Venedig - eine Stadt im Wasser, die ihre Besucher verzaubert

Hi Pearls,

 

Derzeit in aller Munde wegen der 57. Biennale, die älteste und eine der wichtigsten Kunstausstellungen der Welt, mit dem Thema „Viva Arte Viva“. Venedig ist eine Stadt der Kunst und Geschichte.

 

Neben unzähligen Kirchen finden sich an fast jeder Ecke kleine Paläste und selbst die Wohnhäuser versprühen trotz ihres fortlaufenden Verfalls einen romantischen Charme, dem sich niemand entziehen kann.

 

Wir kamen also in Venedig an und schon mit dem Abstellen unseres Autos im Parkhaus bemerkte man wie das Leben begann sich zu entschleunigen.

 

Eine Stadt in der man alles zu Fuß erledigt? Für uns fast unvorstellbar, aber auch eine Reise zurück in eine Zeit in der die Priorität nicht auf der Schnelllebigkeit des Alltags lag.

 

So taucht man ein in die Romantik dieses Ortes, lässt sich durch die engen, bunten Gässchen treiben ohne sich akkurat an Zeiten und Pläne halten zu müssen.

 

Man braucht keinen Plan in Venedig. An jeder Ecke gibt es etwas Neues zu entdecken.

 

Von den charmanten Läden, die unzählige traditionelle Masken in unglaublich ausgefallenen Variationen präsentieren, schlendert man weiter zu den kleinen Bäckereien mit leckeren Köstlichkeiten, die mit viel Liebe zubereitet werden und bewundert Theatervorstellungen in den Innenhöfen der Häuser. Dabei hört man den ganzen Tag angenehme Musik durch die Gassen hallen, die die Lebensfreude Venedigs wiederspiegelt.

 

Auch als wir am Abend endlich in unserem Hotel ankamen, waren wir sehr angetan von den kleinen Spielereien, die sich in dem Hotel entdecken ließen.

 

Hübsche nostalgische Kronleuchter und Ölgemälde in den Gängen. Alles irgendwie auch etwas schief, denn in Venedig ist nie etwas ganz gerade. Vom Fenster aus ließ sich das Treiben auf dem „Canale Grande“ beobachten. Man hätte den ganzen Abend dort stehen können und es wäre nicht langweilig geworden.

 

Für mich persönlich ist Venedig einer der schönsten Orte der Welt, gerade das unperfekte, leicht heruntergekommene macht Venedig zu etwas Einzigartigem. Ein Ort an den man immer gerne zurückkehren möchte.

 

Alles Liebe,

 

Viktoria

 

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POWER UP WEEKEND IN THE ALPS

Even Pearls need to take a break every once in a while! ;-)

 

 

As you know, our main focus is our career and we spend long hours at the office or at the library prepping for our exams. So it´s really important to take some time off to fuel up every now and then, even if it´s just for only 48 hours. And what better way is there to recharge your inner batteries than a girlstrip to the wonderful Austrian Alps?!

 

Since it is only a 1,5 hours drive away from Munich, Kitzbühel is the perfect destination for a short getaway. Our extra-tip is to leave in the evening, after work, to avoid to be stuck in traffic and loose precious time. Once we got there, Viktoria and I decided to take the first evening slow and just enjoy a cup of tea and a few laughs on the couch. The next morning we savoured a healthy breakfast with a gorgeous view of the mountains from our balcony. After a long and relaxing walk alongside the Schwarzsee (which looks even more beautiful in winter when it´s covered in snow), we headed to our favourite spot: the famous Rosi´s Sonnbergstuben. Here you can enjoy delicious Tirolean dishes with the most stunning view you could ask for! Our tip: share a Jausenbrett´l and then finish with the best Kaiserschmarrn in the world as dessert. Book in advance and ask them for table numer 65: it´s the one with the best vista ;-)

 

 

And since it´s a girls´weekend, of course there has to be some time for shopping as well ;-) So take a stroll along the cute and colourful streets of Kitz and do a bit of window-(or actual) shopping at Moncler, Louis Vuitton and the lovely little boutique KitzGlück.

