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Grotta Palazzese – Most Romantic Restaurant

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Grotta Palazzese

Be enchanted as you enter the magical cavern at Grotta Palazzese, nestled in the cliffs of Polignano in the sublime Italian region of Puglia. With its classic Trullis, its simple land, and Mediterranean feel, Puglia offers a rich, diverse and inspiring experience in itself. However, a visit to Grotta Palazzese will elevate your experience of Puglia to new heights. Create memories and magic alike at this restaurant with a difference.

Grotta Palazzese is like nowhere else on earth. A traveller’s dream, and a truly unique find await you. Dining here happens literally on a cliff edge, whilst nestled within a cave, chiselled in to the rocks, and both exposed and cocooned in Adriatic glory. Having spent your days exploring the Heel of Italy, you will be rewarded with a dining experience that simply cannot be matched.

Winding down the 64 stairs to the restaurant itself, you will realise that your dining experience was just elevated to the incredible and awe-inspiring. Whether you choose to enjoy the hues of dazzling blue contrasting with the cave’s lush green reflections during a daytime visit with the bustle of Italian summer heights, or the spectacular sunsets at twilight mirrored off the sea, or a moonlit after-dark experience with ambient lighting, you simply won’t be disappointed.

 

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Grotta Palazzese is a dining experience of a lifetime. You won’t forget the magical memories made here, they will be etched in your recollections for ever. Open only for the summer months between Easter and October, this is a truly stunning location which is steeped in history. If you’re in Puglia during the summer season then make sure you make time for a visit here, you won’t be disappointed.

Whilst you revel in awe at the setting and views, the dining experience itself is not to be missed. With a diverse range of local seafood such as fresh cod, tuna, mullet, mackerel, salmon and shrimp, paired with the finest local seasonal vegetables, the food here is divine, enhanced only by the incredible setting. In addition to the fruits of the sea there are heartier options of lamb or beef, as well as Puglia’s renowned pasta and rice dishes. Puglia, the ‘breadbasket of Italy’ is the Italian heartland of pasta, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Finish off with a classic Tiramisu and an Italian coffee as you absorb your last moments in this elegant restaurant.

 

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The menus here are served with true Italian service and Puglian flair. The dishes are presented with an elegant twist that strives to compare to the natural cave setting. There is a tasting menu should it simply be too difficult to make up your mind, and the serving staff are ready to pair the very best wines with your choice of meal.

Without a doubt, Grotta Palazzese is the romance capital of Puglia, if not Italy. Your soul will be moved as you experience the stunning scenery with a vista spreading out over the Adriatic. It is obvious why many travellers choose Grotta Palazzese as their wedding venue, a unique, never-to-be-experienced-elsewhere natural haven of romance and desire. The backdrop of this divine location lends itself to wedding photography that is inspirational, remarkable and one of a kind. For an ocean wedding with a difference, Grotta Palazzese is the place.

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After dining to the sounds of the waves crashing hauntingly on the rocks below, and whilst breathing in the salty sea air, then make your way back up and out of the cave to the enclosed dramatic Sea Lounge. With magnificent windows overlooking the Adriatic, you gain a slightly different perspective than from the cave below. The Sea Lounge is a perfect place to enjoy an after-dinner cocktail and allow yourself to continue your enchanting adventure before relinquishing your experience to memory.

Grotta Palazzese is a truly beautiful dining experience, touching the heart, spirit and soul of every traveller who enters its cavern. No two experiences here are alike as the blend of weather, seas, and light all come in to play to provide a memory and experience that is as unique as you are. Puglia holds a restaurant gem in its hand: be sure to experience it.

 

Ciao !

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Princess Ezurin Khyra’s Fashion Diary

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Photo: Igorfain.com | Glam by @yunniese_g

Welcome to a sneak peak into the world of the lovely Princess Ezurin Khyra’s Fashion Diary. 
Malaysian Royalty, Kind & Sweet A Gorgeous Style Council, A Mother & ‘Our Society’s Fashion Darling’, quote by Prestige Malaysia.

You will love her Fashiondiary … Follow her Instagram @ezurinkhyra and travel the globe with her fashion inspiration and love for design and colors.

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Q: Datin Ezurin, what is your favorite city right now?

  •  LONDON

 

Q: Your Make Up is always flawless…   what’s your Lipstick of choice?

  • LIPFUSION

 

Q: #Currentmood for favorite food?
       

  • JAPANESE

 

Q: Your favorite Fashion Designer of the hour?

  • STELLA MCCARTNEY 

 

Q: And your favorite flowers are?

