Paris Romance

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

 

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la vie parisienne

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.

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Imagine yourself in a stylish apartment in the heart of Paris where you can  hoard cheese and macarons in seclusion or pop in to the brasserie on the corner and have a petit déjeuner according to your whim. Or envision checking into the perfectly quaint boutique hotel cached in a light-filled courtyard. Then you’ll sit unrushed at sidewalk cafés, get around on the metro contemplate the passing monuments; discovering the mundane alongside the fantastic. Travellur will make sure you are staying the right neighborhood for the experience you want, so you'll spend more time being there than getting there. 

do, see, taste, find

Yes, you can find 19th century shopping arcades, splendid little museums, and have your choice of authentic or creative French dining. Sign up for Travellur's Paris Day Tours and get an insider's invitation to Paris' hidden gems.  

Take time for photos, write long letters, eat slowly and absorb the nuances of living your Parisian dream. If your dream includes a scene at Versailles, of course you must go. If you need your own art expert at the Louvre to whisk you past the queue to the important stuff, and answer all your questions, I have you covered.  

when to go

Paris has it's seasonal moods, each with it's own charm. Summer (May-August) is warm, even hot, and very crowded and advanced booking on everything is necessary.  Autumn (September & October) is my favourite time as the weather is fine, the crowds have abated, and prices go down. Paris has a melancholy beauty in winter which is a wonderful time to visit the architectural monuments which are too busy in the summer. You can have the Eiffle tower to yourself. Springtime (March & April) is a delight with cherry blossoms and wisteria bringing a femininity to refinement of Paris' classical lines, but the weather can be unpredicatable.

we got this

Contact Travellur to book your Paris local experience and save time and money on accommodations, activities, and transport. See, taste and feel the wonders of the City of Lights instead of standing in line for tickets. We can also make arrangements for the rest of your European vacation.

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Cote D'azur

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

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place that inspired Travellur

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.

Was it completely decadent? Yes, and highly recommended. In fact, it was so good, this vision eventually became Travellur as I realized that every one should find the sweetness of life and surrender to this dissipated pleasure. Nowadays it's called slow travel, and the Cote d'Azur is a fine place for it.

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When spending quality time with loved ones at the top of the to-do list, mundane tasks are elevated to special moments. We gathered our necessaries at the weekly market in our medieval village and blazed righteous barbecues on the wood fire back home. Wine was dispensed at a roadside drive through pump where folks would fill jerrycans with local rosé. In the afternoon we'd take our siesta on the beach or explore the uber quaint

villages that dotted the surrounding countryside. Although we made our case at the requisite beach clubs, my favorite beach was Escalet, a so-called "plage sauvage" or wild beach. There were no yachts or champagne showers, but the water was impossibly clear and there were high rocks from which to jump. That's all I'm really asking for in a beach; high rocks and clear water.
I can't say that I was disappointed in any way with doing nothing all summer. In fact, I think we should all do it.


Thank you Lauda, Susie, Lulu, Hicham, Dawn, Jan, Jackie, Manuela, Joyce, Barbara, Jean-pierre, and Mehdi for helping me visualize my dream.

When to go

The Cote d'Azur can be very very crowded in July and August, and there are whole areas that should be avoided at all costs, talk to Travellur about high season strategy. June and September are the best times to go if you want to swim in the sea. May and October are wonderfully quiet and great for photos and exploring but swims are limited to heated pools.

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Travellur can find the perfect villa for you and design a custom vacation itinerary for you and your family/friends with a personalized location report so you know exactly where to go and what to avoid.

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Paris

Lovers, Romantics and Bohemians 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. 

 

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la vie parisienne

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.

stay

Imagine yourself in a stylish apartment in the heart of Paris where you can  hoard cheese and macarons in seclusion or pop in to the brasserie on the corner and have a petit déjeuner according to your whim. Or envision checking into the perfectly quaint boutique hotel cached in a light-filled courtyard. Then you’ll sit unrushed at sidewalk cafés, get around on the metro contemplate the passing monuments; discovering the mundane alongside the fantastic. Travellur will make sure you are staying the right neighborhood for the experience you want, so you'll spend more time being there than getting there. 

do, see, taste, find

Certainly, you can find 19th century shopping arcades, splendid little museums, and have your choice of authentic or creative French dining. Check out Travellur's Paris Day Tours to get ideas, or sign up for one  Collectors will attend auctions where dealers get their goods and bid live on a shattering array of paintings, objets d'art, jewelry and vintage designer clothing. You will fondle and inspect all that interests you prior to auction-hammer time, and I will, of course, help you to bid on the gazelle antlers you want.

