A father-daughter weekend

Ohhhh I looked so forward to this father-daughter weekend. A weekend full of wine, Italian food (well, that will not surprise you) and I let my dad taste the beest ice cream in town.

My dad arrived on Friday at the end of the morning and we went straight to my favourite bakery. We both had a cappuccino and shared some pastries (yes, we love that, too, ha-ha). The weather wasn´t that good and it was raining a lot. However, for us, it would be better if it would rain that Friday instead of the weekend. So, while it was raining very hard we had lunch again at one of my favourite restaurants: Zá Zá.

I also showed dad the Mercato Nazionale and after we went home to have some rest and sleep a little bit. Dad woke up at four that morning, so he could use some. Not that we kept the night short, because after we had an amazing dinner with lots of wine (yes, we left the restaurant a little tipsy) at Vetreria, we went to the Red Garter. The bar, my friends and I usually go to before we go to the club. I introduced dad to the Long Island Ice Tea. The favourite drink of several friends of mine and at that time, the favourite drink of my dad. For the ones not knowing, Long Island Ice Tea is an (obviously alcoholic) drink with four different alcohols and Coco cola. I know, it is called Long Island ICE TEA, but yeah, they put Coco cola in it. A mind f*ck.

On Saturday the roadtrip started and we continued our father-daughter weekend. Again, we used again Car2go, only now for two days. Because yes!! We did a road trip for two days, all in the Chianti region. We really wanted to do a wine tour together at a Castello and that we could also sleep in the Castello and eat there, and of course, I found one!

Wine tour at Castello di Fonterutoli

After we arrived at the Castello di Fonterutoli, we had to hurry a little bit to be one time for the wine tour at five o’clock. The place where we stayed was beautiful and super romantic. The wine tour was, by the way, also very nice. This was especially when the man started to talk about the history of the winery. It had taken them seven years to renovate (the winery is from 1435, the family Mazzei). This was because of different obstacles with the water system and hydration for the wine

Pitstop in Siena

On Sunday, we took it easy and after breakfast, we headed to Siena. A city which I would not spend the whole day, because there is not much to do, but it is very nice for some hours. And since we had the time, why not? ha-ha. We mainly relaxed on a terras in the sun and face-timed with mom. Because yes, the whole weekend was sunny and not raining at all. Lucky us!

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After we arrived back in Florence from our roadtrip to Greve in Chianti, I let experience dad the most delicious ice-cream in my opinion at Gelateria Dei Neri. Oh, and yes, he loved it! We finished the amazing weekend off with dinner at another favourite restaurant of mine (yes, actually all the restaurants where I come are my favourite ha-ha). This one is called: Napoleone. This father-daughter weekend was just lovely!

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Visiting the beautiful cliff of Étretat in Normandy

To start off 2018, Megan and I thought about taking a little vacation. Finding a destination was less difficult than we expected. On a Friday evening, Megan came to me and we spoke about the possibilities. I had seen a girl post a blog about Étretat, which is in the North of Normandy, and after we had done some research and saw the beautiful cliff of Étretat, we both found this little town the appropriate one to go to.

When left on Wednesday morning, I picked Megan up with the car. I made sure we had food for lunch and she did the “guilty pleasures”. We were ready for our five-hours-drive.  We arrived at three o’clock in the afternoon, besides that we forgot to follow the navigations sometimes, everything went smoothly. The hotel, Hotel Le Rayon Vert, was booked by Booking.com and is along the coast (the building with the light and dark brown colours on the picture beneath). The people were very kind and the room was perfect too.

What to do in Étretat?

During the evening we walked around in town and were amazed by how lovely everything looked like. A funny point was that we saw three big restaurants, but all their menu’s very exactly the same. Because Megan and I both never had France at school, it was most of the time very difficult to communicate because none of the people spoke English. Gladly, Megan could still make use of her Google Translate.

Because the weather forecast said that is was going to rain during the morning we decided to sleep out and relax the next morning. Around twelve o’clock we went for a hike to the cliff of Étretat. It was more adventures than we expected because the storm was heavier than we thought. There was no possible way to stand still because the wind was so strong. However, it was all worth it. Look at that view!

