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The Saltern Of Saint Martin’s Island – Gruissan |
Le Salin de L’Ile Saint Martin – Gruissan

During our recent holiday in Gruissan we visited the Saltern of Saint Martin’s Island. I published a first photo in my Douceur de Vivre In France post with the promise to tell more about this picturesque place.

The first impression when we arrived was of a burst of colours. A gorgeous painting made of an incredibly blue sky and the deep pink of the salt marshes, peppered with the browns, greys and greens of the landscape; simply amazing. We then took in how vast the saltern is, stretching over 400 hectares, La Clape and its vineyards overlooking it. Saint Martin’s Island is a good example of sustainable development: Dating back to Antiquity, the salt marsh technique used has turned this spot into the perfect home to several bird species and plants.

We also found out that the light “flower of salt” appears on the salt plains once the wind stops blowing at dawn and is carefully collected in the summer.

Guided tours are available and to learn more there is also an eco-museum. In the summer various activities such as concerts and story telling are being organised, as well as exhibitions. The boutique sells regional products, not only salt-related but also for example wine and a selection for the sweet tooth. I am very much enjoying the different bath salts I bought and we use our Gruissan salt every day in the kitchen. As our visit took place in the middle of the afternoon we did not try La Cambuse du Saunier restaurant. The menu is composed of different types of oysters and local fish and meat dishes. There is always next time…
Le Salin de L'Ile Saint Martin Gruissan - Bateau - Boat
Lors de nos récentes vacances à Gruissan, nous avons visité le Salin de l’Ile Saint Martin. J’en avais d’ailleurs publié une première photo dans mon article Douceur de Vivre In France en promettant d’en dire plus au sujet de cet endroit pittoresque.

La première impression lorsque nous sommes arrivés fût celle d’une explosion de couleurs. Un véritable tableau comportant un ciel incroyablement bleu et le rose foncé des marais salants, parsemé des bruns, gris et verts du paysage; tout simplement fabuleux. Nous avons ensuite réalisé à quel point le salin est immense, s’étendant sur 400 hectares, la Clape et ses vignobles le dominant. L’Ile Saint Martin est un bon exemple de développement durable: datant de l’Antiquité, la technique de marais salants utilisée a transformé ce coin en un habitat parfait pour de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux et de plantes.

Nous avons également appris que la si légère “fleur de sel” apparaît sur les marais salants une fois que le vent cesse de souffler à l’aube et est récoltée avec soin en été.

Des visites guidées sont proposées et pour en apprendre d’avantage, il y a aussi un écomusée. En été, diverses activités telles que concerts et conteurs sont organisées, ainsi que des expositions. La boutique vend des produits du terroir, pas seulement à base de sel mais aussi par exemple du vin et une sélection de douceurs. J’apprécie grandement les sels de bains que j’ai achetés et nous utilisons tous les jours notre sel de Gruissan en cuisine. Comme notre visite a eu lieu en milieu d’après-midi, nous n’avons pas mangé au restaurant La Cambuse du Saunier. Le menu se compose de différentes sortes d’huîtres et de spécialités locales de poisson et viande. La prochaine fois…
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BritMums Live! 2014 |
Fancy Sponsoring Me?

In June I will make my way to London to participate to BritMums Live!, a two-day blogging event organised by the UK’s biggest parent blogging network. BritMums has more than 4’000 influential members and with 500 attendees, the conference is the largest of its kind in the UK. I have already bought my ticket and organised my trip, but finding a sponsor to attend an event where I am certain to learn, network and enjoy myself would be the icing on the cake. 🙂

A few facts about Funky Wellies Random Thoughts:

  • Four years of blogging with an emphasis on lifestyle, fashion, travel and music
  • Loyal and engaged followers
  • Cooperation with brands such as John Lewis, KENNETT Timepieces, Avenue 32, AlexandAlexa, Bags of Love, New Look, etc.
  • Brands featured or mentioned in blog posts resulting in engagement on Twitter and Facebook: Re-tweets, favourite tweets, likes, shares and comments
  • Poem written for the Desigual Share the Magic contest featured on their blog
  • Freshly pressed on 3 months after starting blogging
  • MAD Blog Awards 2014 – Blog of the Year nomination
  • Recent interview for MultiCOOLty, an on-line magazine about multicultural living
  • Invitations to the Berlin Fashion Week and to various fashion and lifestyle events


BritMums Live 2014 - Sponsor Request - Katia FunkywelliesPhoto copyright Resort of Desire

I am looking for a sponsor willing to cover my ticket, travel expenses and two-night hotel stay. In return, I can offer the following:

• A blog post introducing your brand as my BritMums Live! 2014 sponsor (being trilingual, the post could be in any combination of English, French and German should this be of interest)
• A mention and thank you in all the posts I am going to write about the event
• A mention in all my updates about the conference on social media networks
• A linked company logo or advert on the sidebar of my blog for a year
• Links to the posts written about the event on the relevant page on my blog
• A second post later in the year about a product, event, etc. your brand would like to promote
• Supporting your brand on social media networks through sharing, re-tweets, etc. during the whole of 2014

I am of course happy to discuss other ways of working together, such as wearing an outfit from your brand during the conference or partial sponsorship. The posts recounting the event will also be added to the Official BritMums Live! I was there linky on their website and get even more exposure that way.

