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WEST BERLIN WEEKENDS

March 12, 2017

We’ve just had the sunniest weekend that Berlin has seen for a long while and it was wonderful, so I thought I’d share it here. I actually took my coat off outside, it felt liberating to be outdoors without the cold needling my face. Though the Berlin winters can feel dark and gloomy at times (with lots of Netflix), the summers are worth it, and if that little peep of sunshine that we had this weekend could brighten everyone’s day so much- imagine what months of it will bring?!

Over the weekend we hopped on the S-bahn and went to West Berlin, to Rogacki- an old market. It was built in the 1930’s and hasn’t changed since. Old locals stand around drinking wine, eating smoked fish or oysters whilst they put the world to rights. It looks like a rough and ready version of the market halls that you see in fancy department stores. Yet this is the original, real-deal.

We even made a friend called Briguitta who gave us wine then took us on a tour of the stalls, telling us how each fish was smoked and where it comes from. We bought delicious cheeses, smoked fish and red wine. There is a really cool vinyl shop near the back entrance which also looks like it has been stuck in a time warp since the 1970s. Nick bought three world-music vinyls which he was pretty happy about.

In fact, the whole area has been stuck in a time warp. It’s such a contrast to the edgy East Berlin where we live which is full of young people from all over the world claiming Berlin as their home. It’s random days out like this that make me love living in Berlin, you can continually discover such contrasting things in this city.

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Top 5: Guide To Healthy Eating Spots In Berlin

February 26, 2017

When it comes to healthy eating, Berlin has the most choice out of any city I have been to bar LA. When you ask if a café serves none-dairy milk, the answer (nine times out of ten) is yes! Often with a quizzical look as to why you would even ask!?

You can easily find tasty goodies made from un-refined wheat and sugar. There are also lots of bio-marts and supermarkets that sell all of the hard to find ingredients listed in healthy recipes.

So when I’m looking for a delicious organic smoothie or a bowl bursting with superfoods I rarely struggle. Here are some of my favourite healthy eating places in Berlin …

Lokal – The food here is perhaps not healthy in a ‘raw food bowl’ kind of way. But, it is a farm to table restaurant with completely fresh and organic produce. I’m talking delicious natural wines, heavenly local ingredients and a menu that changes weekly based on what’s currently in season. It has a wonderfully warm atmosphere with friendly staff too. OMG it’s so good. I love going here for special evenings out. Be sure to book as it gets very busy.

Holy Flat – Holy Flat is a great little lunch spot with South American and European inspired healthy bowls and flatbreads. Everything I’ve tried here has been flavorsome and nutritious. There is a huge hand painted mural of a Stag on the wall here which is fun and the last time I went they were playing some pretty trippy music too.

Liquid Garden– This sweet little place specialises in healthy green smoothies. With the staff concentrating on just smoothies, it means that they are uber knowledgeable in that field and maintain a high standard of tasty drinks- which isn’t always a given. I like going here because it’s decorated with funky wallpaper and plants, they play cool music and it’s situated in Prenzlauer Berg- one of my favourite neighborhoods in Berlin with lots of cute cafes and shops to explore.

Goodies– Goodies is like a fast food takeaway but everything there is good for you. Every little detail has been considered, they use sustainable energy and the packaging is compostable. I love the labeling system which tells you the properties of each item. So whether you are vegan, gluten free, cutting out refined sugar or simply looking for a tasty treat that’s good for you, you will be able to find something here. I love getting a Berry Bang smoothie and superfood porridge to go.

The Bowl – This is one of my go-to clean eating spots in Berlin. It has super sleek décor that reminds me of  lunch spots in LA. It’s a nice place to eat both in the evening and during the day. I love the roasted brussel sprouts with cashew cheese and the sweet potato fries with organic ketchup. There is a great vegan supermarket below it called Veganz and a Goodies too (see above). The service can be a bit hit and miss, and you can’t book a table in the evening so you often have to wait, particularly at weekends but the food is great.

Let me know if you have any suggestions too because I’m always looking for new places to try!

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10 THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA- THAT DON’T INCLUDE DISNEY!

December 6, 2016

A lot of people automatically think of Disney when they think of Florida, but that is one thing that we don’t do in the Sunshine State. With Floridans in the family, it’s all about the swamps, deep sea fishing and country.
Here are some of my favorite things to do in Florida, get ready to get a little country…

florida-guide-blog-jeepsunset-florida-blogflorida-country-guide1. Ride on an air boat through the swamps, look out for alligators, snakes, deer and wild boar while you are there. The swamps haven’t changed for thousands of years and my Uncle even showed us a Native American burial ground out there.

