what to wear in monaco

Nun, ich muss gestehen, dieser Post kommt ein wenig spät. Mein Trip an die Côte d’Azur ist mehr als ein Jahr her, aber es warten nach wie vor einige Bilder darauf, gezeigt zu werden. Als Ergänzung zu meinem kleinen Monaco Travel Guide von Februar hier also ein paar Bilder von meinem Outfit dass ich an diesem Tag getragen habe. Ich hab das wahrscheinlich schon öfters erwähnt, aber bequeme Looks sind für mich das nonplusultra während Reisen. Dieser Look ist ein fantastisches Beispiel dafür, was ich üblicherweise trage. Monotone Farben, angenehme Stoffe, locker geschnitten.
Und vielleicht ist das hier auch ein guter Tipp für die Packliste, falls jemand von euch plant, Südfrankreich im Frühjahr zu besuchen. Ich war im März dort und wie ihr sehen könnt, es war warm, sonnig und das Wetter war einfach viel besser als hier in Österreich.
Übrigens vermisse ich meine kurzen Haare die ich damals hatte. Jetzt ist fast ein Jahr vergangen seit meinem letzten Frisör-Besuch und ich hätte irgendwie Lust, meine Haare wieder auf diese Länge zu schneiden…

EN: Well, I’ve to admit, this post comes a little bit late. My trip to the Côte d’Azur was more than a year ago, but I still got pictures to show. In addition to my small Monaco travel guide from February here are some pictures of my outfit which I wore on that day. I guess I’ve mentioned this a couple of times before, but I always prefer comfy looks while traveling. This one here is a perfect example of what I’m usually wearing. Monotone colors, comfortable materials, loose cut.
And, on top of that, it might be a good packinglist-tip for those of you who plan to visit the Côte d’Azur in spring. I visited Monaco in late March and as you can see, it was warm, sunny and simply a lot better than the weather here in Austria.
By the way, I actually miss my shorter hair I had back then! It’s almost a year since I last cut it and I kind of wanna get back to this length again…

Todays look is from March 2016.
Blouse: Zara (old) | Pants: Zara (old) | Cardigan: Weekday | Shoes: Vans | Hat: Only | Sunglasses: H&M (old)



april recap

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                             (1) lizblick instagram (2) troo.ch – “Grace” (3) bekleidet
As I was really busy this week and still will be next week, I thought I’d write a post in advance. Time for another monthly recap! I can’t believe how fast time is slipping away, seems just like a few days ago that I’ve written the march recap. A bunch of cool stuff has happened this month, besides the usual school life. Apropos school life, I told you already in my march recap about my big math test which I unfortunately failed at, but last week I got this “last chance” to see if I’m allowed to take finals and yes, I made it!!! I was extremely anxious before the test, but finally the enormous time of studying paid off! I will take my written finals this week in German and English and next week in Math. The oral exams are first in June, although I’m really looking forward to it, because I’m very interested in the subjects I chose. I’m going to graduate in Religion, English and History.
And what’s about the “bunch of cool stuff”? Well, first and foremost, the Shooting with Monika and Matthias, that I’ve by now probably told you a thousand times about, was for sure the highlight of my Easter holidays. Thank you by the way for all the lovely comments on the pictures, I appreciate every single one! I don’t know if I at some point already told you about my second instagram account, where I only upload pictures from shootings, unlike I do on the account linked in my sidebar. Some pictures are the same as the ones I’m showing here on the blog, even though I won’t upload them in the exact same order, so you might catch a glimpse at images which I haven’t shown on the blog yet.