In the afternoon, we went back to the hotel and both read a bit. Because like you know, Étretat was not spectacular with restaurants Megan searched for some online, we took the car and drove along the coast to a nearby town. In the end, we could not find the restaurants which we thought of going to and because everything was dark and looked very creepy we decided to go home and just eat at one of the restaurants in town.

After dinner, we bought some beer, watched a movie and ate some of the sweets Megan brought with her.

Shopping in Le Havre

On Friday morning, we put our clock at 9 because we were going to head off to Le Havre, a big city around 30 minutes from Étretat. When we arrived in Le Havre, we were both in the mood for some shopping. So, eventually, besides making pictures with our new stuff and eating both a Ceasar Salad at one of my favourite restaurants, Paul, we only walked from shop to shop.

In the beginning, it was kind of difficult to find where the city centre was because we had not prepared ourselves. However, after walking around for like 30 minutes we found a shopping centre. Yes, indeed, the girls were happyyy.

During the evening we ate again in the restaurant where we ate the first day. We tried to start a conversation with one of the waiters because again we were almost sitting in an empty restaurant. If it would have been a small restaurant it would not have caught our eyes, but because all the restaurants had a lot of tables, it did. With the help of Google Translate, we could ask our question and the waiter told us that Étretat is very touristic during the summer and spring, and then all the restaurants are full. Now, it was more off-season.

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My favourite hotspots in Munich after several visits

Last week was the fourth time that I went to Munich. Because my German friend Carmen has already showed me a lot of the city, I love to share my favourite hotspots in Munich with you. Enjoy!

The Englischer Garten is something you for sure need to visit when you are Munich. Carmen, her mom, and I just walked around there to talk and later on relaxed on a bench. During the summer lots of students come here to study or on the other hand take a break from their study and grab a beer. From the Monopteros you have an amazing view over the park and one of the most famous things about the park is the place where the experienced surfers, surf on the Eisbach, a river which flows down the Englischer Garten.

The city centre

Furthermore is the city centre full of famous shops and easily accessible by car. If you are planning to come by aeroplane or train, the underground system of Munich is not very difficult. The ones you will use the most are probably the U-Bahn (metro) and the S-Bahn (train). However, notice that also the train tracks are sometimes under the ground and that there is no place to check in. When Carmen and I were in the metro I asked her about that and she told me that a lot of people do not buy a ticket because it is rare that a ticket-collector comes. On the other hand, when he comes and you do not have a ticket you have to pay 60 euro.

My favourite restaurants

As part of my Munich hotspots here my favourite restaurants. I am still adding restaurants to my list and will let you know when I have tried them!

  1. Hotel Bayerische Hof – Rooftop bar for drinks
  2. Rischart at Marienplatz – Rooftop bar for casual food and drinks
  3. L’Osteria – Italian Restaurant (famous for their huge pizzas)
  4. Sausalitos – Mexican Restaurant and Cocktail bar
  5. Hans im Glück – Burgers and Grill (famous for their sweet potato fries)
  6. Zum Augustiner – A typical Bayern Restaurant

We gave a citytrip to Copenhagen as a present

A citytrip to Copenhagen as a 60th birthday present for our father. We had planned to fly on Tuesday morning at 9:45 on the first of May, yeah you read that well “had planned”. Our flight got canceled at Schiphol while boarding and the only flight which we were able to catch together was the flight from Wednesday evening nine o’clock. Therefore, in the end, we decided to go by car, because otherwise, we would have lost too much time because we were only there until Friday.

Finally in Copenhagen

After 9,5 hours of driving, we finally arrived in Copenhagen. We slept in the Ascot hotel, which is in the middle of the center and therefore it is easy to walk around in the city. We had so much luck with the great weather those days.

On Wednesday morning we had a private bike tour with Baja Bikes. This was the third time we booked the bike tour with Baja Bikes, every time the tour was very interesting and the guides were so nice! This tour was also around three hours, and although it did not feel like that, we saw a lot of different parts of the city. The name of our tour guide was Jesse, he has been living in Copenhagen for already over years and could, therefore, give us some really nice inside information and funny facts. The rest of the day we went for some shopping and walked a bit more around in the city.

