sunny beach

Copenhagen – a summer dream

Finally I can cross this holiday destination off my (extremely) long bucket list: Copenhagen! After so many years of spending my holidays at Denmark’s North Sea and Baltic Sea costs, I have finally travelled to the capital this summer. I don’t know for how many years I have wanted to go to Copenhagen and I can also not tell you exactly why. Maybe it is because I love danish design so much or that I’ve been a fan of hygge before this word found its way out of Denmark? One reason might also be that I love city trips, being near the sea, exploring towns on my own. All these things had a huge influence in why I chose Copenhagen for my summer holiday destination. 

Reflection

London: Canary Wharf

Sadly, every journey has to come to an end at some point. Our three day London adventure ended with a visit to Canary Wharf – London’s financial district that is located on the West India Docks. Once this area had been the world’s busiest dock but after the second World War the area suffered from the decline of the port industry and by 1980 all docks were closed. If you visit Canary Wharf today there is no trace of the old docklands. Instead it feels as if you’ve travelled to New York City by tube. A few of Europe’s highest buildings were erected on the Isle of Dogs from the early 1990s to the 2010s. And there are still some building sites all around the area. After its long history as a busy port, Canary Wharf is now one of the two financial centres of the United Kingdom’s along with the City of London. But don’t let that scare you away from the place because this part of London has some nice areas that want to be explored. For once, there are the stunning escalators that lead from the tube station into the underground shopping mall and up to Canada Square (the station itself was designed […]

highclere castle postcard view

London: of craft stores, stately homes and an English summer – part II

Day one in London was reserved for our little shopping tour and a nice walk from our hotel near Waterloo station to Fitzrovia and Soho. Sadly, we didn’t find the time to explore the Marylebone area. Our feet were too tired and we needed a good night’s rest for the second day of our London trip. Day 2 – a visit to the countryside, Sushi and the Great British Bake Off The first night in an unfamiliar bed is always a bit restless. So what we needed at the begining of day 2 of our journey was a good breakfast and some coffee! Close to our hotel was the Fire Station Waterloo, a former Fire Station that now serves as a bar & restaurant. The atmosphere in there is stunning because they kept the open structure (heigh ceiling and floor length windows at the front) and a few items that remind the visitor of the former use of the building. The breakfast menu is small but offers a bit of everything – from avocado toast to a full English breakfast. And their coffee is amazing! A very mild taste but definitely strong enough to wake you up. Make sure you get there early […]

london eye

London: of craft stores, stately homes and an English summer – part I

London! Europe’s biggest city. Always busy, always worth a journey. My first trip to London was back in 1999. Back then, my English class from grammar school (Gymnasium) decided to go by bus to London for the weekend (when Rainbow Tours still did their bustours to various towns across Europe). It was the funniest journey ever but we didn’t see much of the city. Since then I’ve come back to London several times. On my own, with friends, to visit friends. There are always places I haven’t been to yet, or a play I want to see. This time it was a visit to Highclere Castle in Newbury (an hour or so by train outside of London) that led to the three day short trip to London. Day 1 – arrival, sunshine and craft stores: From Berlin you can take multiple airlines to fly into London. I decided to book a British Airways flight this time because they fly from Berlin Tegel (which is close to where I live) to Heathrow. And Heathrow is super easy to reach by tube (Picadilly Line). For me, this is the easiest and most comfortable way to travel to London. BA also allows you to take two […]