But there will also be time to take photos, write long letters, eat slowly and absorb the nuances of living the dream. And, in an attempt to reduce buyer's remorse, there will even be time to go back to buy something you saw but didn't get. To maintain the spell of la vie en rose and provide ample time for naps and individual pursuits, I have not crowded the schedule with activities. Instead, you have the option of customizing your trip to include additional days / activities. If your dream includes a scene at Versailles, of course you must go. If you need your own art expert at the Louvre to whisk you past the queue to the important stuff, and answer all your questions, I have you covered.  There’s even an extra walking tour for the meanderers among us. 

when to go

Paris has it's seasonal moods, each with it's own charm. Summer (May-August) is warm, even hot, and very crowded and advanced booking on everything is necessary.  Autumn (September & October) is my favourite time as the weather is fine, the crowds have abated, and prices go down. Paris has a melancholy beauty in winter which is a wonderful time to visit the architectural monuments which are too busy in the summer. You can have the Eiffle tower to yourself. Springtime (March & April) is a delight with cherry blossoms and wisteria bringing a femininity to refinement of Paris' classical lines, but the weather can be unpredicatable.

we got this

Contact Travellur to book your Paris local experience and save time and money on accommodations, activities, and transport. See, taste and feel the wonders of the City of Lights instead of standing in line for tickets. We can also make arrangements for the rest of your European vacation recommendations

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Marrakech Beauty

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

 

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Oasis of tranquility

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.

the property

Bohemian belles, this is your dream venue for a week of quiet restoration, rejuvenation, and inspired contemplation. Immerse yourself in Morocco's spellbinding decor at boho-lux Domaine Akhdar - a terra cotta jewel set in the pink desert of Marrakech. An exclusive estate with a dozen 2 to 5 bedroom serviced villas set amidst a maze of courtyard and water gardens. All villas have a private pool & garden and highly recommend catering. A club house with reception room and large pool is a haven for parties and workshops. A private spa and Morocco's rich heritage of

beauty rituals make this is an ideal venue for a beauty / wellness retreat or an elegant bachelorette getaway, while the quiet remove of the location is just the kind thing you'd want for a writer's retreat. At this secret oasis of tranquility, you will find the best in Moroccan hospitality; the staff welcomes you like family and the food is some of the best home cooking I've had in Morocco. Whatever your agenda, you can expect a deeply relaxed pace and plenty of incentive for languid dozing, connecting with your friends and fellow guests, and very little interruption from the quietude of this desert arcadia. 

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Twenty five minutes from the orchestrated chaos of the medina, visits to the town are a temptation hard to resist. You'll have to wander through Yves Saint Laurent's exquisite Jardin Majorelle, tour the millennia old medina and take tea in the shadowy cool of a traditional riad. Be sure to experience the sensory overload of Jemaa el Fna square at night with it's circus of snake charmers and traveling shamans. I'd venture it's been the same show every night for a thousand years. 

Contact Travellur for the best prices at Domaine Akhdar as well as a custom itinerary for you and your group. We can provide on-site guest management and personally guide/host your group, or put you in the experienced hands of local partners for guided day trips to the medina or Atlas mountains and even glamping excursions to the desert. 

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Sicily

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

 

photo by Diva Piyari

photo by Diva Piyari

Slow travel lives here.

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.

the property

 Villa Zinna is a 16th century estate turned slow living paradise. This historic property has been lovingly restored with modern luxuries infused with a distinctly bohemian-artistic atmosphere.  Once belonging the Knights of Malta and still bearing their iconic cross, this active farmstead produces olive oil and carob harvested by local guys from the neighboring farms. Fifteen rooms and suites including single, double, and triple rooms can accommodate every kind of sleeping arrangement, and a great indoor-outdoor creative event space this venue is perfect for workshops, or friends and family reunions.

