Berko Photo

Client: Berko Photo
Website: www.berkophoto.com
Launch Date: November 2021
Platform: WordPress + WooCommerce

The BERKO Photo website has entered the 21st century. The static html site (circa 2010) has been transformed into a sleek WordPress site. Ferenc Berko was a pioneer of modernist phototgraphy. The site features a customized wishlist that allows the customer to communicate with the gallery before purchasing.

Bernardo 1946

Client: Bernardo 1946
Website: www.bernardo1946.com
Launch Date: January 2022
Platform: Shopify

I implemented a completly refreshed design, that reflects the luxury and style that has defined the brand for 75 years. The goal was to give them a site that truely works for them. It is one of the most customized SHopify sites I have done yet I made sure it is flexible and easy for the client to updated with their amazing new products.

All shoes are handcrafted in Brazil at family-run factories, whose artisianal tradition and skills have been passed doen through generations. If your looking for some new shoes, check out the site!

French Riviera

Its Friday morning February 4th and I am in the Munich airport en route to Gassin (via Nice). 3 days ago this was adventure was not even a thought in my mind. I have break before my next project and  so naturally I decided to jaunt to France. It helps that one of my dearest friends is living in Gassin (15 minutes from Saint Tropez) for the year.

This is a petit glimpse of some  adventures we had and suggestions of where to stay, dine, shop, sip rosé, people watch and of course where to find the best coffee and croissants.

Check out my post from July 2021 with a lot of additional favorite spots.

Saint Paul De Vence

I just love this medieval village, nestled in the mountains above the Mediterranean. I flew into Nice, Kate came and scooped me up, we headed to Saint Paul de Vence (about an hour from Nice) for lunch and a little exploring. The windy stone streets are full of art galleries and a large boules court is in the village center. When we came back in February 2020 we spent 2 nights in the cutest AIRBNB here. Saint Paul de Vence is home to La Colombe d'Or, also a fabulous place to stay or dine. Be sure to check out the history of the Colombe d'Or. It was a convening place for artists during and after WW11. A number of the artists couldn't pay for their stay so they left paintings and that is why they have the most incredible art collection. There is a wall that surrounds the village, you can walk all around the top of it.

Le Tilleul - Great lunch & Dinner spot
I have had both lunch and dinner here. It was warm enought to sit outside on the terrace. The food is fabulous and it has a great atmosphere.
Place du Tilleul, 06570 St-Paul-de-Vence France
www.restaurant-letilleul.com

Ramatuelle

The beaches of Saint Tropez are a bit more deserted at this time of the year, but no less breathtaking. There are only a few beach spots open at this time of the year, which means that the ones open are happening, especially on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

Le Migon - Plage de Pampelonne
This rustic beach restaurant instantly became one of my favorite spots at Pampelonne. Its located right on the beach and has a very simple ambiance, its not flashy like a lot of the other beach restaurants. We were adventurous and tried the sea urchin. Tasted like it had been pulled from the sea that morning, definitely required some rosé to wash it down. Make a reservation.
1550 Bonne Terrasse Quartier Bonne Terrasse Golfe de Saint-Tropez, 83350 Ramatuelle, France
www.plage-restaurant-le-migon-golfe-saint-tropez.com/

The Saturday market in Saint Tropez is the biggest. The market moved back to the quainter location in Le Place de Lice. The previous summer it was in the parking lot at the marina because of construction. Each village in the area has a smaller market throughout the week which are also lots of fun.

La Tarte Tropezienne - Place des Lices
I usually make at least one stop a day at one of the many Tarte Tropezinnes throughout the south.  This one has a great spot to sit outside and enjoy the people watching.
Places des lices83990 Saint-Tropez
www.latartetropezienne.fr

Brocantes - French Flea Market

Visiting the local Brocantes (a French word for flea market) is always a highlight of my trip. It is a lively encounter with everyday French culture, sometimes including a band and always a food/ beverage truck. I always pick up a few unique finds.   Our go to markets is the Cogolin.
www.fleamapket.com

Stay

Kate and Matt are renting for most charming home right below the village of Gassin. The house overlooks all the Minuty vines. Obviously this was a dream for me, we took daily strolls though the vines.

