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Lana El Sahely

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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L’Armoire De Lana is a daily updated blog based between Beirut and Paris. From her personal style to covering fashion shows and recommending designers, the blog hides many surprises through 14 very interesting categories. The blog will leave you with a great range of tricks and trends to fall in love with. Lana has traveled to so many places inspiring her to write more about fashion and inspiring others. Here is her favorite trip so far!

Destination Capri, Italy

The reason why I chose Capri is because it’s truly unique in its genre and it has its very own charm. Regardless of its very luxurious aspect, Capri has everything to make you home, relaxed and away from life’s routine. I truly disconnected.

Stayed at Grand Hotel Quisisana

I was lucky to go on this trip with my parents and siblings where we could enjoy a luxurious stay. Grand Hotel Quisisana is a historic establishment of the Italian hotel industry since 1845.

The most practical side of this hotel is that it’s located right in the center of Capri, in the pedestrian area, only steps away from the legendary Piazzetta. I believe location is something crucial when it comes to choosing the right hotel. You will find high-end brands, a pharmacy, a phone shop and much more just around the hotel. Moreover, the rooms are very elegant as they express perfectly the Italian Dolce Vita life. I liked that there wasn’t any carpets in the rooms because it’s much more sanitary and clean when it comes to a resort.

The spa is excellent with a great outdoor pool facility and restaurant. It’s a good option when you decide to spend your day at the hotel. The hotel also has huge gardens that are very beautiful and tranquil.

Furthermore, the Hotel terrace, facing the pedestrian area is great because you get to enjoy a drink with few bites everyday before dinner, as the sun sets in. Last but not least, make sure to book ahead your table at “Rendez-vous”, Quisisana’s gastronomical restaurant for the most delicious plates.

Month August/September

In your suitcase Here’s all you will need for 5 to 7 days on the island of Capri:

  • Three to four swimsuits as I’m sure most of your days will be spent in the sun
  • 3 pairs of sandals for your shopping escapades or for a pre-dinner drink
  • a pair of ballerina flats and a pair of black/nude heels for the fancy outings/restaurants
  • 3 dresses, 2 shorts, 4 tops to mix and match/style for your boat roads/escapes to the pool/beach
  • colored trousers, printed pants, silk shorts, a sequined top, cute long dresses and sexy short ones for your nights out.

Dined at “Il Riccio” is definitely the best restaurant on the entire island. It’s located in the vicinity of the Grotta Azzurra, on the coast of “AnaCapri”, the northern part of the island. It’s a ten minute taxi ride from the center of Anacapri, 15-20minutes from the Piazzetta. You can also arrive from the sea as the restaurant has a boat shuttle.

Their cuisine is all about the traditional maritime dishes: freshly caught fish, shell fish, seafood and also Gragnano pasta. You will fall in love with their spectacular fish buffet and desserts’ room. I could eat there every single day!

Shopped The nice part about Capri is that luxurious brands, outlets and artisanal shops are all situated around the same corner. Shopping becomes a simple stroll down the street where you end up buying the little things that caught your attentions. Personally, I took a look at the latest collections at several important brands (I remember falling for a pair of Gucci snakeskin pumps) and then I spent the rest of the days in these little hidden shops that I can’t even recall the name.

If you go to Capri, you must buy yourself a nice item of clothing 100% made of linen. Also, you cannot but indulge into a pair of “Capri Sandals”. It’s a tradition there; you will find more than 20 stores selling handmade sandals on this island. I love the fact that you can custom-made a pair, it’s a whole experience. I remember styling 2 pairs that I still wear up until today.

Diary Mostly, I used to wake up around 9AM, work for half an hour on my room’s balcony (the view was breathtaking) and then have my breakfast on this same balcony, enjoying the sound of the waves and the gorgeous view. Then, around 11h30AM, I used to head to the hotel pool to tan and relax or take a boat with the family to go swim in the sea and have lunch at an amazing restaurant called Il Riccio. After it, around 5h30PM, it was gelato time. You must try Capri’s best ice cream at Buonocore Gelateria. I would personally recommend the flavor called “Fantasia Di Capri”: it’s a mix of almond, vanilla and chocolate ice cream with some caramelized almonds. After a little bit of shopping and a walk around the Piazzetta, it would be the time for a pre-dinner drink at the terrace of Grand Hotel Quisisana while enjoying delicious green olives and Italian cheese. Dinner time around 9PM would mean Villa Verde, Rendez-Vous, Aurora and Da Giorgio (best pizza at Da Giorgio and my favorites are Rendez-Vous and Aurora).

Tips I am Lebanese and I personally found a lot of shared habits and beliefs in Italy. Whether it’s about the same love for olive oil and tomatoes or the strong importance of religion in people’s everyday life. I wouldn’t say there are striking ‘donts’.

Expect a very welcoming country where people are especially helpful and sweet. I was greatly influenced by the positive feeling that followed me everywhere. I just wanted to smile to everyone I was meeting along the way!

Mode of travel We took a flight from Beirut to Rome (around 3hours) with Middle East Airlines. Then, when we arrived at Rome Fiumicino, the Hotel had sent us a car to drive from Rome to Napoli. It took us about 3 hours, the road trip was quite nice as we got to see the Vesuvio and other interesting parts of Napoli. Then, we headed to Napoli’s port where we took a fairy boat of 35 minutes to get to Capri. When in Capri, we took their typical convertible cabs. Then, we reached a taxi station right before the Piazzetta, where a trolley took our luggage and we walked to the Hotel.

“The Italian Dolce Vita has its very own sparkle influence on fashion. Personally, everything in Capri inspired me into always wearing something light, colorful and super fashionable. I took care of everyday! Was always bumping into people extremely stylish and from all ages, it was like a small challenge. Also, sharing these posts on the blog were interesting to give my readers an overview of how fashion is everywhere and anything can influence my fashion mood.”

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3 comments

  1. Soubra Kamel says:

    Love this! Your so beautiful! Bravo

  2. Ayesha Bana says:

    I totally agree! Beautiful diary well done Travel Junkie Diary and Lana and I do agree with Dana K. Would love to hear more about sightseeing!! xx

  3. Dana K. says:

    Absolutely magnificent!! Would love to know more on sightseeing too!!!

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