After traveling for quite sometime I finally arrived in Bali a couple of days ago. I’ve intentionally turned off both cell phones, computers and iPads to celebrate Christmas together with my family over here. I can’t even explain how good it feels to see the ocean and sun again. Happy Holidays to everyone and cheers to no wifi on the beach!
I think this trip to Rome easily could be called one of the best weekends I’ve had so far if I were to sum it up. You’ve probably already understood that from the former posts but it can’t be said enough. It’s already been a month since my birthday weekend away but thinking about the memories still makes me smile. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a better birthday… Most of the day was spent on the back of Scooteroma’s vespas (again, this can’t be said enough times either: you have to do this if you’re going to Rome) together with my girls and their amazing drivers. I wish birthdays would come around more than once a year so that I had an excuse to do it all over again… Although I have a feeling I just found the most perfect birthday tradition! I hope you’ve enjoyed a few snapshots from one of my favourite cities on earth. I’ll be back for you soon Rome.
My (birthday) weekend in Rome was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. Loads of pasta, ice cream, pizza, spritz and laughter filled our days and after the girls left the city (I stayed behind for a few extra days) my cheeks were still hurting from laughing uncontrollably non-stop. I’m happy to share a few of my favourite places and suggestions for Rome in this post. Every time I’m in the city I try to find new places to visit but I also love coming back to old favourites… Hope you’ll love them as much as I do if you ever get around to visiting!
Ristorante Santa Lucia (restaurant), Giulio Passami l’Olio (restaurant), Trapizzino (street food), La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali (restaurant), Hostaria da Pietro (restaurant), Emma (restaurant), Da Francesco (restaurant), Ginger (restaurant), Bar del Fico (restaurant & bar), Barnum (bar), Hotel de Russie (courtyard & bar), Café Brassai (café), Come il Latte (gelato) and Gelateria del Teatro (gelato). Last but not least, you can’t go to Rome without doing a Vespa tour with Annie and her amazing team. It’s the best way to see Rome. Period.
The day after I arrived back from Rome was when these horrible tragedies in Paris happened so I decided not to share my photos from my holiday since it felt insensitive and untimely. Hopefully you can enjoy them now. For me it’s a little reminder of the wonderful time I got to spend in Italy during a week, worrying about nothing else than what I should have for lunch or if I could order a third spritz or not. After not being able to go to Italy this summer, I had missed this city more than words could describe. Landing at the airport felt like being home again and wondering these beautifully colourful streets and meeting up with dear friends again was everything I had longed for and more. There’s more so I hope you’re not sick of Rome just yet…
This week I enjoyed a beautiful couple of days in my hometown Stockholm and luckily the city greeted me with sun and blue skies. I’ve never been a big fan of going back home before (maybe because I tend to go back when it’s winter, freezing and dark…) but this time I had such a lovely time I kind of didn’t want to board the plane back home to Paris. Ok let’s be honest, of course I wanted to come back to Paris but a few more days in Stockholm wouldn’t have hurt anyone. I sometimes forget how beautiful this city really is and how lovely it is to be around family and old friends…
If anyone ever gets the opportunity to visit this pretty place in the world my suggestion is to do so between April and October. After October it gets too dark, too cold and too… yuck, for my taste. If you do end up going and the sun decides to make an appearance there’s nothing better than going for a little stroll around Djurgården, grabbing lunch and some sweets at Rosendals trädgårdskafé and continue walking back into the city, crossing Djurgårdsbron and strolling around the city until it’s time for dinner. Below you’ll find some of my favourite spots in the city at the moment.
Bistro Berns (lunch & dinner), Matkonsulatet (dinner), EAT (lunch & dinner), Riche (lunch & dinner), Matbaren (lunch & dinner), Wienercaféet (breakfast, lunch, café & dinner), Östermalms Saluhall (food shopping), Pärlans Konfektyr (sweets), Xoko (sweets), Kaffeverket (café), Café Pascal (café) and Rosendals Trädgårdskafé (café outside). For more tips and suggestions you can have a look at my previous post about Stockholm.
After not getting a vacation or proper time off work during the entire summer (well, except for my wisdom teeth surgery I guess… IF you can call that “vacation”) I gave myself a weekend away without computers, emails or any other work stuff. Spending a few days on the beach in Monaco, eating way too much pasta and sipping one too many Spritz was exactly what I needed. I wish I could go back already but Paris Fashion Week is around the corner and it’s time to get back into work-mode and prepare for an intense week! Hopefully I can go back to the south very soon again.
