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SKAGEN & FARUP SOMMERLAND

Family guide to Denmark: Skagen and Farup Sommerland

Family Guide to Denmark – Skagen and Farup Sommerland  – If I was you I’d be very excited to go to Skagen! – said our taxi driver as he dropped us at the Europcar car rental office.   Our family holiday in Denmark continued… After leaving Aalborg, we had great expectations about visiting the nothernmost point of Denmark – Grenen along with the seaside “city of light” – Skagen. Skagen is Denmark’s main fishing port reknowned for its beaches, painting courses and bohemian lifestyle.  It became a popular holiday destination, towards the end of the 19th century when many painters came to spend their summer in this region. They were looking for inspiration on this special retreat surrounded by beautiful seaside landscapes and the perfect sun light. There’s a beautiful legacy of art in Skagen. One of my favourite painters is Peder Severin Krøyer. We could admire some of his paintings in the Skagen Art Museum such as the famous “Summer Evening at Skagen. The Artist’s Wife and Dog by the Shore” It took us a …

Aalborg

Family Guide to Denmark: Aalborg

Aalborg – art, vikings, beer and friends. We visited Aalborg, on the 4th day and 5th day of our stay in Denmark. We took the train from Aarhus and the journey took us about 1 hour. Aalborg is a developed, industrial and lively city by the sea. Among its many attractions, you’ll find an outstanding collection of urban art. When walking through the city streets, we could hear the clinking of beer mugs on the terraces and see people with white foam mustaches turning into smiles. There’s a young and vibrant atmosphere in the air. Bicycles are always present and cool shops too.   As in Aarhus, summer is the time to enjoy life outdoors, to attend concerts in the city squares, to relax and feel the blessed sun. We enjoyed the ambience and beers too! One of the breweries,  we visited was called Sogaards Bryghus. It is located in a cozy square called ‘C. W. Obels Plads’. The restautant and pub are on the top floor, the brewery is in the basement. “Missing Bell Brewpub” …

A family travel guide to Denmark – Aarhus

Part 1 – Aarhus. ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’   Denmark. A word that always stirs up great emotions. While talking about this destination with my friends and family, I could always expect the following reactions: – Seriously! I would love to visit Denmark … “ – ‘Oh … my girlfriend’s is always begging me to go to Denmark… tell me all about it.’ But what is all this fuss about Denmark? What is so special about this country? Last month I went with my family to Denmark to investigate. I was really keen to know more about the Scandinavian culture; their daily routines and lifestyle: that was my motivation. We chose not to visit the capital, Copenhagen. We wanted to experience the ‘Denmark of the Danish’, away from the usual tourist itinerary. On a 9-day journey, we went to the east and north of Jutland, including the cities of Aarhus, Aalburg, Blokhus, Skagen (the most northerly point of mainland Europe) and Billund (the capital of the children and Legoland). Day 1- Funchal – Billund We arrived in Billund about 6:30 …

Costa Brava guide

One week in Costa Brava – a guide for families

One week in Costa Brava – a guide for families I disagree when people say that having kids and travelling are two opposite choices in life. I actually think that these are the best parts of my life. Having both, at the same time, feels like winning the lottery. Add to this happy mix , the perfect family holiday destination and you realise that happiness and perfection exists. Ever since I was a child, no matter what happened, my parents would always save money throughout the year to make sure we would have a family holiday. Sometimes for one week. In good years for two. Our annual ritual would always observe the following four acts; getting on an airplane, relaxing under the sun, eating good food and having fun. Lots of it. My best memories of my childhood were created during summer holidays. I want my kids to have these same memories. Memories. Simple act of packing our bags. Entering the airplane and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world for bagging the window …

An inside look at Dali’s House at Costa Brava

An inside look at Dali’s House at Costa Brava One of the highlights of my latest travel to Costa Brava was the opportunity to visit Dali’s house in Cadaqués, Portlligat. For those who never heard about Cadaqués, I can assure you that this is one of the most picturesque, beautiful cities I have ever seen… It has a little bit of Greece with white washed houses and turquoise blue doors decorated with pink bungavilleas and narrow stoned pavements. It has a little bit of France due to its proximity to the border and some dishes from the other side. It has a little bit of Portugal with some resemblance to Algarve’s fishing villages and its sunny beach coves by the sea. Cadaqués is nested in a beautiful bay with clear blue waters and lots of colorful fishing boats. Most houses have direct access to the sea, and while most locals have their siesta, visitors spend their time at the beach or enjoying a fresh beer in one of the many terraces by the sea – …

Have you heard about the new PortoBay Hotel, in Lisbon?