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Villa Zinna is ideally situated to taste all the delights of the region; Donnafugata castle, vineyards and wine tasting, swimming at sublime sandy beaches, or reflecting on the ecstasy of the baroque arabesque. So much to explore, so hard to pull away from the pool and terrace. How do you choose between lengthy lunches over looking the sea, or swimming in magical mineral pools sunk deep in white limestone gorges? What, when we must have aperitivos in the afternoons, and lots of giggling in between?  No matter what the day brings, memories will be made to last a lifetime.

Contact Travellur to book this special place with all the trimmings from private yacht to discounted airfare. Besides getting you the best prices on this venue, we can provide on-site guest management and personally guide/host your group, or put you in the experienced hands of local partners for guided excursion like snorkeling around roman shipwrecks or walking tours of Ragusa.

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photo by Diva Piyari


Corsica Slow Living

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

 

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Idyllic rustication on a beach

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

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Tucked away in the maquis covered hills above Calvi, our villa perched on an outcrop with a commanding view of the valley and sea below. So ideal for spotting approaching enemies that a legendary Corsican bandit built his hideout on the rocky crags above us. There are also a number of small boutique hotels catering
The bakery in the ancient stone village was only open in the mornings.  If you wanted bread or sandwiches in the afternoon you had to go to Chez Margot, the tiny grocery store, the only other food seller in town. An enormous 15th century church dominates the village and chimes the hour and half hour, reminding us more of the eternal rest than the time of day. After the siesta hour, the older gentleman gather in the shade of the chestnut trees in the little square and play petanque, that mysterious French game with heavy metal balls.

DO, SEE, TASTE, FIND

Our stay in Feliceto (an apt name for our tiny village of joy) was of profound tranquility. Doves cooed in the morning light as it crept over the jagged peaks above us. At night we slept windows wide open to let the night air cool the stones of the repurposed barn we called home for the week. The days were bright and beautiful and full of simple pleasures like eating local foods, drinking water and wine from nearby sources, and making friends with the stoically warm Corsican locals.
Although villa Renucci was high enough to enjoy a distinctly different climate, flora and fauna of the tourist swamped coastal towns, a dramatic sea to mountain incline assures that you are never more than thirty minutes from a swim in the ocean.
We hiked up to the abandoned stronghold of the famous bandit through tangles of maquis, the name for the community of plants which cover the arid scrubland. We visited a wonderful monastery and bonded with the owners who treated us to a tour of the restoration the 17th century edifice. We rented a boat and scuttled between placid rocky coves, diving into the aquamarine waters of the Scandola nature reserve. We discovered the culinary heritage of Corisca through our new friend Charles at the Vecchio Moulino tavern and inn.  He hunts wild boars and his wife cooks it into rich and tender ragout and serves it over handmade pasta. Her brother produces the fruity white wine of the region. These guys are the real deal. That’s who you meet when you eschew the obvious choice and take the road less travelled.

when to go

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Morocco

Morocco is a land of color and anomaly. It boasts an ancient history spanning millennia which saw Roman rule, Vandal settlement, a blanketing of Islamic culture and, in our era, French refinement.

 

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I fell in love with this North African nation when my husband took me there on our third date. I had a magical adventure and knew I had to share its mysteries with the travelers in my life. The legendary square Jemaa el Fna in the medina of Marrakech is a trip back in time. Way back. I didn't really understand how far back until we were deep in the labyrinthine streets and an electrical surge caused a black out in the entire medina. As candles flickered alive, we were transported back a thousand years, to a time long before black outs, to an imperial city in its medieval glory. We groped our way past traders from Timbuktu and Spain, past a Berber carpet dealer and a small man selling human teeth. Stumbling towards the vast open space of the square where men and women roast food stuffs on open fires blazing in the center, while on the perimeter, small crowds gather around spinning Dervishes, dancing cobras and shaman Healers. The heady mix of sideshows, flame, smells and color is enough to confirm you are far from home, but candlelight illumination took us to another millennia.

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Traditional "riads" are found in the medina, typically with latticed balconies overlooking a central courtyard, often graced with a fountain, pool or fragrant garden. The pedestrian only medina  deep back in time, but with running water and wifi.

