This once again proves…wherever you go, the British have been there before you! At least that’s what I thought when I came across this uber-cool red telephone box. Obviously I’ve seen one before…in London, in Turkey, in a little town at the coast of the North Sea. It almost seems as though it’s the ‘moon’ flag of the British which they put everywhere they’ve been. Pssst, I want one for my room please!
It’s 2013 (Happy New Year to all my readers from 106 different countries and friends!), and my annual blog report just came in a few days ago, including a lot of blog data I won’t bore you with. However I do want to post my traditional ‘memories of the year’ post. I hope 2013 will be a year as great as 2012. It’ll be a year of changes for me (finally moving to London, yay!). So, here we go with the pictures and words:
I spent New Year’s Eve in Dresden with friends. My blog had its first birthday in January (meaning it’s now almost 2 years old). My family and I had dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant. Lots of tea drinking, cold weather and vanilla macaron baking in January too. I changed my blog theme for the first time.
I posted my first giveaway ever on this blog. London Fashion Week took place and I loved watching the shows (can you spot Lana Del Rey?). I spent a lot of time taking pictures with the old Praktica I found and sewing bags for friends. I had butterflies in my hair and on my fingers in a butterfly conservatory.
I played a small part in Cabaret, the Musical. Spring arrived and I ordered a ‘Lulu Guinness’ style necklace from the talented JaymieOC. Lulu Guinness press day also happened. I wandered around Dresden, my home town, and took some pictures there.
Back in London. Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo launch (which I sadly missed). I tried macarons at Ladurée for the very first time. I had a little meeting with Tiffany, the new store manager at Lulu Guinness, at their Burlington Arcade store and she showed me around the store a bit. I bought my first Lulu Guinness lips clutch that day too (vintage red snakeskin). I was invited to the Task PR AW12 Press Day. My parents were in London for the first time and I did a lot of sightseeing with them. I went to the Hampstead Fun Fair with a few friends.
My lovely red Cambridge Satchel arrived here. The Christian Louboutin exhibition opened at the Design Museum, showcasing lots of amazing shoes. I did the 2nd blog giveaway on my blog (Swarovski). Wish magazine was launched in London and I immediately ordered one.
The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with big celebrations in London and the Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower to honour her. I watched the pageant and concert on TV and waved the Union Jack.
Berlin Fashion Week started in Berlin and I ran around, going to as many showrooms and shows as possible. One of my favourites was the Vintage Fashion Show. I spent some time in Turkey at the end of July where we had 43 degrees. The Olympics started in London. I contributed to two magazines, Spark magazine and A Little Bit Fabulous.
I spent some more time in Turkey (2 weeks) and watched the Olympics every single day. I also got an invitation to the Charbonnel et Walker Blogger Event. I finally got a DSLR camera (my beloved Canon 1100D). After Turkey I went straight back to London where I watched one of the last Sweeney Todd the Musical shows. I also went to the Heath with a friend to take some outfit pics and enjoy the sunny days. I went to the Notting Hill carnival for the first time. My friend and I ate lots and lots of sushi, and I spent a lot of time shopping. I went to Selfridges to review the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collection. I met two lovely fellow bloggers, Milla and Karen. My Old Dutch invited me over to have a meal for free. I chose the berry pancakes and a Reese milkshake. I also received Wish magazine in the post when I came back from London.
Back in London…again. Went to see Mamma Mia the Musical, did lots of sightseeing again, was at the Orla Kiely for Uniqlo launch. I went to Eton and Windsor too. I chalked my hair pink and blue, and posted the third giveaway (Lulu Guinness tote). I became a BFI member and bought tickets for the Great Expectations premiere in October.
Still in London, the Great Expectations Premiere took place on October 21st in Leicester Square. Before the premiere started, I met a really great PA, Linda, who also had tickets to the premiere. I really enjoyed the movie and meeting/seeing all the stars was a little plus. I was invited to the Lulu Guinness Press Day where I met Donna, another amazing PA, and Lulu herself. Another Press Day I went to was the Push PR Press Day. I met with fellow bloggers Kristabel and Becky and we went to the Saatchi Gallery to see the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibition. I saw Cabaret the Musical. On Halloween my friend Jo and I went trick or treating in Hampstead and Belsize Park.
I celebrated Bonfire Night in Germany with a little bottle of Moet, and a friends birthday party. I took part in an admin chat with other PA’s.
My birthday was on Dec. 21st where the world was supposed to end..of course it didn’t and I had a lovely birthday party. The biggest surprise was my friend from Cardiff being there. I loved all my presents and thanks to all my guests! I watched Les Misérables which will be in cinemas in the UK on January 13th, and you should definitely watch it! I spent Christmas with my family in Germany and New Year’s Eve in Dresden with some friends.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!
