WHAT TO WEAR?: in italy

amore mio - italian travel style
Italy calls for a stylish travel outfit. I put together a set with things that I think are not only quite functional for exploring all the old little cities of this amazing country, but also look nice for visiting a good restaurant and have a “sundowner” in of the busy bars neat the harbor. Not to warm, not to cold. Perfect for temperatures about 25 degrees. A bag where you can easily fit a bottle of water in, yet it’s cross-body so you won’t have to carry it in your hand all day. Because you’ll need your hands to take photographs of the picturesque scenery around you!

Uniqlo loose top
€28 – uniqlo.com

Lee high rise skinny jeans
€115 – johnlewis.com

Nine West strap sandals
€73 – ninewest.com

MANGO cotton shoulder bag
€110 – mango.com

Ray-Ban aviator glasses
€165 – stylebop.com

Italia, Food – a perfect weekend

I was lucky to spend the last weekend at Lago di Garda, in Italy. The weather was perfectly sunny most of the time and I discovered a perfect Sea Food restaurant in the beautiful city of Salo. Since then I’m craving for Sea Food although I’m actually a Vegetarian even mostly vegan. But vacations are for exceptions. I’m already planning in my head to move to Italy, who else is coming with me? Only lying at the beach, visiting beautiful villages and eating every Italian dish that comes around.

Lago di Garda - Gardasee - Salo

Exactly in this moment Netflix does it again. Well, Netflix does it over and over again. Producing high quality series that keep me watching for hours and not having bought a TV for years.

They produced this show called “Chef’s Table” and it’s a symphony of food pictures, Italian landscape and lifestyle and cheese, cheese cheese. It’s an advanced talk about food. As well as on the level of language as on the level of the images:

”In my heart is Balsamico and vinegar and my muscles are made of parmigiano.”

Have a look for yourself:

Lago di Garda - Gardasee

The “Sunday-Castle” of this week was the amazing stronghold of Sirmione, Castello Scaligero.

Lago di Garda - Gardasee

I think Lazise is the coziest city around the lake! So many childhood memories!

Lago di Garda - Gardasee - Sirmione

The Lake Garda is just one of my favorite spots for vacation. Maybe that’s something I have in common with thousands of Germans.

Well, where to next? Any good suggestions? What are your plans? I’m looking for nice places all over Europe for my upcoming trip!

Let’s get lost in Bangkok

Last year just at the same time I was already off to Thailand to explore one more part of South-East Asia. Right now work is keeping my feet here in Germany, otherwise I would already have packed my bags and would enjoy some place more vivid, warm and humid.

A friend of mine leaves for Bangkok tonight so I looked up some places I stayed during my 1,5 months in Thailand. I stumbled over the pictures of the first place I stayed in Bangkok and felt really nostalgic and my wanderlust grew even more.

You are longing for a holiday as well? Then let’s get on a plane and we’re off to Bangkok!

Bangkok - Emirates

Before arriving in Paradise, there are some hours to kill. So here’ also my favorite Spotify-Playlist for twelve-hours on a Jetplane. Emirates also provides games to play as well. You can use your remote like a controller – pretty cool.

Let's explore Bangkok - Emirates

Emirate’s planes are my favorite. There’s even a sky full of stars when the cabin lights are turned off.

Of course we haven’t had booked a hostel before our arrival in the late afternoon – planning in advance kills so much of the adventure-feeling!

Therefore we relied on Lonely Planet and tired to find this amazing place called “The Atlantis”.

We took the Sky Train into the center of Bangkok and then to the station where the Atlantis was supposed to be. At this point I need to share my love for the Sky Train.

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This train is just the fastest, cleanest and really perfectly situated medium of transportation for a million-souls city like Bangkok. Excepts from the boats. They get you around fast and easy as well. But when you need to get farther away from the Chao Phraya the Sky Train is often faster that any cab or Tuk Tuk could ever be. Additionally from being faster as you won’t be stuck in Bangkok’s crazy traffic, it’s much cheaper. Even through rush hour you won’t have trouble catching your train. The system is easy as well. Unlike Tokyo for example, you only have two main lines which are getting you nearly everywhere you would like to go. The difficult part of finding your direction starts when you leave the platform and start to find your way through Bangkok’s busy streets.

Let's explore Bangkok - The Atlantis

After 2 hours of dirt, sweat and carrying our backpacks through the dusty streets of Bangkok this (pretty cool) sign greeted us. Felt a little bit ironic, especially because we rested just a square-street away from the hotel but it took us a plate of Pad Thai and at least three Ginger Ales and half a hour searching through Google Maps to finally recognize that.

Finally we just had to cross a small path to find this jewel of colonial charm. The whole hotel looks like no one changed a piece of furniture since the English and their East India Trading Company left.

Let's get lost in Bangkok - The Atlantis

And they even have a swimming-pool! That’s heaven when you come home after exploring the city in 40 degrees without resting for a minute!

Let's explore Bangkok

There’s a restaurant connected to the hotel as well. For my taste they have some of the best curries there!

