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Your Private Mountain Paradise !
Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 10 persons, Pool, Garden, WiFi

Enjoy a family holiday in style in this large and luxurious Catalan farmhouse or masía, completely rebuilt as a sustainable modern family home by a renowned Barcelona architect. The main house sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms. The separate annex house sleeps 2 with a private bathroom and kitchen/studio overlooking the forest.

Stunning mountain views, hilltop location
Natural swimming pool (no salt or chlorine)
Peace and beauty all around
Girona 20 mins, beaches 25 mins, Barcelona 75 mins
Top-class details

This exclusive restoration oozes quality and style. The beautiful open kitchen has top-end equipment and a huge island. The bathrooms are fitted with exquisite Bisazza tiles. Outside, there are fabulous mediterranean gardens, an incredible infinity pool and miles of space all around. The cool, modern interiors with vivid textiles combine beautifully with classic mid-century furniture.

Fabulous beds for a wonderful night’s sleep

Good beds are really important! The beds throughout the house are top of the range. There is a Coco-Mat “Emperor” size bed (2m wide!) in the master suite and high quality new latex mattresses on all other double beds. The double bed in the annex is a Japanese futon mattress on a beech wood frame. Summers here are hot and you will appreciate the cool, pleasant temperatures inside the house, especially in the bedrooms at night (cooled floors are much nicer than air conditioning!)

Disabled access

There is disabled access to most parts of the house and garden. The house is ideal for families although it is important to note that very small children who can’t swim must be carefully supervised at all timesbecause the pool is not protected by a fence.

Natural swimming pool

The pool is for your private, exclusive use. It is fresh water, with no salt or chlorine. The water comes from a well on the property and is filtered and cleaned by aquatic plants such as water lilies, which are in a separate zone from the swimming area. These plants naturally remove the minerals which would allow algae to grow. Swimming in natural water with no salt or chemicals, your skin and hair will feel fabulous!

Surroundings

The nearest shops, banks and a farmers’ market are 10 mins by car.

The Gavarres natural park is a mixed forest of cork and pine that has been here for thousands of years. The house looks out to the sea over a beautiful green landscape that stretches for miles and miles. The house has its own garden and also 25 hectares (60 acres) of private forest for you to explore. Walk or cycle along shaded paths and you’re unlikely to come across anyone else for hours. And beyond, there are literally thousands of hectares of the Gavarres, guaranteeing fresh air, scented warm evenings and lots of peace and quiet.

Garden

There’s a shaded barbecue area next to the pool for outside dining. The gardens are well maintained with mediterranean planting and fruit trees, lots of places to sit in the shade or sunbathe by the pool, plus plenty of hammocks to sling between the trees in your favourite spot and siesta.

Games

There’s a large trampoline, table tennis, table football ‘futbolín’, mountain bikes and of course the natural swimming pool. In the unlikely event of a rainy afternoon there are also board games, chess, etc, as well as a small DVD collection for both kids and adults.

Hypo-allergenic

Instead of plaster the interior walls are covered with natural clay, which is better for people with dust allergies. (It’s also rather beautiful!) And one of the double beds has hypo-allergenic duvet and pillows, too.

Sustainability

Sustainability is central to the house’s design, from the reed beds that recycle water for garden irrigation, to the walls that are insulated on the interior with natural cork that comes from the trees that grow literally on the doorstep.

Getting around

You really need a car. There is free parking on the property. For cycling, walking and jogging, there are hundreds of paths to discover in the surrounding forest, where you are free to explore. There are 4 mountain bikes you can use.

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Grammy Awards 2016, triumph in 3 to Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson

The “Oscars of the Music” assign a “throne-shaped sofa 3” but Kendrick Lamar, winner in rap, what gets the most gramophones

More than a throne, for the winners of the Grammy Awards in 2016 it would take a three-seat sofa: is Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran the winners of the most important categories of the 58th edition of the “Oscars of the music”.
The album of the year 1989 the former queen of the country, the song is (and could be no doubt) Thinking Out Loud of hair fawn songwriter, while the 2016 record goes to Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) for the catchphrase Uptown Funk.
All three artists, they are then awarded a further upside statuette (Swift even 2), in dedicated to pop categories.

