Going places

That feeling, when you have to go home from holiday….

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It is both fulfilling and a bit sad. I always feel at home where my suitcase is and easily adapt.  But mr. Grumphy is at best at home in his normal state of mind.

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Stay: Villa Olmi Resort, Florence

We packed our bags and headed for Florence for a few nights. Our hotel of choice was this time Villa Olmi Resort. It is located about 4km outside the city center but the hotel offers free shuttle bus to and from the city center. If you choose to go by taxi it is about € 20-30 (june,2014)

Villa Olmi is a beautiful 4 star resort wich includes a villa, a farmhouse and a rural house set in a big beautiful garden.

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They served an intercontinental breakfast but ours were not included in the total price. This is also where they serve lunch and dinner. The resort has a small swimmingpool with lovely sourroundings not to far away from the bar.

Every room has its own private bubblebath that left you wonderful relaxed before bedtime. Nice hotel rooms but they were not sound proof and much of the sounds around came through and were disturbing.

All in all a great stay if only a little closer to town and a little less noise.

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Springtime in Paris

Paris is never what you´re expecting I ones read. And it could´t be more true. This past week I have been giving the question of: So how was Paris? And to be completely honest  I struggle to answer this question.

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I can’t quite put my finger on what it is with Paris. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my 4 days in Paris. But I have also visited so many other big cities in my travel days and this is by far not my favorite city.

My ambitions may have been to high for Paris. I wanted to see and do so much of what Paris has to offer – and you just can’t do it all in 4 days.  And what about those tourist lines. Even for May month those lines are pretty long. For instance, when we decided to visit the Paris Catacombs in Montparnasse – we waited in line for 2.5 hours! – Madness. This was the only waiting in line we did on this trip.

You could loose so many hours just waiting in line here. And there are so many more fulfilling things to do than wait in line. Why not spend a couple of hours on a sidewalk café instead? Way more relaxing and fun time to spend your time. Get yourself a carafe of wine and just sit and soak up the sun, sound and the people. Thats therapy.

Paris by the seine

it´s been said that Paris at spring is the best time to visit. Warm without being to hot, the air is fresher, all the parks are luscious green and inviting to spend some time at or even a nice picnic. And last year Paris was named the winner of Tripadvisor´s traveler´s choice – the best city to visit.

And I admit it. Paris is lovely in spring. With all it´s great monuments, wide boulevards, all of the neighborhoods, charming sidewalk cafe´s by the dozen and not to forget the incredible light show at the Eifell tower after dark. I am so glad we stayed even if we were cold as ever. It was truly magical. And in spite of all the concrete city – Paris is still a very green city and I find that very charming.

I leave you with some pictures from Paris in spring:

 

Sorbonne university Paris

Sorbonne university Paris

The square outside Sorbonne University

The square outside Sorbonne University

a view of the tip of Ile st-Louis

a view of the tip of Ile st-Louis

Arc de Thriomphe at the end of Champs-Elyseé

Arc de Thriomphe at the end of Champs-Elyseé

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Flowers and the view of the Louvre

Flowers and the view of the Louvre

Spring in paris with the Eiffel tower towering.

Spring in paris with the Eiffel tower towering.

And if you ask me if I would like to go back. That is a big YES, I would love to discover and explore more of Paris´s neighborhoods.

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Eiffel Tower

Returning back home to Norway after my resent travel to Paris and I sit here thinking back on this experience.

Paris is, at least for me, an overwhelming city. It´s big and I mean B.I.G. The distances between the many sightseeings is large and you often need to use the metro, bus or taxi to get from one place to another. And I have visited many cities – and find them easier to navigate due to the distance.

I would in most cases recommend the metro system – it is fast and frequent – but if you travel with a specific grumpy half – this is not the way to go. As experienced. My boyfriend got both stressed and grumpy from this experience – the metro way.

Paris metro

Taking the metro in the weekend can be a fun experience – I got to experience a train concert on saturday morning.

We got to experience Paris for full 4 days, friday trough monday. The weekend time is by far the most crowded days. We did try to get around the city as much as possible experiencing the different neighborhoods and of course see the mandatory top sights.

Champs-Élysées at a Saturday is cramped but well worth a try. You find all the haute coutures fashion houses in this neighborhood.

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Paris´s top sights

Will I visit Paris any time soon – not likely. I find other metropolitans more charming.

But I do wanna come back some day and explore more. It is a beautiful city without doubt and a big metropolitan. And all in all I had a good time here. I just need to soak it all up.

I think Paris is a city that grows on to you with every visit. And you probably need to find your favorite neighborhood. I found mine to be the latin quarter with its small winding streets.

And so I leave Paris to sink in with these last pictures and hope that I can stroll here some time in the future.

