While Claudio made his Winter escape to beautiful Kitzbühel I once again flew over to Norway. It was already my second visit to the Nordic country, last year I had the pleasure to visit Geilo. This year my destination was Hovden, a small town embedded into the snow-covered mountains in the center of the country.
Hovden is maybe not the most famous Winter destination, but it really surprised me in a positive way. While Geilo was clearly more family-oriented Hovden turned out to be a very youthful place with lots of cool young people, not only visiting there, but also living there. Being surrounded by this like-minded crowd of course made the whole experience much more enjoyable.
On this wonderful trip I got to know a few really nice young local people, got to taste the exquisite Norwegian cooking and made my first attempts on skis. I really had a blast and am happy to share my impressions with you after the jump along with some recommendations for Hovden.
Even though winter is already gone here in Berlin and Spring is knocking on our doors inviting us out to stroll down the Spree or riding bikes through the city we have a wonderful Winter escape recommendation for you not to miss.
Actually it’s more a Spring escape, but never mind. Because any season you decide to escape the big city lights of Berlin for beautiful Kitzbühel will be most enjoyable. This little town has so much to offer that we repeated our trip from last year to get to know a much more sporty side of the idyllic mountain city. After the jump you will find some detailed recommendations and tons of beautiful mountain photos that will melt your arid city heart and make you wish to go for a skiing trip right away.
Even if you are madly in love with Berlin as we are, you should always get yourself into different surroundings every once in a while. If you can’t imagine going into nature,there are a variety of exciting cities to discover, one of them being Venice in Italy which is pretty much the opposite of Berlin as a city. During the summer I had the feeling the whole city was actually venturing there to see the Biennale of Contemporary Art which takes place there every two years and is definitely worth a trip. But even without the Biennale going on Venice has a lot of great events like Carnevale or the film festival. It also has a magic of its own that can’t be compared to any other place on Earth.
Around Christmas I was invited by Anonimo Venenziano to be their foreign correspondent and to visit the city that I already know quite well off the beaten tracks. During my stay I collected 7 valuable reasons for you guys to visit Venice and the surrounding areas if you get a little Winter sick of staying in Berlin. Find my discoveries after the jump.
I’m actually not really the type who would reminisce about the past. But when I look back at the year 2013 I have to admit that this year was in many ways special for me. Special because of the things I did and that happened around me, but also because of some personal realizations about myself and my life that ultimately make me a very happy guy. As you guys are somehow part of this life I would like to share these special moments along with some highlights of the blog in 2013…
We have a little confession to make. Both Claudio and I have been to Lisbon recently – not at the same time, but with the same outcome: We both have a crush on this amazing and beautiful city. Forget Paris, forget London, forget Madrid. Lisbon might not be as big a metropolis as them, but it certainly has more charme and uniqueness to it.
I was there the first time a few years ago and already got addicted to the famous pastries of Belem, enjoyed the wonderful skyline of the city from one of the many view points and marveled at the beautiful hand-painted tiles on many of the old houses. On my recent trip to Lisbon my relationship to the city got a bit more intimate and passionate. The trip was half vacation and half a press trip with Sony Mobile. And while I got acquainted with the nearby beaches of the Costa de Caparica in the first half, I got an extensive introduction to many of the interesting spots in and around Lisbon by foot, by tuk tuk, by boat and by bus in the second one. On this city tour I got to review Sony’s brand new super smart phone the Xperia Z1. Being an iPhone 4 user that has been longing to find a decent replacement for the constantly failing Apple device this was an opportunity that I more than welcomed.
But coming back to Lisbon – this city is an absolute must-go-to. If it’s not for the beaches and the amazing surfing opportunities (that Claudio took advantage of on his trip) than it’s for the enchanting aesthetic of the city and its warm and welcoming inhabitants. Oh and praise the Portuguese for speaking excellent English After the jump I have some photos and Instagrams that I took on the tour, as well as some special recommendations for the city.
If there is one special activity that you can do in Berlin that is totally underrated, it’s this: A boat trip on the river Spree. Everyone is always talking about going to the abandoned places outside the city for some adventure, but how about floating right through it and seeing the city from a very different side that you haven’t seen before?
