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7.31.2015

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I started my European "tour" if you will in Scotland ;) I was invited by my pal Emily Miller who worked with the tourism board to host the first ever Trends on Trends Breakfast Club in Glasgow. Her Breakfast Club's bring like minded creatives together to share stories and get to know each other over delicious breakfasts prepared by amazing chefs. We started our journey in Glasgow, with some serious jet lag and sleep deprivation we pulled through the first day. I am telling you booze is the way to go. Stay up till at least noon and then early afternoon start boozing. If you can stay up till ten you're golden. I'm getting better at it! The first day we got a tour of Drygate Brewing Co. by the lovely Chris Moriarty, great beer and delicious food. The following morning we had a traditional full Scottish breakfast at Cafe Gandolfi and an amazing lunch at Ox and Finch. The breakfast club was held at The Gannet with some truly amazing peeps. Big thanks to the ladies at Blue Bell Grey, we adore you so much! Thanks for inviting us into your beautiful colorful world. It was lovely meeting you Samuel!

After Glasgow we headed up to The Highlands to Monachyle Mohr which is a beautiful hotel perched on a mountain side in Perthshire. On the way we stopped at their sister restaurant Mhor Fish for some seriously good fish and chips. Love a good ol' chippy! We spent the evening indulging in a multi course meal at our beautiful hotel. It rained and I stayed close to the fire, my favorite. The Highlands are magical! Everything you would expect, lush and verdant. The weather is bipolar and goes through extreme changes in a matter of seconds. We visited with the Highland cows and tromped around the grounds. Im dying to go back and explore more of The Highlands, truly magical.

We spent the last couple days in Edinburgh. I extended an extra day to explore before heading to London. We had two fabulous dinners one at Timberyard and The Gardeners Cottage. Edinburgh is everything you expect a city in Scotland to be. A castle perched on the hill top, winding cobblestone roads, cute storefronts, a truly beautiful city. Its small and easy to get around. We stayed at the beautiful Nira Caledonia in New Town. Thank you so much to everyone involved. I cant wait to get back!

Copenhagen, Denmark

7.21.2015

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Hi friends, 5 weeks in Europe and I'm back home in steamy hot New York City. I am going to jump around a bit in sharing tid bits from my favorite places I visited during my travels. I spent five days in Copenhagen, I knew I was going to love this city long before I even stepped foot into it. The Danish design scene is on point and Scandi style as a whole is majorly inspiring. Its a beautiful, clean city that is easy to get around. The Danes are friendly and everyone speaks English. I rented a bike for the duration I was there. It's a great way to see the city and fun to experience and be a part of the huge biking culture there. I always try to live like a local when I travel. Public trans is also great, fast and efficient. I ate some delicious meals and met some amazing people. Here is a list of some of my favs for CPH.

EAT

Höst | Nørre Farimagsgade 41, 1364 København K, Denmark
New Nordic Cuisine, well designed space. Great service.

Noma | Strandgade 93, 1401 København K, Denmark
Well, duh.

Torvehallerne | Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, Denmark
Large food halls, outdoor seating, marketplace. MUST TRY Hija de Sanchez! Best Mexican food (sounds crazy but so good)

Copenhagen Street Food | PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København K, Denmark
Another great large food hall.

Stedsans at ØsterGRO | Æbeløgade 4 - 2100 København Ø - taget
Rooftop farm with greenhouse restaurant, beautiful, clean food, farm to table at its purest.

Atelier September | Gothersgade 30, 1123 København K, Denmark
Great for a Smørrebrød (Avocado on rye bread pictured above) with soft boiled eggs. Service is not great but space is beautiful and lovely for breakfast or lunch.

Bæst | Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 København N, Denmark
Didn't get to make it here but I hear the pizza is on point (You can only eat so much!)

SHOP

Finderi | Møntergade 14, Copenhagen, Denmark
Newish adorable shop filled with beautiful ceramics

HAY House | Pilestræde 29, 1112 København K, Denmark
Hay is the bomb, pure scandi design located on two floors.

Gubi | Møntergade 19, 1140 Copenhagen, Denmark
Gubi, again beautiful furniture and design store.

Studio Oliver Gustav | Strandstræde 9, 1255 København K, Denmark
Small, gorgeous and a little pretentious not going to lie, but a beaut.

SEE

Tivoli Amusement Park | Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København, Denmark
Worlds 2nd oldest amusement park.

Botanisk Have (Botanical Gardens) | Gothersgade 128, Copenhagen 1353, Denmark
Beautiful gardens, go.

Christiania | Prinsessegade, 1440 Copenhagen, Denmark
Gotta see it!
 

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