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The Tivoli Gardens is one of my favourite places in Copenhagen, and I have had a season pass as long as I've lived in the city.
In the summer you can spend the warm nights walking around the lake or trying the rides, and during winter they put up beautiful decorations across the entire park. It is the first place I go when I want to get into the Christmas spirit and with the new winter season in February, you can light up those cold winter days too.

The Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in the world. It opened in 1843 at the same spot it is located today in central Copenhagen.
The park has more than 25 rides but is mostly known for its many lights. Approximately 115000 lightbulbs light up the park at night, which makes it the perfect place for a romantic walk or some great pictures.

I've put together some of my favourite pictures from the winter season below, along with a few tips, to inspire you to visit Tivoli. 

The entrance to the park is so iconic and one of my favourite things about Tivoli. The lines can get long on certain days or when the Friday concerts are on, but if you buy your tickets in advance or have a season pass you can pretty much walk right in. (Buy here

If you do get cold after walking around the park, look for one of the spots where you can warm up next to the hot coals. 

During the Christmas season, a bunch of small shops - selling everything from food to christmas decorations - are built along the routes in the park. You can walk inside to heat up and do a little bit of shopping.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have or leave a comment below.

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I went to Geneva the first time to visit some friends that live close by, and to be honest, my expectations weren't high. However, it didn't take me long to fall in love with the city and the beautiful surrounding areas. And now I can easily say, that this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and definitely the one that surprised me the most.

I have put together a list of the 10 best things to do in and around Geneva so that you can get the most out of your stay.

Bonus info: All hotels in Geneva offer a free public transport pass for your entire stay, so getting around is cheap and convenient.

1. Lake Geneva: Jet d’Eau and the Pâquis Baths

Most cities have that one main tourist attraction which you will see in all the postcards. For Geneva, that attraction is the Jet d’Eau. It is basically a massive fountain shooting water up in the air, located in Lake Geneva. 
It is visible from most parts of the city as it shoots the water to an altitude of 140 metres (460 ft). 

It is possible to walk almost all the way out to the jet, but watch out, you will get wet! 🙂

At the other side of the lake is the Pâquis Baths. It is a man-made "beach" were locals and tourists cool down and go for a swim.
The first time I went to Geneva, we got to the city around 11 at night and people were still swimming in the lake and enjoying some food or drinks on the pier. 
It has a lovely atmosphere, and even when it's too cold to swim, it is still a great place to enjoy the view of the Jet and the city. 

2. The Old Town and the St. Pierre Cathedral

The Old Town is characterised by its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, sidewalk cafes and many restaurants. But it is also home to the beautiful St. Pierre Cathedral.

The Cathedral is free and open to the public every day, but if you want to climb the towers you will have to buy a ticket (CHF 5). From the top, you get an amazing 360° view of the city and the lake.
Warning: The stairs are very steep and narrow, so if you're not good with tight spaces, maybe skip this one. 

3. The Flower Clock

The Swiss are very famous for their watches, so it should come as no surprise that they even built them out of flowers. The L'horloge Fleurie, also known as the flower clock, is located on the western side of Jardin Anglais, next to Lake Geneva. 

The clock always looks different, as it is made of various flowers which bloom at different times of the year, and the watch actually works! 

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4. Eat fondue

When it comes to food there are two things you can't visit Switzerland without trying. Their chocolate and their cheese!
The first time I went, my Swiss friend made me homemade raclette and the second time he took me out for fondue. Fondue isn't foreign to me, as it was very big in Denmark in the 90's (mostly the oil version), but I had definitely never had it the Swiss way before. 
You basically break out pieces of bread or potatoes and dip them in the hot melted cheese. The cheese then comes with a ton of different flavours, but I kept it traditional and ordered the plain one.
I don't think fondue is something I would ever eat outside of Switzerland, but you should definitely give it a try if you are visiting. 

5. The United Nations and The International Red Cross

Before visiting Geneva, I had mostly heard about the city when people were talking about the United Nations. Because of its central location in Europe, the city is home to many international organisations. Two of these are the United Nations and the International Red Cross (they are located right across from each other).

If you are interested, you can visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum for CHF 15 or take a guided tour of the Palace of Nations for CHF 12. 

6. Mont Saléve

When you are tired of walking around the city or just need another perspective, take the bus to Veyrier and ride the cable car to the top of Mont Saléve (CHP 13.6).
From there you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Geneva and the lake, go for a hike, paraglide over the lake, bird-spot, or just grab a bite to eat at the café.

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Day Trips

If you have more than just a couple of days I definitely recommend renting a car and driving around the lake. Geneva is beautiful, but my favourite part about visiting has been the day trips exploring the small towns and amazing nature. 

7. Yvoire

Yvoire is a small French medieval town located on the French shore of the lake, between Geneva and Evian. If you are driving on the Swiss side, take the boat from Nyon and enjoy seeing this beautiful town from the water.

