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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Travel in Style: Copenhagen Photo Diary

Copenhagen was my first solo holiday travel destination and it was absolutely amazing! I spent there 4 days and took around 4,000 pictures. This is why this post is very photo heavy so I hope you`re on a good internet connection :). 

Nyhavn was one of my favourite areas, everything is so colourful and picturesque. 
copenhagen travel tips
copenhagen travel tips
Loved the industrial and minimalistic architecture of the city.
copenhagen travel guide
copenhagen travel guide
copenhagen travel guide
copenhagen travel tips
copenhagen travel tips
Torvehallerne food market looks uber cool and has great food. 
copenhagen travel tips
copenhagen travel tips
copenhagen travel tips
I loved the cute Tivoli Gardens that felt like some fairytale land, although it would have been great to come with someone to try the rides. 
copenhagen attractions
copenhagen attractions
copenhagen attractions
copenhagen attractions
copenhagen attractions
copenhagen attractions
what to see in copenhagen
what to see in copenhagen
what to see in copenhagen
tivoli gardens copenhagen
tivoli gardens copenhagen
Copenhagen is a great destination for foodies. Nordic cuisine is what everyone is talking about recently and I could see why. Everything was super fresh and of great quality. 
copenhagen food
copenhagen food
The great thing about travelling solo in Copenhagen is that you don`t have to worry so much about awkward solo dinners as there are small, cute cafes everywhere where people just chill out by themselves.
copenhagen cafe
 Rosenborg Slot Castle also has a wonderful park.
rosenborg slot castle
rosenborg slot castle
rosenborg slot castle
copenhagen latin quarter
copenhagen latin quarter
 The Botanical Gardens. 
copenhagen botanical garden
 While in Denmark you have to try the classic Danish hot dog from a street stall which is absolutely the best hot dog I ever had. 
copenhagen hot dog
A wonderful view of the city. 
copenhagen view

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Skt Petri Copenhagen Hotel Review

skt petri hotel review
Image source www.sktpetri.com
1. The room (12/20)
As I was travelling solo I had booked the single room which was good in size although the bed really felt like a single bed. The main disappointing thing about the room was the location which was situated exactly near the service staff lift and had no outdoor view, only view of the hotel lobby. Good thing though was that there was air conditioning which most hotel rooms in Copenhagen don`t have.
skt petri hotel review
2. The breakfast & other dining options (14/20)
There was a good choice for breakfast. For dinner I have also tried the hotel restaurant on my last night as I was just so tired after so much walking during the day and it was actually pretty good. I had the steak which was beautifully cooked and of good quality. The chips were also really yummy and seemed to have been cooked in fat. So naughty yet so good.
skt petri hotel review
skt petri copenhagen hotel review
3. The service (14/20)
The service was ok although they didn`t really go out of their way to make you feel welcomed. For a 5 star hotel I thought the service could be a bit more personal.

4. Location (18/20)
The hotel had a really good location situated just 20 minutes by direct train from the airport and in the heart of the Latin Quarter with loads of cafes and restaurants near by. All the major attractions are also within walking distance. I basically didn`t need to take any bus/taxi/tube to get around which was great.

Overall rating: 14.5 out of 20.
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

My favourite face illuminators for a glowing skin

I LOVE a glowing skin. If I could choose to have a light bulb instead of my face I would definitely go for it. I`ve tested a few illuminators but so far these are my current favourites. 
best face illuminators
best face illuminators
Instead of primer I use the Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream which is very light and perfect as a makeup base. The MAC Strobe Cream is an amazing illuminator and I usually apply it either before putting on my foundation, either straight after on top of my cheek bones, nose, upper lip, and forehead for extra "light" boost. 
best face illuminators
To give a bit of bronzing colour I use Soleil Tan de Chanel, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder, and the Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powder which I`ve had for ages. Soleil Tan de Chanel is a liquid illuminator with a golden shimmer for a bronzed look and it`s right on top of my favourites alongside MAC Strobe Cream.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Kai Mayfair Restaurant Review

Kai is a Michelin star Chinese restaurant situated in Mayfair in London. Although the dishes were quite pricey the food was very good and both the boy and I enjoyed our dinner here. We started with soft shelled crab (16/20) which was lovely cooked and went really well with the dressing. 
kai mayfair restaurant review
My boyfriend also had the hot and sour soup (13/20). Which was extremely praised by the restaurant in the menu. Unfortunately neither my boyfriend and I felt that the soup raised to the high standard the restaurant made us expect. 
kai mayfair review
The tiger prawns with crispy curry leaves (18/20) was definitely my favourite dish of the evening. The mix of flavours was beautiful and the prawns were very well cooked.
kai mayfair review
For the meat dish we had the soy & honey marinated lamb (14/20) which was good but didn`t feel very Chinese. 
kai mayfair

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top 10 reasons why I love living in Europe

As much as I love travelling around the world my heart will always belong to Europe. It doesn`t really matter to me so much which country as long as I know I`m somewhere in Europe. And the reasons are:

1. The ease of travelling
It`s very easy to travel from one country to another either by plane, the Eurostar, other trains, coaches, cars, you can be in a different country in just 1 hour which doesn`t really happen in other continents (unless you live exactly near the border). It`s much easier to spend a bank holiday or a long weekend abroad here than if I was living in another continent.
benefits of living in europe
2 hrs flight from London and you`re in one of my favourite European cities: Barcelona!

2. The variety of cultures & histories
Every country in Europe has their own history, traditions, culture so even though you only travel for 1 hour it feels like you`re in a completely new place.
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Venice managed to resist the changes of time with beautiful architecture.
3. The food
Asia might have amazing street food, and America might have great casual dining but how can I leave the delicious, buttery French croissants and roast chicken, the finger licking Danish pastries, the gorgeous Italian pasta, or the warm-hearting Romanian sour soups?
living in europe advantages
Gorgeous meatballs with polenta at Limewood.
4. The variety of seasons
Although I definitely wish summer was longer I do love having 4 seasons than just 1 or 2. It`s great having snow for Christmas and rainy autumn days where I just snuggle with a cup of tea under the duvet (that being said that doesn`t usually happen and most of the time I`m just getting drenched by the rain outside because in the only day I forgot my umbrella it decided to rain).

5. The shopping
London, Paris, Milan, and just a few hours flight away from each other, it`s hard to compete with that.

6. The cultural space
With such a long and diverse history Europe is a great place for studying or just pursuing cultural hobbies like visiting museums, castles, exhibitions.
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At the Louvre in Paris. Almost died after 2 hrs walking but that`s a different story.

7. The ease of relocating if you get bored
If you just want a change of scenery or if you would like to explore studying or working elsewhere it`s much easier to relocate in the EU countries.

8. The safety
Although as a traveler you should always be aware of your surroundings and take normal safety precautions, it`s relatively safe to travel in Europe which make it a preferred choice for solo travellers.

9. The humour
Not everyone can get our humour and this is why I love it even more. Overall people are quite friendly here so it`s easy to find people to talk to.

10. The friends, family & memories
Lastly but not the least, this is where my family and friends live, where I grew up, went to school, so I`ll always feel a certain nostalgia and that sense of "home" towards Europe.

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