Furthermore, I came across some really great articles in the blogosphere this month. I definitely recommend you to take a look at the following:

  • I adore Maddie and her way to put personal experiences into words. If you haven’t already read her article about things that we try to find at far away places while they are right in front of us, please switch immediately to her blog.
  • Jana, whose style of writing I love just as much as Maddie’s, published an entry that got right into my heart. She writes about old times, unforgettable moments and about a life worth living. Nostalgia.
  • I’m in urgent need to travel again! No, but seriously, my wanderlust hit this month a new level. I simply want to explore new places, meet new people and see something different. Mia from heylilahey just came back from her trip around the world and wow, just look at those awesome pictures from Costa Rica! I’m in love. And her budget guide for travelers is also very helpful.
  • One article that made me quite thoughtful this month was this one from Linn. She comments the election in Turkey and makes an enthusiastic plea to make use of our voices.
    Justine wrote an essay about why it doesn’t matter what’s happening to you and why instead it’s more important how you handle such situations. I agree on what she has to say, even though I sometimes struggle with this attitude myself…
    And Stef talks on magnoliaelectric, a fantastic blog which I follow since some years now, about her desire to just write spontaneously again, without thinking too much about it, something that I can absolutely relate to.

And what would be a monthly recap without a wishlist what to buy next? In particular this (way to good looking) bralette you can see above! I wanted to buy it last week when I saw that it was sold out… 🙁 The description says it’s limited but I subscribed to their newsletter and let’s cross fingers that they’re going to produce a few more pieces! The brand itself is called troo.ch and is very recommendable, since they produce in a transparent way and because of the fact that all of their designs are simply gorgeous! The prices are not too high either, between 40 and 50 Euros I’d say is a fair price for a quality piece like that. So if “Grace” isn’t going to be available soon I’ll definitely look out for another piece from their shop.
As I mentioned above, I won’t have much time for the blog until next week due to my final exams. Maybe I’ll publish some prepared posts, otherwise you’re going to hear from me next week on Sunday. I wish you all a nice week!

Warum Nationalstolz in Europa so wichtig ist

In letzter Zeit habe ich öfters Überlegungen zu einem Thema angestellt, dass wohl vor allem im deutschsprachigen Raum weiterhin eher verrufen ist und nicht so gerne thematisiert wird. Nationalstolz. Der Begriff wird so gerne und so schnell ins politisch rechte Eck gestellt, seit jeher wurde die Identifikation mit der Heimat dort gelassen und nie wieder aus dieser Ecke abgeholt. Doch warum, frage ich mich, ist das so, dass man in meiner Heimat Österreich mit dem Verständnis aufwächst, dass es etwas Unangenehmes sei, stolz auf sein Land, seine Herkunft zu sein? Wieso habe ich mich früher so strikt dagegen gewehrt, ein Dirndl (traditionelle Tracht) zu kaufen, geschweige denn zu tragen? Wieso habe ich mich immer eher beschämt abgewendet, wenn jemand die österreichische Flagge zeigte, immer mit dem Gedanken im Hinterkopf “Das sind doch nur die Einsiedler vom Land, die alle nationalistisch gesinnte Parteien wählen”? Wieso konnte ich keine einzige Strophe unserer Hymne singen und wieso hatte ich kein Bewusstsein für die Dinge, die dieses Land, in dem ich geboren wurde und aufgewachsen bin, ausmachen?

All diese Fragen trafen mich wie ein Schlag, als ich zum ersten Mal gelebten Nationalstolz in meiner zweiten Heimat Schweden erfuhr. Und auch auf den Vorbereitungsseminaren für mein Austauschjahr wurde ich zum ersten Mal mit den Eckpfeilern österreichischer Mentalität konfrontiert. Ich verstehe nicht, warum sich selbst die “gebildetere Schicht” Österreichs regelmäßig anmaßt zu behaupten, man könne nicht gleichzeitig für Patriotismus und für eine offene, freie Gesellschaft sein. Wir wähnen uns in einer Union, die sich auf europäische Werte beruft, während wir es nicht einmal zustande bringen, uns über die Werte und Grundsätze unserer eigenen Herkunft, unseres eigenen Landes bewusst zu werden. Wie sagt man so schön, in einer Beziehung sei das Ich im Wir so wichtig? Ja, das ist es! Und zwar auch im großen Rahmen. Vielleicht eine gewagte These, aber ich formuliere es trotzdem so radikal: Nachvollziehbar, wenn sich Menschen nicht mit einer großen, vielleicht auch unbekannten, Gemeinschaft identifizieren können, wenn sie sich nicht einmal mit ihrem eigenen Heimatland auseinandersetzen. Auf exzellente Art und Weise damit geworben hat Alexander Van der Bellen während seines Bundespräsidentschaftswahlkampf, indem er äußert erfolgreich den Heimatbegriff endlich aus dem verstaubten rechten Eck geholt hat und erkannte, welche Inhalte unser Land ausmacht. Nationalstolz muss nicht neu definiert werden, er muss nur gelebt werden.