Theme park Tivoli in the middle of Copenhagen

The thing we for sure liked the most about the trip was Tivoli. For the people who do not know what Tivoli is, I will explain it.

So, Tivoli is a theme park in the middle of Copenhagen. Yes, in the middle of the city.. and the reason for that is because the theme park was there much earlier than the city itself. Tivoli is the second oldest theme park in the world, established in 1843. However, this is not the only reason why the theme park is so attractive because there is one attraction which is even the oldest attraction in the world. Every new round, there is a “driver” coming with us managing the speed and the curves. Every time, we were amazed and started thinking about how it would be to have a job like this. The opinions will probably differ, but we loved to go into that attraction. Without those men, it would not be possible anymore.

During the evening, after sunset, all the lights in the park went on and everything became kind of romantic. You would not expect it, but the park is still a bit big. They even have China Town!

Conclusion, when you are going to Copenhagen, visit Tivoli. You will train your abs by laughing out loud, just like we did.

Daddy is happy

As you know, was this trip all for daddy. Therefore, I asked him a couple of times; “Do you like it?” “Are you happy?” and then he always answered: “If my kids are happy and enjoying, I am happy too. Oh, I love this man.

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A European road trip crossing three countries

Well, this was a little spontaneous, a little exhausting, a little different, but on the other hand, very much appreciated, exciting and wanted. Let’s hit the road for this European road trip!

So yeah, summer was arriving and I had not planned anything yet. As most of you know, have I been sick from the beginning of this year and therefore, was my mind somewhere else. However, a good Mexican friend, Renato, is living in Spain at the moment and after not being able to see each other for four years, we were eager to try to figure something out and meet. Renato is another friend from EF by the way. To even make it better, some other EF friends were free and wanted to join. Then the question was; what are we going to do?

Hoek van Holland – Rouen

It all started in Rouen, France, where Julie lives. Julie and I had not seen each other for two years by the way. I drove to Rouen myself in around five hours and when I arrived she had made my favourite cinnamon buns, but this time vegan ones. I had never ate them in this way, but well oh well I love them.

When you don’t see your friends very often, it makes it special that when you are together just doing something is already nice, because you are together and being able to spend that time together. The normal daily things are the things that we enjoy doing the most. So, yeah what did we do? We played games, cooked, watched Netflix, relaxed, went to the gym, met her friends, and went for an afternoon sight seeing in Rouen. A typical Normandy city. I really loved the buildings.

Rouen – Versailles – Rouen

Then a few days later was honestly the day we were both most looking forward to. The reunion with Renato after four years. He flew to Paris, but since we did not think that Paris would be a good idea during this time, we decided to still make something of our day and went to Versailles. People ask us many times how that always is; these reunions, and actually don’t we ever think about it like that. It just happens naturally. We were together for nine months, 24/7. Of course, we have changed, we all do and yes, with some people we aren’t so close anymore, but for us, it just always stayed the same, as beautiful as it was at that time.

Now Versailles, a place I never really had on my “bucket list”, but for sure didn’t mind to visit. My parents had already been there and were very enthusiastic about it and so became I. The information didn’t really stayed in the mind, because of the too many impressions, but we had a lovely day together and it was insane to imagine that people lived like that many many years ago.

Yes, masks very necessary in closed places. Even sometimes on the street when we felt it was too crowded, we started to wear masks. Something that was totally different to the regulations from the Netherlands.

The next day, we stayed at Julie’s grandmothers house who has a swimming pool. We played games again, I slept since I still needed to rest several times a day, and we ate lovely. Like all the other days in France, because yeah those baguettes jummiee. I also love it that I was able to experience the French culture from much closer now. We have been going on holiday to France for already many years, but (of course) it is different when you start “living” with French people. A difference in sense of food is, for example, that they have many times dessert after dinner. Whereas, in the Netherlands, we have like a cookie or chocolate around 20:30 when we have our coffee or cup of tea. After dinner I was always too full to have dessert, whereas, in France they say: “Dessert doesn’t go to the stomach. Dessert goes to your heart.” Well, I had to get used to that ha-ha. Oh and I also tried Raclette. For my other fellow cheese lovers overhere, you gotta try that once in your life.

