48 hours in Mallorca, between art and fun

Thanks to its mild climate, long beaches, spectacular nature, affordable prices and a monumental capital, Majorca is a popular destination for all seasons. As Ibiza has been a destination for artists all over the world for decades, it has a more relaxed atmosphere than its eccentric neighbor and – also because of the average age of its visitors – is worth more for daytime activities than for nightlife and nightlife.

FIRST DAY

Morning

The visit starts in Palma, the capital with monuments, shops, restaurants and clubs to have fun. A must is the Gothic Cathedral of 1230, the tallest in Spain and its rose window (12.5 meters) is the largest in this style. The polychrome windows of its apse, like lamps, balustrades and iron railings, are the work of Antoni Gaudì, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism, author of the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona. The Cathedral is located opposite the fourteenth-century Palau dell’Almudaina, the castle built by the first king of Mallorca. To grasp the origins of so much wealth you have to take a trip to La Lonja, the nearby merchant’s loggia divided into three naves with vertiginous vaults.

Afternoon

At siesta time you can take a break at the Platja de Palma, the long stretch of sand south-east of Palma, is the main seaside resort of the island, bordered by hotels in which lodges those who want to combine the stay with the sea with sports, nightclubs and nightlife.

At sunset

Climb to Bellver Castle to enjoy the best views of the bay of Palma. And in the evening you walk through the alleys of the old town full of econimic restaurants, tapas bars (the tasty Spanish snacks) and original rooms. Like Abaco (calle San Juan 1): set in a late sixteenth century building, it is the triumph of the baroque among fruit piled on the floor, chandeliers, flowers, rugs, sofas and fireplace, works as a cocktail bar with lyrical music.

SECOND DAY

Morning

The whole day is dedicated to the visit of the north coast, where monumental towns and villages alternate with the most spectacular nature of the island. It begins in Valldemossa: it hosted the love escape of Chopin with George Sand, narrated by the writer in Winter in Mallorca. They stayed in a cell of the fifteenth century Certosa, where Chopin composed the Preludes: adjacent to the church, it was built in a dependency of the Royal Palace.

We visit the cells with the flowered terraces where the musician lived, the library, the cell of the prior, the church and the pharmacy with antique glass and ceramics. And a picture gallery with paintings by Picasso, Mirò and Tapies. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the nearby Palazzo del King Sancho hosted numerous South American artists, including the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges. Today it has become a tourist attraction with folkloristic dance performances from the Balearics and piano concerts with music by Chopin.

Afternoon

Following the coast we stop at the Foradada, a promontory of rock – on which a large window opens – that flows into the sea. From here we reach Deiá: resting on a hill, it is the artists’ borough, eighty painters lived there. Their paintings are on display at La Residencia, the most beautiful hotel in Mallorca, consisting of an eighteenth-century house and stone buildings scattered between terraces of olive trees, palms and lemons: it is frequented by VIPs like Sting, Bruce Willis, Brian Ferry , Bruce Spreensteen and Antonio Banderas. His El Olivo is considered the best Mallorcan restaurant.

Continue to Port Soller, with the bay closed by two lighthouses, and to Soller, where the botanical garden can be admired all the varieties of plants of the Balearics. And do not miss a stop in the stone village of Fornalutx, the most precious of Mallorca, with the steep alleys and the church, embellished by a large lemon, perched above the square. Then between mountains and lakes you reach the peninsula of Formentor with the turquoise wonder of Cala Figuera and breathtaking views of cobalt blue seabeds closed between precipices, up to Cap Formentor, dominated by a lighthouse.

Along the Gulf of Pollença, take the road that leads back to Palma through an agricultural area dotted with hundreds of windmills. Here, Ca’n Gordiola deserves a stop, a glass manufacturing factory with demonstrations, showrooms and exhibition of the finest pieces.

Carnival 2018 in the Canary Islands: the most colorful festival in Europe

Carnival 2018 at the Canary Islands. One of the unmissable events of the Carnival in Europe is definitely the one in the Canary Islands, one of the most beautiful and colorful. Because yes, even if we are not right inside the Old Continent, but in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco, the Canaries belong to Spain and therefore to Europe. In all the islands it is celebrated, even in the smaller towns, with street parties, music and parades of masks and allegorical floats. A show that recalls the liveliness of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and that for the music, the samba schools and the dancers in costume is very similar, even if in small size.

