Earlier this month I had the pleasure of roaming the country on behalf of Travelettes and with support of Safestay Hostels, a group of luxury hostels in the UK, Virgin Trains East Coast, and a couple of local partners. One of my stops along the way was the gorgeous little town of York in the north of England. It was my first time visiting and the city took me by complete surprise. I was devastated that I could on spend 24h in York, but that does not mean that I didn’t get a good enough overview to present you here my quick guide to York!
When I think of my brief encounter with Grasse I think of roses, bright colours, palm trees and gorgeous views all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
On a beautiful weekend in May I made my way to Monaco and Grasse to learn everything about the Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, its bathroom amenities line ‘Rose 31’ in collaboration with Le Labo and the fragrant roses of Grasse. While I feel in love with Monte Carlo on a sunny walk through the Old Town, no question, I was also happy to finally get to go to the city of Grasse.
A few weeks ago I was asked by fellow Travelette and blogger colleague Annika if I wanted to contribute an article for her blog The Midnight Blue Elephant. We had spent the past months, pretty much since the ‘escalation’ of the refugee crisis in Europe and the terror attacks in Paris, standing side by side on social media discussing the reasons why all these things are happening and what we can do to change them. Already back then she had been asking me for a contribution – the ever so slightly more pragmatic player in our discussions. But I couldn’t yet put it in words how I felt about it all. The fear of political extremism, the disappointment in the media landscape and the frustration about uneducated and populist opinions. It was all to close – and yet I couldn’t escape from this reality – except for when I travelled. On the road I found a different world, a different atmosphere and a different hope for the future. This is what my story is all about – I travel to escape reality…