Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos, personal opinions and the occasional rants and raves. This is a place where you can learn about beautiful destinations, culture, history, food and the common thread that weaves them together. Hi, I am Anda – a Romanian-born award-winning travel writer and, Read More
My guest today is Eva Fydrych, the art director and founder of Fashion Studio Magazine. an influential website and a powerful source of information for people in the fashion industry around the world. Eva is also a passionate traveler who blogs about her journeys.
Hello 🙂 Where do I start? I’m the Founder and Art Director of Fashion Studio Magazine, frequent traveller, former model, hotel receptionist, English teacher, retail assistant, PA, office manager, marketing assistant, philosopher, social media influencer, fitness addict, and so on… It’s always very tricky to describe myself as I rarely fit into any categories. I am originally from Krakow, Poland and currently living in Toronto, Canada. I always loved travelling.
I used to live in many different places along the way: Dublin (Ireland), London (UK), Xuzhou (China), Cebu (Philippines), and Singapore. Immersing myself in local cultures in all those amazing places – plus a fair bit of travelling that I did (over 40 countries so far) – shaped the person that I am today. Read More
San Simeon has gained its reputation for being home to the flamboyant Hearst Castle, but not many people know that its beach is also home to a big elephant seal colony. Until 1990, only under two dozen elephant seals could be seen here, but then something very strange happened. The next spring, over 400 seals showed up on the beach just south of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Why did that happen? Nobody knows, but after that the population continued to grow every year.
Today, the rookery at Piedras Blancas has more than 17,000 elephant seals. “These marine mammals spend eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1,000 to 5,000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours. They migrate thousands of Read More
The great thing about going on press trips is not that you get free meals, or free lodging, but that you get to experience places that only few people do when they travel. And if you are lucky enough to have an eloquent and knowledgeable tour guide, then you may get a very different perspective on the culture and history of those places. Such was the case of our FAM trip to the Swedish castles, in the beautiful region of Södermanland.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t know much about this part of Sweden before we started on this trip, but after these four days I got hooked. It might have been the charming eloquence of Elizabeth Daude, our guide, or perhaps the magic of this land made up of thousands of small islands on the Baltic Sea. Whatever the reason, when the trip ended I found myself wanting more.
One of the places on our itinerary was Sparreholm Castle. Tucked away in an oak forest and surrounded by the glittering waters of Lake Båven, this stylish manor house may seem like a remote and peaceful retreat, but don’t let its appearance fool you. The quirky Sparreholm Castle is a collector’s dream come true. Read More