Es lässt sich auch ein anderes Sprichwort in diesen einen größeren Kontext übertragen: “Man kann erst jemand anderen lieben, wenn man sich selbst liebt.” Wer weiß, vielleicht stimmt auch das in der Beziehung zwischen Europa und den Nationalstaaten. Vielleicht muss man, um sich in einer großen, offenen Gesellschaft wie die der EU, zurechtzufinden, sich erst wieder einmal als stolzen Bürger seiner Heimat sehen, um sich schließlich auch als Bürger der EU zu identifizieren. Patriotismus ist in meinen Augen keine Verweigerung einer vereinten, offenen und weltumspannenden Gesellschaft sondern ein Besinnen darauf, welche Werte mir in meiner Herkunft wichtig sind und wie ich diese nach außen hin vermitteln beziehungsweise auch revidieren will. Weiß man nämlich selbst nicht, wer man ist, wird man das auch nur schwer anderen näherbringen können.

MONIKA + MATTHIAS


Wie in meinem letzten Post versprochen, hier ein paar mehr Bilder von dem Nachmittag mit Monika und Matthias. Sowohl im letzten als auch im vorletzten Eintrag habe ich schon ein wenig von den Hintergründen erzählt, wie es zu diesem Shooting gekommen ist. Es war ein wirklich schöner Nachmittag und wie ich früher bereits erwähnt habe, der Verlauf und auch die Ergebnisse von diesem Tag haben mich wirklich positiv überrascht. Ich bin weit weg davon, in irgendeiner Art einen “professionellen” Anspruch an meine Bilder zu haben und habe aus diesem Grund bisher auch nur mit guten Freunden von mir fotografiert, wo ich wusste, weder ich noch meine Freunde haben Erwartungen an das, was nach ein paar Stunden “durch die Gegend streifen” herauskommt. Daher auch die riesige Freude, als wir bei diesem Shooting nach gut drei Stunden alle zusammen am Bahnhof saßen, um schnell alle Bilder zu sichten. Ich wäre die letzte gewesen, im Vorfeld zu behaupten, dass diese paar Stunden fotografieren in solch diversen und schönen Bildern enden. Monika und Matthias haben sich wahnsinnig toll ergänzt und schlussendlich wirkte es beinahe so, als würden wir uns alle schon seit einer Ewigkeit kennen. Meine Begeisterung für diesen fantastischen Tag nimmt kein Ende, und weil ich nicht weiß, welchen schriftlichen Rahmen ich diesen Bildern sonst geben soll, wurde es wieder einmal eine kleine Lobeshymne.
Und ach, als kleinen Cliffhanger für die nächsten paar Portraits, die in einem etwas anderen “Setting” entstanden sind: Martina, die bunten Kamele, sie warten noch auf ihren Einsatz! 😉

EN: Finally some more pictures from the shoot last Monday, just as promised. I’ve told you in the last two posts already about the background of this shoot and how it came that I photographed for the first time some kind of a “pair shooting” (although these two are more like siblings, also because their facial expressions were sometimes incredible similiar!). It was a really beautiful afternoon and as I’ve written in the posts before, I got really surprised by the outcomes of this shoot. I’m far away from having any “professional” demands towards my pictures. This is also why I until now only photographed good friends of mine, when I knew that neither I nor my friends got any expectations on the results. We were simply strolling around and when we found an interesting place to shoot, we stopped and took a few pictures. Hence, we were really happy after this shooting when we all together sat at the train station, taking a quick look at all of the pictures. Monika and Matthias complemented each other really good and after three hours of shooting, it almost seemed like we have known one another for longer. My enthusiasm for this fantastic day has no ending, but since I didn’t know what else I should write within the context of these pictures, this post turned once more into a hymn of praise.
I’ll definitely publish some more portraits which we took in a quite different “setting”.

