Miss Semaine's

Anna Brewster
Marie-Louise Scio
Liya Kebede
Clara Paget as Miss Semaine
Sabine Getty

As the Tyrrhenian waves lap onto the warm shores of La Posta Vecchia’s beaches, the orange glow of the sunset engulfs every historic nook and cranny of the building, sending us off into the cooler evening… Cooler, that is, until Miss Semaine and her new love, Thomas, arrive on the scene.

Entirely underdressed, and decidedly too public with the public displays of affection, this week we welcome back Miss Semaine and a new addition, Thomas, with whom she is deeply enraptured in the throes of young love. A young love that is causing temperatures and blood pressures to rise all along Italy’s western coastline, discover all with Semaine and Mr. & Mrs. Smith..www.mrandmrssmith.com/semaine

It all started with their frustrations at the typical “hipster hangouts”, as Mr & Mrs Smith call them, that separately they would always visit on holiday, before they met each other. But things have changed since they found each other, “not this year” says Miss Semaine… If her new love, Thomas wants lobster and romance, then lobster and romance he will get. Perhaps he will even become her lobster, a la Phoebe Buffay’s “it’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life” definition in Friends, Season 2, episode 14? Either way, moving on from the monogamous, crimson crustaceans, this holiday is an opportunity for them both to really relax and immerse themselves in culture and history, of course all while channelling the spirit of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday… But who will be their holiday guides? As we’re not certain Gregory Peck is a Mr & Mrs Smith travel club member.

It’s definitely easier to make friends when you blend in, a trick that Miss Semaine and Thomas are slowly learning. But there’s no fun in blending in, especially if it means you can’t find your travel club yourself, however, Mr & Mrs Smith make it clear that if, and when, you are yourself, your travel club will find you. Even if being yourself involves blocking the pool swimmers’ way while you fall asleep on your lobster shaped lilo blaring out electronic music...

You can take the hipster out of the hangout but can you put the hipster in a hotel literally built on Etruscan history? Can love conquer all? You’ll have to watch to find out, this week on Semaine.

By Kezia Navey for Semaine.

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Get the look

Get the look

Get(away) the look

From airport chic to delightful dinner dressing, this week’s get the look section really has everything that you should be planning on wearing on a romantic getaway.

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Essentials

Essentials

Packing list

We didn’t put suncream and power adapters in this selection because remembering to bring those is solely your responsibility (we do not want to be responsible for those extortionate last minute buys in the airport), but this selection of items are the stylish staples of any good get-away. Shop them on Semaine to save you the stress.

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Travel

Travel

(Mr & Mrs) Smith’s Summer Spots

Mr & Mrs Smith’s selection of boutique hotels include the some of best locations in the world. But we couldn’t give you the world in one travel section, so we thought we’d give you Italy instead. Find your ideal Italian getaway in this selection, and remember that if you enter our competition with Mr & Mrs Smith, you could win up to £1000 off of your next holiday… You better get planning! www.mrandmrssmith.com/semaine

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Recipe

Recipe

Lobster love

Whether you’re talking about your lobster, the human one that you’ve decided you love very much, or the lobster on your plate, they’re both better buttered up. This recipe can’t tell you what to do when your human lobster is in need of buttering, but it can help you make the lobster on your plate delicious enough to cheer your human lobster up… Are you following? In short, here’s a delicious lobster recipe…

Ingredients

  • 2 cooked lobsters

  • 150ml dry white wine

  • 1 shallot, very finely chopped

  • handful tarragon leaves, chopped

  • handful parsley leaves, chopped

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • juice 1⁄2 lemon

  • pinch paprika

  • dash Tabasco sauce

  • 5 tbsp parmesan, finely grated

  • 140g butter, softened

Method

01

First make the butter. Put the wine and shallot into a pan and bring to the boil, simmering until nearly dry. Tip this into a bowl to cool and mix all the ingredients together, rolling it into a log using cling film or foil and chill to harden.

02

Snap away the claws from the lobster. Using a large chef’s knife, cut it in half and wash the head under cold water, remembering to dry it delicately afterwards. Lay the lobsters, cut side up, on a baking tray. Crack the claws and remove the meat. Divide that meat between the head cavities. This can be done the day before and the lobster kept in the fridge is ready for grilling.

03

Heat grill to high. Slice the butter into thin rounds and lay it along the lobsters so all the meat is covered. Grill for 5-8 mins until the butter is bubbling and starting to brown. Put the lobsters on plates, pouring any left over butter from the tray over them. Serve however you'd prefer.

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Interior

Interior

Inside La Posta Vecchia

We’ve all wished we lived in a hotel at some point in our lives, and we have a hunch that between the walls La Posta Vecchia’s 17th century architecture, that is so historic that is has its own museum holding various artifacts from the site’s origins, you’ll be bursting to add an Etruscan inspired feel to your home… Luckily for you, we’ve laid it all out in a shoppable form, below.

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Playlist

Playlist

Musica

If this playlist doesn’t inspire you to book an Italian getaway, we don’t know what will. It’s really very fun, and really very Italian.

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Ciao...

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