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The Lush Traveling Life a la Bon Vivant
19 Jun 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Knowing just what excites you during traveling can make an even more memorable and significant holiday. Each individual has different taste and preference when it comes to traveling.

To help you narrow down your own signature holidaying style, SweetEscape has classified 3 unique categories of escapist based on your style : You could either be a Cultural Wanderer, Thrill Seeker or lastly, a Bon Vivant.

If a Cultural Wanderer loves everything to do with artistic cultures and thrill seekers hunt for adventurous adrenaline rush, then Bon Vivant is slightly different but just as interesting as the other two types.

You might be a Bon Vivant, if you:

Work hard to enjoy the finer things in life. Idealize a well-deserved relaxation or blissful luxurious vacation as your proper vacation. Prefer to experience the best of the best at every vacation destination where you can have those once in a lifetime experiences that leave life long memories.

To a Bon Vivant, it’s all about the icing on the cake, the creme of the crop and best of the best. They love modern urban vibes, where the nightlife offers luxurious comfort and each restaurant rolls out divine fine and dine experience.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this kind of lavish lifestyle. Afterall, a holiday is a time to pamper yourself and spend your hard-earned money the way you please before working hard for more. And when you’re ready to party and lounge in style, these 3 opulent destinations are calling to all the Bon Vivants of the world.

The Luxurious London

by Alexandra for SweetEscape in London

The contemporary and stylish London is a worthy destination in its own right. The capital city of England has long been coveted for its elegant allure and powerful growth. It is the central hub of the world for fashion film, finance, culinary, resorts and five stars hotels.

Whenever you’re ready to indulge in the luxurious London, we recommend to have a taste of local lifestyle such as sipping a classic afternoon tea while having a bite of fine cones and other desserts during your high-tea sessions in any polished cafe of London. Do some quick shopping ala the Royal Family at high-end department stores such as Fortnum and Mason. And end your evening like a royalty by partying in private exclusive night club.

Pure Parisian Pleasures

by Olga for SweetEscape in Paris
by Olga for SweetEscape in Paris

As one of the best cities in the world, Paris is the definition of the ultimate European holiday for travelers worldwide. The capital city of France is built to spread its modern charm with its fashion industry, fine dining experience, and high-end living.

Besides some grand retail branded therapy, Paris is also home to world’s most exceptional restaurants, where the master chefs of 5-star Michelin reputation compete to indulge and tantalize you with their finest creations. Choose from the famous Mini Palais or Pierre Gagnaire of Champs-Elysées to the signature Eiffel Tower dining. Also visit the exclusive fine art galleries that are dotted along the city for that chic and unforgettable Paris holiday.

Totally Terrific Tokyo

by Kuppo for SweetEscape in Tokyo

One of the world’s most beloved mega-metropolis, Tokyo is a mix of modern excitement and ancient power. It’s the capital of cutting-edge architecture, futuristic technology and advanced living all at once. This high pace city also offers extraordinary fashion selections, exquisite dining options and also endless posh infrastructures around the clock.

Other than spending your Tokyo holiday shopping to your heart’s content at its busy fashion district, you can also enjoy cosmopolitan cuisine of some of the Michelin-starred restaurants. Stay at the stylish apartment hotels or ryokan style accommodation, and lastly, tour the city where shrines, museums and tea ceremonies are held in extra delicate style.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!