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This is my photo diary from my time spent in Istanbul, Turkey last weekend. Istanbul has a population of nearly 14 million people so it’s easy to get lost in this labyrinth of people and traffic madness and it definitely is a modern city with amazing restaurants, shops and trendy night clubs. But then at the same time it is very colourful and full of culture and old traditions. One of the main things I noticed was how modern and friendly the people in Istanbul were. Even though most people didn’t a lot of English, I always felt safe (even walking around alone at night) and the people were nothing but helpful and welcoming! I hope you like my Istanbul photo diary to give you an overview of my days in this dynamic city…
One of many delicious (huge) Turkish Breakfasts; a separate post will follow about these!
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On Sunday I had a wonderful day in East London with my two fellow blogger girlfriends; Hayley & Rory. We met up for brunch and explored the Columbia Road flower market! The sun was shining + good food + great company + flowers and pretty things = makes for a pretty perfect day :) Here some instragram pics of the day…
When I arrived for brunch the girls already had a glass of mimosa waiting for me – now I couldn’t think of a better way to start my Sunday really! // Hayley & Rory loving the sunshine whilst enjoying our breakfast out on the pavement at Franze & Evans in Shoreditch // My breakfast; I had the Trecolore but without hollandaise sauce. I know most people love that stuff, but I just don’t like it! // In East London everything is just that little bit ‘cooler’ – so perfect opportunity to rock my studded black Topshop flats.
Hayley and Rory are girls after my own heart, because after we’d finished our breakfast they were both just as keen as me for dessert! Inside at Franze & Evans they have a scrumdiddlyumptious looking deli counter stacked with a mouth watering display of cakes and treats. // It was very hard deciding what to have for dessert but the Banana Loaf with Salted Caramel just screamed “EAT ME” – so I did… // Our dessert selection; berry cheesecake, banana bread and one ginormous Anzac biscuit! // Hayley decided that the rule should be; cookies should always be at LEAST as big as your head. Yep, perfect!
All full from brunch and high on sugar and coffee we walked to the Columbia Road flower market. This well known London flower market is open every Sunday from Sundays from 8am ’til 3pm(ish). The street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers. Everything from bedding plants to 10 foot banana trees are up for grabs. The air is intense with the scent of flowers and the chant of the barrow boys “Everthin’ a fiver”? // We loved browsing around the market buying flowers and little plants for our homes. A little tip?They start closing up around 3pm so if you want to pick up a bargain stay until the end; as the prices will get lower and lower!
Happy girls with their flower and plant pot purchases! // Beside all the beautiful flowers, Columbia Road also has some lovely little independent shops. Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops. // I really loved the dark still life floral print and am still considering getting it!
After the markets had closed and we had all our purchases, we decided it was time for a refreshment stop. Ezra Street is a little side street of Columbia Road where people will sit around on the pavement listing to street musicians and sip beers, ciders or Prosecco! With ciders in hand we joined in and soaked up the last bits of sunshine for the day. // With the talented photographer Rory on hand I just couldn’t resist squeezing in a little photo shoot which caused a few giggles – more pictures to follow! // Feeling very Dutch when heading home on my bike with my orange tulips tied onto the back.
What a perfect day :)
As promised here some photos from my Easter weekend in Copenhagen! Originally me and my flatmate wanted to go somewhere hot and sunny for Easter. However seeing Easter fell so early in the year and the weather was bound to be reasonably crap in most places in Europe, we decided to head north instead and visit beautiful Copenhagen. When we arrived it was pretty darn freezing and it snowed heavily for the first two days, but luckily our last two days we were blessed with bright blue skies! Which meant a happy Roz because I do love a good SUNNY winters day.
We pretty much spend our days walking around the city, soaking up the sights, eating lots of delicious food, shopping, drinking cocktails and admiring all the beautiful men around the place….seriously, the Danish men – PHWOAR!
