Interview with Photographer muse: Eslee
One of our New Year’s resolution was that we’ll share more of what we love. Since Esther’s (Eslee) clean and subtle visual world is one of them, we jumped on the opportunity to make a quick interview with her. We’re especially curious about how traveling influenced and still influences her approach to photography. Esther is an editorial and lifestyle photographer based between Seattle and Los Angeles - in two very different cities that affects her practice differently. She started photography because of her first trip to Africa; her trip to Kenya made her fall in love with photography. “After I got back I looked through the photos and realized how important it was to capture memories on something tangible instead of reliving it only through memory. Just being able to capture the culture and the people and then having the ability to really look back in detail was something I knew I wanted to keep doing in the future.” Our number one favourite project is the recent cinematic series shot in Korea. Enjoy the ride!
Christmas Giveaway: Valletta Vintage
"Valletta Vintage is a collection of vintage and contemporary finds — properties & contents — which we curate with my husband, to offer an alternative to mainstream holiday accommodation. The collection grew from one small apartment to five, and soon to be ten apartments, each housed in buildings older than a hundred years and spread around the city of Valletta and its harbour." Read our interview with Hanna - our lovely Valletta ambassador who's also the superwoman behind Malta's number one design-hospitality concept; Valletta Vintage. Scroll down for a joint Christmas surprise and follow the @localslore Instagram page for updates! Happy Holidays and a well-travelled New Year!
Interview: Atelier Sukha
"The way we work is simple. We slow down in a fast-paced world and see the beauty in small things, we laugh with our hearts and make time for joy in our lives. With every item of clothing, a piece of furniture, poem and drawing, we try to bring beauty and joy to life." Thanks to the two founders, Irene Mertens and Sam IJsbrandy you can slow down in busy Amsterdam too; in the midst of carefully-crafted designer items in a beautiful paradise called, Atelier Sukha. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. It is a store and studio, where beautiful things are conceived, developed and created by a team of designers, makers, illustrators and in house poets. Read the interview with Sukha’s founders and the inspiring journey of staring Sukha Atelier, their own brand and find out about their connection to Nepal.
What would life taste like without Salt? - Interview: Salt Budapest
You can open the menu to see what's coming, or leave the seal untouched and let the Salt Team surprise you. Whichever option you’re opting for, you definitely won’t be left untouched by the unworldly match of flavours-service-atmosphere. Salt Budapest was created on the foundations of the traditional Hungarian cuisine where Chef Szilárd Tóth’s kitchen herbs and wild plants play an important role. Thanks to their honest approach, Salt has instantly become one of Budapest’s most coveted restaurants. The unique interior also contributes to the Salt experience; the Chef’s table stands in the middle of the restaurant so that guests could easily have a few words with the hosts. Also, the two hosts – the Chef and the restaurant manager, Máté Boldizsár – often serve the dishes themselves. Both the service and the atmosphere of Salt feels so intimate that you’ll not only be overwhelmed with the flavours, but the fact that a whole team is working on the fullest experience you’re about to have in the next three-and-a-half-hours. It’s emotional, surprising, interactive and heavenly - all at once. The experience was indeed one of our fullest and most special so far; incredible flavours, close-to-nature approach. exceptional staff, the feeling of togetherness and phenomenal juice (and wine) pairings. We’ve got so much that we feel the least is an article to give back and also to recommend Salt from the bottom of our hearts. Read on to get to know Szilárd’s and Máté’s vision, and then go and visit Salt.
Exploring Edinburgh with Juan
Despite all the rain and unpredictable weather Edinburg is surely a precious gem when it comes to travel destinations. The city itself is super compact and all the pretty areas are walkable from wherever you are, so you never need to set out much time for exploring. "I'm constantly trying to find new angles in this city — Edinburgh is becoming pretty popular, especially on Instagram so every time I’m out, wandering around its streets, I would say my aim is to try and find a different perspective on such a photo-saturated city." If you were wondering where to get cosy, Juan's got an awesome collection of top new-wave cafés, brunch hotspots and for sure something new to show for the Instagram community. Discover Edinburg with Juan's Local's Lore guide.
Interview with Martino di Napoli Rampolla: Numeroventi
Are you ready for an extraordinary getaway in Florence? Or are you happened to be an artist looking for a heartening artist residency program? We might have an option for both. Numeroventi aims to provide an inspiring shelter to artists and creative professionals looking for a mental and physical space to develop their projects. The contrast between the history of the building and its vibrant new occupancy is reflected in Florence itself; a city that is a living testament to the astonishing achievements of the Renaissance while also striving to be young, creative, and forward-looking. We've sat down with Martino, the visionary founder behind Numeroventi to discuss his vision and initial idea of Numeroventi. " I wanted to create a place that would aim to act as a retreat, as a place where creatives can rediscover the core of their profession. That would invite them to break out from routines and be inspired; by other people, by the space—actually, in many different ways. Of course, every individual comes here with different needs and expectations, but they all seek the possibility to recharge creatively." In search of a true recharge whether you're an artist and a traveller, Numeroventi shall be your number one destination.