Rouen – Hoek van Holland

After six fantastic days in France it was time to go back home and the best part of it all was that Julie and Renato came with me. We went with two cars and again, within around five hours we arrived. It was only until almost lunch break when I got hungry and started to eat the first part of baguette while driving. Then when we did stop for lunch Julie asked whether I wasn’t hungry and I told her I already ate a big part of my baguette. Her face expression drastically changed. Apparently, it is prohibited in France to eat and drink while driving ha-ha. I had no idea.

We arrived at the end of the afternoon and we were all a little tired. We stayed at home for dinner, talked with my parents, and went to the beach house after. Again, we continued playing Qwixx, our favorite game or maybe I should say, my favorite game of the trip. It was only a little cold and windy… ha-ha.

The next day, we had breakfast at my favourite breakfast place; Pelé Surf Shack and we played Qwixx again. After that, we relaxed in the sun at the beachhouse and spend the afternoon/evening in Rotterdam. I gave them stroopwafels, poffertjes, and we ordered some Dutch beer and a typical “borrelplank”. Lots of fun, again!

The following day was the day I think they most looked forward to, Amsterdam! They both had never been there and to make it an efficient day, we started with a canal boat tour. After that, we went for a walk around the city, had lunch at the Vegan Junk Food bar (gosh, I was surprised by how delicious the food was), and finished our day at the Rijksmuseum. Gladly, Amsterdam wasn’t so busy and didn’t we need to wear our masks. Oh and of course, they ate stroopwafels again. The special ones from Van Wonderen. Loved it so much to see them enjoying themselves.

The other days were relaxing and did we hang out on the beach. I also had to work two mornings, but since the weather was great it was alright for them to stay together at the beachhouse. And yeah, I cannot say enough how much I loved showing them around and let them experience our way of doing things.

Hoek van Holland – Munich

Moving on to the next destination of our European road trip. Monday five in the morning we started driving from Hoek van Holland to Munich with one car, Julie’s. Fully packed. No space left, but it fit and we were on the road. I was sleeping at the back to the rest and Julie and Renato were changing for driver. Eight hours ahead to Munich. Although, while Renato was driving something happened.

Our police experience

Julie woke me up and told me to look ahead. The first thing I saw was a car with a blue siren on it and a text that said: “Folgen” and we Dutch people all know what that means.. ha-ha. So I told them it means ” Follow”. I asked Renato if he thought that he drove too fast but he didn’t think so. Our hearts started to beat faster, especially theirs, after I told them my parents always taught me not to just stop somewhere for “police” since there is also fake police. Gladly, that wasn’t the case and they went to a big parking place with restaurant.

So, me explaining with my good German that I understood that it looked a little weird; a full packed French car with a Mexican driver driving from the Netherlands to Munich with a French and Dutch girl. Yes, kind of suspicious. Still we all had to give our papers and later on Renato had to go with the two police men to their car. Julie and I were trying to stay calm and laugh the stress away, when from one moment to another Renato had to do a drug test. He had red eyes, which for Renato is normal because of the air differences, however, for the police men it was a reason to let him do the test. Everything was alright, obviously, and we could continue. Still, it took some time for our hearts to calm down. Buttt! We could continue our European road trip. 🙂

Number four of the group

Now it’s time to include Carmen. I guess I don’t really have to introduce her though ha-ha. Since I have been to Munich already several times and Carmen doesn’t live in the city centre, I only joined them in either the morning or morning and evening, so that I could rest/sleep the afternoon and recharge my energy. This picture below is from the first night (yes yes, sleepy heads), but wanted to show you the beers they had. Yeah, the big German beers ha-ha, Renato couldn’t stop laughing and talking about how big and heavy they were. Oh and you see Qwixx there on the left, my buddy was joining us for the whole road trip ha-ha.

