Category: Travel

CITY LOVE – LOS ANGELES

I get a lot of inspiration simply by emerging my self in imagery from different cities around the world, some which I have had the pleasure of wandering around in and others which I have on my list of places to wander in… Sometimes this inspiration even comes from places I have little interest in wandering in, like the source of inspiration for today’s inspiration load off, Los Angeles. We are planning our trip to the great US, but LA is not on our list of places to visit. For some reason this city has never been attractive to neither of us, but we have decided that if we pass through we’ll give it a chance to prove us wrong.

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Maybe I’ll just have to add LA to our travel list, so I can get some snaps from the city of stars myself? I am definitely feeling more of these city inspiration posts coming up though… Which city to choose next? That is the question!

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BOURNEMOUTH

As I mentioned I spent a couple of days in Bournemouth, and I thought I would share some images with from the trip with you. This was a business trip so most days were spent focusing on work, but in between the hours of work I had some time to walk around the amazing beach and the city. The thing I enjoyed the most with the trip was being so close to the sea, I always feel more at peace when I’m close to the sea. And it gave me the opportunity to take time out of my day to just walk around on the beach and enjoy the fresh ocean air. Maybe I enjoyed it a bit too much, been sick for the last 5 days – the cold of the century has hit me! (I blame it on many hours in an enclosed space with too many people aka the airport)

All images taken by me, with my lovely phone

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TRAVEL WISH LIST – US CITIES

As I am writing this I am sitting in a hotel room in Bournemouth, enjoying a view of the beach… This time around most of my journey will be connected to staying just there, in the hotel – I’m on a business trip so I do not have the free reins to do exactly what I want to and I am also travelling solo. I prefer travelling with company, to me half of the fun is sharing the trip with someone… But getting away from home is always a bit of a blessing, new scenery kicks the mind into gear and the old scenery is shed in a different light every time I return from somewhere new.

Getting away from the regular routine of life, being in a different country and enjoying my own company for more than the usual 2 hour period has got me thinking of places I want to explore (without the responsibility of work and preferably with someone else), so I’ve gotten back to the fun of creating lists. This time around about places I want to travel to – or as the title says “Travel Wishlist(s)”, the first I want to share with you is my travel wishlist of US cities. The list is pretty long, so I have decided to cut it down to five at a time – so that it doesn’t end up being overfed. And of course, to follow each city will be some visual input, to visually explain my reasons why I want to see these places.

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1. Austin

Austin is high on my list of places to visit in general.  There is something attractive about the vibe this city seems to have – just afraid I would want to toss my ticket home out the window and stay for good.

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2. Chicago

I would love to see Chicago, why – I do not know. It’s just this faint feeling I’ve got that I would enjoy the city quite a bit. I guess part of it is connected to the name it’s made for it self when it comes to great food – I am a fan of splurging on great food when I travel… So let’s say it’s based on the need for (or more want for) great food experiences.

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3. San Francisco

I  simply want to experience this city on my own, I know a lot of people who have fallen head over heels for this place. Want to figure out if I’ll fall in love to.

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4. Seattle 

Hello Pacific Northwest! I’ll just tell you like this; music, food, nature and city life all huddled into one ball of greatness… This is the “grew-up-by-the-sea” gene looking for what seems like home.

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5. Savannah

This one is based upon the pure hope that it is as charming as it looks in images.

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I’ll share more of my wish lists in the future, hope you’ve enjoyed this one.

Do you have any travel wish lists lying around?

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST DREAMING

Autumn has taken over the city we live in – the wind is going wild outside and rain comes and goes by the minute. I must admit this is one of my favorite times of the year – the changing of the seasons. I especially love it when summer slowly moves away and autumn enters with its fresh crisp air and bright colours… Still this is always the time of year when I get excited about next summers holiday! Me and the H have been talking about jumping a flight to the US for quite a vile. But we’ve been a bit lost on the idea of what we want to do when we’re there… Most of the people we know seem to cover the basics like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and some crazy in Las Vegas. We want to see San Francisco and New York, but the others don’t attract us in the same way – we want to check it out at some point – but it is not at the top of the list. We’ve talked a bit about doing the south, to see New Orleans, a bit of Texas and Savannah… But today we made a decision on something completely different – and that is thanks to our desire to check out the Pacific Northwest.

We’ve always talked about wanting to check out Portland and Seattle, and now we’ve had a look around the sea of visual inspiration out there – and we are sold! There is something about the wild nature, the idea of being in a city but with the wildest nature at a hands reach. And the possibility to inhabit a lovely treehouse for a night or two…

So now it is just to start booking tickets when the price is right…

The idea is to start out in San Francisco, then head towards Portland then Seattle – and all that we find interesting in between. Then finding our way to New York by plane before heading back to Norway.

I could try to explain why the idea of moving through the Northwest by using words – but I am as usual finding it way easier to show it through the use of visual input. If anyone out there has any tips and tricks to share about the area – on where to go and what to see – we are fully open and on the hunt for some insider tips. Bring it on!