Yvoire was built in the early 14th century and some of the original buildings still stand today. In the summer months, the town is filled with flowers and just walking around the narrow streets will keep you entertained for hours.

8. Château de Chillon

Château de Chillon or the Chillon Castle is a medieval castle located south of Veytaux on a little island in Lake Geneva. 
The castle is open to the public every day of the year and a ticket cost CHF 12.50.
If you don't care to go inside, you can simply enjoy the view from the outside.

9. Lavaux vineyards

Continue your drive along the shore of Lake Geneva and arrive at the beautiful Lavaux vineyards. The vineyards stretch for about 30 km (18.6 mi) and cover 830 hectares.  
In 2007, the steep hills were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason. The view of the vineyards, mountains, and Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. 

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10. Montreux

The city of Montreux is located at the foot of the Alps at the far east side of Lake Geneva. 
It is home to a 3.5 km (2.2 mi) colourful lakeside promenade where hundreds of different flowers create the perfect contrast to the mountains.

Fun fact: The city is mostly famous for the Montreux Jazz Festival, where a burning building in 1971 was the inspiration for Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”.

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On my most recent visit to Geneva, Switzerland, I got to stay at the beautiful 3-star Hotel Jade Manotel
Geneva is definitely the place I've been to recently that surprised me in the most positive way. The city is surrounded by amazing nature and there's a ton of stuff to do. Read my guide to the top 10 things to do.

The Hotel Jade Manotel is the perfect base to start exploring the Geneva area and I've put together everything you need to know below.
When you are ready to book, click here to find the best deal.

Getting there

The Hotel Jade Manotel is very conveniently located in Geneva.
If you are arriving by plane, simply take a 10-minute train to the central station (app. 3 CHF) and walk from there.

The hotel is only a 5-10 minute walk away and even though it was pouring when I arrived in Geneva, I was able to stay dry, as the most of the shops along the way have a little roof over the sidewalk.

The Hotel

The Hotel Jade Manotel is a part of the Manotel group which operates six hotels in the Geneva area. 
It is designed and decorated according to the rules of Feng Shui, which creates a relaxing atmosphere throughout the entire hotel.
There is free wifi in all rooms and common areas, and if you are travelling by car, private parking facilities.

The staff at the reception were both kind and helpful during my entire stay, and if you are visiting during the summer months, you can enjoy your breakfast in the private garden.

The Rooms

The rooms at Hotel Jade Manotel are spacious and clean. All rooms have a minibar, air condition, a good selection of toiletries, and offer room service.
The bed is comfortable, the bathroom is very modern, and it is a joy to use the shower!

I definitely recommend jumping in the tub after a long day of exploring Geneva.

Location

The hotel is located in the heart of Geneva, just a few minutes walk from Lake Geneva and the Jet d'Eau.
If you want to explore the surrounding areas, the central train station is just a short walk away, which makes it a great base for getting around and exploring both the city and the beautiful nature around it.

All hotels in Geneva offer a pass for free public transport during your stay, so make sure to pick it up at the reception.

The Food

You can start your day off in a good way by enjoying the hotel's breakfast buffet. They offer a wide selection of bread, meat, fruit, cereal, and eggs, along with multiple juices, tea, coffee, and milk. 

For lunch or dinner, you can visit one of the Manotel group's restaurants and get a discount. Be sure to pick up your discount voucher at the reception.

Thank you to Hotel Jade Manotel for hosting me during my stay. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Now that we have said goodbye to 2017, I decided to look back at the year that has past. At this point last year I was finishing up an internship at the company where I now work fulltime and I was moving into a new apartment. 2017 was also the year I graduated from university and started my Instagram and this blog. It is crazy to think about how much can happen in a year and how much you can change.

I have also been fortunate enough to travel around 12 countries over the past 12 months and I decided to sum up my favourite moments in this post.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

January: Canada and US East Coast Road Trip

Last New Years Eve I spent at Niagara Falls in Canada with my boyfriend Jake. Before flying to Niagara Falls we had spent 3 days in New York City exploring the big city and staying at the grossest hotel room I have ever seen!

The fireworks at Niagara Falls were very disappointing and I would not recommend this to anyone - but then again, I did grow up in a country where fireworks are a very big part of the celebration and everyone fires them in their own yards, so I'm used to seeing a lot of fireworks! 🙂
We did, however, get a table at a restaurant with a view over the falls, which was really nice. We ended up having a great night.

The following day, we visited a friend in Toronto and got to see all the main highlights the city had to offer. Unfortunately, we didn't spend more than a day since our road trip schedule was very tight.
The rest of the trip we used driving from Canada to Miami and back up to New York City, where I flew home from.

It was my first time in both Canada and the States, so I got to see everything with fresh eyes. We visited 9 states during the two-week road trip, which I would probably rank among the top 3 best trips of my life 🙂 

March: Paris and Oslo

At the beginning of March my boyfriend flew in to visit me in Copenhagen and we decided to do two weekend trips. One to Paris and one to Oslo.

