While many of us won’t be away from the sofa for a while, we expect, say, a quiet afternoon under the Yucatán sky, wandering the misty Scottish swamps, or a proper glass of French extinguishing. In other words: Tulum, the whimsical Scottish Highlands and Paris
are the three places we currently miss the most to visit. This is how we bring these dreamy destinations home.
Unheard of butter croissants, champagne drink outside Café de Flore…Yes, we miss Paris. A lot. The next time we land in CDG, the schedule is sorted out: a night in a lavishly renovated Bristol, lunch at Septime, lazy afternoon jumping gallery in 8th. For now, we decide to bring the essence of one of the most ethereal European cities to us. Bon – or rather not – travel.
Juliette Binoche, the little unfortunate hood and one accident after another: Call my agent it is an extremely charming depiction of Parisians who are Parisians. The show features a group of talent agents trying to dodge frequent accidents with their megawatt clients. But it really is the endearing fifty minutes of madness of the French acting team around the city. We are very much looking forward to the fifth season.
Lost in the Louvre
has enhanced its virtual presence and the offer does not disappoint. Because you can’t wander through numerous galleries and pay your respects Mona Lisa, we suggest you click on Advent of the artist tour. Spend an hour zooming in on the works of Delacroix and Rembrandt without the tourists obscuring your view.
The moody, foggy, historically soaked landscape of the Scottish Highlands is the topography we crave for an earthy, wild journey. Rocky, rocky hills; sparkling lakes; and the mossy-green vistas make it a place of untamed beauty. Tartani budget hotels (we look at you, Gleneagles), and whiskey is not half bad either.
Pour the drama
A windy place on the island? Check. A third-generation local distiller? Check. Peat, smooth whiskey on the tongue? Check. Laphroaig is one of the oldest and most picturesque distilleries in Scotland, and its virtual tour is deep and easily digestible.
Scotland meets Shakespeare
A murky Shakespearean drama set in the heart of the Highlands. Many broke through Macbeth at school, and Justin Kurzel’s film adaptation is a triumph of creepiness that is beautifully shot.
Tartan and Tweed
Araminta Campbell is the Scottish queen of textiles responsible for the lavish range of tweed through the wonderfully unusual Fife Arms in Braemar. But custom tartans are not reserved for long-established clans. Book a virtual meeting with Campbell to design your own family tweed or tartan and view her stunning showroom through the screen.
Honestly, if you haven’t watched a sexy eighteenth-century epic, that is Outlander, you really should. But as with many other adaptations of periodical dramas, book is better. Has Diane Gabaldon’s historical fantasy won the Booker Prize? No. But the series is an immensely transporting, fascinating window in turbulent times. Even better, there are eight books in the series (with two more).
Short and sweet
Butter crispy dough is just as essentially Scottish as sweets. Sure, there are cleaned versions, but in the spirit of authenticity, keep it old-school with a homemade recipe or order a can of walkers.
Steamy peace is present in this piece of Yucatan. Tulum is a dreamy tropical ecosystem of jungle, sea and Mayan history. In the spirit of traveling without traveling, mark the weekend to revisit with some typically Mexican flavors and textures.
Main line to Maya
Instead of visiting the Mayan ruins where the cliffs north of Tulum are located, enjoy the majesty of these structures through a virtual collaboration between Google and the British Museum. Learn from the Mayan anthropologist and embark on a meticulously executed virtual tour. Nothing replaces the IRL experience, but this is the next best thing.
The texture and patina of the pottery are carefully worn from ancient adventures, adding everyday dining to something so special. 1050 Grados heals the best of craft Mexican pottery, like this traditional vessel cast from local clay and polished with quartz stone.
Samin is an acid
Nothing elevates pandemic blues just like the boundless, sunny enthusiasm and deep knowledge of all culinary Samin Nosrat. Netflix episode “Sour” Salt Fat Acid Heat he delves deeply into the lively cuisine of the Yucatecan. And the relentless background of Doña Asaria’s jungle-encounter-market-encounter kitchen doesn’t hurt.
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