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Monday, 27 April 2015

The Stylish Florence Travel Guide

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Where to stay
  • The Savoy in Florence has beautiful service as well as a great location within walking distance from all the main attractions and restaurants.
where to stay in florence
Where to eat
  • For cheap as sticks and delicious pizza head to the famous Gusta Pizza
  • La Bottega del Buon Caffe for Michelin star Italian food
where to eat in florence
  • Il Latini - good and affordable food
  • Lungarno Bistrot for a more upscale option in a lovely, romantic setting
  • Trattoria Sostanza, Trattoria da Tito for no fuss, great food
  • For a good wine bar head to Pitti Gola e Cantina - the wines are amazing and so is the food
  • Grom does amazing gelato
best gelato in florence
Things to do
  • Visit some of Florence`s impressive landmarks such as the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio
things to do in florence
  • Get a view over the city from Giotto`s Tower
  • Take a road trip through the Tuscan countryside for beautiful views
  • Have a nice picnic at Boboli Gardens
  • Visit the impressive Uffizi museum. Tip: it`s recommended to buy tickets a few days ahead of time as the queues can be very long.
  • Shopping - the streets around Piazza de la Repubblica are filled with luxurious shops from Prada to Chanel and Gucci
  • There is also a Gucci museum nearby, however I didn`t get the chance to personally visit it 
  • Overall there are loads of historical landmarks around every street corner so best is to just take a map and walk around and visit the ones that interest you.
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Michelin star lunch in Florence: La Bottega del Buon Caffe

One of our highlights of our trip to Florence was the fantastic lunch we had at Michelin star restaurant: La Bottega del Buon Caffe. I love Italian food and getting to enjoy Michelin star Italian food it was definitely an experience to remember. 
We started off with two lovely amuse bouche: a crispy carrot and foie gras disguised as a tomato, followed by a sort of potatoes foam with dried crispy vegetables on top. Both were very delicate and delicious.
la bottega del buon caffe
la bottega del buon caffe review
My partner`s red prawns starter was very pretty and delicious and I must admit I was eyeing it the whole time.
la bottega del buon caffe restaurant review
I had the octopus which was amazing and a really large portion for a starter. I was quite full after this and I was getting worried I won`t be able to make it through till dessert.
la bottega del buon caffe restaurant
After starters we followed with two pasta dishes (after all we were in Italy). The cappelletti filled with pigeon, butter and thyme, and the taglierini with red mullet and celery. Both were absolutely amazing and the pasta was cooked perfectly.
la bottega del buon caffe food
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For dessert we decided to share a tiramisu which was fantastic and I regretted ordering just 1 immediately as I took the first bite.
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Monday, 20 April 2015

Berlin travel photo diary

Berlin is definitely not a pretty city in the traditional sense of the word. But instead it has amazing street art, grittiness, and an overall cool attitude. We had a lot of fun visiting this city and I definitely recommend it for an European city trip. The city is relatively small (at least compared with London) and it`s quite easy to get around. Kreuzberg is a great area for nightlife and quirky cafes with very low prices, while Mitte has some of the more upmarket but very amazing restaurants and shops. Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain (it took me a long time to spell this word) are great areas for walking around and checking out the local markets. I`ll be posting soon some of my favourite tips with things to do in these areas but till then I hope you enjoy the photos. 
berlin graffiti
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berlin travel diary
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Top 13 ways to get traffic to old posts

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Styling the Boyfriend Jeans

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Sun is back in London town and it feels amazing! I have so much more energy when it`s sunny outside to actually leave my sofa in the weekends and do stuff. London really goes through a 180 degrees transformation as soon as summer comes and it becomes this really fantastic place where you love to live. People are happier, the pubs are surrounded by people outside everyday after work, flowing Pimms, loads of cool gigs and festivals all across town any day you want, the locals stop complaining about the weather, cool rooftop bars are re-opening, outdoor cinemas are preparing their schedule, and so much more. London has a lot of stuff going on anytime of the year but in summer it`s when everyone is running on extra energy.
We took these photo as the V&A museum which happens to be one of my favourite museums in London after seeing the Alexander McQueen exhibition which was amazing! Really well thought out and executed, definitely worth seeing if you`re in London as I think it`s the best fashion exhibition I have ever seen.

Shirt: Topshop
Boyfriend jeans: Cheap Monday

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Monday, 13 April 2015

An Italian escape at The Savoy Florence

The Savoy is the perfect boutique hotel for a stylish city getaway. With an ideal location right in the heart of the shopping area and within walking distance of amazing restaurants and attractions (the Duomo is literally just around the corner), makes The Savoy a great choice for those with limited time in Florence. 
the savoy florence hotel review
1. The room
We had the double room which was quite small in size but very elegant. The best parts about it must have been the very high ceiling (I love high ceilings), which gave the room a very "royal" feel, and the bathroom which was beautiful and almost as large as the bedroom.
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the savoy florence room
the savoy florence double room
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the savoy florence bathroom
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2. The breakfast & other dining options
The breakfast was very Italian mainly focused around cold meats and cheeses and of course a cup of coffee. There are cooked dishes available to order but these are usually charged extra. Although I`m a huge breakfast person on this occasion I didn`t particularly mind as we were eating so much for lunch and dinner that we preferred a lighter breakfast.
the savoy florence breakfast
3. Spa/ fitness facilities
No pool or spa unfortunately, however there is a fitness facility although walking in Florence probably gives you enough exercise :).

4. The service
Beautiful service from everyone working there from the doorman (a charmer!) to the concierge that made us feel very welcomed. They even offered me a free tiramisu which pretty much made them in my eyes the best hotel on the planet!

5. Location
Situated in a large piazza the hotel has a great location within walking distance from all the main attractions and in the heart of the shopping area. The only downside is that it can get a bit touristy and busy especially during the afternoon in weekends so we usually walked across Ponte Vecchio where it was a bit quieter and full of local restaurants.

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