GERMANY | Festival camping

Hello Lovely people and welcome back to a new blog post. I hope you had a great summer and summer holiday. Here are some great tips if you are planning to go to festival camping. With the summer almost gone, this will be probably for next year.  However, this might be helpful for a “normal” camping trip as well. At least I hope so because this was my first ever camping trip. I am not a camping expert yet.

Camping is a great way to experience life outside and I would love to this again. I am sure this camping list will help beginners like me prepare for their first camping trip.

So just copy this checklist and print it out if you ever go “festival” camping or just camping somewhere sunny.

Like I said before, it is a new and amazing experience to be out in the open-air, sleeping on a nice inflatable mattress and listen to music and relax.

The only thing I forgot is to bring this time, were some warm clothes. Even in the hot summer, the nights can be very fresh and cold. So don’t be fooled by the weather forecast. It was 33 degrees Celsius in Germany and the nights were very cold.

TENT ESSENTIALS

  • Extra blanket – If you are cold easily
  • Sleeping mask
  • Comfortable socks
  • Pack of toilet paper small
  • Phone charger – Solar charger is the best
  • Tissues
  • Plastic bin bags
  • Towel – Go for the microfiber towel
  • Water bottle

HYGIENE

  • Baby wipes
  • Face wipes
  • Mirror small
  • Hair Brush
  • Dry shampoo – Baptiste
  • Shampoo
  • Small deodorant
  • Sun crème
  • Contact solution – Important if you wear lenses
  • Day lenses
  • Glasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons – Period stuff
  • Disposable raisers
  • Plaster – For blister
  • Hand sanitize
  • Small sprite mist spray
  • Small moisturizer
  • Hairpins and elastics

FOOD PREP

  • Cooking set – Fuel stove (only if possible)
  • Plastic knives, forks, spoons
  • Drinks
  • Muesli bars and snacks (a lot)
  • Mix for water – syrup (to change)
  • Figs dried
  • Prunes dried
  • Energy drinks
  • Juices


MAKE-UP

  • Small moisturizer
  • Q-tips
  • Lip balm – Vaseline
  • Anything really – Depends on you and the weather, but less is better

CLOTHES

  • Leather jacket
  • Hat – Soft, easy packable
  • Festival dirty shoes
  • Sunglasses cheap
  • Extra underwear+ socks
  • Pyjama
  • Poncho for the rain
  • Trainers
  • Plan outfits for all the days and day of commute
  • Long trousers – Leggings dry fast
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Clothes for nights when it is cold

TIPS

  • Mark all your stuff with your name – more likely to be turned at lost and found
  • Take a picture on your phone and set as screen saver “IF LOST PLEASE CALL THIS NUMBER AND NAME”
  • Colourful lights for at night – attach on your bag and tent
  • Always check the weather
  • Tent not facing East

Let me know how your first time camping experience went and what are your tips? I am curious to know how you experience your first time camping. I hope you find this checklist useful.

Ciao Danielle 

HELLO LONDON| Recap of March

Hello hello Lovely people here in London and around the world. So many wonderful experience and people I met last month that I just didn’t had the time to update you guys through my blogposts. I know. I started the year great with posting regularly, but don’t be disappointed. I am working on a few blogposts to catch up with you guys!

Without any further delay, grab your glass of wine and sit back to enjoy reading my blogpost about the many wonderful things I did last month.

I was lucky to participate in a project where I met so many kind and lovely people from around the world. At the moment I can’t tell so much, but when I can I will let you know how life changing this experience was for me. Stay tuned for this one!

Another fun experience was spending time with family. One of my cousin came over for a weekend with her friend and we had a blast. It was a short weekend and way too fast, but we did a lot of fun things that are now mentioned below. Thanks for that ladies !

Last month, I went to many restaurants, bars and exhibitions, so I will just put them in categories with a small review and the relevant links for you all below. There are definitely tips for you here, even if you are living in London for years. At least that is what I hope.

Drinks and Food

The lighterman

This is a lovely British gastro pub near the canal at Granary Square. Huge windows and a terrace outside makes this place a really cosy place for food and drinks with friends and family. I did enjoy the homemade burger with chips and the many beers that they serve.

