewater with every breath heightens senses and deepens relaxation. Thriving on a high plateau between mountain and sea, this specialized region produces most of France’s lavender and is country blessed with sweet dreams and perfumed days.

Crete

Crete

What about a family break to a Greek Island?  Gorgeous beaches, astonishingly clear water, delicious food and five millennia of culture make it my favorite Greek island. Read on dear reader, to find out what makes a family trip to Crete a genius idea for the whole clan...

For more than 4,000 years African and European empires have desired to possess this rugged island of craggy mountains and deep, green valleys studded olive trees and ancient orthodox churches. I can see why, not that I’m trying to rule the world. Gorgeous beaches, astonishingly clear water, great Greek food and five millennia of culture make it my favorite Greek island. I’ll admit that Crete got a bad rep due to over development of it’s northern coast in the 80’s and 90’s, but now a new crop of tasty boutique hotels and agro-tourism is making waves in the homeland of Zeus. With new highways making inaccessible beaches much closer, it’s easier now to enjoy the far-flung reaches of this stunning destination. 

Zanzibar

What about a Zanzibar Honeymoon? Zanzibar was first famous for its spices, then slave trade and now, with it’s blinding white beaches and warm smiles, it is earning a well deserved reputation as a vacation destination. Read on dear reader, to find out what makes a romantic trip to Zanzibar such a genius idea for an exotic Honeymoon or couples destination.

Zanzibar island is one of a paradisiac archipelago sprinkled off the coast of mainland Tanzania on the east coast of Africa. Like a diamond in the azure Indian Ocean, his laid back island is impossible to resist; what other tropical paradise can boast the bewitching beauty of the Masai?

Corsica Family

Where mid-summer sun lights up the sea, the living is way easy, and the kids are alright...

Let me tell you about a place I know…It's a precious island retreat where slow living meets family vacation. It’s the miraculous place where you can enjoy the sunset and a romantic moment over artisanal cured meats and take the kids to the beach in the morning. It happens to be the same place where you and the little ones talk to sheep on the way to get tomatoes from the garden, but you can still sneak a nap in the afternoon before a evening stroll with your love.
Too good to be true? It's all so much closer than you think.

Paris

Romantics and art lovers have a million reasons to love Paris, and it's not just the scenery. I want to share the fruits of my lengthy love affair with this city with those who will benefit the most from flea market savvy, Parisian-chic apartments, hideaway hotels, curated shopping and optional lengthy discourse on dilettante historical figures. 

I invite you - the hopeless romantics, the treasure hunters and side street explorers, the art lovers and francophiles - to share the delights of Paris. Come to the number one tourist destination in the world and live like a local. Wander like a gypsy and collect like a pro; or just daydream down by the river and watch the sun warm the centuries-old stone. This is the story where you moved to Paris ten years ago and know it like the back of your hand. So go ahead, cut the line, greet the experts, get the dealer's price, and pick up a still-warm baguette from the best baguette bakery on the way home.

Sicily

Take a week or two of leisure and laughter in the golden light of southern Sicily. 

 Southwestern Sicily is blessed with a glorious coastline, fantastic food, a cluster of splendid baroque towns and even Roman ruins. Wether you are a fan of "The Godfather" or "The Leopard"  you will understand that epic tales are invented in epic places. Let your mind wander around sleepy towns during seista hour and your earthy passions run wild across sun drenched landscapes. Refuel with handmade pasta and fresh from the boat seafood. Refresh your soul with the salt of the earth living and write your own saga.

Writers Retreat

This dreamy estate was the private haven of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. For the Travellur writer's retreat, it was a place to shrug off the prying demands and curious distractions of daily life.

 Le Moulin de la Tuileries is a place out of time, a place to forget time for a moment and just let life unfurl. This exquisite sprawl of 18th century rustication was the perfect place to make up stories and stock up on the authentic slow living you cant find at home. Located only an hour from Paris but as far into country slow living as you can get.

Ajaccio Summer

Ajaccio Summer is story of fun and folly under the Corsican sun. A whimsical tale that glides along shaded country roads leading to the glittering sea.

It happened once upon a summer that a group of travellurs gathered at a lovely villa on an enchanted mediterranean island of unimaginable beauty. The travellurs set up their table under the centuries old oak trees, which spun gold from the evening light. Delicious dinners were served at this table and the guests laughed late into the night. They had come from far and wide seeking the sweetness of life, because legend had it that it was abundant in this land. They came for the miraculous mineral baths, known since ancient times for their healing powers, explorations into mountain gorges awash with torrents of crystalline water, and headlong leaps of faith into deep-blue seacoves. The travellurs flung themselves selflessly into their pursuit of perfect beaches and with excellent restaurants, wishing on shooting stars in the night, burning wooden fired barbeques and finding courage in lemoncello.

Marrakech Beauty

In a land of mythic landscapes and narratives, let yourself be carried away by a thousand and one stories.

In the time it takes to fly New York to Los Angles, you could be transported to a perfumed realm of the senses suspended in the mists of time. Drink sweet mint tea in the glow of late afternoon, watch the light move across the pink desert and feel that time stands still enough to see into its deepest ravines. Travel to Morocco and travel to another time and place all together - an ancient land of overflowing with culture and history. With Travellur you can be sure that you get the best of this intoxicating destination and are in safe hands so you can relax and truly lose yourself, not your wallet.

Corsica Slow Living

Corsica Slow Living

Come with me to a sparkling Mediterranean island of blinding natural beauty and steeped in colorful history.  

Corsica is my favorite Mediterranean island for so many reasons it makes me wish I was a poet. This monument of granite rising from crystalline waters to heights of snowy splendour holds so many charms I needed six weeks to savour them all.  But it was the rugged northern region which stole my slow living heart. Considered the heartland of Corsica by the native sons and daughters of this fiercely independent island the area around Calvi, Ile Rousse and Bastia offers spectacular scenery, a vibrant narrative, a proudly traditional agricultural scene and heritage wineries. I think that Corsica is France's best kept secret, which make it the ideal Travellur destination. Strict environmental laws and development limitations, inhibit over development resulting in higher prices and fewer accommodation options, but is made up for in spades by the beauty that is protected. 

Paris Romance

Paris is the chic, photogenic home of romance, and the number one destination for dreamy elopements and engagement photo shoots. 

I invite you - the hopeless romantics, the treasure hunters and side street explorers, the art lovers and francophiles - to share the delights of Paris. Come to the number one tourist destination in the world and live like a local. Wander like a gypsy and collect like a pro; or just daydream down by the river and watch the sun warm the centuries-old stone. This is the story where you moved to Paris ten years ago and know it like the back of your hand. So go ahead, cut the line, greet the experts, get the dealer's price, and pick up a still-warm baguette from the best baguette bakery on the way home.

Cote D'azur

 
Turns out whiling away the summer in a big villa in the south of France is a good as it sounds.   

In truth, perhaps the trip was a desire to revisit the follies of my youth. A heady cocktail of summer memories slinking around the Cote d'Azur and a few Bridgette Bardot films lead to a vision of a lazy summer doing nothing with agreeable persons. My vision was all lengthy shaded lunches breaking up languid days and sultry nights spent shuffling along the quayside. So I gathered my peeps, found a charming villa in a hillside town above St. Tropez and settled in for a summer long lounge.