I originally had this post planned for earlier in the week, but in light of the recent tragedy in Paris – talking about how great my own international travels had been just seemed insensitive. But I thought twice about it since then and realized that now is exactly the time to see the beauty of travel and the good in the world around us. So without further preface, my complete guide to Amsterdam. (more…)
By the time we reached Amsterdam in our travels (catch up on the rest with my guides to Copenhagen and Prague), I had exhausted most of what was in my suitcase. So I reached for the classics. These black, distressed skinny jeans were worn constantly, both for flights and long days of walking around and this navy coat is so good it made the spot as my only coat for the trip (with heavyweight items I try to pick an option that can be dressed up or down and matches with everything – this one covers all those bases).
The second leg of our European trip took us to Prague – a city that was booked almost entirely on the fact that several friends and acquantainces over the years have mentioned that there was something very special about the city that is hard to describe without actually visiting. Now here I am, finding myself – having now visited – trying to put the magic of Prague into words (aside from saying ‘just go’). (more…)
I am certain that our time spent in Prague is the closest I will ever come to living in a fairytale. The castles, the colors, the… everything. It just felt like magic. For the most part I try to pack practically with solids that I can mix and match – but I was happy to have packed a few standout pieces like this plaid skirtand floral dress for a city that felt like it deserved a little dressing up.
I had been dreaming of visiting Copenhagen, Denmark for ages – with it’s winding streets, colorful homes, streamlined design. And it didn’t disappoint. While I’ve already shared some of what I wore while visiting (here, here and here) I wanted to share a more detailed photo diary and insight into some of my favorites destinations in the city.
It would be impossible to come to Copenhagen and not visit Nyhavn (or New Harbor) – a colorful waterfront row of restaurants and bars that is probably the most photographed stretch of the city. On a sunny day it will undoubtedly be crowded, but grab a sandwich, sit along the docked boats and ignore the rest of the tourists and the visit is totally worth it.
A 10-15 minute walk from Nyhavn you’ll find yourself at the Round Tower – the oldest functioning observatory in all of Europe. Pay a small entry free (around $5 USD) and round your way to the top for a view over the entire city. Stop at nearby Paludan Bog & Cafe for a delicious brunch at a cafe that doubles as a library.
For a further look at the city’s history – wander down Snaregade (the oldest documented street in the city) and afterwards head to Cafe Europa for a coffee and pastry just a quick step from the shopping district.
If you’re looking for a neighborhood to stay – we loved Vesterbro (we stayed in this Airbnb and can’t say enough good things). About a 20 minute walk from the city center it offered a perfect escape from the more crowded downtown areas and was full of young Danish couples & families, cute shops and great restaurants. We tried Neighborhood for Denmark’s traditional, super thin crust pizza and Von Fressen – a charming little bar that served up great cocktails by the friendliest staff.
And if you’re willing to walk and want to go beyond the tourist spots – Kastellet is the city’s star shaped military fortress dating back to the 1600s that also now serves as a beautiful park (including a picture perfect windmill!) and Superkilen is a park meets modern art exhibit in the area of Norrebro that makes for some pretty wild photo ops (seen here).