Sunday, 28 October 2012

New York visit

Last week I visited my brother and sister in law in Redding CT. We spent a few days at their home and then stayed in New York for a couple of days. We had a great time and I especially liked the combination of visiting the countryside (Redding) and the city. You get a full US experience, in stead of just the overwhelming hugeness of New York.

So here is my top 5:
1: Westport CT
Get out of New York for just one day to have a completely different experience.
Take the train from NY Central Station to South Norwalk. The train ride takes 1 hour. From there it's a 15 minute drive to Compo Beach in Westport. Have a walk along the beach and enjoy the view and the beautiful houses. Then go back to the center of Westport for some shopping (10 minute drive). Lovely boutiques from Calypso, Kate Spade, Tiffany's & Co and William Sonoma. Have lunch at The Tavern on Main Street. For dinner there are excellent restaurants in South Norwalk.

2: Rent a bike
Rent a bike (for instance at Blazing Saddles on Pier 78). Follow the Bike lane on the Hudson River Side and go south. Cross over to the other side through Warren Street (just follow the bike signs) and go over the Brooklyn Bridge. A magnificent experience with spectacular views. You can expand your biking trip by going through Brooklyn a bit and then go back over the Brooklyn bridge again. You could take the Manhattan bridge, but the Brooklyn Bridge is really something special and worth the double trip. Then go all the way down on Manhattan. Stop at St. Paul's Chapel and go in to see this memorial place of 9/11. Really impressive and a must do!
Then continue south towards Battery Park. You could park the bikes here and take the free Staten Island Ferry for a great view on the Statue of Liberty. Then continue along the hudson river side. This is the best bit of the trip. Truely fantastic to be biking on the promenade.having the river on your left side and the view on skyscrapers on the right.

3: St Paul's Chapel
This place is definitely worth a visitor because of it's essential role in the 9-11 recovery works. It was a safe haven for all the fire fighters, police, construction workers and other people that were working around the clock on recovery work. A place for eating, sleeping and peace. Now it's turned into a memorial place showing the solidarity of people around the world.

4: Highline Park
The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011. It's a great place to take a step back from the huge buildings and traffic and enjoy some quiet. After having walked on the high line go to Pastis for a nice French lunch.

5: Top of the Rock
Although very touristic, this is an excellent place to view the city from the 70th floor. Go at the end of the day, just when the lights start to show. You will have a great view on Manhattan, showing Central Park on one side and the Empire State Building and Time Square on the other (The Empoire State building really is beautiful and a shame you can't see it when you go up there for a view). Top of the Rock is on top of the GE building (part of Rockefeller center) and reopened in 2005. Tickets are $25 or adults and $16 for kids (6-12 years). When you finish your visit, don't forget to also have a look at the Ice Rink in the Rockefeller center and you may even want to do some ice skating yourself.

Final shopping tips
Of course you can do plenty of shopping in New York. There are huge department stores, like Macy's and Bloomingdales. We actually found these a bit disappointing. Not like Harvey Nichols or Harrods. Anyway there are three shops I think you shouldn't miss:
1: Kate Spade New York, a brand that combines playfulness with elegance. I think the shop in Soho is probably the best (Broome street).
2: Calypso St. Barth, a lovely shop for elegant cashmere and comfortable but feminine clothing. Also to be found in Soho (Broome street) and meatpacking district (Hudson street). And also in Westport.
3: Magnolia's Bakery, for the excellent cupcakes.  Just enjoy the soft and creamy taste of the cupcakes. There are several locations in the city. We had our cakes from the store on the corner of the Rockefeller centre.
4. American Girl Store, the place to go if you have girls up to 12 years old. New York girls have birthday parties here and they take their dolls for a haircut, a new hairdo or an new outfit. Excellent toy concept by Mattel. On 5the avenue near Rockefeller center (that's why you'll see girls with dolls in the ice rink)
5. William Sonoma for amateur cooks. Just love this shops with all the cookware and tableware. Now also shipping to Europe... (on 7th Av/16th street) and in Westport.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Copenhagen visit

Just before I go to New York and share my experiences about the ´City that never sleeps´I would like to tell you about my visit to Copenhagen earlier this year.

