Mar 17, 2010

VISCA BARCELONA...!

What a fab city to visit!
Ladies go there and enjoy life, this city has so much to offer, you better go there and see it yourself...

Here my little insiders I got for you:

Try to explore the city, or at least parts of it by bike! It's worth it!!! Bike rentals are available every now and then!

The metro is super easy to travel around town and it is very affordable too…
1 ride costs you EUR 1.30 per person.
A 10 ride card cost EUR 17.- (valid for more than 1 person at the same time!)

Transportation from the airport to the city center are by taxi about EUR 25.-. Try the local bus for EUR 1.30 per person, it only takes about 15 minutes to get to Placa de España! Another great way to get to the citycenter is by "Aerobus" for EUR 5.- per person you can drive directly from the airport (or back) to downtown Barcelona.

SHOPPING:
Zara, Mango, Uterqüe, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Bershka, Blanco, Sephora, ..you name it... you can find everything you need around Portal d'Angel...but watch out...on a saturday it is a complete overload! Don't forget to walk the little side streets..there are plenty of more shops to explore!!

Great stores expensive and inexpenisve on the beautiful Passeig de Gracia.. walk from Placa Catalunya one side up, and the other one down! Don't miss it!

I must admit, Lingerie-Lovers are in paradise in Barcelona... you can get great finds @ Calzedonia, Women's Secret, Intimissimi etc.

Another great Shopping mile is at Calle Avinyo in Ciutat Vella! Thousands of little boutique-shops that invite you to spend your money there!

For Secondhand Shopping check out the area of Raval..

- Are you looking for a great one-of-a-kind present for your loved ones? Boutique OLIVE: a great boutique with wonderful Olive-viands (Placa de les Olles 2, area: Born)

-Stroll through the famous "La Bouqueria-Market", if possible early in the morning (round 10am)! Avoid it on Saturdays!!!

-For some High-End Shopping visit "Santa Eulalia". Louboutin shoes, Miu Miu Bags, fabulous accesories etc. YOU'LL LOVE IT! (Passeig de Gracia 93)


RESTAURANTS:
Mmmmmmmmmmmhh… I just love Spanish food… you can indulge in tapas all over Barcelona…
Find here some great suggestions I got from a girl who lived 6 months there plus some more great food experiences I received from my personal hero's for you to find out:

- LA CLAND-ARCCAFE: Comfy place to grab a quick bite when you are close by! (C.Carabassa 19, parallel to C. Avinyo)
- PLACA VICENC MARTORELL: If the sun is shining, have a nice coffee there (area: Raval)
- SAMSARA: Moroccan Lounge with delicious food! (C. Terol 6, area: Gracia )
- COMETACINC: A fancy but great Tapas-Restaurant (C. Cometa 5, area: Ciutat Vella)
- TETERIA LA CLANDESTINA: Try the fresh peppermint tea! (Viladecols 2, area: Ciutat Vella)
- PLACA TRAGINERS: Do you need a break from the noise and the bustle? Relax with a cup of coffee and listen to the street musicians (area: Ciutat Vella)
- PIZZA RAVALO: The bestest Pizza in town with a cute terrace (Placa d’Emili Vendrell 1, close to Calle Joaquim Costa)
- DIEZ: Urban cuisine in a cozy stone cave (Mercaders 10, area: Born)
- BUBÓ: Fantastic haute-chocolatier and new-wave Tapas-Bar. Great coffee, great food, great fun! (Calle Caputxes 10, area: Born)
- DA GRECO: Great restaurant à la Kronenhalle in Zurich, made in Barcelona-style. Traditional cuisine (Paseo de Gracia 116) The restaurant is not visible from the exterior…you will only see a golden hand at the door…pull it and voilà…!
- BIG FISH: Spectacular sushi, great style Restaurant! A must!!!! (Carrer Comercial 9, behind the old market hall! Area Born) MY FAVOURITE!
- EL RINCON DEL CAVA: Best Tapas place in town and enjoy them with a glass of bubbly Cava! (Calle Blasco de Garay 53)
- You can get great seafood on every corner along the beach! (Passeig de Colom)


BARS:
- NEVERMIND: If you need a mind-blowing Headbang visit this cool Rock-Bar (Escudellers Blancs 3, area: Gotico)
- MADAME JASMINE: You'll think as if you were in a little bar in Paris (Rambla del Raval22)
- HARLEM JAZZ CLUB: every night Live Music, great atmosphere (Contessa de Sobradiel 8; area Ciutat Vella)
- Have a drink either at W HOTEL or at HOTEL ARTS close to the beach! It's a true must!!
- Do you need a shopping break?? Have a relaxing tea at the new MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL (Paseo de Gracia)


MUST SEE SIGHTSEEING:
- Gaudi Park
- Museum: MACBA or CCCB
- Gaudi-Buildings on Paseo de Gracia (you can go in there and visit the inside!)
- Very important: the BEACH !!!
- Hop on and off the citytour-Bus…the easiest way to see most important things within 2-3 hours…

Mar 7, 2010

I HEART NYC

Hier en paar persönliche Hightlights aus "the city that never sleeps"!

