Copenhagen Guide​

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Regularly voted as one of the happiest cities in the world for the last 40 years, Copenhagen, with its 1.2 million people offers miles of harbor promenades, green spaces, and a mix of modern and historic architecture.  The Danish capital has always attracted people with its New Nordic cuisine – full of local, natural and seasonal food, and an increasing fashion and design scene. However, the thing that put Copenhagen and the top of everyone’s bucket list for certain is hygge, the Danish concept of living a happy life.

Also, according to a new report published this year, Copenhagen was named the best city for women to live in. The government promotes gender and income equality, safety, progress and human rights so there is no surprise that they can focus on things that really matter.

By visiting Copenhagen you will notice that the people there just enjoy the simple things in life, every day, every minute, without overthinking it. Starting from coffee shops and restaurants which have candles lit up all day to meeting their friends after work for a coffee on the rooftop restaurants, eating dinners early and heading home on their bikes to relax before an early bedtime. The fact that there are more than 500 000 bikes in the city shows that Danes love biking and a healthy lifestyle, and many families with children don’t even own a car.  So what is their secret? To understand and experience this for myself, I visited Copenhagen for a long weekend and found the things that are usually missed by tourists but capture the real spirit of the city.

Eat

Møller Kaffe & Køkken

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To experience the real, traditional Danish breakfast I visited  Møller Kaffe & Køkken. It’s a cosy cafe situated in Nørrebro, with recognisable Danish interior. The best time to go and avoid the queues is 9 am, as soon as they open because here going out for breakfast is a big thing and Danes usually get up early. Møller is awarded best brunch spot in Copenhagen and they are serving breakfast all day without dinner or lunch menu available. As seated they will give you a menu and a pencil, asking you to tick everything you want and take it to the counter. Maybe easy to order but hard to choose because menu consists of nearly 20 dishes, from traditional bacon, eggs and øllebrød(Danish porridge) to homemade chicken nuggets and apple with lime and sea salt.  The one thing I would recommend a selection of fresh made breads and fried eggs with kale.

Møller Kaffe & Køkken, Nørrebrogade 160, 2200 Copenhagen N

Mad & Kaffe

Located in one of Vesterbro’s hotspot locations, you can combine your own tasty breakfast plate by ticking the list of various breakfast possibilities. The café is known for being an Instagram-darling with an aesthetic and colourful morning plate perfectly shareable – with a friend or on social media. Avocado with chili oil and baked almonds, cinnamon bun with organic chocolate on the top, yogurt with muesli, matcha tea and basil are just some of the small dishes you find on the menu. Mad & Kaffe also offer lunch and bigger meals. You can order burger, salad or famous open sandwiches.

Bæst

This pizzeria is as close to Italy as you will come in Denmark, and yet very few of the ingredients they use are actually imported. Only the highest quality meat is chosen from the organic free-range Hindsholm pork. The restaurant even makes its own fresh cheeses like mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta. Bæst is the third restaurant of chef Christian Puglisi – the famous Noma alumni and owner of acclaimed restaurants Relæ and Manfreds.

 

Shop

Hay

It’s pretty likely you’ve already heard of Hay before. It could be their beautiful sofas, Instagrammable trays or even stationary – but if you haven’t let me introduce you to this gorgeous Danish design company. With their city centre store laid out like an apartment; this place is home to beautiful furniture, small accessories and more colour co-ordinated stationary than you could wish for.

Østergade 61, 1100 København K, Denmark

Jægersborggade

As mentioned by locals, this is the most important street you need to see if you are staying in Copenhagen for a short time. Jægersborggade is home of more than 40 different shops including the art gallery CMYK which exhibits and sells Danish graphics and illustrations, gågrøn! sustainable interior boutique, Resecond the world’s first dress-swapping shop, Panache which sells vintage clothes from the 60s and 70s, Lady Fingers handmade jewellery designer, handmade Ro chocolate, wine bars and the highlight of the street, Michelin starred restaurant Relæ – creative and free of cultural heritage, this restaurant serves food from all over the world.  Further down this street, you will also find Copenhagen’s most famous coffee shop, The Coffee Collective, which is a coffee consulting company and specialist micro roastery,  owned by Klaus Thomsen, who is the World Barista Champion and a two-time national champion.

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See

Nyhavn

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Originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock, Nyhavn is a must while visiting Copenhagen. Aside from colorful buildings and beautiful boats, this area is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.

The word København means “merchants’ harbor,” so many of the city’s most impressive buildings, are visible from the water. You can take sever. We opted to explore on bikes like the locals instead- although we did park them to walk along the harbor and have a drink.

