Cotton House Barcelona

Cotton House Barcelona

I wasn’t planning to do an exclusive blog post for the Cotton House Barcelona on The Viennese Girl blog. But the photos of its interior turned out so nice (at least according to me, I don’t know what you think, but I’d love to know) and that made me change my mind.

Cotton House Barcelona
Cotton House Barcelona
 

Cotton House Barcelona is a 5 star hotel where we had the luck to spend the first two nights of our stay in Barcelona.

Cotton House BarcelonaWe were unable to leave the hotel the first two days of our stay in Barcelona because it was raining cats and dogs. The non stop rain for two consecutive days didn’t dampen our spirits though. We were happily and willingly stranded and surrounded by the walls of Cotton House. The only downside of this was that we couldn’t take photos of their beautiful terrace.

Cotton House Barcelona

Cotton House Barcelona
Cotton House Barcelona
 

Cotton House Barcelona

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where to stay in Barcelona
where to stay in Barcelona
 

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There are 3 things that I really liked in this hotel:

First and foremost, you could smell the cotton scent all over the place. Secondly, we were welcomed with a glass of champagne. Thirdly, the lovely people of the hotel printed a few of my travel photos and hung them on the mirror of our bathroom as a welcome message for me. How cute is this!

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All photos of the hotel were taken by me, except the ones I am in.

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Disclaimer : This content was brought to you in friendly collaboration with The Cotton House.

Pures Leben

Pures Leben
Pures Leben
 

Here is a little update from me! At the beginning of December, on a Monday morning, I took the train from Vienna with direction to Leibnitz Train Station. Where is this, you may ask yourself right now. I am not familiar with Styria (Steiermark) region either. But that doesn’t really matter at the moment! It was one more wonderful adventure and that is what matters! I was invited to visit one of the holiday houses of Pures Leben. Here are two photos, but if you want to see more, please go to my Instagram account, and check the Pures Leben stories on the Highlights section. Alternatively, check their official website. We spent three unforgettable days in one of the premium holiday houses of Pures Leben and I thought I should share this experience on The Viennese Girl blog, because you may want to visit too : ) We would go back again!

I guess this is also the last blog post for 2019! One more year is gone! Cheers to the one that is coming!

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Game changer

Game changer

I’ve been using the Galaxy Tab S6 for the last few months and I thought I should write down a few thoughts about it and share them with my community, or anyone interested to know more about WHEN I use it and WHY the Galaxy Tab S6 has proved to me to be a game changer to my life. 

Game changer

In cafes 

I simply put it in my handbag to use in cafes, where I can write down my musings and keep track of everything that is important to an always on the go person like myself, both in my personal and professional life. The long battery life ensures that I can get several hours of work done before I need to plug it in again, which as we all know, finding a place to plug in is not always that easy. 

Game changer

In business meetings 

I take my Galaxy Tab S6 with me in business meetings to show potential customers my photography work. Everything looks much better in the 10.5-inch display of the S6 and of course the images are bigger and easier to see. I love the fact that we can use our fingers and easily navigate from a page to another page because the display is touch screen. 

Game changer

      Sundays at home 

Sundays at home watching movies on Netflix, documentaries and YouTube videos, are particularly enjoyable with the S6, as this screen and its resolution and color depth is really a treat to look at. And what to say about the sound quality! The Galaxy Tab S6 has four AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos technology (3D sound) which enables excellent sound quality in the size of a tablet.

My favourite documentary topics? Psychology, environment, and nutrition : )

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When traveling

I prefer to take my tablet with me on all my travels, instead of my home office laptop. I love it that it’s small enough to not disturb the people around me especially during flights, yet big enough for me to work comfortably. I enjoy editing my photos and videos with the use of the S Pen, that magnetically attaches to the back of my tablet  when I don’t use it and charge as soon as it is attached. Besides, 420 Grams is double less heavy compared to the 1.37 kg of my home office laptop, considering they both more or less do the same thing. Turns out, my Galaxy Tab S6 is the ultimate travel companion, due mainly to its size and extreme light weight. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The tablet has proven to be so perfect for all the above mentioned needs and purposes. I like to call my Galaxy Tab S6 a Game Changer because from the moment I received it, it has changed my blogging and creative life and has improved it in a significant way. I honestly thoroughly recommend the Galaxy Tab S6 for anyone looking for a brilliant, extremely light weight laptop that’ll slip into a handbag! 

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Photos of this blogpost were taken at Wunderladen Cafe in Vienna 

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Lisbon

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Before I fly to Lisbon, I digged into the web, read blog posts and watched many YouTube videos. I was looking for the best travel tips for the city: where to go, what to do, where to eat, where to stay. But I have to admit, that I have been very lucky as well to get in contact with Beatriz, a local Portuguese young girl, who has been following me on Instagram. She came to enrich my list with more valuable Lisbon travel tips. I tried to collect all the infos, and I am happy to present my Guide List to Lisbon on The Viennese Girl blog!

