Paris again

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So last week I went to Paris again for a 3 day weekend trip. This time it was a sister weekend and the main goal was the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert. The concert was amazing to say the least. The rest of the weekend we enjoyed Paris to the fullest. Strolling along the Seine, swimming and discovering the Parisian night life. Our noisy hotel had the prettiest garden of all and if you want to eat amongst the locals I suggest you go there. http://www.eldoradohotel.fr

If you can’t stand the heat of the city in the middle of the summer make sure to take a dip in the floating pool in the Seine.http://www.paris.fr/pratique/piscines/piscine-josephine-baker/p6085

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Paris city trip guide

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Are you going on a city trip to Paris? What to do in Paris? Paris is so big and has a lot of cool things to do and see. It is easy to get caught in all of the touristic stuff. So here is my city guide for a unforgetable short 3 day trip to the city of love.

You would think that a beach girl like me does not really like city tripping far away from the shore. But Paris has this magic factor that makes me want to go back.

Ofcourse there is the Eiffeltower and the other touristic stuff. But for me France is about the atmosphere and the food and especially Pastry!

1. Stroll through Les Marais arrrondisement 3 & 4
2. Watch the Eiffel tower from le Trocadero
3. Go for a nice dinner!
4. Vintage shopping at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
5. Stroll along the Seine
6. Visit Galaries Lafayette, Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais) & Colette (213 Rue Saint-Honoré)

First up is wandering trough Le Marais is one of the first things you should do to experience that French atmosphere.

Try to find a hidden market called Les Enfant Rouge. It has great food like Japanese and Maroccan. The hamburgers we ate there where amazing.

The view from le Trocadero at the Eiffeltower is awesome. And next to le Trocadero you can find a restaurant called ‘Monsieur Blue’ if you come in early you can pick a table at the window and stare at the Seine and the Eiffel tower all night or afternoon. Make sure to get your reservation in time.

Vintage and Brocante shopping is a big thing in Paris and one of the most known is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. It is great to get lost in this maze of vintage shops and bring home an authentic souvenir from Paris.

When you have some time left and your are fed up with the busy streets of Paris it can be relaxing to take a stroll along the Seine.

Ofcourse gazing at the dome shaped ceiling of Galeries Lafayette is a must. Here you can pick up every designer item you are looking for. Also department stores like Colette and Merci are great places to visit.

One last tip. Try to get lost :) You will end up in the most unusual places.

There are so many things to do I can’t fit it in one post. But these are the things that make my trip to Paris special every time I visit the city.

X. N.

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Portugal

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Ericeira – Portugal – March. In march I always feel like the winter takes to long so this is a great month to plan a small sunny getaway. This year we chose Portugal because there is wind and there is waves. We both did some surfing and kitesurfing for us this is the perfect combination for a holiday. Through AirBnB we booked a great apartment in Ericeira just on top op the surfing spot Ribeira de Ilhas. From our bedroom window we could even see the surf. We could not have asked for a better place to stay.

Places to visit in the Lisbon area:
1. Sintra
2. Cascais
3. Praia do Guicho
4. Pasteis de Belem

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Pays Basque

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My favorite place in France has to be the Pays Basque. I had a quick surf holiday together with the boyfriend a few weeks ago. We try to go there at least once a year. I love the lifestyle and the diversity in beaches from the uber chique Biarritz with it’s amazing views and great longboard spots to the laid back beaches in Hossegor. What is not to love. Speaking of food… I am in love with the brebis cheese combined with cherry jam. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it? So let me share some tips about this perfect vacation area.

Biarritz

Miremont-Biarritz, 1Bis Place Georges Clemenceau 64200 Biarritz, +33 5 59 24 01 38
For the most amazing pastry but most of all the view is out of this world. It litteraly is a moving painting.

Market, Rue des Halles 64200 Biarritz
Visit the daily market for fresh local products and oysters and wine for lunch. You got to love the french for this.

Harbour
Eat freshly caught fish in-between the fishing boats and enjoy the relaxed Biarritz vibe. Maybe go in for a refreshing dip in the ocean after lunch.

