Amore Mio … Milano

Being in a long distance relationship definitely has its downsides. BUT it also has the upside of travelling the world to see your loved one! Thankfully, my boyfriend just moved to one of my favourite places on earth – Italy! My first trip was a couple of weeks ago and I loved it! I flew to Milan and spent six days in a red wine haze, eating delicious food and hanging out with my favourite person in the world!

I hope you enjoy Milan and the following suggestions just as much as I did!

10 Corso Como is chic! (Actually, everything in Milano is chic!! So forgive me, if I repeat myself.) 10 Corso Como is very chic and very arty. They have a lovely little café tucked outside in a courtyard amongst beautiful greenery, which is where we sat and enjoyed tea. They also have a fabulous store, selling everything that is beautiful and requiring a big fat credit card. The upstairs gallery is however, free (yay) and was showing a beautiful black and white photography series while we were there. And there is a fantastic bookstore selling everything on design, fashion, and art. Perfect place to inspire yourself, even if you don’t shop.

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For lunch I loved going to Salumaio di Montenapoleone. It’s an elegant and chic restaurant that serves delicious Italian food. The restaurant is in an old beautiful palazzo, including a lovely courtyard, giving you a glorious place to enjoy the perfect lunch. I had fantastic pasta with a glass of wine. The best way to enjoy lunch!

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For something more fun and streetwise, try Luini. I advise you to go during the week and avoid weekends, otherwise you’ll find yourself stuck in an endless cue! Everyone wants one (or two) of Luini’s panzerotti’s – delicious deep-fried pizza dough filled with a variety of fillings. My personal favourite was classic tomatoes and mozzarella. Ideal, for a snack after you’ve visited the Duomo.

Or you can try Panino Giusto. They have two locations in Milan serving yummy Panini. My boyfriend was OBSESSED with them!

For a drink and a look at Milan’s fashion society, indulge yourself at the Bulgari Hotel. Their drinks are good and the olives are amazing! Also good to keep in mind because of their lovely garden. When the sun is out you can sit outside, soak up the rays and escape busy Milan for a moment!

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For a dinner, head to Papermoon. It’s relaxed, laid back and (of course!!) chic. We had a great dinner with delicious Italian food. The place is usually booked, so a reservation is advised or go for an early dinner – very un-Italian, but hey, no one has to know.

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My personal favourite in Milan was Antica Osteria Cavallini. It’s typically Italian. The place is buzzing and full of people having fun, eating and drinking. We enjoyed ourselves and the great food! I had a delicious delicious artichoke salad and great risotto! Looking forward to going back!

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What are your favourite places in Milan? And where shall I go next time?

 

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Travel Inspiration #1

There are many beautiful places around the world and I’ve decided to share some I’ve visited and hopefully inspire your next vacation.

North_Coast_EgyptMy first Travel Inspiration #1 is based on my recent weekend trip to the Egyptian North Coast. As mentioned before, I moved to Cairo in August and the city is hot in the summer! So my friends and I decided to escape the burning heat and headed up north to the Mediterranean coast. Having been to the Mediterranean countless times before I didn’t think much about it, and instead figured I’d been there and seen that.

However, I was very much in the wrong! The Egyptian Mediterranean coast is as turquoise and blue as you can imagine! It is crazy blue in fact! It felt like I’d travelled to the Caribbean!  I was so enthralled, I took pictures all day, trying to capture the striking blues – as can be seen above 🙂

The beaches were empty in comparison to what we are used to in Europe and the Sea was absolutely divine. I went for an early morning swim and the sea was calm and clear. It was truly beautiful. I returned to Cairo feeling fully rejuvenated!

So, the point is that Egypt’s North Coast is worth inspiring your next trip to Egypt, which shouldn’t be limited to the tourist resorts of Sharm el Sheikh or Dahab. Instead visit Cairo and take a few days to go up north. The unbelievable Mediterranean Sea will absolutely make it worth your while!