Shopping:
*what comes around goes around (great vintage) - 351 west broadway (btwn broome & grand)
http://www.nyvintage.com/

*poppet (more great vintage) - 350 east 9th st (btwn 1st & 2nd ave)
www.poppetnyc.com

*narnia (even more great vintage, you gotta dig here sometimes though) - 161 rivington (& clinton)
www.narnianyc.com

*opening ceremony (new designers, love love love) - 35 howard st (& crosby)
http://www.openingceremony.us/

*oak (more new designers, amazing stuff) - 28 bond st (btwn bowery & lafayette)
www.oaknyc.com

*i heart (fun funky collection) - 262 mott st (btwn prince & houston)
http://thingsweheart.blogspot.com/

*Zachary Smile, Soho
www.zacharyssmile.com

Sak's Fifth Avenue,1 ganzi Etage mit Hammer Schueh!
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Entry.jsp

Intermix
365 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014
*Four other locations in Manhattan
www.intermixonline.com/

SCOOP NYC
430 W. 14 St.
New York, NY 10014
*Two other locations in Manhattan
www.scoopnyc.com/

The Look for Less: Urban Outfitters
526 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
*Five other locations in Manhattan
Ich finden super!
www.urbanoutfitters.com

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10019
Tüür aber cool...
www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Forever 21
578 Broadway, New York
http://www.forever21.com/
mega günstig und sehr aktuelli chleider!

Restaurants
Min Liebling:
Sex & the City Restaurant, wo's Ihre Z'Nacht vorem Hochzit
gässe händ...
http://www.buddakannyc.com/(unbedingt reserviere!!)

Baltazar
80 Spring street (crosby/brodway)
für feine Lunch
www.balthazarny.com

Pastis
9 9th Ave
Zum Brunche am Morge früäh gah - isch es MUST!
www.pastisny.com

Restaurant Shang,
187 Orchard St. (im Thompson Lower East Side Hotel)
http://www.60thompson.com/index.php?page=60thom

Restaurant Koi,
40 West 40th Street, Bryant Park
http://www.koirestaurant.com/location_ny.html

Restaurant Lupa,
170 Thompson Street (zwüsched Bleecker und Houston Street)
http://www.luparestaurant.com/restaurant.html

Craft Steakhouse
85 10th Avenue (Meatpacking District)
http://www.craftrestaurant.com/

Nero
46 Gansevoort St.
http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/Nero/
Food & Beverage: Try the Italian-style seafood and a *bottle of Chianti.
Lecker's italienisches Resti.

Tenjune
26 Little W. 12th St.
http://www.tenjunenyc.com/
Food & Beverage: Try the *dirty martinis (extra olives if you get hungry).
In-Club, gueti Party

Extra Virgin
259 W. 4th St.
http://www.extravirginrestaurant.com/
Food & Beverage: Try the Eggs Benedict with a *Bloody Mary to chase the tail of the dragon.
Zmorge...

Il Bastardo
191 7th Ave.
http://www.ilbastardonyc.com/media/ilbastardo.html
Food & Beverage: Splurge for the steak paired with a *house wine.

Café Select
212 Lafayette Street (bei Kenmare Street)
Falls ihr Heimweh nach der Schweiz habt!
http://www.cafeselectnyc.com/

Bond St
Sushi-Restaurant!
Dä absoluti HAMMER!
http://www.bondstrestaurant.com/

Bars:
Hotel Gramercy, d'Terrasse cha mer zum teil nur benütze
wämmer hotelgast isch, try it es lohnt sich.
sust isch dune d'Rose Bar (ebefalls im Hotel)wo hammer isch für drinks und det gaht au schön d'post ab ;-) seehr trendy
(2 Lexington ave 22E/21E street)
www.gramercyparkhotel.com
Damüänder dänn eis goge trinke! obe uf dä dachterasse!
http://www.hotelgansevoort.com/

MercBar
151 Mercer St.
http://www.mercbar.com/
Food & Beverage: Try the *white chocolate martini.
Trendy Bar im Mercer Hotel

Und da na es paar GHEIM tipps: ;-)
1) unbedingt mit dä staten island fähre vorem sunneuntergang hin und retour fahre..
häsch dä schönsti blick uf manhattan!

2) falls ihr ufs empire state building wänd, unbedingt es express ticket chaufe.
isch zwar tüürer, aber je nachdem stönder bis zu 3 stund ide warteschlange!!

3) unbedingt en helikopterflug mache! isch es eimaligs erlebnis...(möglichst au bim
iidunkle oder by night!!)

4) gönd nöd zu dä freiheitsstatue...isch e chlini entüschig! lohnt sich nöd!

5) wänner ame suntig dete sind, würi ane harlem-gospel tour gah...det gasch uf
harlem und ine chile wo en gospel chor singt! isch mega idrücklich!

6) musical tickets gits zmitzt ufem times square i dene rote "schalter". ime guete hotel
chasch dir das erspare und dä concierge chan tickets organisisere...achtung, je nachdem
sind tickets mega usbuecht!!

Mar 6, 2010

B.A.R.C.E.L.O.N.A

Who has been to Barcelona and knows the most outstanding places? Who knows the best places for shopping? Where do you get the most delicious cocktails or the best food? Let me know...!
xx
L