 

 

End the day right with a yummy dinner at the restaurant Pfandl and win (or loose :P) some cash at the Casino. Of course we lost all our money, but who cares when you´re having such a fun time with your bestfriend?! J

 

To really recharge before going back home, spend your last day at the spa. Our favourites are the A-Rosa Resorts & Hideaways, the Kempinski and the Biohotel Stanglwirt (here you will have to book a room to have access to the spa though).

 

 

This time around we chose the most typical A-Rosa and had the best time swimming in the heated outdoor pool, chilling on the comfortable beds and trying out the two different steam rooms and 5 (!) different saunas. Once you are done, you will feel like a completely new person!

 

So when you feel like you can´t deal with the everyday struggle anymore, just grab your bestie and enjoy a couple of days away from all the madness. It´ll help you to come back stronger and more productive than ever!!

 

 

 

Lots of Love,

 

Mirjam

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hamburg guide part ii - elbphilharmonie

Hi Pearls,

 

this weekend I got spoiled by my love with tickets for the new Elbphilharmonie. I'm still overwhelmed from the Saturday night NDR concert. I could never have imagined how impressive a concert hall & a classic concert could be.

 

For all who have never heard about the Elphie - It is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg next to the Elbe River. It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.

 

The project was criticized because of its cost overruns. However the architecture is amazing & it's a new cultural highlight for Hamburg. The Opening with an impressive light show was only three weeks ago & you can feel the hype everywhere. All tickets for the next six months were sold out within the first hours.

 

For me it was an unique night. Even if you don't listen to classic music very often (like me), the acoustic is an experience I will never forget. If you ask me if it's worth the hype? IT IS!

 

"sometimes the greatest relationships are the ones you never expected to be in. The ones that sweep you off your feet and challenge every view you've ever had."

 

Love, Amelie

 

credits:

Blazer: Tommy by Gigi

Dress: Couture One

Jewellery: Chopard

Hair & Make Up: INES JUHL

 

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abu dhabi - Abenteuer zwischen wüste und meer

Hi Pearls,

 

Neugierig und völlig unvorbereitet bin ich in unsere Reise nach Abu Dhabi gestartet. Normalerweise fange ich einen Monat vor Reisebeginn an mich akribisch mit allen Sehenswürdigkeiten und Locations auseinanderzusetzen, sodass ich bis Reiseantritt jeden einzelnen Tag durchgeplant habe. Dieses Mal sollte das jedoch anders sein, da wir von unseren arabischen Freunden aus Abu Dhabi eingeladen wurden, sodass ich mich einfach überraschen lassen wollte.

 

Nach unserer Ankunft verbrachten wir den Rest des Tages im Emirates Palace, wohl eines der beeindruckendsten Hotels der Welt mit vielen traditionell arabischen Elementen. Relativ schnell war mir klar, dass die Araber vor allem eines mögen: Essen - am liebsten den ganzen Tag und durchgehend. Von der „Teatime“, die von unseren arabischen Freunden jeden Tag ausgiebig mit vielen verschiedenen Kuchen und Keksen, da das nicht reichte gerne auch mit Karamell- oder Schokoladensaucen zelebriert wurde, sind wir direkt zum Abendessen übergegangen. Den Abend verbrachten wir in einem der Restaurants namens „Hakkasan“ mit dem Neffen und Sohn unseres Gastgebers bei exzellentem chinesisch-modernen Essen und Geschichten über die Stadt, die Bedeutung des Öls für ihre rasante Entwicklung und den allseits verehrten Sheik Zayed bin Sultan, den Gründer der VAE.

