Vietnam

For anyone that’s interested, I finally finally uploaded my pictures of my Vietnam trip. We hiked a lot, biked a lot and most of all ate a lot. We saw food, people, city’s, villages, mountains, beaches, boats, lakes, motorbikes, animals and sooo much more. Here’s a little impression about how this beautiful and diverse country looks trough my camera and phone. Have a nice weekend!

The people of Vietnam; old, young and all so friendly

This genuine old lady has been the only fresh rice noodle provider for the whole town of Hoi An for ages. She made them without any modern equipment and was so full of joy.

Kim Bong Village Hoi An, Vietnam

Now she has a young assistant to help her out…

These handmade woven items from Kim Bong Village cost around $5 dollar a piece. It takes about half a half a day to make one.

Mai Cau Vietnam

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3 days in Hanoi

Hello! Its been already a month ago since I visited Vietnam but I didn’t find any time earlier to tell you about my trip. Let’s start with Hanoi, which was almost similar to how I imagined it. Full of lantern, motobikes, street vendors, eateries and most of all chaos. Traffic rules don’t exist here, traffic rules don’t have any function and transporting the whole family on one motorcycle (without wearing a helmet) is the most ordinary thing in the world.

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Cafe Nola

CAFE NOLA (89 Ma May, Old Quarter Hanoi). $$

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Just a quick update of my life lately. I am currently road tripping in Vietnam and wanted to share this lovely cafe I visited during my stay in Hanoi (pictures snapped in IPhone). 

Cafe Nola Hanoi Vietnam

Cafe Nola Hanoi Vietnam

Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Cafe Nola is basically a 3 floor) house with many homey rooms turned into cafe. I loved the variety of rooms to relax and the quirky retro style decor in every room. 

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3 days in Paris

Paris Collage copy

J & I kicked off 2015 in Paris, the georgeous city of love and wine and pastries. I could not have had a better start of the new year. Since Paris was a last minut splurge, I didn’t manage to make my usual to endless to do list. And all restaurants I wanted to eat at where fully booked. So we arrived in Paris unprepared but that wasn’t a problem at all, because I’ve visited Paris before and I know I will be back again. Hence I didn’t feel the need to see and eat everything in just a few days. Which isn’t possible anyway. We deliberately avoided – out of our budget places – like the Champs-Élysées and Lafayette and Michelin stars, but here’s what we did see and eat and drink:  Continue Reading →

Les Paris Puces

On our last day in Paris, we visited Les Puces de Saint – Queen (18th arr, métro Porte de Cligcancourt / open Mo- Sa 10 pm – 6 pm). Paris it’s largest flea market covering 15 markets divided over 7 hectares. There’s lot’s of rubbish (i.e., fake bags and clothes) but also lot’s of antiques. And if you love vintage furniture as much as I do, this flea is definitely worth a stroll. My personal favorite was Marché Vernaison (99 rue des Roisiers).

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Greenpoint (Brooklyn NY)

 

Greenpoint Brooklyn New York

It was on this cold and rainy day that I was so brave to go outside and walk around, exploring the area in Greenpoint (Brooklyn).  

Greenpoint, also called ” Little Poland ” has been an immigrant enclave for more than a century. Along Manhattan Avenue, you’ll see Polish signs on the store windows and a number of Polish restaurants. 

Today, Greenpoint is still mostly a residential area and not as commercialized yet compared to areas like Williamsburg and Dumbo, however it’s definitely on it’s way in the upswing. More and more designers, musicians, hipsters and even some celebrity are moving into the area. What’s popular in Greenpoint are it’s four B’s: Baked Goods, Beauty, Booz and Beats. And thanks to Trina my teacher at the Fashion Instate, I did not only discover some nice 4 x B’s but also some beautiful boutiques with locally produced designer stuff, vintage treasures and more. 

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My Lower East Side (LES) Still To- Visit List (New York)

Lower East Side New York

Less than one month and I will be back in my favorite city. I did not even share all my food pictures of the 700+ restaurants I visited in this city so far but my “still to do list” keeps on growing and growing. Anyway, at the end of this month I’ll have 1.5 week to complete a little bit of this endless list. Yay! 

I’ll be staying in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the Lower East Side (check out my favorite LES spots so far here) so the majority of places I’ll eat and drink will most likely be located in the LES. No problem at all, because the Lower east side is a food walhalla full of cool and cozy restaurants, bakeries and bars. Oh help, I am already suffering from fumo again! Here is my LES and surroundings eat- options list so at least I know where to eat when in walking distance (as usual, I did read all of the reviews of the places that are listed below): 

Stay:

The last time I stayed at the Bowery Hotel. This hotel was fantaaaastic! My favorite hotel in New York City. I wish I could stay here again but I am on a tighter budget this time so I booked an Airbnb stay in the heart of the Lower East Side. I can recommend who doesn’t want to stay in a luxurious hotel anyone to hire via Airbnb, it’s most of the time significantly cheaper than a hotel. But do read the reviews on forehand. 

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Bangkok in 3,5 days

Bangkok_Temple

We ended our trip in Bangkok. Exhausted and broke from the weeks before in Kuala Lumpurthe sea house and beach house,  we didn’t shop and visit that many restaurants as we were planning to visit in Bangkok. Our breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner was mostly consumed at the streets of Bangkok. There are so many street vendors selling delicious warm meals for just a couple of dollars.

Street Food Bangkok

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The Beach House

After the Sea House came the Beach House. A real beach house this time (well… near the beach). Like at our sea house; besides relaxing at the beach, pool and enjoying the local food there wasn’t that much to do. Hence we didn’t do a lot more than that. But it was still a special romantic getaway we’ll probably never forget.

Koh Samui Sea Dance ResortKoh Samui Sea Dance Resort

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