All posts tagged: cityguide

Pretty Pastels: City Trip Lisbon

To tell you the truth I was a little afraid of travelling to Lisbon. Not because it’s a particularly scary kind of place. But because I considered moving to Barcelona or Lisbon last year without having been in either of the two cities before. As you know, I opted for Barcelona and feared I would fall head over heels for the Portuguese capital now. Let’s say I have a serious crush but my love for Barcelona remains incontestable. But now it’s time to focus on that little love affair with Lisbon for a few images and lines (sorry Barcelona!). I arrived in Lisbon late at night and headed straight to my lovely Airbnb. Bob Dylan over the bed, Woody Allen in the living room and beautiful views from anywhere in the apartment made this place the perfect basis for a weekender. As it was my birthday the next morning and I had only 1.5 days in the city, I decided to spend a very easy, laid-back city trip. I started strolling the streets of Bairro …

Budapest – The Brittle Beauty

Budapest is one of those places I had had on my bucket list for years but always postponed in my travel plans for the one or other reason. A lover of crisp cold with some lack of snow home in Barcelona, I decided to finally pay the Hungarian capital a visit for a weekend in January. Arriving late on a Friday night, I began my strolls through -12°C (I wanted cold, I got cold!) Budapest early on Saturday morning. I have this thing for washed-out facade colours, abandoned places and everything fin de siècle so it was pretty obvious this city would take my travel heart by storm. In an unremarkable backyard I came across fekete, a lovely café in Erzsébetváros, the 7th district of Budapest. Excellent coffee and a soothingly hot shakshuka awaited me here. Warmed up, I continued walking through the city with music on my ears and first little snowflakes falling onto my face. And while it was getting colder and colder outside, I found countless cozy shelters around. A particularly charming one: Zoska …

One Day in Salzburg

My motto? Spontaneous trips are the best! Unexpectedly I did a one-day stopover in Austria’s beauty Salzburg before heading to Germany for the Christmas days. A soft line of pastel mountains awaited me right at the airport early in the morning. The perfect start for a city tour! Salzburg surprised me with a merely endless amount of picturesque buildings – from a bus stop to the dome. And as the weather could not have been any better I hit the road up to the fortress, enjoying a breathtaking view over Salzburg. And of course, I also had to try some traditional Kaiserschmarrn, an Austrian dessert I hadn’t had in some ten years. When the sun began to set, I strolled the old-fashioned, rustic shopping streets – with famous Getreidegasse leading the way. Some sunny hours and many strolls later it was time again to take the plane back to the north with the Alps in my back.

In Bruges

After a wonderful getaway to Zeeland in the Netherlands we drove further south to discover Belgium’s medieval beauty Bruges. To quote Ray in the great film In Bruges: Maybe that’s what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges. Let me tell you: It’s not all that bad. Not at all. Even though the whole town seems a little dozy with some restaurants and shops closed on Tuesdays and quiet streets in the morning. However, this dreaminess also makes Bruges a very special place. Time seems to stand still here and there. In the very best meaning. Our accommodation was Hotel Bla Bla very close to the historic centre. Bruges is full of those beautiful orange tile roofs, which we looked out to from our hotel room. Breakfast was served at Sanseveria, a charming bagel café. French music from the 1920s and tasty ingredients had us strenghtened for another day with chilly autumn weather. And chocolate also played its part in warming us. We got a little touristy when climbing up Belfort and …

Roadtripping the Pacific Northwest – Vancouver

Ending our magnificent roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest, we stayed five days in Vancouver. It was the place that surprised us most. A whole lot of concrete, milky-green house facades and the grey weather painted a different picture than the shiny one it is always described as. However, as I have a soft spot for authentic, edgy places, we found our way through the city – with Gastown and Revolver Coffee being our hot spots. The most wonderful part about Vancouver is, though, that everything is so close: endless woods, the mountains, the ocean, little islands and the city. We took a little ferry to Granville Island, famous for its permanent farmer’s market. And then there was my most favourite place in whole Vancouver: Le Marché St. George. Long before we arrived in Canada, I had discovered this beautiful café on Instagram. I was so happy to find it that I actually spent most of my BC time here. But who can blame me with those delicious crêpes on the lovely plates? Most remarkable about …

Weekend strolls through lovely Utrecht

When I first set foot on Utrecht some weeks ago I knew I would have to come back. Many more times. This time I didn’t exactly track down further hidden gems of the city but showed my parents around the spots I had already discovered last time. Muffled in the best summer weather, we walked the canal streets of my secret favourite city in the Netherlands (please don’t tell Amsterdam) and enjoyed the beautiful view of all those charming buildings. And as I love surrounding myself with greens, I always feel like walking a giant garden when passing by Utrecht’s back yards and house facades. Want to check out some of my favourite cafés, boutiques and places of Utrecht? Then head over to my little guide to Utrecht! Have a lovely Sunday afternoon! I enjoy some cups of coffee while scrolling through future travel destinations and looking out to the rainy sea…

A little guide to little Haarlem

Moving to Amsterdam at the beginning of this year has had me explore some lovely parts of the Netherlands. And even though I’m thirsting for those big travels awaiting me at the end of July, I enjoy discovering my current adopted country so much as well. After going to Utrecht last week, it was – after so many recommendations and romanticization – time to go to see Haarlem, a late medieval city some 15 minutes away from busy Amsterdam. It’s funny that cities like Utrecht or Haarlem are only slightly smaller than Amsterdam. Still they exude this cozy small town charm. Little colourful town houses, lovely boutiques, idyllic landscapes and unruffled people. Speaking of boutiques: Ironically it has been in Utrecht and now Haarlem that I stumbled upon the cutest shops. I’m sure they’re out there in Amsterdam as well, but imagine hundreds of Amsterdamers plus two hundred tourists squashing in front of one slender mirror.  There you go. kloffie in Haarlem turned out to be a true gem storing pieces by Minimum, Nümph and others. I …