 

Sightseeing in Abu Dhabi umfasst größtenteils Shoppingtouren in den unzähligen Malls und das Bewundern der modernen Architektur. Umso größer war meine Freude als man uns mitteilte, dass wir einen Ausflug in die Wüste, auf die familieneigene Farm im Heimatort unseres Gastgebers machen werden. Eine Oase mit eigener kleiner Dattelproduktion, Hühnern, Ziegen und sogar zwei Gazellen - es war ein wunderschönes Lagerfeuer vorbereitet, rundherum lagen Teppiche aus und waren kleine Zelte aufgestellt. Ich hatte mich eigentlich auf ein Wochenende ohne fließendes Wasser und warmes Essen vorbereitet, sodass ich vorsichtshalber einen Haufen Süßigkeiten und kleinere Snacks eingepackt hatte. Weit gefehlt, das Haus war hochmodern, außerdem war die super liebe Haushälterin mitgekommen und hatte uns ein traumhaft leckeres Abendessen gezaubert (ja, die Schokoriegel konnte ich wohl getrost in meiner Tasche lassen!). Die Araber sind generell relativ actiongetrieben, sodass wir uns nach dem Abendessen schnell mit Quads mitten in der Nacht in der Wüste wiederfanden, es war zwar nicht viel zu sehen, aber man verspürte dennoch bereits Nachts das Gefühl von Freiheit und kompletter Unbeschwertheit. Das Wüstenfieber hatte uns gepackt - um den Sonnenaufgang zu erleben saßen wir am nächsten Morgen bereits um 5 Uhr wieder auf unseren Quads, die allesamt witzigerweise mit bayrischen Flaggen ausgestattet waren, unser Gastgeber bezeichnet sich selbst als „halb bayrisch, halb arabisch“. Wir verbrachten den halben Tag dort, rasten die Dünen herauf und herunter und verliebten uns in die Weite und Ruhe der Wüste.

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about "the" dress and white dreams - mykonos part i

Hi Pearls,

 

When I was a little girl I travelled the first time to Greece with my parents . From this moment I fell in love with olives, feta cheese & the friendly people there. Unfortunately it took more than 12 years until I travelled there again. 

 

I already talked about why and how I booked this journey (here). So I spent the last week on Mykonos. The island is very cute (little and simple) and for all who only know the white streets of Mykonos town - the rest of the island is completely brown. The barkeeper from the Pool bar told me that the last rain they had was in May and the weather is awesome every day, because it's most of the time very windy (take care of you hair).

 

I decided to write two posts about my Mykonos trip. I'm working on a travel video at the moment and I can't wait to hear you feedback (filmed by a dji drone and a go pro cam). All travel recommendations will be up together with the video within the next week.

 

This post is about "the dress" every girl fell in love with. It's a flower dress from Zara which was sold out in the first few days. The shooting location was right in the middle of the beautiful streets of Mykonos town. The place is magical and romantic and If it's worth the hype?..it is!

 

Take care. Love,

 

Amelie

 

P.S. My September adventure isn't over now - stay tuned for my upcoming trip to Bali.

 

Dress: Zara

Bag: Valentino

Shoes: Emanuelle Vee

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wanderlust 2016 - how to find the perfect escape

Hi Pearls,

 

letzte Woche hatte ich spontan ein paar Tage frei und bin in meine Heimat an den Bodensee gefahren. Ich wollte für einen Moment raus aus dem Alltagsstress und in Ruhe abschalten. Am liebsten hätte ich mich aber sofort in den Flieger gesetzt um ein neues Land zu entdecken, in dem ich zuvor noch nie war. Ich hatte so richtig Fernweh. Ich wollte an einen Ort über den ich nicht viel wusste und trotzdem Sehnsucht nach ihm hatte. Es gibt Menschen, die permanent das Gefühl haben weg zu müssen- sozusagen die Diagnose „Fernweh“. Ganz so extrem ist es bei mir jedoch nicht. Für mich geht es darum einfach mal abzuschalten.

