Waking up in Amsterdam

Good morning folks – and happy Monday! Today is our last day in Amsterdam and we are leaving in the afternoon to go back to Düsseldorf. The time here has passed so far! We did some major sight seeing, went to museums and last night to the coldest bar in Amsterdam- the Ice Bar. I’ve tried to take as many photos as possible so stay tuned in the upcoming days. Oh – and it’s Christmas so soon, I cannot  wait!

Staying in this hotel has been a blast – I’m loving the fact that it’s so close to everything. We just had a lovely breakfast in one of the cutest cafés ever – went for a little walk, came back to the hotel Die Port van Cleve and now need to check-out. We want to go a little shop today, but I need to hold back, because sale will start soon. Knowing myself I’ll be shopping after Christmas, as well! So I need to quickly pack now, because my sister is already waiting for me! Stay tuned.

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Amsterdam; Die Port van Cleve

Hi everyone – wishing you all a great Saturday! My sister and I arrived in Amsterdam this morning and first went to check-in at our hotel. We got an amazing room, a suite even! I love it when you’re away from home but almost feeling home due to the great accommodation. It’s super clean – which is the first thing I look at – and the wifi works amazingly (always super important to me).

The most breathtaking part about the hotel is the view we have. There are windows everywhere but especially the large glass front in front of the bed is heavenly beautiful! It’s so calming to lie on the bed with such a spectacular view. I’m actually lying here right now writing this post – how cool is that?

We’ve been running around the city the whole day so far and just came back from Madame Tussauds – the wax figure attraction. It was so much fun and I’ll definitely show some of the hilarious pictures we took. We will probably continue to another museum soon, then dinner and tonight at 9 we want to go to the Ice Bar! I’m already exhausted haha, but I’ll keep going for now!

Here are some first impressions of the great hotel, called Die Port van Cleve. It’s also right in the city center and about a 7-10 min walk from the central station, making it really easy to get around and pop back in if we’re tired like now!

We’re here until Monday evening so I’ll definitely have a few more posts to share with you! Do any of you have must-see tips for me?

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One last time; Summer

Hi all – I am back! It feels like I’ve been gone for ages. Actually, I tried posting earlier, but I had some problems uploading the photos and content during my actual trip to Alicante. It was LOVELY. It’s always somewhat special when visiting the grandparents. No matter what age, one is almost always treated like the little one that never grows up. Oh, how I love that feeling. Except for the wine-part – I love enjoying a glass of wine to my dinners, thankfully that was no matter to discuss.

We went out for dinner almost every night – except Thursday, when my grandpa cooked us his delicious, various specialties. Thursday is also their traditional night of shooting. They meet up with friends of their age at a specially rented place and do some „fun-shooting“ as they call it. Guess what: Not only did I participate, but also did I win that night with the most points; even setting up a new record. Yep, I think I’ve found a new talent, too.

Besides swimming in the ocean everyday, except for the first day (was a little bit too wavy), being on the boat daily and going out for dinner, I managed to get quite the tan after only a few days. Oh how I love being tan. I am usually super pale, which ends  in people frequently asking me if I am feeling ill or if that is my „natural“ paleness in winter. Yes, I am super white in winter. The happier I was, that I managed to increase my tan-lines before the summer came to an end.  This year’s winter goal: keeping that tan as long as possible!

Speaking of summer-endings: It’s officially autumn (or fall) as per today – at least in our calendars. As much as I love(d) the summer, I am eagerly excited for autumn. I love it when the leafs change their color, when everything around me turns red, orange and yellow and when I can start wearing all the layers again. Speaking of, have you seen the new collections coming in? It seems I am endlessly drawling over the new pieces when walking around town. This „I-really-need-to-start-saving“-mode has just not yet arrived haha. Anyone have similar troubles?

