Croatia, summer 2017

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Hi blog,

Miss you long time. Time for a recap I believe. These weeks have been busy. Been working, gymming and travelling.

I had my mini summer vacation (18th to 25th of August) and it was spent in beautiful Croatia with my mamma. We had talked about heading to Croatia for many years and finally we decided it would be this year. Destination was the island Brac (3rd biggest island size wise in Croatia). We stayed in a little city called Bol.

One of the reasons why I picked Bol and Brac, was because I wanted to visit Zlatni Rat. Sharing some photos from Bol. Water was crystal clear (really important for me :D) and the beaches were mainly stone beaches so remember the shoes or you can always buy some there for a reasonable price.

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Once there, we signed up for some trips arranged by the travel agency. One of them took us around the Brac island. We went up to Vidova Gora which is the highest peak on the island. Offered the best view and it was truly spectacular to see Zlatni Rat and the islands around Brac from above.

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Second trip we did was to Krka national park. Its one of the more popular spots in Croatia so it is quite crowded. However, the waterfalls are amazing. I haven’t really seen waterfalls like that before so it was an experience for me. Its too bad you can’t really swim under waterfalls there. On our way back we stopped at Trogir for while and got to walk around the little village there.

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The trip was super nice overall and hope that I will return to Croatia. There are so many places left to visit there like Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes, Hvar and many more.

Also managed to click this incredible sunset when we were at Split. Sky is on fire. How can we not be amazed by this earth we are living in. Important to be thankful and to remember that we are all blessed everyday.

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YSTAD SALTSJÖBAD

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I had been wanting to head to Ystad Saltsjöbad, Sweden since many people I knew had been there and recommended the spa. So beginning of June, I booked a weekend there. It is rather expensive but thought to give it a try. Took the train directly from Helsingborg and once we arrived it started to rain. Typical.

The hotel and spa is by the water so the views are really beautiful and calming. When we arrived we are welcomed with bathrobes and slippers and we also got the room on the highest floor. In the package, we had the option to get either a face massage or a body (and face) massage so I booked tranquility massage which was so relaxing. The spa area has a jacuzzi, swimming pool, inside warm pools and two outside pools on one of the sides. The bigger outside pools were closed due to the rain. The rain didn’t bother us so much because we could spend time in the heated pools outside which is quite cool when its raining. The spa is quite big which is nice because then it doesn’t feel so crowded. After being spoiled there a couple of hours, we were spoiled even more and had dinner.

They also have two big rooms where there are beds around and a fire for relaxation. One can just lay on the beds and rest, read a book and simply just chill. Its super cosy. The day we were supposed to leave, the sun decided to come out so turned out to be a beautiful day. We had our breakfast. So impressive, they have so many options and you could eat forever.

I provide some pictures of the place below if you would like to see how it looks like 🙂

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LONDON IN 4 DAYS

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… I haven’t been here for a while. Busy w. work, gym and travels I guess.

I was in London for 4 days, end of May which I really enjoyed. In Sweden, we celebrate Mothers Day last sunday in May so thought we would celebrate this with a trip to London. I have only been there once before but it was a couple of years ago and during winter and I wanted to experience it when its sunshine and just a bit warmer weather 😀

4 days in London was just nice enough to see the main attractions. We stayed at Hilton by Canary Wharf which I found super nice and location was great for us. There are 2 lines (Jubilee and DLR train) very close to that hotel which made it really easy to reach inner London city quickly. There was also a really nice breakfast place nearby called Bar One which we absolutely loved.

1st day we took the hop on hop off bus and looked around a bit the main attractions. I do enjoy taking those hop on hop off buses. I think it is a nice way to see all the touristy stuff and then if I want to explore more I just hop off. During the evening I had 2 tickets for Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty´s Theatre which was simply extraordinary. It is quite a small theatre which I loved and the voices by entire cast were amazing. Truly recommend to everyone who likes musicals. This is a must.

2nd day we were on foot. We went to see Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and the list goes on. Buckingham Palace is super impressive every time.

We were so lucky with the weather. It was sunny and warm. Energy in the city was great and loads of people out. I had served a table at the Ivy later during the evening and we had delicious dinner. Its a bit more expensive but so good.

3rd day we went to have some fish´n´chips by Piccadilly Circus and then over to Hyde park and Green park. We took the boat on Thames from the Westminister to the Tower. It was a really fun experience due to the staff on the boat. They were hilarious. We saw London Eye, Tate modern, OXO and London Bridge, Tower bridge and Shakespeares Globe Theatre amongst others. Also headed back on London bridge to take the tube back.

4th Day and our last day, was spent to see St Pauls Cathedral which was also one highlight of the trip. It is marvellous. Walked to Tower of London and then over London Bridge to Borough Market to have some food.

Overall it was a great long weekend and everything went so smooth which I am always thankful for.

 

US WEST COAST 3

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On the road…or was on the road to Los Angeles meh.

Los Angeles was pretty great. Meaning, warm weather, food, nice houses, palm trees and Hollywood. Very chill atmosphere and it was also the last big city so we took it very cool and just enjoying driving around (a car in LA is a must). Seeing Malibu, Venice beach, Santa Monica, Rodeo drive and Beverly Hills is amazing.

Also went hiking up on Runyon Canyon which provides fantastic views over the city, same thing as Griffith Park and Mulholland Drive.

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Some places to recommend for lunch or dinner in LA are Urth cafe and also Pizzeria Mozza.

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We left the LA and drove along the coast line since we had to head to SF again to take our flight. On the way, we stopped by Monterey which is quite small Fishermans city. Also drove to charming Carmel-by-the-sea which I really liked.

In Monterey, eating seafood is a MUST. So delicious, the best I had. I ate at a place called Scales Seafood and Steaks.

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US WEST COAST 2

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After San Francisco, the plan was to head to warmer weather. We rented a Mustang and our destination was Las Vegas through Death Valley National Park. Really recommend to see Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point.

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In Las Vegas, I also took the opportunity to see Celine Dion live (!!!) at Colosseum, Caesars Palace :O. There are so many and different shows to choose from. I had troubles choosing between Celine Dion, Britney Spears and the Chippendales hihi :D. Had to go for Celine though.

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IMG_0937.JPGAfter being in Las Vegas 3 days, we drove to experience Grand Canyon – such spectacular views. One fun fact – Arizona is actually one of those states that has decided not to follow daylight saving time.

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After Grand Canyon, we head back to Las Vegas for a day. Before setting our destination to Los Angeles we also drove to see Hoover Dam. Always think of National Lampoon movie when hearing Hoover Dam :D.

 

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First blog post – US WEST COAST 1

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Hello,

So I decided to start a blog… let’s see how this will turn out 🙂

Just arrived back from my vacation, so I thought I would share a bit about the trip I did in the west coast of US. I arrived 30th of March in San Francisco and spent some days there. It’s a cool city with steep hills. Had to of course see Lombard street, walk around Fishermans wharf, painted ladies and up to Twin Peaks where you can see the view of the entire city.

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Lombard street which is famous for being quite crooked..

Also ended up biking on the Golden Gate bridge and over to small very beautiful Sausalito (really recommend this place!). It has a mediterranean look and very different compared to San F.

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Sausalito. Beautiful, isn’t it.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Sunset by Golden Gate bridge

 

For eating, I really liked Haight Ashbury area. Quite hipsterish where you can find really nice food. Ended up eating at two restaurants (same owner), one of which focuses on Puerto Rican food (Parada 22) and the other on Mexican food (Cha cha cha) and they are just next to each other. Both very delicious, yum.

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Parada 22

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Puerto rican food – Really recommend it!

 

Over and out for now.