Falls jemand interessiert daran ist woher ich die Inspiration für diverse Posen und Settings bekomme, schaut gern auf meine Pinterest Wand. Ich sammle die meisten Ideen dort und liebe es, diese dann auch in meinen eigenen Bildern umzusetzen. Bin ich übrigens die einzige hier, die so verrückt nach Pinterest ist? Ich könnte Stunden auf dieser Plattform verbringen… Von nichts lasse ich mich so leicht ablenken wie von Pinterest, und plötzlich ist wieder eine Stunde vergangen.
<<<<< Der ultimative Beweis dass wir mehr Spaß hatten als es auf den Bildern oberhalb aussieht. 😉

EN: In case you’re interested in my source of inspiration, just take a look at my Pinterest board. I collect most of my ideas there and I just love to transform those ideas into my own pictures. Am I the only one here who is so much into Pinterest? I mean I could spend hours with collecting pins there…

focused! [happy 4th birthday, lizblick]

Dear readers,

today’s a special day! My blog is online since exactly four years now and it feels both like a long and a short span of time. When I think of the blog itself it really feels not like four years, maybe also because I took some time off in between (like during my exchange year) or didn’t post regularly (which I still don’t do, but that’s another thing…). On the other hand, thinking about what has happened in my life “offline” and besides the blog, four years seem like an eternity. I had just turned 14 when I started the blog and published the very first entry which you can see above. I wrote mostly about myself and already at that time I knew that I don’t pursue a “blog career” – meaning: no obligation for regular posts and being completely free regarding creating content and taking time to publish anything on the blog. Since this very first post, I still feel like Lizblick is my little public diary, with the exception that I’m able to share my thoughts with you which I really like about this kind of “diary”. Plus, it’s nice to look up old postings and to remind myself what I’ve done during all these years (especially since I have a very bad memory…). I hope to be able to continue this journey and maybe also get in contact with even more people, sharing and discussing all the big and small things in life which make me glad, upset or thoughtful.
All in all, these four years have been an amazing time and I’m really looking forward to what’s coming next.

Apart from the birthday words there is another reason for this slightly special day. At least for me, because my latest shooting on Monday was a bit different than the ones I’ve done before. I’ve already told you in my last post a little bit about the background.

Maybe you noticed this already if you have followed the blog for some time past, but my love for photographing started almost at the same time I began writing on the blog. Photographing was somehow always the connection between the blog and my personal life. It’s the same thing with photographing as it is with the blog, I do it because I like to keep memories and because I feel absolutely no kind of obligation to be professional. I don’t feel the need to fulfill someone else’s expectations and I can do simply what I feel like doing. After a time, when I photographed pretty much everything in my surroundings, I got more and more interested in people and portrait photography. I like how the expression of people tells a story and exposes their very own, private feelings.

This brings me to the following pictures from our shoot last Monday. First of all, I’m beyond grateful that I was able to shoot these two beautiful human beings, Monika and Matthias. Monika is a dear friend of mine and I really admire her positive, open-minded character. A countless amount of time we talked about shooting ideas and she is just so enthusiastic about every single one. And, as I told you in my last post, I’ve never met Matthias before, so I literally didn’t know what expectations he would have towards the shoot or simply what he was like. I was really surprised and glad that he turned out to be just as cheerful and excited as all of us. And well, we didn’t wanna stop shooting because after the “awkward first half an hour” (as I call it) it was just getting better and better with every minute. I think we all enjoyed this afternoon to the fullest. So huge thanks to both of them and of course also a million thanks to my beloved friend Martina, who always makes everybody laugh and have fun! Those days are exactly the reason why I love photographing so much. The pictures below are just a few which I think sum up this post/the day quite good, but there will be of course a lot more which I’m gonna show you soon.

