Located on the black volcanic sand of Perivolos Beach in the southern part of the island of Santorini one finds Istoria Hotel, a 12-suite retreat and mansion. The place is a blend of classic and contemporary aesthetics and has everything you need for a relaxed stay. This blend is caused by the premises originally housing 5 stables where the former owner used to keep her beloved horses. Some of these elements of the original estate are being incorporated into the suites and is part of creating the authentic atmosphere Istoria is known for. This place is truly designed to function as the personal recreative oasis we all need.
The entrance to Istoria Hotel from the restaurant.
With its beautiful views and golden sunsets it quickly became very evident to me why Santorini, and specifically Oia, is one of the most photographed places in the world. It sure is a place that lives up to the hype! In the whitewashed streets of Oia you will find photo opportunities everywhere you look. Since some places are private and hard to enter, I definitely recommend carefully selecting where to stay when travelling to the iconic cycladic island of Santorini.
Where to stay
One thing that should be on your radar when looking for a place to stay in Oia is staying in one of the renowned cave houses with a view overlooking the caldera.
When July came I packed our family car and headed for one week in Bavaria and Austria followed by another week in Rheinland-Pfalz in the western part of Germany. The latter is what I want to feature in this post.
Selecting pictures to showcase this beautiful castle and its garden turned out to be a very hard task because I have too many pictures I love of this place to narrow them down. But I managed to cut it down to 5 and not the 56 I originally had.. 😀 This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a former medieval fortress that turned into a palace and is located above the Rhine and near the city of Koblenz.
Recently I have started a goal of visiting something new in my city every week. So this week me and my friend Anne Marie decided to meet at Østerbro and start at the cafe Leckerbaer. Leckerbaer is a cafe known for reinventing the Danish butter cookie and adding lots of color and cuteness to their cakes. And while we were there, we went outside to eat our cakes and found this cute street we haven’t come across or heard about until this day. You can find so many places on Instagram but still be surprised by the places you find when you decide to leave your screen and just go outside and let yourself get lost a bit.
Meet my new favorite jacket. I saw it at Anthropologie US but it was sold out there, so I brought it from another website. All to find out when it arrived that the brand it’s from, Numph, is a brand located in my hometown of Kolding and with a base in my childhood city of Holstebro. What a coincidence, this jacket must be meant to belong with me!
Earlier this week I had the immense pleasure of visiting and getting a tour of the Julie Nielsdotter Jewelry shop in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. And what an experience it was! Not only is the whole store infused with the most beautiful pink and gold tones, but Julie also makes the prettiest pieces of jewelry and has such a genuinely kind personality. Who says you can´t be kind and a leader at the same time? Julie embodies both things so well as she is a self-taught goldsmith.
Finally Summer came around this year and off I went with my family. This time on a road trip and one of the places we stopped by was the lovely Lake Maggiore area in the northern part of Italy. It was so stunning and everything so blue with the sky and water complementing each other so perfectly.
So many years in a row I have seen people posting about the cherry blossoms, or sakura as the cherry blossoms are also known as, at Bispebjerg Cemetery in Copenhagen but I have never had to chance to see them before this year. So for weeks I couldn’t help but count down to their peak season and last week it finally came. I went there to see them for the first time Friday afternoon last week but it was so crowded that I decided to come back the following Monday morning where I woke up a little before 6am to bike 22 kilometres (to Bispebjerg and home again) just to enjoy these magical flowers for myself. The cherry blossoms are so beautiful but sadly they only bloom for 2-3 weeks so you have to be quick in order to see them bloom. During their peak season around 150.000 people go to see the vibrant flowers at Bispebjerg Cemetery so the place can get really crowded during the day.Read More
Just because you live somewhere doesn’t mean there never is more to see or that you cannot be a tourist in your own city so exploring the city of Copenhagen is just what I did yesterday when a friend travelled to visit. And here are some of my favorite finds – some old and some just discovered. For more places in Copenhagen see my first travel guide here.
It’s that time of year again. And by that I don’t just mean Christmas. Nope, if you have been reading my blog for some time you know that around this time of the year for the past 2 years I have partnered with the organization More Love Letters and I’m doing that again this year for their 12 days of Love Letter writing. You can read my previous posts for More Love Letters here and here. Read More
If there is a country I have been to that is taken straight out of a fairytale then it’s Slovenia. I came to this country with high expectations but Slovenia exeeded even them all. It even exeeded my wildest dreams of how much beauty can be found in one country. This country has so many beautiful places and is full of colors, is very eco-friendly, has some beautiful mountains and is in general a very green and harmonic country.
Having been there I really fail to see why Slovenia isn’t more known as tourist destination and more traveled to. Read More