Best blog reads #1

I want to start sharing with you some of the best blog posts that I have read recently. I don’t know if this will become a regular feature or if I will do it once in a while, but let’s give it a go anyway!

A Little Obsessed
Sabrina’s latest bog gives five tips to improve your blog over the weekend. This is a must read for newbie bloggers.
If you are a lover of Mexican food, Roisin has some lovely recipes to celebrate Cino de Mayo. Just add a margarita!
Running White Horses
Carina’s trip to Copenhagen makes me want to jump on a plane and explore the world.

Style Sunrise

Karen looks stunning in her latest post, pairing bright red skinnies with a charity tee from Connected Generation. If you want to find a way to give something back, but on your own terms it is well worth checking this post out.

Who’s blog have you been loving? Proud of a post? Send me a link in a comment below!

Why you should pack your bags and hop on a plane to Berlin

I’ve been pretty absent from my blog and twitter since December as it has been so busy at work recently. Everything is a bit up and down right now so we have all been pretty snowed under. Blogging is like a second job, so after a hard day’s work I wasn’t really feeling much like writing anything. So a couple of weeks ago in an act of spontaneity, Ben and I booked last minute flights to Berlin for four days of culture, good food and a fantastic chance to get away from our every day stresses and immerse ourselves in something new.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Berlin, but I have to say I really loved it. The city is steeped in history and architecture so there is so much to see across the city. We spent a day doing all the obligatory touristy sightseeing, which included the Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie and the The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. 

I was really keen to visit The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, but Ben wasn’t as fussed because we had passed it on a bus on the way to the train station one day. I’m really glad that I convinced him to go back and have a wonder around the memorial because it was truly breathtaking. The concrete columns of varying length create an uncomfortable and disorientating environment. As we were wandering around, we noticed it was quite maze-like and when the blocks towered above you it felt very oppressive. I’m really glad we went because I think it is so important to remember what happened all those years ago.

On our second day we walked over to Postdamer Platz which is packed full of cultural buildings including art galleries and libraries. Our destination however was the Berliner Philharmoniker. I read a tip online before we went saying that every Tuesday at 1pm they open the doors to the public for a free recital in the huge foyer of the building. It was such an incredible atmosphere with people sitting where ever they could find a spot. We were treated to a duet from a pianist and a cellist and they were so talented. Ben studied music when we were at university, so he was completely in his element! It was one of the nicest things we got to do on our trip, so if you are ever in Berlin on a Tuesday, I really recommend you go along.

The food in Berlin was so good, we ate delicious (but naughty!) food every day. One of our must-try foods was currywurst, it is sausage sliced up, served with a tomato based curry sauce, chips and if you are lucky, some special curry mayo. We picked up ours for the very reasonable price of €3,50 at Hackescher Markt and it was amazing. I honestly think they need to open up some currywurst shops near bars and nightclubs in the UK because we think it makes the ideal post-drinks sober up snack!

We also took a trip to the famous Burgermeister, a tiny little burger joint built in a converted public toilet (no, really!). Oh my god. The burgers were fab, seriously one of the nicest I’d ever had so it is definitely worth a trip to Berlin just for one of those bad boys!

One of my friends from work went to Berlin a couple of years ago and she told me that we HAD to visit Fassbender & Rausch, a famous chocolate shop with a cafe just above. We ordered hot chocolates (mine chocolate orange flavoured and Ben’s mint chocolate) and honestly it was the nicest hot chocolate we have ever had and I’m quite gutted now because I don’t think anything over here will ever match up to the chocolately deliciousness!

On our last day, we went to a lovely restaurant recommended by Ben’s dad. We meant to pop in just for a coffee, but ended up ordering prosecco and dessert, key lime tart with blueberry ice cream. It was also so tasty and well presented and the atmosphere was lovely, so it was the perfect end to our trip.

Another thing on my must-do list was a walk along the East Side Gallery, a 1.3km stretch of the Berlin Wall that has been left to stand as a symbol of freedom. The wall has been painted over by famous artists and is so iconic. I loved seeing the different pieces, but Ben wasn’t so impressed because there was a lot of graffiti over the artwork which was a bit of a shame. The wall is also situated in the East Side of Berlin which was Soviet and you can really tell the difference between the East and the West.

We had such a lovely break in Berlin, and it was really nice to just get away from the stresses of work and experience a whole new city. We have both said that we would definitely go back, but we’d want to go with some friends so we could better take advantage of the nightlife scene and maybe hit some of the famous clubs! If you are looking for a spontaneous getaway, then I really recommend Berlin. 

Have you ever been to Berlin? Where are you next jetting off on holiday?