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In my head I am imagining slow days in the one of the tree houses at Treehouse Point, great food and even better coffee in Seattle, going all artsy in Portland, enjoying the sights and the whales at San Juan Islands… I am smitten!

Got any tips?

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AVEIRO

Here comes part 3 of our holiday. . . After our very successful week in Lisbon we decided to head to Aveiro for a couple of nights before leaving Portugal behind.  We wandered around Aveiro for two days – pretty knackered at that point, so I must admit that I didn’t really keep my ears open for names – all I remember is that we visited Costa Nova which was on my “need-to-see-it” list! The ultra short stay didn’t give much to note down but I’ll do my best to at least give you a few words – and of course – in my own true style a whole lot of imagery!

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After a couple of hours on the train we ended up in Aveiro. . . Made our way to the hotel and had a bit of a lay down, incredibly tired from travel stress. After a couple of hours of down time we decided to check out the town. It is called the Venice of Portugal – obvious from the random gondolas passing us as we walked along the canal. Ended up in a shopping complex for a bit, had some quick lunch and some lush frozen yoghurt before continuing to walk down alleys and around corners to figure out what the town was about… It is absolutely a cute town, with tiny shops and restaurants hidden in narrow alleyways… On the second day we did what we had to do, we jumped the one and only tourist bus the city had to offer and drove around for about an hour… After being slapped across the face by random branches and having a look at the university and the salt production (this of course the nerd in me loved!) we jumped in a cab and headed to Costa Nova.

One thing is for sure though – once again we found a place to be amazed by brilliant tiles, amazing architecture and use of colour in the best way possible (a crazy way)!

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Costa Nova

Here we go – COSTA NOVA! Which was on my to-see list based on one thing and one thing only – visual perfection! You have probably seen photos from this lovely tiny coastal town, which seems like a perfect holiday town for families and surfers – and of course the random crazy person with a love for houses in bright colours and stripes – like myself… We literally spent 2 hours in the town, visited the market and took too many images before heading back to Aveiro… So I do not have much to tell you in the form of words – so I give you visual input instead – enjoy!

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I know you had to wait a bit for this one! Sorry! I will do my best to make the process a bit quicker for the next and final holiday travel post – which will also be the shortest one – our 3 nights in London Town before returning back home!

-all images by me-

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LISBON

Here goes – the second of the four posts about our lovely trip to Portugal and London.

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After four nights in Porto we got on a train to Lisbon. It was just a three-hour trip between the two cities – easy choice of transport.

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The view from our balcony – lovely waking up to a view over the botanical garden…

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Every morning was spent with a cup of coffee on our balcony.

I absolutely fell in love with this city. . . Such a beautiful place! We were lucky enough to find a flat right next to the Avenida da Liberdade – so we were in walking distance from most of Lisbon. We spent a week in the city, and all I want to do is return! I have said to the H that I want a vacation place in Lisbon – at least he agrees!

The Art of Lisbon

I am not talking let’s hang it in a gallery and sell it kind of art – I am talking of the art you see everyday in a city – the decorations on a house, the tile work that surrounds you, the amazing street art you pass by… And Lisbon is full of it! Porto had its share of it as well – polka dots and stars painted on houses and so on, but in Lisbon it went to a different level all together. Abandoned buildings was made into enormous canvases, filled with amazing pieces of graffiti – You will understand what I am talking about when you see the images – I am talking beyond amazing! Then there is the tile work – there are so many houses decorated in the most amazing tiles you could ever imagine,

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Seriously the coolest optician in the world – I wish my optician had a sign that looks like this!

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This right here might be my favorite street art piece ever. I wish I could get this on a print and hang it above my bed.

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The National Pantheon

Hello gorgeous is all I have to say! After visiting the flea market (images found down below) we decided to give the national pantheon a visit. We made our way up to the top of the building through narrow corridors and stone steps. . . Why is it so boring to walk up steps? But almost every time what you find at the top of those boring steps is something utterly amazing? Can someone please explain that correlation to me? Well anyways, this was no exception – at the top of those boring steps we found something amazing! We stepped outside and walked around this gorgeous white landscape, with a view for days over the city and beyond. The inside of the pretty beast – well I feel like the images speak for them selves in that matter!

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The Lisbon Architecture

Travelling with an architect and having a keen interest in great buildings myself – vacation time soon turns into look at this great architecture time… Me and the H are both still in awe of the incredible architectural melting pot we’ve left behind us… Not only is the architectural influences many  – you see islamic influences, roman influences, art nouveau and baroque – you’ve got old and you’ve got modernism at its best – and all of this is mixed together into the perfection we call Lisbon. We spent a week there – and I feel like I need at least two more weeks to get through the architectural sightseeing I want to do…

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Feira Da Ladra 

When we had a Saturday in Lisbon we felt like we couldn’t skip checking out the famous flea market, and we were not disappointed! I managed to keep my cash in my pocket – I did not buy anything. Besides interior pieces I had a bit of an internal struggle about not buying 10 vintage watches and 20 old cameras… If you have a lot of time for hunting, and a lot of extra space in your luggage when you visit Lisbon – go check it out and go crazy!

