Next week we’ll be heading to Stockholm for a little early birthday celebration. We are really excited but a little bit overwhelmed / anxious at the same time. As usual. So much to see, so little time. For me, this state is the epitome of FOMO: Are we missing the best restaurants? Which museums do we visit? Is there any wonderful place that we just don’t know about? Where do the locals hang out?
Nowadays, planning a trip can be tricky: there’s so much information out there! And that sometimes paralyses us. I’m not talking about booking flights or finding the best hotels. That’s the easiest part. What we find tremendously difficult is the next step. Deciding what to do, where to go or where to eat (this particular issue is very important! ;) to make the most of our experience. Besides, we also try to find the best spots to take pictures, the coolest establishments in town and, all in all, the best content for the blog. It can be quite intimidating.
We love travel books, so that’s our main source of information. Of course we also check other blogs, online magazines and our travel bible: Conde Nast Traveller.
Most of the time we end up forgetting everything and, once in our destination, we walk aimlessly, we try to discover little nice restaurants by chance, and we spend a fair amount of time enjoing whichever hotel we’re staying at. The slow pace way.
What about you? How do you plan your trips? Do you trust any travel blogger? Which are your favorite guides? Any tips? Please share below!
PS: What’s in our travel bag, The perks of travelling off season and Travelling light: tips and paranoia.
So our dearest friends have moved to Texas. To be honest we’ve never thought about visiting Texas before but now we are thinking about planning a trip to visit them. With this terrible weather we can’t help but dreaming about warmer temperatures and dinners al fresco. We are also obsessed with The Mentalist and food trucks so… Austin, sooner or later we’ll pay you a visit.
We know it’s the hometown of the hipster movement, but with its more than 250 music venues and its inventive cuisine we guess its worth the hype. At least we would like to find out what all the fuss is about. We will wait until our friends have settled down and then we will take advantage of the situation ;)
Have you ever visited Texas?
It’s been a while since we felt the urge to buy something. Of course we feel really tempted by the Spring Summer collections that are starting to appear in our inbox (exhibit A, B & C) but we haven’t felt that urge, that itchy feeling in our wallets for a while. Then, we found out about the bag that Berta Bernad has designed for Bucarelli and we were sold.
Yesterday was one of those days when all I wanted was running away from all my responsibilities. In addition to all the chaos at work and the terrible cold weather, I’m trying to quit caffeine so the withdrawal sympthoms were the cherry on top. But I survived… do you know how? I took a moment (or several) to remember nice trips we’ve made and to think about future travels. That always soothes me. And where is the most distant place to run away? New Zealand.
If you have read this blog before you’ll know that we are mostly weekenders, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t dream with long distance travels and adventures. If only we had the time… They say that money is the biggest problem when it comes to travel, but we don’t agree. Time is the most valuable asset. Yesterday we dreamt about quitting our jobs (apart from caffeine… let me tell you that isn’t going well at all) and travel full time. Oh, well… in the meantime we have our moodboards.
These gyozas are the best gyozas we’ve ever eaten. And oddly enough we found them in a small japanese restauran in Seville. While Seville is famous because of its traditional Spanish cuisine and, of course, tapas, during the last five years the city has developed a nice taste for international menus. Being La Alameda Seville’s hippest district, there was no better location for Matsuri, a sophisticated yet cosy Japanese restaurant (where you can eat these amazing gyozas). Continue reading
To say that Venice is my favorite place in the world is an understatement (Exhibit A). If I had to pick a place to spend the rest of my days, I would choose Venice (Exhibit B, C, D and E). If I had to save one city from a meteorite, that would be Venice (Exhibit F and G). I would give you more evidence of my inconditional love, but you get the picture. In case you don’t, here you have some articles to read. I try to visit this mesmerizing city at least once a year, but whenever I get nostalgic I check these Instagram accounts. They are abolutely stunning and they show a real Venice, always at its best:
Sildipi: gorgeous shots, acqua alta, and lonely canals.
Celestalis: the editorial director of Venezia da vivere shares spectaculars pictures.
Seventhesoul: he says he is a Venice lover and proves it with a lots of pictures of quiet canals.
Faveromarco: hiden corners, altane and beautiful light.
Neumarc: recommended by The Guardian, he claims to use Instagram as a daily therapy. Well, his therapy certainly helps me when I miss Venice.
Do follow these accounts if you want to travel to Venice. At least virtually.
A freezing cold weekend in January might not be the best time to visit Copenhagen… However, we enjoyed the most beautiful Winter postcard thanks to a small snow storm and the beautiful colours of Nyhavn. Continue reading
We discovered Gorm’s a while ago while strolling around Torvehallerne. The pizzas looked delicious: super thin crust and fresh natural toppings. So last Satuday we were delighted to bump into their restaurant in the heart of Copenhagen, Nyhavn. In the middle of a little snow storm, the warm candle light, the scent of oregano and the prospect of a nice glass of rosé seemed heaven on Earth. Continue reading
Staying in a beautiful hotel is a wonderful experience. We have been lucky enough to stay in some wonderful boutique hotels but there is always room for improvement. These are 5 things we would love to find in every single hotel:
- Milk and cookies in the room service menu. This should be absolutely mandatory. How many times have you arrived at a lovely hotel late at night, exhausted yet a little bit peckish and all you wanted was a nice comforting glass of milk and cookies before crawling into bed? Never? Oh well, we have experienced that craving lots of times. Milk and cookies is just the perfect midnight snack and I’m sure lots of guests will appreciate it!
- A little courtesy room for that ackward moment when you pick your luggage after making the most of your last morning in your destination and want to rearrange your suitcases. Sometimes you have to do it in the middle of the lobby and it’s not gracious, to say the least. We remember a particularly embarrasing moment when we had to squeeze two HUGE Selfridges bags into our trolleys in the lobby of our beloved Mandeville Hotel in London. Not nice, not nice… Let’s say that even the Concierge was embarrased. In our defense: what else can you do on your last couple of hours a Monday morning in London? Shopping!
- A clear breakfast menu: early morning after a great night sleep. You are feeling super hungry and head to that wonderful hotel breakfast. You are excited to try every single thing but have a shy look (because we all get shy in moments like these), pick a few things and look for a nice little table. You feel like the American movie nerd in the high school cafeteria. Then you start seeing wonderful eggs benedict flying to other tables. After a while you see that your neighbour is sipping a foamy capuccino. Why hasn’t anybody told you that you could ask for egg benedicts and drink sophisticated coffe!!!??? You are sleepy and you need everything clearly stated!!!
- More and better located bathroom hangers: what do you do when you don’t want to keep your towels (because after all you care for the environment) but there are simply no hangers to tidily hang your towels? And if there are any hangers, why are they on the opposite side of the bathroom far far away from the shower?
- Free Wi-Fi. I mean, 2015… and you still charge for Wi-Fi???
What about you? Is there anything you’d like to add?
In April we’ll be attending The Hive and we couldn’t be more excited! Are you coming too? We can not wait to meet fellow bloggers, learn the secrets of a few influencers and share our passion while networking. Besides, we get to revisit Berlin! You should know that we were surprisingly disappointed the first time we visited Berlin. I guess we had heard so much about it that our expectations were really high. So let’s hope this time we finally see what all the fuss is about. That is, if we have a little time between conferences and workshops.
We are looking for accommodation so feel free to leave your suggetions in the comment section. That means: please share with us your traveller secrets! We are looking for a design boutique hotel or appartment. Something different and charming… Is that too much to ask? ;) And if you know where to find the perfect Currywurst we will really appreciate it!