French Riviera

Domaine de Réve - Gassin

I am writing this from the terrace of Domaine de Réve. Sitting here, up on the hill overlooking where the vineyards meet the sea really is like the house is named " a dream".

I am so lucky to stay at my dear friend and the most fabulous travel buddy (Kate Holstein) home. I recommend renting a house if you can stay for any length of time. A kitchen and place to relax allows you to get accustomed into the French way of life and to feel like you are living here, at least temporarily, which to me, is a one of the most special parts of spending time abroad.

The French Riviera is known for incredible ocean views, picturesque towns, rosé vineyards and delicious restaurants. Domaine de Reve is located outside the picturesque village of Gassin, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.

This guide covers some of my favorite stops along the way, spending days exploring quaint towns, swimming at European beaches, visits to the boulongerie, treasure hunting at the brocantes (flea markets),  enjoying delicious meals and of course the rosé.

I am already looking forward to my next trip back!

eat

La Forge - Ramatuelle
FABULOUS Italian restaurant!!! La Forge is a must, we went here twice. There are only a handful of restaurants in Ramatuelle and they are all located on the one coblestone street that has views down to the sea. The owners/chef Paolo et Francesca are beyond charming! The food is excellent. It is open for both lunch and dinner.
11 Rue Victor Léon, 83350 Ramatuelle, France | +33 4 83 12 09 86
www.laforgederamatuelle.fr

 
Atelie La Forge - Ramatuelle
Sister restaurant and market to their neighbors La Forge. This is a more casual space that serves delicous pizza and focacia. Additionally it is a market that sells the best of French and Italian products, beware its hard not to buy everything in here. Great place to grab some food and enjoy dinner at home.
5 Rue Victor Léon,
www.atelierdelaforge.com

La Verdoyante - Gassin
Nestled in the Minuty wine estates vineyard, La Verdoyante makes you feel like you're visiting family. It is located below the village of Gassin and overlooks the Minuty wine estates and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. We enjoyed Sunday lunch here and you can tell it was the same regulars who come every Sunday.
www.la-verdoyante.fr

**under Pampellone Beach, there are reccomendations for restaurants

beaches

Morning and evening are my favorite times for a dip. Start your morning at the Boulongerie (La Tarte Tropézienne) with a croissant and cappucino, then take your petit-déjeuner and head down to the beach. Equally as nice in the evening to bring a bottle of rosé from any of the local winerys (Minuty is my favorite) and some cheese and head down to the beach.

Pampelonne

La Réserve à la Plage - Pampelonne Beach

Gigi

Pampelonne

Pampellone Beach

This is the beach to go to when you think of Saint Tropez. Situated in Ramatuelle but this is where most people in at Tropez go to beach. Long beautiful expanse of beach lined with small beach clubs. It is situated near our house so we enjoy coming for a morning dip after grabbing the essential cafe and pastry. The beach clubs have fun scenes if you want to have a day at the beach. Call ahead to reserve a beautiful beach chair/ umbrella where you can order rosé and snacks.The beach clubs have great food.
There is parking at many points along the beach for about 5euro. There are many beach clubs where you can have lunch (always best to make a reservation). And if you are making a day at the beach you can rent a cabana.