Happy Easter and have a great beginning of the week!

Todays pictures are from April 2017.
Models: Matthias | Monika

mitt älskade stockholm [march recap]

Where to
start. Well, the last weeks have been quite stressful but also emotionally exhausting. There isn’t
much I’ve done except studying and sleeping. One reason for that was our final Math test, which I was really nervous and anxious about since it decides if I’m allowed to take my finals in May. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a good grade on the test and this means I’ve got kind of a “last chance” the week after our Easter holidays. I’ve been struggling with Math since the very beginning of my school career but now that I’m so close to the end I just wanna get this whole thing done and never think about it again.



Besides my personal life happened something else which made me feel extremely upset. You probably have heard about the terror attack in Stockholm too. I got messages on my phone when my friends on facebook marked themselves as being safe. Just about ten minutes before I should hold my presentation of my final paper in front of a committee. Hearing about this awful news, especially because it happened in my beloved second home country, was horrible for me. The topic of my final paper was, silly enough, Austrians in the Swedish Exile. I was supposed to talk about similarities between the asylum policy in Sweden today and during the Second World War. So pretty much all I should say was that Sweden handles immigration issues really well but the moment I got the news about the terror attack I felt completely lost in my issue. I didn’t feel excited and enthuasiastic about the presentation anymore. However, I’m really blessed to have such understanding teachers who always help and support their students whenever needed. The presentation itself then went well and I was just glad to have it done, even though in my thoughts I was constantly in Sweden and by all my friends there.
Mitt fina Sverige, jag beundrar dig för ditt sätt att hantera så pass svåra och mörka situationer där alla befinner sig i sorg och osäkerhet. Jag hoppas att människor rycka nu ännu närmare till varandra. Mina tankar är hos er. Stockholm i mitt hjärta.

Except the horrible news from Stockholm, the last weeks went by quickly and some good things happened too. First of all: I’ve got a job! At least I think so, since we didn’t talk about the exact details yet. I’m so happy to finally have made some decisions for the near future. The job itself seems to be great because I’ll work at the airport, which I think is really fascinating. I’m going to start working there in exactly one month and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Certainly, this seems to be a good first step into some more future-stuff-planning.
After the presentation of the final papers (which was by the way also kind of our last school day because now we only have to attend the subjects in which we are going to take finals) me and my classmates went to the appartement of our dear friend Luise where we celebrated this very last day of our school life. As I’ve said a couple of times before, I just love my classmates and even though I’m glad to go out of school soon, it’s sad to know that we’re not going to see each other every day in class after that.

The first days off from school did I use to do several things which I wanted to do for a long time. Such as ordering two books. One from Astrid Lindgren (“Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren”), a book where her diary entries during the Second World War are collected. The second one is from Joachim Meyerhoff, whose first book my class teacher recommended to me. Now I’ve ordered part 2 of his trilogy (“Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war”). If you are looking for an enjoyable book, written with careful chosen words, I can only suggest you to take a look at his books.

While I’m happy to read something different than the literature for my final paper, I was also looking forward to the release of the fourth (and unfortunately last) season of Skam. I think it’s really cool that Sana is going to play the main character this season and I hope it will be as good as the seasons before. Something else I recently discovered is the online shop Ecco Verde. As I have to wear make-up for my job, I need to get new make-up and this is the ultimative opportunity for me to finally buy natural cosmetics. This BB Cream from purebio which you can see on the picture above seems to be the perfect choice, but I wanna look through everything first and then decide what I’m going to purchase.