 

Ich habe mich sehr intensiv damit beschäftigt, meinen Sommerurlaub zu planen. Dabei bin ich auf die Homepage von JAHN REISEN aufmerksam geworden. Was mir gefallen hat ist das der Veranstalter anspruchsvolle Urlaube plant, für Leute die auf der Suche nach ihrem Traumurlaub sind. Oft weiß man ja am Anfang überhaupt nicht, wo man anfangen soll zu suchen. Strandurlaub? Hotel? Städtetrip? All inclusive? Ferienwohnung? Mit oder ohne Hund?

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Inside Munich - Jimmy Choo fashion High tea

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Roadtrip dolce vita - Forte dei marmi and Portofino

Hi Pearls,

 

last week I spent amazing days with my munich blogger crew on a roadtrip trough Italy (@theblondemacaron, @viktoria.kristina, @miss_finny).

 

We drove from Munich to Forte dei Marmi in about 7 hours, where we stayed in a beautiful house. The advantage of a house instead of a hotel is:

  • More space (important for girls with a lot of clothes and shoes),
  • Save money (for shopping) and
  • A base to explore the cities around (and in our case the best view ever for breakfast).

From my perspective the best thing about Italy is always the food, especially everything including sea food. From the six days in total we spent 3 days at the beach and 3 days exploring the area. So here you go with my fav spots from last week holidays:

 

FORTE DEI MARMI

 

Forte is very well known for all the luxury shops and celebrities who visit this beautiful little sea village every year. It's very close to the long beach. If you want to relax at the beach, you need to reserve a little tent or at least a sun bed, because there is no public beach in this area. There are multiple opportunities in Forte but we discovered this two beach/sun bed providers as very good choices:

 

BEACH

 

Gilda: is a very old and famous Restaurant/Bar (with GREAT food) ; Tents (including 2 sunbeds & 2 chairs & towels ) from 50 Euro, here.

Bagno Belvedere: If you want to combine a city shopping trip and the beach - this is the place to be. Tents from 30 Euro, here.

 

FOOD

 

Forte is also a very cute village & it's worth a little sightseeing/shopping trip. If you love sea food in a unconstrained atmosphere, the street food at the Restaurant Pesce Baracca is so amazing, that we stopped twice to have lunch there. For all the sushi lovers out there, there is a cute sushi Restaurant called Kooka. You have to try the Lyn Green Roll, it's delicious & looks amazing.

 

SHOPPING

 

Shopping in Forte del Marmi is perfect for a huge budget.  You can find stores of all the famous luxury brands, like Gucci, LV, Dior ..But even if you don't want to spent thousands of euros, there are a lot of cute little italian stores with beautiful accessories, clothes and shoes. Very famous is the shoe designer Mauro Volponi, who is owning a store and a little outlet inside the city with handmade italian shoe design (so in love). We all found some cute things at a little store called Babol ( check their IG here). My fav piece was a self designed vintage levis hot pan. For the early birds there is a market (one of the best in this area with great cashmere products). It's every Wednesday and Sunday from 8 to 12am in the middle of the village.

 

PARTY

 

Forte is very well known for great summer parties. The most famous club  is the twiga beach club by Flavio Briatorre located directly at the beach & perfect to enjoy life by the fullest. Not that luxury, but a good & traditional club (since 1923) is the Cappannina di Franceschi club. Girls just wanna have fun.

 

THE BEST ADVICE

We had Mirjam by our side, who is half italian and knew already most of the great places around Forte. This is so helpful to discover places & restaurants you can't find in your travel guide. So ask locales for advice, they are all very helpful.

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48h in LONDON - explore ROYAL

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48h in Vienna - explore AUSTRIA

Hi Pearls,

 

Some weeks ago I spent a beautiful weekend in Vienna. It's only a 4h drive from Munich and so it's very attractive for a weekend trip by car or by train.  Vienna is the capital of Austria and the largest city of Austria. More than 1.8 millon people live in this beautiful city. Vienna belongs to the best ranked cities known for their quality of live & I really can image why, because this city combines a lot.

 

On one hand you have a beautiful city center, which looks like a very old city and makes one to dream of a time where the "kings & queens" were still alive. And on the other hand Vienna offers a high quality and wide range of cultural activities like museums, art, music and really great cafés and restaurants.