Jardin Tropezina - beach club, great dinner
Live music at dinner. You can reserve beach chairs during the day fun beach club for a beautiful dinner on the water.
www.jardin-tropezina.fr

Gigi
The ‘IT’ spot to be on Pampelonne beach! So fun to watch the scene. Completely open restaurant (only go if weather is nice), located a little bit back from Pompelonne beach. We went for a leisurely late lunch, try the pesto trofie, so yummy. Fun live music. Stop by the pool after for an espresso and rosé. They have the cutest yellow cars that drive around St Tropez to promote the club.
www.gigi-restaurant.com

La Réserve à la Plage
La Réserve is the beautiful beach club associated with five start hotel La Réserve in Ramatuelle.
www.lareserve-plage.com

L' Escalet

L' Escalet Beach

For something more low-key, head to the tucked-away cove of L’Escalet Beach, where you can spread out on a shore sans tourists. Bring your sneakers, it only takes about 5-10 minutes to walk to the next beach coves, which has crystal clear water and perfect white sands and a lot less people ( a lot of people sans swim suite). There are a few snack bars. Parking is first come.

Do

Local Brocantes - A highlight has been treasure hunting at the local Brocantes/ Flea Market. They happen all over and just a little time spent googling will show you where and when the best ones are. We have founds so many treasures for the house.

People Watching - St Tropez

La Tarte Tropezienne - Place des Lices
Everyone will be here in the morning from the chic families who are down from Paris for the weekend to the tourists. Grab a pastrie and baguette to go or sit outside and enjoy some fabulous people watching. Don't attempt to use their restrooms, if not dining there:)
Places des lices83990 Saint-Tropez
www.latartetropezienne.fr

Le Café - Place des Lices
My favorite spot is Le Café for an afternoon glass of wine and watch the world go by. Your drink always comes with a little something savory (chips, olives, nuts), you need to ask.
Trav. des Lices, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
www.lecafe.fr

gassin

The closest village to Domaine de Reve.

stops for next trip....

Club 55 - And this we have to go to because it's famous...
www.club55.fr/en/

Les Moulins - restaurant
Go for afternoon drinks, so cute. Located in between St Tropez and Ramtualle on the way to Pampelonne beaches.
34 Chemin des Moulins 83350 RAMATUELLE | +33 4 94 45 69 72
www.lesmoulinsderamatuelle.com

Indie Beach House
www.indiebeachhouse.com

Next was Provence, for beautiful lavender fields and wineries amongst hilltop towns like Gordes and Menerbes (separate travel guide coming for Provence!).

Gordes – Provence

I spent the last 2 weeks in France. It was the absolute best time to travel because France opened the borders to the US 2 days earlier. The lavender fields were in full bloom, it was beautiful. Our trip started in Provence (we flew to Paris and took the TGV to Avignon and rented a car. We stayed at the most beautiful Domaine Les Martines, outside of Gordes.

I traveled with my fabulous travel buddy Kate. She, her husband and daughter will be living in France for 8 months. We went to get the house ready for their move in August and of course to just to simply pretend we were French.

 

STAY

Domaines Les Martines

We stayed at the lovely Domaine Les Martins. I cannot recommend this place enough and I am already dreaming of my next visit. It is a tiny B&B, with only 7 rooms run by David and Regis. Quintessentially French, understated elegance, fab location, exquisite attention to detail and the insane breakfast.

Just down the road, we stumbled upon the most perfect little lavender field, so much fun to be riding through these fields at sunset. We couldn’t stop taking pictures.

84220 Gordes, France | + 33 (0)4 90 72 09 56
www.domainelesmartins.com

EAT

La Citadelle at La Bastide de Gordes

Located in the gorgeous Airelles Gordes Hotel, right in the town of Gordes. We had a beautiful view over the valley from the terrace of the restaurant. While it is an expensive restaurant, it is well worth it. Our food was gorgeous, and the staff were very attentive. Loved the Arrabbiata
Opens at78:15 and you need a reservation.
+33 (0)4 90 72 12 12 | 61 Rue de la Combe, 84220 Gordes
www.airelles.com

La Bastide de Marie

The beautiful property and setting is quintessentially Provence. It is picturesque with a french rustic elegance that makes it ideal for winding down and enjoying the day. This Chateau, which is a boutique hotel is situated in a Vineyard outside of Menerbes. The food was incredible and the staff was absolutely lovely. The menu changes each day and the server will explain the menu (its not written). Schedule your lunch for Thursday and go to the Menerbes market before.
+33 4 90 72 30 20 | 64 Chemin des Peirelles, 84560 Menerbes France
www.labastidedemarie.com

MARKETS

Menerbes Markets - Thursdays

All the markets are fabulous, but this is one of my favorites. The markets wind down around lunch time, so get there on the earlier side. A highlight was the oyster truck where they shucked the oysters right there and served rose. Picked up some nice linen items and of course lavender everything.