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Lisbon and stay in the new boutique hotel of PortoBay Hotels & Resorts – Hotel PortoBay Marquês. This hotel opened doors only three weeks ago and it is already a hit. Here’s why: Location This hotel is perfectly located: 5 minutes walk from the metro at Marques de Pombal Square and a short walk from Avenida da Liberdade. Hotel PortoBay Marquês is a charming hotel set in a, not too large, historic building with a relaxed atmosphere. It displays an intimate decoration containing design pieces such as vintage radios, a library with a nice collection of books , beautiful photographs of Lisbon by Henrique Seruca and a warm welcome from the minute you step in. The Hotel has also 2 bars; Bar de baixo and Bar de cima – rooftop bar. This is the ideal place to soak up the light falling on the rooftops of Lisbon, listen to some music and have a drink by the end of the day. If you want to lay down …

A weekend in Porto with friends

Where are we going this year? That’s how this journey began … After Madrid last year, we made a statement: – A weekend just for friends, once per year! The choices were: Edinburgh or Prague, but Portugal spoke louder and we chose the city of Porto. And so it was… Where we stayed at Porto We stayed at the Gallery Hostel, Rua Miguel Bombarda. This is a street full of art galleries, alternative shops and friendly cafes. It is also a few minutes walk from the ‘Aliados’, not far from ‘Ribeira’, near the river. One of the highlights of this area is the street art and historical buildings covered in beautiful tiles. It also has a “ commerce center that is not a shopping”, the CCBombarda which offers affordable restaurants and creative shops. The Gallery Hostel is excellent. The rooms are nice, clean, spacious and so are the bathrooms. It has a very nice social area and breakfast is included. They also make dinner for 10 € with drinks included. Staff is very welcoming. What …

Porto

A family adventure in Oporto

A Family Adventure in Oporto Oporto is one of my favorite Portuguese cities, not only for its authenticity but also for the memories it brings back to me. My older brother studied in Oporto, so I have a few friends from those times. Also in my college days, it was customary to visit the Madeiran friends distributed by the Portuguese Universities. Coimbra and Porto were a reference, especially at the time of “Queima das Fitas” Festival. The last times I went there, Oporto proved to be a city full of creativity and ability to reinvent itself. Walk along the street of Flores, the area of ​ Clérigos tower, in Miguel Bombarda Street without forgetting of course, the colourful houses of Ribeira, the crossing of the river Douro in Dom Luis Bridge and the walk by the river to the sea. Despite its serious look, this city is not at all dull, on the contrary, it is full of life and adventures to be discovered. This was our family adventure in Porto: – The more I …

New Year’s Festival in Dublin

New Year’s Festival 2015 was celebrated in DUBLIN. I was looking for something different, a new destination to explore and different ways to celebrate the new year. I wanted a place where the new year festivities weren’t just about the midnight countdown and fireworks in the skies. Seen that, been there. I was looking for something special, something that inspired me to start the new year with a purpose. I found it in Dublin. Dublin is, not only a beautiful city with nice cozy bars, amazing live music performances and friendly people, but also a truly inspirational city through its history, innovation and the way it captures your emotional state. I must say that attending some of the events included in the Dublin New Years festivities, such as the poetry slam and Resolution Day, changed my awareness of mental health. To Make mental health a priority, became my new resolution for 2016. What’s New Year festivities got to do with it? In Dublin the local associations are working in close proximity with the organizers of …

Say YES to Athens!

This year, while planning your next holiday, please say YES to Athens. Why? Athens is inspiring in so many ways…Friendly people, colorful buildings, pedestrian streets, amazing food and of course, the magnificent stories to tell. Apart from that, weather is nice, it’s not too expensive and there’s so much to explore. Just to inspire you a bit, I leave you with some Athenian moments you can experience while visiting Athens. 1. Put on your walking shoes and explore each neighborhood of Athens from the colorful Plaka with ancient houses and monuments to Kolonaki with chic boutiques, innumerable restaurants and cafes to see and be seen. 2. Admire the Acropolis, the athen’s ancient citadel built on a top flat rock. Feel the history, the beauty and imagine what is was like to live in 500 BC (go early, before the crouds). 3. Head to Anafiotika, the hidden jewel of Athens and one of my favourite parts of the city, inspired by Anafi a small island east of Santorini, with pretty gardens, whitewashed houses with blue shutters …