When I received a wedding invitation for a traditional jewish ceremony in Jerusalem, I thought that it was the chance of a lifetime to experience this country from the inside. My trip did not disappoint! The old city of Jerusalem is located in Palestine and is the crib of all the monotheist religions and therefore carries many architectural masterpieces. Seeing this incredible mix of religions and cultures was truly breathtaking.
Tel Aviv is more of a party place, where you can let loose in open-air night clubs until the early hours of the morning. On the outskirts of Tel Aviv is the old city of Jaffa, a stunning muslim neighbourhood with traditional arabic architecture!
Overall, my experience in Israel was truly magical, from enjoying a fairytale wedding, to visiting stunning places and relishing on sunny beaches... Mazal Tov!
Words and photos by Louise Deglise-Favre
Set in the Oxfordshire village of Great Tew, The Farmhouse, of the Soho House group, is an idyllically English retreat from city life. We spent a weekend in late September soaking up the last of the summer sun by the pool during the day and snuggled up in front of our log burner at night.
We were far from roughing it in our luxe bell tent with previously mentioned log burner, fluffy robe and goose down duvet. We didn't even toast our marshmallows on the campfire (there is a campfire) and opted for the most amazing Indian feast from the Farmshack instead.
We spent a week in the United States visiting the expansive state of New Mexico. We stayed at Owl Peak Farm in La Madera, a place dedicated to the regeneration of soil and its contributions to the rural community. We soaked in mineral hot springs at Ojo Caliente, put red and green chili on everything, and drove over the Rio Grande. A highlight of the trip was our visit to Meow Wolf, an art collective in Santa Fe. The permanent installation of the House of Eternal Return is a "combination of a jungle gym, haunted house, children's museum, and immersive art exhibit".
WE WORE the Luna Hoop Earrings by Jenny Sweetnam
The Netherlands dominate the floriculture market, and for a brief time it is possible to see all the expansive flower fields in bloom. While the different flowers bloom at different times, around mid-April, the landscape is transformed into fragrant blocks of color. The renowned Keukenhof gardens, in Lisse, maximize this time of year by planting and exhibiting vast varieties of Tulips during this optimal bloom-time.
While in Amsterdam, we wandered through The Nine Streets boutiques (our favorite was Anecdote), visited the Van Gogh Museum, and ate loads of Gouda. Our favorite restaurant was the Ron Gastrobar, and we highly recommend ordering the Surprise Egg for dessert.
The Hawaiian island, known for its world-famous surfing, food trucks, and where Obama was born (also, notably the location for Blue Crush along the North Shore). We Air BnB'd a hut on the beach, ate pineapples and papayas everyday, and experienced the most heavenly Ahi Tuna Poke by the pound from Kahuku Superette.
On the Northern Californian coast, you'll find this small town on headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed the foggy mornings and sunny afternoons, the pristine air, and crisp walks along beaches covered in sea glass.
For a local breakfast including homemade sausage and bottomless mimosas we recommend the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek, and don't miss the caramel apples at Papa Bear's Chocolate House on Main Street.
WHAT WE WORE: Adamantine Necklace and Bracelet by Crux
On a recent visit to Poland's capital, we explored it's rich cultural history and discovered a youthful new era of development.
We took a trip to see POLIN, a Museum of the History of Polish Jews, with it's award-winning contemporary architecture, making it an iconic 'symbol of the new face of Warsaw'.
Venturing into The Old Town, we found delicious borscht and pierogi and wandered through the many shops selling Baltic amber jewellery, a beautiful material specific to the region.
We will be back in the warmer seasons to experience more of the nightlife, restaurants, and the newly developed banks of the Vistula River.
WHAT WE WORE: Clarice Price Thomas Double Umbra Ring and Antumbra Earrings
We spent a week in Japan, and left with a suitcase full of keychains and green tea flavored candy. Everything. Was. Cute. We didn't stop ourselves from becoming big Hello Kitty fans. Our time was split between Tokyo and Kyoto, taking the Bullet Train from one to the other. Japanese railway travel is unlike any we’d ever seen - the level of efficiency, cleanliness, and courtesy is unique. But these traits are something that can easily define most aspects of Japanese culture.
For unique shopping we recommend Daikanyama, a central area in Tokyo, which was low key and beautiful with endless independent boutiques. As far as food goes, Japanese cuisine is vast, and can be cooked in front of you, ordered on an iPad, delivered on high-speed rails, and available 24 hours a day. Jet lag isn't a problem in Tokyo.
In Kyoto, we stayed at a traditional ryokan bath house, which had an eleven o'clock curfew and complimentary five-piece kimonos.
WHAT WE WORE: Double Sill Ring by Jessie Harris
In August, the Parisians leave for their summer vacations and visitors get to reap the benefits of extraordinarily good weather and an eerily empty city.
For rose-shaped Melon and Framboise gelato, head to Gelati D'Alberto in the 5th Arrondisement. Also, Les Nouvelles Berges - the new quays - which are renovated roadways on the Seine that have been transformed into public spaces, are perfect for strolling, biking, drinking, and eating.
WHAT WE WORE: V Jewellery Sword Ring and Elka Choker
A city worth visiting, Copenhagen is divided into neighborhoods that provide a diverse Scandinavian experience for those intrigued by the nordic culture, design aesthetic and cuisine. We ventured into the Christiania commune-like sector, the über hip area of Nørrebro with its shops and cafes (our favorite street was Jaegersborggade), and took the train out to the seaside to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
We highly recommend eating at Grød, the specialists redefining porridge.
WHAT WE WORE: Ring and Cufflinks by our own in-house Danish designer CFConcept.
On an evening flight to the land of active volcanoes and Bjork, we saw an aurora borealis from the window seat - an appropriate welcome to a place that is unparalleled in natural phenomena. With its turquoise geothermal lagoons and moss covered lava fields, Iceland is a place to rent a car and explore its raw and beautiful landscape.
Don't miss out on a bite of fermented shark meat at Café Loki.
WHAT WE WORE: Double Shard Earrings by EABurns
On a rare sunny day in southwest England, we toured the Roman baths and wandered along Walcott Street, known for its artisan and independent shops and cafes.
WHAT WE WORE: Half Ledge Necklace by Jessie Harris