Our stay in Provence was way too short but onward to the south, with a stop in the town of L'Isle Sur Le Sorgue for some antiquing. The town is know for its antiques stores and weekend markets, plus waterwheels on the Sorgue river. It made it more fun to be searching for items for the house. We found the perfect little outside table and chairs for the 2 of us to enjoy our meals, rose and the view.

Domaine Les Martines - Provence

Southport, NC

Provisions - Southport NC
Provisions - Southport

Eat

Provision Company - favorite for lunch
We have been coming to Provisions for over 20 years! We love to come by boat from Bald Head (you can dock right there) or stop for lunch on the way to catch the ferry to Bald Head. Can't beat the views of the Inland Waterway. The food is simple, fresh and delicious. My favorites are the lunch special, (1/4 lb of peel and eat shrimp and a crabcake for $8.95) and the tuna sandwich (just a big grilled tuna steak on a roll with lettuce and tomatos). Very casual, you order up front, walk around and find table, go to bar to get your drink, they bring your food out, and you tell them what you had on your way out to pay. Highly recommend Provisions.
130 Yacht Basin Dr, Southport, NC 28461 | Daily 11:00 to 9:00
www.provisioncompany.com | 910 457 0654

Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC

Potters Seafood- pick up your seafood for your trip
FRESH FRESH FRESH - Fabulous local owned fish market. Seafood is right off the boat, shrimping boat is docked right there. Located on the waterway (next to Provisions). We like to stop here after lunch at Provisions and grab our seafood for the week. Owners are super friendly and offer suggestions of how to best prepare and they fillet the fish for you.
94 Yacht Basin Dr, Southport, NC 28461 | Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5:30pm
910 457 0101

Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Honeysuckle Tea House

To Do

Honeysuckle Tea House
Love this place!! Honeysuckle is unique tea house in a rural location, not far from Chapel Hill. Great to take a break, have some delicious tea, enjoy snacks (food truck and local ice cream) or mead (honey wine) and wind down. Big outdoor playground for kids, hammocks, covered and uncovered picnic tables and lots of places to throw down a blanket for a picnic. This is a nice place to spend an afternoon on the weekend or hang out studying for the day. What a fantastic experience at such a quaint place! Food truck was excellent, teas were incredible, and the mead from the new meadery was delicious. Check their instagram for live music and yoga class schedules.
8871 Pickards Meadow Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 903-9131 | www.thehoneysuckleteahouse.com
Open Friday - Sunday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Carrboro Yoga Company - Cyco
Located in the heart of Carrboro in the historic Carr Mill Mall. Michele Johnson yoga teacher and clinical social worker teaches great flow classes. For a gentle inward focused stretch yoga class go to Molly Drake.  Try to arrange a class at Molly's home. Her husband is a landscape designer and her studio overlooks the beautiful gardens.

Weaver Street

Coffee

Johnys Gone Fishing - Carrboro
Inside an old house in a residential neighborhood. This cozy hang out used to be a fish and tackle store. Bring your computer and cozy up with a yummy cappucino. They do have food, its a bit of a hit or miss of whether they have it. Easy parking.

Perenniel - West Franklin Chapel Hill
Chic, beautiful new coffee shop on West Franklin. Love this spot. Only downfall is parking is paid parking.

