Follow me to: Hamburg

Hello everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should!!…please !!) you were able to follow me around my journey to Hamburg, Germany. One thing was probably hard to overlook: that I fell completely in love with this wonderful city.

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I didn’t know that I could love a place so much but Hamburg really has a spirit that got me right away!
We stayed at a lovely Hotel called “Wedina”. It’s located in the neighborhood of “St.Georg” and the rooms are spread over a few smaller houses. The rooms are super lovely and it’s near the central station and has a bus station just around the corner which makes it super easy to get around!

On our first day we strolled around the streets and did a bit of shopping here and there.
One of the bigger shopping streets is near the central station and is called “Mönkebergstraße” or just “Mö”. We also had a look at the town hall and let me tell you that this is the prettiest building I’ve seen in a long time!

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Just across the street you’ll find the “Café Paris” which is lovely and they have really good macarons – pay them a visit next time your in Hamburg!

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Our next stop was the “Alsterhaus” – a luxury shopping mall. As those things are just too expensive to buy just for fun we just looked around. There are all the labels and the clothes are well chosen. You should check that out as well (if you promise me to not start crying because of the prices…). Near the town hall there’s also the “Alsterpassage” wich is  a lovely little passage with some shops. The ceilings are beautifully decorated and painted so thats defintely a spot to shoot some insta-worthy pictures!

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Aren’t those teddy bears at Godiva’s cute?
Anyway: Next on our list was – of course – the “Speicherstadt”. I’ve heard only magical things about it and it was just so beautiful! I highly recommend going there. No matter the weather! It’s beautiful even if it’s raining!

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ISN’T THAT AMAZING!? I fell completely in love with this neighborhood!

Well…to be honest i’m in love with the whole, entire city but I guess I’ve wrote that a million times before in this post…!

On our last day we did some cultural stuff and went to see the “Kunsthalle” which has a large collection of art works from the past and also the present! So if you’re interested in art – try it out! Besides that Hamburg has a lot of other galeries and art collections so it won’t be boring!

 

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Unfortunately we didn’t get to see more because we had other reasons to go to Hamburg in the first place! But I’ll sure come back as soon as possible !

So I hope you liked this post!
Loved to get some feedback!

Love,
Franziska

 

 

 

Follow me to: Lisbon

Hello Lovelies!
I returned from my last Europe trip on Tuesday and here I am already writing a blog post for you (I call it ambitious you may call it…normal?).
Anyway: I efinetely need to tell you about Lisbon! Because Iimagined it to be SO much different then it really is!

Of course I informed myself about the weather and the city (you know: what to do, and what to see and where to eat, etc.!).
Clearly, I overread that Lisbon was (just like Rome) built on 7 hills.
And our hotel was on one of those hills…

But I won’t complain, because it was awesome to discover this beautiful city by foot!

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On thing that will catch your eye right away are the tiles. Instead of just painting their houses, many portugeuse people plastered their houses in mosaics with colourful tiles!
It looks really impressive. The colours range from classical white and blue combinations to more popping ones like this one above.
There were lots of them near our hotel!

Coming to my first point: Our hotel!
We stayed at the “Casa do Jasmim by Shiadu” which is located near the neighborhood of Bairro Alto. The hotel iself is very beautiful and not too pricey. We were lucky and had the chance to book a room with a balcony. That was the best decision we coul have made!
When we arrived we were greeted with this stunning view!

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We were so happy! It looked amazing.
The hotel is quite central so with a bit of walking you can reach quite a lot by foot.
What we didn’t know was that lots of people that had a night out went hrough our street to get home. We never had a good sleep and woke up more than once each night because someone out there was too loud doing whatever drunk people do.
Maybe ask to get a room that is faced away from the street.
Otherwise I can only recommend the Casa do Jasmim! The staff is very friendly and they are fluent in English and some also speak German. So that’s a plus!
Breakfast is served as a buffet and everybody will find something that he likes!
Another plus is that you get a key to the reception and breakfast room which enables you to have a coffee throughout the day!
I didn’t get the chance to make any photos from the inside of the hotel, but they decorated it in a lovely way!

On our first day we just roamed around the streets near our hotel. There are so many beautiful buildings around there!