Christianshavn

One of my favourite neighborhoods I discovered in Copenhagen. It’s an area of small islands known for its hip coffee culture and canals with colourful boats. One of the main attractions set in Christianshavn that’s worth visiting is Our Savior’s Church —which is famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase and you can climb to the top for impressive views of Copenhagen if it’s not too windy that day.

Tivoli Park and Gardens

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This amusement park and pleasure garden opened in August of 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. You won’t find many other city centers where more than 80,000 square meters have been set aside for a magical amusement park like this! Whether you visit during Christmas or in the warm summer months, this attraction has seasonal activities and celebrations year-round that are worth visiting.A

Arken Museum of Modern Art

If you are an art lover make sure you visit Arken Museum of Moder Arts in Ishøj, 25 minutes from Copenhagen. This museum is truly spectacular and worth the visit. If you go on a nice day, you will surely appreciate the surrounding as the museum is close to the beach.

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Lisbon Guide

Lisbon’s transformation from a low-profile, old-fashioned city to Hipster Capital of Europe has been nothing if not dramatic. It slipped under the travel radar for decades, but now the secret is truly out.  I think October was the perfect time for our weekend break because the city wasn’t as busy and the temperature was between 25 and 28 degrees.

Lisbon is a beautiful city, from its signature cobbles to its famous colourful tiles. I loved just wandering the streets, and of course, eating all the pastries I found. Built on Seven hills, Lisbon is a fun city to explore on foot but the (in)famous Tram 28 and Santa Justa lift are leg-saving ways to explore the city sights.

I made a list of my favorite places to visit whilst here.

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Nicolau Lisboa

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Located in central Lisbon this place is the perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or afternoon coffee. Because of its position and the loveliest interior and food, sometimes you will have to wait in a queue with all the other Instagramers and bloggers but it’s worth the wait. The interior is filled with books, magazines and vintage items. Green tiles and plants create a cozy atmosphere. From the very long menu, I opted for the Nicolau french toast with berries, banana and greek yogurt topped with maple syrup and pistachio and it was absolutely delicious. The cherry on top was the fact that it came served on a heart-shaped plate. Can it get more instagramable than this? I don’t think so!

R. São Nicolau 17, 1100-547 Lisboa

Dear Breakfast

As the names signifies this place really looks like a love letter to the most important meal of the day.

This is the perfect place to go if you like eggs which you can get in every combination served with delicious coffee and freshly squeezed orange.  Minimal and airy, this is the calming oasis you want to eat your breakfast in.

R. Gaivotas 17, 1200-649 Lisboa

Heim Cafe

For breakfast at this place we had to get up early because it was a bit far from the place where we were staying, but it was worth the travel.  An urban jungle atmosphere and the most delicious menu made us feel sad that we were leaving the same evening and couldn’t come back one more time. We opted for waffles with eggs and chorizo and it was the most delicious thing ever.

Rua Santos-O-Velho, 2 e 4, 1200-109 Lisboa

Landeau Chocolate

Go here for one reason only – the chocolate cake. I know that this will sound weird for most people but I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake, I find it very heavy and usually too sweet. But this chocolate cake is something else, a triangle made in heaven, so light and delicious. There are two locations of this place in Lisbon but we found one which was very calm and quiet, a welcome resting spot. The second one is at LX Factory and usually is much busier.

Rua das Flores 70, 1200-014 Lisboa

Hello, Kristof

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Hello, Kristof is Lisbon’s answer to quality coffee. It was the best we tried in those few days and we had quite a lot of coffee. Hello Kristof also knows that coffee and magazines go hand in hand, that’s why their curated collection that you can read while having your morning or afternoon coffee.

R. do Poço dos Negros 103, 1200 Lisboa

Pastéis de Belém

Try one of Lisbon’s most famous tarts – these freshly baked and warm delights are a truly delicious treat that have been sold in Portugal for hundreds of years. One of the most famous places to eat is at Pastéis de Belém, who pride themselves on the traditional baking method, ingredients and of-course… deliciousness! Don’t worry too much at the sight of long queues, they are fast moving. But even if you are waiting for a bit it’s worth it because they are truly the best that I’ve tried in Lisbon.

R. Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa

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LX Factory (Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103) – located under 25 de Abril Bridge is a unique place in Lisbon where a complex of abandoned warehouses has been transformed into an artsy collection of bars, restaurants, shops and start-up offices! It was previously an industrial complex, full of different factories, but has been transformed into a lively marketplace. Stroll through local vintage shops, delicious eateries, and enjoy the beautiful street art. If you are into books, don’t miss the bookshop, which is several stories high and has an old printing press upstairs!You can get here by taxi (reasonably cheap in Lisbon) or tram 15.