Sharing My Berlin

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My boss recently asked whether I could recommend restaurants in Berlin and I promised to write down a bunch. I ended up with quite the list, which I want to share with you. So here they are…with a couple of additions, I originally excluded 😉

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DOLORES. This is a Mexican burrito place, perfect for whenever you are really hungry. It’s casual and easy-going. The burritos are excellent! (Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7, 10178 Berlin)

BARCOMI DELI. This café serves yummy American style cakes, brownies and cookies. They also serve salads and sandwiches. My favourite thing is the location – when the weather is nice you can sit in their lovely courtyard and enjoy the sun. (Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin)

CAFÉ EINSTEIN. This is a traditional coffee house. Super well-known in Berlin. I recommend brunch or afternoon tea and cake here! (Kurfürstenstraße 58, 10785 Berlin)

STÄNDIGE VERTRETUNG. This is a politics café, frequented by tourists as well as locals. It is quintessentially German and the menu definitely reflects that. The name is based on the diplomatic mission West German had in East Germany, it not being an embassy but simply a “Ständige Vertretung.” The walls are covered in memorabilia and photos of German politicians. (Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin)

BORCHARDT. This is very fancy. It’s where the who’s who of German politics dines. (Französische Straße 47, 10117 Berlin)

MONSIEUR VUONG. This is a young and hip place that serves Vietnamese food. Usually busy and always great fun. (Alte Schönhauser Straße 46, 10119 Berlin)

YAMYAM. It is right up the street from Monsieur Vuong and serves delicious Korean Cuisine. Small and hip. Great for lunch. (Alte Schönhauser Straße 6, 10119 Berlin)

KUCHI. A hip and cool place to go for Japanese. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took their kids there! (They have restaurants in Charlottenburg and Berlin Mitte.)

DUDU. This is another fun and, like everything in Berlin, cool Asian. Perfect if you want to go for a drink in the area afterwards. (Torstr. 134, 10119 Berlin)

LUTTER und WEGNER. Sophisticated but casual. They serve great food that everyone likes…including very yummy Wiener Schnitzel. They also have a very good selection of wine. (They have a couple of restaurants in Berlin – one at Gendarmenmarkt and another near Potsdamer Platz.)

OVEST. Is a great little Italian with fantastic food! Love it here! (Schlueterstr. 47, 10695 Berlin)

PARIS BAR. This is Paris in Berlin. Of course they serve delicious French food. Has an artistic intellectual vibe. (Kantstraße 152, 10623 Berlin)

COOKIES CREAM. A chic and delicious take on vegetarian cuisine. The food looks like the hip decor. (Behrenstraße 55, 10117 Berlin)

An absolute must is the Curry Wurst! You can get them anywhere in town.

THINGS TO DO

There is the Potsdamer Platz. The German government has invested a lot of money into the development of this place and the result is worth checking out. There is a mall, a huge cinema (that plays English movies), restaurants and bars.

Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz and Unter den Linden are all nice to walk through. The famous Adlon Hotel is nice to stop by and have a cup of tea or a drink. Off into one of the side streets is the fantastic book and music store, Dussmann, if you’re looking to stock up your cultural reserves.

You can of course look at the seat of the German Government, the Reichstag. The building itself has an interesting history, however, the glass dome and beautiful view are what make it worth a visit…booking needed.

One of my favourite museums in Berlin is the Egyptian Museum. It was recently refurbished and beautifully done so. Also, the Pergamon Museum is fantastic! It’s visually impressive, so should be interesting for all age groups.

Of course, the Check Point Charlie Museum is interesting. It recounts how Germany was divided. It illustrates border controls and different illegal attempts made to cross the border from East to West. Again, it is visual, so interesting for all family members.

The Judisches Museum is also very good. It has two sections. Upstairs is all about Jewish life and culture.  Downstairs is dedicated to World War Two and the Holocaust. The museum is educational but one of the best I’ve ever been to.

The Holocaust Memorial is an interesting approach to a memorial because it is a 3D experience you can walk through. You are meant to feel the oppression and loneliness suffered by Holocaust victims.

Berlin has great Flea markets where you can find very beautiful (and sometimes very expensive) furniture, linens, porcelain, books etc. Great to wonder through on a Sunday!

SHOPPING

All the big brand names are on Kurfürstendamm, which can be great to (window) shop. There you can also see Charlottenburg, which has cute stores and cafes.

The Hackische Höfe are fun. These are right in Mitte and have plenty of little shops and cafes. They also have a cinema and food markets on weekends.

And then there is the the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), probably the most famous department store in Berlin. They have everything you could want! Very fancy shopping is at Quartier 206.

CLUBBING

Berlin is famous for its clubbing scene and as such should not be missed! The most notorious club is Berghain and rightly so. Going out at Berghain has been one of the best clubbing experiences of my life. Getting in is notoriously difficult, but lack of a dress code and a who’s who guest list makes this place for everyone – you just have to try your luck!

Have fun and let me know what you get up to in Berlin!