2. Explore the forests and ranches, while listening to some good old country music. Drinking your beer from a can cooler & wearing camouflage is mandatory! There is nothing like being out in the open in Florida.

3. Go deep sea fishing in the ocean if you can, I live in a land-locked city so for me this is such an exhilarating experience.

4. Ride jet-skis, be sure to look out for dolphins while you are there. We also saw bald-eagles, stingrays and lots of huge, beautiful dragonflies which my Aunt always says are the spirits of loved ones. My sister and I fell off the jet-ski (while I was driving) and we have never laughed so much in our lives. It was so much fun.

5. Eat fresh fish, and try Alligator bites too. Mmmm the fish there is so good!

6. Road-trip to Captiva and Sanibelle Island: the white sands, warm sea and tropical landscape make it close to paradise.

7. Eat at The Bubbleroom– This place is decorated with original Disney memorabilia such as Dorothy’s ruby slippers and it’s glittering with old Holywood starlets. It has stood the test of time for a reason. Everyone loves it. (OK so that is a little bit of Disney for you).

8. Eat key-lime pie, it’s got to be home-made. My Aunt’s is the best.

9. Hit the Victoria’s Secret outlet. My sister and I seriously cannot get enough of how amazing and cheap the VS outlet is here. We stock up on swimwear, pyjamas, gym-clothes and underwear for the whole year whenever we go.

10. Admire the spooky Spanish-moss which hangs from the trees (you just don’t get that where I come from) and watch the sun-set, truly beautiful.

During the latest trip, we ended up on mandatory curfew due to Hurricane Mathew threatening a direct hit as a category four. We had to sandbag the doors, bring the furniture in off the porch and stockpile water. But, our family had the drill down to a tee through years or practice. Luckily it slowed right down by the time it hit.

While we were safe during the hurricane, lots of people lost their lives and suffered catastrophic damage in Haiti. If you would like to know more about how to help the people of Haiti then follow this link.

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Photos: I took all of the pictures on this trip using my phone. It’s the first time I’ve posted mobile pics on my blog, so I hope they look OK.

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GUIDE TO HAMBURG

November 10, 2016

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We woke bright and early to catch a train from Berlin to Hamburg. We drifted in and out of sleep, waking to watch the scenery change as we approached the new city.

Upon arrival it was refreshing to notice the differences between Hamburg and Berlin, despite them being so close geographically. It is a wealthy place with some immaculate areas, working ports with fresh fish restaurants- which of course means water, and lots of it. Not something which you see much of in Berlin, a landlocked city. We stayed in Hafencity, an old port area in a hotel which completely embraces the fisherman, Docker vibe of the area. You can read more about that here.

The plan was to rent bikes and cycle round, but we didn’t call ahead and so instead we were presented with an electric ‘tuc-tuc’ styled bike which zooms at speeds of up to 45mph! It was absolutely hilarious! Passers-by peered into the cart, expecting to see some cute babies but instead found me and got a shock when they saw how fast it went. We were laughing and wobbling all the way, with a few narrowly avoided capsizing incidents!

I am lucky to have friends from Hamburg who gave me a stack of tips and ideas for our trip. Being armed with this knowledge meant that we didn’t need to waste any time looking for things to do, we had it all ready and got to see so much. So, I wanted to pass on these gems and share the wealth with you in this guide to Hamburg

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Areas to visit:

  • Schanzenviertel- A vibrant district full of cool bars, shops and good places to eat. It’s a little like Kreuzberg in Berlin,
  • Gängeviertel – A little area filled with artist’s residencies, galleries, bright graffiti and sculptures. The pictures above where taken there.

Places to eat and drink:

  • Bullerei– I read about this on so many Hamburg travel guides and blogs, then my friend confirmed its greatness and we booked a table. The food is delicious, I loved the gin menu and the décor is really funky. Also it is in Sternschanze, which I mention above.
  • Fischmarkt– Have a fresh fish-roll for breakfast, the hard-core party goers call here for breakfast on the way home from clubs.
  • Elbgold – Now you know I don’t drink coffee but Nick does, and wow, he was raving about this coffee

 

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 Things to-do:

  • Deichtorhallen – The gallery pictures in this post were taken here. We saw some interesting contemporary art here and loved the building
  • Planten & Blomen – Hire a bike and explore this beautiful park
  • Strandperle– In the worlds of the local’s ‘It’s a real Hamburg institution’. A patch of beach where you can sit with a glass of wine or beer and watch the ships coming and going out of the harbour. You can go by bus, but you can also hop onto a ferry from Landungsbrücken to get there. It takes around 15-20 minutes, and the ferry is even part of public transport (in case you gate a Day Travel card).