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Dining at Amici Miei

Some people eat to live, even to survive. I would say I basically live to eat – seriously, eating is probably one of my biggest passions. Quite frankly, this might also explain my love for cooking and baking so much. In general, almost everything that has to do with the kitchen – I love. In my last post I told you I would show you the photos of the amazing dinner we had in Peschiera del Garda (Italy). Well, here they are – and looking at them makes me want to return as soon as possible.

Amici Miei (the restaurant) is one of those small restaurants up on the hill, away from all the tourists. Further away from tourist attractions often, and surely in this case, means amazing food at a fair price level. I could have bathed in the rosé, eat this tartar on a daily basis and have the steak on a regular. The portions were insanely large – the pasta was supposedly only a side dish! Cooking for myself, this would be a whole meal for me. Then again, I am aware of the fact that in Italy, pizza and pasta is really only seen as a side dish for most people. The amount of pasta they can eat seems impossible to me every time I visit this beautiful country. Of course I did not eat all of the below by myself – I would be rolling around by now! – but I had dinner with my father, whom I did the road trip with. Next to everything making my mouth water only thinking about it, the food was so well presented that it looked amazing simultaneously (surely gave me some inspiration for my next meals!)! For all those wanting to visit Peschiera del Garda, I can absolutely recommend this amazing little place! Have any of you been there before?

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Peschiera del Garda

If there is one thing I never want to give up, it’s travelling to places I’ve never been too. Last weekend my father and I decided to do a roadtrip with the motorcycle, with no definite destination ahead of us. We knew we would start in Zurich, drive towards Innsbruck (Austria), head down to Italy towards the coast and eventually drive back up again- and so we did. After driving over the boarder down to Italy, going over the alps, the landscape got more beautiful with every kilometer we passed. Passing a little town up somewhere in the mountains, out of nowhere we saw an outlet for traditional German clothing. I immediately knew, that if they had a Dirndl (traditional dress you basically need for the Oktoberfest), I had to have one. Guess what? I got one – but that is another story, another post and another time I will report upon that.

Towards the evening we decided to head down to Peschiera del Garda. Now let me tell you – I completely fell in love! This little town all the way down at the south of the lake made me feel like I was in vacation, better yet: in heaven. It felt like I had left all pressure, all worries (not that I have many), all bad thoughts and all stress behind me. I was suddenly fully relaxed and it felt like I had needed it in forever. I was love-struck, to say at the least.

Peschiera del Garda is a relatively small town. We arrived in the evening just when the sun went down and all streetlights were turned on. It was a beautiful view, one that I am missing right this second whilst writing and thinking back to the weekend. Oh, how much I would do to be there again. That evening we also had the most delicious food, ever! You cannot imagine how much meat I ate, what an amazing Rosé I had, what a great experience it was and how little we spent on it. It was a recommendation by the hotel and it was worth every penny we spent. He had told us the place as if it was a secret and it surely was magical. The food was breathtakingly amazing. I will definitely post all about the food next time – trust me, the pictures are making me hungry the minute I looked over them.

You see that little bag further down on the photo? That little piece of paper with the words Gucci on them made me SO happy! I instantly felt like a child being fed with candy. Oh, I am so easily satisfied, it is almost embarrassing. But I did, I got a little something (I’m sure you can all guess what) and had to grin all night. Ever since I bought this beauty, I have been wearing it every single day.

Later that night we decided to up the hill and found an amazing bar that was placed outside. They had great background music on and I can tell you the glasses they served were HUGE. Huge is probably not even the right word, compared to what I am used to from Zurich, they were enormous – one glass surely made me happy and satisfied. Writing to you about the trip makes me almost sad now – I really wish I could go back! – and simultaneously so happy – I feel so blessed I was able to experience that little amazing town. I surely, definitely, to a hundred percent, will go back. The atmosphere was magical, the lake view breath taking, the weather amazing (we had around 29C at midnight) and the Gelato (oh, how I love ice-cream) was to bathe in.

Thinking back, I cannot wait for my next vacation! Until then, I wish you all a great continuing week – hey, it’s almost weekend!

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