Roadtrip to Wilsons Promontory & Phillip Island, Victoria | Back in Melbourne + Vintage Shopping

I had the biggest urge to go back to Melbourne. I could literally hear it calling me to come back again before I leave back to Germany and I couldn’t and didn’t want to resist.

Melbourne is one of my favourite places in Australia and its definitely on the same ranking level as Sydney. I love the vibe, the coffee shops and cafés, the amazing Vintage stores and the alternative places in Brunswick. And it has an extra special place in my heart because I met two amazing people there and we spend a few wonderful days together that I will forever keep in my memory.

So before I started my new job I decided spontaneously to just book a flight and spend another week in Victoria knowing that my friend James (that I met over 6 months ago in Melbourne and haven’t seen since then) would come over from Adelaide as well. And it was a big miracle that my other friend Sabrina from Italy (that I saw in between in Surfers Paradise in January) just texted me a few days before and said that she is going to be in Melbourne for one day as well. What a crazy coincidence!

I had two days to myself in Melbourne that I also vlogged and spend mostly shopping and strolling through the amazing Vintage shops and boutiques, spending time with myself cooking, reading and drinking tea, going to a café by myself and just enjoying the city.

I hope you enjoyed the vlog and like my videos! Feel free to give me suggestions to better or ideas to talk about in my videos. I really want to get more into YouTube and videos as I really enjoy it.  

This video is actually my favourite and (in my opinion) the best video I made so far. Not really because the clips are that nice and cinematic or anything (more the opposite :D ) but just how natural it felt for me to film and talk. So I hope you like it too!

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This was the cutest store I went to! 100% interior goals and the cutest jewellery. It’s called Folkstore and you can see more of it in my video and also what I bought there.

I have a thing for beautiful dishes and tableware. Especially when it’s handmade and unique. Pity that it’s also so freaking expensive and not really handy to take with you as a Backpacker :D

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My hostel-cooked dinner: fresh spinach and rocket with wholemeal spaghetti and a tomato sauce made of canned crushed tomatoes, onion and carrot.

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Two achievements from my shopping day 1: a black vintage Levi’s mom jeans and a beautiful ring.

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My favourite Avo smash toast that I needed to eat again in Melbourne. Find out where you get it and more Melbourne food tips in this blogpost!

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Reunited with my first friend I made here in Australia. Crazy to think that that’s already 7 months ago…

I also tried a new place to eat: Vegie Bar and I had a vegan Pizza which was really good!

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And I also had t go back to Lentils as Anything because I fell in love the last time and it was almost as good again! We had such a good night talking a lot and it felt like we never left Melbourne and spread apart.


Roadtrip to Wilsons Promontory & Phillip Island

Me and my friend James rented a campervan for 3,5 days to go on a little adventure road trip to the south-east of Melbourne.

We had the best three days even though the weather wasn’t that great and we didn’t explore much, but we just enjoyed the time together in our cool camper. It was that great that we decided to do another, longer one up the East Coast from Noosa to Cairns (and further north) in June and I am already looking forward to that.

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Breakfast in the van. Not outside because it was rainy most of the time, but really cozy and comfy inside the van.

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First, we drove to Wilsons Promontory and we wanted to hike and explore a lot. Unfortunately, the weather was pretty grey, foggy and rainy but the hike up the mountains is supposed to be really beautiful and you have an awesome view over the national park (when it’s not foggy at least :D ).

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But we were lucky to get some sunshine in the afternoon and did a bushwalk to see wallabies, wombats (my first wild ones) and beautiful colourful birds.

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Behind the scenes of the picture above :P

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Our afternoon view playing cards and watching the sunset.

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This trip made me realise again how awesome camper life is and now I really want to do that more often and have my own van in a few year to travel Europe and make weekend trips as often as I can.

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After Wilsons Promontory we drove to Philipp Island. A little island, not far from Melbourne with beautiful beaches, crystal blue water and awesome sunsets over the water.

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We probably had the best ever view over the ocean, relaxing in our bed, windows and doors open, enjoying the sun and watching the sunset.

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Our days consisted of driving, talking, listening to music, cooking and eating, reading, playing cards, walking through nature and watching out of our camper windows – just enjoying life.

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This trip has been my favourite road trip I did so far and I am so looking forward to renting a camper again and go explore!

Do you like van life as well? What do you enjoy most about it? What has been your favourite road trip so far and what is still on your bucketlist?

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Girls trip to Vienna – What We Saw, Did & Ate in 3 Days

Some weeks ago one of my best friends and I spontaneously booked a trip to Vienna that we have thought about for a while already.

We spend three very hot but wonderful days in Austria’s capital city and had lots of fun together.

