Colourful Costa Rica

Words &Photographs by Erica Brenci

When my husband and I visited Costa Rica for a Destination Wedding for a couple from Los Angeles, we also got to enjoy 10 days of the Pacific Coast. We stayed in Tamarindo and we choose a very nice and cozy Hotel, Villa Macondo a very typical tropical hotel with rooms and apartments inside a tropical garden with a swimming pool.

What you find in Costa Rica is a full immersion into nature, you will be among monkeys and other tropical animals, tropical trees and plants, wild beaches with a wide ocean view. We visited the beaches of Playa Grande, Playa Langosta, from Tamarindo. When we went to Playa Avellana the landscape was breathtaking: the long beach with surfers at sunset was like a painting! The pacific is famous among surfers and is very populated from the young and old surfers from all over the world.

We suggest to relax in tamarindo for a sunset with a cocktail at Nogui’s, a beach front restaurant a coffee bar, and enjoy a piapa fria (a fresh green coconut) at Playa Conchal. We enjoyed tasting so many tropical fruit juices and plates of rice and ceviche.

“Pura vida” are the two words that best represent the local life. Interpretation could be like “pure life”, “take it easy”, “enjoy life”, “all good”, “purity in life”, “hello”, “goodbye”, “this is life!” and many many more. I think it’s the best way to live – enjoying what you have and what you are!!

Camera | Contax 645 + 80mm Lens
Film | Kodak Portra 400
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

Instagram: @lesamisphoto
Pinterest: @ericabrenci

About Erica
I’m a Destination wedding Photographer based in Italy and traveling all over the world. I love to shoot weddings  and lifestyle in general, I love to travel, to meet new people and new cultures. I love animals and nature in general but what better represent my soul are sunny locations, a good dog, my lovely husband, my family and staying with people – enjoying good times, good food and good wine. I smile always because heaven helps the happy. And if I can, I try to share this spirit when someone is in need of good vibes and a positive soul.

Long weekends | Barcelona

Written and Photographed by Fiona Caroline

Long weekend breaks are the perfect, compact, travel escapes from daily life, especially if you have places like Barcelona just a short flight away. Trying to squeeze in a city this impressive is always going to be a challenge when the clocks ticking, but really, four days in Barcelona lets you get under the surface a little – and leaving with an urge to come back. This city is jam packed with sights, beaches, gorgeous shops and architecture. Full of people exploring the streets, or people watching with a coffee outside one of the characterful little cafes.

And the food! Let’s talk about the food. Apart from the unbelievable paella, sweet pastries and fresh fruit ice lollies I absolutely rated this amazing vegetarian restaurant. I have to give a quick mention to all vegetarians heading to Barcelona (and non vegetarians, this place in insanely good!) to check out Sésamo Restaurante. You will NOT be disappointed!

Without a doubt, Barcelona draws you in and then keeps a tight hold of you.

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A quick interruption to talk equipment (and I don’t mean cameras!)

I was lucky enough to be gifted a beautiful pair of sandals from the incredible gang over at Seven Boot Lane who were keen to know how they fared for the travelling photographer. More then happy to be the photographer to test them out, I donned a pair of their gorgeous sandals for four days of hectic sightseeing, crazy steep climbs to Parc Guell and sunbed hunting on the sandy beaches. And so here is my shout out to them, because, oh boy, there were perfect!

Walking thousands upon thousands of steps, in the heat, while lugging a Pentax 645, rolls and rolls of film, a light meter and a map can definitely tire you out! But at least at the end of the day I wasn’t complaining about my feet – Er, hello comfortable and totally beautiful shoes!

As I’m sure all the ladies who are reading this know a cute pair of shoes are fabulous but a cute AND COMFY pair of shoes is like the unicorn of the shoe world! Well they’ve rocked it over at Seven Boot Lane. And these bad boys are coming with me on every warm weekend I go on now!

Check ’em out over at Seven Boot Lane, total shoe crush.

And now back to the pictures!

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Film | Fujifilm 400h
Camera | Pentax 645
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

& thanks to the support of the lovely and talented shoe makers at Seven Boot Lane! Their IG is pretty neat too: @sevenbootlane