Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Valencia City Guide - Day One

Hey guys, as promised I'm trying to catch up on all my blog posts I wanted to publish this summer but couldn't because of lack of time. So here's my Valencia city guide!

In July my little sister Rieke and I took our older sister Nina to this stunning Spanish city for her birthday. And we all loved it! Valencia is such a beautiful, both modern and old city with many lovely buildings, squares, restaurants and shops. We booked an apartment with Living Valencia in the Barrio del Carmen, a lively and colourful neighborhood with many restaurants, shops and fabulous street art! We couldn't have chosen a better quarter, of all areas in Valencia we visited I liked this one most.

Morning in Valencia - Mercat Central, City of Arts and Sciences and Beaches

We arrived very late on a Friday night and started Saturday with a typical Spanish breakfast in a café next to the Mercat Central, a bustling and beautiful market hall where you can find everything from souvenirs to fresh juices, seafood and Spanish snacks. Afterwards, we started walking. And walked and walked to the large and quiet Jardín del Turia park. We relaxed a bit there and had some lunch before heading to the City of Arts and Sciences which impressed us most! The space and stunning architecture of this place is just breathtaking. I have to say we were super lucky with the weather and everything was painted beautifully in white and turquoise. We also went to the L'Umbracle, a cultural event space right next to museum of Science. It's made up of palm trees under an arch that lets in natural light. We also loved this place.

Right after we continued our way to the beach, which is a bit further out of town. The beaches in Valencia are much longer and broader than in Mallorca but even more crowded as they are city beaches. So we just took a little walk along the water and headed back to the city centre by bus.

Barrio del Carmen and Kaikaya Restaurant

In the afternoon we went for a walk around our neighborhood where we explored cute streets full of graffitis and cool restaurants. The Barrio del Carmen is the most perfect street art area! Later, we went for dinner at Kaikaya which serves Japanese and Brasilian fusion cuisine. The dishes were a bit pricey but all delicious! We tried a couscous salad with strawberries, chicken croquettes, fried gambas and spicy ravioli, all very tasty. I also loved the interior of the restaurant with its Asian details and plants everywhere creating tropical feels.

After dinner we went back to Plaza del Ayuntamiento, a beautiful town square which we had already passed in the morning. There, the Gran Fira de Valencia took place that night. It was a cool open air fiesta with live music, food stalls and a fun crowd. We danced a bit, had some more snacks and later went home after a long day of exciting moments in the beautiful city of Valencia! I hope you enjoyed reading this post, xo

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bikini Island and Mountain Hotels Opening

Hey guys, where shall I start? You haven't heard of me in three months! Yup, three entire months without posting anything, I can't believe it myself. I'm so sorry for abandoning you these last few months. In March I started a new job as an editor and online manager of a lifestyle magazine here in Mallorca and to be honest, it's taking all my motivation to spend time online. After working a full day, sitting, typing and staring at my laptop I simply don't feel like spending any more time with it than necessary. It's sad and also a shame because I had a fantastic summer (it's not over yet here on the island) with lots of great events and trips! I went to Valencia, Salamanca, New York, Germany and Menorca during the last couple of weeks and had lots of friends and family visiting. We did so much cool stuff together that I simply had no time to go through all these thousands of photos that have accumulated during the past few months. I hope I can get a bit back on track now, however you can always follow me on Instagram where I'm surely more active than here.

Bikini Island and Mountain Hotels Opening

Enough said, today's post is about a wonderful, really wonderful event I got invited to in July. The Bikini Island and Mountain Hotels celebrated its opening of a new fabulous hotel in the beautiful Port de Sóller here in Mallorca. And let me tell you, this hotel is my dream come true! Boho vibes, beach furniture, colorful details, a cozy terrace with splendid views, a hippie pool with a peace sign and last but not least, a huge book shelf filled with coffee table books! You know how much I adore coffee table books...
The opening event was not less fabulous than the bohemian hotel interior. I took my two sisters Nina and Rieke and best friend Mariella to the event and we had such an unforgettable night. A fun and laid-back yet sophisticated crowd, great music, a relaxed atmosphere, food stands and cocktail bars everywhere! For me as a real foodie it was heaven on earth. We tried delicious ceviche, Mallorcan jamon, ridiculously good fried squid, fresh fruit and much more. The food was served with strawberry gin, fresh orange juice, other great drinks and my favorite of the night, a basil lime cocktail. We stayed a couple of hours, chatting, taking photos, indulging in all the tasty food and drinks and even met the German actors Anna Loos and Jan Josef Liefers.
Before we left that night we of course had to take some cool shots in the photo bus at the hotel entrance. Perfectly matching the motto of the party we all wore hippie clothes that went great with the accessories we found in the photo bus. We had such a blast in there, we could have taken millions of pics. Thank you so much for such a fabulous, cool and fun event, Bikini Hotels. We will surely come back, peace!

Bikini Island and Mountain Hotels

Carrer de Migjorn, 2
07108 Port de Sóller
+34 971 631 700

Friday, June 22, 2018

Cassai Mallorca

Hey guys, as promised, here's the next post that's been waiting to be published for a while now. Today I'll take you to a lovely place, Ses Salines in Mallorca, where you will find a really cool restaurant and pretty interior shop. I went there a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend and my friend Mariella. We spent a lovely Sunday morning at the beach, Cala Mondragó, and visited the town afterwards where we had a fantastic time.

Cassai Gran Café and Restaurant

After relaxing at the beach for a bit we went to Ses Salines for lunch. We quickly grabbed some typical Mallorquin sandwich at a local bar because we were so hungry and it was quite late for lunch already. After that we headed to Cassai Gran Café and Restaurant. It really is a one-of-a-kind place. A wonderful mix between boho, Mediterranean, vintage and jungle fever. We had three different, all very delicious cocktails and chilled at the restaurant for a bit. It was pretty quiet in the afternoon so the perfect spot to relax.

Cassai Home

After enjoying our cocktails we went to check out Cassai Home, the beautiful interior shop right across the street from the restaurant. They have fabulous stuff, from beautiful pillow cases to paintings, bags and dresses, lamps and much more. They don't only offer decór but also fashion! I fell in love with almost every single thing I spotted in the store. You can lose hours there admiring every detail. We spent a while at the shop and later headed to the beautiful Cala Llombards, another great beach in the area. If you're in the area of Ses Salines make sure to stop by the amazing Cassai Restaurant and interior shop!

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