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SIGHTSEEING IN ALFAMA DISTRICT 

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte / Miradouro da Graça / São Vicente de Fora Church / São Jorge castle –  worth it to go inside! And here you can try the Pasteis de Bacalhau at “Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau” / Miradouro das Portas do Sol / Miradouro de Santa Luzia / Sé Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon portugal Travel diary

SIGHTSEEING IN BAIRRO ALTO DISTRICT 

Luís de Camões square, here you can try the Pasteis de Nata at “Manteigaria” / Rua do Loreto Ascensor da Bica / Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara / Príncipe Real (many restaurants here!) / Bairro Alto / Miradouro de Santa Catarina

Lisbon portugal Travel diary

SIGHTSEEING DOWNTOWN 

Avenida da Liberdade / Restauradores square / Santa Justa Elevator aka Carmo lift / Rossio square / Arco da Rua Augusta / Terreiro do Paço / Praça do Comércio – here you can try the Pasteis de Bacalhau at “Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau”

Lisbon portugal Travel diary

BELÉM DISTRICT 

Torre de Belém aka Belém Tower / Padrão dos Descobrimentos / Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (worth it to go inside!) – here you can try the Pasteis de Belém at their famous bakery / MAAT (for the platform view) / LX Factory (a very cool “hipster” market in Lisbon)

Lisbon portugal Travel diary

Lisbon portugal Travel diary

Lisbon portugal Travel diary

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Lisbon street photography

Lisbon street photography

What to do 

See a Fado Performance In Lisbon 

Take the Line 28 tram. Boarding takes place at Praça Martim Moniz.

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The Viennese Girl best travel blog Vienna Austria

BREAKFAST – BRUNCH – LUNCH

Nicolau / Amélia / Fauna & Flora / Dear breakfast / Heim cafe / Cotidiano / Luz Ideal / Hello, Kristof / Comoba / Café Janis / Zenith

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The Viennese Girl best travel blog Vienna Austria
 

Lisbon streets

TIP from Beatriz: You have to try the Portuguese way of cooking cod! Either “bacalhau à brás”, “bacalhau com natas” or “bacalhau com broa”!

Lisbon streets

Lisbon streets

  • Great food markets where you can find well-made traditional food: Time-out market/Mercado da ribeira 
  • Boa-bao (great asian restaurant at Principe Real)
  • Best seafood: Relento, Ramiro

Lisbon restaurants

  • Traditional food: Solar dos Nunes (in Belém), Carvoaria Jacto
  • Popular (and more on the pricey side) restaurants: Palácio Chiado, Guilty by Olivier, KOB by Olivier, JNCQUOI, Cantinho do Avillez
  • Pastéis de nata from 1. Pasteis de Belem and from 2. Manteigaria Rua do Loreto 2

Lisbon restaurants

My favourite restaurant, not because of the food but mostly because of the atmosphere and the whole experience, is Restaurante Ponto Final in Almada. Go at sunset time! 

Restaurante ponto final lisboa

Restaurante ponto final lisboa

Restaurante ponto final lisboa

Restaurante ponto final lisboa

FURTHER AWAY FROM LISBON

  • Sintra (requires at least 1 full morning): Palácio da Pena, Moors Castle, Casa do Preto bakery (for the Queijadas), Piriquita bakery
  • Palácio de Queluz
  • Fundação das casas de Fronteira de Alorna (Palácio dos Marqueses da Fronteira)

Lisbon

Lisbon is beautiful! There are 2 things I will be definitely longing for until the day I go back: first, the Pastéis de nata and second the Restaurante Ponto Final in Almada! 

Shoutout to my friends from Urlaubsguru for their contribution to this trip. If you also want to escape from the cold weather and fly to the South of Europe, or if you are looking for the best travel offers on the web, I highly recommend you to check them out.

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Baixa House

Baixa House

In the middle of last October I had the chance to visit Lisbon for the very first time, stay and photograph Baixa House. In this blog post, I would like to share with you a few photos that I took during my short stay at Baixa House. When I say short stay, it was a 3 nights stay, to be more precise with you. I feel very happy for the opportunity to photograph Baixa House, I loved the interior design, and I wish I will be able to go back and stay a little bit longer. As for now, I will let the photos do all the talking.

Baixa House

Baixa House

Baixa House

Baixa House

Baixa House

All interior photos at Baixa House were taken by me. This photo of me was taken by Beatriz, a Portuguese follower who then became a friend. 

Baixa House

Baixa House

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When you stay at Baixa House, you feel like you own an apartment in Lisbon. This is not a typical hotel. This is a five-star apartment building with several beautiful meticulously curated apartments. Curated in a way that it feels quite natural and effortless to you. The apartment I stayed at was on the fourth floor and it was called Gulbenkian. I had a balcony with a view, where every morning I could have my breakfast and every night I could see the moon from it (which is something that I love doing).

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Gulbenkian was a lovely apartment. But during my stay, I discovered that there are also some other apartments which are very pretty as well, like Campo Grande, Ultra mar, Principe Real etc. You may want to check this place out, if you are looking for a place to stay in Lisbon. This might be something for you!

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the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

Lastly, a sweet shoutout to my friends from Urlaubsguru for their contribution to this trip. You guys, if you also want to escape from the cold, or if you are looking for the best travel offers on the web, I highly recommend you to check them out.

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