We stayed in Munich for around three and a half days. I joined them for walks around the city, we visited the BMW museum, and we went to a Beer garden in the Englischer Garten. One day at the end of the afternoon I woke up and they brought Kaiserschmarrn with them for me. The best friends!

Munich – Lyon

The last destination of our European road trip. Our last reunion of the road trip, because we were heading to Matthiays. Another friend who Carmen and I hadn’t seen for four years. Carmen’s friend Sophie went with us from Munich, so that Carmen wouldn’t need to drive home alone those seven/eight hours. The weather in Lyon was very different to the weather in Munich, by the way. Munich was on some days fifteen degrees and when we arrived in Lyon is was forty degrees. For me, all fine, since I love it and it reminds me of a holiday feeling, but others, were having a harder time getting their sweat away.

Although, I was only in Lyon for around two days, I have many pictures. So, this part is even going to be more pictures than text. I do also think that pictures already show a lot, especially since explaining our relationship is indescribable. Last thing, I find Lyon a very underrated city. It is so beautiful from it’s streets to buildings, churches, restaurants and shops. It has everything. So, if you want to go on a city trip, Lyon is definitely worth to visit.

Lyon – Amsterdam

Saturday at four in the afternoon they brought me to the airport of Lyon. After sixteen days on the road, it was time for me to go home. My European road trip had finished. I cannot say enough how grateful I am to have them in my life, to experience all cultures with them and see them enjoying. It makes me utterly happy. In good and in bad times, you are in my heart. And as we always say (me still with tears): See you soon.

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Hidden place in the Costa Brava – Cadaqués

At the coast in the north of Spain is a hidden place in the Costa Brava, one magical town called Cadaqués. It is the famous white town in the Costa Brava where the artist Salvador Dalí lived as well. I can tell you, it is so magical that you wouldn’t want to leave this place.

Magical Cadaqués

When I started looking for hotels in Cadaqués, there was one in particular that catched my eyes. I found the hotel on Booking.com and saw that there was a Super deal, I could not refuse. The hotel is called, Hotel Rec De Palau, and is seriously amazing and magical. It has a breathtaking view of the sea (as you can see in the picture below) and everything was well arranged. I had my own studio, at the beginning of the hill, with a view on the centre of the town and a bit of the sea. Every morning, I climbed out of bed, opened the little windows to hear the gulls and the waves of the sea. Magical isn’t it?

What to do in Cadaqués?

When I was in Cadaqués it was April, so off-season at the moment. The weather was great, around 17 degrees and there weren’t many tourists. I think that in high summer this place is stacked with tourists since it is very close to the French border. Because Salvador Dalí lived in Cadaqués, there is a museum of him which you can visit. Further, there is not really much to do in Cadaqués besides walking, relaxing and eating. However, I think that during the summer Cadaqués may be a very active and sportive town because during my walks I saw some surf shops and there was also a place where you could rent canoes, bikes and scooters. Besides that, I saw some leaflets lying around in a shop with maps for hiking trails and beaches in other towns.

My daily routine

Now you are maybe asking yourself what I did then those three days? After I woke up around nine o’clock for breakfast, I stayed in the living area until somewhere before lunchtime. I was mainly enjoying the view and reading a bit from my Spanish book. Around 11:30 I went to town for a walk and actually always ended around 13:00 in a restaurant for lunch. I decided to change my meals. Therefore I ate warm during lunch and for dinner, I bought a salad or just a baguette with some chicken.

I came home around two or three o’clock and went for a shower before going back to the hotel, to sit again in my favourite leather chair, enjoying the breathtaking view.  Around six, I went back to my studio to eat my “dinner” and always watched one episode of my Spanish series on Netflix, Velvet. After that, I studied some Spanish, watched a Spanish film or wrote some poems. Yeah, I know, lots of Spanish stuff. At home, they are already going crazy about that. Furthermore, because I had still bags until my knees (a bit of exaggerating of course) I slept around nine in order to get the twelve hours of sleep.

Indeed, you can conclude that I did not do much, but I loved it! It was so relaxing and calm, even in the hotel. Most of the time when I was in the living area, I was alone and that made it more peaceful than it already was. It was really me-time and this hidden place in the Costa Brava will forever be on my list.