Beigel Bake

This is the best Beigel with salty beef and gherkins in London. Who does not know them! Too be honest I forgot a bit how delicious the beigels are. I brought my cousin and friend there and it was like a stairway to heaven. I really did forget how GOOD it is and enjoyed every bite of it. I still don’t know why I do not go more often as I live here in London. Might be that it is not so close from home and the weather here in London has not been with us last few months. The Saturday that we went (Brexit Saturday) it was super sunny and chill to stroll around Brick lane and Shoreditch.

German Gymnasium

This place is great for dates. Once inside you will forget about the outside world. We had some delicious and fancy cocktails at the bar. The baristas there are amazing! This place makes you almost feel like James Bond. (for real) Definitely going back for a drink or dinner anytime soon.

The Grocer – Market Tavern

While strolling around with the gang, we came across the Spitalfields Market and we went for a drink at the Grocer. Lovely casual and relax place to have some beers in the afternoon. If you are around, have a drink here. By the way many delicious foods available on this market.

The Ice Wharf

This is the Wetherspoon in Camden Town. Great place for some casual drinks. This is the place to try different beers and just chill with friends or family. Also very affordable drinks and snacks, why not.

PERGOLA Paddington

I think this a great place if you are with a large group of friends and in the summer. It feels like you are on a veranda or terrace chatting away with friends. Nice thing is you can get food and drinks from different stands.

Exhibitions 

Christian Dior exhibition at V&A

Unfortunately, this exhibition is completely sold out. So if you did not get a change to see this exhibition, wait for my next blogpost. It was so worth to see this exhibition and I am happy I bought my ticket a month before. The day that I went it was super busy, but so mesmerizing. A designer pur sang. When this blogpost will be online, you are able to click HERE.

Barbican Conservatory

Check the website to see when it is open. I thought it is only a few Sundays per year open from March till end of April. We decided to stroll around the second largest conservatory to take some fun pictures with our vintage cameras. I recently bought, out of the blue, a Yashica minister 3 and a Praktica MTL3 camera to practice the use a manual camera. So much fun to use a real film again, can’t wait so see the pictures developed.

Renaissance Nudes @ RA

This exhibition is till June, so plenty of time to see this one. If you like the renaissance, you will like this one. This is really the baby steps of the nudes in paintings. Here you can see that the artist didn’t had much experience with nude models and it is slowly developing around that period.

Fun Times 

Spitalfields Market

I had no idea that this market was not too far from Shoreditch and Brick lane. We were strolling around and BAMM, just came across this lovely and creative market. A lot of food and drinks. We went for some sweets and we had some drinks at the Grocer. A lot of creative gifts at this market if you are looking for some unique gifts.

Alexandra Palace

It is a bit far, but definitely worth a visit. Most likely in summer or at least when the weather is warm and dry, so you can sit in the park and enjoy the view. It is almost as nice as the park near the observatory in Greenwich.

Comedy Club Castle

I think through EVENTBRITE UK you can find free tickets to go to this comedy club in the Castle. It can be very busy, but great way to see many stand up comedy acts in just 2 hours. I think I saw around 9 or 10 in just two hours time.

Camden Town

Camden Town is super touristic and overpriced. We all know. Still it is fun to stroll around once in awhile. Check out the stables, food stand and just have drinks at the Wetherspoon. Always something strange and crazy to find here in Camden Town.

Shoreditch Street Art

Almost the reason why everyone like and stroll around Shoreditch is the street art.

Fun fact is that they change the street art once in a while. I saw some new pieces this time. Love the atmosphere in this area when the sun is up and the weather is hot.

M&M store

Something I would not visit by myself, but happy I did because of my cousin. It is really an experience that M&M is trying to sell in their huge London store in Leicester square. Luckily it was not super busy as we went in the morning, so plenty of time and space to walk around the three floors that they have. Just for the experience it is super fun to see all the different colours and flavours that they have and all the merchandise that they sell. The staff is also super friendly. You can smell the M&M’s from outside the store.