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If you find yourself in Berlin and would like to see more of Germany, then I would recommend visiting Hamburg by train, it’s a wonderful journey and it only takes an hour and forty-five minutes. Have you already been? If so I would love to read your tips in the comment section below.

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PICTURE POSTCARDS FROM 25 HOURS HAFENCITY HAMBURG

October 29, 2016

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We stayed in Hafencity, the old port area of the city in a hotel which completely embraces the fisherman, docker vibe of the area. All of the interior design mirrors the area seamlessly, the sauna is crafted from up-cycled shipping containers and seats have been sculpted from stacks of carpets once traded in the area. We are fully fledged fishermen and women now 😉

Here are some picture postcards from our time spent exploring the hotel.

1- Picking out vinyls from the vast collection to play in the music room, our favourite space. We would love to host a party in here one day.

2. If you have read this post you will know that Nick is somewhat of a coffee connoisseur. He had scheduled a visit to Elb Gold coffee house into our Hamburg itinerary, then he found out that the hotel served this local delicacy with breakfast #HeWasPrettyHappy.

3. Nick playing Rocky with the vintage style punch bags and weighted gloves.

4. Enjoying a beer and chillaxing in the Finnish styled sauna while looking out onto the port.

5. Why can’t we have room service at home too?

6. OMG I had the best sleeps ever in this bed! (Hello new pyjamas that my sister bought me in America).

7. That’s an OJ I’m drinking with breakfast, not a screwdriver 😉

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Collaboration: This post was written in collaboration with 25 Hours Hotel Hafencity 

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BERLIN UPDATE: TRADITIONS TO MAKE A NEW CITY FEEL LIKE HOME

September 25, 2016

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You will never guess what? It has been a full year since Nick and I decided to make the leap and move to Berlin. It certainly doesn’t feel that long. I am often responding to the question ‘how long have you been here?’ with ‘six months’, because time has flown by. Some of you have been asking for an update on how we are settling in, so I thought our one year anniversary would be the perfect opportunity to fill you in.

Moving to Berlin was incredibly exciting and since we touched down a year ago we have been on a none-stop mission to find new places, discover hidden gems and see as much as possible. However, while thrilling, seeking out adventures doesn’t add up to the most homely, settled lifestyle. One year into the move and we have began to take pleasure in developing our own rituals and traditions here.

One of these things is going to the Saturday food market, stocking up on fresh veg and fish for the week ahead then cooking up an incredible dinner. The market is full of fresh produce and crafts like hand made pasta and artisinal cheeses. One of our most treasured stalls is the tiramisu and pizza stand. This place is run by two Italian guys, one makes the desserts and the other fries authentic, Napoli-style pizza right in front of you. The tiramisu is utterly dreamy and picking up a couple of pots for after dinner (or eating it immediately in the park) has become a regular occurrence – we found out later that it’s even gluten free!

You may have read that Nick loves his coffee (see this post for his top spots), and so this has also become one of our weekly routines. Every weekend we head out to try out a new coffee shop in a new district of Berlin. We usually spend the rest of the day exploring the local shops and sights. It’s been so much fun and has really helped us to get to know the different areas.

These little traditions are just small things that we take pleasure in, but it’s been a really important part of adapting to living in a new country and making it feel like our own home.

Have you recently moved to a new city or country? If so, do you have have any tips on making it feel like home?

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TOP 5: GUIDE TO COFFEE IN BERLIN

September 10, 2016

coffe-berlinhappy-baristas-berlinHi guys, Nick here. While I’ve been behind the scenes on many a LedByLucy shoot and watched many great drafts develop from the sidelines this is my first actual solo post (intimidating!). Doing a post on here has always been something Lucy and I would talk about but the right idea never came along until now. Coffee is a huge passion of mine and while I don’t get into it in a geeky way (trust me, I have plenty of other geek moments over other things) I always seek out the best coffee places in new cities we visit and enjoy experiencing quality cups from people who know their craft.

The Berlin Coffee Festival arrived on our doorstep recently and so it seemed like a perfect time for me to jump in and write a post about the coffee shops I love in Berlin. All these places were all reppin’ at the festival and the experience was one which further stoked my passion to seek out great coffee. So, with no further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Coffee Shops in Berlin.