A Vida Portuguesa

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If you’re after some special local souvenirs, then look no further than this gem. With everything from handmade soaps (in the most beautiful packaging), kitchenware, wines and foods – there’s something for everyone. As they specialize in traditional Portuguese products you will find the famous,vintage-like brightly colored tins of sardines.
R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal 

Mercado de Riberia 

Hosted in one of the biggest market spaces in the city, Time Out has converted the location into one huge food hang out, with pop-ups from some of Lisbon’s most loved restaurants and cafes inside. So, whether you’re after delicious seafood, ramen, the best ice cream from Santini or even a burger or vegan treat- this place has it all.

Av. 24 de Julho 49, Portugal

What to see

Bairro Alto

Lisbon is one of those places where the climate is so good the nightlife works in reverse.  Instead staying inside the bars, people spill out of the venues and into the streets, going back inside mostly just to top up their glasses. The Bairro Alto neighborhood has the biggest concentration of bars, so barely a night goes by that the area doesn’t turn into one collective street party.
It’s also worth walking the district’s cobbled streets by day, when it takes on a completely different personality. By daylight you’ll find vibrant street art and boutique stores.

Belem Tower

Next year Lisbon’s ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’, Belem will turn 500 years old – construction started in 1515 and finished in 1519. At the grand old age of 500 Belem is still going strong.  My top tip is to visit early in the day – queues rather quickly build up to over an hour wait.

Jerónimos Monastery

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The construction of the monastery began in 1502 and the site is the most-ambitious achievement of Manueline architecture. Its UNESCO World Heritage site status reflects its beauty and impressiveness. It is a must-see when visiting Portugal’s capital.

Praça do Comércio

Lisbon’s biggest and most monumental square sits along the riverfront and is a photogenic and interesting place to visit. Most recently renovated in 2010, it’s famous for two marble columns that used to be part of the royal palace. The area is now home to a lot of famous shops and is great for people watching or sitting down for a coffee or ice cream. From there you can also see the famous Rua Augusta Arch.

Elevador de Santa Justa

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Elevador de Santa Justa was built by Raoul Mésnier du Ponsard who was Gustave Eiffel’s apprentice. It seems Eiffel’s work had a big impact on his apprentice, as the structures are very similar in design. Originally built as a way to connect higher and lower areas of the city, it is now used mainly by visitors that want to experience ‘old Lisbon’

Castelo de São Jorge

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One of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks – with over 1000 years of history, Castelo de São Jorge is a must-see for any visitor to the city. My top tip is to visit around dusk… the castle has 360-degree views across the city and becomes a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Viewpoints of the city are best seen from Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol (Alfama rooftops), Miradouro da Graça (overlooking the city and castle) – the view from Castle of São Jorge and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

Alfama 

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Alfama is the historic area of Lisbon. It is filled with narrow, winding streets that make it a bewildering place in which to get lost. I wandered the maze of streets, exploring tiny squares, hidden alleys, and long-abandoned houses while watching locals go about their lives.

Viewpoints of the city are best seen from Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol (Alfama rooftops), Miradouro da Graça (overlooking the city and castle) – the view from Castle of São Jorge and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

Other places worth visiting include: Rossio Square, MAAT, MUDE- Fashion and design museum, 25 de Abril Bridge and Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira.

Exploring Sintra

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If I had to describe Sintra with one word it would be a fairytale.  This  town near Lisbon made of palaces, exotic gardens, all kinds of architectural styles, surrounded by calming, kind of mystical forests is something that words cannot describe. Lord Byron called it a “glorious garden” and Hans Christian Andersen called it “the most beautiful place in Portugal”.  It takes only 40 mins by train from Lisbon and it has to be on everyone’s ‘To See’ list.   Most people who come to Sintra tend to choose two or three sights to see as there are a lot to go through and each palace is very big and requires at least an hour to explore. We chose 2, one very touristy and one very quiet but still amazing.

The first stop was  Pena Palace which is the main and the most famous castle and therefore the most busy with tourists. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal and it is the most colorful and original palace I’ve ever seen, like a real life Lego structure mixed with a castle from 1001 nights.  The palace dates back to the Middle Age when it served as a chapel and later it was a royal Portuguese residence.

