Friday, 23 August 2019

Worrying about the world

The world has become a very small place. There is so much to worry about. Bees becoming extinct so we won't have any food, glaciers melting by the minute leaving polar bears stranded on blocks of ice in the middle of the sea, islands of plastic the size of France floating about in the ocean, climate change, pollution, animals becoming extinct, toxic waste, toxic air, the end of the world's resources and today the Amazon is on fire, the world is on fire and people marching with banners reminding us there is no planet B. Mobile phones and 5G are harming our brains, taking away our ability to feel empathy and compassion.

Anyone who read 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley written in the 1930s a very frightening time indeed, might feel a shudder when thinking about the world. The title 'Brave New World' is from a line in The Tempest by William Shakespeare, which tells us that worrying about the world was nothing new.
'There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.' Aldous Huxley.

Here's a little rhyme from my childhood that reminds us of the importance of drinking water,

If all the world were paper
And all the sea were ink,
If all the trees were bread and cheese
What would we have to drink?

Sunday, 21 July 2019

A place where Harmony Reigns

The Color Hotel at Bardolino Lake Garda is the perfect place for anyone who wants to nourish their spirit, body and soul. The moment you enter the hotel your shoulders relax, the tension you have accumulated throughout the year will subside. All is harmony the moment you walk in. The girls at the reception are dressed in silk jackets each one a different colour, green, violet, pink, yellow, blue. Their smiles are warm and welcoming , you feel as though you are in a friend's home.

We had a Harmony Suite which consisted of two connecting rooms. It was blue, calming and soothing. Great excitement on arrival in the room as we all examined the attention to detail, the towels folded like elephants, the books on the shelves perfect holiday reading an German, English, Dutch, Italian and French . The maid had left a card with a welcoming greeting and her name, she was nearby so we introduced ourselves and she told us that she was there to make sure we had a wonderful time.

The Color Hotel is a place to explore, to savour, to enjoy. Here you feel you can regenerate, charge your batteries or whatever you are looking for on holiday.

The breakfast is a magical experience. Each area is a different colour and you are invited to choose your mood. Orange for joy included mango, apricots, cantaloupe melons, vitamin infused fruit juice. Red for energy included strawberries, almonds, walnuts, black cherry jam. The green area was the healthy organic breakfast, green apples, organic yoghurt, apple juice. Then there was the spiritual breakfast to feed your soul, it was violet and included berries , blackcurrants and seeds nuts and raisins. There was also an incredible selection of pastries, jam tarts, mini doughnuts, pancakes.
Bread and jam, honey and  a long table of salami, ham and cheese and salad.

After breakfast take time to explore the hotel. There is a pool next to the bar area with individual jacuzzis round the edge and a Silent area covered nearby. Here the water is warm and again there are push-button whirlpools. There is a relaxation area with large comfortable divans and hammocks. Next door is the gym where you can use exercise bikes and walking machines and other equipment.

There is ample room in the garden round the pool for relaxation on sunbeds. You are given a key to enter the garden on the other side of a narrow lane and it is like entering a secret paradise. Olive trees and exotic flowers abound, again sunbeds and shady spots either under an olive trees or parasols. If you want to sit by the water's edge to keep on the children or develop your tan there are sunbeds round the pool. In the garden there are two pools, one is heated in April and May and then again in September and October.

The bar area is perfect for a light lunch or a game of table tennis. the cheerful, friendly bar staff serve drinks while you are in the pool sitting on tall pool bar stools. There is a life guard on duty all the time and you are allowed to use balls and lilos. If you want a more substantial lunch you can return to the bar area in the main hotel.

The restaurant at the Color Hotel is called 'La Veranda' and has a Michelin star. It is run by Franco and his staff and is the perfect venue for a special occasion or for a fine dining experience.

Most of the guests will go along the lake for their meal. It is a short walk to Bardolino where there is an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and pizzerias to suit everyone.
If you go back to the hotel after supper you might like to stop at the poolside bar for a drink or a coffee. This pool changes colour and is the perfect place to sit and relax before bedtime.

The staff at the Color Hotel are harmonious and friendly like the atmosphere they create. You will come away feeling joyful, calm, energized and enriched spiritually.

A very special warm thank you to Samantha and the girls, Franco and the boys from the Bars and the Restaurant La Veranda, Marta the sommelier and the Marco the life-guard at the pool, and all the staff of the Color Hotel for a really magical experience.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Favourite Lines for Midsummer day

Today is the 21st June, a magical day if ever there was one. Many people will start off with a salute to the sun, our wonderful sun that makes everything brighter. It's arguably the best day of the year to get up at dawn and to find time to admire the sunset, to walk in the countryside and breathe in the rich scents of the summer flowers, always more evocative at dusk, or in the town if you are lucky enough to pass near a lime tree you will find yourself inhaling deeply of its intoxicating perfume.

Here is the start of the speech by Oberon, the Fairy King, Act 2 Scene 1.

OBERON; I pray thee give it me,
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk roses and with eglantine…

It's the part where he wants to put a lotion on Titania's eyes so she will fall in love with whoever she sees when she wakes.

Have a little midsummer magic today