I can’t believe I’m really writing this post. I’ve had the idea before, but something kept me from writing this. Maybe the absurdity of comparing Paris with Berlin and London and vice versa… It’s like comparing apples and oranges, if you ask me! I don’t intend this blog post to be a ‘competition’ post between those 3 great cities. I simply want to tell you what I think are advantages and disadvantages of all three cities and would love to hear your opinions!
Let’s start with positive things: People in London are polite and friendly. …Don’t laugh, it’s true! I wasn’t born in Britain and haven’t been there before I was 11. I’ve spent quite some time of my childhood in Paris and Germany though and Germans, as well as the French, aren’t exactly the nicest bunch of people.
Paris has a great atmosphere. And with that I mean the charm the city has. No matter how many bad things there are about Paris, it IS the city of love, and you feel all romantic when you’re there…on the Eiffel Tower…at sunset. Sigh…
Berlin is a vibrant city, full of artists and ‘alternatives’. There is something about that city I can’t really describe. There is a reason why a Berliner loves their city!
London is very fast paced, whereas both Berlin and Paris are more laid back and relaxed. You don’t feel so pushed. In London, I always run run run…down Oxford Street, to Harrods, to the bakery around the corner. It’s as if there’s some collective urge telling people to adapt the busy lifestyle of working Londoners.
Paris is all about fashion. It’s a cliché which is true. The outfits I’ve seen in Paris! There are so many stylish people and so many fashion faux pas. I noticed other people’s outfits far more often than in any other city I’ve been to. Something I won’t forget is that granny I saw in baggy pants with a copy of ELLE in her hand.
The living costs in Paris and especially in London are way more expensive than in Berlin! One of my favourite books ‘A Year in the Merde’ is about a Londoner living in Paris and I always remember that one sentence: “You can buy a small château up in the Normandy for about the price Londoners pay for a semi-detached ants’ nest.” SO true!
The transport is good in all three cities. The S-Bahn and U-Bahn in Berlin, the tube in London and the métro in Paris. “In short, Paris has public transport that actually transports the public rather than trying to make them give up and travel by car.” The tube in London is often unreliable though: ‘There’s no service between Edgware and…’ Yes.
The traffic in Paris is horrible. There are traffic jams everywhere and the Parisian have a crazy driving style. There are beggars in the métro and S-Bahn/U-Bahn all the time, asking you for money. I haven’t seen a single beggar yet in the tube. Another problem the métro, but also Paris in general has, are thieves. I’ve heard crazy stories about handbags that were stolen right before the door of the métro closes. I’ve even seen it in May last year!
The street vendors trying to sell you tiny Eiffel Towers (often illegal immigrants from Africa or India; huuuge problem in Paris!!) are nothing but extremely annoying.
Berlin is not a metropolis. London and Paris are. And you can feel that. Berlin is crazy, cultural, arty but parochial, and it doesn’t have the charm of a metropolitan city.
There are lots of green spaces in London. You won’t find that in Berlin or Paris. “Compared to London there’s hardly a square inch of greenery in Paris.” ~A Year in the Merde
London is very class orientated, almost snobby. I’ve found a quote on the internet which desribes it pretty good: “Actually I’ve found it’s the middle class that are the snotty ones. Generally the richer you are the nicer you are. Sometimes the stinking rich are a little mad, but nice mad!” Berlin isn’t as class orientated. The Parisians aren’t any better though..
The entertainment in London is the best, from the TV programme (I love BBC movies!) to musicals. Also, the supermarkets are better than in Berlin (don’t know about Paris). Waitrose, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Budgens, Whole Foods (though that’s American). In Berlin there’s only Kaufland, Aldi, Lidl, Netto, Rewe… And the opening hours in London! Some are open 24/7!
And one other thing about Paris: “Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after pétanque.”
All three cities are amazing and hectic, vibrant and energetic; there’s always something new!
During my research I’ve found this absolutely FANTASTIC video by The Escapist about Berlin, London, Paris (and Amsterdam). You should watch it, it’s so beautiful!
What’s your opinion? Which city do you love most? Where would you want to live?
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I have found that long walks in the woods, especially on sunny days in spring, are very liberating. Flowers and trees blossom everywhere and you can hear birds singing. A forest is a magical place where you can think and relax. Unfortunately I don’t often have time to be there.
Necklaces: Accessorize bunny necklace and self-made apple necklace
This a very picture heavy post, because I’m a bit lazy about writing at the moment. Anyway, Dresden is the city where I was born. What I love about it are all the old historic and mystical looking buildings, the art galleries and the theatres. I’m sure you get what I mean when you look at my photos.
Have you ever been to Dresden or another German city? xx