St Dunstan Church

This is the empty church I was trying to find for a while now and finally I DID FIND IT. It is in the City of London. Between Bank station and Tower of London. Beautiful to see an empty church in a garden in between skyscrapers. It is worth a visit in the summer, so you can walk around and see so many wonderful sights around this area.

So this is it for now. As I did mention, it was a wonderful March. Many thanks for the people who could enjoy it with me.

I hope you did enjoy reading my blog and I hope you got inspired to visit at least one or two places from my blogpost, even if you know them already.

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CANTERBURY | DAY TRIP

Hello Beautiful Souls, Welcome back to another travel blog post, this time to Canterbury. I never realised to visit this beautiful picturesque city of Canterbury before. However, I am [very] happy I did. A return by train will cost you around £40,00 and most likely by bus will be cheaper.

Once you arrive at the station, you will be blown away by the peacefulness and architecture. Some peculiar houses look [very] pretty in this city. They remind me of the Liberty here in London and [some other] similar buildings in Oxford.

 

Walking towards the city centre, you will bump up against this giant Westgate. This gate is the largest city gate that survived in England. Up to the right, you find the lovely canal and parks. Have a walk through here as you will discover a lot of [old] buildings. If you go to the park, there is a point where you have a panoramic view of the old town. At the park, you will find the ancient Roman city walls. Like every other city wall, they have been there to protect the people in the city.

My highlight of the day trip was the Canterbury Cathedral. The Cathedral is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1070 and became a pilgrimage after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. I was lucky to have come in at the right moment when an orchestra did practice some beautiful [musical] songs in the Cathedral accompanied by the Cathedral organ. The sound is mesmerizing! Exploring the Cathedral takes time. Don’t forget to go to the bottom section of the Cathedral, where you will find the Crypt. Here you can find some medieval graffiti and some pieces of frescos from 1200.

A fun thing to do with friends, family or date is to go punting and explore the city and history on the canals. We went to the Mooring cafe bar and had a scary tour with Quinten.

[As a healthy option for lunch] We went to The Veg Box Cafe. They offer a broad selection of plant-based items on their menu. If I am honest, I had a great salad with fritters which filled me up till dinner.

So if you like to spend a lovely day not too far from London, Canterbury is a excellent option.

 

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HELLO LONDON | THE COURTAULD GALLERY

Hello Beautiful Souls, I hope you are all doing great. I have [a bit of] a culture option for you in this week’s blog post. A gallery that [I am not sure why] I haven’t been to before, the Courtauld Gallery.

The main reason I went to this gallery is because of the Van Gogh Self-portraits. After the exhibition, I was curious to see the collection. I was happily surprised. The Courtauld Gallery owns a lot of iconic masterpieces of impressionists. They even own a piece of one of my favourite artists, Modigliani. I had to see and discover who else they had in their collection.

 

Masterpiece after masterpiece I saw, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh and many more. They even have some work by Peter Paul Rubens on one of the floors.

Their collection range from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, so you find some beautiful pieces of recent artists, like Oskar Kokoschka.

The Courtauld Gallery is in the Somerset House, [which is] in Central London. You might need to book a timeslot to visit the gallery, but it is free. They have a new exhibition [at the moment] that might be worth seeing, Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen.

 

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HELLO KIDS | WHAT TO DO IN LONDON

Hello beautiful Souls, I hope you are doing great this hot and sweaty summer. [We can’t complain, can we?] This blog post is an in-between post for some magnificent ideas to do here in London with kids.

Some time ago, someone asked me if I knew some good places to visit with kids in the city. I [actually] never thought about it. Mainly [to be honest] because I don’t have any. With this said, I do appreciate it when someone asks me anything. I was [also] curious what the options are for the tiny humans in this magical city.

So I thought, let’s [just] do a bit of research and see what happens. I mainly checked with a colleague, who has two young children, so it is [absulutely] legit as research. [Wink Wink]

If you have kids and are planning to go to London, I got some suggestions in this post with links to everything. [Don’t thank me yet, because you will still need to plan everything regarding exact locations, entree fees, openings hours and so on. I advise you to do this in advance as London gets busy in summer] However, this will be more or less a general guide of [infinite] options to consider.