Here there is all the island’s vivacity, accompanied by the desire to party and forget everything, typical of the carnival. The other point in favor of Carnival in the Canaries is the mild climate: you can be outdoors with your costume or with light clothes, practically summer, and do not feel cold. A dream for those who are cold and suffer from being outdoors in costume at carnival.

The most important parades of the Canarian Carnival are held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with the performance of masked groups, murgas music groups and samba schools with dancers like in Rio. Lots of music and fun for everyone.

The events of the Canary Carnival 2018 go from late January to 13 February, Shrove Tuesday. The program has variations depending on the place.

The carnival of the Canary Islands has a Caribbean style, with a river of colorful and extravagant masks, dancers and musicians pouring through the streets in festive parades, escorted by allegorical floats. A contagious atmosphere of celebration that overwhelms the audience of visitors every year more numerous. A very pleasant outdoor party, thanks to the mild climate.

Coma from the Spanish tradition, the carnival celebrations officially end on Ash Wednesday with the Sardinian Entierro, the burial of a large papier-mâché fish that officially marks the end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent.

In Las Palmas, the most important city in Gran Canaria, there is a wild party, under the motto of “hasta que el cuerpo aguante” which means “as long as the body resists”, quite indicative of how it will be celebrated: dancing all night long, until next morning. A month of celebrations that culminates with performances by murgas music groups and samba schools. The program includes parades of allegorical floats, folk dance performances, concerts of local and South American music. The other cities of Gran Canaria where celebrations are held with masked parades, dances and shows, are Maspalomas and San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Then, do not miss the small village festivals, the romerias, as well as the Carnaval de los Indianos in the Triana quarter of Las Palmas, one of the oldest in the city.

The most famous and important Carnival of the Canary Islands is that of Tenerife, the second most popular in the world after that of Rio de Janeiro, with which it is twinned. The parades and celebrations take place in the city of Santa Cruz, which every year welcomes an incredible number of visitors from all over the world.

The party on the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife starts on Friday before Tuesday Grasso, with a spectacular opening parade, which sees groups of murgas, samba dancers, allegorical floats and groups of masks of all colors parading. During the festivities, thousands of people dance in costume all night long.

Throughout the island of Tenerife the carnival is celebrated with parades of floats, dances, music, local and South American folkloric dance and many shows. Also here, on Ash Wednesday, the Sardinian burial ritual is celebrated, the Entierro della Sardina.

Even the island of Fuerteventura celebrates Carnival with shows, dances and street parties. The main locations, where the most important celebrations are held, are Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo, but there are plenty of festive occasions throughout the island

A little further to the north-east of Fuerteventura and easily accessible by sea is the island of Lanzarote, with its spectacular volcanic landscape. Here the main carnival festivities are held in Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen, nearby towns, located along the south-east coast of the island.

on the other islands Finally we point out the carnival parties on the other smaller islands of the Canary archipelago: in Santa Cruz de La Palma on the island of La Palma, and in San Sebastian on the island of La Gomera.

Spain: the fragrant spring of the Balearics

Almond and orange trees in bloom announce the happiest season in Mallorca and Ibiza

Between January and March, when most of Europe is in the grip of winter frost, an unusual phenomenon occurs in the Balearic islands: the flowering of almond and orange trees, a triumph of colors and scents that signals the return of summer.

In short, it is the right moment to enjoy this fantastic Mediterranean archipelago, especially the islands of Majorca and Ibiza, in search of the many hidden historical, artistic and natural treasures, in a favorable season but not yet crowded with tourists.

The “rutas” of almond blossoms – There are many varieties of almonds produced on the island and their organoleptic quality above average, gives it an exceptional added value. To this is added the scenic beauty of almond fields in particular in the first months of the year, when the plants are filled with white flowers, giving a touch of charm to the island landscape. It is undoubtedly the perfect time to explore the island along the rutas of blooming almond trees and enjoy this gift of nature. Taking a walk through the plantations of Llucmajor, you can stop in one of the most important and vast talaiotic villages of Mallorca, Capcorb Vell. From the promontory of Puig de Randa it is possible to enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the entire Pla de Mallorca comarca.

