I want to share with you one of my favorite restaurants in Copenhagen - Hønen & Ægget, which means "the chicken and the egg.” I can't think of a better place for Sunday brunch. This place is quite small but beautiful and cozy with gorgeous tile tables, burning candles, and beautiful plants everywhere. The atmosphere of this restaurant is so warm and inviting, and the food - oh the food - don't remember the last time I had a meal that was so good!
I posted a photo of our Airbnb in Copenhagen on Instagram and received so many messages asking about it, so I decided to share more photos of it here. I must say, I really enjoyed the process of looking for an apartment in Copenhagen, because every single one of them looks just amazing. Danish people know how to decorate their homes. Finally, after looking for a while, I chose this apartment and I loved it so much that I didn't want to leave it. It's bright and airy, with lots plants, candles, and other beautiful things. The location is very convenient – a 20 minute ride away from the airport, close to the center and many attractions. The apartment also has a Nespresso machine, a TV with Netflix, free wi-fi and everything you need to feel truly at home.
I'm the type of person who usually likes to plan things in advance, especially when it comes to traveling – I feel more safe and secure and enjoy it quite a lot. But there are times when something comes up at the last minute, like my trip to NYC last week. It was very spontaneous, and I did not know where I would stay until the day before I went. Thanks to Hotel Tonight, I have discovered the advantages of spontaneous trips. Hotel Tonight is a free mobile app that allows you to find last-minute hotel deals around the world for as much as 70% off. The app also has a hotel ranking system with reviews and photos, which makes it very easy to choose the hotel that will be best for you.
You know you are a real Russian, when you can't stand the thought of not having snow for the holidays, so we packed our bags and went to Quebec City. I've heard so much about this place but didn't realize how beautiful and charming it is, especially around Christmas and New Years. Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only fortified city in North America. The old part of the city with its narrow alleys, cobblestone streets, small shops and cafes on every corner, reminded me very much of Europe. Also, it is relatively small - we were able to walk most of the places we wanted to see.
We were thinking about taking a day trip from Amsterdam and after doing a lot of research, we decided to visit Utrecht, which is only a 30-minute train ride away from Amsterdam. We fell in love with this little town the moment we arrived there. Utrecht is one of the Netherlands' oldest cities. It's smaller and less crowded than Amsterdam. The center is very compact and almost all points of interest are within walking distance. We arrived there on a Sunday morning while there were almost no people around and had a couple hours to enjoy the silent streets of the city. The weather was perfect that day - gray overcast skies - not too hot, not too cold. After doing a little bit of walking around we had lunch at the GYS cafe (the food there was amazing!) and had coffee at 30 ML coffee roasters.
I had been dreaming about visiting Amsterdam for such a long time, and this year my dream finally came true! Amsterdam was everything I'd imagined it to be and even better. It was one of those trips when you fall in love with your destination the minute you step out of the plane. Out of all cities I've been to, Amsterdam is definitely the most beautiful one, with its unique architecture, lovely coffee shops and many canals. Unfortunately, it was a short visit, so my husband and I decided not to spend our time visiting museums and doing other "touristy" things. Instead, we ended up just wandering around the streets with no final destination in mind, stopping for quick coffee breaks, and taking pictures of every bicycle standing next to a pretty door.