The late Anthony Bourdain once said, “It’s beautiful here. They said that of course, that Budapest is beautiful. But it is in fact almost ludicrously beautiful.” He was referring to the city that is surprising and delicious in its acceptance of old school charm coupled with new age tourism. As I am packing a suitcase, contemplating the average 25 degrees it should be while I am in Hungary, I am hoping this city will once again open itself to me like it did the last time I was there. This time, I am also heading to Szeged, the third largest city in Hungary. The name is said to originate from the Hungarian word for corner (szeg), and this could be a reference to the Tisza river that is located in the city. So, watch this space for the images from this tour and if you are out and about, don't forget the sunscreen!
2019 has started and this is the first post of the year...and I feel a wave of guilt for neglecting my baby. It has been a crazy two months and I must apologise for the lack of posts. As you can see by the picture above, I am off on a trip to my favourite city in the world. It is long overdue (like this post) and I am looking forward to it (despite the average 4 degree temperature for the next few days...but, I have a coat...I have gloves...I have a scarf...). So, all the restaurants are booked (thank you, Jürgen) and the routes are being planned. I hope the rain will be kind to me and that I make it through the city in one piece. It is always a pleasure being in this city because it has the ability to present itself anew as if I am visiting it for the first time...so, I am saying 'bonne chance' to myself and the city of light!
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Despite the really wonderful autumn scene outside (a welcome surprise, considering it is normally gloomy and grey this time of year), I am packing a suitcase for a very different climate. It feels strange to be weighing up bathing costume options when the leaves are turning all shades of red and brown, but this trip has been planned for a long time...nobody could have predicted this sensational November weather in Switzerland. Still, I am very, very happy to be heading east, this time to a different corner of Thailand...and hopefully one that will recharge, inspire and mellow this soul of mine.
So, till the next post, you all be wonderfully fashionable, as always, and enjoy the changing foliage for me...
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Could it really be the end of summer? By the looks of things, we could be heading into autumn, but I will not allow this to discourage me...especially when I am packing for Berlin. This time we are staying in the west (last time in Prenzlauer Berg in the east), so I am rather excited to see how the areas differ...and with several appointments already in place, I hope to get in a bit of sightseeing and hopefully take in the view from above. Have an amazing weekend and a good start to the new week.
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I am starting to feel like a gypsy. Just unpacked one suitcase and now contemplating the next one. Prague was very hot, with temperatures soaring to 34 degrees...and add thousands of tourists to the mix and you will understand why I have to conclude that this city should be visited in late September....more about that later. For now, I am going to investigate the weather prognosis for Montreux and plan my packing accordingly...you be good and fabulous, as always.
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This will be the second time I am visiting this city, but this time with far better weather (if the forecast is to be believed). I am intrigued to see what has changed in Prague and what is new...judging from the blogs, there is a lot going on in this city and I will be showing you all my finds as soon as possible...so stay tuned.
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Berlin was all it was supposed to be and more...bright, tough and unapologetic...a city of extremes, a city so large that I left, feeling that I had only scraped the surface...although my feet told me otherwise. Despite the comfortable Nikes, I covered a lot of ground on this trip and now, I am packing yet again and heading north. Hamburg, are you ready for me?
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'I still keep a suitcase in Berlin.’– Marlene Dietrich
And now I am packing one and heading that way...hopefully the heat won't kill me...or my plans of streestyling to the max for all of you...
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Okay...so, this is probably the best song to have running through your head as you pack a suitcase...and indeed I am happy to have it on permanent replay...my poor neighbours! It is time to travel again and I am so glad to be able to say a big hello to sunny Cape Town. Despite the water problems, I am anticipating long sunsets, good company and food that will linger long in the memory...so, this is goodbye for a few weeks, but I will be back...so, stay fashionable and fabulous.
Is it too late to latch on to a motto for the new year? Last night at the Jamiroquai concert in Zurich, the lyrics from one of my all-time favourite songs, 'Canned Heat' made me smile and I think one line from it could be my motto for 2018: 'So I've got to hang out all my hang-ups'. I think this could be a great new attitude for the year, letting go of the baggage and letting in the new light and positivity.
The concert was amazing...from the new material off their latest album 'Automoton', to the oldies that made me think back to my varsity days and the nights out that ended with a few of us dancing on speakers...literally. If you are in the States, you can catch them at Coachella...and if you happen to be in Mexico, they will be performing, no doubt in a sold out arena, in Mexico City. It is so encouraging to see that the heroes of my youth are still out there pouring themselves into reinvention...and having success in an industry that is all about 'fast service' and high speed connections. And on that note, you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the time off...and go on...put on some Jamiroquai...I have some playing in the background already.
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