It’s been hard coming back to reality after such a whirlwind and amazing time away in Cannes together with Cartier but I still have these priceless memories from our time on the French Riviera to look back on. It’s not everyday you get to have dinner on a little island just off the coast with your feet buried deep in the sand while listening to Jamie Cullum playing the piano with Sofia Coppola at the very next table, it’s not everyday you get to be swept away in an helicopter only to land on the top of a mountain and sip champagne with some of the loveliest people in the industry, and it’s certainly not everyday you get to wander around a house filled with high jewellery, gemstones and diamonds (some of them bigger than my hands) while having someone explain the stories behind these precious treasures.
To celebrate their new high jewellery collection, entitled Etourdissant Cartier, we were lucky enough to experience all of this. And yes, I’m still pinching myself to make sure I was actually awake to see all of it happening. I would go back in the blink of an eye if I could! Thank you again to Cartier for letting me be a part of this absolutely incredible experience. It’s been such a pleasure bringing their gorgeous jewellery pieces and creative ideas to life through my photography during these last couple of months and I hope I have the privilege of doing so in the future as well.
Despite living in Europe my entire life I still hadn’t been to Barcelona until last week. Why? I personally blame it on Italy. Italy has always been such a big part of my life and always a top choice when it comes to escaping everyday life during a weekend. You might call that boring but even though I’ve been to Italy every year of my life so far, I never seem to tire of it. That’s probably why
Spain Barcelona has had to wait until now. I’m kind of glad it did though since I think this was the perfect way to experience the city.
I joined W Hotels and Tara Stiles (the loveliest woman and amazing yoga guru) for a weekend full of yoga, fitness fun and #posewhenever. Doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy due to all the croissants and macarons you see around here? That might be true but I have to admit that I had a fantastic time – both doing the yoga and experiencing the city. I mean, how can yoga on a paddle board, cooking classes in a kitchen with a DJ playing and watching the sun set while doing yoga not be anything but fantastic?!
This is a weekend I won’t forget anytime soon and hopefully that’s also true about all the yoga poses we learned during this trip. I’d love to incorporate a bit more of what I learned while away into my everyday life. The calm (and exhaustion) I felt after our 6am sunrise yoga session is something I’ll try to chase in the future without a doubt. Barcelona, you were amazing and I’m definitely coming back for you again!
Greetings from Barcelona and Spain where I’ve spent the last couple of days. I’m back in Paris (for two days before I’m off to the south of France) just in time for 14 Juillet but can’t wait to share more photos from my time spent in this beautiful city. Stay tuned!
When I first found out that the beautiful JW Marriott Hotel that I was staying at was located on an private island outside of Venice I couldn’t help but to feel a bit bummed about not living in the city centre and having such close distance to everything. After I left, I thanked them for not being too central. Getting away from the city and being able to relax on a calm and quiet island, away from the hustle and bustle, is how I like my Venice. I also didn’t mind the fact that you felt like you were in a James Bond movie (which is secretly my biggest dream ever) when the beautiful boat that picked you up from the airport pulled into the private hotel entrance on water…
Let’s be honest here, Venice looks kind of amazing through photographs you see from everyone visiting – and don’t get me wrong, it’s an absolutely beautiful city but it’s also so incredibly crowded. I mean, I’ve been to Rome in August so I feel as though I’ve done a crazy packed city in scorching heat before but this was something else… Perhaps because the city was smaller and the streets more narrow. Venice has been on my “to visit list” for ages now so I’m very happy that I got the opportunity to do finally discover it but I do think you really need to do your research before going, both in terms of where to eat but also when to visit the city (apparently evening time, when all the cruise ships have left the city, is supposed to be less crowded and absolutely beautiful).
All in all, I’m so happy to have experienced this city and being able to do it in this unique way. I simply adore the Italian colours, tiny little alleyways and the enormous selection of pasta and gelato everywhere you look. It’s also impossible to ignore the fact that I just feel a little bit more complete when I hear Italian being spoken… I miss it already. But looking out over Venice from the hotel’s gorgeous roof top pool, while sipping an iced drink, is certainly one of the better ways to see this place.