The afternoon was reserved for Monserrate Palace,a palace surrounded by luscious gardens built in 1856 by Francis Cook, a famous British art collector. Even though you will find it when you Google Sintra palaces , this place is like a hidden gem. Completely different than Pena Palace which was buzzing with tourists, Monserrate was so peaceful with mainly gardeners and builders walking around.

 

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What I wore: Dress: Zaful | Bag: Shein | Trainers: Converse

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24 Hours in Bath

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Only 90 minutes from London, Bath is the perfect place for a weekend gateway. With its famous Georgian terraces, thermal spa waters, cream teas and Jane Austen – it’s so easy to fall in love with it. English charm pulls in visitors from all around the world and because it has so many historic buildings, the entire city has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Last weekend we decided to explore this beautiful place and as I had never been before we wanted to fill our day with as much as possible.

 

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Hunter & Sons

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This place is famous for their balance of craft beers, light bites, coffee and cakes but they also have an amazing brunch menu which is available until 4pm.  Another advantage is that it’s secluded and therefore not touristy which is great for a relaxing lunch.  The staff are also very friendly which creates an atmosphere that is super chilled and welcoming.

14/15 Milsom Place, Bath BA1 1BZ

Society Cafe

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Coffee shop culture is big in Bath so it was very hard to choose a place for an afternoon rest. We happened to walk past ‘The Corridor’, opposite the Guildhall and couldn’t resist popping in after seeing the lovely frontage and eye-catching bar. The cafe is very light, has a very relaxing feel and the coffee is as great as the cake menu.

http://www.society-cafe.com

Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB

 

Shopping

Magellaria

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This place is a magazine-lovers dream! Here you’ll find those hard-to-track-down titles and discover many new magazines. From art and design to fashion, travel, music and film – the choice is overwhelming.

http://www.magalleria.co.uk

22A Broad St, Bath BA1 5LN

 

The Foodie Bugle

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This shop is absolutely the cutest in Bath. They stock absolutely beautiful items for the home, as well as food and drink.  You can relax here with a cup of tea and piece of cake, but also attend a variety of different workshops in their space upstairs, featuring photography, embroidery, houseplant workshops and more.

http://www.thefoodiebugleshop.com

2 Abbey St, Bath BA1 1NN

 

Sight Seeing 

If you are one of those people who like to avoid tourist traps, it will be hard to avoid them in Bath.  You will probably stumble upon some of the sites during the day and they are completely free, but then there are those that are a little bit costly.

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The Roman Baths is one of those. The first baths were built here in 70AD and over a million liters of 46°C water still flow into them every day. You can take a tour around the ruins of the Great Bath and the temple of Sulis Minerva. Don’t try the water from the bath itself though as the water is not processed but you will have an opportunity to try the warm spring water at the end of the tour (Although the experience is not the greatest because water has a strong iron taste). It costs £17 (adult) or £15(senior/students) to gain entry to the baths but they are worth seeing.

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One of my favorite spots was the Royal Crescent, one of the most famous Bath landmarks. These Georgian houses laid out in a crescent were built in the 1700s and haven’t changed a lot. Most are private residences when they’re not being used by film crews for period dramas, but Number 1 Royal Crescent has been turned into as a museum. You can go back in time to the 18th century inside and see how the Georgians lived.

Just a stones throw away is a similar row of houses called Circus where the houses are positioned in a circle but with the same Charles Dickens novel feeling.

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We also took a walk along Pulteney Bridge. It’s one of the few bridges which has shops built into the sides and the facade is still very well preserved.

If the weather is good you can take a boat trip along the River Avon or have a picnic in the Parade Gardens which are just next to the river.

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Other Places: Fashion Museum|Jane Austen CenterBath Abbey| Sally Lunn’s Bath|Prior Park Landscape Garden|

 

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Edinburgh in 24 Hours

 

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Being such a small city, Edinburgh is a great place to see in a long weekend. Despite its size, there’s always so much going on here and never a dull moment. I made a list of my favorite places to visit whilst here.

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The Pantry 

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The Pantry is located in Stockbridge, which is about a 20-minute walk from the main Waverley train station, it’s possibly the cutest little brunch place and one I strongly recommend you visit.  The space is very light, stylish and comfy to sit in.

The brunch menu consists of my favorite things like Eggs Benedict and Waffles. I went for Virgina Cured Bacon Waffles with bacon, maple syrup and fresh blueberries.

                             1 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6ST

The Cuckoo’s Bakery

 

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By the time we arrived at Cuckoo’s Bakery at 4pm, most of the cupcakes were already sold out which was a sign that this place is a hit for sure. Even though it is cake heaven, it’s also a great place for brunch and lunch. I ended up opting for the banana sponge cupcake made with gluten-free flour, filled with caramel and topped with peanut butter frosting.