It is summer, so some refreshment spots don’t hurt anyone, am I right? If you like to find a refreshing place to cool down with your kids, the fountains are a great spot to play and cool down. The two fountains in the city that I know are Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre and Granary Square fountains, King’s Cross. The second fountain is in an area with many restaurants and luxury shops. There are lots of fun things to do around this area in summer. As this is near Kings Cross station, it will be easy to pop by the Harry Potter shop at Platform 9¾. [For the Harry Potter fans.] The London Zoo is not too far from here, you will find it in Regent’s Park.

HMS Belfast is another fun thing to do with kids. It is a museum ship on the River Thames and was originally a Royal Navy cruiser. You can’t miss it when you look at the River Thames towards Tower Bridge. Some other educational museums [and fun for kids] are the Natural History Museum [discover dinosaurs and many more] and the Science Museum. These two museums are next to each other [so that makes life a bit easier right?]. If you like toys from the past, maybe the Pollock’s Toy Museum is an option for you.

In Greenwich, next to the iconic view of Canary Wharf, you have the Cutty Sark, another historic [sailing] ship and the Royal Observatory Greenwich [The prime meridian of the world is here].

If you like to see an unforgettable view of the city from a different perspective, take the Uber Boat. Another option is the Emirates Cable Car which will take you from one side of the river to the other. If you like to be more in an environment with lots of green, Hyde Park might be for you. Here you can go boating on the serpentine.

This suggestion of my colleague I liked is to go for a walk on Tower Bridge. A walk on Tower Bridge is never boring [plus you will get an incredible view of the city and all its landmarks]. Next to Tower Bridge is the Tower of London. It is a world heritage site. You can also see the crown jewels in this castle. Not too far from here is Skygarden. It has a mesmerising 360 view of the city from a top-floor indoor garden. [If you can’t book a ticket [entree is admission free as many museums as well], another option is to book a table in the restaurant and wander around after lunch or dinner in the garden.]

Some stores that are enjoyable for children and [maybe a bit difficult to leave empty-handed] are Hamley’s, the M&M shop [love this one], Lego Store [might be temporarily closed], and Disney Store.

For entertainment, go to the area near London Eye. You will find SEA LIFE and Sherk’s adventure here that looks like a lot of fun for the complete family. Planning to do some of these attractions where you need to buy tickets, check if there are options to buy a day pass or a multi-ticket.

At last, if you have some older kids, they probably already know [exactly] what they like and want to see, but just in case they don’t, the London Dungeons or Madame Tussauds are some suggestions for entertainment next to see all the landmarks.

I hope this blog post helps you a bit to give you an idea of what to do here in London with kids. Of course, there is much more to do and to see here [with or without kids] than I mentioned here. That is the beauty of this city. You will have to come back to discover more and more each time.

 

HELLO LONDON | LONDON IN THE SKY

Hello Beautiful Souls, welcome back to a new blog post! I am happy you tuned in again. I am pretty excited to tell you all about this week’s experience. It is mainly for the daredevils among us, so if you are looking for something thrilling, a spot for some cocktails and an epic view, look no further. I got you covered with this experience. [Thank me later]

London in the Sky is an experience from up in the sky, 100ft [30 meters] high. [That is right, 100 ft high and drinking cocktails, what else do we need] You can choose from different arrangements, from only cocktails to brunch or dinner. Of course, I went for the cocktail arrangement [around 6:30 pm, so there is a chance you will see a bit of sunset around this time]. The cocktail arrangement includes three cocktails that you can enjoy with an epic view for more or less an hour. The menu has the classic cocktails with a twist, including my favourite Espresso Martini.

The London in the Sky is next to the O2 Arena, which gives you an excellent [breathe taking] view of Canary Wharf. It is open till the end of August, so plenty of time to book a slot here. It is [kind of] pricy, but worth it if you aren’t afraid of height and looking for a once in a lifetime experience.

 

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