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The revival of the countryside: Szegzárd – the lodge
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The revival of the countryside: Szegzárd – the lodge

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When was the last time you had a good read in a hammock surrounded by vineyards and orchards? Do you remember the crisp sheets in your favourite hotels and apartments to jump out of with the first rays of sunshine to take a dip in the pool before breakfast? We invite you to a journey to the Hungarian countryside’s freshest design lodges, Szegzárd – the lodge; a true nest to modern-day seekers.

The “New Role” Award this year goes to our homes and cars
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The “New Role” Award this year goes to our homes and cars

These times when staying at home is the new coming home, ones’ home has never meant such a secure place. The lockdown allowed us to grow and flourish despite the locational boundaries, but also to revaluate the importance of supporting locals (and each other), that friends and family is everything, that (online) communities are worthy, but also taught us that home is not only a physical destination but a state-of-mind. Not being able to travel in the past year our homes have either remained or have become our happy places in the world, where we — globetrotters, felt so comfortable commuting in. We can’t wait to discover more but couldn’t be more thrilled finding home for once and forever.  BUT it’s not only our homes but cars that got a new role during the pandemic.

Travel Photographer Muse: Interview with Lavinia Cernau
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Travel Photographer Muse: Interview with Lavinia Cernau

Do you have the feeling that some photographers can capture the deepest desires of the soul? We have this thing with Lavinia's imagery. They make us feel like we are standing right in the sunset light by the sea, wild and free. In her photography, she is embracing the essence of summer; the sun-drenched streets, the saltiness of our naked skin, the eternal lightness of holidays by the beach. While scrolling her Instagram feed, the one thing you wish for is being her muse; the "sunset seeker" in her perfectly composed photographs. Lavinia Cernau is a travel, fashion and lifestyle photographer based out of Transylvania, Romania, with an unquenchable thirst for the Mediterranean. Lavinia’s visual perspective seamlessly brings together color, light and narrative. Her work is invariably imbued with a sense of nostalgic freedom and summer sensuality in candid scenes where her subjects feel honest and at ease. Read on for hear thoughts on traveling and literally heart-warming visual imagery.

Introducing: Local
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Introducing: Local's Lore Studio

We call it an on-demand shift; one that was both a necessity and a dream coming true (which we’ve been holding back due to priorities for quite some time). Last year certainly has seemed to pack in more than just 12 months, it has been incredibly challenging for all of us, but happy to say out LOUD:

Happy Holidays from Local
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Happy Holidays from Local's Lore!

Budapest

What a year it has been... For many of us, 2020 was supposed to be a year to be awaiting and achieving great things with our hearts wild open and filled with plans, aspirations and hopes.  Yet it turned out quite differently which no-one has foreseen.  If there is one thing we all have learnt this year is that we will never ever take anything for granted again; not traveling or our own and our loved ones’ health, nor family gatherings or our daily cup of coffee at our favourite local coffee shop. And hence we have learnt another level of appreciation towards the small things in life.  Along with gratitude in our hearts, we are keen to celebrate occasions like Christmas even if it will look slightly different this year. Whether we will be able to reunite with our friends and family as usual or not, we are seeking for different ways to celebrate on Zoom or outdoors whether the feeling of togetherness is physical or not. In the midst of all the sadness and uncertainty in the world we shall embrace the things that nourish our mind, body and soul especially in the festive season. Amongst these things we have found the act of gentle kindness, cherishing memories and human connections but also nature.

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