My 5 questions to … Stephanie Duval

During my adventure of becoming a ‘real’ blogger I bought some books with tips and tricks about blogging.

One of those books was ‘how blogs work‘, written by Stephanie Duval.
Stephanie is a Belgian blogger living in Switzerland. She has many talents, not only does she blog on 70percentpure but she is also a photographer and freelance journalist.
She’s all about beautiful design and loves to travel.

Here are my 5 questions :

  • When did it hit you, you like to travel and blog about it? Was it one holiday in particular?

It wasn’t a holiday, but I remember the trip very clearly. It was a press trip organised by a British fashion chain, and perhaps the tenth or so trip I had to take for work. It was a lot of fun – staying in a beautiful hotel, experiencing the best of London, even a private performance by Paloma Faith, way before she became famous. I was traveling home on the Eurostar and looking through some of the snapshots that I’d taken and I decided it was just too much fun to keep to myself. As I was mostly traveling for work, I’d find myself alone a lot of the time, or not really able to share my thoughts with other journalists that I didn’t really know that well, so I created as an outlet for those experiences. Besides, when I needed to come up with a name for the blog that night, I was inspired by a piece of chocolate that I’d brought from that trip to London: it was 70% cacao.

  • What was the best hotel you’ve ever been to?

I don’t know if it was the best hotel, but it sure was the best hotel experience I’ve ever had – though it has more to do with what happened there than with the hotel itself. When we arrived at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and got settled in by the pool with cocktails and ceviche, on the second or third day of our two-week trip through California, my then-boyfriend proposed to me. It was the perfect setting and the perfect night, and so the perfect start to our amazing holiday. I can remember all the little details of the hotel so well: the ping-pong table we almost wrecked with our competitiveness, the gorgeous succulents in the garden, the beautiful room… We returned to the hotel during our honeymoon and even stayed in the same room. It will always be a special place to me.

  • What holiday surprised you the most? What country/city was more amazing than you thought it would be?

My first time in Los Angeles was on another press trip, and I was so surprised with how much I loved that city from the first moment. Of course I stayed in a gorgeous hotel, met amazing people and got to take a look behind the scenes of the L.A. fashion industry, so that definitely helped. But I’ve gone back there twice with my husband and I still love it so much. It’s the perfect mix of big city humdrum and laid back beach vibes. It also has the best museums and restaurants – I’d say my experience there perhaps even trumps my New York experiences, which before always ranked at the top of the list.

  • What holiday was a disappointment? When you thought it would be great but really wasn’t.

I had one horrible experience when traveling to Istanbul for work. I missed my first flight, they lost my luggage, I missed half of the program at the destination and was left to my own devices much of the time. It was in winter and the weather was terrible, and the person in charge of the trip was a creep. I locked myself in my hotel room for the better part of the last day, and was super relieved to go back home. It’s a shame because I didn’t get to discover anything in the beautiful city, but the circumstances just weren’t there to experience Istanbul the right way. I’ll need to go back some day to change my opinion about it. 

  • What country/city/hotel is your #1 on your wishing list?

My wishlist is never-ending, and it’s hard to pick just one place. I’d have to say Canada though. I’ve only been to Vancouver and I loved it there. I’m especially drawn to the combination of gorgeous nature and bustling cities – best of both worlds. I’d like to see more of Canada soon. Besides that, there are plenty more places in the States that I’d love to visit. A trip along the East Coast is high up there, too. And closer to home I’d love to revisit Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. I’ve only been to these cities on business trips without my husband, and I’d love to experience them in a more relaxed way with him.

A special thanks to Stephanie. Not only for this interview, but for her advice in her book as well.