2014“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

― Neil Gaiman

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roses, pink roses” Avoid being impatient. Remember time brings roses.”

olive fruit, olive tree, olive branch, portugal“Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive.”   - Pliny (AD 23-79)

Fazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova, An Oasis in Algarve, PortugalFazenda Nova.

This was by far, hands-down, the absolute highlight of our Spain and Portugal tour. This 10-suite luxury B&B is located near Tavira on the inland of East Algarve in Portugal.

Opened in September 2012, this former farmhouse was lovingly restored by English owners Hollie and Tim Robinson, and they have created a paradise with a Balinese touch. Even more so what captivated me was how each area was thoughtfully renovated and designed by their use of local artisans and craftsmen, how each collectible was acquired and placed, how each object had a story of its own.

Our three-night stay was perfect in every way. From the lovely daily breakfasts served, to exploring by day the local towns and beach nearby, and then returning “home” to Fazenda Nova for the evening. We also were gastronomically delighted with dinners prepared by Chef Miriam. It was a treat to be able to meet her personally and thank her for the wonderful meals.

I have many more images I was able to capture during our stay which will be inspiration to share more of this story. But for now, above all, it was the joy, enthusiasm and the welcome of open arms from Hollie and Tim that created the instant connection to Fazenda Nova…and this beautiful countryside of the Algarve.

A Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, SpainA Glimpse into Cordoba, Spaincordoba11collageSome more images of a glimpse into Granada and Cordoba in Andalusia of southern Spain during my tour of Spain and Portugal. These two cities were each a day’s visit but definitely more time could and should of been spent exploring these two historic locations. Notables were stops at the Mosque at Cathedral of Cordoba, beautiful gardens of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the streets of Calleja de las Flores. Even though my memories contain the “tour” of each place, here in this post, are only unorganized random images of moments, as I don’t wish for this to be a travel guide, but only to record what caught my “eye” as I wandered through absorbing all the richness of history surrounding me.

Seville, Spain“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.” – Christopher Columbus

Alhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainAlhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainAlhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainAlhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainAlhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainAlhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainAlhambra, Palace in Granada, SpainTHE Alhambra. Impressive, magnificent, should be one of the Wonders of the World. Was built in year 889 as a small fortress, then was rebuilt and renovated into a palace in 1333 by the Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. To visit from Seville, Spain, it’s well worth the long haul out to Granada to visit this amazing architectural wonder. I was fascinated with the details…a corner, an edge, a texture, a reflection, a shadow, the light…

old town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainold town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainold town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainold town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainold town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainold town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainold town seville, hotel las casas de la juderia, seville, spainAfter three quick days in Barcelona, the journey through Spain continues to Seville. Of course, another three days flew by while staying at the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia in old town Seville in the Santa Cruz neighborhood (“la Juderia”). This hotel, a restored stately home, has the charm of an old-style Andalusian Spanish villa with courtyards with an eclectic mix of antique furnishings throughout.

I discovered a lovely surprise, and for me was well worth the stay alone, and that was the upstairs of the hotel. I had no idea if “upstairs” was off limits, but my curiosity and Canon took over (again). What I found was an expansive living space of several furnished parlors, in multiple styles and themes, furnishings, fabric walls to original oriental carpets, all using a myriad of patterns and colors. This is where I got greedy and my shutter couldn’t shoot fast enough due to fear of being discovered…even though, I apparently had the entire floor to myself.

I’ve always envied (with great admiration) those artists and designers, especially in the interiors field, who know exactly how to creatively mix and match odd patterns, colors and materials together to magically blend and transform a room. To have the talent and “eye” and to “know” how to create moods between opposite stripes and florals, stripes on stripes, primary colors and pastels, silks and cotton, and the furniture…!  (sigh)

If you do stay at Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, I hope that you too are able enjoy a few precious moments and take a walk back into time through these rooms of Andalusian nobility.

weekend inspiration 20, cafes in barcelona“All you need is love … and more coffee…”

palau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainpalau de la musica catalana, barcelona, spainThe Palau de la Musica Catalana is a modernist masterpiece of music through art and architecture, a definite must-see when in Barcelona. Barcelona’s architecture is not all about Gaudi, as this gem of Catalan renaissance and heritage is adorned with details such as ceramic roses, mosaics, stained glass windows and the use of glass, iron and brick. Built in the early 1900s by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.  My wish is to return next time and attend a performance and experience to the fullest this magical musical jewel box.

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