 

Our group wanted an adventure culture tour of Morocco, so we covered a fair amount of the country, to taste of the diversity on offer. Over the course of ten days, everybody got to do what he or she had in mind. Shopping in exotic markets: definitely.  Luxurious Turkish bath and massage: with pleasure. Camel rides on drifting sand dunes: absolutely.  Ancient kasbah exploration: done. Dozing in the shade by the private pool: most likely.

In the end, every one got what they came for and so much more.

 

 

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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.

 

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the perfect summer vacation

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.

the property

Domaine Finelli is a working farm with three stone villas equipped with all the modern comforts, each with a private pool and grounds.  Located 20 minutes from Ajaccio airport and 15 minutes from Porticcio beach and all it's services and shops, it is the perfect balance between town and country. Car rental is recommended and driving is easy on well maintained, albeit curvy roads.

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The travellurs found themselves under the spell of the enchanted island and the sweetness of life which glowed in everything they did and everywhere they went. It sparkled across the glossy surface of the morning sea. It was found in the seriously good local charcuterie and seafood. It flowed copiously in rivers, cascading down waterfalls and forming into pools of joy.

“One of best things about group travel is sharing a nice meal together. One of the best things about renting a villa is that we always get the best table and can stay as long as we want.”

Tarra Roehonek, textile designer at The Style Council

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Let Travellur book your Corsican vacation and get the best prices on your villa, local tours and activities such as the highly recommended boat day with lunch at a beach restaurant only reached by boat. Your customized travel itinerary includes tried and true local information on where to eat and what to order as well as practical advice about what to bring and when to go... all for about the same price as booking it yourself.

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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.

 

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Welcome to a place finer than fiction.

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.

The RETREAT

Our group of authors, novelists and screenwriters gathered in this dreamy sanctuary to work on current projects in repose, but also to restore creative resources. It was impossible not be swept away by the romance of this historical location and ponder what stories these walls and halls could tell! Each writer found a cosy corner to coax their muses, and in the evening we gathered around a communal meal. When the path to creative production took a turn through the woods, the surrounding fields and forests drew us under their velvet spell. Early autumn foraging on our afternoon walks yielded delicate blackberries and wildflowers. Picnicking in the park of Chateau Marly was a sunny day pleasure. We even made a point to visit the chateau and domain of Alexandre Dumas and pay tribute to his gothic revival hideaway. Provisioning at the weekly market was a great way to meet friendly natives and slide into the local rhythm. We met artisanal bread bakers who were truly passionate about their traditions, guys who raise their own game, cheese mongers a plenty and grand ladies out walking their dogs. But overhearing passionate teatime conversations about the creative process, breakthroughs, and inspirations between hitherto strangers makes all what I do all worthwhile.

THE PROPERTY

The property is lovingly maintained by the good people at the Landmark Trust. Comprised of several buildings and connecting  courtyards, it rambles upstairs and downstairs in a maze of rooms and passageways. The simple but luxe farmhouse chic interiors were so welcoming and included genuine keepsakes and furnishings belonging to its beguiling former owners.  

Edward VI of England abdicated his throne so he could run away with the woman he loved. This is where they found peace & happiness and cultivated the bohemian life they craved. We’re just following their lead. The Windsors were fond of house parties and entertained the great artists and performers of their day. I’d like to think that the Duchess would have approved of our pop up literary salon. I’d also like to think that Marlene Dietrich slept in my bed. The star-crossed lovers settled here after the war and this was the only house they ever owned. Her jeu d’esprit of perseverance is painted above the French doors in the great hall. It reads, “I’m not the farmers daughter, but I’ve been through the mill."

The gardens of Le Moulin de la Tuileries are a perfect mix of formal and meandering. Corners of overgrown ivy and flagstone courtyards contrive with neatly trimmed hedges to make a  perfect picture of manor house  charm. Paths winding over precious wooden bridges reveal quaint stone hermit huts and forgotten glasshouses. Just walking around the grounds was a pleasure.

Travellur seeks out and deliveries the places where the sweetness of life flows abundant and this was no exception.

Thank you Nichelle, Victoria, Jan, Susie, Angela, Ingrid, Chastity and Denis for bringing your stories here.

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Travellur can help you plan and design your retreat or family visit at this historic venue for less than you think. 

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