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It’s all so colourful and happy in Lisbon! There are so many colourful houses and crazy shop interiors!

On the next day we wanted to go a little further and went all the way to the Praça do Comércio. The area is really beautiful and you even have the chance to have a little beach moment.

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We loved it! There are a lot of restaurants but you need to know something: Don’t go into restaurants where waiter stand outsid an invite you in! Those are “tourist restaurants”. We where warned about them by relatives and the hotel staff. The reason is that they serve okay food but sell it for way too much money!
After a bit of searching and looking around we found a very VER small restaurant (it literally consists of a bar and three tables).
The name of the restaurant is “Aurora“. They serve excellent portuguese food and we didn’t have to pay much for it! If your in this neighborhood and hungry, I’d recommend you to go there (if you get a table!).

The next day was a bit….problematic I’d say.
We wanted to go to Belém (another neighborhood in Lissabon). The easiest way to get there is to go by train. Tickets cost about 3 Euros (a return ticket is included in this price).
But when we got to the train station there were huge queues on each ticket automat and even at the information centre….
We decided to wait and buy a ticket but when it was our turn we made a mistake and spent money for nothing. We tried to figure it out on our own as there was no information staff anywhere and there were not enough info given at the automat. We were SO frustrated…
Also on this day it was extremely hot so we decided to just return to the hotel and stay there.
We had a nice day and when we got hungry I had the idea to use our balcony! So my boyfriend went and bought some bread, Pastéis de Nata and other yummy stuff. And it was the best idea ever!!! Just look!

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For everybody who doesn’t know what Pastéis de Nata are – I’ll explain it to you:

“Pastéis de Nata” are little pastries filled with something flan like that tastes a lot like Crème brûlée. To keep things short: Don’t think about it just try it because it is AMAZING and you will get addicted! Not even kidding right now!
We got the Pastéis at “Manteigaria” which makes the “second best Pastéis in Lissabon”. The “best” – and oldest- Fábrica is located in Belém and is called “Pastéis de Belém“. If you didn’t try the Pastéis at Manteigaria and are in Belém: please give it a shot because everybody we asked just loves those!

Speaking of Belém I’ll jump right to our last day.
We didn’t want to leave Lissabon without chehing out another neighborhood. SO we gave Belém and the central station another shot. And this time it worked!
If you ever want to go by train: the automates there give only one ticket each time! so you have to choose one ticket and pay ad THEN buy the next ticket! Remember that!!!
Trains go every twenty minutes so it should be no problem to get to Belém.

Coming back to Belém. Oh gosh. It was absolutely worth the chaos!
I loved the tower and the sea so much!


To be honest: I know Portugal since I was 6 months old. My family visited at least once a year and I am very familiar with the people and the landscape so it kind of made me feel like home!


Belém was everything you wish for: Sightseeing, restaurants and the sea!

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Doesn’t it all look oh so lovely??
We strolled around and when we got hungry we went to the “Darwin’s Café“. The food wasn’t cheap but not way too pricey and tasted amazing! (And doesn’t it look amazing as well?)

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see more of this beautiful city, so I hope that one day I’ll get the chance to return there!

If you have any more questions regarding my trip or anything else, feel free to leave me a comment or contact me on my social medias!
Until then:

Love,
Franziska

Follow me to: Copenhagen

“Hej!”
That’s what you usually hear when you enter a shop or café in Copenhagen. “Hej” means “Hello” in danish (obviously).
Last Friday my cousin and I started our “girls trip” to Copenhagen and let me tell you: it was awesome!
I’ve been in Copenhagen before and kinda knew some cool spots but we did a lot of walking and sightseeing and I discovered so many more cute shops and spots in this city!
And guess what: I’ll share them all with you today!

The good thing about the airport in Copenhagen is that there is a train station right next to it, which makes it super easy to get into the city. You can buy tickets at a counter or at an automat and they make 36 DKK for each of you. This may sound like a lot of money but I’ll explain the currency to you. DKK stands for danish crowns which is the name of the danish currency. 50 DKK are about 7 Euros. This makes the 36 DKK less scarier right? It takes a little time to get used to it.
There’s a train that takes you right to the central train station in Copenhagen. And I’d say that it’s the most beautiful train station in the whole wide world!

