Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad) is a charming town situated in western Bohemia, Czech Republic. It is named after Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, who founded the city back in 1370. It;s historically famous for its hot springs (13 main springs, about 300 smaller springs, and the warm-water Teplá River) that are located both in the city, and on its green outskirts. No wonder why it’s the most visited spa town in Czech Republic – the treatments the city offers, based on the local waters, are here to relax and revitalise your body and soul. If you’re planning to visit Karlovy Vary in autumn, put fine dining and shopping aside – walk, walk and again walk in the surrounding forests! And see the local Orthodox church that’s located in the hilly neighborhood of huge, opulent villas. Needed a weekend escape? Here you go.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

A Day in Portofino

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In the past, it used to be a romantic, silent fishing village. Still, even though Portofino is what it is today – an exclusive, expensive resort town filled with fancy shops (Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga doesn’t really match the local ‘Italian prettiness’, to be honest), yachts, elegant coffee shops and restaurants that are simply overcrowded with tourists (didn’t see Giorgio Armani or Rihanna in any, ha…) – it looks like a postcard. Specifically, a postcard you wouldn’t mind finding in your post! But if you find yourself slightly bored with the cliché part of Portofino, so the pedestrian area near the sea, don’t hesitate to go up the beautiful pine forest. Oh, and you don’t want to miss the last ferry to Santa Margherita Ligure – or else you go bankrupt, staying at Splendido Hotel for the night. Note: it’s very difficult to get to Portofino by car.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Bavaria / Tyrol

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On our road trip to Italy (and back home), we’ve stayed for a few days in the mountains. First, we stopped in a small Austrian town (stone throw from Innsbruck) to get that fresh, Tyrol air. And ride the funicular! We did the same in Bavaria, the Alpine region of Germany. Bayrischzell is a perfect place for long forest walks, goat milk (get in at Leitzachtaler Ziegenhof farm) and, in general, every other typically Bavarian activity like drinking beer (not for me, though!) and hiking. Oh, and taking a bath in front of a waterfall is nothing unusual here. If you’re here, hit the Wandelstein mountain that’s near – up there you might have a chance listen to local orchestra, eat the all-time classic wurst and fall in love with every single view. Well, maybe not ‘every’ – unless you’re into the current ‘fashion trekker’ look done by the locals and tourists.

For those planning to reach the top of any other mountain in Tyrol or Bavara this summer – in style – you might want to get hold of these Marni Olive neoprene sneakers and that Y/Project hoodie.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.