1. Silo

Silo is my regular place. I go there almost every weekend and get their amazing flat white or cortado. They use coffee from Fjord Coffee Roasters and the quality is just unbeatable.  I have never had a bad cup in 13 months and I see this as nothing short of small miracle. It’s also a known favorite of super-star DJ Richie Hawtin when he’s in town playing Berghain (which is just around the corner) and they do a super awesome breakfast too.

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2. Five Elephant

Five Elephant is often listed in the top coffee places in Berlin and frequently the best coffee place in Kreuzberg. The cafe is welcoming and the staff really know their stuff – they also speak German and English willingly. They change their blends pretty frequently and always like to talk you through their new products and make recommendations. Tip: The cheesecake here is legendary. Seriously. It’s utterly unreal.

3. Double Eye

This place is an institution. They recently celebrated their 15th Birthday and it’s easy to see why they have been a success for so long. This place is unlike many of the frequnetly touted third wave coffee shops in Berlin with their raw cut, treated wood furnishings and totems to hipster-dom (mounted fixie bike on the wall, anyone?). Double Eye resides in the somewhat sleepy, residential area of Schöneberg yet commands a loyal following from all around Berlin. Tip: Grab their ‘Super Spezial’ – a cortado style small cup with a double shot of coffee sandwiched by normal latte-style foam on the top and super-sweet Vietnamese-style condensed milk underneath.

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4. Happy Baristas

Happy Baristas is another regular spot for me and sits just beyond Ostkreuz station. The place (which you can see in the first two pictures in this post) is really tastefully-decorated, the food is also pretty awesome. They took part in the Coffee Festival and hosted cuppings (which are kind of like ceremonial tasting sessions), and a special coffee cocktail menu. They also have really friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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5. Father Carpenter’s Coffee Brewers

In a somewhat poetic circularity, this place is very tied to my number 1 choice, Silo. They both use Fjord Coffee Roasters for their brews and have a similar sensibility in great breakfasts and infallible quality. This place is located in Mitte, not too far from Alexanderplatz station and sits within a really beautiful courtyard which they share with another favourite brand of mine, Nudie Jeans. They have a main restaurant and a take away shop if you’re in a rush (warning: it gets busy on a weekend so get there early if you want breakfast).

Edit: Ok, so I had to come back to this post and add one in here. I found this place just as I was finalising the post and it quickly became a favourite weekend spot for me. I was struck by the friendly service and range of beans at Tres Cabezas (http://www.trescabezas.de/) on my first visit. Their regular roasting and variety of coffee has made this place a real point of interest for those who love fresh brews and high quality. In my view it’s not just one thing that makes this place great, it’s the whole package – be sure to try out the freshly baked Portuguese tarts too as they are life-changing.  Me and Lucy first found out about Tres Cabezas from their suppliers at the Berlin Coffee Festival who took us through a cupping of all their brews. They gave us a really insightful and passionate account of what they strive to achieve with their beans and what makes a great cup of coffee and this quality is so apparent when you take your first sip. The owners also opened a place in Mitte called 19grams which serves all their great coffees as well as some delicious-looking breakfasts I can’t wait to try.

coffee-tasting-berlinAs you can see, me and Lucy really enjoyed the festival (it was held at Markthalle Neun – our local food market hall). We got to learn a lot about roasts, what makes a good blend and the way in which roasters and traders judge quality and supply great coffee to our favourite shops. While Lucy didn’t drink any coffee (she did enjoy a good sniff, though) she was similarly enticed by all the aromas and expertise that goes into the perfect cup.

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WHAT’S IN MY HAND LUGGAGE

August 5, 2016

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I have been flying so much recently which is really exciting because I love heading to new places, but with that can come delayed flights, lost luggage and lots of waiting around. To make it as enjoyable as possible I like to have a few little luxuries on hand. Here’s what I have been taking with me recently:

Handbag: The Willow Weekender by CRU London, I’ve had it for a few years now and honestly love it. It matches almost everything and it’s easy to throw over your shoulder as you rush to the check-in.

Travel Wallet: This is the perfect little travel buddy, it has a pocket for everything and makes you feel so organised! I chose this Disaster Designs floral oil-painting number from Aspire Style.

Headphones: My boyfriend bought me these wireless, noise cancelling headphones for my birthday and the sound is unreal. I love listening to the Giri Cafe and Big at the KU! The Original Balearic Beat playlist whilst travelling.