And last but not least I’ve to tell you about a really exciting shooting which I had on Monday (sneak peek above). Me and my two friends Martina and Monika wanted to shoot together again, but we never managed to set a date and plan things properly. Because of another friend of ours and also kinda through coincidence we contacted a guy named Matthias and asked him if he wants to shoot with us. We said that we’re going to see if we find a possible date during Easter holidays but spontaneous as we are it was more of a last minute decision to meet and shoot on Monday. Honestly, I was a bit unsure how it’s going to be, mostly because I’ve only photographed good friends of mine before but also because of the fact that I never had like a “pair shooting” either, so far it was always just me and the “model” and nobody else. Maybe I’ll manage to show you some of the pictures already on Sunday, but one thing I can tell you already: The pictures turned out to be amazing and I never ever expected such great results!

Warum ich gern ein Entscheidungsmensch wäre

Um ehrlich zu sein, beneide ich jene Menschen, die rational und schnell Entscheidungen treffen können. In letzter Zeit habe ich mir auch immer wieder gewünscht so jemand zu sein. Vorallem jetzt, wo es wieder einmal nötig ist, einen Blick in die Zukunft zu werfen, um nicht völlig verwirrt in einigen Monaten dazustehen und mich darüber zu wundern, warum ich das alles nicht schon eher in Angriff genommen habe. Dabei geht es gar nicht darum, dass ich planlos bin und keine Ideen für meine Zukunft habe, denn das habe ich eigentlich schon recht genau im Kopf. Es sind nur so viele Entscheidungen, die auf einmal getroffen werden wollen: wann mache ich das, wie mache ich dies, um was soll ich mich zuerst kümmern, was kann warten. Ich habe so viele Ideen und Pläne und Wünsche, die ich am liebsten alle auf einmal erledigen möchte. Da kommt wieder ein Charakterzug von mir zum Vorschein, der gerade jetzt aber wohl eher Fluch als Segen ist: alles zu überdenken und schon gefällte Entscheidungen erneut infragezustellen. Ich möchte eigentlich nicht gleich studieren, zuerst arbeiten, mit dem Geld ins Ausland, danach für das Studium bewerben, hier studieren, dann eigentlich gern wieder nach Schweden. Was ist aber wenn ich für das Studium nicht genommen werde, wann soll ich mich für Arbeit bewerben zwischen den ganzen schulischen Aufgaben, wo soll ich mich bewerben, wie soll das gehen, dass ich zu einem Hearing für das Studium gehe, während ich eigentlich vorhabe, zu dieser Zeit im Ausland zu sein… Und sollte ich nicht vielleicht doch gleich studieren?
Manchmal wäre ich einfach gern ein Entscheidungsmensch.

Todays look is from February 2017.

Coat: from my mum | Shirt: Vintage via Dogdays Of Summer | Denim Jeans: Mango (old) | Belt: from my dad | Shoes: Gamloong via Humanic | Earrings, Ring: H&M (old)

february recap

Today, it’s the last day of our little semester break from school, which means tomorrow starts a new week with new tasks for the second semester. It will also be the last school semester ever for me, and I’m just beyond excited to end school soon. At the same time, a very vague time lies in front of me and all my classmates. It’s definitely going to be hard to leave the surroundings I got so used to in these four years. Nevertheless, I need to keep focused at the last couple of months which won’t be easy. The first part of our A-levels will be the final paper which needs to be handed in this friday at the latest. I’m so glad because I finally finished it last week on Monday and it feels just so good to be done. I’m gonna print it these days and then the only thing left will be the presentation in front of a committee, but since I really enjoy talking about this topic it won’t be too difficult.

Oh and then of course today is the Oscar Night too. Needless to say that La La Land is the biggest favorite this year. I’ve seen it I think two weeks ago with two friends of mine. I don’t know, maybe it was because of the high expectations I had, but it didn’t really catch me like other movies did before. The Storyline wasn’t the most exciting one, and I kinda just waited the whole time for a highlight, some deeper message behind it, but there was none. Still, it was a great evening and especially the music deserves in my eyes an Oscar. Really great songs, which I could listen to for hours and hours. My absolute favorite one is Audition – The fools who dream.