                                  150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ

 

Playing Tourist

Calton Hill

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If you want to experience one of the most breathtaking views of Edinburgh climb up Calton Hill. With its panoramic city view, view of the North Sea and many monuments including the Forth Bridge, it is an idyllic spot to have an afternoon rest.

Edinburgh Castle

 

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I don’t really need to tell you why it’s so great to visit an actual medieval castle, but it’s worth your time. The Royal Mile (another place you need to visit) will lead you straight to the castle where you can get tickets from £17. Or you can simply enjoy the view of the castle from the Princes Street Gardens.

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

 

Stockbridge 

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While you are at Stockbridge take a chance to explore this urban village. Here you’ll find the most picturesque street, Circus Lane, lots of charity shops and independent cafes but at the center of Stockbridge you will also find the food market which is there every Sunday.

Stop here for a look around the stalls, and get some incredible street food all from local artisan suppliers.

Dean Village

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Just a short walk from Stockbridge you will find Dean Village. Dean Village feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and if you’re lucky St. Bernard’s Well might just be open too. Dean Village looks more like a part of France with its turret style buildings overlooking the river.

Shopping

Golden Hare Books

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This cute bookshop is in the Stockbridge area too, surrounded by cool vintage shops and pretty houses and it totally stands out with the beautiful navy and gold exterior. It’s the dreamiest independent shop- with walls filled with selections of beautiful editions of new and old books, everything from poetry, fiction to children’s classics.

                                      68 Saint Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ

The Red Door Gallery

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This little gallery and shop is filled with artwork, independent sellers (which include everything from jewelry to stationary) and plenty of prints in between. It sits in the middle of Victoria Street, which is absolutely worth visiting as well!

                                                       42 Victoria St,Edinburgh, EH12JW

 

Life Story

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Home and lifestyle shop, with the interior inspired by typical minimalist and clean Scandinavian design. It brings together a contemporary collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, homeware, furniture, making the store a must shopping destination in the Scottish capital.

                                      53, London St, Edinburgh EH3 6EX

 

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Exploring Verona

The first thing you have to see in Verona is the famous “Arena Di Verona” the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra, built in the first century. It is still in use today and famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. Known as one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind, in ancient times, the Arena could take nearly 30,000 people but nowadays, for security reasons, the maximum attendance is 15,000 people.

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Getting off the Piazza Bra you will enter Via Giuseppe Mazzini, the shopping zone with all of the best-known designer and high street shops, so by the time you come to the end of the street you’ll want refreshments. The best place for this is cafe Venchi. They have amazing chocolates but the thing that attracted me the most are strawberries with Nutella and cream. So delicious!

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Right next to the Venchi cafe is Casa di Guilietta also known as “Juliet’s House”. There are a few things that you can do here, for example grab Juliet’s boob for good luck, go inside the house and stand on the balcony for which you will pay €6 or buy a lock, write your names on it and then lock it on one of the bridges.

Just a short walk from Casa di Guilietta is the second biggest square in Verona, Piazza delle Erbe with all of its coffee shops and restaurants, souvenir stands, good looking facades and best of all Amorino, the prettiest looking ice cream.

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For an afternoon rest, I suggest going to the quiet gardens, Giardino Giusti. I was expecting to see lots of tourists but these gardens were so peaceful and beautiful.

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There is another thing you can’t miss when you are in Verona and that is the view. From Ponte Pietra (the Stone Bridge built in roman times) a beautiful staircase through old stylish houses and beside the roman theater (Teatro Romano), will lead you, in less than 10 mins, to the top of this hill from where you will enjoy an amazing view over the old town.

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When it comes to food, you can find several restaurants that serve great food. Pasta here is amazing and the best pizza I ever had was in Verona. But for breakfast I would suggest the Duchi Cafe. Not just because it has a stunning interior but the croissant selection is to die for.

Postcard from Venice

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With having only one full day in this beautiful city, we had lots to cover. The mission looked impossible because Venice is so crowded and busy all the time. The fact that it was Easter weekend didn’t help.  There are some empty alleys so try to avoid the main San Marco Square or Rialto Bridge which can get very crowded during afternoons.

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But everything is worth it when you see how photogenic this city is. We’ve been walking all day even though you can get a boat from one place to another but it will take the same amount of time while on foot you can actually explore every hidden corner (and possibly get lost few times). After visiting the main attraction Ponte Rialto and Piazza di San Marco we headed to Libreria Acqua Alta, the self-proclaimed most beautiful bookshop in the world.

