Category: Travel

A QUICK BERLIN UPDATE

Happy 2015, we just got back home after our Christmas holiday. . . And the holiday was more than enjoyable, even though it took its toll on my preggo feet. We are definitely heading back to Berlin, feel like we still have a lot of exploring to do. It was a week of amazing sights, great shopping, long walks, endless wandering at museums, brilliant food and stiff feet…

I’ve gathered a bunch of my photos from the trip to share with you… Just a quick collection of our trip, including an image of the puppy trying to join in by hiding in my luggage…

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Hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and an amazing 2015 celebration!

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CITY LOVE – BERLIN

Thought I’d share another “city love” post, today it’s all about Berlin! It has a reason to it, we’ve decided to go to Berlin in December, enjoy new years there and head back home sometime in January. Personally I can’t wait, all of my vacation time taken out so far this year has been spent fixing the new apartment, so a trip outside the country is needed. We’ve both wanted to visit Berlin for quite some time, so it’s going to be amazing finally ticking it of our “Europe To Visit” list… Mostly looking forward to crisp winter walks, coffee shop surfing, new years shopping (tons of shops to check out – a lot of things we do not get in this tiny Norwegian city of ours) and of course celebrating new years eve away from home…

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Can’t wait! If anyone’s got any great Berlin tips, please do tell!

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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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