Travel Guide Menorca

At the beginning of May we visited the tiny island of Menorca for the first time. I have been to Ibiza – another Spanish island – before but this time I decided I wanted to go somewhere slower. After a few rainy days in Amsterdam I can’t describe how lovely it was to see both the sun and the sea again.

We stayed at the incredible Meliá Cala Galdana hotel in Ferreries, feeling almost like royals even if it was only for a little week escape. I’m beginning to understand that I have a major weak spot for elegant hotels, enjoying a sea view from your own balcony every morning, the best possible breakfast (fresh croissants and baguettes, American pancakes, muffins, fresh juices and some fruits), but then again, who doesn’t?

One of the highlights of this little getaway – apart from exploring the Spanish island together in a Fiat 500 cabrio – was definitely visiting the city of Ciutadella. I loved the cute old quarter with its cobbled streets, charming squares and cozy restaurants. I reminded me a bit of Saint Tropez in a way with its chic harbour and elegant restaurants.

Another highlight has to be the beach of Cala Macarella sheltered by hills covered in pine trees. I loved the shades of impeccably clear turquoise and blue water in the quiet bay with white sandy beaches. It felt so nice to dip my toes in this crystal clear water and take a swim.

It’s hard to properly take in all of this beauty while being there and actually living it. That’s one the reasons why I love photography. You get the chance to capture these bits and pieces, and get to look back at them once everything is finished.

6 Most Pinterest Worthy Food Places In Paris

People always say that Paris is a small city but to be honest, coming from Amsterdam, this couldn’t be further away from the truth. Even though I have visited the City of Light many times, there are still a lot of places I’m dying to visit and whenever I’ve ticked off the places on the top of my list, new ones have come to take their place.

That’s one of the things I love most about visiting Paris. It always feels like I have so many things to do and see. So when I hopped on a plane to visit my favorite city again for a girls weekend getaway, I thought it’d be nice to make a list of all the lovely and cozy food places I went to this time.

  1. Fondation Cafe
    This has to be one of my favorites. Tucked away in Le Marais, this place is simple yet elegant with an impeccable design, and offers the most tasty pantries and tea. I noticed Parisians flocking around this little shop while sipping their espresso.
    Address: 16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars
  2. Gigi
    This charming little crêperie is the perfect place if you want to unwind and escape from the crowded Parisian streets for a little while. They serve the best pancakes with fresh fruits and it looks so cozy inside. Another lovely cafe on this street is Cafe Philippe which I can also highly recommend.
    Address: 4 Rue de la Corderie
  3. Ob-La-Di
    We went here on Sunday morning for the most tasty and healthy breakfast to start the day (followed by macarons from Ladurée, French fries and a few glasses of wine..). This lovely place has a minimalistic and Californian look and feel with lots of marble and blue shades (which I am a big fan of). I especially loved the tiles in the floor.
    Address: 54 rue de Saintonge
  4. Café Kitsuné
    Even though we discovered many cute Parisian bistros last weekend, I absolutely loved this one. We stumbled upon this cozy little cafe, nestled in the Galerie de Montpensier, while taking a stroll through the garden of Palais du Royal – my favorite place in Paris. Think minimalistic interior, tasty coffee and picturesque surroundings.
    Address: 51, Galerie Montpensier
  5. Boot Cafe
    I stumbled upon this tiny cafe a while ago on Instagram and I knew I had to visit this place when we finally landed in Paris. This place filled me with an instant and effortless sense of coolness the moment I walked in the door. Oh, how I wish I could spend months and months in this city, if only to be able to explore all these amazing restaurants popping up every single moment.
    Address: 19 Rue du Pont aux Choux
  6. SEASON
    If you are looking for a cosy place to start your day the healthy way, this is the perfect place for you. Nestled in Le Marais – as you can probably tell by now this is my favorite Parisian neighborhood – this Pinterest worthy cafe offers the best breakfast possible.
    Address: 1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis

If you’d like to see more photos of my Parisian getaway follow along on Instagram!

Weekend Reading

  • Perhaps it’s just me but I love the feeling of my home being a cosy and warm place for me to be. Scented candles (this one is my favorite), fresh flowers, warm blankets, a little stack of my favorite magazines and the bed made up with my own sheets are all things that give me that homey feeling. One of the most important things to me is making my place a place where I actually want to be, where I feel safe and at home. That’s why I could really relate to this blog article on My Domaine.
  • I’ve had my eye on these pretty and comfy sneakers from Ugg since the moment I saw them. I think they’re perfect for Spring, don’t you?
  • I loved this article on Garance Dore’s blog about women who moved to a new city for love, work and/or spontaneity. If you’re considering to make a change in your life and need a little push, their stories might be it. I think it’s quite admirable that they open up not only about the best parts of entering a new phase in life but also about the hardest parts of moving to a new place so I can highly recommend this post.
  • Having lived as a single girl in the city for most of my life, I love this article on the difference between being single and being alone.

6 best interior shops

Lately I am trying to swap clothes for interior accessories. It’s probably the worst luck in the world to shop for home decoration before you even have your own home, right? Yes, I thought so.. Still, I love my little place in the city centre of Amsterdam which I share with two other girls and even though I am not exactly a decoration expert, that doesn’t stop my excitement. So, that’s why I’d love to share some of my favorite interior shops on my blog.