 

Collage from @ezurinkhyra’s Instagram

 

 

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My Top 5 Best Macaron places in the World

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Top 5 Best Macaron places in the World

I have been fortuned enough to have traveled a lot and every where I go I look for french treats “Macarons”
From Paris to Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles…

Sometimes I include Macarons in the table decoration (edible decoration) its colorful and for every season.

If you every have the chance to visit any of these cities try to take a brake and enjoy some Macarons and coffee.

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  1. Bouchon Bakery Los Angeles, USA
  2. La Belle MietteMelbourne, Australia
  3. Ladurée – Paris, France
  4. Pierre Herme Jardin – Paris, France (“the Picasso of pâtisserie” by Vogue.)
  5. Chantal GuillonSan Francisco 

Where are your favorite Macaron places?

xoxolisa

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Dream Destination – Capri, Italy

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Capri is one of the most beautiful islands south of the Gulf of Napoli in the Campania region of Italy. The island is roughly 5km away from the main land and belongs to the county of Napoli.

In the late half of the 19th century, Capri became popular as a vacation destination for European artists and creatives.

Between spring and late fall, driving is only permitted for the locals from Capri. You can use a cab of course for transportation or a bus, but as a tourist you are not permitted to operate a vehicle.

Did you know? The Caprese Salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, is named after the Island Capri.

Sight seeing :

Church San Michele 1719
The Blue Grotto (Grottoa Azzura)
Le Boffe
Monte Solaro

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The Home of Van Gogh: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, the Home of Tulips and Van Gogh

I would love to introduce you to one of my favorite cities in the world, the home of Van Gogh: Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Sometimes “Holland” is frequently used to refer to the whole country of the Netherlands, all though it’s in theory only an area in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is one of the greatest cities in Europe, a city of tolerance, diversity and creativity. Similar to Venice it’s one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world.

Canal cruises are probably the most exciting and popular ways to see the city. Or obviously using the traditional form of transportation in Amsterdam, the bicycle. Although I will say it’s pretty dangerous.  There is lots of traffic and thousands of bicycles so it can get very overwhelming.

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One of the main attractions in Amsterdam is probably the museums. With a selection of over 50 museums, there’s no way to get bored. From the Van Gogh Museum, to the Stedelijk, which is one of the worlds greatest museums, the coffee shops and the Flower Market, there’s so much to explore.

In the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam you will find an extensive collection of more than 800 works including Rembrandt and  Vermeer. Definitely a must see!

At the Van Gogh Museum you will get education on the life of Vincent and why he cut off his ear. The only downside, there are just too many people inside of the building and there is a huge line outside. Try buying tickets in advance online to get in without an extended wait.

Trivia: did you know Amsterdam is the home of Heineken and Amstel Beer?

The Amstel brewery was founded in 1870 in Amsterdam and was named after the Amstel River that runs through the city. Well that’s actually interesting because I don’t even drink beer… 🙂

My tip is  to rent a bike and take a beautiful bike ride through the vondel park. There are beautiful restaurants and local cafes to stop and smell the flowers. vondel park amsterdam

If you’re a little bit more adventurous you can drive (by car) about 20 minutes outside of the city to visit the windmills, learn how to make cheese and buy some high heal shoes I mean wooden clogs of course!

My Vavorit Places are :

Van Gogh Museum
The Vondel Park
Rijksmuseum
ARTZUID
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Happy travels! How was your experience in Amsterdam?

xoxolisa

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Best Summer Spots in Zürich

Where to find the best summer spots in Zurich, Switzerland

It’s finally summer in the city… and I would love to share with you my favorite summer spots in Zürich. People are outdoors walking in the park, tanning at the lake, or drinking cold beverage and eating gelato at a bistro in the old town of Zürich.

I have listed a couple of my favorite destinations, with distinctive elegance and legendary service. Traditional Hospitality & Inimitable Elegance.

The town offers beautiful outdoor locations from boat rides, hiking & bicycle roads.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with a population of 400.000 people. And is one of the leading cities amongst the world largest financial centers. Many art galleries and museums can be found in the city. The official language of my city is Swiss German which is a local dialect only spoken in Switzerland.

According to a study “Quality of Life Survey”, Zürich ranked first on a list of the top 25 cities in the world to live in. According to several surveys from 2006 to 2008, Zürich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe.

1. Baur au Lac  outside terrace in the garden

2. Chez Fritz Lake Side Restaurant

3. Seerose Restaurant

4. Jules Verne Panorama Bar

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Dream.Design.Discover is the premier destination for tips and inspiration for living a chic lifestyle with simple and elegant ideas on decorating, entertaining and living life beautifully.

Inspired by travel and lust for life, I have started this blog to share my experiences. When sharing my little tips and tricks with my friends they would often ask me, “Why don’t you create a space so you can share with everyone?” This inspired me to create Dream.Design.Discover.

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