Ancient traditions – In Santa Agnès de Corona, a small agricultural village located in the western part of the island of Ibiza, every year on a Saturday in early February, on the occasion of the patron saint’s day, one of the most popular activities is celebrated. This is the traditional Llum d’Ametller night walk where participants walk from Sant Antoni to Santa Agnès via Cala Salada and the Vall de Corona, surrounded by the flowering almond trees typical of this time of year. The route is completed in about 2 and a half hours and upon arrival you can taste a dinner based on torrada, sobrassada, sandwiches and disco music for all tastes. On Sunday morning the athletes have an appointment with the popular Flor d ‘Ametller, organized by the Club of Athletics sa Raval.

The golden valley of Majorca – For more than 600 years in Sóller, in the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana, in Majorca, oranges are grown in what has been called the “golden valley”. These citrus fruits arrived in Majorca thanks to the sailors and Arab traders who began to cultivate them: the water richness of the Sierra de Tramuntana combined with the warm sun typical of the Mediterranean areas, then did the rest, making this place luxuriant. Today in Sóller, more than 120,000 orange trees are cultivated, giving the juiciest and most aromatic oranges of Spain, from which the Angel d’Or is produced, a fruity and liqueur distillate to be siped alone, with ice, or as an ingredient of fruity cocktails.

The train of orange trees in bloom – From 1912 the Tren de Sóller joins Palma to Sóller, passing through the splendid landscapes of these citrus groves. Once used to transport oranges, this electric train still runs today with the original wagons and materials, offering an excursion among the colors and scents of this area of ​​the island. The convoy leaves every day from the heart of Palma where its welcoming station is located, designed by the Mallorcan architect Gaspar Bennàssar. In 55 minutes passengers will be captivated by the beauty of the Sierra de Tramuntana landscape and the orange blossom aroma, having the sensation of reaching the valley of orange trees almost too quickly.

From Seville to Bilbao passing through Spain. Where to go and what to do in 2018

You, perhaps, are not yet thinking about holidays or bridges. But there are those who do it for you. They are the tourism agencies, which between January and February are doing their best to put together “windows” synoptic about everything that will happen in their parts from now to … Christmas. This is the case, among others, of Spain, which takes advantage of the recent choice of Lonely Planet, which has named Seville the best city in the world to visit in 2018 to hook its train of proposals.

Seville was set for the Iron Throne and this would be enough to project it in the tourist empyrea of ​​the year but less ephemeral promises to be the 400th anniversary of the birth of the great Baroque painter Esteban Murillo: eight exhibitions, concerts, itineraries, conferences will animate the city ​​already beautiful in itself thanks to the pedestrianization of the historic center.

Tapas lovers will find tapas for their teeth in Leòn, capital of Spanish gastronomy 2018 with 1200 restaurants and over 5 bars per 1000 inhabitants. Around the spectacular Gothic cathedral, it will be all a swarm of gastronomic initiatives, excellent opportunities to taste the famous chorizo, hams and other typical dishes.

In Valencia the year just begun will mark the 20th anniversary of the City of Arts and Sciences designed by Santiago Calatrava in 1998 while in Salamanca another anniversary will be celebrated, this time of a much older cultural institution. The University was in fact founded in the distant 1218 and will be celebrated with a rich program of cultural events and shows including the world premiere of the opera “Old World. New World “by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

Let’s go back to the art to remember the closing of the circle, or rather the Mirò triangle which includes the three spaces dedicated to the artist: the Fundaciò Pilar by Joan Mirò in Palma de Mallorca, the Fundaciò Joan Mirò in Barcelona and the Fundaciò Mas Mirò in Mont- Roig del Camp in Tarragona. The news is the latter with the opening to the public of the Masìa di Mirò next 20 April.

Popular religiosity, and not only that, is very important in the Iberian Peninsula and this year there are at least two events that underline it. The first Teresian Jubilee Year is being celebrated at Avila, following the Pope’s decision to grant the diocese of Avila a Jubilee year every time the celebration of the solemnity of Saint Teresa (October 15) falls on Sunday. There are three new Teresian itineraries along the Castilian province that are added to the already existing one.

The other event has Asturias as a backdrop. In the sanctuary of Our Lady of Covadonga we remember the events linked to the origins of this place of faith, in turn linked to the initial events of the Reconquista.

