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). $$

Hi Folks!

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 →

Fall in the City

Fall is my least favorite season. The weather starts to cool off, there is lots of rain, it’s windy and the sale did not start yet. Not a lot of reasons to go out for a walk. But luckily in New York, the sun shines a lot all year long. And during those sunny days, I’d like to stroll around in one of the many parks (below The Bronx Botanical Garden and Washington Square Park) or walk around in the West Village. The look of the city changes every other city.  Also this fall I start to see New York in a new light. Up to date, it’s mostly colored trees and pumpkins. Right now, the leaves of the trees have the most beautiful colors now. Oh and yes, the Ice Skating rings just opened their doors!

Fall in New York City

West Village New York City

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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 Sea House

After a long and bumpy trip we are back to civilization from our honeymoon beach house. A wooden house on poles built somewhere in the sea totally disconnected from the mainland. So it was actually not a real beach house but a sea house. 3 hours by plane from Kuala Lumpur, 1.5 hour by bus and another almost full house by speedboat and we arrived at the resort on poles. And it was such a peaceful paradise there… Could see the turtles swimming in front of my door. There wasn’t any internet or television. Basically all there was, was sea so all we were able to do was swim and relax. Here some pictures of the incrediblele sea house and it’s stunning surrounding to share with you. 

Honeymoon Beach House

Honeymoon Beach House

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3 days in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Because we had to fly from Kuala Lumpur in order to get to our first beach house, we started our little trip in this city. The last time that I visited Kuala Lumpur, four years ago the city did leave me with a lasting memory but this time I really, really enjoyed it. I was surprised how modern and clean it is and impressed by the number of shops and restaurants (that’s the only thing we saw during our short stay) the city has to offer. As usual, I made an endless to do list of eateries  to visit in Kuala Lumpur and in the end, we managed to tackle about 1/3rd of it:). Here some pictures. In Kuala Lumpur we had: Continue Reading →