PERFECT SUMMER HOLIDAYS

summer weekend trips

The summer have just started and I presume many of us are planning our summer holidays.
Regardless if you are staying in the city working, just have the time and money for a quick weekend away or you want to splash out on a luxurious longer vacation, I am here to give you some of my best tips on where to go.

THE SUMMER WEEEKEND TRIP

If you only have a few days to spare, pack you smaller suitcase and either jet off to London for an amazing time or if you are craving more of a beach vibe go to Barcelona.

These two big cities are extremely different and since I lived in one of them and visited the other several times I have experienced the best of both of these cities.

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London – You can to go London with your family, with your friends or you significate other. This city have no limits and in the summer it is like a never ending fairy tale. Walk along the lovely streets in Chelsea and a walk along the Thames (not the south side of the Thames though), dine at amazing restaurants, visit some of the worlds most amazing rooftop terraces and go shopping. And if you are in the mood, the club scene is a never ending story and it always offer the best of the best in Mayfair.
I promise I will publish the ultimate London guide very soon!

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Barcelona – This is the type of city that is best suitable for a shorter trip with friends or your signifitae other. It does not really have a family vibe over it. It offers a lot of fun bars (a lot of rooftop bars as well!), restaurants and night clubs. Go shopping at la ramblas, visit hotel W for drinks and just lounging during the day and enjoy one of the many nightclubs near the beach. However I may add, Barcelona is nowhere near as sofictistaed as London and it is very relaxed. So if you love to get dolled up and look glamorous, go to London or Paris instead!

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Rome or Venice - I have never been but I have always dreamed of going to both Rome and Venice, hopefully one day I will. If you have the chance to go there I am sure it will be an amazing weekend trip.
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ONE WEEK HOLIDAY

If you have a bit more time to spare and at least one week minium to travel, I would recommend these options;
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The greek islands

Nothing is more amazing than a week or two at one of the most amazing greek islands. Since recent turbulence of events happening in the Mediterranean sea and greek economy, a lot of place had to close down and the selection is not as big as before, so to make sure you visit somewhere where business is as usual, choose one of the more luxurious islands that are more reserved from extreme amounts of tourists.

Santorini - So romantic and oh so chic! This is the perfect place to go with your partner.
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Zakynthos – This island offer the most amazing beaches! Do not miss Zakynthos it is breathtaking and a lot more too see than many other greek islands.
“Visitors to Zakynthos should avoid the boozy corners of the south coast and stick to the beautiful, unspoilt north and mountainous west of the island,” says Telegraph Travel’s Joanna Symons.
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Mykonos - This is the island to go for with your girlfriend if all you want to do is party, chill on the beach and just enjoy the Greek culture at the same time! A lot of the great clubs in London have opened clubs in Mykonos during the summer so there is no shortage of either bars or clubs in this island. It is not as chic as South of France but more sophisticated than Ibiza.
Italy - Lake Como: Villa Blues

Italy - Or why not jet off to somewhere fabulous like Capri or Lake Como? These are the favorite places of many celebs and it is not hard to see why. It is chic, classic and tranquil. Perfect for a couples looking for the perfect romantic holiday. Warning, this is some pricey places to visit so be prepared to spend just as much as in South of France.

ONE TO TWO WEEKS OR MORE

South of France

Nothing beats a few weeks in South of France and it’s magical vibe. How to enjoy South of France in the absoluteltyu best way is to rent a car, spend a few days in different areas and cities and take a detour to provance. Then you will discover the best of all worlds. Or why not go along the coast along Italy?

My suggestion would be a 1-2 days in Monaco (after that it might get boring), Eze, Cannes, Cap ferrat, St Tropez.
Avoid the classic beach restaurant and look online to find the hidden gems and you are sure to have a lovely time.
provance

Do not miss provance, visit a wine yard, enjoy long lunches and go shopping at the small local markets for things to bring home. The atmosphere in provance is so relaxing it needs to be experienced. But don’t expect to find any exciting bars anywhere near ;)
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Sailing in croatia, the greek island or why not in the Swedish Archpelago? – In my family sailing is a big tradition I when I was growing up we went sailing every summer. It is something so magical about sailing but I would recommend going sailing in calm waters where you can enjoy the trip and not the rough sea. Sailing in preplanned routes in both Croatia and the Greek island must be magical but doing it outside Stockholm and along the cost towards Öland is not so bad either!

sailing trip

Road trip in the US - Go on a road trip through Florida and stay a few more days in Miami. Just avoid august as this is the rain seasons worst month!
Or head over to LA and do the classic road trip through route 66 and to San Francisco.
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Trend alert! There is a growing selection of healthy holidays, which means you buy a package trip. The organizer have reneted out a selection of houses or hotel rooms somewhere warm and nice, then they have set up a shecudle of actititys with work outs and meditations, yoga etc. All the meals are included and you have organised dinners with all the people on the trip. This sounds like a faboluous way of meeting new friends and perfect if you want to enjoy a relaxing trip on your own but still want to feel like you are not alone and get the chance of making new friends. I am going to research this more and write an update with what I found in the near future!

MAGICAL PLACES TO VISIT

new york travel inspiration exotic holidays2 The fall has finally arrived and even though it is my favorite time a year, one can’t help but dream away and feeling the urge to book a vacation. I like cold weather so I would love to travel and experience other cold countries in the fall and winter, like this castle in Germany for example, truly magical!
But a sunny warm holiday can never go wrong either. I thought I would share some of my current travel “cravings”, if you are planning your next holiday or just want to dream away I am sure you will this travel inspiration as much as I do.

