Vi drakk te hver morgen på hotellsengen, spiste frokost på PAUL fordi vi er kontinentale og savner Paris, og så vandret vi opp og ned Londons gater for å shoppe og stirre på folk. Første kvelden spiste vi biff og rødvin i en liten restaurant i Harrods. Vi var slitne og orket ikke å gå langt fra hotellet. Andre kveld ble det tunfisk salat på Line og sort trøffel pizza og øl for meg - mens jeg drasset rundt en Chanel pose fra Selfridges. Siste dag i London spiste vi østers og drakk champagne i en liten bar ved Ritz Hotel og avsluttet turen med en middag på BVLGARI Hotel. Vi ville ikke sitte i den stive restauranten, så vi spiste i baren hvor det var mer action. Jeg hadde en Wagyu beef burger og Chassagne-Montrachet vin mens Line koste seg med en superfood salat. Wagyu beef burgeren var forresten en av de beste burgerne som jeg har spist i hele mitt liv, og vinen var heller ikke ille. Jeg håper at dere liker bildene fra en drømmetur til en by jeg liker veldig godt!
TEA, SCONES AND CHAMPAGNE
Min svigermor er på besøk denne helgen og jeg ønsket å gjøre noe ekstra hyggelig med henne. Etter litt research falt valget på Afternoon Tea på Grand Hotel. Afternoon Tea er en stor tradisjon i Storbrittania og ettersom min svigermor Mary er Skotsk så følte jeg at det passet bra. Afternoon Tea serveres etter tradisjon med et treetasjes fat fylt med markoner og søte bakverk laget av Grand sine konditorer. Cucumber sandwiches og varme scones med clotted cream hører også med.
Det var utrolig koselig og anbefales på det varmeste - spesielt nå i høst og vinter sesongen. Timene gikk mens vi snakket, observerte folk og nøt omgivelsene.
This is a great tip for those of you that are planning to visit Oslo. On the main shopping street in Oslo called Karl Johans Gate stands the historical Grand Hotel. It is here that Ibsen and other important cultural and historical figures sat and observed passersby. Every Saturday and Sunday Grand Hotel Oslo serves Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Palmen Restaurant. They serve the traditional three-tiered plate with an assortment of bite-sized cakes, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, macaroons, and cucumber sandwiches with tea. You can also choose to nip on champagne with your Afternoon Tea if you are feeling extra glamorous. The restaurant is just beautiful and ideally placed smack in the center of Oslo. If you need to burn some calories from the cakes and champagne away I recommend a promenade: The Royal Castle and the Castle Park are just a few minutes walk away.
Hei igjen fra Danmark! I dag har det regnet i hele dag, men vi har kost os for det. I morgen tar vi en liten svipptur innom Aalborg før vi reiser videre til Sørlandet. Der blir vi for en god stund. Vi skal til Dyreparken, Kaptein Sabeltanns Verden, samt utforske alle de fine områdene rundt Søgne, Kristiansand og Mandal. På Sørlandet får jeg litt bedre internet også! Jeg lover masse fine bilder.
Hei fra Danmark! Vi bor i et feriehus på Rønbjerg med familien til John. Det er kjempekos! Nettet her går utrolig sakte, men jeg har vært helt bestemt på å legge ut noen bilder fra de siste to dagene. Det kommer flere bilder i morgen! Stor klem fra oss
I dag unnet jeg meg selv en time til å gå rundt området jeg bor i her i Køln. Jeg gikk langs Rhinen og tok tid til å lese kjærlighetserklæringene låst fast på broen jeg går forbi hver morgen til interiørmessen hvor Varier (min jobb) har stilt ut under IMM. Jeg tok også litt tid til å besøke Kölnerdomen (Cologne Cathedral) og tente to lys. En til farmor og en til mormor. Jeg skulle ønske de kunne se meg nå, med den store magen min. De hadde vært stolte og glade, tenker jeg. En del av de lever fortsatt gjennom lillegutt i magen nå. Jeg blir ikke lett hjemsyk da jeg har bodd så mange steder i mitt liv, men jeg gleder meg til den første varme dusjen hjemme. Det blir ekstra deilig nå som kroppen er så tung!