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Doesn’t it look stunning? Inside it looks like a ship! Pretty cool, huh?
We stayed at the Copenhagen Crown Hotel, which is near the train station (about a 5 minute walk away). I was not very happy about it (we didn’t have a room that was faced away from the street noise so it was never really quiet) but oh well….I guess I’m still spoiled from my Amsterdam trip..
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As breakfast was included in our booking we stayed at the hotel for breakfast. The reason why we did that (breakfast there isn’t really spectacular unfortunately) is because Copenhagen is very very expensive when it comes to food. A small coffee costs at least 4 Euros! That’s a lot of money!!!
We’d loved to go out for every meal but it would have been so expensive that we decided not to…
BUT it didn’t stop us to find some cute cafés!
On our first day we went to the Café Phenix right next to our Hotel. They have good food (and big portions) and it doesn’t cost that much!

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Espresso House” is a chain comparable to Starbucks and it’s pretty popular in Scandinavia. They serve yummy snacks and good coffee. The coffee is as expensive as everywhere else but it was very comfortable and cozy there! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of one of the cafés.

We also liked the restaurant “Rossopomodoro” very much. It is located in the “Illum” shopping mall. They serve very yummy Italian food but you’ll have to wait to get seated because literally EVERYONE wants to eat there after their shopping. It’s really good and not too pricey!

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The mall itself is really beautiful and you’ll find all of the top designer brands (national and international ones!). I’d declare it as a luxury shopping mall and it’s nice to stroll through it and look at all the beautiful clothes!

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Shopping…I just love it and you can do lots of it in Copenhagen! A few of my favourite stores are listed below:

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    Coming to the sightseeing part of our trip: We walked A LOT! We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on bus, train or metro tickets (although there is something called the “Copenhagen card” which let’s you take any public transportation without buying an extra ticket). So we did everything by foot. It wasn’t as horrible as you might think! We discovered lots of beautiful architecture and many many sweet shops! It was really worth it! I’d recommend you to walk a lot in this city! There are so many hidden treasues!

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Aren’t these buildings amazing, stunning,…???
We had many things on our sightseeing list: Strøget, Rundetaarn, Nyhavn, Rosenborg, Amalienborg, Botanisk Have,Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek…
Didn’t understand a word? No worries: I’ll explain it to you!

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This is Strøget. It’s a street full of food stalls, fashion chains (like H&M) and tourist shops. When I read about it it was explained as ” a street where you can shop beautiful clothes etc.”…Well. If you like cheap clothes and crowded streets full of tourists with selfie sticks and cheap chinese food…this might be the paradise you’ve been looking for all your life. Frankly: I hated it. I hate big crowds and I hate cheap shops. It’s really soulless.
But it’s the best way to get to downtown Copenhagen!

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The Rundetaarn (“Round Tower”) is one of the best platforms to visit if you want to have a breath-taking view over the city. Children over 15 and adults have to pay 25 DKK to get inside but it’s totally worth it! We were lucky with the weather and didn’t want to leave the tower! And you’ll understand why:

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We also went to see the No. 1 Tourist attraction in Copenhagen: Nyhavn (“New Harbor”)
It’s a collection of pretty, colourful houses next to a small port. It’s beautiful and romantic and you’re a fool if you don’t go there!!!!

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As I just said: You’re a fool if you don’t pay it a visit!

Near Nyhavn you’ll find a very important building: The Amalienborg Castle!
It’s the home of the danish Royal Family and part of it can be visited.

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The last picture shows the “Marmorkirke”. It’s by far the most stunning cathedral I have ever seen in my life and if your at Amalienborg you might as well have a look at the “Marble church”.

I’d recommend you to buy a special ticket for Amalienborg: There is a combined ticket which enables you to visit both: Amalienborg and the old castle: Rosenborg.
Teens under 17 don’t have to pay to get inside of both castles and the combined ticket costs 145 DKK, which I think is ok.
So we visited Rosenborg as well and it was AMAZING!

