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.

Rome for the weekend

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Rome is a city that thrives on happiness. The Italians take their time to unwind, enjoy tasty food more than most other things, stop to chat in the middle of the streets and drink wine before noon. Very different from the city where I live, Amsterdam.

My weekend in Rome in September together with my mum and little sister was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. Loads of pasta, ice cream, pizza, wine and laughter filled our days. For four days we walked along cobblestone streets exploring Trastevere – where we stayed in the cutest apartment – Fontana di Trevi (one of my favorite places to visit when in Rome) and Piazza Navona.

If you want to see some photos I took while in Rome, follow along on Instagram!

Weekend Reading

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  • I am in my mid-twenties and taking proper care of my body and skin has never been so important as it is now. As I travel through my 20s I feel like this is the best time to take a moment and focus on being happy and healthy. I have always been interested in anti-ageing and how beauty products and staying fit helps women to feel empowered and good about themselves. Recently, I discovered this article about how 20-somethings actually feel about ageing and I find it quite refreshing so I wanted to share it with you. Take a peek and get inspired!
  • Did you ever wonder how the most pretty women stay so effortlessly – well – flawless? I do all the time. Apparently, it’s all about the nighttime beauty rituals and skincare. Want to know their secrets? These women share their nighttime beauty tips and I am thinking I might try a few new products this evening!
  • Healthy living has become a way of life for me recently (although I still love the occasional pizza prosciutto evenings with one too many glasses of wine or indulge in some tasty white chocolate). For me, living a healthy life isn’t about following a strict regimen but more about practicing a routine that is energizing and easy to maintain. That’s why I love this article where successful women share their methods for living a healthier and balanced life.
  • Having your hair, nails, face or other spa treatments done is always a great way to treat yourself. However, do you know the proper etiquette when it comes to all of these services? I don’t either I have to admit. That’s why I am so happy Lauren Conrad shares her guide to spa etiquette on her blog.
  • My little sister and I received the best birthday present ever from my parents: we’re going to spend a weekend in Rome in September and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve only been to Rome once but the lively and charming city completely captivated me. One of my favorite photographers, Carin Olsson, went to Rome a few weeks ago and took these amazing photos of the Italian city. Her photographs make me want to hop on a plane right away!

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