Four Seasons: Tea Afternoon
Do you fancy having an unforgettable festive experience that is both intimate, calming and luxurious? We certainly did, so on this occasion we switched from a brunch or lunch for something more sophisticated in the lavish surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest; a Tea Afternoon. It’s finally that time of the year again to have an excuse to celebrate the festive season in style. The perfect place to seize the season, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest presents festive experiences such as Afternoon Tea. Advent Herend Afternoon Tea has been a stalwart of the Afternoon-tea scene for some years, as one of the hotel’s special offerings. At Four Seasons, they pay attention to every single detail; from the fresh pinewood scent, through prime service to the type of tea and the shape of cake is being served. To give the experience a dash of a local touch, the tea is served in the famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory’s hand-painted fine porcelain sets. While Four Season’s Herend Porcelain sets were made originally for the King and Queen of England as presents, Ronnefeldt Tea is known as one of the oldest tea companies in the world. The tea leaves are harvested by hand at the best times of the year and are processed with care and respect. Perfection – each cup of Ronnefeldt tea has a characteristic colour and flavour that make it a unique sensory experience.
Pottery for your festive table
Do you take pottery or jewellery classes as an evening obsession? Do you go out and embrace bread baking in a real wood-fired oven during weekends? Have you just started making knitwear for your own fun? Reconnecting with craft is a thing. Many of us seeks a way out from our daily, very digital lives and craftsmanship seems increasingly appealing. You might have noticed that especially pottery is having a bit of a renaissance just now. It’s a way of getting away not just physically but mentally too; to focus on a creation of a tactile object where no smart phones, no Wi-Fi, no shiny clothes or no rush are needed. For some of them being a ceramist has become a profession, or more; a life of its own. Luckily, these people do share their works via social media, especially Instagram has become a treasury for stunning pottery. On the occasion of the festive season, we’ve gathered some our our favourite artists and their masterpieces. Let your Christmas table pride with such handcrafted gems!
Eny Lee Parker
Praised by AD, Vogue or Sight Unseen, Eny Lee Parker is no stranger to the design world. Her wheel-thrown terra-cotta vessels and shapes form the bases of coffee tables and Oo lamps made it to all the design-savvy folks' hearts at Sight Unseen Offsite. Eny Lee Parker is a spatial designer emphasizing in objects, furniture and lighting, using clay as her main medium. Parker reclaims the essence of making used in traditional craft from our past – the slowness, the intention, the respect for natural resources, creating contemporary objects that brings awareness to our presence as well as to non-living things. We've got lucky to sit down with Eny and exchange ideas over a delish brunch in New York. She's a true global citizen who embraces a conscious lifestyle and way of traveling too. If you want to follow her journey, you may catch her in Paris or Sydney soon!
If you for some reasons haven’t noticed, Georgia is rising. Have you had the experience that whenever the topic comes to Georgia it turns out that either everyone has already been there, or it’s on the very top of the bucket list of the rest? This tiny Caucasian country with a total population just under four million has its special charm indeed. And it finally turned out that they’re not only aware of it, but proud of it. We’d no longer call the landscape of Georgia untouched (except a few villages), but it indeed has an authentic vibe in the crosspoint of Europe and Asia right between the Black Sea and the Caucasus. No surprise, that not only Tbilisi but the whole country has recently become a very desired destination of travellers of all kinds thanks to it’s diversity. It’s not quite European, nor it is Asian. One needs to go there to understand where its biggest allure lies. Well, it could be the stylish new hotels – just think of Rooms or Stamba, its bars and new wave cafes that have popped up in the city within a second. Or the country’s pro-Western mentality that has moved the population (or at least a part of it) in a more global direction (Georgia is a member of the UN and the Council of Europe), even leading to the recent legalization of the consumption of marijuana. Tbilisi prides with Bassiani, which is currently one of the most famous underground clubs in Europe. It could be their 8,000-year-old winemaking techniques, the sulphur baths or the unbelievably delicious cuisine and not least the unconditional hospitality we have also experienced ourselves – the reason behind Tbilisi’s magical vibe. There are plenty of places and things to do in Tbilisi, especially a few of its newly-opened hidden gems worth a visit of this under-the-radar Caucasus jewel, Tbilisi.
MY MAPS for Local's Lore
Have you tried MY MAPS for Local's Lore yet? We’ve created a guide that supports both the pre-arrangements and post-arrangements of a trip and is handy on spot as well. We envisioned a digital guide that can be updated whenever and wherever, and is with you at all times. This way we wish to seize the benefits the social media era, the end of roaming data within EU, digitalism at large, and sharing economy in order to support conscious traveling through a community of locals and tourists. Also to bridge the gap between the two, in order to support local businesses and maximize the dialogue between certain cities and both its inhabitants and visitors. We’re moving forward to en era where recommendations on Instagram come before browsing comments on the Internet. For these inspiration-savvy, conscious travelers have we created a tool, called Local’s Lore. We've created a step by step tutorial for you in order to make the most out of MY MAPS! Follow the steps and create amazing guides with our new tool, called MY MAPS for Local's Lore!
