17 November 2016

Paris in August

I know it is already November, but since Paris is always a good idea...
This was my last trip to Paris in August. Paris is certainly one of my favourite cities. For me it was love at first sight. I instantly fell in love with the food, the fashion, the lifestyle, the art and the architecture of this city. During my first trips to Paris, I visited all the tourist sights: the Louvre museum, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Montmartre...
Even though I never get tired of walking by the Eiffel Tower, I love to explore other sides of Paris that I have not seen before.


Things that I always do when I am in Paris: 

 
Walk around in Paris! Paris is such a great city to walk around and explore.
Wearing Mango Blazer, Zara Dress and Shoes, Vintage Bag.

I love a classic black and white look with red nails.

Have a Falafel in the quarter le marais, in the rue de rosiers there is one restaurant after another.
People are waiting in long lines, but it is worth the wait.

My favourite!

Stop by Chanel, Even if I don't buy anything. It is always nice to explore the store.

Restock my french beauty products and check out new ones. I am obsessed with french Pharmacies. My favourite store in the city: Citypharma on 26 rue de Four. I have been to many Pharmacies around the city and the product range and prices can vary. Citypharma has most of the brands, it is fair priced and even though it can be crowded, there is always a sales lady to help you.

Another beauty store that I always go to: Sephora. Living in Germany we unfortunately do not have Sephora, therefore it is always a highlight for me. I have been to many Sephora stores in France and Spain and I have made the experience that the staff is well trained and helpful. My buy this time: Marc Jacobs Lipgloss, which is not available in Germany yet.

Have a coffee and a croissant. Another thing that I love about Paris: Sitting next to each other in bistros and cafés,
so you can watch the street and the people passing by while having coffee and croissant.

Taking the Metro. When I do get tired of walking around, I take the Metro. I always buy 10 Tickets, since it is cheaper.
I keep the unused tickets for my next trip to Paris.

Jardin des Tuileries. A romantic place to enjoy the sunshine.

Passing Jardin des Tuileries.

See the sunset. I love watching the sunset on one of the bridges.


My new discoveries in Paris:


Beeing a regular shopper at Sézane, I was excited to see L'appartement Sézane.

But of course it was closed, since it is August and holiday season... So maybe next time :D

Wearing Uniqlo blouse, H&M shorts, Lanvin for H&M necklace, Michael Kors bag, Zara shoes.

Close up. Necklace from Lanvin for H&M

Something that I was also looking forward to see: the fleamarket in Paris! I picked the fleamarket Marche aux Puces de Montreuil
I had read that it is very charming and you can find antiques and vintage clothing. Honestly, I was shocked, I walked the entire market, 
because I couldn't believe that this was the market, but it was. 

Among all the stands, there was only one stand with a vintage flair. There was no vintage clothes or antiques otherwise. 
So next time I will check out the big and famous St.-Ouen.

View from the tower Montparnasse.

The restaurant in the tower Montparnasse.

After the Montparnasse I walked towards the Eiffel Tower, passing the Musée Rodin and the Tombeau de Napoléon.

The Wall for peace in 32 languages.

Like I said, I never get tired of walking by.
Wearing Uniqlo blouse, Lanvin for H&M necklace, Zara jacket, Michael Kors bag.

On the bridge next to the Eiffel Tower: Love me.

Perfect place to take a break and a picnic.

Givenchy always reminds me of the glamourous Audrey Hepburn.

Midnight in Paris.

View from our room. Full moon in Paris.

Wearing Zara jumpsuit, Michael Kors bag, Buffalo Heels, H&M hat.

Last day. Time to get a final Croissant and some magazines for the road.

Summer ended. Autmn is here and winter is coming. No matter what season it is,
Paris is always a good idea!

21 October 2016

Hola Madrid!

I visited Madrid for a weekend earlier this year in May and since it was my first time visiting, I was very excited. I had already been severel times to Barcelona, which I loved and after hearing so many good things about Madrid, I was looking forward to compare the two cities myself. For the record I tried to travel on a Budget, so I could get a more local vibe and also because I am not super gross rich.


Ready to take off, wearing Uniqlo sweater, Mango leather Jacket, Zara pants and vintage bag.
Photo taken with a mobile phone.

After arriving in Madrid I took the Metro (Line 8) to the city, the ticket is around 5€ (airport fee). In case of travelling at night, there is also the possibility of taking a taxi, the airport is only 20 minutes from the city.

When I travel to a city that I have never been before, I don't make a schedule. I pick out some things that I want to see or do and the rest of time I love to walk around and get lost in the city and see a different side, that is necessarily not in the guides. In case one is not as fond of walking as I am, all the main sights and places have Metro Stations, each ticket is around 1,50-2€.

MUST SEE:
  • Palacio Real de Madrid
  • Retiro Park
  • Prado Museum

These three sights were the ones I really wanted to see and I loved them. The historic architecure and art is just overwhelming. For the Prado Museum (14€) and to see the rooms of the Palacio Real de Madrid (11€), you have to get a ticket. I promise you it is money well spend, but if you are flexible with your time and travel on a budget, the Palacio and the Prado have free admission times for citizens of the European Union. I would recommend going early and to be patient, since it gets crowded during those times. 

The Palacio Real de Madrid 


The Palace has also a beautiful garden worth exploring.
Wearing H&M Top and Shorts.


The court of the Palace is not only beautiful, but also very bright. So don't forget to bring your sunglasses.


The roof in the entrance hall of the Palacio de Madrid.
Several rooms are open to the public.


The amazing Retiro Park


Feeling like Alice in Wonderland.


The Estanque Grande del Retiro and the Monumento Alfonso XII


And in the middle of park was a palace made of glass.


Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro Park


Inside of the crystal palace.


The Museo del Prado is exhibiting one of the finest and momentous art collections in the world. The museum has several pieces of Velázquez, Botticelli and Rembrandt.


Plaza Mayor de Madrid


Close to the Plaza Mayor is one of the oldest operating restaurants: Sobrino de Botin.
It is on the Forbes Top Ten List of Classic Restaurants. 


Inside the Sobrino de Botin. Ernest Hemingway used to have dinner here.
Bottles of wine aging in an underground cellar



















La Mallorquina is one of the oldest bakeries and was recommended by a local. 



The Mercado San Antón offers affordable regional Tapas and has also a cute little hidden restaurant.
The top floor has a restaurant and a bar famous for it's Gin Tonic.


Regional Cheese and Olive Bread.


Enjoying dinner in Madrid.


Plaza de Espana
The Explorer Outfit: Uniqlo star blouse, Zara pants and shoes, Celine bag


Perfect companion for the city, my black bag from Celine


View of the city from the roof top bar El Corte Ingles.


Exploring Madrid by foot, beautiful flower windows.



The last day: After seen the temple of Debod, an ancient egyptian temple, I enjoyed the view of Madrid.
Wearing: Mango top, Zara skirt

Madrid is a perfect getaway for a weekend and you can do it on a moderate budget. I think May and June are good months for sightseeing and walking around during the day, since it is not too hot yet. After walking around all day, I was too tired and did not explore much of the nightlife, but it is always a good idea to leave something to do for the next visit.