Bidart

Wallako surf shop, 111 Avenue de Biarritz 64210 Bidart, +33 5 59 24 36 41
Very special surfshop with the best selection handcrafted single fin boards run by a very passionate shop owner who really takes the time to explain all you need to know.

Guethary

Harotzen Costa, Jetée des Alcyons 64210 Guéthary, +33 5 59 47 19 74
Very tasty pintxos (basque tapas) but above all the best place to take in the serenity of the atlantic ocean. Go and see and taste it yourself.

Hossegor

Shopping in Hossegor, Avenue Paul Lahary 40150 Soorts-Hossegor
It is almost impossible to miss, the main shopping street of Hossegor. All major surf brands have flagship store here but you can also find brands like Sandro and Isabel Marant in the numerous boutiques.

Glace Romane, 31, avenue Paul Lahary 40150 Hossegor
Best ice cream ever! Period! Try caramel beurre sale it is to die for.

Bridge Hossegor, Avenue Paul Lahary 40150 Soorts-Hossegor
On your way from the Hossegor town centre to the beach you cross a bridge over the Hossegor lake. To make your stay more exciting, with high tide you can actually jump of it. Make sure it is high tide, you don’t want to break something ;)

Seignosse

Chez Monette, 5 avenue Jean Moulin, 40510 Seignosse
If you are fed up with french food you can get really nice asian food here.

Le surfing, 6 Place des Estagnots, Seignosse, +33 5 58 47 99 76
The perfect hang out after a surf sesh. Good vibes only!

Capbreton

Capbreton square, Place de L’hotel de Ville 40130 Capbreton, +33 5 58 72 11 76
The heart of Capbreton. This cosy square represents France at it’s best and is our favorite place to hang out and enjoy the Basque summer nights with a cold sirop du peche.

Capbreton market, Allée Marines, 40130 Capbreton
A very nice market to go for groceries. I try to avoid the big super markets, everything you need you can find here.

I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have other great tips about this place you want to share.

X. N.

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Stuck in Barcelona

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The last half a year I have been traveling a lot but I haven’t been posting a lot on the blog unfortunately. I decided that I will post more about traveling because that is what I really like.
So what you see in the pictures is a day in Barcelona where I was stuck because I was not allowed to take my dog on the train and my boyfriend had to come pick me up and drive all the way from France. In the mean time I did some sightseeing and trying to figure out the self-timer on my camera.

X. Nina

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Girls weekend

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So last weekend we had girls weekend on the island of Terschelling. My sister, Brenna and I where going to have a whole weekend by ourselves doing girls stuff. Hell yes for that! Singing girls songs, watching chick flicks etc etc.

The boyfriend and I have a cute little chalet on this island which is perfect for these kind of weekend get aways. The weekend starts off with 2 hour boat ride towards the most beautiful northern islands of Holland. The expected weather was not so great but thus more space and quietness for us! As you can see we enjoyed the beautiful sunset and views of the ‘wadden’.

So the next day we went for a 3 hour hike in the pouring rain. Personally I think these kind of hikes are the best. There are no people around, seals come and great you on the beach and most of all it really feels like adventure. If you ask Brenna of my sister Esther they might say the opposite. :) Thank you babes for the awesome weekend and great laughs!

X. N.

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Balmain Salt Spray

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 Let me tell you about my latest beauty purchase. When cutting my hair short I also needed a new hair product. Balmain Salt Spray it was. This product gives your hair a stringy scruffy structure. Perfect beach hair a la ‘Salt hair, don’t care. It has a great smell and great for beach babes who don’t have the opportunity to dip their hair in the sea everyday. Sold here and here

 

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Beautiful Marocco

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It has been some time ago already but I still want to share this with you guys. In januari I went to Marocco to do a photoshoot for the brand I am currently working for. We wanted to capture the true travelers spirit and there is no better place then Marrakech to do so. When arriving by plane I was amazed by the mesmerizing snowy mountain ranges of the Atlas against the backdrop of Marrakech. This ancient city beholds many secrets and beautiful places hidden behind the cities red walls. It is one big maze if you ask me. But if you are looking for the the 1001 and 1 nights experience Marrackech is the place to be. Thank you awesome crew for making it happen!

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