Two weeks ago I was lucky to go on exactly such a trip. On the occasion of the Red Bull R.Evolution that took place in Köpenick Italian fashion brand 55DSL, who awarded the Rebel of the Day at this event, organized a lovely boat trip on the river Spree. After a nice BBQ we took off with a vintage boat in the evening making this a lovely night trip. We went all the way from Köpenick to Berlin-Mitte. It was quite beautiful to see all the buildings illuminated at night and their lights reflecting in the water. I can really recommend this!
See some beautiful impressions of the trip and read about my encouter with 55DSL label head Andrea Rosso after the jump.
One of the major perks of running a blog such as this is the opportunity to travel to different places and meet interesting new people. I feel it’s such a privilege and I am so blessed everytime I have the chance to enjoy it. Earlier this year I took some short trips to the beautiful city of love – Paris – courtesy of French label Paco Rabanne. I was invited to experience the launch of their new menswear fragrance Invictus that will be released next month. As the campaign was pretty much a big secret I couldn’t really reveal anything about my trips other than a few Instagram shots. But now the lid has been lifted…
Read more about the elaborate campaign of Invictus by Paco Rabanne, its involvement with 7 different athletes from all over the world, how I created my own perfume and what my and Berlin’s role in this is going to be, after the jump.
The French countryside is pretty popular among tourists. Each year, the Provence, the Côte d’Azur and the Normandy are visited by thousands of visitors. This time, I explored another part of the French countryside: I went to Moulins in the Auvergne. The city is neither mentioned in the Lonely Planet nor in the Rough Guide – which is always a good sign, because it indicates that Moulins is still an insider’s tip. And indeed the city has much to offer: A spectacular Art Nouveau restaurant, France’s national costume museum, the bizarre villa of an excentric millionaire, a spa in a chapel – and superb Haute Cuisine. More after the jump.
Combining fashion and interior design makes a lot of sense. That’s probably what the makers of Flair fashion & home had in mind when they ventured into the world of publication. The Hamburg based magazine that recently transitioned from print to online is one of those charming young publications that wants to make a difference – away from a glossy high-fashion attitude toward a more approachable and natural one. From home stories, over interior design treasures, to beauty tips and fashion news – Flair has it all, from girls for girls.
My favorite part of the magazine are the travel stories by the two adorable girls Louise and Karolin a.k.a. the Flairettes (name inspired by Travelettes, huh? ) They are jetting around the world from Paris, London, New York, over Puerto Rico, Rio de Janeiro, to Lissabon, Johannesburg, and Budapest. They’ve been everywhere, sharing their experience in words and beautiful pictures with great recommendation from their trips. Let’s hope their journey, as well as the rest of the magazine will keep up the good work! Some impressions from the Flairettes after the jump…
Last week Louis Vuitton opened their latest Maison in the historical Residenzpost in Munich. And by Maison I don’t mean a regular old house – with this term the French brand describes their special line of flagship stores that represent their whole line of products plus a few extra features such as custom made shoes for the gents, custom made handbags for the lady and customized travel gear for both. This one is only the 5th Maison in Europe and the 20th in the whole world, so it was quite a big deal. A big deal is also the house it moved into. The Residenzpost is probably one of the most prestigeous homes they have, and as coincidence has it, the construction of the building was comissioned in the same year as good ol’ Louis started his business some 150 years ago. I suppose it might have very well been fate that these two entities are coming together in 2013.
As I already teased last week my fellow bloggers from LesMads, Josie Loves, Cherry Blossom Girl, Horstson and I traveled to Munich to join the big opening ceremony. It was – as always – a magnificent event with famouses over famouses including Hollywood icon Uma Thurman, topmodel Franziska Knuppe, and a whole league of young German actors such as Kostja Ullmann, Hannah Herzsprung, and Alexandra Neldel. At the party we were delighted with the live performance by Marina and the Diamonds and fun DJ sets by Palina and Schowi. Enjoy my impressions of the big opening of the Louis Vuitton Maison München Residenzpost after the jump.