Brunch Day one at Cafe Kalaset. Starting the day (after a long sleep in) with scrambled eggs and bacon; it doesn’t get much better then that! // We followed the city walking route to explore the center of Copenhagen on Good Friday. Maybe that wasn’t such a smart idea in the snow, it was bloody freezing. It required lots of layers (hello ski socks!) and the occasional super indulgent hot chocolate to warm up! // Dinner at new Mexican place Barburrito (link). To-die-for margaritas, fun vibe and don’t even get me started on the food. This here is the pigskin (aka crackling) chips with guacamole!
Some snowy pictures from walking around the city! We had to visit the famous little mermaid stature (a must when in Copenhagen) but it made for a very cold adventure- it’s quite a walk it turns out – through the winds and snow!
Brunch on Saturday morning at Mother in Meatpacking. You can read my full review on this pizza fueled (hangover) breakfast here (link) // Me ready for a night out in Copenhagen. This was the night that sparked our hangover breakfast the next day! After a few margaritas at Barburrito we ended up at the nightclub Simons where we danced the night away…until the early hours of the morning // Joe & The Juice is fantastic, originating from Denmark (they now also have stores in London) serves the best juices! I loved their Hangover Heaven (apple, elder flower and mint) and Green Prince (apple, spinach and pineapple) // Hot dogs! Copenhagen is full of hot dog stands and we definitely helped ourselves to the occasional sausage // Saturday night – another night out. Dinner and more cocktails, this time in the form of espresso martinis! The perfect pick me up when you are a bit tired still from the night before. These drinks definitely get you buzzing again!
On Sunday we stopped by Lagkagehuset for a coffee and danish pastries for breakfast – this is a Flødebolle which is a typical danish chocolate-coated marshmallow treat! International calories don’t count right?? ;) // After breakfast we got the train to the coastal town of Humlebæk, 35 km north of Copenhagen to visit The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art // We walked around the sculpture garden, soaked up the sun during lunch at the cafe overlooking the ocean (BLISS!) and saw the Pop Art Design exhibition.
I just love the ocean – it truly is my happy place :)
On our final night in Copenhagen we went to a very trendy fish restaurant; Fiskebaren for great food and (yet again) drinks! // Easter Monday meant breakfast outside in the sun (with blankets) at Cafe 22 along one of the many lakes in the city. The Danish definitely know how to do brunch – just imagine a massive buffet including anything you could wish for; eggs, sausages, bacon, croissants, fruit etc etc! // We also visited the crazy freetown of Christiana which is located in the city. Photos are not allowed within the ‘Green Light District’ but I managed to get one sneaky photo in // Our trusted map of Copenhagen with the many notes and tips written on it that we received from so many friendly people we met during our Easter weekend.
We had the best time but this week it is definitely all about catching up on sleep and detoxing after a fun/food/booze filled weekend. I will also write a separate food diary post in the next few weeks to review all the restaurants we visited as a where to eat in Copenhagen guide!
Have you ever been to Copenhagen? If not, I would definitely recommend it as a great weekend trip!
Last weekend I had one of the best and most creative weekends ever; I took part the Blogshop London course! Blogshop is a PhotoShop bootcamp course that is perfect if you are a blogger or thinking about starting up a blog. The super talented Bri Emery from Designlovefest and Angela Kohler (photographer) travel all around the world with their sold-out workshops to teach the basics of Adobe Photoshop and how to make the images on your blog unique and more eye catching.
Learning PhotoShop had been something on my wish list for a long time but I was constantly debating if it was worth spending big bucks (because these courses aren’t cheap) on some boring course learning about the software from some geeky IT man that wasn’t specifically tailored to my needs. I wanted fun and creativity! So when I came across iheartblogshop.com I was literally skipping with happiness because their workshops would teach me exactly all the stuff I really wanted to learn; which is how to use Photoshop to enhance my blog, edit photos, create collages, mood boards and other general other creative exciting bits and pieces! And even more, it actually looked like lots of FUN – I was sold! So I signed up to join around 25 other blog/photoshop enthusiasts for their London workshop and I can say now that the investment was totally worth it – it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time!