So, was it a successful trip? Yes, it definitely was!!

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Visit Girona in one day from Barcelona

Travelling alone is what I decided to do. Because after I booked my flight for Barcelona, I thought why not stay in Spain and travel further alone and do a city trip to Girona? So, I went to Girona by train from Barcelona which lasted a little more than an hour and could visit Girona in one day. A very effective day trip.

Let’s start in Girona

In Girona, I booked a hostel, Bed in Girona to be precise. Besides the fact that this was my first vacation alone, was it also my first time in a hostel. I wanted to experience something less luxury than a hotel or apartment and therefore booked this hostel. It may sound weird, because why would I book something less nice if I also have money for something better. The point is that I think when you live your life like that, you are going to take those certain things for granted, and I want to teach myself not to. To appreciate it.

Now talking about it, when I arrived the first funny experience already occurred. The manager came to me to tell me that there was no hot water anymore on our floor. Therefore, we (37 guests) all needed to shower on the first floor where there were two showers. We could only shower every second day and not longer than 2 minutes to also save water for the others.

Furthermore, everyone in the hostel was pretty on themselves, which was fine by me. There was only one woman, 37 years old from California, who also wanted to watch the sunset and therefore we decided to go together. After that, we even went out for dinner together. It was nice to talk to someone, but honestly, it also felt a bit weird. I was so in my own zone/circle that I did not mind when being alone again. 

Visit Girona in one day

Something I really did not expect, is that Girona is actually quite small and therefore you can see the city already in one day. Staying there three whole days, was indeed, a bit too much. But because I did not sleep a lot, due to a snoring neighbour (yeah, that is something you have to deal with when sleeping in a hostel) and I was still very tired from the long nights in Barcelona, I went back to bed during the afternoons.

The streets are very narrow and because the city centre is on a hill, it is up and down, up and down. In addition, because I like to walk, I went hiking up the wall of Girona. It was built many many years ago to protect Girona. Besides the feeling of finally doing something sportive again, it also had an amazing view of the whole city.

Although Girona may be smaller than I expected, the number of restaurants and the quality of the restaurants exceeded my expectations. When travelling alone, I had the freedom to really pick the restaurants I am in the mood for. Beneath, I have listed my favourite ones with a link to either their website or Google Maps.

  1. König – Speciality Hamburgers > Lunch, Dinner
  2. The Unicorner  – Slow street food > Lunch, Dinner
  3. Mos & Art – Bakery > Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Nibble – Slow fast food > Lunch, Dinner (my 100% favourite!!)

A day trip to Cinque Terre

We started the day trip to Cinque Terre with a bus ride for around two hours, ended up at La Spezia. From there we took the train to Manarola. The weather was amazing with a high temperature so we were lucky, especially because they said it had been pouring rain the day before. To give you some extra information, Cinque Terre means 5 villages in English (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore). We only visited four of them and left Corniglia behind.

Vernazza

We also did a hike. So instead of taking the train you can also hike. You hike from Manarola to Vernazza. The hike was around 4,4 km and we finished it in one hour and fifteen minutes. Since it was so warm, the sweat was definitely around and also since we were off-road we had to pay good attention to where we walked. When we wanted to enjoy the view, we stopped and just looked at the beautiful landscape. When we arrived in Vernazza, we all really craved for an ice-cream. It was the best we ever had. I don’t know if it because we had such a heavy hike or just because it was the best ha-ha.

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A road trip from Edinburgh to St. Andrews

Although we started our trip in the Ijmuiden, which is in the North of the Netherlands, where we took the boot to New Castle, we were already all very excited. Especially, my father and brother because we would end this trip in St. Andrews, heaven for golfers as they call it. The boat was comfortable and we were ready for our road trip from Edinburgh to St. Andrews.

First Edinburgh

Before we were heading off to heaven, we first went to Edinburgh for 2 days. We slept at Hilton Carlton, which is located in the city centre. Therefore, we did not have to use the car because we could walk everything.