This unique bookshop is composed of a number of rooms stacked wall-to-wall with books, magazines, maps on different languages. Due to Venice’s constant flooding, these picturesque piles are all placed inside bathtubs, waterproof bins, and even in a full-size gondola. Climbing up the staircase made of books at the back you can have a view of one of the canals which makes this place even prettier.

 

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If you’re a fan of modern art, the Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a must see. You’ll find amazing pieces by artists like Jackson Pollack, Michele Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali to name a few. And for some wow moments definitely visit Ca’ d’Oro palace, the oldest palace in Venice and of course enter the beautiful Basilica di San Marco and climb to the balcony for the great view. Other places to take note of (and keep your eyes peeled for) include Santa Stefano, Palazzo Fortuny, Musica Palazzo and Basilica Della Saulte.

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Don’t forget to eat lots of pasta, pizza, gelato and cannoli while you are drinking the most popular drink in Italy- Aperol Spritz, a cocktail which is the mix of Aperol , prosecco and sparkling water.  The one restaurant I would highly recommend is Taverna Scallinetto with amazing interior and delicious original Venetian dishes. Luckily we booked in advance because the place was packed.

Other food spots: Da Ivo, Cà D’Oro alla Vedova (famous meatballs and wine), Bistrot de Venise, ai merchant, De Pisis, Harry’s Bar for drinks

 

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WHAT I WORE

Top and Bag: SheIn|Skirt: Zara(similar)| Shoes: Pull &Bear|

 

 

Barcelona Travel Guide

 

“Traveling. It leaves you speachless , then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta

If there’s one place I’ve been that has made me want to stay forever, it’s Barcelona. Everything about it is just so… cool. The food is delicious, the beach amazing, the streets are full of character, the sun shines and the people are so friendly!

There are so many things to see and do in Barcelona but I tried to make it short and choose my absolute favourite.

Eat & Drink

Brunch & Cake is probably the most popular place for brunch in Barcelona. With few different branches to choose from we went to one closest to Barceloneta- Brunch &Cake by the Sea. Food is healthy and delicious and plates are decorated just perfectly for Instagram snaps.

The other option, Milk bar & bistro is legendary for it’s ‘recovery brunch’, widely viewed as one of the best in Barcelona.

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Brunch & Cake by the Sea

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Brunch & Cake by the Sea

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Brunch&Cake By The Sea

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Milk Bar and Bistro

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Milk Bar & Bistro

Hammock Juice Station is a place where you can go for relaxing afternoon because it’s hidden from the tourists. Besides this spot being vegan, its design is bohemian and incredibly charming with 8 hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Their organic juices are delicious and refreshing.

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Hammock Juice Station

Tapas 24 located near Passage de Gracia can be a problem if you don’t like queueing but usually, table for two you can get pretty quickly. It’s one of the unique tapas places in Barcelona and serves delicious tapas which is not overpriced.

Granja Dulcinea is a place where I keep coming back for churros and hot chocolate. They are probably the best churros you’ll ever have. Also, their traditional decor is making a lovely calming atmosphere.

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Granje Dulcinea

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Granje Dulcinea

Not enough of sweet? Head to the chocolate and doughnut heaven  Chök the chocolate kitchen.

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Cronuts at Chök

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And Donuts

See &Do

Hire a bike and explore the city.  Also, the alternative route is to ride along the beach. There is  a Green route for bikes that leads you to Badalona, north suburbs of Barcelona.

Badalona is very quiet, clean and so beautiful that sometimes it doesn’t seem real. Mainly locals are coming to this beach and it’s not really known to tourists.

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Pont del Petroli

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Pont del Petroli

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Statue Anis del Mono

Boqueria Market is one of the most famous food markets in the world, and with good reason. It’s a great place to wander around, try fresh and local foods.

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Tour Gaudi is a must. The Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí has left his mark all over Barcelona. My favourites are Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo.

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Parc Güell

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Sagrada Familia

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Sagrada Familia

Explore Gothic Quarter! The best way to spend hot afternoon days. There so many things to see in those pretty streets.

Galeria Maxo is a place where you should go for a souvenir that is different than all those touristy things. I was completely amazed by  everything I saw in the gallery.

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Amazing gothic architecture

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Cathedral

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Cathedral’s garden

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Plaça del Pi

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Which one to buy (Galeria Maxo)

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Galería Maxó

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Top: Topshop ; Shorts: H&M

Wander the different neighbourhoods of Barcelona, my favourite being Barceloneta ( beachy vibe), El Born (gothic quarter) and Gracia (artsy quarter).

