So summer sad ‘hi’ to London for about a long weekend before it started to cool down again. And with cooling down I’m referring to proper winter weather! Today it was 6 degrees, super windy and raining. My umbrella was almost blown away and I slipped and almost fell into a puddle. I bet it looked hilarious for everyone who was watching haha.. But during last week’s taste of summer I at least got to have one sunny day in the garden before I went to Paris for a long (and even hotter!) weekend. More on the Paris girls trip next time :)
Like my flower dress :) ?
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I probably have mentioned it several times: Europe is my favourite continent :) This is because of its cultural heritage and immense diversity. And best of it: everything is located in close proximity. This is what makes weekend trips so easy from London. Just hop on a plane and a couple of hours later you could be eating tapas in Spain, walking along the Seine in Paris, exploring the Colosseum in Rome, dancing in strange hipster clubs in Berlin (like last weekend!), visiting the opera in Vienna, or surfing in Portugal. There are 44 countries in Europe and each one has its own history, culture, food and often also language.
Since I have lived most of my life in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK I had lots of opportunities to travel around Europe – even if it was just a for weekend. There was one summer when we literally had a weekend beach trip planned every second weekend for almost two months. It was lots of fun but also a bit exhausting.. but exchanging rainy London for summer in Ibiza, Mallorca and Croatia does sound very tempting, doesn’t it?
Europe for the first, second & third time
If you visit Europe for the first time, I’d suggest you focus on the major must-see cities in Europe. They’re usually better for tourists as there’s more on offer to see. I know one of my friends visited all of the major cities in Europe on her travels and purchased a t-shirt from every city. When she got home, she decided to send them off to be made into t-shirt quilts so she never loses them or forgets where she’s been. That’s such a lovely idea. Perhaps that something you could do whilst you travel around Europe. Make sure to purchase a t-shirt from every major city though! In my opinion, the main cities include London (of course!), Paris and Rome. If you are thinking about going on a Rome vacation then make sure you try and see as many sights as you can so you experience all that this beautiful city has to offer. If you have more time or decide to come back, you could visit Barcelona, Prague and Venice. Though you’d have a good idea by then about the cultural diversity in Europe, you still haven’t been to the other must-see places like Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, the Alps, Iceland, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Tuscany, Lisbon, Stockholm, Athens, Krakow, Berlin, Edinburgh & the Highlands, Amsterdam, Ghent, Lake Bled, Zurich, Brussels, nor the German Christmas markets, nor the Croatian and Greek islands…etc. Do you see what I’m trying to say? There are SO MANY amazing cities and places to visit in Europe. You pretty much can’t get it wrong – just take your pick and get started!
My Travel Bucket List for Europe
My travel bucket list for Europe for the couple of years consists of a few known places and loads of more ‘alternative’ places to visit in Europe. This is the list in a random order: Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), Dinant (Belgium), Vernazza (Italy), Vaduz (Liechtenstein), Colmar (France), Bukarest & Transylvania (Romania), Lake District & Cotswold (UK), Iceland, nature in Norway and possibly Faroe Islands. On top of this probably some more pretty Greek islands for summer, like Crete maybe. We’ve even taken a look at how we’d get around, seeing prices for a car from people like Rental Center Crete to get some budget ideas :)
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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 :)
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
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 :)
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.