 

Where to stay?

 

First you have to decide where you want to stay and how much you want to spent. Vienna is composed in 23 districts and offers many options. The heart of the city is around the "Stephansplatz". I can recommend the Melía Vienna Hotel, which is located in the Donaucity about 7 Minutes away with the train from the city center. The Hotel is within the DC Center, the highest building in Austria and the view from the hotel room is amazing. On the 57th floor you have a great restaurant and lounge, which serves delicous cocktails and food.

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Girls just wanna have fun - lago di Garda

 

 Hi Pearls,

 

all of you who follow us on Instagram already saw some of our Lago di Garda Impressions. We had some wonderful days there in August with friends, sunshine and a boat. What do you need more?

 

If you are located in the South of Germany or in Switzerland or Austria the Lago di Garda is a beautiful destination, and perfect for a Weekend trip (only 4 hours drive from Munich). So we would love to share some of our travel experiences with you.

 

There a a lot of cute little Villages around the lake. If you have a boat it's easy to cruise around. By Car you should avoid the rush hours. We can recommend Gardone Riviera, where we stayed during our last trips.

 

Gardone Riviera:

 

Location: It is situated on the western shore of Lake Garda.

 

Main sights: The Vittoriale degli Italiani (!) is a former residence of the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. He donated it to the Italian State before his death. It is now a national monument and houses a MAS fast military ship and the plane on which D'Annunzio raided Vienna. And for photo junkies like us, it's an amazing photo location.

 

Where to stay:

 

Villa Florida:

The breathtaking views over beautiful Lake Garda are truly magical from the Hotel Villa Florida; the blue of the lake merges into the subtle green of the surrounding hills, highlighting exquisite Garda Island, the impressive rock of Manerba and the pretty lakeside towns. High above is the magnificent peak of Monte Baldo, which slopes gently down towards the lake and the famous San Vigilio peninsula. The View and breakfast ist amazing!!!
Agli Angeli:
A cute hotel located in the middle of Gardone. It was founded in 1972 and it's running by Patrizia and her dougther with much love. It also offers a cute little pool with Bali flair. Very nice location to chill out. We really can recommend the restaurant from Agli Angeli. Very good, delicious food and the best pizza in town.
What to do?
Visit Salo: Another beautiful town close to Gardone. Salò is a town and comune in the Province of Brescia in the region of Lombardy (northern Italy) on the banks of Lake Garda, on which it has the longest promenade. It's perfect for a ice cream date with your best friend ( or some italian shoe shopping).
Rent a Boat: There are a lot of Boat rental stations around the lake. It depends on what you want to spent and If you have a licence to drive.But it's great to see a lot of the lake and of course the isola del garda.
Isola del Garda: is the biggest island on Lake Garda. It is part of the comune of San Felice del Benaco, in the Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. The island has a long and varied history, having been used as a Roman burial ground, pirate lair, a site for a Franciscan monastery, border fortification and as a residential villa. The island has been visited by numerous famous people over the centuries, reportedly including Francis of Assissi, Anthony of Padua and Dante Alighieri. Today, it is covered by a park and is dominated by the Venetian neogothic Villa Borghese Cavazza. Although privately owned by the Cavazza family, Isola del Garda has been open to visitors since 2002 & it's very impressive.
Coco Beach: It´s a beachclub located in Lonato del Garda which you can reach from the lakeside via boat but also from the land side via car. It´s a nice place with white sand, to hang out in a relaxed atmosphere and having a good time with good food, a cocktail and good music. In the main season there are also some good events and normally the DJ´s come at around 5 pm and you can dance throw the night and have a good party.. 
...there are much more to explore, but we want to share our highlights. The best thing was to had some great days together. Girls just wanna have fun.
(and if you wanna have a cute #myradley dog bag, too. You can order your's here.)
Best,
Amelie

 lovely houses in the center of Gardone Riviera

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