So last weekend I headed out to Shoreditch in East London to be a photoshop geek for my Blogshop London experience! We spend the weekend in a funky room at the Curtain Road studios cramming our brains full of knowledge, playing around on our MAC laptops and we even had a fun little photo shoot!
Best bits about the workshop were; 1. Learning from the pro’s Bri and Angela! It was so motivating and inspiring to see how they have turned their passion for design, photography and blogging into an incredibly successful career. // 2. Learning the essentials of Photoshop and it being things I will now use on a daily basis for my blog posts – I am utterly in love with Photoshop! // 3. We were fed delicious food (and even the occasional mimosa) to keep us energised during the two intense days! // 4. Making some lovely new blogging friends. I met all kinds of bloggers from London, Norway, Belgium, Spain and even the USA! I will share some link love when I have all their details but I am already very much looking forward to catching up over brunch with my fave Blogshop girls Hayley & Rory in two weeks! // 5. The interns on hand at the course to help us when we got lost and had to raise our hand saying ‘ HELP, what do I do again??’ They were brilliant! // 6. The space, our goodie bag and the decorations. Especially the flowers by Hattie from That Flower Shop were just stunning!
Check out some more fun Instragram snapshots from the weekend by searching for the hashtag #blogshoplondon. Is PhotoShop something you’d like to learn? Well, check out iheartblogshop.com to see if Bri and Angela are coming to a city near you any time soon!
Hi Everyone! I am back in London again and it seems I brought the weather with me, because it’s been rather cold here and even snowing a bit for the last two days. As you might know, last Tuesday I flew to Geneva for a mini 5 day ski break in France with my parents. We rented a small apartment in France in the ski resort of Morzine, which is conveniently located at only 1 hour 15min drive away from the Geneva airport. For the first two days the snow came down in the bucket loads which was great because it meant there was plenty of snow on the ski slopes but it did make it hard to see where you were going at times haha. Luckily after two days the sun started to make an appearance and we were able to enjoy the amazing views over the Alps while speeding down the ski slopes! Morzine is part of the The Portes du Soleil ski area which is made up of 12 linked Alpine resorts in France and Switzerland; providing us with 650km of skiing and one liftpass for all of it! I’ve skied since I was a little girl and as much as I am not a huge fan of the cold – for skiing I am willing to bear it ;) Here a little photo ‘instaweek’ diary from my ski break…
Me & Dad on the snowy slopes/Morning warming up coffee break with a slice of delicious French berry tart/ First moment the clouds cleared and we had a view!/ In the lifts…
Taking a ski selfie on the slopes / Overlooking Châtel from Avoriaz. Seriously this ski area is SO massive. We hardly did the same run twice in 4 days and still did not manage to cover all of it! / Soaking up the sun during a lunch break along the slopes/ Warming up stop where we couldn’t resist indulging in French chocolate and banana crepes, yum!
These little hand warmers are my lifesavers when I go skiing – I pop them into my gloves and they keep my hands from freezing for the whole day / There had been so much snowfall that the trees all looked so beautiful covered in white / See?! Lots of snow, the amount of snow on that little hut made me laugh :) / After a long day skiing I would normally spend my evenings drinking tea, reading a book and eating chocolate. For me this wasn’t an apres-ski party trip but more a relaxing holiday to ski and spend time with my parents – which was just what I needed!
It’s always a good day when you start it with lots of Nutella / Pretty icicles melting away in the sunshine / The sun was out so smiles all around / Morzine at night time
Cheese Fondue was always one of my favourite meals when I was younger so when in France; I say bring on the bread, the gooey melted cheese and start dunking away – YUM / Taking a walk in the beautiful white winter wonderland / Overlooking the village of Morzine / I think I pretty much ate my body weight in cheese during this holiday and I am a lover of all cheeses but have to say goats cheese and honey is one of my favourite food combo’s – have you ever tried this? Trust me it’s UH-mazing! You can see more photos of my trip on my instagram account @dutchessroz – follow me here (link)
Oh and it’s also that time of the week again….