We’ll try not to make it too sentimental, BUT we’ve got amazing news. We are introducing our brand new feature, called MY MAPS, which we believe to become a handy company when travelling. Our aim is to provide a tool for everyone, where you can collect your memories and save it to the future, so can you share it with your friends, family and business partners. We believe that it’s not only for the Instagram community, hence our MY MAPS function is available with email login as well, and the maps cannot only be shared via social media platforms but as well can be sent via email. This way all of our users could create their own maps and customize the ambassadors’ recommendations based on their very own preferences. To seize the occasion just right, an amazing soulmate of ours has joined our journey in Budapest to test her Budapest Map and show us around. Julia Brenner is a Russia-born, Portugal-based influencer with a wonderful sense of style, fascinating amount of energy and the greatest smile. The choice of location was Budapest as the city is truly having its heyday, thanks to its astonishing cityscape, flourishing gastronomy scene and booming creative industry; just think of famed brands like Nanushka or the oh-so-coveted Hotel RUM and TOPRUM. We brought on board upcoming local brands too; VYF, Thinwood and Mama Kin completed Julia’s stylish look just mighty fine.
Espacio Nueva Carolina
On the occasion of our Madrid trip we dag deeper in the city’s creative scene. That’s when we came across Espacio Nueva Carolina; a super trendy multifunctional space managed by two photographers; Maria de Miguel and Nerea López and an interior designer; Sara Uriarte. We’ve talked with Sara about ESN’s vision, long-term plans and dreams and of course of places where locals hang out.” Madrid is a melting pot full of creative young people from all over the world. It has the advantage of not being a real reference for any of this fields like London, New York, Paris and Milan. This is an advantage for young creators because they feel more free to not follow trends and can even add some humor to what they do. Madrid in three words is open, crazy and fun.” Read on for insights to ESN’s future and the girls guide to the best of Madrid’s hidden gems.
Copenhagen is a true epitome of Scandinavian style; a set of designer furniture in almost every space you enter, fashionable cycling commuters, hidden waterways, new-wave coffee shops filled with hygge and breath-taking design hotels, such as Nobis Hotel. The latter is known for its love for contemporary design and architecture, but also for the classic and the timeless in contrast. With a prime location next to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square and the internationally renowned Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum, guests can easily enjoy the comfort of being within walking distance to all the delights that the capital has to offer. But thet are also welcome to stay in and discover the Scandinavian architecture in this historic building from 1903. We just had our ambassador, Andreia from Lisbon enjoy Nobis’ world-famed hospitality, attentive service and prime design. And so she did.
When we’re asked to suggest a boutique hotel in Budapest, Hotel RUM pops immediately to our minds. This is the hotel that appeals the most to modern urban explorers, like us, like you. The hotel is perfect for those who are looking for a cozy, fun and vibrant hotel in the heart of the city. Each 40 rooms are different; furbished with Budapest-based designers’ and artist’s pieces, they made sure to have an authentic Budapest experience. The hotel brilliantly juxtaposes local furniture pieces with contemporary artworks and designer goods. Our favourite room called “Peacocks” is equipped with a fun peacocks-patterned carpet, highly coveted Position vases, a freshly painted art piece from Zsofi Barabas and a vintage dresser of our dreams. Wondering what’s the cherry on top? Hotel RUM’s Skybar, TOPRUM offers a scenic view over the city while serving you the best of the flavours in terms of cocktail- and dinner choices. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Craving a trip to a sunnier part of the World? What about Valletta? Valletta is the tiny capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. It’s best known for its beaches, museums, palaces and grand churches, yet in recent years many great coffee shops and bars popped up on the baroque landmarks of the city. Alchemy Bar is one of them. It's located on the Strait Street, which is the most famous street in Malta. Known as Strada Stretta in Maltese, the street used to be the very centre of nightlife amongst American and British military and Maltese frequenters between the 19th and mid-20th century. Today, the street is filled with the coolest new initiatives such as Alchemy Bar. The bar is said to invite you for a unique mixology experience, never seen before in Malta. At Alchemy Bar one can experience the mystical blend of high-end cocktail creations, tasty bites, dedicated quality service and outstanding design in the historic but totally revamped part of Strait Street, formerly known – also by the Mediterranean sailors -, as “the Gut”. Cocktails are presented by the talented and passionate bartenders. Besides an exclusive bar area, Alchemy Bar also provides a special, fully separated, private room, dedicated to those who prefer privacy while enjoying some of the most amazing flavour combinations. Since Alchemy Bar features an exclusive and cozy ambience designed by a renowned, international, award winning designer, the interior and identity is not any less striking. Miklós Kiss created a visual identity build it upon the history of alchemy. The inverse ‘A’ letter in the logotype is a reference to the inverse triangle what means water and liquids, the letter ‘L’ is an inverse number seven, which has a secret meaning: this is the seventh unit on Strait Street. So the logotype for instace is a playful code.