Sorbonne Univeristy, paris

Sorbonne Univeristy, paris

latin quarter by night

latin quarter by night

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Eiffel Tower and its signature spire

The Eiffel Tower and its signature spire

Louvre

Louvre

cursing the seine at night time

cursing the seine at night time

The sparkling show at night - don´t miss it.

The sparkling show at night – don´t miss it.

Introducing Travellingmunk

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Travellingmunk in person

So who am Travellingmunk?

Well this is me. Annette, a 30 something girl who loves to travel and see the world. I live in Norway, close to Stavanger with my boyfriend and work as a shop manager.

Soon to be a year ago I started to blog after thinking about it for years out of curiosity. I love to travel and to write about it. Why go public you may ask, and not stick to scrapbooking?. Well in the future I want to be able to live out of blogging and traveling. The blog is a great way to make contacts and it has already landed me a great trip to Morocco with new acquaintance. Where my future will take me remains to be seen but I will write about my travel experiences short and long, post pictures and talk about food. I want to be a Travelista.

I am very new to this blogosphere so please bear with me – I hope to be even better at it in the future. It is a learning experience. I will always try go get better so feedback is alway welcome.

My Easter getaway

Thelodge main building

Thelodge main building

Some nice airondeck chairs to relax and enjoy

Some nice airondeck chairs to relax and enjoy

It´s getting close to easter and normally we would spend our easter holiday in sweden. At least we have been for the past three years. I usually refer to this lovely getaway as my cabin. This year we will spend time at home with our family, but it does not make me stop from longing back.

The Lodge is located just over an hours drive from Malmö airport and Copenhagen, or to be specific at Romelåsen which is a small hight in Skåne, sweden. I came upon this small lodge many years ago while reading in a interior magazine and fell head over heal – this was a place I wanted to visit some time in my future. And so it came to be by coincidence three years ago while on a road holiday with my boyfriend.

The view from the deck

The view from the deck

The lodge is decorated in New England style and sits completely alone on this small hill top. The hotel want´s to be different and only have 22 room divided by one main building and 9 cabins. All meals are served in their lounge area

It may not be all that easy to find this place on it´s own unless you have visited before. A GPS is highly recommended. The Hotel sits majestically on a hilltop with fantastic views over Genarp and the area surrounded. They brag of  having a full view of 8 kilometers from their deck. This place screams romance and relaxation. The perfect place to recharge and just enjoy

 

When weather allows it the chair and cushions are brought out to enjoy

When weather allows it the chair and cushions are brought out to enjoy

Sit back and relax the quietness and the sun

Sit back and relax the quietness and the sun

We have been taken good care of on all off our visits to The Lodge Resort. Fantastic wine and dine. And the reason we have visited have been to recharge, be romantic and to relax and enjoy. All food they serve are based on local goods and are changed during the season to have the freshest local dining experience.

Afternoon tea in the lounge have greeted us every time during arrival, check in is at 1500. If the weather is good and allows it you may enter the big deck and sit for some sun soaking and enjoy the peace and quiet. But if the weather is kind of cold there is nothing like huddling up under a nice blanket and enjoying the sounds of the fireplace. There is always a cup of tea or coffee available with a small snack buffet.

The lounge area

The lounge area

The lounge showing the buffet and bar at the back.

The lounge showing the coffee buffet and bar at the back.

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The rooms are simply decorated but the bed is good. I can not remember having a single bad night here. Weather this is due to the surroundings or the fresh air I don´t know. You spend most of your time in the main building – it is more cozy down here. Bring your good book, order a glass of wine and just relax. You should also remember to back some good hiking shoes and a good jacket – the area offers nice hiking opportunities.

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Our room, sparsely decorated

The upstair outside area

The upstair outside area

The entry hill to the Lodge Resort

The entry hill to the Lodge Resort

At each visit we always book the spa pack. This enables us to visit the spa lounge at a certain time a day. It includes the outside spa pool, a sauna and a quiet area with a fireplace and some fresh snack. I have also booked a 1 1/2 hour neck and back massage. Oh my, will deffently book this one again. The Logde Resort offers a nice selection of eco and local produced products from DarmaZone to be bought at the hotel and the spa.

Espen enjoying the outside spa pool a must on every visit.

Espen enjoying the outside spa pool a must on every visit.

After a relaxing hour of massaging bubbles and a warm fireplace with fresh fruit and then we are ready for dinner time.

At evening a 4 course meal awaits you. To bad I haven´t gotten to take better pictures of the lovely food, but we have been served creamy mushroom soup. deer, lamb, local cheese and a variety of desserts. All food are inspired by the swedish fauna and the waiters are good with their wine. They all know which wine goes best to what food.

some of the food experience we have gotten during our stay

some of the food experience we have gotten during our stay

I have truly found my paradise and will surly come back for another visit. Either as a romantic getaway or a weekend with good friends. I already miss my easter getaway. Want to check out the hotel for your selves you can get to their home page here. For more information and better pictures.

Happy Easter 🐰 ♡