We end this partial roundup with Bilbao, crossed by a real competition fever. In fact, the Basque city will host the final of the Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup (11 and 12 May), the final event of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the closing ceremony of the MTV’s Europe Music Awards, a special edition for 25 Anniversary.

What to do in Formentera, on holiday with your family

Formentera is the perfect destination for a fun and relaxing family trip: here are all the things you should not miss on holiday with children

A few hours flight from Italy, Formentera, the smallest island in the Balearics, is one of the most popular tourist destinations for family holidays. A real jewel that tourists from all over the world love for the wonderful sea and untouched nature

Thanks to its mild climate, the months in which it is preferable to book holidays in Formentera are definitely June and September, periods of the year less crowded by tourists and therefore more suitable for a family holiday. Even the temperature is quite pleasant and you can still enjoy a hot sun. The city is quieter and you can spend the days in contact with nature, organize bike tours of the island or simply relax in the sun swimming in the beautiful crystal clear waters.

In addition, at this time of the year there are hotels or holiday homes at prices much more advantageous and numerous low cost flights that depart from the major Italian cities for the airport of Ibiza. To reach Formentera it is sufficient to take a hydrofoil from the port of Ibiza with destination La Savina, the only port on the island and from here rent a car or use the many buses that reach the various destinations on the island.

Those who choose Formentera as their holiday destination do it mainly to enjoy the beautiful sea and its beautiful beaches. One of the most popular beaches is definitely the beach of Ses Illetes, to the north of the island, and that includes all the necessary services such as bathing establishments with umbrellas and sunbeds and that is ideal for water activities such as sailing even for children. Es Pujols is characterized instead by fine sand and turquoise sea with numerous kiosks and stalls on its seafront, while Migjorn beach is considered the largest of the island and has numerous hotels, bars, restaurants and all kinds of services tourist. For families with children, however, the beach of Cala Savina is definitely the most suitable place.

A unique experience to do in Formentera are boat trips to stop in the coves and the most beautiful beaches of the island, often reachable only by sea. The excursions are also suitable for children and will allow you, for example, to snorkel among the most beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, to swim in the natural park of Cala Moro or to discover the island of Espalmador, with its pink beach and the waters crystal clear. The raft trips usually last half a day and guests are provided with all the necessary safety equipment.
Of course, Formentera is not only sea but also green and for those who love holidays in contact with nature, the best way to discover the island is to explore it on foot or by bike thanks to the many cycle paths and ecological itineraries available.

What other activities can you do in Formentera with your family? One of the most beautiful trips is the one that will take you to discover the island’s historic lighthouses, among which the one located at El Pilar de La Mola which is the oldest and highest on the island. Beside the lighthouse there is the monument dedicated to the writer Jules Verne who has set the adventures of Hector Servadac here and the view from the plateau is very suggestive and exciting especially at sunset. Continuing beyond Pilar you can also admire the splendid Molì Vell, an ancient windmill.

If you plan to visit the lighthouse on Wednesdays or Sundays, you can also take the opportunity to wander around the famous Formentera hippy market that takes place in the characteristic central square of La Mola. Here there are stalls selling handicrafts made by local artists and if you want to rest, in the small town of La Mola there are excellent restaurants including the Pequeña Isla which offers typical dishes and El Mirador which has a magnificent view.

Another interesting thing to do in Formentera during a family vacation is to visit its most characteristic villages. A walk in the central square of Sant Francesc Xavier is ideal for a little ‘shopping or to relax in a cafe while a very special village, frequented especially in the morning thanks to the market where you can find various crafts, jewelry and clothing , is Es Pujols which is located in the north of Formentera and is one of the main tourist centers of the island.

Finally, one thing to do absolutely during a family holiday in Formentera is to taste the specialties of traditional local cuisine. The gastronomy of the island offers above all tasty dishes based on fish and crustaceans such as paella, the “amanida de peix sec”, based on dry fish, papaya salad and octopus fr

VIP holidays, a summer 2017 in the sign of luxury

Among private jets, villas with every comfort and yachts that look like floating hotels, the stars not only in our house make the followers grow pale

Ostentation: with this word we can summarize the summer 2017 of VIPs. Between luxurious villas and private jets, the stars do not do anything to hide their bank account and with social media shots make their followers pale. Ibiza, Maldives, Dubai, Capri and Miami are just some of the places where the rich relax between excess and luxury. Wanda Nara and Icardi, Belen Rodriguez, Gianluca Vacchi, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others know this well.

