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Afternoon tea at The Howard, Edinburgh

We love everything British, but Afternoon Tea really deserves a honourable mention. All kind of treats, sweet and savoury, served in beautiful china together with a comforting hot beverage and surrounded by a cosy atmopshere? That is heaven in our books. We’ve already shared with you our wonderful stay at The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh, but we wanted to dedicate a special post to the lovely Afternoon tea we enjoyed in the drawing room of the hotel. With only 14 places available, this Afternoon Tea is an absolutely relaxing, unique, memorable experience. Like everything in this hotel, the menu was traditional but had a few twists that made it even more delicious. Surrounded by tartan, served by the lovely team of butlers of The Howard, with a wonderful soundtrack which included the theme song of Downton Abbey (they got me right at that moment) we enjoyed one of the most relaxing afternoons we’ve had in a very long time. We found the selection of sandwiches and savoury treats particularly delicate and enticing. Our favourites were the …

The Dogs, Edinburgh

When we travel we plan our days around the places where we want to eat. Yes, that’s how we roll. We investigate the best lunch spots and then we plan the routes according to that. Priorities. While planning our trip to Edinburgh there was a restaurant that we knew we had to try. The Dogs, located in Hannover street, which was convenintly close to our hotel, The Howard Hotel. We have read a killer review of this small restaurant in one of our foodie/traveller bibles: Where chef eat. Small menu based on Scottish and British ingredients? Easy vibe? Cosy decor? We booked a table, of course. The Dogs is located in Edinburgh’s New Town and it’s almost hidden in the first floor of a building. Once you enter you are welcomed by an unusual mix of a classic style with quirky touches. And two dogs, obviously.  They have two small dining rooms and we were lucky to have a small table by the window in the main, bright one. And then we felt it again: …

The Howard Hotel

When we thought about visiting Edinburgh we had a very clear idea about how our accommodation should be: cosy, traditional and it had to involve tartan somehow. Because as much as we love design, when we travel we want to soak up the local vibes, traditions and hospitality. Whether it is an ancient palace in the Algarve coast or a renovated old building in Madrid, we love hotels that give you a sense of place.   And we found The Howard, a luxury boutique hotel located in Edinburgh’s New Town. It’s classic, elegant and remarkably traditional. However, the atmosphere is absolutely relaxed and the service is genuinely kind. You can say that staying at The Howard is like visiting your dear great aunt’s house: you feel welcome, you want to curl up with a nice book under a blanket, wear soft socks and nibble some biscuits, but the atmosphere feels so special and different from your own house… because probably your great aunt has only cashmere blankets and serves biscuits imported from Holland. Homey but …

7 Instagram accounts to follow if you are in love with London

London is without the slightest doubt our favourite European metropolis. It’s absolutely riveting. Everytime we visit we discover something new. Sometimes by accident… but truth to be told, we usually do a bit of research. There is so much going on that we need help! In order to find inspiration and recommendations we always turn to Instagram. We’d say that nowadays Instagram is the best guide to plan a trip. Just search for #thecityyouwanttovisit and voilà! thousands of pictures, local tips, the best cafes, restaurants, parks, views.. all kind of information beautifully illustrated with wonderful images. Today we want to share with you our favourite Instagram accounts in case you are planning a trip to London… or if you just want to procrastinate scrolling gorgeous pictures of beautiful London corners: Mondomulia @mondomulia Giulia travels a lot, so basically you will find useful (mostly food & coffee related) recommendations for any trip you are planning, but she also shares incredible coffee spots in London and the restaurants you need to try.  If you are looking for foodie …

Postcards from Rome

It’s been a month since we visited Rome but it feels like a year. September has been hectic to say the least but we finally get to share some pictures of our very own Roman Holidays. Maybe we inspire you to plan a getaway to the wonderful Eternal City? Its beautiful ochre façades will sure be the best background for the golden Autumn sun.     We spent a short weekend in Rome with friends, so it was more about enjoying our time together than exploring the city. That’s why we took it slowly…. but we did squeeze in some sightseeing, aperitivi and dolce vita in our schedule. Rome, with it’s hoards of tourists and its impressive history is better if you take a detour and look for the hidden cobblestone alleys, wake up early and go for late night gelato runs.     The highlights of our weekend were the quiet early morning breakfasts in the tiny café located just under our apartment, the views from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, the very refreshing aperitivo at …

The best coffee in Hamburg

With that beautiful faded light in the mornings and the first orange leaves in the trees, Autumn is slowly but surely making its way into our lives. Since this year we’ve had a few days of Summer with proper high temperatures and crazy humidity, we are looking forward to the new season, which by the way has always been my favourite. It’s the best time of the year for that slow life we love so much: candles, blankets, crispy air, rosy cheeks and afternoons in lovely cafes sipping warm, comforting lattes. We happen to live near one of the best cities to sip coffee: Hamburg. With its huge port, its lovely classic city center, the most amazing shops and that cold North Sea air that blows strongly, Hamburg is our favourite destination for a Saturday of shopping and coffee. Here you have our favourite coffee addict addresses: Coffee Table Mags (Wexstraße 28): we discovered this place on Instagram, because the owner posts the most beautiful images: wooden tables, unique magazines and coffee, that is, heaven. …

5 tips to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

We’ve talked about our approach to sightseeing before and while we don’t stress over visiting all the sights any more, there are a few places in the world that we simply cannot miss, even if we have visited them a few times before. St. Peter’s Basilica is one of them. We could be in Rome with friends, with family, rain or shine… but we always find a bit of time to visit this breathtaking, sumptuous building. It can be overwhelming, it can be terribly crowded and it can certainly feel soulless. But it is one of the most beautiful things built by men. So here you have a few tips to make the most of your visit: 1 – Get up early. It opens its doors at 7 o’clock, so be there as early as you can. It’s the best way to avoid the crowds and the faded morning light not only makes the atmosphere magical, but also creates fascinating effects over the marble.   2 – Cover yourself: this tip is ridiculous or at least …