Then I read some great blogposts this month. Masha for example gives some tips for a more hygge life on her blog and also explains the word hygge. It’s a Danish term actually, in Swedish it would be called mysig. In Scandinavia, these words have so many different meanings, but I think Masha explains it very good. It also reminded me how badly I miss this mentality.
Maddie, whose blog dariadaria I absolutely adore, has written two really amazing articles (to be exact, one of them is a vlog). First, a reflection about herself and how to answer the question “Who am I”. Secondly, a video where she talks about seven reasons to travel alone. I thought about this quite often in the last couple of days, because I really want to go and travel solo for a couple of weeks/months after I graduated, but I don’t really know yet where/when/how. Her video just made me so excited about going abroad once again soon.
The next super interesting blogpost actually fits the issue of traveling solo. Jana writes about being alone in public. Even if you choose to go alone somewhere, there is always this little feeling of what other people might think etc. etc. I by myself feel sometimes really weird in places, where everybody seems to have someone to talk to.
Last but not least, Kristina Bazan published a massive travel guide to Tokyo on her blog. I need to admit that I’ve never been really attracted of the countries and cultures of Asia, but after I got to know some people from China and Japan during my exchange year, I got more interested about traveling there. And this Guide just reminds me once again of my endless Travel Bucket List.
Besides the Wanderlust, I’ve got another major craving right now. Aren’t these glasses you see on the picture above amazing??? They are called “Voyager” and are produced by the sustainable label Viu Eyewear. Not only are their glasses good-looking, but they have also prices which are actually affordable. They are without doubt on top of my wishlist, but I wanna wait with buying one pair until they open their new shop in my city.

Since the next four or five weeks are going to be quite stressful, I prepared some posts for you. Hope you like them and I wish you a good start for the week ahead!

a quick travel guide to monaco

It has gone quite some time now since I told you in this post that I wanna share more pictures with you from my travels to the Côte d’Azur in March last year. Since I shot more than thousand pictures during this trip, I never had the time to look through everything and to put it together to an entire blogpost. I decided to divide this little guide into three parts because one huge post would take forever to load.
As you might see below, I didn’t write many recommendations, like what to do, where to go and so on because me and my dad mostly strolled around and we didn’t have had a plan either. But since Monaco and Monte Carlo are such small places, it’s easy to just walk around and to pretty much explore everything within a day. If you want, you can head over to this blogpost from London which is more like a real guide. I’m going to write about Nice and Cannes in the following blogposts, so stay tuned. 🙂

HOW TO GET THERE
First of all, I need to say how much I loved Monaco’s train station! It’s definitely the architectural highlight of Monte Carlo. But let us begin with the actual train ride from Nice, where we stayed at the Ibis Hotel close to the central station. You can reach Monaco easily by train within 25 minutes from Nice Ville. The train departures usually at least once in an hour, so you don’t have to book any tickets in advance. And the tickets are cheaper than you might think, one-way costs only 3€. The train ride itself is absolutely a highlight, take a seat at the window and enjoy the beautiful view over the sea. When we arrived in Monaco I got once more speechless, because this is the most amazing station I’ve ever seen. They built it in the middle of the mountains within a tunnel and it fits just perfectly there. If you didn’t knew it was located there I guess you wouldn’t find it, especially because there is this cute little church in front of it. There are two exits, one to the centre and one to the port. We chose the one to the port. Going down the stairs you can see and smell the sea already. As already mentioned below, it’s super easy to explore the city/country within a day and by foot as we did.

FOOD
To keep it short: I suppose you know this already, but the Côte d’Azur and especially (!) Monaco are extremely expensive places to go to. The many Yachts and glamorous cars aren’t there without a reason. This applies unfortunately also to the food locations, which are mostly very exclusive places with horrific prices. An example: One of this small scoops of ice-cream you see on the picture above costs 4€. If you travel on a budget, just avoid getting hungry in Monaco. Walking small hills up and down can be quite exhausting though, so our solution was to look out after a supermarket and to buy baguette and cream-cheese there. Needless to say that it’s much cheaper, but besides that it’s also nice to sit down on a park bench eating a small picnic. Try to eat a bigger breakfast before going to Monaco and ideally, you take some snacks already with you from Nice.



