Wherever I lay my Saddlebag…….
Firstly, I cannot recommend our accomodation at the Birkin enough! This beautifully renovated boutique townhouse in Castello (Italian for castle, you’ll see why!), is located in the old town in the capital Cagliari. It served as a fantastic base to fully experience the Bijou nightlife of Cagliari itself. The suites all come with their very own Romeo and Juliet balcony, providing just the right atmosphere to have an aperitif before heading out to dinner!
One of my favourite places to eat was recommended to us by the very helpful manager of the property. I always like to immerse myself in the culture of a place, and what better way than through food! Principi Di Dan is in the heart of vibrant Cagliari, offering traditional Italian and Sardinian food. Non veggies will love the meat and cheese antipasti on a huge wooden platter, order plenty of vino rosso from the comprehensive wine menu! Either eat outside in the square or in the traditional old vaulted ceilinged winery restaurant, both equally atmospheric.
We took our Scarlet Fever Saddlebag to Sardinia as the embodiment of Italian culture, heritage and chic, the tan and red feeling distinctively so. Walking round Castello we found Scarlet Fever representing the essence of our Saddlebags Italian leather origins.
We’d like to offer our readers 10% off Scarlet Fever this month, whether a trip to Italy is in the making or not! Simply enter “sardinia” at the checkout!
We also found inspiration in the pastel hues of the painted houses and buildings. Sometimes the best colour combinations can appear to us in the most unusual of places. Visually I enjoyed the traditional old buildings given a contemporary feel through colour, which I play with in all aspects of my design work alot.
Finally, we were on an island and a trip to the beach was definately in order! We visited a few but found the coastline near Chia the most pleasing with a beautifully calm stretch of sea and sand, and those quintessentially mediterranean rocks to climb on.
Ciao for now!