Tangle Teaser and Spiral Bobbles: Erm, why did no-one tell me about these sooner? I was pretty certain that they were a fad, but don’t knock it till you try it. For long hair both of these items are a must! The bobbles stop you getting kinks when you just want to trow your hair up and the Tangle Teaser brushes without snagging.

Hand-Cream and Lip Balm: Flying makes my skin dry out so I like to keep a hand-cream and lipbalm close. This is citrus and lavender by Heyland and Whittle, it smells divine. My lipbalm is EOS, I have them in every colour and I’m obsessed with how they feel when applying (pauses typing to re-apply).

Herbal Tea: I take a stash of my favourite teas with me wherever I go as a little home comfort. These are liquorice and peppermint by Pukka.

Sunglasses and Lipstick: Prepare for landing! I’m currently wearing vintage style shades from Aspire Style and Clinique lipstick.

I am seriously lacking in a good book to devour on my journeys, so if you have have any recommendations then please let me know. I read The Gold Finch recently and adored that.

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Restaurant Review: The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

July 31, 2016

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OK, so I am just going to put this out there…this is one of the best meals that Nick and I have ever had. Now, I know that’s a bold statement, but here’s why:

So we are in London, the sun is shining and we walk though beautiful Chelsea past all of the incredible homes with black and white tiled porches and arrive at The Artisan Bistro in high spirits. The staff there make us feel like a king and queen, they really take pride in their work and act like they actually want you to be there (which isn’t always a given – I’m looking at you, Berlin).

The owner has a passion for wines and was keen to share his knowledge with us. He explained that it is imperative that the perfect meal is accompanied with the perfect drink.

I love really dark, smokey and stereo-typically ‘masculine’ cocktails, because of this waiting staff will often bring a round of drinks over and hand mine to Nick! In keeping with this tradition, I tried the owner’s favourite cocktail ‘The Artisan negroni’ and Nick had a glass of Malbec, which he very much enjoyed (as you can see from the picture).

The concept of the menu is to present the finest European dishes, sourced from all corners of Europe for quality. For example the oysters were sourced from Colchester and the lemon-sole came from Irish waters.

I absolutely loved the rock oysters, the lemon sole was gigantic (see picture above) and the chocolate souffle was that delicious that we devoured it without even thinking to take a photograph – oops.

The exceptional level of service is strengthened by the fact that the owner is also the manager and oversees everything in the Bistro, giving it a very personal feel. Next time I am in the UK I would love to go back, it was such a special experience.

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PICTURE POSTCARDS: PALMA DE MALLORCA

June 25, 2016

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Here are some of my favourite photos from my family trip to Mallorca last week. Mallorca was in full bloom and looking absolutely beautiful during our stay. It was nice to relax, swim in the sea, eat delicious food, laugh and dance.

I feel so lucky to have two sisters and a Mum who all get on so well. We used to absolutely kill each other when we were teens. But once we got past those terrible teenage years we became really close, and now we have such a laugh together.

We were only in Mallorca for five days, so we really tried to be as present in the moment as possible and to savour every moment. Because the older we get, the busier and more spread out geographically we are becoming. Which makes savoring these precious moments even more important.

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DINNER AT DON GIOVANNI, MANCHESTER

June 22, 2016

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Sophie is my favourite buddy to go for shopping, lunch and cocktails with. We call them our Gossip Girl dates and I miss them so much when I’m away! The general rule of thumb on a Gossip Girl date is that you get dressed up all fancy, order loads of naughty food then go shopping after a cocktail or two and encourage each other to buy extravagant things with words of encouragement like: “you earned it” and “it’s nice to treat yourself from time to time”. You need those kind of days out occasionally, right?

We were invited to try out Don Giovanni in Manchester which recently had a £400k makeover to celebrate its 31st birthday. We were seated in a sunny window booth which was nice and private for catching up, Gossip Girl style.

As it’s an Italian restaurant, we chose an Italian cocktail, the Aperol Spritz, which was gorgeous and so refreshing. To start I chose the caprese (buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and basil) and Sophie went for the bruschetta Al Funghi (sauteed mushrooms topped with dolce latte cheese). We both had fresh fish for our main which the friendly waiter prepared for us. Finally, for desert Sophie had ice-cream with an espresso shot poured over it (which she adored) and I had strawberries and cream.