Driade - Franklin Chapel Hill

Open Eye Coffee - Carrboro’s Living Room
They are very serious about their coffee here. More studying done here then talking. Free Carrboro town Wifi.
101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510
www.openeyecafe.com

Joe Van Gogh - Timberlyne Shopping Center
Great coffee, quiet setting, personal favorite is a cappucino with half whole milk and half macadamia nut milk.
1129 Weaver Dairy Rd,Chapel Hill, NC
www.joevangogh.com

Eat

Mediteranean Deli -

Sage - Timberlyne Shopping Center
Vegetarian Lunch

Hickery Tavern - Carrboro
Located in the Hampton Inn, in downtown Carborro. It is easy to find parking in hotel parking deck. Great place to watch games, you can even watch from the outside covered patio. Friday nights they offer $1 kids menu with an adult entree. Great selection of NC beers

Drink

Steel Spring Brewery -
Small production brewary, local vibe, fun outside patio. They have cans of rosé, so its not just all beer.
106A South Greensboro Street | Carrboro NC, 27510
http://steelstringbrewery.com

 

Mebane, NC

Filament Coffee + Tea
Filament Coffee + Tea

Coffee

Filaments
Hands down one of the coolest coffee shops I have been in. IT'S AMAZING. Fabulous coffee with a cozy environment! Highly recommend! Lots of great local products, and the staff was super friendly. The atmosphere makes me want to sit with my laptop of a good book on one of the sofas and drink yummy coffees all day long! The handcrafted and unique items for purchase were fun to browse, the candles are my absolute favorite item in the shop! This is definitely a coffee experience you don’t want to miss!
108 W Clay St, Mebane, North Carolina
(919) 568-0374 | Monday - Saturday 7am - 6pm
www.filamentcoffeenc.com

To Do

McAdams Farm
Hands down the best strawberry farm anywhere in NC. Family owned run and you will not find better strawberries (pick your own or pre picked). Farm beef, various vegetables, local honey, eggs and flower bouquets. During strawberry season (May) they are open everyday. Also their daughter Elizabeth is a potter and a few times a year sells her stoneware at the farm.
1100 Efland - Cedar Grove Rd, Efland, NC 27243
(919) 732-7701 | Call or check FB/ Instagram for hours

Montecito

Do

Miramar Beach – Rosewood Hotel
If we timed it right (with low tide this is a beautiful walk from Butterfly Beach).  This charming stretch of beach is tucked into a cove, lined with on-the-sand beach houses and a old school vibe. The resort has an old world European feel with yellow and white striped awnings, a resident falcon and a designated gatekeeper that leads guests safely across the Pacific Coast train tracks. The Miramar Beach Bar is a perfect spot to enjoy for an afternoon glass of Rosé. Caruso’s, right off the beach is a perfect destination for a mid morning cappuccino.
1759 South Jameson Lane, Montecito, CA 93108 | 805 900 8388
www.rosewoodhotels.com

Eat

San Ysidro Ranch – Lunch
Throw on a flowy dress and head to the San Ysidro Ranch. My go-to shop sells a beautiful lace dress for prom. This in an ideal setting for lunch on the upper terrace with ocean views, beautiful gardens, and towering mountains. After lunch stroll through the gardens winding along the Ranch’s hillside creek and tree-lined paths. 41 seculded bungalos are tucked between the olive and lavender tree studded estate that was originally built as a citrus farm in the 19th century.
900 San Ysidro Ln., Montecito | 805.565.1700
www.sanysidroranch.comOlivers – Dinner
Oliver’s is an upscale vegetarian restaurant with an exquisite indoor/ outdoor setting. The interior opens out onto a cozy patio covered with lights, and the long French doors are always open. Everything is excellent, but be sure to order the Kung Pao Cauliflower.
1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito | 805.969.0834
Mon-Sun: 5pm-10pm
www.oliversofmontecito.com

Coffee

Bree’osh
Grab coffee and a pastry at Bree’osh and walk over to the beach. Owned and operated by a cute French couple. This café brings a little slice of France to this California town.
1150 Coast Village Road E
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 | (805) 969-2500
Everyday 7am to 2pm
www.breeosh.com

Day Trip

Los Olivos