Globally-minded family travel and kidspiration

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Lunch at Da Adolfo is a must. Meet their infamous boat at the main dock in town (you’ll recognize it by the red wooden fish atop it’s mass) and hop aboard for the short ride to a hidden cove and private rocky beach just outside of town where the very casual beach bar/resto can be found. Flip flops and comfortable white’s are de rigeur for guests, while the laid back waiters sling food and drink in what appear to be their sweaty football kits. Kick back with an Aperol Spritz and a bounty of fresh pasta and seafood dishes for a lovely and lively proper multi-hour Italian lunch.

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Caffè: Bar Buca di Bacco for people watching and an espresso high. Grab a table under the awning with a view of the rocky beach or order from the bar like a local and sip your cappuccino from a hightop next to the main stairway and watch the Dolce Vita unfold before you.

Aperitif: Le Sirenuse for epic views, ambiance and some fancy people watching.

Shop: Be sure to stop by Lo Scrigno di Brunella to pick up locally made linen for him, her and any bambinos in your life. The quality and craftsmanship are exceptional and the styles are unique, fashion forward and locally produced. Via Mulini 24-26 (00 39 089 812 3502)

\\ PRANZO AT HOTEL CARUSO’S BELVEDERE BAR // RAVELLO

Lunching is an artform at Hotel Caruso’s Belvedere Bar. Treat yourself to a view and a divine meal. Don’t let the name mislead you, the comprehensive menu is full of fresh takes on traditional southern Italian cuisine with a focus on beautiful seafood - much more than snacks, we’re talking about a proper Italian lunch - long, wine-soaked and multi-coursed. Be sure to start the meal with a Bellini - the best you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying on the Amalfi coast.

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Stay: Villa Serena. One of the many exceptional properties in the Inspirato collection: a travel club offering its members the best in private villas/estates and service to make any destination feel like a (luxury) home away from home. In our case, this particular abode was high atop a precarious hill outside Sorrento, with views of the Mediterranean from every room. The surprisingly sprawling grounds (given the steep lots) were as lovely as can be with an inviting swimming pool one tier down, surrounded by jasmine, crawling ivy and olive trees. It was hard to find an excuse not to relax given that our every whim had been looked after (a stocked fridge on arrival, local wine and ripe fruit for the taking, travel arrangements and day trips looked after by the villa concierge, beds made daily by the lovely Theresa)…..now what? Oh right, time to enjoy this holiday.
 
Treat: obviously gelato becomes a daily staple when in Italy, but Primavera doesn’t make just ANY gelato. Warning, there will be a line-up, and you will wait in it (without complaining) because the minute you taste one of their 30 plus flavors there will be no looking back.

\\ A D V E N T U R E S  I N  C A P R I // APERITIVO HOUR

When the sun sets over Capri, the islanders take to the Piazetta for aperitivo’s and a healthy dose of people watching. So when in Rome……or Capri….we had to join in the fun.

We snagged a front row table at Al Piccolo Bar where we had a perfect view of the parade of well-dressed (and questionably dressed) folks on their way out to drinks and dinner.

\\ C O O L  S T U F F // THE STORY BEHIND A FELT BALL RUG

It takes a great deal of work, patience and dedication to produce each of these beautiful rugs. They are handmade by Nepalese women who work in small shops and receive a fair wage for their work. For many of the women, especially those who have young children, flexibility in work is essential. For them it is also possible to work from home.

The video presents all materials that are required for making the rugs, including non-toxic colorants and high-quality New Zealand wool.

We love how this video celebrates the artistry of the Felt Ball Rug.

via: www.feltballrug.com

\\ A D V E N T U R E S  I N  C A P R I  // SHOP

100% Capri is a perfect little boutique tucked into a tiny, romantic alley off the main Piazetta. Go here for breezy linen caftans, sheets, homewares and chic designer pieces that will take you from dinner in St Barth’s to dancing in St Tropez. Oh, and if you happen to be there in season and have the great fortune (as we did) of meeting the founder of this chain of exclusive shops, be sure to introduce yourself and accept his offer of a Bellini!

\\ ADVENTURES IN CAPRI // LUNCHING & SUNNING AT DA LUIGI AI FARAGLIONI

A quintessential Capri afternoon is to be spent at one of the many bathing establishments on the island. Our beach club of choice happens to date back to the ever-so-glamorous 1930’s, when Capri started attracting stars of the cinema, models, jetsetters and business magnates alike.

Be sure to set aside a few hours (at least) to enjoy a light seafood lunch, then make like Liz (Taylor) and rent some towels and chaises so you can worship that Italian sun and swim in Capri’s turquoise waters right off their rock-cliff docks.

\\ A D V E N T U R E S  W I T H O U T  A T T I C U S // A DAY IN CAPRI

A little photo diary of an amazing day in Capri organized by our Inspirato hosts. A beautiful gleaming wooden boat picked us up at a small marina outside of Sorrento and off we went to check out the beautiful turquoise grotto’s and rock formations around the Isola di Capri. We lunched, we sunned, we shopped, we snacked and we aperitivo’d. All my recos in posts to follow……

Be sure to earmark the dates for next year's Lavender Festival in Prince Edward County. There was a small petting zoo, live jazz music, lavender picking and local food. http://www.peclavender.com/

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A few more snapshots from our recent adventures in PEC.

The Prince Edward County Lavender Farm is a must - it happened to be the weekend of the Lavender Festival and we enjoyed picking fresh lavender from the fields, live jazz music, a little petting zoo and local food.

We also recommend Huff Estates winery - they have a beautiful contemporary art gallery and outdoor sculpture garden, offer tastings of their current and past vintages and have a cute patio for lunch or snacks overlooking the vines.

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A short ferry ride - but a world away - lie the Toronto Islands. I should be admonished for taking so long to discover Ward’s Island - the smallest residential island of the lot. It is a magical escape from the city…….at the foot of the city.

You can hop a ferry from the main terminal at Queens Quay ($7.50 per adult). For approximately the same price ($10 per adult) you can take a water taxi over at your leisure.

We spent a morning lounging on the patio of The Island Cafe over a late breakfast of delicious local fare (there were even some freshly picked peas on our plates from their personal garden). We ordered impressive coffees from their espresso bar (which we took to go while we explored the island in all it’s park - beach-life glory) and had every intention of returning for ice-cream had we not made a run-for-it to catch the ferry in order to make nap-time back on the mainland!

We can’t wait to return for round two on an up-coming summer weekend.