• Light Packing Tips for Winter Travelers

    Traveling during the winter is often much different from a summer trip. Although you can find some areas of the world which are lucky to have all-round sunshine and warm temperatures, many places that you may visit during the winter are likely to be cold, making it much more difficult to pack lightly.

    However, if anybody can squeeze their winter coat, five pairs of jeans, their Christmas jumper, a scarf and three pairs of woolen socks into a small hand luggage case, it’s the budget-savvy traveler. So, if you’re hoping to save money on your luggage this winter but don’t want to compromise on warm clothes, we’ve put together some of our best tips for light winter packing.

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  • 4 days in Istanbul

    Those who follow me for a longer time or on social media, know that Istanbul was on travel list for quite some while. I should say that it went straight to number one after I read The bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, you should too if you haven’t already, it’s a beautiful book.

    4 days in Istanbul

    Istanbul didn’t came up in my travel plans this year either, but the universe has a way to fix things and make dreams come true, an email from Lorelei Bratu, PR lady extraordinaire, sneaked up my inbox with an invitation to spend four marvellous days in this marvellous city. My reaction? I was stunned and then I started to panic a little because my passport expired and Easter was just around the corner, literally.

    4 days in Istanbul

    Well, got a temporary one, sent it to Lorelai and last week I spent four amazing days in Istanbul. Two at the Evteks Home Textile Exhibition and two wondering the city.

    Hands down, this is in my top three travel logs, which is a bit peculiar because, well, it was a “business” trip, although I love everything home deco related,  and it was with 9 different people which I didn’t meet before. And you know I’m a total awkward panda when it comes to such gatherings. I was already  an avid reader of Diana’s blog, Fine Society, but that doesn’t count, ok? Ehhm, it was so, so, so, fun, even though we came from different environments to say so.

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    Right away after we arrived from the airport, which was a challenge because neither the driver or the person waiting for us didn’t actually speak English,  we went straight to Sultanahmet for a evening of visiting and good food.

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    4 days in Istanbul 4 days in Istanbul

    Business or pleasure trip, you can’t miss Hagia Sophia, it’s an architecture wonder and the culture clash is mesmerizing. Breathtaking, I’m telling you.

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    The Blue Mosque was again, breathtaking and a tad contradictory… I wouldn’t let people take selfies inside.. but hey, that’s me.

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    An evening stroll on the Galata bridge with it’s passionate fisherman and….

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    …the view from the Galata tower, again, breathtaking. I think I used this word too much in this post. Ok, the whole city is breathtaking…

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    Taksim area with its charm & vibe…

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    And the Grand Bazaar, I don’t really wanna talk about this because I’m a little ashamed of myself.. Yeah, I bought way to many things that I do not need. But the whole thing makes you wanna spend money, especially if you’re a hoarder like yours truly here.

    We had a little cruise on Bosphorus that well, ehhm, see this video... but only if you’re reading from RO.

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    Aww, and I was about to miss my flight due to crazy Monday morning traffic… 

    photos by me & Alex Damian

  • Grid Type Gallery-Europe’s biggest street party

    A few months ago, we found ridiculously cheap plane tickets for Boston and off we went. It was our first visit to the city and, believe it or not, Stockholm in February was more pleasant than Boston in March. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that we arrived completely unprepared. That I, in my converse and thin jacket, did not end up with pneumonia is honestly not even fair. But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

    Fall Winter Lookbook

    Fall Winter Lookbook

    It was so cold that I wouldn’t even reach for my camera. I snapped more pictures with my phone than I did with my Canon. We stayed outside the city and ventured out to explore, but all those trips were cut short. Being inside and warm was just so much more appealing.

    Sweet home

    Sweet home

    We mostly just ate. I dragged Lee and our friends across the city and back to get Ethiopian, Mexican, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese. The best ethnic food was the only research I did before going to Boston. I drank tanks of cider after discovering the Downeast variety. This stuff is incredible. They make it right in Boston too!

  • Grid Type Gallery-Europe’s biggest street party

    A few months ago, we found ridiculously cheap plane tickets for Boston and off we went. It was our first visit to the city and, believe it or not, Stockholm in February was more pleasant than Boston in March. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that we arrived completely unprepared. That I, in my converse and thin jacket, did not end up with pneumonia is honestly not even fair. But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

    Fall Winter Lookbook

    Fall Winter Lookbook

    It was so cold that I wouldn’t even reach for my camera. I snapped more pictures with my phone than I did with my Canon. We stayed outside the city and ventured out to explore, but all those trips were cut short. Being inside and warm was just so much more appealing.

    Sweet home

    Sweet home

    We mostly just ate. I dragged Lee and our friends across the city and back to get Ethiopian, Mexican, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese. The best ethnic food was the only research I did before going to Boston. I drank tanks of cider after discovering the Downeast variety. This stuff is incredible. They make it right in Boston too!

  • Image type post-20 great places to travel this summer

    Generally, trips to Paris conjure up thoughts of strolls along the Seine, fresh-baked croissants, and many a glass of vin rouge at corner brasseries, but if you’re one of the many people heading there for Maison & Objet—the city’s biannual lifestyle tradeshow—all you have on your mind is design, design, design.

    To help you plot out your precious time away from M&O, we’ve rounded up fifteen of the newest and most notable design-centric spots that you’ll want to add to your trip’s must-check-out list, including a stunning right-bank hotel designed by the show’s Designer of the Year Dorothée Meilichzon, fashion label Maison Kitsuné’s just-opened Café at Filles du Calvaire, and artist Anish Kapoor’s impressive exhibit at the Versailles gardens.