In the style of the Little Prince, who explained to me as a child that one can only see clearly with the heart and that what is really essential is invisible to the eyes ... I also look at traveling. Always. And the more I travel, the more. Because:
Of course there are highlights, photos from books or Instagram that are burned in and scream “I want to too”. However:
The touching and important places on my travels were mostly not the ostensibly spectacular. There are places in nature that speak to me. And there are houses:
That were conceived from a vision. Or from infinite love. Created by exciting people, once inhabited by unique people - and their spirit, their history, their feelings have somehow found their way into it. You live there and take pleasure in enriching the people who come to visit.
To touch. To challenge. With thoughts and emotions that just come and have become indispensable.
Today I am sharing three of my secrets with you and you. Places I recently visited, alone, with family, with a friend - and which bring silent tears of happiness to my eyes just thinking about them.
The design magazine IDEAT raved about one of these places when it called us experts for extraordinary accommodations in the most remote corners of the world:
Modeled on a moon landing, in a spectacular wasteland and almost challenging extreme thoughts. Sustainable, brave and only there to shower crazy people with euphoria.
Guests such as the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the artist David Manzur lived in this historic private villa, which was once the home of the former Colombian president Belisario Betancourt. Today it opens its doors to selected guests who want to experience the magic of Barichara, which is considered the most beautiful colonial city in Colombia and a paradise for artists and craftsmen. Thanks to its location next to the Chicamocha Canyon, Barichara is an ideal place for outdoor adventure and extreme sports, but also a perfect retreat for those who want to relax, do yoga, or enjoy the arts and culture while strolling the cobblestone streets of the city and these filigree combination of art and action has a magical effect on my inner life. I'm looking forward to going back in October and continuing our story.
Imagine living in the middle of the Andes in Chilean Patagonia on a farm with organic plantations, meltwater and native forests. A place where you have all the comfort you need and which is surrounded by one of the most impressive landscapes in the world. The main goal in this part of Patagonia is to create sustainable ways of life. It is an economic model based on principles that regenerate the land without using it. Feel what it means to really live in harmony with nature. In a community of values full of respect. Surrounded by wonderful design and inspiring people. A trip here makes the world a little better. Also and especially with children an exciting and far-reaching journey.