Interested? My Get in Touch page is waiting for you… 😉

Piz Palü Hats

Last December Sexy Hubby and I spent a couple of days in Cologne again, as we love this vibrant city. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon and the Christmas market was in full swing. We had a browse and came across a stall selling the funkiest winter hats I have ever seen! Sexy Hubby was adamant that I should buy one but he did not need to insist much… The inside of the hat is 100% cotton and therefore very pleasant to wear, not scratchy at all. The outer material is a mix, 80% wool and 20% polyacrylic. I have been out wearing it on a very cold, windy day and still stayed warm.

What do you think? Do you like my Piz Palü hat?
Piz Palue Winter Hat Cologne
Letzten Dezember haben Sexy Hubby und ich wieder ein paar Tage in Köln verbracht, weil wir in diese lebendige Stadt verliebt sind. Es war ein wunderschöner Nachmittag und der Weihnachtsmarkt war in vollem Gang. Wir schauten uns um und fanden einen Stand, der die unkonventionellsten Mützen, die ich je gesehen habe, verkaufte! Sexy Hubby sagte, dass ich unbedingt eine kaufen sollte, aber dazu musste er mich nicht allzu oft auffordern…  Das Innenmaterial ist 100% Baumwolle, damit sehr komfortabel zu tragen und kratzt überhaupt nicht. Das Außenmaterial ist ein Mix aus 80% Wolle und 20% Polyacryl. Ich habe die Mütze an einem sehr kalten, windigen Tag getragen und mir war trotzdem schön warm.

Was meint Ihr? Findet Ihr meine Piz Palü Mütze auch toll?

Piz Palue Muetze Koeln

Second image courtesy of the Piz Palü website.

DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin


During my visit to the Berlin Fashion Week I had the great pleasure to spend two nights at the wonderful DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof. Nestled in a quiet side street, this five star hotel nonetheless finds itself a short walk away from Kurfürstendamm, the well-known, bustling shopping boulevard.

As I already mentioned during the FACES 4 FASHION radio show, the moment you step in you feel yourself relaxing. The opulent but not overwhelming decor and the genuine welcome from the staff are a perfect combination. There is also a delightful Japanese Garden in the courtyard, which I would love to see in the summer. The amazing breakfast is being served in an airy, open area encircling the garden but there are more intimate spaces too should you prefer. It was also a nice surprise that the headwaiter spoke to me in French.

The hotel offers 58 rooms and 14 suites. I stayed in a large, high-ceilinged bedroom on the
second floor, which had sitting and working areas and a lovely bathroom with a separate toilet. Classical music was playing and fruit, biscuits and chocolates were prettily laid out. I was also delighted to discover a selection of L’OCCITANE toiletries, as I love their products. When I
returned at night, the bed has been turned down and a bottle of Evian water was waiting by its side. It is indeed the little details that count…

My next scheduled trip to Berlin will be at the beginning of June for the Aerosmith concert. Would I like to stay at the DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof again? Absolutely!
DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ Breakfast
Während meines Besuchs auf der Fashion Week in Berlin hatte ich das große Vergnügen, zwei Nächte im wunderschönen DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof zu verbringen. Dieses fünf Sterne Hotel liegt in einer ruhigen Nebenstraße, aber es befindet sich trotzdem in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Kurfürstendamm, der berühmten, quirligen Einkaufsmeile der Stadt.

Wie ich während der FACES 4 FASHION Radio Show bereits gesagt habe, fängt schon beim Betreten des Hotels die pure Entspannung an. Das opulente aber nicht erdrückende Dekor und die echte Herzlichkeit der Mitarbeiter sind eine perfekte Kombination. Es gibt auch einen herrlichen Japanischen Garten im Hof, den ich im Sommer sehr gerne sehen möchte. Das fantastische Frühstück wird in einem offenen, hellen Bereich rund um den Garten serviert, aber es gibt auch etwas mehr intime Räume, falls das gewünscht ist. Es hat mich auch sehr gefreut, dass der Oberkellner mit mir Französisch sprach.

Das Hotel bietet 58 Zimmer und 14 Suites. Ich habe in einem weitläufigen Zimmer mit hohen Decken im zweiten Stock übernachtet. Es bot Sitzgelegenheiten und Arbeitsflächen und hatte ein reizvolles Badezimmer mit einer separaten Toilette. Klassische Musik spielte und Obst, Plätzchen und Schokolade waren hübsch angeordnet. Ich war begeistert, als ich eine Auswahl von L’OCCITANE Kosmetikprodukten entdeckte, weil ich diese Produkte sehr schätze. Als ich spät abends zurückkam, war das Bett bereits für die Nacht aufgeschlagen und eine Flasche Evian stand auf der Seite für mich bereit. Es sind diese Kleinigkeiten, die zählen…

Meine nächste geplante Reise nach Berlin ist Anfang Juni anlässlich des Aerosmith Konzerts. Möchte ich dann wieder im DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof übernachten? Aber natürlich!

DORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ Sitting areaDORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ BiscuitsDORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ ChocolatesDORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ BathroomDORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ L'OCCITANE toiletriesDORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ Room detailDORMERO Hotel Brandenburger Hof Berlin ⎮ Katia FunkywelliesWell-rested and ready for the day!

Disclosure: DORMERO Hotels offered me a preferential rate for my stay. Words, photos and opinion are my own.