Copenhagen is a very pleasant city to go to. It has a lot of nice architecture, a rich and varied history, beautiful shops, kind people and it´s clean. I visited Copenhagen in the beginning of May and we were pleasantly suprised with the lovely weather.

So here is my Top 5 of Things to do in Copenhagen:
1) Rent a bike and explore the city by bike

2) Visit Christiana, the hippie town

3) Do a boattrip from Nyhaven (preferably in an electrical boat) to have a nice view of the different architectural styles in the city

4) Visit the lovely shops in Kronprinsensgade, in the city centre.

5) And you must definitely have a juice and sandwich at Joe and the Juice

If you are preparing your visit way in advance then maybe you can arrange to eat at Noma, the worlds best restaurant.

We stayed at the Adina Apartment hotel. An excellent place, a bit outside the centre of the city. We rented bikes at the hotel, which allowed us to go into the centre within 5 minutes. The rooms in the hotel were very spacious (apartment like with a kitchen) and the hotel had free wifi in the lounge area and also a fitness room and a swimming pool. We booked the hotel through

We had lunch at the Royal Cafe on the Amergatorv and ate Smushi's. A very nice place for a lunch or a cup of coffee. Cool interior. The smushi's look lovely, but they're not really my favorites.

Just opposite is the Europa cafe.

A great place for a drink after shopping or a light lunch. And in this area is also Illum, the big department store, with all the designer brands. A nice place shop, also in this area, is the brandstore of Acne.

We loved visiting Christiana, the hippie town in Copenhagen. Below a picture of the living 'rules' for Christiana. It's a great colorful place.

A nice restaurant is Madklubben on the Pilestreade. A great steak restaurant. Nice staff, good atmosphere, and great food. And nicely located in the shopping area.

A suprise for us was the Abercrombie shop. We hadn't expected to find this in Copenhagen, but obviously we were wrong. Lot's of tourists carried the big bags in the streets. The 6-packs might not be as tight as in other metropolitan cities, the girls may just be a little bit plainer, but the shop was as dark and as scented as I remembered from visiting in Paris and Brussels.

And of course we saw the Little Mermaid. And yes, it's just a tiny statue and during daytime crowded with Japanese tourists.. But early in the morning, just at dawn it did have a magical feel.

Copenhagen has some great museums too, but the weather was so great, that we chose to stay outside and enjoy the sun and the elegant and inspiring streets of the city. Just being here gives you a true sense of feel-good.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Shoes report

I spotted lots and lots of great shoes in Paris at the Fashion Week. One thing is clear. It's all about color. For both woman and for men!
Black is always safe, but with a bit of ribbons, fur or studs still quite fashionable.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Fashion shows Paris part 5: My favorite fashion groupie

As you know I was in Paris during the Haute Couture Fashion week in January. I have shared many of my pictures with you in my previous blogposts. 

In this post I would like to focus on just one girl. A girl that stood out from the crowd. The only thing I know is that she is English. I should have asked her name....

Please share your thoughts on her fashion style.

My favourite fashion groupie at Chanel

At Jean Paul Gaultier

At Elie Saab

Friday, 3 February 2012

Fashion Shows Paris - part 4: The Groupies

The most fun thing about 'going' to the Fashion Shows in Paris, is watching the crowd. All those fashion groupies that come together from all over the world. And what they are wearing, must be a hint of what to expect in the shops in about a years time.

I have selected a few of my pictures to share with you:
Lovely plaided hair.
Dramatic look from Russia..

How elegant.. blue shoes (keep an eye out for the 'shoe' blog I will be publishing soon)

Fashion reporters from Japan

Young and colourfull 

Male elegance. Notice the shoes of the groupie on the left.

Dandy look

Being true to your own style. Colourfull and comfortable.

Stylish in black and white with shiny Louis Vuitton bag.

What to say... unique.

Ever so elegant.

 Nerdy look.

Have a look at all the pictures in my albums.