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Green hospitality: nurturing the community’s soul – Pascale Lauber and Ulrike Bauschke, Paragon 700

About This Episode

In part two of this series in collaboration with Mr & Mrs Smith, we continue to explore the travel industry’s role in delivering a more sustainable future in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing climate emergency.

This week Michael travels to Ostuni, a fairy-tale Italian city known for its labyrinth of historical white-washed buildings, as he visits Pascale Lauber and Ulrike Bauschke, Founders of Paragon 700. Both with a background in design, Ulrike and Pascale have painstakingly restored every inch of what was the former 17th century palace, Palazzo Rosso, and turned what had been empty for more than 40 years into one of Italy’s most exciting and dynamic boutique hotel experiences.

Described as having a ‘green soul’, developed by the duo’s mantra that green hospitality is a philosophy, not simply a style, this hotel has a very modern mission to be better for the world. From employing local tradespeople, serving home-grown and locally-sourced organic produce, to operating with low emissions energy and working fully plastic free. Listen to how Pascale and Ulrike turned their vision into reality in the latest Change Makers episode.

Pascale Lauber and Ulrike Bauschke, Founders of Paragon 700

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

We don’t really have ONE book, everyday life can change something depending on what you are experiencing.

What are you watching at the moment?

We don’t have much time to watch a movie as our like is back to normal, means working… but if so, then an action movie where the bad guys get caught

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Nelson Mandela, we lived 13 years in South Africa…

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’

It’s not really new but I think to be healthy is one of God’s best gifts.

What is your best tip for life?

Have a good time and enjoy every single day.

What five tracks would make up your lockdown soundtrack?

The soundtracks for Gladiator and Bel Canto  

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