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Stockholm City Area Guide

January 20, 2017

 

I have been working quite a while on my Stockholm City Area guide; an extensive guide to experience Stockholm like a local and divided into the different areas. Everything from my best brunch spots, restaurants, music venues and what to do on a weekend out of town! Stay tuned the upcoming days! Starting off with the area where I live myself -Kungsholmen! 

 

 

Photo by Jeppe-Wikstrom/mediabank.visitstockholm.com

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4 short flights to warmer destinations –last minute winter escapes

December 14, 2016

On the topic of "where to go to get some sun, but not too far away" I give you my 4 best recommendations, along with a mix of pictures from my different travels to these places. Enjoy, be inspired, go! 

 

Tel Aviv

When people ask me of my favorite place I visited this last year, Tel Aviv in Israel is definitely my top 3. Such a cool city with nightlife, great restaurants, pretty little cafés as well as a beach and everything you’d need for a relaxed holiday too. Don’t go here in the summertime, it gets too warm; rather visit in the fall/spring or in the wintertime. Maybe a good option for that last minute trip to get away over New Years?  
 

 

Gran Canaria

Just off the coast of Morocco in North Eastern Africa is the Spanish group of islands called the Canaries. SAS fly to Las Palmas on the main island Grand Canaria. The six-hour-direct-flight will take you from the Scandinavian winter wonderland to at least 20 degrees and sun. Perfect for a last minute escape!
 

 

Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is another beautiful destination in southern Europe with very mild winters. A 3h30 SAS direct flight means it’s not quite as warm as the Canary islands, but still about 20 degrees temperature difference from Stockholm at the moment; Weather forecast for the weekend tells 16 degrees and sun, which is not too shabby! Maybe not for chilling at the beach, but at least sit outside, have lunch in the sun and get some tan.

 

 

Malta

Malta is the most Southern State in Europe consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean.  The weather is similar to that of Gran Canaria; warm and dry summers and very mild winters with about 18-20 degrees Celsius and sun but with chances of rain. Check the weather forecast first before you book. SAS fly here directly in about 4 hours.

 

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8 Ways to get Cheap Flights

December 12, 2016


There are plenty of ways to get cheaper flights; and cheaper tickets means you can get away more often, right!? I summarized my best travel hacks for you all. I promise you; they really work!

 

  1. Plan it in Advance
    • Domestic at least 2 months ahead
    • International at least 4 months ahead
    • You can actually book your ticket at sas.com 11-12 months before departure, so book as soon as you got your vacation dates straight!
       
  2. Or not at all
    • Look out for last minute tickets. You can book your flight on sas.com up until 1 hour before departure.
       
  3. Check the low price calendar http://www.flysas.com/en/us/low-price-calendar/ for best available rate and destination.
  4. Buy at the beginning of the week.
    • Airlines usually release cheap tickets at the beginning of the week
       
  5. Or on Thursdays
    • Every Thursday between 18-24 you’ll find unique prices on selected destinations with SAS
       
  6. Clear your web browser’s cookies and go on Incognito mode
     
  7. Fly during less popular times
    • ​​​​​​Meal times
    • Mid-week
       
  8. Get the SAS Amex credit card and rack up miles while you spend. Also each year you’ll get the opportunity to buy a trip for 2 people to 50% of the price.
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What to do in Provence during High Season

November 29, 2016

 

Summer by the French Riviera can be just as idyllic as it sounds. My guide below will guide you through my favorite spots around Provence during high season. 

  • The Venet Foundaition. In the domain of Le Muy in Provence is a 15th-century mill with the private collection of the French artist Bernar Venet. As a contrast to the old windmill, the collection is mainly modern minimalist and conceptual art including works by James Turrell, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt and a chapel designed by Frank Stella. NB ! Visit on request only by emailing [email protected] The Venet Foundation is open Thursdays and Fridays during summer. More info here: http://www.venetfoundation.org/
  • Flea markets. In basically any city or village along the coast there are plenty of markets going on during weekends in high season; foods, furniture, clothes -you name it! 
  • Antibes.
    • Musée Picasso
    • Fish Restaurant Bacon
    • Marché Provencal
  • Sillans La Cascade. A waterfall located in between Aix-en Provence and Nice, a short walk from the town with the same name. A well kept secret that is definitely worth a detour! 
  • Arles. A beautiful town in between Montpellier and Marseille with a long history; an old Roman metropolis, and later the home of Vincent Van Gogh, Gaugin and frequently visited by Picasso.
    • Amphitheater, UNESCO world heritage site since 1981. 
    • Hotel Nord Pinus Arles
    • The experimental cultural center Luma + the restaurant Reféctoire des Ateliers
    • Restaurant Chardon
    • The yearly photo festival; July-August
  • Mougins. Another beautiful little town situated only 7 km from Cannes and the riviera. This is actually where Pablo Picasso spent his last 12 years, and eventually died. So if it's good enough for him, it better be good. A lot of restaurants, cute little shops and amazing views over the Provencal uplands. 
  • Horseback riding in the Camarague. Just 30 minutes from Arles is Les Arnelles Hotel Camarague in Saintes Marie sur Mer; go horseback riding on the beach among pink flamingoes. 
  • Eze Botanical Garden. Get a fantastic view over the mediterranean, surrounded by exotic plants in the hills. 
  • Fayence.​
    • Gliding at L'​Aerodrome Fayence-Tourettes
    • Hotel & Restaurant Moulin de la Camandoule

 

See my other guides below on what to do in Provence during Off Season as well as my best Fayence tips. 

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This is Stella

Hi! I am Stella, a true traveler from Sweden! In addition to traveling, I also love music, beautiful things, my boyfriend Gustav and the food he always makes me. And serendipity… such as winning a million EuroBonus points with SAS, like I actually did last year, which enables me to travel around the world. Follow me on my journey!