4 Dream Destinations I Want to See in 2016!

13/01/2016

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4 Dream Destinations To Travel To in 2016: My Wishlist!

January is the month for resolutions and of course one of mine is to travel more. Traveling is like a drug for me; the more I travel abroad, the more I feel the need to see new places around the world! Last year I visited lots of European cities: Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Stuttgart. I went to Provence and Camargue as well. Then I travelled to the Caribbean, visiting Guadalupe and then The Dominican Republic – where we went as far as the Haitian border – before heading to the middle of the ocean to Mauritius. After that I did a whole month of hiking – we walked for a total 200 km – among the highest peaks of Austria in August, Italy, in December and then I flew to the USA to hike in Arizona, Nevada and California. I’ve also been to loads of big US cities like L.A., Las Vegas, New York and San Diego and I’ve seen the amazing Grand Canyon.

I can’t complain about 2015, it was full of adventures all over the world! But this year I want to see more, travel to more new countries and see other continents. So I thought I would write a bucket list of the top 4 travel destinations of my dreams, a wish list of all the places I’d like to go to this year so you can dream with me and you’re about to find out where I’m flying to with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a few days…

(To be continued!)

Some more posts about travel:

My Trip to Dominican Republic

HERE you can see all my trips on the world map

HERE you can see travel section of my blog

My latest mountain trip in December

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Guadeloupe Islands: the Video of My Adventure: a Bath with Horses, Reptiles, Dolphins and the World’s Most Beautiful Bays!

1/06/2015

 Guadeloupe Islands: the Video of My Adventure! #ireneCClosetTV

Guadeloupe Islands. After my super detailed account of our trip to Guadeloupe Islands, I can’t do no other than upload the loooong video of our entire adventure on ireneCCloset.TV :)

We shot it with a camera, a Nilox camera and a selfie stick, a compact camera and… a smartphone. The most important thing? It was to catch every single moment of this magical travel that we’ll always cherish in our heart!

Guadeloupe Islands: the video of my adventure: swimming with horses, reptiles, dolphins and the most beautiful bays in the world!

What are you going to see? Lots of first times, overcoming my limits, pieces of paradise, good food, my encounter with dolphins and iguanas… and much more! Some details:

  • All my outfits during the 8 days spent on the Guadeloupe Islands.
  • My adventure on horseback, thanks to “Ranch des 2 îlets” in Deshaies, my very first time (HERE all the photos of Basse-Terre). Riding with no saddle in the water and than swimmig with the horse in the Caribbean sea… really intense!
  • My limits into the water… gone! Thanks to Clear Blue Caraibes I managed to put myself on the line and take a little step forward to overcome one of my biggest fears: falling into deep water. I know, it might sound silly, but I assure you that standing on a paddle board off shore or even snorkel above a wreck in Les Saintes bay for me it’s been is real challenge. But I made it! (that’s all in the video!)
  • The encounter with dolphins that were swimming and playing near our catamaran (“Paradoxe Croisières”) offshore Petite – Terre  (Read the post about Petite-Terre)

And much more!

 Win a Trip to France Contest: do you want to win a holiday to France or Guadeloupe Islands? Here’s a surprise for you!

Visit the official page of  French Tourism, starting from 15 June, you can find  a great contest and you can win a lot of trips, among which one to the Guadeloupe Islands :):) To participate CLICK ERE

Thank you all for following me in this adventure to the Guadeloupe Islands!


Thanks to French Tourism, Air FranceYves Rocher and Delsey .

HERE IS THE WEBSITE ABOUT GUADELOUPE ISLANDS  (with lots of useful tips

Do you want more travels?

All my posts about Guadeloupe Islands

My trip to NEW YORK

My trip to LOS ANGELES

My trip to AUSTRALIA

My trekking-tour to AUSTRIA

All my posts about travels

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Caribbean Islands: Discovering Les Saintes – Guadeloupe Islands. Earthly Paradise #4/4

29/05/2015

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Caribbean Islands – Guadeloupe Islands: Les Saintes

Caribbean Islands. When you’re on the boat that, in about ten minutes, takes you back to Basse – Terre, probably a tear will slip out. Or at least, that’s exactly what happened to me leaving Les Saintes Islands, a tiny arcipelago of the Guadeloupe Islands

Caribbean Islands – Discovering Les Saintes – Guadeloupe Islands

Let’s go back to a couple of days ago. When you get of the boat in the little harbor of Les Saintes you get drunk on… color! The dark blue of the sea melts into a light turquoise, closer to the coast. Typical fishing boats are so colorful and match perfectly with the hues of the (few) houses that you can find on the island (Inhabitants of all 8 islands of the tiny archipelago are slightly over 2.000!). This island is so peaceful: calm, nature and traditions reign supreme.

Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful bays on the entire planet. We explored them all: you can choose an electric car (Car are only for the inhabitants and are really rare!), a moped (as we did), or the electric scooter hired at “Clear Blue Caraibes”. Or you can opt for a clear bottom kayaks ( we’ve tried this one too… you must try it, sea bad is stunning!) or for a paddle board (sea is always calm inside the bays). If you’d like to see them from above don’t miss Fort Napoléon ( hosting an interesting museum and a surprising garden).

As usual, I never turn down… good food! At “La Saladerie” we’ve tasted Tourment d’amour, a coconut pie with melted hot chocolate and vanilla icecream (obviously all local ingredients!). At “Au bon vivre” you must try the seared tuna with passion fruit sauce (OMG!) and at “Le Genois” grilled fish is always super fresh.