Let's explore Bangkok

The Flower Market isn’t far from the Atlantis, so we took a cap and spend the night wandering through flowers of ever shape and color.

Let's explore Bangkok

Thai people also make amazing bouquets for any religious occasion. They are amazingly beautiful and I bought one made of amazingly purple flowers, unfortunately I couldn’t understand the meaning of it. Hand and feed communication might work for every-day matters but when it comes to advanced spiritual matters it’s just not enough, Well, from the vendors gestures I think the flowers had something to do with the heart. If they help you find love or prevent you from a stroke…well I will never know 🙂

Let's explore Bangkok

On the markets one also finds any plant related to the tradition of Ayurveda medicine or traditional Asian healing methods. Such as Aloe Vera and things I can’t even name.

Let's explore BangkokLet's explore Bangkok - MarketsLet's explore Bangkok - Finsfins

Just one street away from the Atlantis you find FinsFins Bar. A place looking like a surfers retreat, The Japanese owning the place make perfect Japanese Breakfast! It’s the best I ever had outside Japan.

Let's explore Bangkok - Thaifood

Pad Thai we ate while still searching for the Atlantis. Funny fact is that even the owners of the Bar couldn’t tell us where the Atlantis was- even though they spoke perfectly English and are just neighbors to the hotel. The best things are obviously hard to find!

Let's explore BangkokLiving in Germany, and especially in a car-enthusiastic city, I was used to see grey, back or maybe some white cars. In Bangkok cabs are pink. And that’s what makes looking at traffic from some bridge or from the platforms of the Sky Train an amazing diversion.

Let's explore Bangkok

Welcome to one of the most amazing cities on this planet!

you’re a river and I’m falling water

Maybe your toes are as cold as mine these days. The season of Karneval is over for this year here in Germany and everyone is finally starting with their new years resolutions. Somehow this time of the year is my absolute favorite. Winter is still lingering over the word but fresh cut flowers, melting snow and some glimpse of sunshine are already marking the beginning of spring. “Aschermittwoch”, “Askonsdag” might as well be one of my most loved days of the year because it’s such a quiet day after all the celebrations, the dancing and loud music playing everywhere. People are getting a little more serious again.

Today we’ll be eating some fish and vegetables again – the start into the fasting period before Easter.

I hope some of you could enjoy some free days and the celebrations on the weekend!

Because it’s still so cold outside (at least for southern-Germany) I thought about a trip I took when I was near Washington earlier this year. I went to see the “Potomac-Falls” a beautiful wild running river just so close to the capital. It was freezing and I couldn’t even feel my feet anymore..but the view! Such a beautiful place.

Potomac Falls - North America

The admission to the Falls is free during the winter month and first I thought we would be the only ones visiting the reservoir because of the cold. But actually some people use this place for walking their dog or even for a run.

Potomac Falls - North America

The way to the falls is made of wooden bridges so it’s more of a walk then a hike.

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How many water is flowing through this river in a minute? Being from Europe it was fantastic to see that this river could just go wild and free without being disturbed by any artificial riverbed.

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Ice on the water. I think those lakes must be frozen by now as there are around -24 degrees in this area now.

Potomac Falls - North America - Map

A Weekend in New York

I’ll spend the next days and NYE in New York. Time to get a closer look at the city. I’ve already seen Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, so we had time to walk around and just to stop wherever we wanted to.

Weekend in New York

The New York discovery-tour started at Bryant Park, where I took this amazing “Kugel-Selfie”in one of the enormous christmas tree balls.
Weekend in New York

The weather was awesome and one wouldn’t think it’s December in New York. No snow, only warm sunshine.

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Of course I needed to see the Central Station and took a Serena-like picture. Of course. 
Weekend in New Yorki always dreamt about seeing the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center. Well this year’s tree might not be a beauty but I was still amazed by all those people admiring the decoration and waiting for a spot on the ice-ring.
Weekend in New York

Sun goes down around 5pm these days and we watched it from New Yorks one and only castle. The “Belvedere”on a hill in the Central Park. We also went to the Strawberry Fields and guessed about the spot where John Lennon was shot.
Weekend in New York

Saturday Night ended with some american foodporn. And it was finally a real Date Night. Without the movie but with dinner and Margaritas.

Weekend in New York

Sunday morning we had italian coffee at Eataly, just across the Flat Iron Building. It’s an amazing food court full of delicious Italian food.
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We made our way through little Italy and China Town. Buying Polaroid films at Urban Outfitters and having lunch at Ramen Takumi, near NYU.

Weekend in New York

Guess how many taxis hooted at me for standing in the center of the street and taking pictures like this one. People definitely honk more in America then in Berlin. Seems to be a proven fact. Weekend in New York

Finally we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and watched the Skyline.

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We ended our tour at the Chelsea Market. They still have their Christmas Decoration on and I couldn”t help myself and spend some time at the Anthropologie store.Weekend in New YorkWeekend in New York