Styria, an Austrian Tuscany

Let’s discover the nature, wellness and cuisine of a breathtaking region

It’s the second time I visit this area and I have to confirm my previous impression: Styria is a truly incredible region! Nature here is magnificent and the land is covered in fruit groves and cultivations; apples, pumpkins, vineyards, elderflower and corn. This is why it’s easy to encounter small producers of chees, ham and much…

Lana: Relax and excellent cuisine in Alto Adige

Three days among the apple groves to discover Lana (BZ)

Today I’m going a little further from my usual routes…you know how much I like to explore and tell you about new and unusual places. If yesterday you had asked which is the common in Italy which produces the largest number of apples I would have said Merano, but I actually discovered it’s Lana, which…

La Subida: a 20 hectare dream in Cormons

In the green hills of the Collio, great restoration, excellent hospitality and sport

During the 1990s I used to spend the weekend at the Subida with my family. After lunch we used to go to the stables to admire their beautiful horses. But it was just recently that I truly discovered how much this place has to offer. A fairy tale location… after all there are legends that…

Rimske Thermal baths, the oldest roman baths in Slovenia

Discovered in 39 B.C., they were developed in 1840 by Gustav Adolf Ulrich of Trieste

We’re in Rimske Toplice, a Slovenian town in the common of Laško, which is well known for the brewery with its same name, for the Restaurant Pavus I’ve told you about, but also for something else! In Rimske Toplice we find the most antique roman thermal baths of the country J a jewel with a…

Boutique Hotel Alhambra & Villa Augusta, a royal holiday in Lussinpiccolo

An unforgettable weekend in the bay of Cigale!

Close your eyes and imagine a hotel fit for a king. Done? Well whatever you had imagined, I’m sure it comes nowhere close to Alhambra, a shiny hotel in Lussinpiccolo, affiliated with the prestigious hotel chain “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”. Even the structure, a building in Secession style,  will leave you breathless; this…

Trattlers Hof Chalet: a luxurious weekend in Carinthia

A place to cuddle you mind and heart surrounded by mountains

Today I’ll take you to Carinthia to discover a magical place that has recently opened in the heart of Bad Kleinkirchheim, a little town I love. I’m taking you to the new Trattlers Hof-Chalet, created by the Forstnig family who have been in the hotel business for generations. It’s a little village of 14 luxury…

Easter in Carinthia

Each season has its beauties traditions… let’s discover them together!

I’ve just returned from an incredible Easter holiday in Carinthia and I have to admit that I was thinking about publishing this article in twelve months. But then I realized that my experience could come in handy to someone else too… better to be prepared, right? I also had already given you a few tips…

Michela Spena’s “measured” shiatsu

How to balance and increase your vital strength.

For a while now I’ve been trying to specialize in Middle European beauty and recently I’ve dedicated a section to personal wellness, to the care of one’s body and mind (and, why not, one’s soul), so I can give you a full view of everything you can find in our beautiful territory. This is how…

La Majun, how to feel at home in Val Badia

A world of cuddles in the middle of the Dolomites

As you well know I was a guest for a couple of days at the event CARE’s in Val Badia; an incredible experience that I’ve told you all about. https://www.missclaire.it/foodbeverage-eng/missclaire-at-cares-the-ethical-chef-days-2018/ What I hadn’t told you about yet, was where I stayed when I was there! I immediately had to include him in MissClaire’s space: because if…

An imperial weekend in Rogaška Slatina

Crystals and mineral water with an atmosphere that recalls the Hapsburg Empire

I’m back in my “Middle Europe explorer” costume. This weekend is entirely dedicated to the town of Rogaška Slatina, about a mile northeast of Ljubljana. This name has always reminded me of the famous crystals, so the first place I visit is the Rogaska crystal and glasswork plant where for over 350 years they’ve produced…