September 28, 2015

Five things I love about Amsterdam

by Ismini Moustafelou

''Amsterdam is the city i love most in the Netherlands. Just one hour away from my city, Amsterdam has plenty to offer: beautiful and colourful parks, different cultural activities varying from artistic exhibitions to electronic music festivals, cafes and of course the picturesque canals.

 1. Rijksmuseum
This emblematic building established in 1800 is located in the south of the city center. Its collection includes more than 3000 paintings. A section with Asian pieces covers a notable part of the museum. The library of Rijksmuseum is known for the extensive catalogue of art history books. In front of the south side of the building lies the famous Musseumplein, a square where different kinds of events happen throughout a year. 

2. Vondelpark
A few meters away from Rijksmuseum lies the famous park of Amsterdam: green but also blue because of the canals that are always present in this city. Usually a lot of open air festivals or exhibitions take place. The park is suitable for tourists who want to ride a bike in a less crowded environment, as bike paths are expanded in the entire park's area.

3. Canals
Canals, canals, canals everywhere! Amsterdam besides is well known for its numerous canals. In Kings day (Koningsdag) celebrated on 27th April traffic jams are noticed by boats that carry people partying. That day the city is full of people dressed in orange (Netherland's national colour) as many live events such as live concerts and parades are held to celebrate the birth of the King.

4. Café de Jaren
If you want a calm place with a canal view, enjoy your coffee and take a rest from walking around the city then ''Café de Jaren'' is your place! Close to Amstel Canal, this cafe is expanded in two areas: a large interior hall with front windows offering a beautiful view in winter and an open air site by the canal,  perfect for warm days. Highly recommended for any time of the year!

5. Nutella Bakery by Nutella
For the fans of Nutella products this is a must visit spot in Amsterdam! The bakery apart from the famous Praline based products sells fresh ice creams macarons, coffees, milkshakes, juices, waffles and crepes at reasonable prices.
p.s. calories don't count at Nutella Bakery!

*special thanks to Ismini 

September 21, 2015

Five things I love about Berlin

By Sarah P.| artist

When I first met Sarah, she was a little blonde six-year old girl, but now she is a talented and creative artist/ singer/ music writer, who lives in Berlin. Actually, she is the most hard-working and passionate person that I know. A few days ago she released her new song "I'd go", an old-school pop song, in order to call for action and communicate her unique ideas about life and new beginnings.

Well, this lady knows about new beginnings since one year ago she moved to Berlin to pursue her dreams and start again. Thankfully, she now knows all the little fancy secrets about this lovely city and she's sharing them with us. 

Oh, in addition, I'd like to share with you that currently Sarah and her song is part of Mensch Campaign, which is a charity action from Oh.Boy Shop, which aims to help the refugees. The money from their T-shirts will be given to Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk that’s fighting for the equal chances of the refugee children and makes sure to provide full meals at school for the children that come from poor families. The Institute is based in Germany where one million refugees are expected to come. Please check this charity and share it!

But for now just enjoy her tips about Berlin...  

1. Must See: East Side Gallery

Berlin has many historical and cultural attractions that will blow your mind away. The Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, Pariser Platz (Branderburger Tor), Charlottenburg Palace are some of them, just to mention a few. One of my personal favourites is the East Side Gallery. In 1990, artists from all over the world painted on the east side of the Berlin Wall their worries, hopes and wishes documenting the "wind of change". Here's a photo of "My God, Help Me To Survive This Deadly Love", by Dimitri Vrubel. That's probably one of the most famous murals of the East Side Gallery, portraying Brezhnev and Honecker during their fraternal kiss. What's worth to be mentioned is that the actual border of East and West Berlin was the river Spree. It's really crazy that, back then, East and West Berlin/Germany were two completely different worlds.

2. Must Drink: Club-Mate

This is literally a caffeine bomb based on mate extract. I have to admit that I'm highly addicted to it and I have no idea how I was living my life before trying it. Forget those ugly energy drinks and coke. Club-Mate is low in sugar and calories which makes it a guilt free soda. During winter they produce the Club-Mate Winter Edition that's basically the original one, mixed with cinnamon, anise, cardamom and citrus and it's super yummy. Enjoy it super cold and feel free to order it as a "club, mate" before a local corrects you to order it as a "Kloob Maté".