Stay at Autor Rooms - Interview w/ Magdalena Ponagajbo
Autor Rooms has been on our bucket list ever since, and we've finally got the chance to sit down with Creative Director and Partner, Magdalena Ponagajbo to talk about the idea behind this uniquel design-slash-hospitality concept called Autor Rooms, in the heart of Warsaw. Autor Rooms is something more than accommodation. It is an elaborate concept built with help of people from different disciplines. The hotel proudly features Polish culture and art, their very own design and craftsmanship as well as Polish hospitality. "Many guests appreciate the city’s imperfection. It disrupts their usual sightseeing routine, forces to ask questions and to meet local people." - Wondering if it's true? Visit Warsaw and book your stay today or enter our GIVEAWAY and win a two-nights-stay with your loved one at Autor Rooms.
Around the Planet w/ PetersPlanet
It was one of those far-between days to find Péter Szűcs, our friend in Budapest, despite his globetrotter lifestyle to sit down for a coffee and talk about his recent travels from India through Belarus to the Maldives. Peter's history goes long back in traveling, so it's no surprise that he dedicated an online platform called PetersPlanet to sharing travel experiences; stories of real off-the-grid places, local people and exciting cultural insiders. Peter is the kind of traveler who doesn't mind taking the road less travelled, on the contrary, he seeks for those. Hence PetersPlanet is for those who appreciate both quality and adventure; travellers, who tend to hunt places beyond maps and aiming for one-off destinations with their minds wide open. PetersPlanet offers an insight through genuine experience; a real dip in different cultures in order to truly experience one culture at its deepest and to live the locals’ life. It’s not only the location, but the attitude of the people, the noise of the city, the smell of rural areas, the flavour of the meal that contributes to a whole experience. This are the kind of hotspots Peter has collected you on his Local's Lore maps.
Interview with Photographer Muse: Marietta Varga
Photographer muse, Marietta Varga's sensitivity in the use of colours and spatial awareness help to create the unique atmosphere of her visual world. Her pictures often have strong symbolism where the viewers can find themselves in a strange surreal dream. Mariettas's visual world evokes a dream-like nostalgia thanks to its cinematic quality, use of pastels and perfectly composed urban settings with a touch of human presence on many of her images. We've sat down with Marietta to discuss the process to her extinctive visual style, the future of traditional photography and her own muses. Read on and don't shy away from indulge yourself in Marietta's dreamy imagery.
Minimalist Musings: Wijdan Arendse-Hendricks
Wijdan is an avid seeker of beauty in day-day seemingly mundane things; coffee, shadowplay, clean white bedding, her husband’s smile, her clothing rail (overly styled to the tee but lived-in at the same time). "It’s been nearly a decade since I started exploring the world of the internet and its many online social platforms. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to come in to my own and find my unique voice in the world of blogging. As someone who subscribes to a lifestyle that craves quality over quantity, my interests in fashion, skincare, travel, and interiors, are all documented from a perspective of quality." Wijdan's effortless approach to seeing and capturing moments, details whether it's a piece of cashmere clothing or a hip corner of a newly opened coffee in her hometown, Cape Town caught our eyes long time ago. Wondering where to go first in Cape Town? The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape. Finally, we caught up with her for a quick interview, so guys, read on and follow along her minimalist journey!
The Lore of Washington D.C.: Austin Rutland
"When I moved to D.C., I was worried that I was going to constantly be surrounded by tourists. This is definitely true if I go to the National Mall or the other big tourist hotspots. But that is just a fraction of what D.C. has to offer. There are so many different neighborhoods in D.C., all with different cultures, communities, restaurants, etc. I love living in D.C. for its “all in one” structure as well. You can go downtown and get the urban vibe, go to more open and green spaces like one of the district’s many parks, or get a mixture of the two in the residential areas." - Meet Austin, our ambassador and your coolest guide in Washington D. C.. Austin is a 6 feet 6 inches guy of coffee addiction who will not only take you to the best coffee-slash- brunch spots, but will also show you around the residential area of the city as well share a few hints for the design-savy travelers. Read on to get to know him better and book your next trip to Washington D.C.!
Lore of Warsaw: Yanina Trapachka
From design shops to 'breakfast' at 3pm, Poland's capital is abuzz with creativity. "Warsaw growing with the global trends. A lot of cool new places opening there. Museums, theatres, restaurants, cafes, stores and more. From the other hand, people understand the goals of life in this city, and they fell in love with this city again and again. " Follow one of our first and dearest ambassadors', Yanina's guide for the finest of the Polish capital's coffee, gastro and art scene and step into her world when in Warsaw!