Hei søte lesere! Er i Køln på jobbtur (har vært her siden lørdag!) og jeg merker at timene i dagene bare ikke strekker til når det gjelder blogging! Det er intenst, men gøy. Jeg skal oppdatere med bilder snart! Promise! ♥
When I stayed at the Lloyd Hotel a few days ago I stayed at Room 219, also known as the Ellen ten Damme Room for two nights. The other room is picture here. The Ellen Ten Damme Room is devoted to the photographer Danny Ellinger's photos of the famous Dutch singer. Her face is literally everywhere. The wallpaper consists of thousands of little pictures of her, the toilet features a massive picture of her... err, doing her business on the toilet, and personal memorabilia is lying everywhere. Taxidermy (a stuffed bird and a fox), a wedding dress and a magnifying glass were lying around the room. The room was incredibly photogenic and featured beautiful shuttered windows as well as just about everything covered in sheepskin. Another feature of the room was the "fold-out shower" which is a Lloyd Hotel concept that I am not completely a fan of, but it is definitely a conversation starter! Basically the shower is in the wall and you sort of fold out the wall in order to make the walls of the shower. The water gets kinda everywhere, so a mop is provided. All in all I found the room to be a beautiful and inspiring space, but it lacked a little in the "luxury" department. If you're expecting fluffy towels, sparkling bathroom appliances and room-service this isn't the hotel for you. If you're looking to stay in a building with a lot of history within its wall, art at every corner, and run-down charm then I would recommend it whole-heartedly. I would also suggest that you take a good 4-star room or a 5-star room (the Lloyd Hotel is the first hotel to provide 1 to 5 star rooms). The people working at the hotel are incredibly kind and warm so they let John and I change rooms twice as well as view a selection of different rooms in order to choose a room that we preferred.
The hotel itself is a strange building. It was formerly a migrants hotel and the last stop before people travelled to South America on Royal Dutch Lloyd ships. From the early forties onwards the Lloyd hotel served many functions. As the Germans occupied the Netherlands, they converted the building into a prison. Members of the resistance movement were kept prisoner here. Later, it became a regular detention centre and it remained so after the war. In 1964 Lloyd Hotel was transformed into the first experiment with detaining juveniles apart from adults. It reopened in 2004 as a hotel. For better or for worse, the hotel still feels a bit like an institution. I would also suggest to avoid staying at the hotel in the hottest summer months as they do not have air-conditioning and some of the rooms can get quite steamy.
For what the Lloyd Hotel lacks in luxury they make up with their friendly and accommodating staff and their beautiful art. The hotel is a treasure in itself and you can keep yourself occupied for hours just walking around and discovering the little nooks and crannies of the hotel.
Lloyd Hotel & Culturele AmbassadeOostelijke Handelskade 341019 BN Amsterdam
T +31 20 561 3636F +31 20 561 3600E firstname.lastname@example.org
Beautiful, multi-cultural, creative, vibrant Berlin! Now this is truly a city for me. It is steaming hot right now but I just love it here!
Here are some things to do in Berlin:1. Visit a flea-market2. Rent a bike and discover the city3. Take pictures of all the beautiful grafitti4. Shop in Mitte5. Visit an art exhibit if it rains
I am wearing a dress from Costume x Bik Bok, bra from Gina Tricot, socks from H&M, bag from Karen Millen and shoes from Din Sko
I'm in Berlin now but I just wanted to share a sneak peek of the other room that we stayed in at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.
Reviews are coming soon! :*
Here are some snapshots of the hotel that John and I checked into ... what a strange building! I will write a proper review later with more pictures, I just wanted to write a quick update now as I have so many pictures that I want to share. We decided to change rooms as it is really hot in Amsterdam right now and we wanted a cooler room. In the process of choosing a new room we got to check out some of the rooms that this hotel has to offer from the incredibly kind people that work here. We first viewed a room that looked like a sex-dungeon in the basement with a massive round mirror above the bed (I was too shocked and amused to take a pictures) as well as a lovely loft room with beautiful exposed beams. No rooms are the same. Our new room is even quirkier than the lime green one with the massive bath tub that we stayed in during our first night here, and it is huge! I will share it soon. ;)
Her er noen bilder av hotellroomet i Amsterdam. For et merkelig hotell! Jeg kommer til å skrive en ordentlig anmeldelse snart, med masse bilder. Vi måtte bytte til et kjøligere rom fordi det er ganske varmt i Amsterdam nå. Jeg har fått titte på flere av rommene for å velge, og de er helt fantastiske. Ingen rom er like. Jeg har sett alt fra et flott loftsrom med vakre takbjelker og en ganske så mørk "sexkjeller" med et gedigent rundt speil over sengen... å herre jemini (!) Jeg ble litt for sjokkert til å ta bilder. Som jeg angrer! Jeg kommer til å legge ut bilder av det nye rommet snart, men tenkte bare å skrive en fort oppdatering for jeg har så mange bilder som jeg ønsker å dele!
See you later South, because tomorrow John and I head to Amsterdam!
This morning I took a trip to the police station in Kristiansand at 9 AM sharp, got myself a temporary passport, and tomorrow we're off! That's what happens when we don't plan properly. I love it! I am in many ways a spontaneous soul and I hate to over-plan.
I've chosen two pretty amazing hotels (all my choice, John told me to surprise him) so I will definitely write some hotel reviews and take loads of snapshots! I tested a roll of film from my thrift-shop analog camera and it works just fine aside from some small leaks (which is just charming anyways) so I am excited to be carrying that around with me as well.
Things that that I am looking forward to:
1. Biking around Amsterdam (I've already rented a bike package from the hotel)2. Checking out the Dr. Martens store in Berlin. I'm already planning my AW13 wardrobe additions.3. THE HOTELS!! I've read so many great things about them already4. Updating this blog on my travels like I used to do all the time.