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I have already been to the city three years ago for New Years and really liked the vibe of the city and always wanted to explore it for some days with good weather.

On my Instagram @mind.wanderer you can find a highlight called ‚Vienna‘ and see some of our favorite memories from this trip. In this post, I am going to share everything that we have done that I can recommend you to do on your own city trip and some amazing veggie food that we have discovered!

 

Transportation

Flixbus has amazing routes that cover many cities in Germany and lead to Vienna overnight which was super nice. We started around 10 pm in the afternoon and got to Vienna at around 7:30 am so we had the whole day to explore.

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We spend two nights in the A&O Hostel/Hotel that we have already been to in Leipzig last summer and really like. It’s pretty cheap but has all we need: clean and comfy beds and bathroom and their breakfast is pretty amazing as well (for that price).

In Vienna itself, we bought two-day passes for metro, tram and bus which I can highly recommend to see as much as possible. They are only 8€ a day and totally worth it.

One day we booked a Big Bus Hop-on-Hop-off Ticket which is very pricey but also super interesting because you get some information while driving and practical to see all the sights.

On our third day, we caught the Flixbus at 10.30 pm back home so we really had three full days in the city but only payed for two nights for the hotel.

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Day One

After we arrived at the bus terminal we went to our hotel which was located at the main train station (but there is another A&O Hostel which is one of Vienna’s hip districts so I recommend you to go there instead) and left our luggage there to explore the city center.

Because it was Sunday morning the streets and public places where super empty which was weird but nice and calm. We came  back on our third day in the afternoon and it was so busy and packed, so we could really enjoy the pretty buildings alone on our first day.

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For brunch we walked to the café & bistro BlueOrange to enjoy an amazing vegan breakfast with a bagel, hummus, avocado, salad and a small fruit salad and a yummy juice.

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Afterwards we drove to the well known „Prater“ a public place with rollercoasters and other ride facilities as well as food and the famous Prater ferries wheel. We rode a carousel that moved up super high so we had an amazing view over the city.

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It was super hot all three days in Vienna so we needed a cool down. At the Danube there is a „bathing ship“ that has a pool and a bar on deck and we spend a great evening there.

The day ended with cocktails and games at our hotel.

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Day Two

The next day we drove through Vienna with the Hop-on-Hop-off Bus which was super interesting because we saw many buildings that we wouldn’t have time to visit all ourselves and we learned a lot from the audio guide.

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We walked through the garden of the Schönbrunn Palace which was beautiful and ended at the old Danube to refresh and spend some time relaxing with the locals.

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For Dinner, we went to an amazing all vegan restaurant called „Veggiezzz“ which is part of a chain in Vienna and ate super delicious burger with fries. They also had sandwiches, wraps and healthy bowls as well as yummy dessert and I would love to try more from there menu the next time I visit Vienna!

That night we went to the rooftop terrace of the Ritz Calton Hotel and had a beautiful view over the city at night and some amazing (but super pricey :D ) drinks.

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Day Three

On our last day, we visited the Belverde Palace which is super beautiful (we liked it even more that Schönbrunn, even tho it’s not as popular).

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As well as the Museum of Modern Art „mumok“ that we really liked as well. And enjoyed the cold water basin in the museum’s district.

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We also went to the café and vintage shop „Burggasse 24“ that is pretty popular and had some amazing vegan cake there.

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After all the culture we did some shopping at Brandy Melville and had a had time finding something good (and veggie) to eat for our last day.

We ended up at Vegetasia a completely vegetarian Asian restaurant that had an all-you-can-eat buffet which was amazing! It’s so great when you don’t need to check if you can eat this and just grab whatever looks good :D

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We had an awesome time together in Vienna and I am already looking forward to explore Bali with my two best friends next summer!

Have you already been to Vienna before? How did you like it?

3 Tage Straßburg – Tipps und Empfehlungen | Städtetrip

Kurze Städtetrips sind immer eine schöne Gelegenheit neue Orte kennen zu lernen und zu erkunden, dem Alltag zu entfliehen und wieder etwas Abenteuerlust zu schnuppern. Noch vor ein paar Tagen konnte ich durch die Straßen von Straßburg schlenden, mein Schul-Französisch nutzen und ganz viele Croissants und Crêpes essen.

DSC_0203.JPGDa Straßburg gleich an der französisch-deutschen Grenze liegt, ist es für viele gar nicht weit weg (wir müssen leider trotzdem 6 Stunden mit dem Auto fahren :D ) und somit ideal um ein bisschen französische Luft zu schnuppern.