ENJOY THE GREEN
Maybe this comes surprising, but Monaco got some beautiful green spots hidden between the buildings. We found one park which was actually really calm because there was not one single person. I don’t know at all how we got there, but if you walk a little bit around you’re definitely going to find it. It was on one of these small hills, from where you got this great view over the sea and the port.

THE ROYAL PALACE
The place where the Grimaldi were born is for sure one of the biggest attractions in Monaco besides the Formula One Race and the Casino. Climb up the stairs, it’s worth it. Beautiful view inclusive.


THE PORT
With all of it’s hundreds and hundreds super expensive Yachts, Monaco is the ideal place to see what money looks like. It’s impressive to walk along the landing stage, thinking that one boat is big while right beside of it is a yacht at least ten times bigger. Proportions have absolutely no meaning there. Some of you maybe think this sounds boring, but I liked spotting the Yachts. Everything is really quiet down there, one boat next to another, while the sun adds an even greater glamorous effect to the whole atmosphere.



THE MONACO LIFE
Besides all that glamour it still exists kind of a normal Monaco life. Some people walking their dogs, some working out, some doing grocery shopping… Because I love to watch people, we sometimes sat down, relaxed and just watched people managing their daily life. Although I really liked doing this, Monaco felt kinda empty. Everything was so clean, there were even two guys picking up every single leaf from the ground in the park. It felt like a world which didn’t exist, unreal and only built up.

VIEWS
Unfortunately, many buildings look pretty much the same
and there isn’t much left of the beautiful view to the mountains. Down
below you can see a couple of random photos, like one of a really cool car
(would love to drive this!), beautiful houses and shoots from the clear
blue water.
Go to Monaco if you are in Nice and got a couple of free hours, and if it’s just because of the amazing train ride!

denim + other issues

Eine Woche ist vergangen seit Trump das höchste politische Amt in den USA bekleidet. 207 Wochen noch to go, wie die Satiriker (die mir in den letzten Tagen trotz der täglichen, beklemmenden Neuigkeiten meinen Tag versüßen konnten) schreiben würden. Was ich mich aber wirklich, ganz ernsthaft, in letzter Zeit oft frage, ist, ob angesichts der Erlässe Trumps irgendjemand tatsächlich überrascht und verwundert ist. Wo sind all die hin, die im Wahlkampf so laut geschrien haben, man solle ihn doch nicht ernst und beim Wort nehmen, den Trottel-Trump? Kein Vorwurf, aber mein Grundverständnis ist, dass man seinen Mitbürgern immer alles zutrauen sollte, egal, ob es sich dabei um die politischen Schwergewichter á la Trump handelt oder um jemanden in seiner nächsten Nähe. “Nur weil er das sagt, muss er es noch lange nicht umsetzen” – solche Sager konnte und kann ich nach wie vor nicht ausstehen. Denn was ausgesprochen wurde, wurde gedacht – und alles, was gedacht werden kann, kann auch umgesetzt werden.
Dazu auch eine großartige Kolumne aus der New York Times: How to Listen to Donald Trump Every Day for Years:

“What’s new is that someone who talks like this in public has become the
president of the United States. Yet it isn’t surprising, and if we are
not to spend the next four to eight years alternating between
exasperation and confusion as he sounds off, we need to learn a new way
of listening.”

Ich bin keine politische Analytikerin, die Lösungen anzubieten hat, wie man mit einem weltfremden Politiker umgehen soll. Aber damit aufzuhören, ständig mit “Naja, schauen wir mal” auf offensichtliche Entwicklungen zu reagieren, wäre vielleicht mal ein Anfang.

Todays look is from June 2016.
Turtleneck Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Skirt: Weekday | Shoes, Earrings, Ring: H&M | Tights: no name | Denim Jacket: Second Hand (Levi’s)



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