post that I wrote in March I told you about this day, which Icelanders are celebrating today. I also told you about the tradition to give children presents and about my decision to give one to myself. As I was about to order the book I meant to get, I changed my mind and bought another one instead:
Escape Hotel Stories: Retreat and Refuge in Nature by travel writer Francisca Mattéoli.
I haven't finished reading it but I can tell you that it is a truly beautiful book, where eco-friendly travel locations meet culture. On the pages you not only learn about stunning resorts all over the world, you also meet artists and writers and even characters in films. I love the cover, a lithographic poster, Air France (1947) by Lucien Boucher. See the whale? Iceland is right above it. In the photo below you see the endpapers, an Imperial Federation World Map from 1886. Even Iceland is included in that one (it is so often left out in old maps).
To sum it up, this book simply makes me happy.
interview left me very inspired and I knew that I had to get a copy of Mattéoli's latest book. Now that I have it, I of course want all her books (if you are interested you will find them in the travel section of my Amazon picks).
I took a few photographs of some of my favourite spreads (who am I kidding, all the spreads in this book are a favourite). As I plan to travel to East Africa one day with a close friend of mine who has been there many times (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are on the plan), I was especially drawn to a resort called the Cottars that starts on page 94. In the text Mattéoli talks about Karen Blixen (1885-1962) and there was just something about that one that went straight to my heart.
Our male Persian kitten was very interested in the place. Every time I reached for the camera he jumped up on the table to have a look (smart cat). He's probably a Karen Blixen fan as I am. Note to self: How much extra does it cost to travel with a Persian to Kenya?
- the book Escape Hotel Stories: Retreat and Refuge in Nature by Francisca Mattéoli is published by Assouline. It is available in French and English (English translation: Barbara Mellor)