I absolutely fell in love this colourful Island! I first noticed it when I saw Songofstyle and of her visiting the island whilst being in Venice. The island is only a 40 min ferry ride from Venice and it is a photographers dream. You can see the bright and colourful houses from the ferry even before approaching the island. No wonder it is ranked high as one of the worlds most colourful towns. Burano used to be a fisherman's island and the fishing industry used to be its biggest business. The legend says that the fishermen used to paint their houses in luminous colours to make them visible from the sea and also to avoid crashing into the shore after returning from the sea and since then this little Venetian town has kept up the tradition. Not only is this island perfect for a photo session but it also gives you the impression of a very tranquil, friendly and welcoming place. Whilst I walked through the rainbow coloured houses I saw the kids playing in the courtyard, a man walking his dog, tourists taking photos, locals talking to each other on the streets, a man working on his boat and people sitting outside and dining the small and local restaurants. I can only imagine what a nice place this must be to live in.
I went to Venice last week with my lovely and sweet best friend Coco. Who said Venice was only for couples? Our 3 day stay where filled with a lot of walking, island trips with the ferry, restaurant visits, gondola rides, drinks and lunch at the notorious Hotel Danieli, mingling with the locals, learning some new useful Italian words especially one in particular which I shall not mention here😉 and hunting down bars. What we learned is that a lot of bars closes around 12-1am so be out in good time and plan your evening out in advance. Also if you have the time you should take the ferry and visit some of the nearby islands like Burano, Lido, Murano and Giudecca. We visited Burano and Torcello and I will do a post about Burano because it was truly a unique little island. We stayed in an area called Castello and it was close and central only 15 min walk to Piazza San Marco. Now when I am back home I can definitely say that I would love to return to this magical place.
One of my favourite thing to do as dog owner is going for long walks, discovering and seeing new places. Even if its just walks around our neighbourhood, I always find some hidden gem, a new coffee place, furniture shop, old building, hidden garden or neglected park that I have never seen or paid notice too before. There are so many cool buildings, walls and surroundings in London so you practically don't need a photo studio or backdrops. Just take advantage of your surroundings.
Spent the weekend in my neighbourhood, why go anywhere else when you live in London's most trendy, vibrant and artistic area? As much as I love East London, Shoreditch, Hackney, Hoxton and Bethnal Green it becomes a bit overpopulated in the weekends, tourists and people everywhere. If it becomes a bit overcrowded know that there is always a park nearby to escape to. That is exactly what my friend and I did this past weekend, first we went for lunch in a dog friendly pub in Bethnal Green after that we bought some snacks and headed over to the nearest park and spent the afternoon there. Coming from Sweden and knowing that the only people who frequently hangs around in the parks during summer are the alcoholics....well let me just say that it took some time for me to adjust to the fact that here it seems to be the most common thing for everyone to do in summer.
Me and Barney have started a new tradition which is that we every Sunday go to Columbia Road Flower Market. The market is located in east London, just 10 min walk from our flat. The flower market is every Sunday from around 8-4pm, and you find everything from beautiful roses to exotic cactus plants. It's an amazing sight to see how all colourful plants and flowers blend together. I promise I will upload some pictures of the market in another post. If you get the chance to go to the market I recommend that you do that early in the morning as it gets crowded and almost impossible to get through from around 10am onwards. I forgot to mention that the prices are ridiculously low for the good quality. Its hard to leave it empty handed.
After learning that Avon, Mary Kay, Estée Lauder, and Revlon according to PETA has been paying for test on animals in order to be able to sell their products in China, I have decided to educate myself and become more conscious in my consumption of make-up. Unfortunately the list of companies that tests on animals or pays for animal testing are long and includes brands that I have frequently used in the past such as YSL, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique, Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Max Factor and the list goes on. So now I have decided to buy make up products from brands that are cruelty free and amongst those brands (which sadly is not many) is Urban Decay, never tried any product from them before so I am excited to see how good they are...after all they seem to be a hit amongst beauty bloggers.
You went back to what you knew....using a line from Amy Winehouse song Back to Black as my reference to make my point. Meaning that from now on I will be blogging in English. I hate the fact that I don't have a Swedish keyboard on my Mac which prolongs the whole process of blogging so now I have given up. I will go back to English.
Mitt nya favorit ställe i Hackney, the conservatory archives är en liten grön pärla som ligger på Hackney Road. Denna exklusiva växtbutik har trots sin lila yta ett stort utbud av exotiska växter. Sanningen är den att jag hittaded det här stället för ett par månader sedan när jag gick förbi med hunden men hade tyvärr då inte tid att gå in och kolla. Men igår så passade jag på att gå dit för att shoppa lite nya växter. Möttes av en grön oas när jag steg innanför dörren med växter i varje vrå och hörn. Blev så inspirerad utav denna urbana djungel miljö att jag lämnade stället med 4 växter. Jag köpte två gröna plantor, vet ej vad dom heter men vet att den ena kan bli runt 2 meter hög, köpte även en mini kaktus och en röd kaktus liknande växt. Nu återstår det bara att inhandla krukor och att se till att hålla dessa växter i liv. Ni hittar mer info om butiken här.
Tog bilden ovan på The Red Lion i Leytonstone. Vi spenderade större delen av gårdagens eftermiddag där. En stor mysig pub populär bland the locals. Det är en härlig mix utav folk allt från barnfamiljer, par, affärsman, mäklare, vänner, unga som gamla. Min kompis är stammis där och enligt han är det the place to be...iaf om man bor i området. Puben är också dog friendly, huge plus!! Tänker ta med Barney nästa gång,