All posts tagged: explore

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 …

The Vibrant and the Windy: Solo-travel Marrakech & Essaouira

There are places you want to return to every time you step on your flight back home. Morocco has had this spell on me ever since I set foot in the country. So even though I have a trip to Fez coming up in October, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to slot in a 4-day-holiday to Marrakech and Essaouira this June. It was my third time in Morocco and my second as a female solo-traveller. I am asked very often how it is to (solo-)travel Morocco, so instead of only sharing trillions of photos in this post (but don’t worry: I have managed to accommodate nearly 70 images nonetheless), I will also share some experiences and impressions for those of you who are specifically interested in these topics. With a taxi I travelled 3 hours from Marrakech Airport to Essaouira at the coast for a very fair amount of 600 dirham (approximately 60 Euros). I did not choose the Supratours bus on this day because my arrival did not exactly match the bus times, …

A weekend in Hamburg

Back when I lived in Hamburg I used to have a love-hate-relationship with the city in the north of Germany. Returning for a weekend, I have fallen all over again for its harbour, the view out to the cranes at night, all those cafés I called my second home. Combining the weekend trip with a wedding to celebrate was the best reason to enjoy some carefree days in Hamburg. Coffee at elbgold, waffles at Salon Wechsel Dich, delving among books at stories! and finally a wedding in front of the harbour panorama made this stay just perfect. And waking up in classy Hotel Hafen Hamburg also had its part to play… After my traditional Sunday morning routine, breakfast at Kaffee Stark, it was time to fly black to Amsterdam – but with quite some wistfulness in my luggage.

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…

Another sunny day at BLIJBURG, Amsterdam

Cooling down has come to be a real challenge in Amsterdam these days. But after months of tristesse on the little island I call my home, that very IJburg has smartened up the past few weeks. Dive into that freshening blue of Blijburg an Zee and discover the sunny and beachy side of the Netherland’s capital.

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 …

NDSM Wharf, Amsterdam

This post has been long in coming. NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord has always been my favourite part of the city. This is why I’m inviting you to accompany me there today. Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals and idyllic old buildings but I must admit I could easily exchange this part of town with the industrial wharf you reach by a ferry from Amsterdam Centraal at no charge. Even though this place is very popular particularly with the young citizens of Amsterdam, it never feels as crowded as the city centre. Coffee, food and further spots are located here but much less than in the areas across the water. So where to have coffee? Noorderlicht or pllek! They are both established within containers, which gives those places quite an edgy atmosphere. Noorderlicht is a bit hipstery with (seem to be) arrogant waiters. pllek is a little more relaxed, serves good food and decent coffee. A plus: the raised beach right in front of the water. One of the best things about this neighbourhood is …

AMSTERDAM COFFEE FESTIVAL

Food festivals and food truck festivals in particular are springing from the ground like mushrooms in Amsterdam lately. When food makes way for a market full of coffee, there is no holding back. At least not for me. So accompany me to Amsterdam Coffee Festival, which has been taking place this weekend at beautifully industrial NDSM wharf (by the way, my favourite corner of Amsterdam! Read about it later this month on the blog). Amsterdam itself is a gem of excellent coffee. Lot Sixty One, Back to Black, white label coffee – they all brew sublime flat whites into my cup every day. Having the best of the beans combined in one place had me caffeinated (emotionally as well) all over. Next to simply tasting there was a lot of coffee science to discover at the festival. To be honest: I’m happy to get the best out of my Chemex on Sunday mornings but that’s how coffee-hipstery I get. When it comes to the correct angle to drip my boiling water onto the freshly roasted beans, well …

BACK TO BLACK, Amsterdam

My favourite hobby: exploring new places. Last weekend I discovered one of this rare kind where your guts instantly signalize: You are going to be here very often. And my guts know me quite well. Alarm bells ring when I enter a spot that is hip but not too hip, busy but not crowded, a place I could easily exchange for my living room. Black to Black is such a place. I love the furnishings, the colours and the easy atmosphere here. Big tables where you can work a little, cozy armchairs that invite you to grab a magazine or just have a decent cup of coffee. Such places are scarcer here in Amsterdam than one might think. From the plants in pineapple form via adorable interior design through to locally roasted coffee Back to Black has won my heart. Make sure to check them out or get a sip of their coffee at Amsterdam Coffee Festival this weekend! Back to Black Weteringstraat 48 1017 SP Amsterdam