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Beach chairs in front of W Hotel

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Barceloneta

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Barceloneta

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El Poblenou

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Lovely Gracia

Parc de la Cuitadell is located between Barcelona’s Arc de Triomphe, Estació de Francia and Olympic Village. I love this park because of its architecture and beauty but also numerous activities like boat rowing in the lake, the Natural Museum, conservatory, zoo and – a big statue of the mammoth. Also, the fountain in the middle of the park was built  with contribution of Antonio Gaudi.

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Skirt: Mango;  Top: Stradivarius

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Arc de Triomf

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Visit the gorgeous cactus gardens at Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera, and then have a drink at the top of the hill overlooking the city.

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Remember,  you are in the city that lives for football so being a fan or not, head to Camp Nou to see the home of one of the best teams in the world. Even better option is to try to get the ticket for their home game.

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Camp Nou

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Camp Nou

The best thing to do is to live like locals – wake up late, ride a bike, have paella by the beach and then spend the afternoon with sangria. Finish the day with late dinner!

Dubrovnik – King’s Landing

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Dubrovnik is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and in my opinion, there are very few places in Europe that can match this place when it comes to beauty and it should be on top of everyone’s travel list.

Know as King’s Landing from HBO’s Game of Thrones now got even more hype because it will be featured in new Star Wars VIII movie.

After visiting Dubrovnik this summer and experiencing all the beauty I’ll share some of my favourite things to see and do.

 

Have Breakfast at Dubravka 1836

We discovered this place on our first day and we loved it. Dubravka is a restaurant and a cafe that serves everything from breakfast to dinner but we liked breakfast so much that we kept coming back. It’s located near Pile Gate and you get stunning views of the fortresses Lovrijenac, Bokar and Minčeta. You can choose from few different types of breakfast and every single one is massive, delicious and great value for money. We were also lucky to get the table close to the edge

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Walk The Walls

Probably the first thing every tourist does in Dubrovnik is walking the giant Walls of Dubrovnik. 1,940 metres long and 25 meters high, with 3 forts- Minceta Tower, Fort Bokar and St John fortress, Walls will keep you occupied for at least one hour.

There are 3 gates where you can enter- Pile, Ploce and Buza and for entrance, you’ll pay approximately £13 per person.

My advice is to avoid to climb the Walls between 11 and 5 because  heat and tourists can turn this amazing experience into torture. Bring water and camera and take advantage of many photo opportunities along the way.

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Dress: New Look(sold out), Bag: Accessorize

Explore the Old Town

Old Town Dubrovnik at night is as beautiful as it is during the day. From  white cobblestone streets to the maze of stairs filled alleyways that make up Old Town, there are endless routes to explore.

Stradun or Placa is the main street of Dubrovnik. The pedestrian street runs some 300 metres through the Old Town. Many shops, restaurants and cafes are located there but because it’s main tourist promenade prices are much higher than in the rest of the town.

It can get overcrowded so the best time to go it’s early morning.

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Visit Lokrum

Lokrum is a small, inhabited island just a short 15 min boat ride. This island can provide you with few hours of fun in the sun or hiking to the highest point(96m) Fort Royal Castle. The climb is steep but once when you get there the view of Dubrovnik and coastline is spectacular.

Lokrum is also home to an old monastery, botanical gardens and a small lake called Mrtvo More or the (Dead Sea). And Game of Thrones fans will be amazed because there is a real Iron Throne in which you can sit and take the picture.

Be aware, island is inhabited by gangs of cute peacocks and rabbits that seem to be around every corner on this island!

Cost: Round boat trip is around £10

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Have a Drink at Buza Bar

In the old Dubrovnik dialect, buža means ‘hole’ and indeed,to get to the unique cafe bar you need to go through the hole in the wall. Buza is one of the most beautiful bars in Dubrovnik located on the cliffs  where you are able to enjoy magnificent views of open Adriatic sea, island Lokrum and beautiful sunsets  while drinking cocktails.

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Catch Some Rays on the Beach

Dubrovnik’s main public beach is Banje Beach, located near Ploce gate, offers great view of the Old Town. Although many people rent lounge chairs and umbrellas, there’s no problem with just flinging a towel on the beach. There is a beach and lounge bar and restaurant which also turns into a night club in the evening.

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Problem is this beach get overcrowded so you might want to find alternative.

Little bit further away is St Jacob Beach. This beautiful sandy-pebble beach is located in the elite part of Dubrovnik, in the cove below cliffs and the namesake church St. Jacob. The beach offers a spectacular view of the old town, city walls and on the island Lokrum.