3. Must Eat: The Bowl

Ok. I'm vegan. I am not going to lecture you about following the same diet (because everybody does whatever they feel like doing and blah blah blah), but when you'll find yourselves in Berlin, I highly recommend you to try The Bowl. Located in Warschauer Strasse, directly at the Ubahn (that's the underground, shh!), this clean eating restaurant is the perfect choice for when you're feeling that you had too much junk food! The portions are just super big so you'd better be hungry. Not to mention that the view from up there is (Berlin standards) beautiful.

4. Must Shop: Thrift Shopping 

I mean ... it's Berlin! If for anything, this city is known for its hipster-esque locals. There are so many Second Hand Stores full of vintage treasures. My favorite one is Colours in Bergmannstrasse. It's super massive, it has nice discounts (for example -30% Happy Hour from 11am to 1pm) and always - but always - uplifting music. 

5. Must Hang Out: Cafe A.Horn

A.Horn is a place where you can hang out all day long without even noticing it. They serve coffee and fresh pastry, amazing Mediterranean dishes and they have an amazing bar with a great wine selection and yummy cocκtails. It's located at the Carl-Herz-Ufer (bank), exactly where Kreuzberg starts to look greener and a little classier. At this super cute all day cafe I met with mein schatz for the first time. It was a business meeting that ended up being way more than that. Since then we live together, work together, support and love each other so, yeah, if you believe in karma/love at first sight/good vibes, this place worths to pay it a visit. :)

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September 7, 2015

Five things I love about Lisbon

Two months ago, i came across a super cute blog, '' From Someone in Love ''. This blog belongs to Catarina Gomez, a very stylish girl from Lisbon, Portugal. Cat was really helpfull and gave me a lot of pointers for my trip in Lisbon. Now we have the chance to meet this colourful city through Cat's top 5 favourite places. 

''Lisbon truly is a beautiful city with great places to visit. I have to confess it wasn't easy to choose only five from all the ones i love, but after thinking a lot i finally arrived to this list.

1. To start, i chose one of my favourite neighborhoods, Belém. Here you 'll find the most beautiful monuments, including the Monastery of Jerόnimos and Belém Tower. If you 're a fan of art you won't wanna miss CCB, a cultural centre with free exhibitions. And of course, the river, our beautiful river. I love to take a walk there and enjoy the view. It's beautiful. 

2. In the opposite area of the city, Parque das Nações, (a modern area with recent buildings) you have an amazing place to visit: The Oceanarium. It's really wonderful and so relaxing. I went there a lot of times and i love it!

3. Now talking about shopping, you have to visit a little store in Chiado called ''Luvaria Ulisses''. It sells the most amazing gloves and it's worth a visit just because of the space itself. It opened in 1925 and the decoration remains the same since then, so you can imagine how unique and special it is.

4. I also had to include on this list my favourite restaurant : Bastardo. It's placed downtown in the beautiful International Design Hotel. The food is delicious, the staff is the best and the decoration takes the whole experience to another level. You can have lunch or dinner and you can also try the tea time, it's amazing!

5. And finally, i had to end my list with this one, Manteigaria. If you 're in Lisbon you can't miss our famous ''pasteis de nata'', and this place has the best ones in town. A perfect combination between the crispy crust and the velvety cream makes it so delicious. 

I hope you enjoy my suggestions and i really hope you come to Lisbon and visit all these amazing places.''

*special thanks to Cat 
photo credits : From Someone in Love

August 14, 2015

Vintage shopping in East London

82 Cheshire St.

Found.Loved is a small romantic retro vintage boutique in Brick Lane. It was an accidental discovery for me, while I was trying to find Beyond Retro (another vintage shop in the area, check below). But, a cat statue in the window display and a super cute playsuit with a peter pan collar, quickly persuaded me to enter this adorable shop. Apparently, I made the right choice.

Beyond Retro
110-112 Cheshire St.

Beyond retro is a quite famous vintage shop in London with a great variety of clothes in very affordable prices. In fact, there are three different shops in London, and many others in UK and Sweden. But, the great news are that an online shop is also available for all of those who don't live either in UK or Sweden.

So, I was beyond excited to visit one of their shops in Brick Lane. Well, the truth is that my expectations were completely fulfilled. 

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August 10, 2015

Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa

When i was in Lisbon, almost one month ago, i couldn't help but visit its Botanical Garden. Jardim Botânico da Universitade de Lisboa is located somewhere between Rato, Principe Real and Restauradores. The garden contains lots of global plants, trees and seeds, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. If you ever visit Lisbon, grab a cup of cool lemonade, stroll beside the palm trees and have your very own Vasco Da Gama exploratory moments.