From a quantitative point of view, however, Kendrick Lamar is the true king of the ceremony, as he took home four awards, all in the categories dedicated to rap; tied in their respective genres, The Weeknd (R & B, Contemporary) and coupled with Skrillex Diplo (dance).

But they were the result, perhaps, to make it even more special than usual the evening dedicated to the music.

Which side live, he confirmed Lady Gaga undisputed queen of the moment: he promised a medley tribute to the late David Bowie, and so it was. And how, if it has been in recent years, the pop diva will also have made some mistakes in the recording industry, but to live is now unreachable.

In addition to David Bowie, they were also dedicated tributes to other artists who have left us in the last year: Stevie Wonder and Pentatonics sang a cappella for Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind & Fire), while Glenn Frey was remembered by his Eagles. A Lemmy Kilmister has been devoted the first television performance of The Hollywood Vampires (the band composed by Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry), rather to remind B.B. King played Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr.

Among the performers that have inflamed the stage of the Grammys 2016, Rihanna was the great absentee: confirmed for some time, the singer has given package at the last minute for a health problem.
The standing ovation went to Adele, another great return “guest” (the album was released after the time limits for records of the year), despite a technical problem could make it out of tune on All I ask. Maybe it was the effect of Lionel Richie, honored as Person of the Year Award, and that months ago had been accomplice of a funny parody of Hello … A Richie was paid a performance by John Legend Group, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Luke Bryan and Tyrese on the classics of the singer, who then took the stage to sing the evergreen All Night Long. Kendrick Lamar, perhaps galvanized by the awards, has performed in a very intense live; other performances of the evening: Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, Andra Day.

ALL THE WINNERS:

Album of the Year: Taylor Swift – 1989
Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Best Pop Duo / Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift – 1989
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Best Rap / Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat – These Walls
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now
Best Dance / Electronic Album: Skrillex And Diplo, Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – Do not Wanna Fight
Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes – Do not Wanna Fight
Best Rock Album: Muse – Drones
Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
Best R & B Performance: The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
Person of the Year Award: Lionel Richie

Oscar, a racial issue (since 1929)

The Oscar nominations are not a multi-ethnic society. The scandal exploded in 2016 but, retracing the history of the Academy and doing the math, the question seems rooted

The boycott of the Oscar night by Spike Lee (who was to receive an Academy Honorary Award), Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Tyrese Gibson for the lack of representing color in the list of nominations pushes to reflect. The Academy, after the fuss that was raised, ran for cover announced plans to change the rules (for example increasing the number of members “black” and of different ethnicities) and calling to attend the ceremony on 28 February, the musician and producer Quincy Jones, who will participate, however, only if he is given the chance to hold a five-minute speech on diversity. We’ll see what will happen and especially those who will participate.
Meanwhile, here is a selection of actors, producers, directors, musicians and technicians of color that have won the Oscar.

Sydney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)
It ‘a bit’ the standard-bearer of African American actors. In fact it was the first black actor to win an Oscar for his portrayal of Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field. It was 1964. In 2002 he received an Oscar for lifetime achievement.

Denzel Washington (Training Day)
It was the second black performer to win the statuette in the category “Best Actor” for the film Training Day (2001). The actor was not new to the premium, he had already received in 1990 as “Best Supporting Actor” for Glory – Glory Boys.

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Quincy Jones as part of the production was to be appointed the first time in 1986 for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. A win in the category, however, the first was Steve McQueen in 2014 (also nominated for Best Director) for 12 Years a Slave.

Irene Cara (Flashdance)
In 1984 Irene Cara was the first African American woman to win an Oscar in a category that would go beyond the recitation. Who does not remember his song Flashdance … What a Feelig? The following year, she touched in with the legendary Stevie Wonder I Just Call To Say I Love You, inserted in the film The Woman in Red. Recently (2015) the rapper Common and John Legend won for the wonderful Glory. The film was Selma – The road to freedom.

Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball)
2002 was a historic year for black actors. In addition to Denzel Washington he won an Oscar also connects Halle Berry for his performance in Monster’s Ball, while Will Smith was defeated by Washington despite its good performance in Michael Mann’s Ali. Halle Barry even today remains the only black actress to receive the statuette in the category “Best Actress”.

Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind)
Women outnumber men in the “non-actors”: 6 to 4. Hattie McDaniel became the first black to win an Oscar. Remember Mami Gone with the Wind (1939)? Unforgettable. They followed Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost in 1991, Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls in 2007, Mo’Nique for Precious in 2010, Octavia Spencer for The Help Lupita Nyong’o in 2012 and for 12 years a slave in 2014.

Russel Williams (Dances with Wolves)
He won two Oscars for mixing the sound. One in 1990 for Glory – Men Edward Zwick’s Glory, the other in 1991 for Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner. But the first black man to win the statuette in the category was Willie D. Burton for Bird Clint Easwood. It was 1989.

Lionel Richie (The Midnight Sun)
After receiving a nomination in 1982 for the song Endless Love, namesake of the Franco Zeffirelli film (in Italian Endless Love), Lionel Richie withdrew the statuette in 1986 for Say You. Say Me, theme song of the film White Nights. Richie in the same year he was nominated along with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton for the song Miss Celie’s Blue inserted in The Color Purple.

Jeoffrey Fletcher (Precious)
It was the first African American to win an Oscar for “Adapted Screenplay”. The film that gave him the coveted prize in 2010 was Precious. John Ridley was in fact the second thanks to 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, from whose novel drew the winning script. The year was 2014.

Oprah Winfrey (from The Color Purple in Selma)
In 1986 he was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” for The Color Purple, she played Sofia remember? In 2014 he wanted at all costs to produce Selma – The road to freedom, which last year was put on the list of the best films. In 2012 however he received a special Oscar: the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The coolest workshops of Italy – Asso Special Bike

That of Carlo Colombo said “Blood” is an aesthetic aggressive and radical. The felines custom of his workshop are the equivalent of the supercar
In the workshop of Asso Special bikes they lose metallic texture and become like rubber. Let themselves pull, crush, bend aesthetics most radical custom. The larger and larger, faster they give up. Not to banality, but the big hands and mustache Westerns by Carlo Colombo bounty hunter, 61, from thirty undisputed protagonist of Italian custom bike scene. Environment has a nickname of “Wild Bunch”: Blood. Its aggressive and radical aesthetic that pushes the limits dell’accettabile always a degree and a further millimeter. Forms and conventions will liquefy as in a Dali painting. To say the last Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Asso Special presented a Yamaha Tmax stripped from plastics. The view of the girders of the aluminum frame has regained the intimate motorcycle identities disguised as a maxi scooter, breaking the urban and philosophical taboo that has always demarcates serious motorcyclists scooter by upstarts.
The workshop of Bosisio Parini, in the province of Lecco, is a menagerie of dozens of big cats ready to attack the road. Colombo shares it with the junior partner Giorgio Galli, 24 years. The office is lined with plates, cups and prizes captured in decades of raids between the international bike show – he was one of the first Italians, if not the first, to exhibit at the Daytona Bike Week in Florida. “By now we are not, we will have to move into a larger environment,” grins beneath the mustache, pointing to a pile of trophies in the corner. The vice of the podium has not yet lost: the Motor Bike Expo has brought home a second with his last chopper. A chassis West Coast Choppers exaggerated, with the front wheel from 23 inches and the rear by 20 dressed by oversized tire to 280 mm.
If the Special Ace full custom make aggressive school, you must also have the ability to master the art of turning pieces scattered in a vision (a nightmare, some would say) burning traffic lights. “I raced in the drag racing from 1999 to 2001, then I worked as a driver for the Suzuki Alstare Superbike and before Troy Corser, then Loris Capirossi have asked me to build him a bike. I always liked the speed, which is why my custom have this sporty look that appeals to customers. ” Mostly people who parked his Special Ace in the garage next to a Lambo or Ferrari. It is never cost problems. “They call to see if I have some ideas, I propose and ask him to realize it. And if I build a bike show, sometimes they come to accaparrarsela when a skeleton on the workshop bench “is still. In fact, the Special Ace are the equivalent of the supercar. Whether it’s turning a V-Rod Harley-Davidson in monster supercharged surge, or make a custom-built around the aluminum frame ASB 199R. The specialty of the house that has created a limited series of supercustom under two tons – the chassis weighs just seven pounds, as a race bike!
Spades and forks, wheels separable, special pieces in fine materials: when Columbus and Galli drop the Ace, almost always has a winning hand. Also on the TMax. “A friend says: let us what you want. Sure? He had seen the Hyper Modified by Roland Sands, which seemed nice, but we upset enough to bring it back to a motorcycle size, even more handy and powerful. Practically there are only original engine and chassis, with rear fender that serves as fuel tank and twin exhausts as the 199R. The result was that, in addition to having a great success, in Verona people did not understand it was a TMax. ” The cost? “Basically it’s like comprarsene other two, because the pieces are handcrafted or top of the range. But keeping the originals we can build replicas at reasonable prices and requests start coming in. “

