Last week I jumped on a plane to Paris to get away for the week. Back to summer and 32*c weather, back to the city of lights, back to macarons, baguettes, and red wine. My trip didn’t have the best start, a mix of a colder nordic climate, in-flight air condition, and an extremely warm Paris gave me a fever for the first two days of my trip, so my trip really started on my third day, Wednesday, which was the same day as I switched hotels to the beautiful Hotel Chavanel right in the center of the city. What a lovely place to stay! I got the junior suite of this boutique hotel, which consisted of a beautiful bedroom-livingroom space, a desk (which comes very much in handy as a travel blogger) and a huge bathroom with a gorgeous big shower and a huge bubble bathtub. What more can you ask for in a home away from home?
The hotel is located on the 22 rue de Tronchet, right in the 8ème of Paris close to the Madeleine metro station. It’s always a good idea to stay right in the middle of the city since a day in Paris can take you east, west, north and south.
Hotel Chavanel 22 Rue Tronchet
A walk to the Jardin du Palais-Royal to sit in the park and get a coffeé at my favourite coffeé-place Café Kitsuné is always included in my travels to Paris.
Jardin du Palais-Royal 6 Rue de Montpensier
I also made a visit to Centre Pompidou for The Beat Generation-exhibition about the beatnick generation. Centre Pompidou also gives you one of the most beautiful views of Paris, all the way from the Sacré-Coeur to the Eiffel tower.
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The August playlist has finally arrived! This month I’ve been listening to jazzy Europop by Petite Meller, sunny songs from TIEKS and dreamy tones from The Avalanches, among others. Needless to say, I am holding on for the last bit of summer vibes.
Yet again, polaroids are reinvented with another image app. As a big fan of the Polaroid brand, I was very excited to learn about the release of the brand new app Swing. The imaging app lets you shoot 60 burst photos that develop into animated images. This is not the first app of its kind, what sets Swing apart is that you control the playback of the moving picture with the motion of your phone and your fingertips.
Swing is still a very basic application, and you are not even able to comment on pictures yet. At the same time, Swing presents a pleasing minimalistic design in its simplicity and is very straightforward to use.
Our European mini-tour continued in Lisboa (you can read all about our 12-hour stay in Amsterdam here). Coming from rainy and cloudy weather in the Netherlands, it was quite nice feeling the 34*+ celsius degree weather right away when leaving the airplane. We rented an AirBnb-apartment in the Mouraria-area, a colorful and multicultural area of Lisbon close to the city center, Saint George’s Castle and Alfama (the heart of the historic fado-movement).
This was the perfect timing to visit Lisboa since we got to experience Portugal winning the Euro 2016 football championship with the whole city watching in excitement at the main city square. We also went to the Nos Alive Festival – one of Europes biggest music festivals located at Passeio Maritimo de Alges, right by the beach. A perfect getaway 20 minutes away from the city center.
Check out my vacation video from Amsterdam and Lisboa here:
I recently spent around 12(!) hours in Amsterdam, and what an amazing city it is! The canals, the crooked, narrow apartment buildings (Amsterdam is sinking y’all!) and the uber cool bicycle scene is just some of the stunning scenery this capital has to offer. This is by all means not an ultimate travel guide since we only spent half a day here, but I wanted to share the areas and places I went to since our stay was very successful.
Eat: A delicious, healthy breakfast at Greenwoods, right by the canals in Singel street. This place whipped up one of the best chicken and avocado sandwiches I’ve ever tried.
Stay: At the W – the hotel is steps from its vibrant nightlife and shopping scene. Enjoy the rooftop cocktail bar that even offers an outdoor pool.
Shop: In the Negen Straatjes area. This shopping area is located in the canal district and is full of narrow streets. These nine streets connects the main canals between Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district. You will find art galleries, cafés, restaurants, small boutiques and a lot of great vintage stores.