Auch wenn sie so nah an Deutschland liegt hört man die Menschen trotzdem hauptsächlich französisch sprechen. Wenn man jedoch etwas nicht versteht können viele in Deutsch weiter helfen. Ich habe trotzdem versucht so viel wie möglich französisch zu reden um meine Sprache etwas zu verbessern.

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Gewohnt haben wir in einem Hotel in der Nähe des Straßburger Bahnhofes und des Einkaufscenters Place des Halles. Von dort aus haben wir zu Fuß ca. 8 Minuten bis in das Stadtcentrum gebraucht. Bewegt haben wir uns auch nur zu Fuß, da man mit dem Auto gar nicht in das Stadtzentrum kommt.

Die Stadt ist sehr übersichtlich aufgebaut. Das Zentrum ist von 2 Flussarmen eingeschlossen. In diesem Kreis sind nur Fußgänger, Fahrrad Fahrer und die Straßenbahn erlaubt.

Fahrrad Fahrer sind in Straßburg eine ganze Menge unterwegs und es ist sicher schön sich ein Fahrrad zu mieten und damit die Stadt zu erkunden, wenn man weniger Zeit hat. Wir konnten jedoch zu Fuß alles ganz einfach ablaufen.

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Vor allem die süßen kleinen Gassen mit Geschäften sind wunderschön. Häuser wechseln in unterschiedlichen Stilen, von Fachwerkhäusern hinzu modernen Gebäuden.

Es gibt sehr viele schöne Ecken zu erkunden, wie den Stadtteil Petit France oder die Straßen entlang des Flusses, der aus dem Rhein abfließt.

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Außerdem sehenswert ist natürlich das Münster von Straßburg oder auch Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourge. Leider haben wir es nicht geschafft sie von innen zu besichtigen oder von ihrem Turm aus über die Stadt zu schauen. Im nachhinein bereuhe ich es ein wenig, dass wir dafür keine Zeit gefunden haben.

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Was ich auf jeden Fall jedem Empfehlen kann der nach Straßburg kommt, ist eine Bootstour. Dabei kann man sich nicht nur eine super Übersicht von der Stadt machen und sehen wo man überall noch hin möchte, man lernt auch sehr viele interessante Dinge über die Geschichte der Stadt und wie sie entstanden ist. Solch eine Fahrt dauert ca. eine Stunde und kostet ca. 15 Euro.

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Dabei fährt man mit diesen Glasdach-Booten und hat eine wirklich gute Aussicht auf die Stadt vom Wasser aus.

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Die Stadt bietet wirklich sehr viele schöne Ecken, die es sich zu entdecken lohnt! Aber auch shoppen kommt hier nicht zu kurz. Das ist für mich immer sehr wichtig, weil es bei mir in der Nähe nur wenig schöne Läden gibt und ich es deswegen in größeren Städten immer ausnutzen möchte.

In dem Einkaufszentrum in der Nähe unseres Hotels, Place des Halles gab es einen Zara, Mango, Sephora und viele weitere französische Marken. Im Stadtzentrum findet man Uniqlo, H&M, Mango, Calzedonia, Adidas, Esprit und viele weitere  französische Boutiquen. Außerdem gibt es eine Galerie Lafayette mit vielen großen (und teuren) Marken. Etwas außerhalb (in ca. 10 Minuten zu Fuß zu erreichen) gibt es noch ein weiteres Shoppingcenter: Centre Commercial Rivetoile mit Marken wie Hollister, Gap, Zara, Mango, Bershka, Pull and Bear und und und…

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Außerdem habe ich neben Adidas einen unglaublich süßen dänischen Dekoladen gefunden. Auch wenn er relativ klein war gab es so viele unglaublich schöne Sachen und ich hätte am liebsten noch mehr mitgenommen. Die Preise waren außerdem unschlagbar! Leider habe ich gerade noch keinen Bedarf an eigenem Geschirr oder Vasen, sonst hätte ich dort auf jeden Fall zugeschlagen. Wenn es soweit ist werde ich auf jeden Fall wieder nach diesem Laden suchen, in dem es so viele tolle Sachen gab!

Mitgenommen haben wir zumindest viele schöne Servietten und Geschenkpapier mit den süßesten Prints <3

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Die kleinen Gassen in Straßburg bieten auch eine tolle Gelegenheit für einen leckeren Nutella Crêpe oder einen typischen Flammkuchen. Deswegen habe ich einen Food-Guide für Straßburg zusammen gestellt, mit den leckersten Restaurants/Cafés die wir getestet haben.

Wart ihr schon einmal in Straßburg? Was hat euch am besten Gefallen und was könnt ihr empfehlen? Oder seit ihr jetzt erst über den Gedanken eines Städtetrips nach Straßburg gestolpert?