JAIPUR IN THE PINK

Though it is known as “the pink city“, Jaipur’s facades are more amber-colored. But within the walls of Rajasthan’s much loved capital, you’ll certainly enjoy a “la vie en rose” kind of week-end. Majesty beyond your imagination, eye candy jewels and hidden gems to fall in love with… This is India, romantic India, magical and splendid.

47 JOBNER BAGH

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outdoor bed jobner

This magnificent yet simple family-run B&B is housed in a Maharaja's ancient garden property surrounded by sweet scented jasmine flowers. Mr Gujar tastefully decorated the rooms and living spaces with antiques, and you’ll be able to shop some items if you’re too lazy to hunt at the flea market. Just saying.
ASK: For the Indian breakfast. Never had such delicious paratha.
And for the Hindustan Ambassador famous car to drive around with style.
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FLOWER & FLEA MARKET

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Now if you like spending your mornings rummaging around, the Hatwara Flea Market’s for you. That’s where you’ll find traditional Lassi glasses, vintage scissors, old photographs of Indian idols… The bustling Phool Mandi wholesale Flower Market is adjacent to it.

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WIND PALACE & CITY PALACE

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

City Palace

City Palace

One of Jaipur’s symbols, Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds was built in 1799 by poet King Pratap Singh. Its 953 latticed windows are quite impressive.
Whereas The Royal Family still resides in the 18th century City Palace, they have opened up their homes to host a Museum.

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NAHARGARH FORT, AMBER FORT

Nahargargh fort

Nahargargh fort

Nahargargh fort

Nahargargh fort

From the 18th century Nahargarh Fort or Tiger fort, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city.
Whilst Amber Fort is the iconic palace of India, its 16th century walls snaking away into the horizon could be the Indian counterpart of the great wall of China.

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Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Anokhi Museum

Anokhi Museum

Situated in Amber Village, this museum housed in a beautiful restored haveli, outlines the story of the famous textiles with hand block printing demonstrations.
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Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

 

BAR PALLADIO & HOT PINK

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After an italian meal or a drink at the stylish Bar Palladio, head over to Hot Pink, a shop by Gem Palace’s owner Munnu Kasliwaland and French jewellery designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac. Their collections are outstanding, and the place itself is worth a visit.

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MORE SHOPPING

THE GEM PALACE

Follow the path of the Royal families, Hollywood and Bollywood stars and window shop in this institution established in 1852.

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Anoothi

Their hand-poured soy wax candles are a must-buy. They come in round marble containers with cedar wood wicks. The cardamom, saffron & vanilla fragrance is incredible.

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Neerja

For the renowned glazed pottery of Jaipur.

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Theatro Dhora

Contemporary style gifts made by Indian artisans. Jewellery, clothes, lifestyle.

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DELICIOUS

VERANDAH CAFE

Located in the beautiful gardens of the Rambagh Palace Hotel, the Verandah Cafe serves the most delightful Thali in the most romantic setting.
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LAXMI MISTHAN BHANDAR

 

If you’re more into the typical local atmosphere, LMB offers authentic Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine. Don’t forget to try everything at their sweet shop.
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Malaysia - George Town - Hotel - Sinkeh - Call it home

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Sinkeh (“New comer”) is some kind of treasure you’d want to keep secret. But because owner and stage director Chee Sek Thim puts 20% of the benefits into programming, meaning each guest contributes to support the Penang art scene, a hidden gem has to be unveiled.

 Re-designed to present a contemporary vision to an heritage building, this 19th century straits chinese house, tastefully revamped with wood and concrete, has nine rooms on its 1st and 2nd floor and an art working space on the ground floor. A Library and 2 open patios to chill. It’s rare to love a place so much that you’d come back to a city just for it. Sinkeh is that kind of hotel you can call home.

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ASK: To meet Sek Thim, among other stories, he’ll tell you why there are silk worm cocoons in glass jars near the entrance.

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TAIWAN - CITY GUIDE - ONE DAY IN CREATIVE TAIPEI

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Taipei is a creative and inspiring city, a city attached to its chinese roots and influenced by japanese lifestyle.Taipei is actually a city anyone longing for energy and tranquillity could live in. After visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art  (MoCA), head to “Si Zhi Tang” for a farm styled lunch. Then walk around the beautiful concrete old factory at Hua Shan Creative Park and have an ice cream at “Café Lumière”. Shop around “VVG”’s charming trendy area before discovering the new upcoming places to be (“Café Showroom”, “Funfuntown”) on Fujin Street. Finish the day and relax  at “Wistaria” Tea House and Gallery.

 

Si Zhi Tang - Farm dining in the city

No MSG guaranteed. This lovely vintage bucolic restaurant is the place to be if you have no time to explore Taipei’s countryside. Well, at least you’ll get a taste of it. Fresh Fig and Chicken salad, stir fried veggie with okra and Taiwanese ham or with cauliflower and Tofu, Chilli pepper stewed chicken with glass noodles. Fresh produce of course. Hearty meal.

ASK: For the green vegetables, Banana and Pineapple fresh juice, never tasted so good

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Café Lumière at Hua Shan 1914 Creative Park

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Imagine a city within the city, a wine factory abandoned and revamped to host Taipei’s primary creative arts center and dozens and dozens of shops and design restaurants. And a cinema, where you could watch french movies (well Ok with chinese subtitles) and a Café where you would daydream and eat home made ice cream. Hua Shan 1914 creative park is the Taiwanese version of parisian “Cour Saint-Emilion”. But better.

ASK: At Café Lumière named after Hou Hsiao Hsien’s movie, to be seated by the window overlooking the park and watch people go by

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VVG - Good Living

VVG, which stands for Very Very Good, started what is today a lifestyle empire with a small restaurant fifteen years ago. Today spreading their “Good living” mantra, via their bistro, bakery, shops, (high end) Bed & Breakfast… And creating in a busy city a calm environment with american, european and japanese influence. You could spend hours chilling and visiting VVG’s branches, but I’d recommend you focus on VVG Something, their library (awarded one of the 20th most beautiful in the world), and VVG Chiffon (tableware and lifestyle products, think Merchant Mills, La savonnerie Bruxelloise…), both facing each other next to VVG Bakery and VVG Bistro located in a charmingly trendy area.

 

ASK: For the Miao Chocolate and strawberry marmelade at VVG Chiffon, Made in Taiwan

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Cafe Showroom

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This beautiful spot, popular among the taiwanese artists community is as it says a café, and a showroom. After a look at the exhibition (that would be a quick one considering the little space) seat down and enjoy a hazelnut latte before exploring Fujin Street, the new street to be in Taipei. Trendy and chic.

ASK: For the homemade red velvet cake to go with the latte

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Fun Fun Town

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Alert! Coolest homeware shop in town.

ASK: For the lamps from Asian Scandinavian designer “Chen Karlsson”, the “Landscape” organizer from taiwanese brand “Danzo Studio”, wooden pen and stag horn shaped light from Mozidozen. So unique.

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Wistaria Teahouse - Art of tea

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Built in 1920, this charmingly old wooden house used to be a dormitory in the Japanese-era. Today, it is devided into an art gallery and a traditional Tea House. Of course they are serious about the tea and they have a fine selection of Oolong (among others) with poetic names such as “Cloud Song” and “Winter Warmth”.  But what we tend to forget is that to make good tea you have to pour good water. And here, no disappointment, it’s “sweet and pure” water from the mountains of the Wu Lai area. The beginning of a long story…

ASK : To be seated on the floor to experience 100%

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