Picspiration – Malasaña and Chueca

I was going to write a long informative guide about my two absolute favourite neighbourhoods in Madrid. I was going to give advice on where to go, what to see and where to eat. But that isn´t what Malasaña and Chueca are about. You will need to explore them yourself, get lost and drawn in by this wonderful part of the Spanish capital.

Just take a walk in the morning, when all the shops and cafés are still closed and the streets are filled with the smell of fresh herbs being delivered to the restaurants.  When the shutters are still down and you can marvel about the street art painted on them. Continue reading “Picspiration – Malasaña and Chueca”

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Two Days In New Orleans

As an Au Pair, with a pretty limited time of vacation days, weekend trips were often the easiest way to travel, without using those vacation days. I took weekend trips to DC, New York and, as mentioned in the post title, New Orleans.

March was a great time to travel there, as the weather was beautiful and so a much needed break from the cold in Chicago. But except the summer months, when it gets really hot New Orleans is worth a visit basically all year round. So here is, what our two days in The Big Easy looked like and of course, use it to plan your itinerary for a visit.



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Bruges

Last fall, during a spontaneous five day round trip through Belgium, France and Luxembourg I hopped off the train in the stunning medieval town of Bruges for the first two days. Right when you start wandering into the old city center, that was named a World Heritage Site, it isn´t hard to see, why everyone loves it. So here are the things you shouldn´t miss out on when in Bruges.


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Picspiration: Colourful NOLA

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As it has been a little over a year since I´ve visited The Big Easy, and – even if most of my clothes remain black and white – I´ve gotten into summer mood loving all things bright and happy lately, I felt like a photo-based post on this incredibly colourful and vivid city would be exactly the right thing. And even though this is not going to be an especially Mardi Gras related post I feel like this festivity has such a great impact on the city year round, that it is always present (I´m wishing to go back to NOLA to experience it one day).


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A Quick Guide To Washington DC

Obviously I also had to plan a visit to the US capital, while staying in the country and to be honest, it turned out to be one of my favourite places. Especially Georgetown with its charming little houses and beautiful old University left me fascinated. If you are planning to visit this not quite typical, yet beautiful American City here´s a quick guide to Washington DC.


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A Guide To One Day In The City Of Love

As for most people Paris was a trip that was on my travel bucketlist basically since I had something like that. I have to admit though, that I came to the city with pretty low expectations, as I had heard a lot of things – pickpockets, dirty etc. – beforehand, but was more than positively surprised by the French capital and its people. It is beautiful, cosmopolitan and I´ve had many interesting conversations with amazing locals. Too bad I only had a day to explore the city.

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A Quick Guide To Porto – The City by the Golden River

Porto up in the north, by the Atlantic Ocean isn´t as crowded with tourists, as Lisbon – except for the river banks – and has a lot to offer as well. To be honest, it might have captured me more than Lisbon, if that is even possible. And if you follow my Instagram or Twitter you know just how much I loved the Portuguese capital.


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Daytrips from Madrid #4 – Segovia

Another gem close to Madrid in Castilla y León and therefore perfect for a visit in a day – or two – is Segovia. Featuring a ton of amazing ancient buildings and views of the Guadarrama mountains the old town with its aqueduct is a UNESCO world heritage site for a reason.


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Daytrips from Madrid #3 – Alcalá de Henares

Home to one of Europe´s oldest Universities – as well as a ton of storks – and with a charming city center Alcalá de Henares is totally worth a visit. Even better, that the birth town of Miguel de Cervantes is located close to Madrid and makes for a perfect daytrip opportunity – or even half day if you are in rush.
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Daytrips from Madrid #2 – Toledo

I recently fell in love…

With the stunning city of Toledo, just about 65 km south of Madrid. The former capital with its little alleys, beautiful architecture and delicious marzipan is easy to reach from Madrid and should definitely be on your list, when visiting Spain. Obviously I had to share this daytrip opportunity with you. And as I am keen to visit this city again, this guide is hopefully going to get updated more than just once.  Continue reading “Daytrips from Madrid #2 – Toledo”

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