Paris

It was my third time visiting Paris and to be honest I was never the biggest fan of the city. I never fully "got it". I think it has so many beautiful parks, streets, and buildings, but the atmosphere just isn't appealing to me.
It was Jake's first time in Paris, so we spend the weekend walking around the entire city, seeing the main highlights, and eating at nice restaurants.

Oslo

The following weekend we made an impulsive decision and went on a 2-day cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. I wrote a post about the cruise and our time in Oslo, that you can read here.

It was my first time in Oslo and I fell in love with the city. With the cruise, you only spend half a day in the city, but it was just enough time to walk around the streets and look at all the beautiful old buildings. 

April: Fanø Island

In April my parents took me to the small Danish island called Fanø. My mother's side of the family is originally from the island, but since our last close relative passed away before I was born, this was my first time visiting. 
We decided to go because my mother got in contact with some distant family that invited us to come and see the place.

It's probably not a place many people know about (especially if you're not from Denmark), but I really recommend that everyone spend a few days visiting Fanø if you are travelling in Denmark. It has some really unique buildings and nature - just take a look at the sandstorm in my video below. 🙂

May: Miami and the Caribbean

In May I went on the most exotic trip of my life. I booked a flight to Miami where I spent a day hanging out with a friend that lives nearby and exploring the city. 
It was my second time in Miami in 2017, and while the first one in January was amazing and had very comfortable temperatures, the weather in May was simply too hot for me coming from cold Denmark. 🙂 
We spent the day visiting Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Everglades, which were such a cool and different experience.

The following day Jake and I departed on an 11-day cruise of six Caribbean Islands. We visited the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had some incredible experiences snorkelling with sea turtles and manta rays, explored a beautiful limestone cave, and swam in the bluest water while planes were flying right over our heads.

I was very sceptical before going on the cruise, as I had never seen myself as a cruise person and I normally like more adventures trips and spending more than a few hours at each place. But I did have an amazing time and I would definitely do a cruise again. 

August: Lake Geneva, London and Scotland Road Trip

In August I took some time off work and took 3 individual trips.

Lake Geneva

The first trip of the month was a long weekend to Geneva where I went to visit two friends that live in Rolle about an hour from Geneva.
We spent the weekend driving around the lake and I was blown away by the incredible nature they have in Switzerland. 

London

Later the same month Jake and I took an impulsive trip to London. It all happened because he missed a flight from France, which meant he couldn't make it to Copenhagen before the following week (very stressful day!).

It was Jakes first time and London and I was really excited to show him all my favourite places.
London is, without doubt, my favourite city and since I've visited more than 10 times and lived there for a year, I will put it one of my top priorities in 2018 to make a post about London, so I can share it with all of you. 🙂

Scotland Road Trip

The last week of August my parents and brother joined me for a road trip around Scotland, starting and ending in Edinburgh. I was very pleasantly surprised by both Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

I will definitely get around to make a post about this trip too.

September: Rochester, New York City and Toronto

In September I was lucky enough to go back to the States as I got a scholarship to study 3 weeks at Rochester Institute of Technology when I graduated from my own university in June. 
I was very excited to get a short taste of the American college life, as the universities in Denmark are very different. 
Just seeing the huge campus which had everything from their own hockey rink, swimming pool, and gym to a ton of different restaurants was incredible to me. 🙂

I spent the weekends revisiting my friend in Toronto, New York City, Niagara Falls and Jake's parents in Buffalo. 

October and November: Leicester

While I was in the States Jake moved to Leicester, UK and started studying at the University of Leicester. So in October and November, I spent a few weekends in one of the last cities in the UK I would have expected to travel too.

It has been fun seeing another side of the UK after spending so much time in London and I am excited to go back in 2018 and hopefully get time to visit even more Britsh cities. 

2017 in review

When I look back at all these trips I can't help but feel blessed. In 2016 I had never been to North America and this year I travelled there 3 times!
People are always commenting on how much I travel and how I do this with a full-time job, but since I'm always looking forward to and planning the next trip, I don't have much time to stop and appreciate just how much I have experienced.

I hope you all have had a great year and are determined to make 2018 even better.

Happy New Year!

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The capital of Greece is a beautiful city with so much to do and see.
I've put together a few of my favourite pictures for you and hopefully, they will inspire you to visit Athens - cause it's worth the trip.

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The Iconic Acropolis

Acropolis is a must see when visiting Athens and to many people the main attraction of the city.
It consists of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance and is located at the top of a hill, so you will also have an amazing view of the entire city.
Try going early in the morning, as it does get pretty crowded during the day.

 
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Acropolis seen from the city

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The Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium was home to the first ever modern Olympics held in 1896 and is still occasionally used for different sports today.
Make sure to walk all the way to the top, to get this pretty amazing view.

 
 
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The Caryatids at Acropolis

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The Theatre of Dionysus at Acropolis

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Palm trees at The National Athens Garden

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The Ancient Agora

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Athens From the Top

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The Ancient Agora

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment 🙂

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