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Oh la la! After a long haul flight, you step off the plane and you’re greeted with bonjour. Then breakfast croissants and chocolate Chaud (hot chocolate). At first glance, the island of Reunion is like a piece of France teleported to the tropics. But beyond the Gallic style, you’ll soon realize it is a resplendent tapestry, which also combines influences Indigenous, African and Chinese.

Protruding from the sea as a basaltic shield wrapped in green, Réunion is a mini-Hawaii, with an impressive geographic diversity. Within an hour or two, transforms the landscape of lava fields in lush primary forest, from the jagged peaks of the extensive coastal cities. The West is the Riviera of Reunion, a long series of suburban beaches and resort towns, including dazzling Canota Boucan. The piece de resistance is Les Hautes and the volcano. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes active and depending on the whims of nature, you might even witness fiery red molten lava. When the volcano has finished working its magic on you, there are horses to ride, majestic mountains to walk in circuses, or glider in Saint-Leu, slopes to dive, great waves for surfing, extinct volcanoes to fly again and canyons to explore. But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline – Reunion has its cultural gems as well, with brave Creole style architecture-as-can-be villages and religious buildings and colorful festivals.

Let’s be honest, though. The Meeting is a tropical island, but that does not fit the cliché of an Edenic paradise bathed by the sun. Sure, you will find attractive palm ruffled stretches of sand, but none that rivals super sexy beaches that are de rigueur in the Seychelles and Mauritius. All the best for you: the mega-resorts are nonexistent. Open the Pandora’s box, and you leave the island proclaiming to the world that The Rénion lé gadiamb (‘The Meeting is wonderful, “in Creole).



The Belpaese (wonderful place) is one of the largest individual deposits of sensory pleasures of the earth. From art to food, from the magnificent landscapes and varied extravagant fashion, Italy has it all. This is the country that brought us Slow Food, dedicated to the promotion of fresh produce and good traditional cuisine. What began as a local protest against fast food has become a global movement.

With 44 seats, Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. His great città of art (art cities), like Rome, Venice and Florence, have been attracting visitors for centuries, and with good reason. Sometimes it seems that the country rests on its laurels art. This is not entirely true. Milan’s financial capital, has created one of the fairs largest and most modern Europe, and is planning a major residential development, CityLife complex in the heart of the city. Venice is probably the city that has been, apparently, at least changed over the decades, but recently it has opened a sleek new bridge over the Grand Canal and a spectacular contemporary art space in the Punta della Dogana.

Along with the art treasures of Italy, you will find plenty to keep you busy in the field. You can ski in the Alps, the Dolomites walking or diving gold coast of Sardinia. Adrenaline junkies can catch fireworks in volatile volcanoes of Sicily. But as much as all this, a trip to Italy is about lifestyle licking. It is idle over coffee at a cafe any street or stop at a long lunch in the Mediterranean sun.


At first glance, Milan (Milano) can appear as one of the models that grace its catwalks: great bone structure (in the form of new and amazing historical architecture), extravagant taste and no obvious soul. But the style of Milan and, yes, the substance beyond the skin.