Tivoli gardens

Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen - Tivoli
Copenhagen - Tivoli
Copenhagen - Tivoli
Copenhagen
Copenhagen

One shouldn’t leave Copenhagen without visiting the Tivoli Gardens. The park opened in 1843 – how amazing is that?
Of course you can go for a walk if you don’t feel like trying the rides but if you want to ride them all, you’d better buy multi ride ticket – so very worth it.

We even dared to ride in the old wooden roller coaster called Rutschebanen that dates from 1914 (scary!). I was really shocked to see that the operator was sitting in a chair, just like that, without any belts or anything like that (at least could not see any) and would control the ride with a brake!! Just a brake!!
I believe we were going faster or slower depending on how much fun he was having – true story.

We had fun anyway.

Also make sure to visit the park during the nighttime – all those lighting bulbs are just too pretty to miss.

Mormors

Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage

Mormors was definitely one of those happy finds. After visiting Amalienborg (photos coming soon) it was raining cats and dogs and we were really hungry. We started walking hoping to find something when we just found the beautiful facade and hoped for the best.  They had me at hello, the decoration was really cute and they prepared our sandwiches even though we arrived pretty late and the sandwiches had already run out. Also, how lovely was that cup?

Nyhavn

Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage
Copenhage

I thought I would start my vacation posts sharing one of the most representative places of Copenhagen, Nyhan, which means New Harbour. It dates from the 17th century and nowadays has many lively bars & restaurants. The colorful houses are full of charm – the oldest one dates from 1681!!

The weather wasn’t that nice, it started raining right after we finished that heavenly good waffle, but we loved this place anyway!

out of the office

hamburgo

So I’m officially on holidays! That time that seemed to never arrive, has come! So now I’m packing like crazy for my European trip because according to accuweather it will be pretty cold in my destinations, so all my just-wear-dresses plan is ruined. But not complaining at all, I’m really looking forward to seeing new places, eating lots of food and taking a million pictures. Talk to you soon!

nitty gritty madrid

nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty
nitty gritty

Almost nothing (except traveling) makes me more happy than finding a beautiful restaurant that offers delicious food. Nitty Gritty has opened a one month ago, so it is not very popular yet but I believe it will be soon.  I found them reading a couple of blogs talking about them so I decided to make a reservation without having very clear what were they offering – I love living on the edge.

But it turned out fantastic, every dish was incredible (from the saag aloo – apparently an indian dish – to the eggplants, the rice and the duck). Plus a fantastic service. It really makes me nervous when all the dishes are served at the same time and you feel so anxious because there’s nothing worse than eating fast so it doesn’t get cold. Everything came just in time and we had a lovely dinner.

So yes, I can’t recommend them more, plus their terrace is just a dream with all those little bulbs. Because, what’s summer in Madrid without a terrace?

a morning walk

Retiro
Retiro
Retiro
El Retiro
Retiro
Retiro
El Retiro

Since I’m used to wake up really early in the morning to commute to work (and let’s be honest, I have always preferred the day to the night) it is difficult for me to sleep until late during the weekends.  My inner alarm clock sounds at 7 and I need to get up.  And because I have always wanted to visit the Retiro without the terrible crowds, I decided it was a good idea to go to the park with my camera to snap some pictures. At first it felt quite strange because there wasn’t anyone, but then I saw some old people doing their morning walk and I felt safer  – let’s face it, it is so touristy you need to keep an eye on your belongings and walking on your own, camera in hand is quite disturbing. Anyway, I’m so happy with the results and felt like the park was opened just for me.