After not being back in Stockholm since October I decided to fly home over Easter to see my family and to surprise my mom. I’ve never flown home without telling her before so the nerves while getting on the plane and while pulling up in a taxi outside my childhood home (well, at least where I spent my teenage years) were on top to say the least. I got to spend a few days together with the people who mean the most to me, forget about an overfull inbox and urgent deadlines for a little while and just relax, stroll, run errands that I’m not able to do here in Paris and enjoy my family’s company. The cherry on top was the fact that the weather was better than I ever could have asked for!
A few of my favourite places this time were: Kaffeverket (café), Café Pascal (café), Fabrique (café and the best cardamom buns), Greasy Spoon (brunch), Urban Deli (lunch, dinner & grocery shop), Cajsa Warg (grocery shop), NK (department store). If you want more tips and suggestions you’re more than welcome to check out my two previous posts about this city I call home as well: My Stockholm & Stockholm Favourites.
Tucked away in a little mountain village outside of Geneva you will find the Mecca for any watch-lover. If you’ve been following along through Instagram and Snapchat you might remember that this is where I was a while back when saying that I went on a special little trip to Switzerland. Now, for anyone who knows me my love for watches and their complicated mechanisms is not news but for anyone who doesn’t know my personally this little interest might come as a bit of a shock… Or well, shock is a big word, surprise might be better suited. Okay, I’ll let you in on the whole (cheesy) story to explain this little obsession of mine. An old boyfriend of mine had an enormous interest for these kind of items and as you do, when in love, I tried to show my interest in what he loved as well. I actually tried to understand his passion so much it ended up becoming a passion of my own. Funny how things turn out right? See there, now you know me just as well as my personal friends (well, almost at least).
Due to this secret little interest I almost jumped out of my chair of excitement when I received Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s invitation to their manufacture in Switzerland. Once there, at one of the world’s most classic and prestigious watch manufactures, I got to learn everything I could possibly think of when it comes to watchmaking, their classic model the Reverso (which happens to be celebrating 85 years at the moment) as well as what’s new and in store for the brand to come.
I got to give engraving a go (and failed miserably…), talk to the factory workers who were more than happy to show me how diamonds were placed in their right spot and how one of the world’s most complicated watch mechanisms works in the “Grande sonnerie” (you have to see this if you haven’t yet) that one of the men has been working on for almost a whole year now.
In the photos above you can also see the newest models of their most classic watch the Reverso. Why is it called the Reverso you ask? Because you can actually flip the watch around and either engrave the back of it or have a whole other dial on the other side. Pretty clever, no? Look at that model in rose gold with the moon phase on the other side! Ok, now I feel like I’m loosing you… Enough with the geekiness! I hope you enjoyed this little peek into watch making and perhaps even learned something new? Either way I’m so happy to share this little interest and hope you see the beauty in this complicated process of making time. Thank you for making a personal little dream come true Jaeger-LeCoultre!
I’ve only ever passed Antibes quite briefly in the past, never actually stopped the car to walk around, explore and to snap a ridiculous amount of photos but I’m so happy that we did this time! The older part of Antibes was any pastel-lovers wet dream (excuse the choice of words but it’s kind of true). Cute little streets, adorable corners and pretty colours everywhere you look! I went totally crazy for these facades and I loved the fact that we were completely alone in most places – unlike in the old town of Nice for example where it’s aways a crazy amount of tourists. We ended our day in this little town with Nutella crêpes and a bit of coffee, which is how I think pretty much every single day out of the year should end… I can’t to come back sometime in the future and perhaps even see the town during summertime!
From the place we stayed at, close by to Nice, we decided to do a little day-trip and head over to Monaco. Mostly since one of my childhood friends is currently studying over there (see bottom right photo of the two of us together – yes, I know, she’s beautiful) but also because… Why not? Monaco is always a fun experience and it’s always an opportunity for me to visit one of my favourite restaurants over there: Mozza (think Ober Mamma here in Paris, but closer to the sea and with better pasta options). I can’t wait to go back soon again – I mean, I need to see my friend every now and then, right? Hopefully she won’t hate me for dragging her back to the same restaurant over and over again.
I just came back from a little trip down south a couple of days ago. It was so lovely to see the sea again, feel the sun on my skin and do nothing but eat, explore and snap pretty photos for a few days. Even though it was short it was absolutely wonderful. Here are a couple of pics I managed to take while strolling the streets of Nice, watching the most beautiful sunsets ever and waiting for the perfect wave to come into shore.
Photo #19: Black dress
After a week together with my dad and sister, which we spent in the Nusa Dua area and another couple of days together with just my sister at the beautiful Mulia hotel, my sister and I met up with our mom near the Jimbaran Bay area in Bali. Yeah, quite the family holiday, right? I miss them all already and wish I could relive these last couple of weeks that I was lucky enough to spend in the sunshine with them.
On this side of Bali we got to enjoy such beautiful sunsets and from the little restaurant Kisik you could get the most perfect view of the pastel coloured sky while sipping fruity drinks and eating seafood with your feet in the sand. Pretty perfect, no? Needless to say my mom was a huge fan of this little spot.
Bali, you were so great to us. Maybe I’ll see you again someday!
I’m so thankful for the time I got to spend together with my family in the sun. I miss them everyday here in Paris so these moments become so extra special to me when we get to be in the same place. I hope it won’t be too long until next time. That goes for Bali as well! For more photos and daily updates you can find me on Instagram.
I’m so sorry for spamming you all with so many photos but I just can’t help myself. Every little corner of this place is like made for a light and dreamy capture. Being back in Paris I kind of have to admit that I already miss the warm weather, salty water and sand under my feet… But the flood of photos ain’t over so don’t you worry.
After visiting Bali for the first time ever last year (right before Christmas and my trip to Australia to be exact) I didn’t think I would return anytime soon. Not because I didn’t like it (!), only because the trip is quite long and I didn’t think the opportunity to go would come around anytime soon. But when trying to plan a Christmas (read vacation) together with your family who is pretty much all over the place with myself in Paris, a sister is in Australia and two divorced parents in Stockholm, you apparently end up in Bali.
Eventually it was decided. Almost a week together with my sister and my dad in one place, then a couple of days together with my sister in a second location, only to finish the off the trip with some time together with my sister and mum at a final destination. Phew!
When I understood that Bali was back on the map I made sure to squeeze in a few days together with my sister at the beautiful Mulia hotel, which we stayed in last year (gosh, I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year…) when I visited Bali for the very first time. Last time I completely fell in love with this place (and the people) and I was incredibly excited to return once again. The fact that the hotel is crazy photogenic is also lots of fun for someone like me and kept me busy in between eating and relaxing on the sun beds.
…Don’t get sick of these beach pics just yet, I have much more coming!
I spent one of the last sunsets of 2015 in this pretty pink dress, watching a sky just as pretty and just as pink. Bali has been absolutely wonderful so far (even though I’m writing this with thighs that are on fire after a bit too much sun today) and I can’t wait to share more photos from my trip.