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Solo-Travel Andalusia & Morocco: Seville – Cádiz – Tarifa – Tangier

With so many travels this year already made and published here, I haven’t managed to tell about one of the greatest ones last October until now. In fact, it had been my first solo travel in a very long while and somewhat meant the world to me. Having moved to Barcelona last summer and mastered all the new challenges, I felt like treating myself to an exciting yet relaxing trip. Living in Spain, the options are beautiful and endless obviously, so I decided to visit Andalusia and then cross over to Morocco. I first wanted to split those two destinations into separate postings but as I’m not selling any city guides here but rather sharing my experiences, I opted for placing it all in one. Which leaves you with dozens of images more to scroll through and me with a serious case of travel nostalgia. As you might have figured out by now, I’m quite the spontaneous traveller so I didn’t plan that much when booking a flight from Barcelona to Seville and one back …

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 …

Canary Escape: A Car-free Road Trip through Lanzarote

To be frank: Lanzarote and the Canary Islands in general had long been a destination I didn’t exactly consider for my bucket list. Horseback-riding, all-inclusive holidays and monotony were what came to my mind. But how wrong I was! An amazing thing about travelling is staying open and being surprised now and then by a new place. Even though you can’t deny Lanzarote with its black lava stones and cacti has indeed some monotony to it, it proved to be an exciting island full of rich nature, idyllic villages and excellent food. And against all my beach-hotel-resort-associations I found a lovely casa right at the coast to call my home for almost a week. After relaxing in the almost cave-like house, I went out to explore Punta Mujeres, a tranquil village in the very north of Lanzarote. I had decided not to rent a car on Lanzarote and do everything by bike or public transport. As my week on the island brought a lot of strong winds (and I might tend to be rather unathletic), …

Palermo – A Flamboyant Fresco

Unlike countless other destinations, a trip to Palermo was never really on top of my bucket list but rather a spontaneous booking out of my usual travel bug. With little idea as to what would expect me here I was on the brink to fall head over heels with Palermo from the moment the plane touched down. Picturesque architecture that makes you feel like walking through an open-air museum whichever alley you turn, nestled in the amazing nature of Sicily, dripping with an unbelievable food scene – both traditional and modern –, and markets and neighbourhoods that almost remind of the souks of Morocco: Palermo is a rough beauty and a dynamic metropolis on the edge of Europe. My lovely Speciale Apartment tucked away in a quiet backyard in the midst of the old town definitely played its part in making this early spring city break a wonderful adventure. The first evening called for some strolling through the neighbourhood of Albergheria and beyond. At the crossroads of Quattro Canti I came across the most charming Bisso Bistrot. This place …

Roadtripping the Costa Brava

Two months in my new home town Barcelona tempted me to spend my birthday weekend in the surroundings of the costa brava. We rented a car and drove along the coast with no specific stops in mind – only our accommodation in beautiful Girona. Passing lonely coves and hilly highways, we arrived in the city of Girona. Coincidentally we came across a wonderful food and music festival with homemade tapas, live music and a dreamy view over the old city. Well-filled, we arrived at our tasteful AirBnB right in the heart of the old town. The next day called for some early brunch at La Fábrica. The nutter butter sandwich with almond butter, banana and shredded coconut was probably one of the best I have ever had for breakfast. Suffice it to say that the coffee was pretty brilliant too. After that refreshment we hit the road again, passed by small villages in the mountains and picturesque costal areas. A quick stop in Figueres led us to the Dalí museum. After winding further through the mountains, …

Citytrip Dubrovnik –From Cruise Ship Magnet to King’s Landing

Before my exciting relocation to Barcelona three weeks ago I was happy to spend some relaxing days in Croatia’s historical city of Dubrovnik. While the weather forecast hadn’t boded well days before my take-off, I started regretting my booking a bit. Little did I know that this city trip would become one of my favourites. For starters: I fell in love with Dubrovnik! With its architecture, its alleys, the wonderful food, the Adriatic Sea, the street music, my AirBnB, … My little studio was the cosiest place with the best location in Dubrovnik you can have I dare say. Plus, the view was quite something, too: Arriving late in the evening, I strolled the old town, listened to a guitarist and had cevapcici. Looking for a trending restaurant to have typical Bosnian cuisine? Then taj mahal is your place to go. I have no idea who came up with its name but the food completely lived up to its promise. Make sure to reserve a table here! I started the next day early to explore the little corners …

Pottery Village Marrakech © Janine Juna Grafe

Visiting Pottery Village in Marrakech – An Aterliers d’ailleurs Tour

Marrakech is shiny, luxuriant and it is also very eclectic. Its touristy and splendid side in the medina comes with a modest quarter in the west of the city. During my trip to Marrakech I took an Ateliers d’ailleurs tour through so-called Pottery Village. Bargaining for dirhams is no funny routine here. It’s a struggle for survival. We started our tour with a traditional potter. He has done this job for 49 years now. His right leg was stiff and he had a hard time sitting down at his place. But was he happy? Yes. I have hardly ever seen someone so in peace with what he was doing. He said clay is like love. Only the right fusion of two pieces works. Crafting in Pottery Village mostly serves the residents’ personal needs. The clay itself, however, is won in masses here. One of the reasons I travel is the man below. The day was very sticky, the air dull. This man had dug for clay for hours. When I asked our translator whether I …

© Janine Juna Grafe – Amsterdam

Spring in Amsterdam

Spring is finally arriving in Amsterdam. Reasons enough for me to pack my camera and stroll my hometown’s picturesque streets and canals! After a decent stack of pancakes of course. Dive into Amsterdam’s beauty for your daily dose of facade love!

Travelling Marrakesh

A short break at the beginning of March led me to magnificent Marrakesh. It’s one of those places that fascinates you as soon as you step out of the plane. I hadn’t done a lot of preparations before taking off, so it was just the more overwhelming. Little alleyways, pastel pink walls, thousands of mopeds, scents, sounds and impressions washed over me on the taxi drive to our riad alone. Passing the city wall of the Medina was like entering an entirely different and magical place. In the midst of the Medina, Riad Azzouna13 awaited me. With its oriental fancywork yet clean and minimalistic design, the accommodation couldn’t have been any better. It was like an oasis of ease, a spicy scent and decent food. The next morning I enjoyed the view from the cozy rooftop. The Marrakesh adventure was on! The plan for the day? Getting lost! It’s funny but I developed some sort of orientation here much more easily than back in Amsterdam. Maybe it was my insatiable curiosity that led me further …