Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hello beautiful Colonia Sant Jordi

Hey guys, I guess summer on Mallorca is officially over. Stores and restaurants are closing, the beaches are almost empty and the worst thing... it's raining non-stop! The photos of this post were taken at the beginning of October when it was still hot and beautiful outside. I already miss salty hair and the smell of sun lotion on my skin. I also feel like I couldn't even really enjoy this summer because I was working so much and was so busy with other things that I didn't make it to the beach as often as I wanted. Summer just goes by so fast!

Colonia Sant Jordi

To get us back in the mood a bit I'm posting some of my last summer photos for this year (more summery pics of Menorca are coming soon). My friend Mariella and I went to the beautiful sleepy town of Colonia Sant Jordi in the south of Mallorca to spend a relaxed Saturday there at the beginning of the month. I love that little town, it has a few nice cafés and bars and not too many big hotels. Not to mention the stunning beaches you can find there!
We started our day at Cassai Beach House, a lovely restaurant right by the sea that offers all kinds of food and drinks. We ordered a rosé sangria, super yummy and refreshing! Right next to the beautiful restaurant you will find the Cassai Interior Store that is home to lots of unique furniture, clothes, decór and other little treasures. Later we had a quick sandwich for lunch and went off to the beach. The sandy beach at the end of Colonia Sant Jordi is beautiful but was still a bit too crowded at that time so we started walking towards the beach of Es Trenc and found a nice little spot. Nobody there (except for some nudists here and there), crystal clear shallow water and beautiful natural surroundings. A small piece of heaven that was just perfect for a relaxing break. I mean look at this water, how can one not love Colonia Sant Jordi?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Valencia City Guide - Day Two

Hello and happy Thursday! I hope you're all doing well, hang in there, the weekend is just around the corner. I really wanted to post the second part of my Valencia City Guide earlier but didn't have the time to sit down and write a bit because I spent the last two weekends in Vienna and Milan, both beautiful cities. Anyway, today I finally give you some more Valencia trips so read on!

Plaza de la Virgen and Science Museum

We started our second and last day in Valencia early in the morning at the romantic Plaza de la Virgen in the old town. This part was one of my favorite parts of the city thanks to its beautiful old buildings, little shops and cafés. We strolled the streets for a bit, bought some souvenirs for our parents and then headed to the City of Arts and Sciences which we had already visited the day before. 

This time we went to see the Museum of Science because my sister Nina loves dinosaurs so much so we thought it would be a nice present for her. The museum itself has some cool permanent collections and exhibitions but since I've seen so many unique and huge museums in New York I wasn't too much impressed. However, it's a nice activity on a grey afternoon and especially fun for kids. 

Ruzafa District and Waffle Time

We spent the afternoon in the beautiful Ruzafa district where you will find lots of colorful houses and cute cafés or restaurants. After walking for a bit we decided to have some coffee and cake at Dulce de Leche Boutique, a very cosy and also crowded café that serves all kinds of coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries. We had some blueberry cake and cheesecake which we honestly didn't like too much, I've had better cakes in other places. Maybe we should have better tried the yummy looking chocolate cakes. However, the coffee and chai latte were totally fine and the place itself is a lovely spot to relax.

Since we all have a real sweet tooth we visited the cute Waffle Time bakery before heading to the airport. They create delicious, insta-perfect waffles with different toppings. We tried the unicorn waffle with cheesecake and the oreo waffle. They were both very yummy and two waffles were more than enough for three girls. We left Valencia happy, exhausted and with a full tummy! I will surely come back. Hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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

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