A Girls Trip to Paris

 

Blogpost about ParisOne of my New Year’s resolutions was to go to Paris every year from now on. So this year I decided to go to Paris with two of my best friends from middle school.

It was the first time in Paris for both of them, so I showed them my favorite places. We were pretty lucky with the weather and our Airbnb was the cutest little apartment. We did all the touristy stuff like picnic under the Eiffel Tower, strolls around Montmartre and obviously a trip to the Galeries Lafayette. I’ll definitely go back there next year, it’s so convenient to just hop on a train for about 3 hours and go to Paris for a weekend trip.

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4 tips for dog owners in London

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It was never really a question if I would bring Lumos to London with me. He has been with me since he was 8 weeks old and he definitely is part of my family. A month after I moved here I brought him over. It all worked out , however I wish I knew a few things before I moved here.

1. Public transport is free for your furry friend

As long as you are able to carry your dog on the escalators you are allowed to bring them to the tube. They have to be on a lead, but there are no rules besides that. I was really worried that Lumos would be scared of riding the tube, but he is totally relaxed and usually sleeps during the ride. One thing you should be aware of is that while some people will love your dog and will ask to pet it, others might be scared of dogs.

2. You can let them run off lead in most parks

Unless a park specifically says to keep your dog on a lead, they are allowed to run around. London has many big parks and most of them are super dog friendly.

Here are Lumos’ favorite parks and green spaces:

  • Hampstead Heath
  • Battersea Park
  • Wimbledon Common

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3. Areas like Chelsea, Shoreditch and Hampstead are really dog friendly

I originally got a dog because I always wanted one and living in Berlin at the time I saw all these dogs in coffee shops, restaurants and parks and it really made me jealous. Berlin is one of the most dog friendly cities.

When I first moved to London I found it very hard to bring my dog with me as many places don’t allow dogs. Now that I’ve been here for 9 months I know which areas are more likely to be dog friendly and which aren’t.

Shoreditch is by far the most dog friendly area. All the pop-up stores, vintage stores and coffee shops allow you to bring your dog. People there are really excited to have dogs in their venues and always give Lumos cuddles (and sometimes even treats).

Hampstead is located in the North of London and I’d say most people there own a dog. It’s very nice to grab a coffee or a bite there after a long walk through the Heath.

Chelsea is one of the “poshest” areas in London and many people there have a dog (though most dogs there are “handbag dogs”). You can bring your dog to most shops, including Zara, and most coffee shops too.

I will write a separate blog post on my favorite dog friendly coffee shops soon.

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4. Get insurance for your dog

Where I’m from vet costs are really low compared to other countries, that’s why I never really thought about getting health insurance for Lumos. But when I moved to the UK and Lumos had his first visit to the vet I knew why people would get insurance for their pets.

Vet bills here can be REALLY high! I recently paid over  £120 for antibiotics and a check up. So do yourself a favor and get insurance for your pet, even though this might seem expensive too, it’s worth it. I’ve heard about several dogs who needed emergency treatment and the bill was more than  £2000, luckily their insurance covered the whole bill.

 

A day trip to Lisbon + my favorite cafés

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A few weeks ago my best friend Rabea and I went to Portugal together. Although we stayed in Cascais and not directly in Lisbon we went to the city a couple of times during our stay. I had never been to Portugal before and I did not really know what to expect. But I felt immediately at home in Lisbon. 

The cobbled streets and the tiled houses make this city so incredibly beautiful and a bit magical. Not to mention all the delicious food like the little custard tarts called pastel de nata. We walked about 12km in total during each of our day trips to Lisbon but the city is so pretty that you don’t even want to take the Metro.

When we went there it was about 26 degrees Celsius, which was the perfect weather. We walked around the city, sat down by the water and had brunch at some of the cutest cafes I’ve ever seen.

If you like little shops, cute cafes and amazing architecture and history,  then Lisbon is definitely a city you should visit at least once.

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And as promised here are some of my favorite Cafes in Lisbon:

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Dear Breakfast is located near the Metro station Cais do Sodré. You will have to walk up the hill and there you will find the amazing location of Dear Breakfast.The cafe is inside an old building with low ceilings but an interesting, cathedral like architecture. We went there for brunch but you could also stop by for just a coffee.

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  • R. Gaivotas 17 | 1200-719 Lisbon
  • Opening hours:  9:00 – 16:00
  • Instagram: @dearbreakfast

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You will find Nicolau right in the center of Lisbon, the nearest Metro station is Baixa-Chiado. There might be a waiting list, as this is a popular place for tourists. We had to wait 15 minutes and stayed for a drink before we continued our sight seeing trip (we went to Dear Breakfast earlier that day so we were already full and didn’t get the chance to try their food).

  • Opening hours:  08:30–20:00
  • Instagram: @nicolaulisboa

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Fauna & Flora was definitely my favorite. It is close to Cais do Sodré Metro station located in a residential neighborhood. We went there twice as we loved it so much. I had the avocado toast with mushrooms which was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the other time I had the  açaí bowl ( which is always my favorite since it reminds me of Brazil) and of course I had an iced latte with soy milk both times. The first time we had to wait for a few minutes but the location is so cute that we didn’t mind. Both times we stayed there for quite a while as we just enjoyed sitting there. I will 100% go there again when I’m back in Lisbon as this has to be one of my favorite cafes in the world so far!

  • Rua da Esperança 33 | 1200-655 Lisbon
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
  • Instagram: @faunafloralisboa

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If you want to see more pictures of my trip to Portugal please check out this blog post I did which featured some of the pictures we took in Portugal and feel free to check out my Instagram

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Summer day at Barigui Park

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On Monday I went to Brazil. I was an exchange student in Curitiba in 2012 and I kind of left half of my heart here. The people, the food, the nature – everything is just so nice.