DR Wonen
This is one of the best, especially since it’s located in the Nine Streets in Amsterdam which is where you will find me most of the time during the weekends. This place always feels like home to me and I can highly recommend it. From cosy pillows and marble lamps to pretty canal house tea holders and ceramic vases, they have everything you’d wish to have in your home.

Loods5
Last weekend was actually the first time I visited this interior shop but it made a lasting impression on me. I even bought a white knitted pouf for my bedroom for a cosy look and feel. Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for calm and serene rooms with lots of light colors so this is the perfect interior shop for me.

Pluk
Ok so this may not be an interior shop – I mostly come here for the tasty smoothies and banana bread – but they do have some very pretty home decorations. From marble plates (here we go again with the marble obsession) to fruit bowls, I simply love everything they have.

The Loft
When I visited the incredible Loft a few weeks ago I was blown away by the lofty space and atmosphere. I felt right at home with its combination of natural materials with soft colors and inspiring accessories. Here, you will find decorations from the most talented artists and craftsmen of the world.

JAN
This is the most stylish place to buy gifts for your loved ones. To me, it feels a bit like a Parisian pied-à-terre, not too big and not too small – and the home decorations are so inspiring and calming. It has literally everything: design interior items, soft toys for the little ones as well as candles and cook books.

Sukha
I’ve been to this place many times and always left with a little something to spoil myself. Whether it’s a ring or little flags made from lokta paper with a cotton string, I never come home empty-handed after a little trip to this interior shop.

Weekend Reading

  • On Sundays I prefer to start my day in bed reading blog articles from my favorite bloggers. One of them is Garance Doré, a French blogger, photographer, illustrator and author who lives in New York City. I absolutely love her writing, her sense of style and her illustrations.  In 2016, she together with her team celebrated the 10 year anniversary of her inspiring and stylish blog. Read here how she’s looks back on the past ten years and shares some of the best moments with her readers.
  • Garance also wrote a New Year’s letter on her blog in which she shares her moments of pure joy and her moments of struggle, a letter that I can really relate to as 2016 has been a challenging year for me as well.
  • An interesting chat between Garance Doré (Yes, I am a big fan of her ;)) and Elle Macpherson about health, beauty and how to personally brand yourself.
  • Oh my gosh, this is so me, especially during these cold winter days: “Nesting is the new going out“, according to Well + Good 2017 wellness trend report. Apparently I am not the only one who prefers to spend time at home snuggled up in warm blankets with a cup of tea instead of going out.

The Year 2016

    

There is still one sleep left until the new year. How did this happen already? This year has passed by even quicker than I even could have imagined. I started this year in freezing cold Amsterdam together with my loved ones. This year has been one of the most challenging and at the same time most exciting years so far. Therefore I love looking back at a few moments that were extra special to me during this time. I hope you all had a blissful year and let’s spread even more love, laughter and kindness in 2017 as I think we all need it a little bit more these days. Wishing you all happy holidays, lots of love and light wherever you are in the world.

The first few months of 2016 were filled with ice skating on Amsterdam’s Museumplein with the most exquisite view of the Rijksmuseum and some tasty food in one of the charming wooden chalets. I went to the ballet to finally see the romantic Swan Lake and it was the most inspiring evening. Those of you who have been following along for quite some time know that I love, love, love ballet and so a few times a year I go to the Stopera here in Amsterdam to see some of the most inspiring ballet dansers perform. I also went to the Ragazze Kwartet Haute Couture performance at the Concertgebouw which I can highly recommend.

Corner Bakery

I also enjoyed lunches, brunches and breakfasts at Ree7, Buffet van Odette, Corner Bakery, George No5, Scandinavian Embassy and Pluk.

Just before spring arrived here in Amsterdam I hopped on a plane to Bali, a place that has been on my travel list for ages. One of the highlights of my little trip was staying at Sal Secret Spot, having lunch at Sisterfields and getting a spa treatment at Spring Spa. 2016 was definitely a year full of holidays as I also visited Rome together with my mum and little sister to enjoy some quality time together. It can very likely have been one of the very best weekend trips ever as I absolutely love the city of Rome. You ask where my love for Rome comes from? Start looking at my mum. She loves anything Italian and I think she managed to transfer her love for Italy onto me..

Sal Secret Spot

To top it all off, I visited Barcelona with a few friends for a well-deserved girls weekend and I went to the little island of Ibiza in the beginning of September together with one of my closest friends. It was a week full of discovering hidden gems and beaches, strolling aimlessly along the harbor and burying our faces in an obscene amount of delicious Spanish food.

Amante Beach Club

In between holidays, a hectic career and catching up with friends and family, I passed my wine exam and switched jobs (I moved from wine to cosmetics which as you might know I am a big fan of) so it’s been an intense year to say the least. That’s why I love looking back at this year, remembering the highlights but definitely the lows as well. Remembering things and events made me laugh and cry at the same time. Even though 2016 has been challenging on so many different levels, I am still thankful for every single thing it has taught me and I can only hope that 2017 will be even better. But for now, let me say: HAPPY NEW YEAR!