Around The World With Yamil
The countdown is almost here and we can't be more thankful for everyone who has used Local's Lore as inspiration or our MY MAPS function as a tool on your journeys. You may find almost 10K images under the #localslore hashtag, curated by our like-minded community of travellers from all over the world. Yamil, is one of them! His disctinct style of content creation and curation speaks of real passion for traveling, but also of the appreciation of two of his hometowns; A Illa de Arousa and Barcelona. "You can be walking down a regular street and suddenly find an art nouveau building with a facade that looks like a piece of art. It still happens to me daily and I think I will never get used to it!" - Read on for Yamil's thoughts on Barcelona, Local's Lore and traveling.
Favourite cafe in Kyoto: Wife&Husband
Are you familiar with those moments when you spot something on Instagram and fall in love instantly so deeply that it becomes a reason to travel? Our current number one craving destination-wise is located in the very heart of Kyoto. The tiny rustic-feel coffee-picnic-antiques concept belongs to a real-life husband and wife team behind Wife&Husband Cafe. If you weren’t familiar with the concept at first sight – and why would you, it will melt your heart. Upon approaching the coffee shop, the first thing you’ll notice is the hanging benches, tables, hats, and picnic baskets outside the shop. Nor it’s purely decoration or items for sale, but your essentials for a proper picnic in the realm of Kyoto’s grassy banks of the Kamo River. Wife&Husband Cafe’s picnic basket service gives you a generous serving of fresh coffee in a thermos, ceramic cups, a tablecloth and rusk biscuits – to chill like a local. Welcome to this romantic fairy tale of Kyoto, enjoy your coffee!
Photo Journal: Aylaan Moodysson
Hungarian photographer Aylaan Moodysson captures places where we'd rather be. Preferring observation rather than planning ahead, Aylaan clearly stands for spontaneous. Whether it's desert vibes, sunrise haze or mountains backdropped with full moon, Aylaan's capturing landscapes like in a dreamy documentary of her very own world. Read super talented photographer, Aylaan Moodysson's thoughts on Morocco, her approach to compositions and traveling.
Mother's Day Muse: Eglė Juzumienė
We recall having Eglė as one of our first ambassadors; with her distinct eye for food photography made us instantly fall in love with her style and the gastronomy scene of Riga, Latvia. Having only seen the Baltic city's airport when heading to Tallinn or Vilnius, Riga remained the mysterious one. We've finally found the right occasion to dig deeper in Latvian culture as well as to call our ambassador, Eglė, our muse; Mother's Day. "I try to avoid defining myself as a mother only because I fell I am so much more: a photographer, a creative, a wife, a friend, a beauty seeker in everyday life, etc. but it's seems that it's kind of tough to draw the line between all these personalities and the "new me" as a mother because all of these got connected so tight." Read on to get to know more about this ever-so-inspiring woman, Eglė, motherhood through her eyes, and her equal fascination for Riga and Vilnius.
Ethan Barber Interview
Best known for his fascinating architecture photos, Ethan Barber is one of those talented must-follow content wizards. Ethan is more of a multidisciplinary creative; he's a graphic designer, photographer, and content creator - currently based in New York City. He graduated as valedictorian of his class with a Bachelors of Science in Digital Art and Design. As a full-time graphic designer for three years, coupled with nearly a decade of experience in photography, and three years of social media management; he is focused on having a diverse creative career that is never singularly-focused. We sat down to dig deeper in his career as well as travel habits. Ethan is a happy MY MAPS user and a conscious traveller who now shares his insights in three of his beloved destinations such as New York, LA and Palm Springs. Follow his journey via his MY MAPS.
Good Morning, Tehran!
If you've been wondering about your next getaway, we might have it covered for you. Tehran, the capital of Iran has a wealth of cultural attractions; the city prides with mosques, churches, synagogues but also a great dash of contemporary design, art and architecture scene. We've teamed up with our favourite Tehran-raised IT girl, Parysatis to show as around as well as to get to know more about her globetrotter lifestyle. Enjoy!
Lore of Valletta with Hanna Briffa
I am a mum of two small and very active toddlers, so my days fly by without me noticing. If it’s not them, I love cooking and recently found myself in sourdough baking (it’s my ultimate switch from the everyday madnesses). In between all that, together with my husband, I run a small holiday rental, which is also rapidly growing.
Fine Dining in Vienna: Tian Restaurant
TIAN has truly lifted fine dining to a whole new level thanks to its visionary chef Paul Ivić, and founder Christian Halper. Respecting natural cycles, TIAN pays attention to preferably organic products, created in a fair way. The seasonal ingredients are predominantly supplied by regional partners, that understand and adhere to their high standards of quality concerning fresh food. The name TIAN is not a coincidence by the way. It is the Chinese word for “heaven”, as well as a French vegetarian stew. With TIAN they have both fulfilled a longstanding dream: vegetarian food prepared in a way that will have your taste buds tingling while indulging all your senses. The experience was one of our fullest and most special so far: incredible flavours, exceptional staff, phenomenal juice pairing. Otherwise it's hard to describe the feeling, you must try it. Let food enriches our lives! Read on to get inspired, and then go and visit TIAN.