Here is my little Paris review. This time we were staying at a cute apartment in Le Marais. The area is extremely historic, arty, young and very very busy. For shopping and inspiration I totally enjoy the Rue Vieille-du-Temple neighborhood. Don’t miss to pass by MERCI, have a coffee at the Institut Suedois and for dinner try the traditional “Les Philosophes” or the hip and very Pink Flamingo pizza place.

For the classic superhip & chic go to Collette, Astier de Villatte, Ba&sh at Rue Saint-Honoré. Enjoy the cool shops and the beautiful architecture at Palais Royal and say Bonjour to Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

Get the best “Oh mon dieu”-view from Sacré-Cœur. For the romance and the real Paris feeling walk the streets of the cute Montmartre neighborhood. For the best ideas in town go to Atypyk and Les Mauvaises Graines.

For the real deal – the less touristic Paris, try the 9th arrondissement (around Rue Condorcet & Rue Navarin), find beautiful vintage outfits at Chezel, have lunch at Hôtel Amour and take a tea at Musée de la Vie Romantique.

Last but not least – my latest discovery – Rue de Grenelle at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Classy and very inspiring. Don’t miss to check out the Maison Martin Margiela shop and the most fun Bonton kids shop.

Voilà! I’m driving back home with plenty of nice memories, Champagne in the boot and a Vogue on the backseat.

For a while now, I’ve been wishing for much more time to work on personal projects. One of them was a guide about my city: Berlin.

In the beginning of this year, I finally made the step towards more independence and freedom. I quit my job and started cruising the city with my camera. I’m so happy and proud to launch today NotQuiteBerlin.

It’s a personal city guide where I share my favorite places, tips and ideas. You can find plenty of addresses where to get the best cakes and coffee, the coolest outfits and the most delicious dinner.

The rules of my guides are simple: the places have to have great service and a good atmosphere.
I love to support nice people with cool ideas.

Enjoy Berlin!

 

Last weekend I have been exploring some of Berlin’s flea markets for my latest project – a travel guide about Berlin. I totally fell in love with this container collage.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel the world with this pile of luggage?

June 26, 2012 • NQSW shots, SpottedNo Comments

When the days are getting longer and the birds don’t stop singing, I’m counting the days to start the road-trip season.
If you are planning to travel through the Picardy province in the North of France, don’t miss the eco-responsible guest house “Les Mazures” in the heart of the village Beaumetz. The lovely hosts came up with a nice b&b concept, which is a great mixture of nature, design and good food. The modern bioclimatic house and the sustainable approach are just as interesting as the impressive garden and the cute animals. It has been very inspiring how simple solutions and actions can make a difference.

Les Mazures
Chambres d’hotes éco-responsables
+33 (0)3 22 32 80 52

www.lesmazures.com

March 11, 2012 • NQSW shots, PlacesNo Comments

Horses and Hermes is a dream come true for all the horse lovers with style. I’ve found it all at the stable of Château de la Resle. Facing so much passion for this giant animals totally melted my hippophobic heart.
I’m gonna saddle up and canter into the French orange sunset. Allez hop!

 

January 25, 2012 • Lifestyle, NQSW shots, PlacesNo Comments

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Are you ready for a relaxing time out in Brittany, France? There is no better place than “La Matine”.
This little chambre d’hotes has been carefully renovated and decorated by the lovely ceramist Colette and her charming husband. The couple knows how to spoil their guests with a great breakfast, homemade jam and delicious crêpe. Make sure you have a glance at Colette’s ceramic atelier. She is doing beautiful outdoor accessories and pottery decorated with her own poems. I’ve been there in June just before the high season started. It’s so quiet and peaceful.  A romantic stroll along the cliff is a “must do” before you go to bed. Enjoy the dramatic sunset. Bon nuit!

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La Surprise is a very cute and charming boutique bed & breakfast, hidden in the mountains of Grasse at Côte d’Azur, France. It has been almost a year ago that I have spend some very relaxing days at La Surprise. The hosts of this mini paradise are Steve and Claire from England. Claire is the queen of decoration and she truly knows how to make an amazing breakfast. Steve is the one who knows all the fun places and stories about the area and its people. They even made a little travel book with all kind of tips and ideas about the area. Love it!

August 26, 2011 • NQSW shots, PlacesNo Comments