We stayed at “Le Kanaoa” a hotel right in front of the sea, that offers delicious lunches and a great manager, called Jimmy(ask him anythig, he’s ways the righ advice for you!)

That’s the end of our photo report from the Guadeloupe Islands, among fashion, travel and lifestyle.We’re working at a recap video about all my outfits and all my crazy adventures on the Guadeloupe Islands. It’s coming soon in the next post, along with a HUGE SURPRISE for you… Are you ready to pack? :)

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French Antilles – Guadeloupe Islands: Have You Ever Bathed in the Caribbean Sea with Horses? #3/4

27/05/2015

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French Antilles – Guadeloupe Islands: Discovering Basse – Terre #3

French Antilles. Basse – Terre is extremely different from Grande – Terre. As soon as we crosses the bridge that joins the two wings of an imaginary butterfly, which is the heart of Guadeloupe Islands, we experimented the famous tropical drizzle: that makes this island so green and luxuriant , a wonder for the eyes and the senses.

After spending the night in the second of the four hotels in which we stayed, hotel Fort Royal (really beautiful, we practically slept on the beach, in a little but very modern bungalow!) we dedicated our time in Basse – Terre to discover its environment.

French Antilles  –  Guadeloupe Islands: Walking Suspended Among Giant Leaves and Swimming with Horses

First stop Guadeloupe National Park: we drove on the Route de la Traversée, a wonderful road crossing the luxuriant forest of  Basse – Terre counting more than 3.000 different species of trees! We had an amazing walk to reach the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, waterfalls surrounded by greenery and lianas, it was amazing!  We visited the Guadeloupe Zoo, Parc des Mamelles, where we could watch closely some native species of the island, but more important… we walked on trees, at a heigh of 3 meters from the ground, what an adventure!

After seeing the Habitation Côte-Sous-Le-Vent, we had lunch at the Jardin Botanique. You must see this place! Not only because food is great (and little birds try to steal some sugar from your cocktail, so  cute!) but also because there’re so many flowers and plants, it will make your head spin (you can even stroke goats and feed  parrots on your shoulder!)

And what about exploring the surroundings on the back of a horse? For me it’s been the first time and I must admit…  I didn’t want to get down! We took the horses at Ranch des 2 Ilets in Deshaies (I got a Criollo horse!), there we ride among vegetation. Finally we got to the beach. Clothes off, saddles off… I’ve tried the incredible  sensation to ride bareback and… to bathe with my horse! It’s been a stunning experience. Soon I’ll show you the amazing videos we shot.

Before leaving, after this intense experience, we deserved a stop at Tendacayou Home & Spa, a SPA on trees with a background noise of streams and tweeting.  I’ve tried the fish treatment: it was  wooowww!!!

Finally I’d like to suggest you restaurant La Touna in Bouillante, fish is incredible (and you can finish your meal with an eccellent gourmet coffee!).

Here all the pics ;)

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Cocktail Dress… or Beach Dress? Grande-Terre – Guadeloupe Islands #2/4

26/05/2015

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Cocktail Dress… or Beach Dress? Grande – Terre and Dinner on the Beach!

Cocktail dress. Our second day on the Guadeloupe Islands was completely dedicated to the discovery of Grand Terre and its most stunning landscapes:

Pointe des Châteaux in Saint François: absolutely worth a visit because it’ll make you feel extremely small facing the majesty of the ocean;

Portes d’Enfer: between two big cliffs, it’s one of the symbols of the Guadeloupe Islands;

Pointe de la Grande Vigie: in this spot of Grand Terre you can defy the incredible height of the coast.

Once on Grande – Terre it’s impossible not to take a walk through the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre, the biggest town of the Guadeloupe Islands. The colorful market must not to be missed: spices, tropical fruits, fish and much more in a triumph of colors and fragrances (I bought vanilla beans, rum, cocoa paste, coffee… all of eccellent quality!). We also had the chance (and it’s been an honor) to have a preview of the Mémorial ACTe (that will be open to the public from July), a museum, but even more than that (I’ll call it a memorial center of knowledge and life) dedicated to slavery and slave trade all around the world, but in particular their role in the history of Guadeloupe and the Caribbean Islands. Here you can find permanent and temporary exhibitions, convention centers, a panoramic garden, spaces for events, restaurants, libraries and media centers in an imposing structure placed in a strategic location. Beyond any doubt, it will become the symbol of Guadeloupe and I suggest you to go and see it after its opening.

Lunch at Port Louis “Le Poisson d’Or” with a side of mustard and banana sauce, or at  the Yacht Club in Pointe-à-Pitre or maybe at the Auberge de la Vielle Tour (one of the best hotels on the island,we stayed there before going back to Italy).

Finally a refreshing dip on  one of the many beaches of Grande – Terre, such as Anse du Souffleur Beach in Port Louis, that faces the Caribbean Sea and then… we’re ready to have dinner on the beach ;)

Cocktail Dress… or Beach Dress? Beachwear all day long

But now, let’s talk about fashion… For a lighter and smarter suitcase, do you think  it would be possible to wear the same dress from morning till night? I’d say yes, and that’s what happens in Guadeloupe! A long pastel-colored dress by Accessorize Beachwear (Find it HERE), some blue sky colored accessories: some bracelets  (Find them HERE) and a necklace (Find it HERE). A pair of sneakers and a backpack for daytime and a clutch with fringes for the night (Find it HERE). What about shoes? No shoes, of course, if you’re having dinner on the beach!  I don’t wanna leave this place!!

See you tomorrow for a whole new adventure!

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