Hands up who has always been dreaming about travelling to Istanbul? And hands up again who is now hesitant due to disturbances and political unrest? It’s probably one of the most frequently asked question I get: “Is it safe to visit Istanbul at the moment?” That’s the same question my dad kept on asking me since we moved to Istanbul, Turkey 1.5 years ago. Usually he is one of the first guests who hops on a plane to visit me, no matter where I live. In general I don’t like to convince people or talk them into something because it must be their decision only. I can only tell them stories of my life, show them photos and answer all questions truthfully. As for my dad, talking about the delicious Turkish food probably did the trick eventually….
I remember, when I was little, around the age of 10, a lot of my mum’s friends would go to Malta on vacation. I always thought, who wants to go to Malta if you can go to Italy. When I turned 12 I had the option of going on a language course, either to the UK or Malta. And again I though London and the rough British weather sounds much more tempting than Malta. Almost 20 years later and I finally did it. I went to Malta with a friend of mine mid of March. With Malta I even hit a little milestone, I visited my 70th country. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have travelled to Malta if it wasn’t for three reasons.
First of all, my friend, who is living in Hamburg didn’t want to fly very long so it had to be something in Europe. Secondly, I only wanted to go somewhere where there was a somewhat good guarantee of sunshine and mild temperature, so it had to be in the South of Europe. And last but not least, and that was the difficult part, I wanted to visit a new country. …
Israel has been on my bucket list for the longest time. First and foremost, there is the food. Some of my favorite dishes come from that region. Some recipes have its origin from bordering countries like Palestine and Irak which makes a culinary tour through Israel even more interesting. And then you have the religious influences. Jewish food meets Muslim food meets Christian food. Not everything you eat in Israel is Israeli and I would have much preferred to travel to all surrounding countries. But that’s not always easy and so I enjoyed my time in Israel as a melting pot of food from the region and diverse religions.
Before I continue with my post, let me say one thing. Believe it or not but you will eat the best hummus and pita in your life when coming to Israel. I could have never imagined that hummus could taste even better than I know. It just blew my mind and if you can’t find any reasons yourself why to visit Israel. The hummus will be justification enough. Trust me on this one….
Back in November I spent a few days in Stockholm with my boyfriend. We booked our flights spontaneously and hopped on the plan a few days later. We stayed at the very beautiful and super stylish Miss Clara Hotel. Unfortunately or fortunately we were only half lucky with the weather. We had lots of rain but we also had a couple if days of sunshine. Though the weather conditions and low light made this trip slightly challenging.
Photo-wise I couldn’t capture the best moments, neither of the food nor of the city. But there wasn’t a single place we ate at that we didn’t like. So just trust me on this and try all the recommendations of my food guide to Stockholm. It’s not a comprehensive list as we only spent 3 full days (and we had breakfast included in the hotel) in Stockholm. However you’ll find something for everyone. Healthy eats and sweet buns, vegetarian Swedish classics as well as veggie and acai bowls. …
This post is long overdue. I’ve been back from NYC for more than a month now. But it was quite difficult for me to start writing. I didn’t know if I wanted this post to be something like “OMG! I had such an amazing time, met the most brilliant people, made wonderful friendships, finally got to know so many Instagram friends in real life and oh yes, also ate some nice food”. Or if I wanted it to be more like “I enjoyed the most delicious food, explored every corner of the health scene, tried out so many new things, brought back even more inspiration and met some nice people at the SAVEUR Blog Awards”. You probably guessed it by now. My NYC trip was neither solely about the food nor was it only about the SAVEUR Blog Awards. But let me start from the beginning….
After a week of mountains, curvy roads, cute sheep herds and endless landscape beauty we arrived at the last stop of our Romania trip – Bucharest. I started my research a few days before we went to Bucharest and you usually find two kinds of opinions about this city. Either people love it or hate it. I think you should visit it but you don’t need to stay more than 24 hours. I love its dynamic and lively vibe. You’ll find lots of communist-era institutions paired with trendy cafes, an energetic nightlife as well as lush parks and an eclectic mix of architecture. In comparison to the rest of Romania, I loved Bucharest’s food scene….
For most people it might seem adventurous and exciting that I’ve been to over 60 countries. And I myself have to pinch my arm sometimes. Have I really seen so much of this world? And what is more to come? Will there ever be more fascinating places than the ones I have already seen? And that is when the downside, my very personal downside, of traveling begins. It’s like getting overloaded with toys as a little child. The first few dolls and trucks and puzzles were exciting but then the excitement slowly fades. Then you find yourself thinking that country x or city y is actually quite boring. And you wonder if this is because your mind and soul are overwhelmed with impressions and experiences from previous trips. Or is that certain city or country just not as fun as you expected it to be.
I tell you, it’s a nagging thought. It’s an unpleasant thought because you don’t want to end up with a life that seeks for the next more challenging, more thrilling, more adventurous, more exciting trip. You also want to appreciate quiet moments and soothing journeys. You want to wander a city, walk aimlessly through its hilly streets, enjoy a refreshing drink on cobbled squares, stop at the bakery to inhale the smell and a freshly baked pastry shortly after. And you want to think “Oh, this city is simply beautiful”. Then you realise that all your worries were for nothing. Because just when you thought you had seen it all and will never be impressed again, then there is Lisbon. Portugal’s quite capital. Not in terms of noise. But in comparison to other European capitals like London, Paris or Berlin, Lisbon is not the most popular travel destination. Wrongfully….
I just got back from a short trip to Lisbon and here is a quick summary of what we did: Strolling the hilly streets, watching beautiful sunrises, marvelling over wonderful city views and eating lots of sweet treats. And by lots, I mean A LOT of sweet treats. 3 days, 1 ice cream, 3.5 pastel de nata, 3 croissants, 2 pancakes and 1 rice cake. That’s how much I ate, probably 10 times my usual sugar intake but all in the name of research. The outcome is a short guide with Lisbon’s best sweet treats….
When I did my first draft for this post about Alacati’s delicious highlights I was like “Let me keep this short today because words can’t express the beauty of Alacati but pictures can”. That is still true but I want to add a few words to give my story a personal touch.
I won’t start talking politics on my blog (or Instagram) because this space is not meant for it. However I’d like to quickly talk about the attempted coup in Turkey a few weeks ago. And the impact it had on my inner life. After the coup happened, I felt tired, unmotivated and without any energy. Everything in Istanbul reminded me of that weekend. The country itself was still in shock and the city’s streets were crowded as usual but quiet. The atmosphere was overwhelming and almost depressing. In times like these you need to be careful not get stuck in a black hole. It’s easier to see only the drawbacks of a place when everything around it is surrounded by so much negativity….
Tallinn is a city that will surprise you and so will Tallinn’s food. At least, it did surprise me. As the capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a must-see on every trip to the Baltic States. Located at the Baltic Sea, Tallinn is an exciting mix of medieval churches, hip coffee shops, baroque palaces, cozy side-streets and an amazing food culture.
Before I went to Tallinn I asked my Instagram Community for tips on where to eat. The response was overwhelming, a slight indicator that our 3 days in Tallinn would be very tasty. I quickly decided that food would be the main focus of our travels because I didn’t think that tasting testing every recommended eatery in Tallinn sounded like a bad idea. And it wasn’t. So if you are planing on visiting Tallinn any time soon and are looking for a delicious adventure, I’ve got you covered. Here is my personal Tallinn Food Guide with a list of my favorite restaurants (and one coffee shop)….