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I must say I do like a ceiling full of colorful buckets!

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There are some proper shops in the market as well – by proper I mean shops you walk into and pay at a cashier…

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If only I had a place in Lisbon – or enough room to pack these lovely pink pieces of greatness with me back home… I would want it all, the chairs, the bed, the bedside table, the dresser – EVERYTHING!

Our Favorite Look-Out Point

Me and the H found our favorite look-out point in the city – there are tons of them – but for us the perfect spot was the Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara… We could walk up behind where we were living – there was this perfect little garden patch with the most amazing view of Lisbon. It had a lovely tiny bar in the corner, so you could hide under the trees – enjoying some shade whilst sipping on a perfectly made mojito…

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Bairro Alto

As the last stop in this post – I’ll share some images from the famous Bairro Alto.

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Lisbon has quickly made its way to my top 4 cities list. I am already dreaming of going back. . . Hope you enjoyed the pretty image heavy post…

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PORTO

We are back home – the vacation is behind us – and now it is time to share some of the greatness… I will do 4 posts – one from each place we went – and I will do it in the same order we did it on our trip… Firstly we have Porto, then Lisbon followed by Aveiro and we finish it off with a tiny post from two hectic but shamazing nights in London!

So here goes! PORTO!

I have always wanted to go to Portugal – since I was a puny child… This is because we were supposed to go when I was tiny, my mum had sat down with us, shown us all of these amazing pictures in a travel catalogue (oh the olden days). I remember being utterly amazed by this place, the rocky sea-side, the colorful houses, the sunshine and the nature… But then something went wrong – we ended up in a different country for our holiday… But I’ve always remembered those images and my craving to see what Portugal is up to has never disappeared. Finally I got to check it out – and I am not disappointed.

So here is our stay in Porto – or at least bits of it:

The Trip

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We left Norway behind on a rainy afternoon – which didn’t make it feel to bad to leave it all behind…

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Had a pit stop in Bremen – had 3 hours of sleep before having to get ready for our next flight…

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Leaving Bremen behind – ready to meet Porto!

The Hotel

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We found our lovely hotel – where I had what I would call a well deserved tubtastic moment!  We stayed at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa – which was a pretty great experience… The only thing that would pull it down would be the distance to the city center – but the closeness to great Japanese food brings it right up again!

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We also enjoyed the lovely view from our “way-up-there” hotel room…

The Food

Our first food experience in Porto was horrible – beyond belief! We had just gotten to the city after our long travels – and a taxi driver threw us off in the most touristy place along the river – which is logical when you have a load of tourists you need to rid of. Our need for food was enormous – after having breakfast in Germany ages ago – our stomachs were growling in a manner usually only produced by hungry wolves… So we did what good tourists do – we went for the first thing we could find – where the people didn’t understand us and we did not understand them – and after many feeble attempts to come to an understanding we all go for the same thing on the menu. It ended up being a mountain of crackers, salty ham and salty cheese… No one could finish it – and I am never having crackers again!

Luckily this horrible food encounter made everything else we met along the way seem like a Michelin star meal! Ok that is maybe taking it a bit far – but we did get lucky in the food department after that meal though. What I found peculiar was the fact that we came across a great amount of Japanese restaurants – and I loved it! We had two brilliant Japanese places in walking distance from our hotel.

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First we had a proper family style teppanyaki experience at Teppan | sushi & teppanyaki… Great food in great amount…

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Another great Japanese moment was accidentally coming across a restaurant called gosho. This was more of a fine dining Japanese experience – and I finally got to end my cravings for sushi (at least for a little bit) This restaurant had the coolest interior I have ever seen, and open space in a basement – I unfortunately did not take a picture of this greatness as we entered – but to say it like this; I was to amazed to react!

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We had the obligatory lunch at the amazing Majestic Cafe…Gorgeous but crazy crowded – but common – enormous mirrors, pink walls and decadence for all the money – what is there to complain about?

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And of course we had great coffee mayhem all through out the holiday!




The Fun

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We had the chance to go crazy in the coolest candy shop ever – so we did! Remember reading about Dream Pills ages ago – and it lives up to its name… We filled a pill bottle and labeled it “in case of emergency” – let’s just say we encountered a lot of emergencies that day!  Love that they had an international” label section as well – since portuguese makes close to no sence for the two of us…

The City

This was a city where you could just get lost in the architecture, the colours and the buzz… Every day was a totally different experience – and we would love to return to experience more of this beautiful city.

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I know it is tons of images – but dammit – I had to take 200 shots for every meter OK! And it is no secret – I prefer to communicate visually!

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(taken with my Nikon and my phone)

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