I can’t wait for our next Gossip Girl date, but Sophie really needs to start watching Pretty Little Liars so I can sign my texts with -A rather than Gossip Girl xoxo

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LIFE LATELY: PICTURE POSTCARDS

June 4, 2016

ledbylucy-berlin-lipstickcocktails-manchesterchester-twilightberlin-foodbotanical-liverpoolcocktail-berlinledbylucy-potsdamWhen I scroll through the archives of my blog, the life lately posts are actually my favourite. It’s so nice to see a roundup of happy memories from a certain period of my life. As I mentioned in this post, life has thrown a few curve-balls recently. So all the more reason to post this round-up of my favourite moments that got trapped on my camera while I was out of action.

1.My birthday suit! The entire outfit was chosen by my Mum as a gift for my birthday. Thanks Mum! Oh, and hello to the Hulk Hogan graffiti in Friedrichshain, Berlin.

2.Sophie sipping a cocktail in Turtle Bay, Manchester right before she gave me a haircut (professionals can cocktail and cut no problem). What a cutie.

3.Taking a walk with my Step-Dad at twilight in Chester. One of those moments where you just need to stop and enjoy the free show provided by nature.

4.Jazzy decor and a jazzy jumper. Saigon street food at District Môt , Berlin.

5.One of the perks of wedding planning is that you get to visit lots of stunning potential venues. This is Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool. It isn’t our ‘chosen one’ but it was a very strong contender. You must visit if you’re in the area, the 1930’s Peter Pan statues are the icing on the cake.

6.Who ever said that an alcohol free cocktail means fun free? This one was a winner, honest.

7.One of my many dream homes at Sanssouci Park, Potsdam.

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FIVE BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN

April 9, 2016

Berlin’s complex history, squat dwelling punks, plentiful graffiti and 24/7 club scene are often what first spring to mind when you picture Berlin. And whilst all of this enriches this cool city I often find myself craving a taste of the traditional beauty, you know the type that isn’t spray painted?

Here are some of my favourite, beautiful places to visit in Berlin so far, this list is ever growing. So please let me know your hidden gems too.

LedByLucy-Lake1. Müggelsee and Wansee Lake

Berlin is a landlocked city and the nearest coast is many miles away. However, beautiful lakes encircle Berlin.  My favourites are Müggelsee and Wansee, both have clean and clear water. Finding your own quiet little beauty spot on a sunny day in Berlin is so relaxing and peaceful.

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LedByLucy-Blog-Engagement-Dress-White-Bocci-Berlin2. Bocci Gallery:

If you are looking for magical, twinkling beauty in Berlin then you must visit Bocci 79. It’s an impressive old courthouse with original features such as stained glass windows and grand spiral staircases. It is decorated entirely with magnificent lights designed by Bocci. This is a real hidden gem and you may find that you are the only visitors here, which makes it all the more special. A visit here leaves you feeling a little like you just stepped in and out of a surreal film, where everything is truly dazzling.

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LedByLucy-Berlin-Forest-Blog3. Grunewald Forest:

One of the most amazing things about Berlin is that it is surrounded by forests. Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride and watch the leaves change colour, I love it. When it is particularly sunny we head to Grunewald, which is just so vast and magical. You may even spot a wild pig running through the undergrowth while you are there.

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Vabali Spa4. Vabali Spa:

From the moment you pass through the 80 metre teak wooden entrance lined with bamboo leaves and babbling fountains you begin to relax and forget that you are in a city centre. vabali is an expansive private resort over 20,000 square meters in size. It has an outdoor area, a dining terrace, carved wooden statues, poolside lounging areas, cosy four poster beds for relaxing in, a heated outdoor pool, a freezing plunge pool and a variety of  saunas. It is a real oasis and escape from the city.

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ledbylucy-flower fairy-botanical5. Botanical Gardens:

Step into a tropical climate filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world at Botanischer Garten which boasts the second largest tropical greenhouse in the world. My imagination was running wild picturing the types of people that walked through the grounds back in 1679.

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BOTANICAL GARDENS BERLIN

April 6, 2016

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My Grandma always used to take us to the botanical gardens for days out there when we were little. I have such fond memories of escaping the cold into a tropical climate filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. With these treasured memories in mind, I decided to visit Botanischer Garten Berlin, which boasts the second largest tropical greenhouse in the world.

As I entered through the gates and explored the vast grounds at Botanischer Garten my imagination began to run wild. Picturing the types of people that walked through these glasshouses and grounds when it was first built back in 1679.

We visited over the spring bank holiday weekend but I would love to return again in Summer to see the grounds in full bloom.

Wearing: Zara Tweed Dress With Layered Skirt/French Connection Saddle Bag/Black Ballet Pumps

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