It is impossible not to mention the millionaire relaxation of the couple Wanda Nara-Mauro Icardi. The bomber of Inter does not pay any expense to make his family feel good: to reach Dubai and Ibiza, the two have taken advantage of private jets (with lots of space reserved for their dog) and have rented mega-villas with every comfort. To relax, they did not miss the super-swimming pools with crystal clear water, in which they can have fun with their children.

Even the supermodels Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner do not miss anything this summer: their three-story yacht is a real floating hotel, and when they leave do not give up flaming watercraft, on which to have fun, take the sun and – why not – seduce the visitors of the French Antibes.
Gianluca Vacchi, you know, is one of the kings of luxury. In fact, from the Balearic Islands, he sends postcards from his dream yacht accompanied by a pounding dance music. In his sweet five-star life, he can not even miss some ‘little’ vice: from his Instagram profile the Italian entrepreneur has in fact shared his personal breakfast … “floating”.
Despite long ago complained of lack of liquidity, Claudia Galanti does not give up the comforts: Capri, Sardinia and Saint-Tropez are the theater of the luxury holidays of the sexy little mermaid, who tries to make their children feel good too, having fun with them sheltered under the sunshade protected from the scorching rays of the sun.
Amalfi coast, Sicily, Los Angeles, Polynesia and Ibiza. Who wrote this “humble” tour to relax from the hard work? The most unexpected couple of the last years: Chiara Ferragni and Fedez. The most influenced influencer on Instagram and the rapper from the Platinum and Gold Records decided to have fun all over the world with cuddles and kisses.
Who is that Portuguese player known for his “head shots” millionaires? Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo, who with his Georgina Rodriguez wanted to rent, in Ibiza, a beautiful villa with a slightly smaller park on the island itself. The couple Belen Rodriguez-Andrea Iannone is also not to be missed,
Finally, Belen Rodriguez could not miss: the showgirl relaxed in Ibiza with Andrea Iannone, despite the rumors of rupture and bad mood between the two. In fact, the couple on the Balearic Islands decided to rent not a villa, but two, perhaps providing for separations during the course of the holiday. With the motorcyclist, however, the sexy Argentine has also given herself a long relax a

Here are seven coves not to be missed in the Balearic Islands.

Balearic, seven hidden coves not to be missed in Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca The archipelago of the Balearic Islands is really precious, for its beauty and privacy, as well as for the presence of a marine ecosystem postcard. According to the latest ISTAT data, Spain is the most chosen destination for Italians for long vacations abroad (12%). In addition, according to data from the Spanish Ministry of Energy and Tourism, in 2016 the Italians who visited Spain were 3,733,716, registering an increase of 5.6% compared to the previous year. Almost 700,000 Italians have arrived in the Balearic Islands, or 5.6% more than in 2015. Hundredrooms, the online comparison of accommodation and holiday homes, has selected some of the most beautiful bays of this archipelago. Beaches that preserve a natural and uncontaminated naturalness that makes them true earthly paradises.

1. Cala Tuent (Escorca, Majorca)
Tuent, combined with the famous Sa Calobra beach, is one of the best seaside areas near the town of Escorca. Made of stones and pebbles, at the foot of the Puig Major massif, it is an ideal place to relax in the Sierra de Tramuntana.

 

2. Cala Varques (Manacor, Majorca)
It is the “Cala Vergine” of Majorca par excellence. It is located far from the highway, and the only thing that is perceived is the sound of the sea breaking on the shoreline. The steep rocks that surround the area allow you to admire the crystal blue of the sea, thus enjoying a unique view.

 

3. Cala Romantica (S’Estany d’en Mas, Majorca)
White sand beach, crystal clear water and shallow, is a great place to see the best sunsets. Furthermore, in the seabeds of Cala Romantica, a paradise is hidden, especially for divers: a group of submerged tunnels of prehistoric times.

 

4. Cala Turqueta (Ciutadella, Menorca)
It is one of the most fascinating places on the Island, offering a postcard view. Menorca is a natural paradise and Turqueta is its emblem, surrounded by a Mediterranean pine forest that is reflected in the turquoise color of the sea, from which the creek takes its name.