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Paris

Havent been there now for a few years and now I feel it is time to go again. Such a magical city

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Hua Hin Hotel, Thailand

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 travel inspiration exotic holidays Auronzo di Cadore, Italy

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Le Meridien, Bora Bora French Polynesia

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Igloo Villiage, Finland

australia  travel inspiration exotic holidaysWhitehaven Beach Australia
Also known as one of the worlds most beautiful beaches!

thailand  travel inspiration exotic holidaysHanging Gardens Ubud Hotel, Bali Indonesia

germany castle  travel inspiration exotic holidaysBavaria, Germany
Looks like something out a Harry Potter movie, so surreal and beautiful

thailand  travel inspiration exotic holidaysMalibu California

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Sixty hotels in New York

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What a view, need to go to California as soon as possible…

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canada travel inspiration exotic holidays2Alberta, Canada

Photos: @travelawesome & @Beautifuldestinations

KNIGHTSBRIDGE AT NIGHT

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After a late dinner at Mandarin last week me and my mum decided to talk a late walk through Knightsbridge. My favourite part of London! No place in London makes me so happy as strolling around Knightsbridge, walk through hyde park and of course go to Harrods haha! This is the area I first fell in love with in London and I have so many lovely memorise from hanging out with friends, going for lunches, tea and dinners at different places in this area.

So if you are going for a weekend trip to London and want to experience what Knightsbridge I would recommend Bvlgari hotel or Mandarin Oriental for drinks after dinner.
If you instead want to go somewhere for pre drinks before clubbing, then try Buddha Bar, Eclipse or Jaks (both located on Walton Street) or Nozomi (Beauchamp place).

knightsbridge at night

Efter en sen middag förra veckan så tog jag och mamma en kvällspromenad genom Knightsbridge. Mitt favoritområde i London! Det finns ingen plats i London som gör mig så glad som att strosa omkring i Knightsbridge, ta en promenad genom hyde park och gå till Harrods såklart haha! Det var när jag först flyttade till London 2011 som jag verkligen förälskade mig i den här delen av stan, tyvärr är det rent ut sagt sviiindyrt att bo i Knightsbridge så det är bara att glömma. Men jag har så många underbara minnen från promenader, luncher, middagar och drinkar på olika härliga ställen här så tänkte att jag skulle dela med mig av några favoritställen.

Om du är i London på en weekendresa och vill ta några drinkar efter maten så är Bvlgari Hotel eller Mandarin Orientel perfekt. Där kan man sitta och prata med sitt sällskap utan att behöva skrika över hög musik (haha) i väldigt trevlig miljö. Om man istället vill gå till något mer livligt ställe med högre musik och mer pre party känsla innan man ska gå ut och festa så testa Buddha Bar, Eclipse eller Jaks (båda ligger på Walton Street) eller Nozomi (Beauchamp place).

TEA TIME AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL

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Hi dolls! Here are a few photos from when I went for tea at The Roseberry at Mandarin Oriental.

I had a superbusy day, going from one meeting to another and in the morning I only had about one minute to get ready. Just enough time to throw on some moistruizer, mascara and lipgloss. Then in the afternoon it started raining (of course…) and I didnt have an umbrella with me (will I ever learn lol!), so my hair got all wet and frizzy. So I did not arrive at tea looking super glam, but hey at least I got a little bit of a tan haha!

We had a peach tea and cheesecake since I was not very hungry and did not feel like ordering a afternoon tea menu. The tea was way to strong for my liking. You know when they let the tea infuse with the water for too long and the flavours just go way off? Yeah that is how it tasted, I imagine the tea would have been perfect otherwise. The cheesecake was amazing however. Instead of the usual cookie/digestive base it had a softcake base (in swedish: tänk er sockerkaka). I never had a cheesecake with that combonation before and it was sooo yummie, so I def need to try and make something similar at home.
However I must say for two people paying 50 punds for tea and some cake is a bit hefty, I know it is the Mandarin, but still I feel it is a bit too much. If you go and have a full afternoon tea in London you are expected to spend between £30 for more low key places and up to £50-60 at places like the Ritz. This place is perfect if you don’t care what you spend or if you are feeling like you want to splurge. The interioer is lovely and the view over Brompton road/Sloane Street is nice as well, even when it rains.

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Pierre Herme Knightsbridge

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13 Lowndes St, London SW1X 9EX

Earlier this week I was walking around in Knightsbridge and decided to pay the Pierre Hermé macaron store a visit. The man that worked in the store said that the selection of macarons was less the day we visited the store than it usually is. So it was not the kind of selection as they have in Paris. I remember when I was in Paris and I thought Pierre Hermés macarons were the best I had ever tried, even better than Ladurée! I only had the salted caramel this time and unfortunately it was not good at all, it tasted burnt and left a bad taste afterwards. But my mother had some other flavours and said they were much nicer. But if I would have to compare the two different brands today, I would say Ladurée macarons are nicer.

The area where the store is located is so lovely, one of my favourite parts of London so I do recommend a visit to the area. Motcomb street just next to the shop have lots of lovely little shops and cafés.

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HAKKASAN MAYFAIR AND MANDARIN ORIENTAL

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Hey babes! Here are some snapshots from these past few days, dinner at Mandarin Oriental and Hakkasan Mayfair. I love the veggie stirfrys they have at Hakkasan, as I don’t really eat meat it is super rare for me to actually find vegetarian food that I like! I forgot to take the food pics when the different dishes arrived so I took the pics mid dinner haha, hope you guys get an idea of how the food was like anyway ;)

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