Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Organika Shop, Gozo

Earlier this spring I had the pleasure of finding the loveliest little shop on the island of Gozo. Organika is operated by a kind woman from Paris, who knew everything about every product in her shop (where it came from, how it was made) and was gracious enough to let me take a few photos. 

Organika also has a free multilingual book exchange. How fun is that?

I went home with two new purses, a pouch full of local sea salt, and a smile on my face. The textiles at Organika are stunning, and affordable to boot. If you find yourself in Victoria do pop in. 

- Jess

p.s. i was not compensated for this post. i simply liked this shop.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Victoria, Gozo

Back in March we headed to Gozo with a couple friends for a day trip full of the best seafood and fig jam in this part of the world.

I'd like to say I go to Gozo just because it's beautiful, but lately the food is drawing me back more and more. 

What's your favourite day trip destination? (And you favourite thing to eat there?)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ramla Bay, Gozo

A few photos of Ramla Bay beach, on the little island of Gozo, to send you off into the weekend.

(She seduced Odysseus there, and kept him as a prisoner of love for seven years.)

May your weekend be as sunny and serene as this little slice of the Med.

- Jess

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sicily's best kept secret: Sirausa's Oritiga

During our little Sicilian road trip last month we ended our adventure in Siracusa's Ortigia, on a glowing recommendation from our Sicilian friend Rachel (who begged me not to tell the whole world how awesome Siracusa is so it maintains its perfect charm, sorry Rach!) 

Siracusa/Syracusa's Ortigia/Ortygia is a little walled peninsular town perched on top of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It's characterized by tiny, winding alleys, beautiful limestone public squares, an ancient history, lots of university exchange students, and the friendliest locals.

We stayed here in Siracusa and loved the location, their lovely dog friendly attitude, and their sunny seaside breakfasts!

I spy...two little dogs...

...and some Doric Greek columns - in the walls of a church!

Neat, huh?

Siracusa was the loveliest place to relax for a couple days. We ate dinner both nights at a lovely little restaurant whose name I can never remember, up this adorable alley.

And walked the dogs through the Oritiga's streets and squares for hours.

It was just before Easter, so the bakeries were full of marzipan treats.

And the rough seas that cancelled our ferry crossing back to Malta (which is why we got to stay here two days - no one was complaining!) turned the sea a milky turquoise colour.

The Ortigia is for wandering around, camera in hand. Sitting at a cafe drinking Bloody Mary's and reading a book. Popping into artist's studios to admire their work. Picking up souvenirs (Modican chocolate, notebooks, biscotti, busiate pasta, and hot pepper jelly, to name a few) in the Ortigia's lovely shops. Listening to the waves crash against the city walls as you fall asleep. And apertifs on the house after every meal.

But you wouldn't like it, anyway ;)

- Jess