I’ll be in Brazil for a total of 16 days, two weeks here in Curitiba and then 2 days in Rio. This is my second time coming “home” after my exchange year, the last time I was here was in December/January of 2014/15. Back then I celebrated Christmas with my host family here in Curitiba and NYE in Rio with friends.

I had a pretty hard time the last few months, so I decided to go back to my “happy place”.

One of my favorite places in Curitiba is the “Parque Barigui” – the cities most famous park. It was one of the first places I visited here and I fell in love with it. People go there to walk their dogs, run, relax or have picnic.

My (host) sister and I went there with our dog Smartie, we walked around the lake and had coconut water.

Stay tuned for more posts about Brazil

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Outfit:

  • Dress: Asos
  • Hair: Barefootblondehair

10 Days in Bali

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For our first summer vacation together my boyfriend and I decided to go somewhere tropical. We wanted to go somewhere with good food, nice beaches and lots of things to do. So we went to Bali.

Travel:

We went from Berlin to Abu Dhabi with AirBerlin, then from Abu Dhabi to Singapore with Etihad and from Singapore to Bali with Garuda Indonesia. Our Luggage arrived a few hours late but we were on time. On our way back we flew from Bali to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian, from  Kuala Lumpur to Abu Dhabi with Etihad and again to Berlin with AirBerlin. (Personally, I’m not a fan of AirBerlin, they are often late and they “lost” our luggage at Berlin Airport when we arrived.)

Stay:

We stayed at the Elysian Villas Hotel in Seminyak. We had a private Villa with a small pool. The hotel itself had only a few villas, so it wasn’t crowded at breakfast or at the hotel pool. We only had breakfast included since we read so much about good restaurant and cafés in Seminyak.

Get around:

If you want to get around in Bali you have 3 choices: you go by scooter, taxi or rent a driver. We only tried going by scooter once and that was enough for us. People in Bali drive on the left side of the road, opposite to the way we drive in Germany, so you can imagine how overwhelmed we were with the traffic. We went by taxi a few times, but only within Seminyak, since it’s only around 2€. For longer trips, we went with a driver that our hotel called for us. That was a great way of getting to know the Balinese culture better. We asked him a lot of questions about the Balinese way of life.

Eat:

I will do a separate blog post on my favorite Bali restaurants and cafés

Beaches:

Bali has many beautiful and different beaches. Since we stayed in Seminyak – and Seminyak doesn’t have beautiful beaches – we went on day trips to Uluwatu and Nusa Lembogan.

Let’s start with Uluwatu. We went to Padang-Padang and Blue Point Beach as well as Sunday’s Beach Club in one trip. At Sunday’s you pay an entry fee of about 20€ which includes 10€ for drinks and snacks at the beach club as well as snorkeling, paddleboarding and beach equipment. I would definitely recommend going there since it’s a private beach the water is very clear and the beach isn’t crowded at all. After we went to Sunday’s, our driver took us to Blue Point and Padang-Padang. They are really different from the beach at Sunday’s. At Padang-Padang there are beautiful rock formations and it’s great for surfing. Blue Point has a huge cave, that fills up with water during high tide. There is an old shipwreck at the beach, which is a great location for photos. Both beaches are only accessible if you climb several stairs. On top of Blue Point, there is the Single Fin, with many restaurants and cafes as well as the Single Fin Beachclub.

We went to Nusa Lembogan as a day trip on one of our last days. A shuttle bus picked us up at the hotel and brought us to the harbor. From there we took a speed boat to Lembogan. The little island is really different from Bali, there are hardly any real roads, no big hotels and you can do watersports. We went snorkeling and saw plenty of colorful fish. But I also have to say that I personally didn’t like Lembogan that much because it was quite dirty.

Ubud:

On another one of our day trips, we went to Ubud. We heard so much about it from our friends who’ve been there. We went to the Pura Tirta Empul  – The Hindu Water Temple located close to Ubud. There we participated in the ritual bath, which was an amazing experience. After that, we went to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. You’ve probably seen them on Instagram because they are simply incredible. Quite hard to climb but amazing for pictures. When we arrived in Ubud itself it started pouring rain and unfortunately the café we were planning on going to was closed. We didn’t go to the monkey forest because I’m actually rather scared of monkeys and seeing them in Uluwatu was more than enough for me.

A day in Sankt Peter-Ording

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It’s August 18th which means summer is nearly over – well, here in the north of Germany summer didn’t even arrive – but none the less yesterday was quite a sunny day. One of the best things about living in the north is that I live close to the ocean. The northern sea is about 6km away from me. So today my mother and I thought why not go to the beach. It wasn’t really hot but it was warm enough to go out in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. We packed our things and drove off to a place called Sankt Peter-Ording. “Sankt Peter” as we call it is famous for being the largest beach in Germany. People from all over the country come here to have some days at the beach. Located at the end of the beach is the famous Westerhever lighthouse, which is featured in many advertisements in Germany.

From where we live it’s half an hour drive. You can either park in the town, in the marsh or directly on the beach. During summertime you’ll have to pay a small fee to enter the beach. It’s allowed to bring your dog as long as he’s on a leash. When we went there, there were many dogs. From small pugs to big labradors or Rhodesian ridgebacks, it’s a paradise for all of them.

Buying food at the beach or in the area can be quite expensive, so you should bring your own food. Another thing that I have to mention is that there are only a few restrooms, and the ones available are often really crowded and you’ll have to wait.

For me as a local SPO isn’t that fascinating, but I love to go there every once in a while. It’s nice to spend the day with your toes in the sand.