Monday, August 13, 2012

India: Orchha

After Kahjuraho we wanted to reach Rajastan by plane first. But our previous domestic flight was so scary that we didn't want to risk our life once again and found a taxi driver who brought us to Jaipur through small towns like Orchha. Orchha was immediately our next destination. It's a lovely place, not very popular but a bit famous for it's abandon and not maintained palace. By the entrance stood a not quite representative guide. He was chewing paan while offering us a tour through palace. We decided not to use his services. On our way back we briefly regretted it. The exit was hard to find. The whole building is a labyrinth overlooking the large vultures on the roof. And we were there all alone.
The palace is beautiful, but it's dilapidated condition is a shame. All walls are stained with paan spit. But on the other side it surely a special experience to view a sight without crowds and rules. Here you can access every single corner.
Orchha is a relaxed village, worth visiting. And it's a place where I have had the best cheese nan so far.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Regular sunscreen affects the underwater colors.

My husband took this picture during one of our beautiful dives on the Maldives

I have learned something new about the environmental protection. Did you know that most sunscreens are bleaching the coral? I have never thought about it, while it's so logical. The chemicals in sunscreens such as paraben, cinnamate, benzophene and camphor derivative cause not only the bleaching but also the possibility of support the sea live witch is very dependent on the coral.

I already use a lot of natural products for my skin care. The quality of my skin has significantly improved. And I enjoy that I do not take part in the testing on animals.
Now I only need to adjust my sunscreen, a nano-free mineral one. 

This source comes from 'CAUSES'. They give the following alternatives:

-Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas Mineral Natural Sunblock
-Aveeno Active Naturals Natural Protection Mineral Block Sunscreen Lotion
-Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen
-Burt's Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen
-Badger SPF 30 for Face & Body

I only have no idea if these brands are also available in Europe. I found one at 'Yves Rocher': Protectyl Vegetal. Probably also good.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

India: Khajuraho

After a scary flight from Varanasi we arrived in Khajuraho. It's a very small place but popular by it's medieval temples with erotic sculptures. 

I am wearing: Zara top, Krizia Jeans trousers, Zara slippers, H&M bag, Solaris shades

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vegetarian Recipe: Fusilli with Gorgonzola-Mushroom Sauce

Look at these cute mushrooms from the forest. And let me share one of my favorite dishes.

  • Cook pasta (350 g)
  • Cook mushrooms (350 g) for 5 minutes
  • Add garlic (1 clove) and and cook it all for another 2 minutes
  • Pour the cream (400 ml) into the pan and let it boil for 1 minute
  • Stir the gorgonzola (250 g) through the mushrooms and cream
  • Gorgonzola must be completely melted and should not be boiled
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Add the sauce to the pasta and sprinkle it with parsley

Easy, fast, delicious and vegetarian!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

India: Varanasi

Two years ago I was with my husband in India for our honey moon. It was an unforgettable journey that began in Varanasi. 

I am wearing a vintage Indian dress.

Sunday, August 5, 2012



It took a long time, but I am now completely convinced and become a fan of LUSH. I was well aware of the store, but I had no good overview on the products. Then a girlfriend introduced me by giving me 'Lemony Flutter', a cream for hands and body. A good products for dry areas. Normally I do not suffer from dry skin, but occasionally I have very dry fingers, especially when I worked with my hands a lot. Ordinary hand creams do moisturize, but let the dry spots as dry. This product really helps! And it smells deliciously fresh and lemony.
I travel quite a lot and I try to keep my luggage as compact as possible. LUSH has brought me a new idea of compact: a solid shampoo and conditioner for the hair! I started with 'Godiva' because it is two-in one product. Now I only have a bar of soap for my hair care. The idea of not using the conditioner afterwards is odd, but this soap is great. It smells delicious. It's now in my bathroom and I enjoy the smell every time I'm there. Godive is wonderful to use. It became my ultimate travel item now already.
When I was in the shop for my new super shampoo I decided to buy a gift. I often buy soap as a gift because most girls I know love it. Immediately I was attracted to 'Honey I washed the kids'. The scent is subtle sweet, like a honey cake. So lovely!

I am definitey ging to try more products of LUSH. They are not just delicious, they are natural, environmentally friendly, not tested on animals and good for my grooming!

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