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 Ride The Cable Car

The best view of Dubrovnik is certainly from the top of the Srd Hill. In a short ride, the cable car takes you from downtown Dubrovnik 778 m up where the amazing view will simply take your breath away.

While you are there, after you done your Instagram pictures, you can have a meal or a drink at the cafe and restaurant Panorama, visit Museum Dubrovnik in Homeland War or go on an adventurous ride with the Buggy Safari tour.

My recommendation is to get there just before the sunset for the most epic experience.

Price of return trip is around £13.

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Have a Dinner at Taj Mahal

No,it’s not Indian restaurant as you might think. It’s bosnian! If you want sea food it’s very easy to find good sea food reastaurant but this bosnian place is something different. You have to be aware that queuqeing might take hours so it’s recommended that you book in advance.

Bosnian cuisine is mainly influenced by Turkish, Middle East and Meditteranean cuisine, consisted from both, meat and vegetables.

Try local specialties like cevapcici(grilled minced meat), burek, sarma, potato pie or ajvar.

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Trip To Paris

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Last birthday was definitely the best ever. I got a surprise ticket from my boyfriend that ended up to be Paris for 4 days! It’s definitely magical especially during Christmas and New Year but remember one thing- layers.

Paris is very cold during the winter, and I don’t mean London-like-cold. It’s cold everywhere, even at Metro stations and on the Metro trains there is no heating so you don’t have to worry about passing out on the train like you are most probably are during London rush hour.

On the first day ,we got lucky and we got sunny and pretty mild day so we decided to climb  up to the top of Sacré-Cœur. It’s “only” 300 steps once you actually get to the church. Before that there is almost 100 more. But we made it and the prize was priceless

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I would recommend this to everyone because personally I think that it’s a much better view from here than from Eiffel Tower.

Also don’t miss  popular Laduree, one of the world’s best luxury bakery with the most delicious macaroons and Angelina, the place where you can try Paris’s best hot chocolate.

The queue will most likely be long so you better be prepared.

 

 

If you are into very delicious and expensive dinner head over to Kong, located on the last two floors of Kenzo office, in front of the Pont Neuf, this restaurant is in the sky with a view of the Seine. Halfway between Paris and Tokyo, you’ll be surrounded by Louis XV armchairs, plasma screens, a fluorescent staircase and a carpet of pebbles. Kong is very Parisian, luxurious and so yummy that the bill wasn’t a problem at the end.

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Walking through Jardin des Tuileries can be really relaxing and even though it’s the middle of winter and there is no leaves on the trees, gardens are still pretty amazing. During the summer this place is crowded with people ,enjoying the flowers and sitting on the green chairs which can be found everywhere. This place is great for photographer because on one side you have Big Wheel and on the other is Louvre. One  tip if you want to visit the museum -use the secret entrance to avoid all that crowd at the main, pyramid entrance. You can get there straight from Metro Station or Portes des Liones entrance in the SW wing of the palace.

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Latine Quarter is one of the loveliest places in Paris. It’s a place full of dreamers,thinkers and philosophers where you can see young students reading poetry or doing romantic walks across Paris’s oldest bridge Pont Neuf. Latine Quarter borders two small islands, The île Saint-Louis is a residential village with boutiques and places to eat, while île de la Cite is full of office buildings and iconic monuments like Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle.

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Hotel Ville

 

I realised in Paris everything is more elegant, even Starbucks and H&M but you would never guess this is just Abercrombie and Fitch

 

Those more interested in culture shouldn’t miss Opera Garnier, opera house commissioned by Napoleon that looks stunning from inside and outside. With ornate marble staircases that lead you to the main theater with Chagall mural and bronze and crystal chandelier.

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Even though it was very cold and windy we couldn’t miss to climb up Eiffel Tower and enjoy magnificent view.

While you are in Paris you’ll see Tour Eiffel from everywhere but make sure you see the tower in the evening when it sparkles. Sparkling is on every hour for 5 minutes  from night fall until 1am.

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Pont Alexander III

Although  all the bridges that conect the right and the left banks of Paris are beautiful,the Pont Alexander is the most romantic. The bridge features are nouveau lamps, cherubs,nymphs and gilded statues.

Of course use one afternoon to walk along Champs Elysees, enter famouse designer shops(or Laduree again ) and reach Arc de Thriumph monument. You can even climb the Arc for another view of Paris.

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Even though I saw so many things in four days I feel I missed so much as well so I’ll be back next summer to explore more.