Edinburgh is a city which none of us had ever been yet. The days were very cold, we were walking from Nero to Starbucks to Patisserie Valerie (the restaurant where they have my favourite cinnamon roll). However, we also walked around in the city and it was beautiful but different than I expected. Honestly, the buildings were all very grey and sober which gave me a kind of sad impression.

Because whiskey is the most famous product in Scotland, we went to the whiskey museum. This was such an amazing experience. It was like we were in an attraction because we were sitting in a little car made for two persons, which took us around and then there was a man on a screen talking to us, explaining all the history about whiskey. Even though you may come to Edinburgh with little kids, this museum is the greatest!

The road trip from Edinburgh to heaven for golfers.

After those two days in Edinburgh, the men got impatient and were totally really to go to St. Andrews. It was not the first time for them because once in a while they go there with some friends for a long weekend. So, yes, when we were there. Of course, they needed to play golf. Besides that, we were sleeping in the Hazelbank Hotel and our room had the best view I had ever had. The rooms were perfect and the staff was so nice and generious.

The reason why St. Andrews is such heaven for golfers is because this is where it all started. St. Andrews has all the history of golf and besides that,  there is another special fact. There are a lot of golf courses, where The Old Course is the most famous one, which is also the most expensive and difficult one. Those golf courses are all blended together and lay just beside the coastline. A lot of jokes got made that they had to pay attention not to change of golf course.

The girls into the Highlands

Because the men were most of the time playing golf, we, as the female side of the family needed to plan something else because waiting for them was not the thing we wanted to do those days. Going into the Highlands had always been something which my mom and I wanted to do. Because St. Andrews is not that far from the Highlands, which is an extemely big area, we hired a private driver who drove us all around. We were away for the whole day and although we were mainly looking through the windows, the views were amazing. We even went to Loch Ness, the mysterious lake where people many years ago thought to see a special animal in the water.

By the way, besides playing golf and buying golf stuff in all the golf shops, St. Andrews is also a “little” famous for their University. So, if you ever want to study abroad and are a fan of golf, you know where to go because this place is a bit of heaven. Plus a road trip from Edinburgh to St.Andrews is for sure a good idea then!

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Favourite restaurants/clubs in Barcelona

One of my favourite cities in Europe. It has everything; the beach, great food, clubs, culture, and good weather. Why should we ask for more, when we can have it all? In this blog you will find me favourite restaurants/clubs in Barcelona.

First something else

We slept with in the Antibes Hotel, which I would definitely recommend. The breakfast was super, the location was perfect and because the reception is 24hours open, we would not have to be stressed when coming back from the nightclub in the middle of the night.

So, yeah. As you can probably guess, we went for clubbing and going to bars quite often. If we did not go out, we met at one of the rooms and had some nice deep conversations about life. At the beginning of the week, I only knew a few other people well, therefore I found it so nice to get to know them better and found out that we had such a good connection.

I do not want to give you the impression that we only went for clubbing and drank beers because honestly, we had to wake up between and 7 and 8 every day to meet with the teachers for an activity, which was quite difficult for not morning persons because we went mainly went to bed around three, four o’clock. We did some activities like a tour through the Port of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter, El Born, and the neighbourhood around the Sagrada Familia.

My favourite restaurants/clubs in Barcelona

Not that I have seen everything or ate at such many places, because I always tend to go back to the places where I loved the food and where I know I will have an amazing night. So, because of my several city trips to Barcelona, I have created a list of my favourite restaurants and bars/clubs.

  1. Brunch and Cake – For the Instagram foodies > Breakfast, Lunch

2. Flax and Kale –  Vegetarian Restaurant > Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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3. Rossini – Italian Restaurant > Lunch, Dinner

4. Carpe Diem – Indian Restaurant & Nightclub > Dinner

5. Bacoa – Hamburger Restaurant > Lunch, Dinner

6. Wonderbar – Popular local bar > Free entree, all mix drinks 8 euro

7. Sutton –  Nightclub > Normally 15 entree

8. Shoko – Nightclub > On guestlist via Facebook free entree, otherwise 10 euro