Posts Tagged ‘scandinavia’
Iceland is beautiful and ethereal and harsh and just, well, spellbinding. These aerial photographs of the “land of fire and ice” shot by photographer Sarah Martinet capture a bit of that isolated wonder. Have a look:
As our plane followed the coastline up from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, the aerial views made my heart skip a beat: it was all sparkling blue Pacific ocean lined with golden sand and white surf, leading up to hills tinged bright pink in the light of the setting sun. Flying over sailboats, palm trees, and the Santa Barbara pier gave me such a sense of happiness. And the views just kept getting sweeter, with the city piled into the hills as a backdrop to the ocean-front cliffs of The Mesa, tumbling right into the sea. California is definitely my kind of paradise. Moreover, I stepped off the plane to a balmy, sunny day—this is why I love California Christmases so much!
Klaus K is a design hotel inspired by the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, and “inspired” is definitely an apt description of the thoughtful aesthetic of this incredible hotel. Design details abound — in the lobby and the rooms, but also in unexpected places like the elevators, wallpaper, and carpet. Owners Mia and Marc Skvorc have incorporated literal and symbolic references to the Kalevala in almost every aspect of the hotel’s design, but for those unfamiliar with the epic Finnish poem, the masterful blend of textures and colors gives you plenty to look at while the soft lighting and modern elegance create a sense of richness throughout the establishment.
Stockholm’s Nordic Sea Hotel is not only home to the Icebar, but it’s home to an Ice Menu too. In the Sea Bar & Restaurant you can get this set menu featuring dishes inspired by the flavors of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland. Here dishes are served on plates and bowls made of pure ice from the Torne river in Northern Sweden!