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Hotel Lupaia

(+39) 057.766.8028
Località Lupaia 74 – 53049 Torrita di Siena, Italy
www.lupaia.com
@Lupaia

Magic Magic Magic Magic!!!!!!

Tucked in the hills of Val d’Orcia, staring at the city of Montepulciano is the Tuscan gem, Hotel Lupaia. Lupaia is everything you dream about when searching for a hotel in Tuscany. Nestled into the perfect 1600s Italian farmhouse, this charming Tuscan hotel has abundance flowing. The joy is easily found in the staff, rooms, views, location, grounds, everywhere you look – everything is what you wish it to be.

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Service is extraordinary from the moment of booking. For instance, we promptly received a very informative email outlining the different routes and attractions for our drive through Tuscany. Their suggestions  were perfect for us, and as a result, we found several lovely spots along the way.

On arrival through the wandering hill-top drive (follow the cute well place signs!) we were welcomed with a lovely glass of local wine (Remember, here local is Montepulciano !) and a tour of the garden. The staff is attentive to your every need and mood. Each area being attentive in its service, from the restaurant (delicious) to the gardens. Everyone is looking out for you well being in mind and body.

Owners Heidi and Christopher Müller,  have perfected  the Tuscan fantasy. The rooms are individual and comfortable ( We especially thank you for the beds!!) We loved Lupaia so much that we extended our stay. After that decision, we were blessed with a Turkish Bath in our new room. At the end of our long explorations, coming home and relaxing in the hot steam was the best way to end the day. What an incentive to out and come back!

The hotel has a quite a fine restaurant and top breakfast. You do need to book ahead as it is very popular with the entire surrounding community. Remember to give your dietary preferences ahead of time. With our vegetarianism, the kitchen was very accommodating, Note that dinner is  three course menu,  so if you are a light evening eater,  mention this at booking time for smaller options 🙂

In short, Lupai makes it to the top of our list of European destinations. With Hotel Castigno, SoprArno and Les Cols.


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Tenryū-ji – Kyoto, Japan

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Tenryū-ji

(81)  75.881.1235
68 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō,
Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi,
Kyōto-fu 616-8385,

www.tenryuji.com/en

Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily  Summer
9:00-16:00    Daily  winter (Oct. 21-Mar. 20)

Built in 1339 by the ruling shogun of the time, Ashikaga Takauji, Tenryū-ji is another gem in Kyoto.

The famous garden was designed by Muso Soseki, who also created the fabulous garden of Kokedera (Moss Temple – which requires much advance planning and is on our bucket-list).

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As Tenryū-ji is a large complex network of temples and gardens, we have the following recommended itinerary:

1. Bamboo grove

2. Okochi Sanso garden

3. Shingetsu vegetarian restaurant @ Tenryū-ji – reservation is mustand walk-ins will receive a firm “NO”!

Note: if you forget to make a reservation for Shingetsu you can go to any of the tofu restaurants on the main street leading to the train station

4. Tenryū-ji

5. Lunch at Tenryū-ji or any of the other restaurants on the way to the train station

We know eventually one gets “templed-out” in Kyoto; so we recommend to head to Tenryū-ji earlier in your stay.  It has many subtle and beautiful elements that may suffer in appreciation after such over the top builds such as the Golden Temple at Kinkaku-ji or the sheer scale of Kyomizu Dera!


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Petit Comité – Barcelona, Spain

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Petit Comité

(34) 93 – 550 0620
Passatge de la Concepció, 13
Eixample District
08008 Barcelona, Spain

www.petitcomite.cat

Open Hours:
13:00 – 16:00   Lunch Everyday
20:00 – 23:00    Diner Everyday

When in Barcelona, consider a visit to the informal restaurant of Michelin stared chef Nandu Jubany .  You can learn more about Jubany as he is a member of the “Science & Cooking” talks at Harvard University.

The restaurant itself is of modern design, with clean lines and a general air of significance.   A combination of formality and professionalism abound.

Our amuse bouche was a calamari salad and potato pillows.  They were quite elaborate via the effect of double frying at different temperatures.

Of course,  we had the Catalan staples of cocas con tomate (bread with tomato), and  escalibada,  (grilled vegetables) with anchovies and romesco sauce. (Though we would probably order a bowl of the Romesco if possible!)

The grilled octopus with  mashed potatoes and cayenne were good, but what we liked best was the esqueixada bacalla  (fresh flaked salty cod)  with tomato. It was very fresh and tender (and didn’t give me my Octopus guilt trip).

The Truita de botifarra   (open omelette)  with morels, goat cheese and tomato bread sounded better on the menu, as the eggs were too dry and the effect was lost.

Overall, it was quite a nice meal and we were happy and satisfied!

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Kyoto Imperial Palace – Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

(81)  75.211.1215

www.sankan.kunaicho.go.jp

Open Hours:
9:00-16:30    Daily

Sort of an easy one in Kyoto, the magestic residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, it immediately went through a Meiji Restoration in 1869. From the impressive gates of cypress-wood, throughout the entire complex you will be awed as you are in most of Kyoto.

 

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Ninna-ji – Kyoto, Japan

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Ninna-ji

(81)  75.461.1155

www.ninnaji.or.jp

Open Hours:
9:00-16:30    Daily

Ninna-ji was originally built in the year 886-888 by Emperors Kōkō  and Uda as the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.  However, none of the buildings from the temple’s foundation in the 9th century still survive.  The oldest buildings date back to the beginning of the Edo Period in the early 1600s.  The Kannon Hall, the Niomon front gate, the Chumon inner gate and the five storied pagoda are standouts among the temples..

Worth note is the Goten.  The former residence of the head priest, in the southwestern corner of the temple complex.    Here sliding doors (fusuma) provide a broad open view to the beautiful stones and pond.

If you are in season, look for the grove of locally Omuro Cherries!

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