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Right next to the Rosenborg Castle is the “Botanisk Have” (the botanical garden).
I’m a lover of these gardens and so we went there as well. (free entrance for everybody!!)
I loved the big glass house! It was so elegant!

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We’d loved to see everything but some of the glass houses are opened for only an hour or two and we missed that time…

Last but definetely not least on our list was the “Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek” – a beautiful collection of art works. For a long long time I believed that there was nothing more spectacular than MoMa in New York City. But Copenhagen taught me that everything can be spectacular. And so the “Glyptotek” became the second gallery I fell completely in love with! Inside this gallery you’ll find a very elegant courtyard and a café! They serve very good breakfast, cake and super good coffee (and tea!) Do me a favour and just visit it: SO worth it! And the best thing: On Tuesdays you don’t have to pay for the tickets!

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I hope I didn’t scare you with this spam of pictures but I couldn’t hold myself back 🙂
If you liked this post I’d be glad to hear from you!
I hope I could inspire and excite you for this beautiful city and its treasures!

Love,
Franziska


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Follow me to: Amsterdam

Last thursday I took off for my first city trip of 3. As my parents never wanted to go to the Netherlands, I didn’t get the chance to visit Amsterdam earlier. I’m a real lover of short trips. I love to  get to know a city but I hate carrying big luggage. Also Europe has such a rich diversity in cultures and architecture and vibes that it is just perfect to explore everything one by one.

A few weeks ago my aunt called me and asked if I wanted to join her on a short trip to Amsterdam and of course I said yes!

So we packed our small bags and took the next flight to Schiphol airport.

We had a bit of waiting time once we arrived at the airport because my aunts luggage didn’t arrive on time. We decided to take the train to Amsterdam Centraal (the central station in Amsterdam but after we purchased the tickets we noticed that there were problems with that particular train line so we had to change our plans and took a taxi. Although a woman on the ticket counter sold us the tickets she couldn’t tell us that we couldn’t take the train. So my first tipp for you is: always double check information and don’t hesitate to ask somebody!
The tickets (a total of 4 tickets to get us from the airport and back to it at the end of our holiday) had cost us 28 € and the taxi cost about 40€ so it was definetely a lot of money that was spend unnecessarily….

When we arrived at our hotel we were absolutely thrilled!!! We stayed at “The Pulitzer Hotel”which is located in the Prinsengracht (directly at the famous canals!). It’s one of the best hotels and we were lucky to get such a brilliant deal online! (We booked with the german booking website expedia.de).
The Pulitzer’s interior is quite colourful but kept elegant and quite dramatic while the architecture is quite modern with lots of glass and plants.
We asked some employees (who were all very nice!) and found out that the hotel started with 5 houses and now consists of a total of 25 houses! So it’s quite a big hotel!

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As breakfast was not included in our reservation we decided to go to a different café everday to get breakfast/brunch. On our first day in Amsterdam we went to PLUK Amsterdam, a lovely café near our hotel.

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Just to let you know: In Amsterdam (especially near the canals) every house is quite narrow. Stairs are therefore quite steep. It’s a real adventure and you should really watch your steps!!! But it is almost always worth it! Doesn’t this café look cool?

They also have pretty good breakfast (they also offer lunch but I didn’t get to try this)!
Most of the food they offer is homemade so prepare for serious healthy food porn! My aunt had a slice of their homemade banana bread which was THE BEST. I had a very good granola bowl with fresh fruit. (Their coffee is also very good!) And for those of you who don’t feel like eating: PLUK also has an online shop (Pluk online store) and sells some of their stuff in their café. They have some really cute post cards, notebooks and phone cases!

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Our hotel was also located at the “Negen Straatjes” (“Nine streets”) which are a bunch of small and cute streets located at the canals. There you can find lovely little boutiques, cafés and restaurants. The “Nine Streets” are perfect for a relaxed shopping day. If you don’t feel like shopping well-known brands like ZARA, H&M or Urban Outfitters you should definetely give these little boutiques a try! They have lovely interior stuff and also some pretty cool clothes!

