Kanyon – Istanbul, Turkey

Kanyon Mall Instanbul
Kanyon 007(above Photo © Refik Anadol)  to be confirmed

Kanyon Mall

(90) 212 344 0150
Buyukdere Cad. No:185 Levent,
Besiktas-  Istanbul, Turkey


10:00 – 22:00 Daily

Ok- for whatever reason when traveling we always wind up at a mall.  We could look at it in a low-brow way and say its due to our innate consumerism – or high-brow and look at it as the apex of a cultures economic stature.

Whichever view you take, the Kanyon Mall is worth a visit purely for it’s architecture -courtesy of Jerde Partnership and Tabanlioglu Architects.  It is an open air experience with multitudes of shapes and voids that create dynamic visual experience. It is definitely sci-fi movie set worthy.

Embedded in a large modern office and residential complex, Kanyon is  a destination for local luxury shopping.   While there, you can grab one a the an excellent bite at their incarnation of the House Cafe.

Kanyon Shopping Mall(above Photo © Mathias Matzat)  to be confirmed
 Istanbul | Kanyon(above Photo © Jan Martin)
Kanyon (above Photo © Robert Gall)

"eye"(above Photo ©  Ioannis Stampoulis)

Barceló Raval Hotel – Barcelona, Spain

lobby-hotel-barcelo-raval-6-121-50288above photo © Barceló Raval

Barceló Raval Hotel

(34) 93 – 320 1490
Rambla del Raval, 17-21
Raval   District
08001 Barcelona, Spain



CmvArchitectsabove photo ©  CMV Architects


When we first booked our hotels for our Barcelona trip, we decided to stay in a different area of town due to the proximity of the tourist circus , a previous bad experience at a Barcelo hotel in Turkey and the bad reputation of the Raval district.  However, we decided to stay there  for a couple of nights after our Garrotxa excursion (lovely!).

To our surprise Raval was the most enjoyable and energetic area for us in Barcelona,  it felt more happening, and having libraries, schools and the CCCB (Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture) a couple of blocks from the hotel certainly helped. Located about three blocks away from the main Ramblas ultra touristic area, the Hotel itself is comfortable and the rooms compact and practical.  While the service was average, the overall package proved a good value in terms of location, design and ease.

A friend looking for a nice, yet not over the top expensive hotel, stayed for a week in April 2015 and found it about the same as we did.  A ‘Blog-Worthy’ home base in a wonderful part of the world!

room-deluxe-97-hotel-barcelo-raval21-50293above photo © Barceló Raval
room-superior-hotel-barcelo-raval-521-29965above photo © Barceló Raval
junior-suite-9-bathroom-hotel-barcelo-raval21-65793above photo © Barceló Raval
room-barcelo-9-hotel-raval21-82169above photo © Barceló Raval
junior-suite-room-9-hotel-barcelo-raval21-50281above photo © Barceló Raval
lobby-5-hotel-barcelo-raval21-67504 above photo © Barceló Raval
   restaurant-3-hotel-barcelo-raval21-67374above photo © Barceló Raval
bar-hotel-barcelo-raval21-1827above photo © Barceló Raval

lobby-2-hotel-barcelo-raval21-50284above photo © Barceló Raval

Chic By Accident – Mexico City, Mexico




Chic by Accident

(52) 55 551-11312
Lago Texcoco 112, Anáhuac
11320  México, D.F.


By Appointment

A gallery, a workshop, a studio – where the juxtaposition of traditional Mexican folk objects combines with antiques and mid century exquisite objects.  A multi faceted life envisioned by French antiques dealer and decorator Emmanuel Picault.

The gallery was established in 2000 and flourished.  Emmanuel’s style in conjunction with Mexican aesthetic proved a good match, and in 2010 the architectural design studio emerged; working  on commercial and residential projects.

Chic By Accident is a fantastic destination.  Every artifact, big and small, new and old, are so carefully selected.  Truly, we wanted half the inventory, but its a bit difficult not living in DF! (although they do ship worldwide). We ended up getting a mescal flask (delicous!), a large silver nautilus shaped champagne bucket and a very dark and bizarre Huichol  skull (still among our treasures).

On our visit we met Emmanuel Picault, quite a charming man, who made us feel at home; inviting us to join him, and his friends who were visiting, to share in some Mescal.

Thank you Emmanuel for your wonderful space and hospitality!

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