I know that I used to blog a lot more about travels before, but life happened and I had to focus on shaping a career-direction for myself after my studies. I'm happy for the experiences that I picked up while this blog suffered with less frequent posts and I am happy to come back to this blog now much more of an adult that I've ever been and a with few experiences under my belt. To be honest, not all experiences were particularly pleasant (although most of them were ... like moving in with John for example). Life has ups and downs, and that is just fine by me. I've learnt to let go and I don't mind getting older. It is a part of life and it feels very right. For every downturn I get a little bit wiser and a little bit tougher. In one month I turn 27, and although it is far from old, I am definitely not a teenager any more. It feels nice.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Plato
I am wearing a crochet bathing-suit from Shop the Show and hat from H&M
*and my latest book recommendations
Words cannot describe how taken I am by Johns hometown in the South of Norway.
It is just so idyllic here, especially in the summer. Not to mention Johns amazing Scottish mother who completely supports and loves all of my strange fashion-outfit whims. "Let the old ladies shake their canes at you!" she laughingly exclaimed when I asked her if wearing a completely see through lace dress with just underwear underneath was a bit too much for the old ladies in Kristiansand city. Johns father makes the most amazing Indian dishes and seafood in the world so I always feel like I gain at least 7 lbs. every time I am here. Johns sisters also have the most cherubic babies ever so I run around pinching fat cheeks and begging for cuddles every five minutes. I always ask John why he would ever bother to leave and move to Oslo (now more than ten years ago) but he looks at me like I am crazy and starts mentioning all the cultural reasons why Oslo is such a great city to live in. To me this place is absolute heaven!
I have been catching up on my reading so I thought I would share the three books that I am reading at the moment:
1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan2. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington3. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
I've linked all the books to Amazon so just click on the titles to read more about them! I am thoroughly enjoying reading Crazy Rich Asians as it just ridiculously glamorous. I know that I am late in reading the Grace Coddington book but I honestly haven't had the time to pick up any book at all until a few months ago. Now I am cherishing every minute doing one of my all time favourite things: curling up with a good book.
I am wearing H&M swimsuit (old) & sunglasses from Velouria Vintage
So I basically haven't moved the past few days. I'm still in the South. I've just been sleeping long, looking out to the sea, reading books and enjoying Norwegian summer. John just bought a car so he drove my film & photo equipment here from Oslo, YAY! We might take road trip but we haven't decided where to and I of course have forgotten my passport back home in Oslo.... typical. Lets see where we end up. Until then, here are some shots of a dress that was on my mind a long time before it became mine. It is from Wiksén and it is from quite a few seasons ago. I found it by chance at a sample sale and was so happy to finally make it mine.
Four things that personify my past week:
1. Buena Vista Social Club
2. Exploring the city of Kristiansand
3. Johns Mini Cooper
After a kind of hectic end of my week I am finally exactly where I want to be: in the sunshine in the South of Norway. I freaking love summer holidays!!!
Etter en ganske så hektisk uke er jeg endelig på plass ved vannkanten på Sørlandet. Som jeg elsker sommerferie!
I am wearing: vintage fringe leather vest, sunnies Bik Bok, bikini & hat H&M
These pictures of Yvan Rodic / FaceHunter were taken by me in London in 2010. I shot them on film in evening light.
Three years later, I've written an article/interview/retrospective about him and our strange friendship for Sva Magazine.
You can read it here. ___________________________
Disse bildene av Yvan Rodic / Face Hunter ble tatt av meg i London i 2010.
Det er nå tre år senere og jeg har skrevet en artikkel / intervjuet han for SVA Magazine sin nettside.
Du kan lese artikkelen her.
I'm back in the south for another week of Norwegian Summer. Norway is the most surrealistically beautiful place when the sun shines. I couldn't think of being anywhere else in the world right now. I am wearing a bathing suit from H&M, sunnies from Triwa (available here), white bracelet from Indiska, bangle from H&M, braided bracelet from Bik Bok and vintage green amethyst ring.
Some shots from lazy days by the sea. :)
Sandals from H&M, bikini from Bik Bok
Just a quick hello and two snapshots from today (some of you have probably already seen them on instagram). I bought a new hat at my new Favourite Store Ever in my mans hometown in the south of Norway. I could have stayed there forever. A plethora of beautiful and strange tea cups like the ones pictured above (one for mum and one for dad - *melt*), lots of beautiful copper things, and lamps! Beautiful lamps with marble and brass accents. Nothing was too expensive as well. I was in heaven.
Heading south for a couple of weeks with the man in my life. This picture was taken when I was there last.
Here are some snapshots from my past two days.
Getting lost in Stockholm while the sun sets - by the royal castle
Two snapshots from Ett Hem Hotel - a beautiful vase & an amazing little treat
A trip to the Sally Mann exhibition at Fotografiska. Very Recommended.
The cafe at Fotografiska.It has the best windows ever. Promise.
The bar at Ett Hem hotel.
The view from my hotel window the day I arrived.