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If you want to see very public streets I’d recommend to go away from the canals and look around in the city centre of Amsterdam. There you’ll find famous brands like ZARA, UO and many more. After all this shopping we felt a little hungry, so we decided to go somewhere to have a small snack. We ended up eating saté at the “Museumcafé Mokum” which has a lovely courtyard. The food was very good and we loved how they decorated the courtyard! It also provides some relaxing and quiet time as the sounds of the shopping streets don’t reach the atrium!

The next day we decided to walk a lot…
Well, at least we wanted to see a bit of the city and didn’t know how much walking this included. All the small streets are quite confusing at first so it took us a while to get to our desired destination!
Before that we had a very good brunch at the “Ree7” which is a partner of “PLUK” as there were some of their post cards on the walls and it seems quite similar to “PLUK”. They had a very yummy carrot cake and my aunt told me that her goat cheese sandwich was also really good!

The whole walking thing gave us the chance to see all the beautiful “grachten” (canals).

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We came across a lot of lovely stores. There a quite a lot that sell unique things like these post cards with arm candy attached to them:IMG_5585.JPG

We had a look at the “luxury street” where all the expensive stores are located. But it didn’t really excite us that much. It’s also currently not that easy to enter it as there are some road works being done.

On our third day we wanted to do a boat tour. I highly recommend you do one as well while visiting Amsterdam. It’s so cool to see the city from another perspective. You also get to see some places you wouldn’t have come across otherwise!
We booked a tour with the boat our hotel owned. Their boat is called “The tourist” and it was built in 1909. It’s very comfortable and the captain was very nice and told us a lot of cool details.

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It was really cool to see all the house boats that lay in the canals! There even was one that was built in the 1800s!
We also visited the Van Gogh museum that day but it kind of disappointed me because there were a lot of pictures that didn’t even belong to Van Gogh and you only got to know the artist a little bit as there were very few infos given about his entire life. But some of his pieces are truly amazing and you wouldn’t even know that he painted them! Unfortunatley you aren’t allowed to take photos in there…

Before I continue with our dinner choices I have another tipp for you: If you are like me and NOT interested in smoking weed or coming in touch with it try and stay away from hideous coffee shops. Smoking weed is legal in the Netherlands so it’s quite easy to get weed. Especially in some coffee shops. We wandered through Haarlemmerstraat and I got a bit sick because of the intense smell. So if you don’t like weed try and figure out were not to go!

I don’t have pictures from the restaurants we had dinner in because I was so excited for the food. Especially indonesian food is very popular in the Netherlands as Indonesia was a dutch colony in the past. So if you want to experience splendit asian food go to Amsterdam and enjoy the gorgeous food! We went to following restaurant:
– Mashua (which is a peruvian restaurant): This one was quite good but it wasn’t very exciting. They have good food but no real cocktails. All in all it was yummy but I wouldn’t go there again because it was “out of this world” or something. But it’s not very pricey and the food is yummy so if you want to sit beside the canals and have some good food it is definetely a good choice!
– Blauw (which is an indonesian restaurant): This one was really good! They had excellent “rijsttafel” (which is a collection of small indonesian dishes which are brought to your table all at once. It’s really yummy!)
– Izakaya (Japanese fusion): Ok. Let me tell you one thing: If you are into good food and are happy to experiment with flavours AND are willing to pay quite a bit for it you MUST get a table at the Izakaya. It’s a very hip restaurant with a HUGE bar and a DJ. The food was out of this world and they have excellent cocktails! I would go there every evening if it wasn’t that expensive. It’s not like one dish costs hundreds of euros but you definetely have to pay for the quality of the food! But it’s SO worth it! I had a cocktail with lychee syrup in it and I could have had 5 of them because it was so good! This was definetely the best restaurant we’ve been to in Amsterdam!
– Blue Pepper (indonesian restaurant): We were told that the Blue Pepper had the best “rijsttafel” in town so we had to give it a shot. But we were quite disappointed. The food was not bad but it wasn’t extremely good. We weren’t really excited by the combinations and the dessert was okay but that was it. It was also quite pricey. But they had a very good ginger martini!

All in all I can just tell you to pack your bags now and go to Amsterdam. Make sure to grab some cheese! That’s what the Netherlands are very famous for! Enjoy the good weather and the atmosphere!
I hope you like this post!

Leave me a comment if you liked it or not!

Love,
Franziska