 

5. Cala Salada (Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza)
Its great beauty lies in the sunsets that can be contemplated from the beach. In the crowded island of Ibiza, which in summer is filled with countless tourists, just in Cala Saladeta you can instead find a little privacy, since access to the beach is only possible through a steep passage through the pines.

 

6. Cala d’en Serra (Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza)
Lost in the north of the island of Ibiza and unsurpassed in its beauty, Cala d’en Serra is a beach not visited by tourists, and for this reason it guarantees authentic relaxation in an intimate setting. The best way to access it is on foot, and so you also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature that surrounds it.

 

7. s’Espalmador Beach (Formentera)
It is known as the beach of s’Alga. The virginity of the area grants an added value to an enclave already in itself celestial. An area free from buildings, totally surrounded by a natural environment.

Are dogs our new children?

With 2018, Year of the Dog in China, humanity pays tribute to a thousand-year-old friendship, to unparalleled loyalty, to a maternal love …

With scenes of joy and wolves, we celebrate 2018, the year of the dog. For the Chinese zodiac will be months inspired by the empathy and honesty typical of this animal. And humanity is given the opportunity to pay tribute to a millenarian friendship, to an unparalleled loyalty, to an unconditional love that increasingly resembles that of the mother.

The new dog lovers are two, both unsettling. The first is that the canine population has just reached one billion in the world. The second is that the most common male dog name in Milan today is not Paco, but Mario. Yes, Mario. If the first news opens questions about the environmental sustainability of the pet food industry (see box on page 74), the second is the result of a survey of the site themillennial.it, which sent the interns around the city parks to discover the names that the thirty-year-olds give to their four-legged. In both cases, from science to pseudoscience, the signals of a phenomenon are multiplying, which for animal lovers was already a certainty. That is that dogs have now become “people”. Not human, of course, but people.

It does not exist in nature, Konrad Lorenz taught us. The dog was created by man. When, it is not known. Or rather, as in the case of humans, there is a missing link. First there were monkeys and wolves. Then evolution brought us men and dogs. First the wolves started to follow us to eat the leftovers, then we started to follow them because their portentous nose took us where there were tasty prey. Or maybe the opposite happened. The fact is that now their nose is portentous because it brings millions of followers to feed our Instagram profiles. But it is precisely the mystery of this mutual adaptation to cover this story with poetry. Because about 10 thousand years ago something very beautiful and magical happened. In some encampment, in some forest, next to a fire, some wolf cubs have been adopted by man. Perhaps from a woman: they were fragile, thin, rejected by the herd, begging for waste. But it was their big eyes that moved instincts of protection. Their gaze has continued to hypnotize us for centuries. Science explains it this way: dogs are “neotenic”, they maintain characteristics of newborns even as adults. For example, their eyes remain large. We selected our friends to stay with their sweet eyes. The “protocani” were primitive stuffed animals to protect and nourish. To be sure it went this way is like wondering if it really turns off when the fridge is closed. Nobody really knows but nobody closes in the fridge. We trust.

This fact of neoteny, however, is the only infallible tool to understand what the relationship between humans and dogs is today. Just look at them while they are looking at each other. Forget for a moment your dog, if you have one. For you it is unique, it is normal that you see it with eyes to heart. Look at the dogs of others. It will be disarming. We are in Madesimo, in Valchiavenna, the thermometer marks -7. Outside the bakery in Via Carducci there is Marco, 13, sitting next to his Whiskey, a labrador. While he waits for his mother, Marco talks to the dog. He stares straight into his eyes, tries to warm it up with his hands. Every so often Marco peeks around because he does not want his friends to see him, he fears that they will spoil him. At 13, if you talk to the dog instead of the big classmate, life can be complicated. But he has decided, Whiskey will not wait alone: ​​”I follow the Facebook page” Dogs sad out of the shops “, I do not leave it anymore,” he says. There are others dedicated to sad dogs inside the cars or at the window. Fortunately, there are others, cheerful, showing dogs sleeping in bed or getting out of the window.

And there is the work of the Scottish photographer Dougie Wallace, which we show you in these pages. He says so: “For me a dog has always been just a dog until I came across an army of” parents “». The result: looks from “clickbaits”, a social media manager would say: the irresistible impulse to put hearts and even hearts under those snouts.