Dinner in the Sky arrives in Rome: in September the famous dinners in the clouds

From 15 to 30 September, for the first time in Italy, come the famous dinners suspended in space. With views across the capital and dishes from the restaurant starry

The only requirement: no fear of heights. Why not enjoy the dinner for fear of emptiness, being suspended to fifty meters above the ground, it would be a shame. Excluded this risk, the opportunity is unique: when recapitalization of eating on a special restaurant-platform, hung from a crane, with views across Rome?

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After traveling around the world – over 40 countries affected – Dinner in the Sky arrives in the capital, for the first exclusive Italian stop. The date is September 15 to 30 next in the Testaccio district. Here this futuristic “table” will be raised by a crane of 120 tons, giving lunches and dinners breathless, not only for the view but also for the menu because cooking will be some of the best chefs in circulation, many of whom starred.

Including a look at the Colosseum and one of Trastevere, that’s 22 diners (a turn for each breakfast, lunch, dinner, aperitif or night cocktails) can enjoy dishes of the highest level being in the clouds and seeing live to their preparation because in the middle of the table there will be waiters and chefs. It begins with Isis De Cesare restaurant La Parolina (1 Michelin star), the idea that by cooking for Dinner in The Sky said: “For me it is an honor to start this event so exciting and innovative, are very happy to be able to part of this adventure and i think it’s appropriate to say Raise your glasses! “.

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September 18 is the turn of Luciano Monosilio, Executive Chef of Pipero Rex (1 Michelin Star), while 19 is the turn of Gianfranco Pascucci Restaurant Pascucci al Porticciolo Fiumicino (1 Michelin Star). 20, however, to stand at the stove in front of 22 diners, is Cristiano Tomei starred restaurant of The Funnel of Lucca.

On 21 September in Sautee in a vacuum there will Callegaro Stefano, the bunting chef who won the last edition of MasterChef, while on September 27 to prepare delicacies will be up to Lele Usai of Ristorante Il Tino di Ostia (1 Michelin Star). To close the dances September 30 will be Cristina Bowerman (Restaurant Glass 1 Michelin star) chef appreciated by the public, customers and critics.

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Dinner in The Sky goes around now for the world now for ten years. The famous dinners in the void were held in Sydney, Dubai, Zagreb, Vienna, Brussels and Paris (to name a few destinations only). Now Dits Europe – the Estonian company operating the brand – has managed to organize the event also in Italy. Beware, however, the available places are limited. For info and reservations: www.dinnerinthesky.it