Last weekend I went on a little  trip to Berlin with 8 ladies. It started out as a friend’s work trip and then turned into a birthday weekend girls only trip :) I took a morning flight from London to Berlin and arrived just in time for checking in to our rooms. The other girls had already been drinking on the roof terrace of the hotel, so they were quite tipsy when I arrived haha. We stayed at Soho House Berlin and hence had to plan in at least some time for hanging out in the SPA. Friday afternoon worked out perfectly for checking out the steam room and sauna – not to mention the shower in our room: there were at least 8 different beauty products to explore :)

Holocaust Memorial

After some time in the SPA we visited the Holocaust Memorial. When you visit this place, don’t forget to also go to the museum which explains the whole history of the genocide. The museum is located on the site of the memorial and the entrance is free.

Brunch at Father Carpenter

On the Friday evening we had dinner at Katz Orange and then one more cocktail at the bar in Soho House before calling it a rather early night. Saturday morning started with brunch at Father Carpenter (you have to try their banana bread!!) followed by strolling around Berlin.

After Brunch Walk

We started off walking together (the 8 of us) and slowly ended up in little groups until we later found each other again in the hotel haha. Our little group of 4 walked over to Unter den Linden, Checkpoint Charlie and then took a taxi to the East Side Gallery. It was still freezing cold and so we were already back in the hotel by late afternoon to relax (and properly warm up) before dinner.

Unter den Linden

Checkpoint Charlie

East Side Gallery

After another SPA session and a cocktail at Green Door we had dinner at Panama Restaurant.  I’m not sure how we came up with the idea to go to Sisyphos Club afterwards but it definitely was an experience. Needless to say we were entirely overdressed and way too sober for this sort of night out but it was fun in the end. I was in bed by 4 am whilst some of our group only came back to the hotel at 7 am :)

Brandenburg Gate

Sunday started a bit later than planned – though I managed to go swimming in the pool of the hotel’s roof terrace before checkout :). We walked over to the Brandenburg Gate and then slowly made our way to House of Small Wonder where we had brunch.

House of Small Wonder

The food was really amazing and interior looks super pretty. The cappuccino was a bit short of being impressive, so don’t bother if you value good coffee. My friends liked the matcha latte though, so try this one instead :)

After brunch we headed back to Soho House and then took a taxi to the airport – back to London. Bye bye, Berlin.

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

We had an early start on Sunday to make most of the last day of skiing. Half of our group already finished around noon after which Michael, Paul and I headed over again to ski down the black piste. This one was even more fun than the day before as it had snowed more over night and there was lots of new snow on the slope. I didn’t know that powder-skiing is so much fun! The bumpy,  steep part of the black piste was like a playground where almost everyone who decided to ski down, slipped as least once. Yet falling down was like landing on a soft pillow so it wasn’t too bad after all.

Pretty Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Black Piste

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Time for Lunch And Then One More Black Piste Run

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Back down to the gondola station

Doesn’t this village look gorgeous? I’m not used to have a lot of snow at home (especially not in London!) so I couldn’t get enough of this view and had to stop on the side of the slope to take loads (!) of photos :)

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

To see the photos of the first and super sunny day of skiing, click here, and for the second day, click here.

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

The second day of skiing was super cloudy with not much sun at all. But it had snowed over night and the snow conditions on the slopes were even better than the day before. It was a bit colder so I decided to wear 4 layers instead of two. After a couple of hours of skiing we headed to L’Anfionne and all had hot chocolate – so good, especially the ones that came with a shot :) Later during the day, Paul, Michael and I decided to take the black piste that looked so pretty from the lift.. it was very pretty but much more exhausting than I thought.

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

The morning view in Les Carroz :)

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Welcome to Winter Wonderland!

Doesn’t it look so cute and idyllic? It must be so nice to spend Christmas here. Especially if you are usually used to rainy instead of white Christmas..

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Hot Chocolate on the Slopes..

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Black Piste – The First Run

So it turns out that the black pistes are not as well prepared as the other slopes. For this black piste this resulted in a bumpy, powdery slope with black steepness. Fun. Though it would have been much more fun if my knees were just a little bit stronger (like at least 10x stronger..). Then I would be able to ski down in one go rather than having little breaks after 4 to 5 turns. Paul (our friend who was born on skis) did not really need any of these breaks but he was patiently adjusting to our speed. Also I think it must have looked incredibly funny to see everyone fall down at least once. And yes, also Paul slipped (ha!) and there was another guy on skis who started to ski down so beautifully and then fell down head first into snow haha. He was fine, but lost both of his skis and had a hard time getting them back on his feet.. :)

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France