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Moncler & mytheresa: Winter Experience in Gstaad

They call it Winter Experience … and indeed.

Look at the gallery above. These are the images of the exclusive event organized by Moncler and mytheresa.com. Location, Gstaad, in the shadow of the peaks of the Alps …

The scenario is fabulous … Remember Dr. Zivago, when he / Omar Sharif and Lara / Julie Christie live in that house of ice, with the blinding snow so white and they move with those sleds, under the fur blankets?

This was the Moncler party with mytheresa.com. Sleds, snow, glaciers, the winter views of Lauenen … This out. And inside, the warmth of the wooden chalets, the fumes of the Gluhwein, as they call the mulled wine here …

The menu included black truffle risotto served in a bed of Parmesan, beef fillet in a red wine sauce accompanied by roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. For desserts, meringues with berries and cream. The wines, Féchy Frick Domaine de Riencourt 2015 and Villa Antinori Rossi 2013

Tagomago island

Dream islands for rent. In Spain, Croatia, Sweden and Greece. But also in Venice
Santa Cristina, a private atoll 5 minutes by taxi boat from Burano. Tagomago, the most beloved by VIPs near Ibiza. Island Lodge in the Stockholm archipelago. Palagruža, a lighthouse in the sea of ​​Croatia. Silver Island, the dolphin-shaped island in Western Greece

It was the Maldives, until some time ago, the example of the formula “one island, one resort”, the experience of escape from the world in a handkerchief all by itself, which combines luxury, flashes of happiness part-time, privacy and nature. But barefoot now, in total intimacy, one walks not only at the water’s edge, in the Indian Ocean, but also in the woods or among the tamarisk lagoons. As happens on the private island of Santa Cristina, to the north-east of Venice. This eco-friendly hermitage (five minutes by taxi boat from Burano and Torcello), where the fishing valleys have just been reopened and the cabernet sauvignon and merlot vineyards revitalized, belongs to René Deutsch, of the Swarovski family.
Over the centuries a monastery, Santa Cristina, a mystery for the inhabitants of the Lagoon and for those who passed by, protected as it was in the eyes of others by the tamarisk “barrier”, welcomed guests from last September in the classic-modern spaces of Villa Ammiana, from 1870, Venetian style and recently restored. A hermitage to live in company, alternating relaxation and incursions at the Art Biennale and exhibitions in progress in Venice. The cost is € 2,200 per night, for a minimum of three nights. The nine rooms have 16 beds: three days with 16 friends in Santa Cristina cost 412.5 euros each.

SPAIN, TAGOMAGO – Excuse me, does Robinson live here?
The initiatory bath, in Ibiza, is traditionally made in Es Vedrà, the rooster-shaped faraglione that rises off Cap des Jueu, at the south-western end. For others, the ibicenco baptism corresponds to a sleepless night in one of the mega discotheques that make up the trends of summer, from one side of the Mediterranean to the other. Is there any other way to experience Ibiza? Yes, choosing the cans and the finca, among the olive trees, the farmhouses once inland, which offer an experience similar to those of Puglia. And there is a small exclusive island, Tagomago, where you can completely disconnect with fiesta, DJs and dancing parties, half a mile from the northeastern coast, after Santa Eulària des Riu, 15 minutes by boat, 30 from Formentera. An island that replicates the Maldivian island experience all for itself, but with the vivid colors and scents of the Mediterranean.

Green and rocky, sufficiently “Robinsonian” to the sight, Tagomago, a kilometer and a half long, has a width of 60 hectares. With its lighthouse built in 1909, it is a nature reserve area, birdwatching and walking paths. At the center of the island, only five suites, in a squared-looking, cycladic-looking mansion equipped with everything necessary. We must not bring anything but the desire for privacy. At the disposal of the lucky guests there are the swimming pool, a cook, a gardener, the captain of the tender, the staff for the kitchen and the rooms. Ask them to tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, the actor Justin Bieber and the Welsh football player Gareth Bale, the latter from here certainly not by chance to make his marriage proposal. Tagomago also offers a vast range of water sports. Compared to the Tropics, perhaps swimming with the sea turtle will be missed. However, you never know …Tagomago Island