Thursday, 3 July 2014

Denmark: All the pretty castles


Before I went I had absolutely no idea how wonderful Denmark is. Not just Copenhagen, where I could easily see myself emigrating, but also the countryside, filled with cottages offering their inhabitants the highest possible quality of life and some of the most impressive castles I've ever seen. While in Denmark we took a day from shopping and playing tourists in Copenhagen and visited the magnificent danish countryside where I had one of the most fruitful days exploring castle after castle. Below you'll find some snapshots from the royal Fredensborg Palace, Hamlet's castle in Helsingor and Frederiksborg Slot with its breathtaking gardens as well as Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen during the change of the guard.

For a day on the move I went for the cutest Monki sneakers, and ripped boyfriend jeans - kept me comfy all day!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Stockholm: Old town bound


My favourite place of all during my trip up north was Stockholm's picturesque old town, Gamla Stan, with the narrow cobblestone streets and colourful old buildings, taking up an entire island and waiting to be explored. So many traditional restaurants, cute tea places and lots of historical sites. It was breezy on the day so I wore a denim shirt with my Peter Pilotto x Target printed sweatshirt from the recent capsule. Soon to be sporting bikinis and sundresses from the same collection on my Croatian yacht week trip the following week - so excited!  

Monday, 16 June 2014

Stockholm streetstyle


A few photos from my recent visit to Stockholm, where I spent my 24th birthday exploring one of the greatest ever cities! Find below a couple snapshots from the city and Skansen open-air museum (more on my instagram). 

P.S. Addicted to printed sweatshirts, find some suggestions at the end of this post! 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Malmo day tripping


During my travels in Northern Europe this past month (many photos from Stockholm and Denmark coming soon!) and while I was staying in Copenhagen we decided to take a day to cross over the swedish border and visit Malmö, a cute little town which offered lots of shopping opportunities. I had the best time strolling the picturesque cobblestone streets and phasing out in Kungsparken watching people canoe their way around me. Most importantly, I was ecstatic to finally find the sheepskin rug of my dreams (so good I didn't think twice about carrying it all the way back!)

For a day around Malmö I wore my favourite item from the recent H&M Conscious Exclusive collection, the white embroidered jacket (most of the collection is still available on ebay), AG bootcut jeans, Aesthet silk pink top and my new Maxwell Scott handbag, which kept me company all throughout my travels! 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Stockholm-Copenhagen instagram diary


A small Instagram diary from my trip to Sweden and Denmark in May, one of the fullest and most enjoyable trips I've ever taken! If you still don't follow me on Instagram you can do so here or by searching for my username, @athinavalyraki! More photos and outfit posts from my trip coming up soon.. In the meantime, hope you enjoy these snapshots!

1. My beautiful room at Nobis hotel, Stockholm.
2. Berzelii park 
3. Beef tartare for lunch at Bistro Berns
4. View from my room at Nobis hotel


5. Mouthwatering desserts at Cafe Petissan
6. Fairytale setting at Skansen open-air Museum
7. Geometrical flower arrangements at Skansen
8. Coffee break at Cafe Petissan


9. Early mornings at Nobis Hotel
10. The incredible industrial decor at Oaxen Krog
11. Duck and buttery asparagus for dinner at Oaxen Krog
12. Rainy evening in Stockholm


13. Springtime in Stockholm
14. A heavenly candy corner at Grona Lund
15. Swedish snack time (aka fika)
16. Nordic Viking Lines during a cruise through the canals of Stockholm 


17. Princessy atrium inside Nobis hotel
18. Leather cut out jacket decorating Acne store windows
19. View of Stockholm's port
20. Colourful homes in the old city, Gamla Stan


21. White and beige tones at Acne store
22. Selfie before heading out to dinner
23. At Skansen Aquarium
24. Visiting Nordic museum in Stockholm


25. Ericsson Globe Skyview 
26. Top of the globe at Ericsson Skyview enjoying the most far-reaching view of Stockholm
27. Inside Stockholm Town Hall, the most magnificent building in the city
28. Swedish fika time at Sturrekaten 


29. Passing by the beautiful Arms Museum
30. Quite dinner at Pontus! 
31. After my birthday dinner at Operakallaren
32. The Diplomat


33. Radhuset, breathtaking subway station in Stockholm
34. Looking at the wind turbines, in the sea outside Copenhagen
35. Coffee time at Axel Hotel Guldsmeden in Copenhagen
36. Afternoon tea at Chaikhana Teahouse


37. More from picturesque Gamla Stan
38. The famous little mermaid off the coast of Denmark
39. Out and about in Denmark, posing outside a candy-coloured building 
40. The most delicious four-course fish menu at Restaurant Koefoed


41. Coffee time at Axel Hotel Guldsmeden - love this gigantic chair!
42. Nyhavn, the most infamous little harbor.
43. At Hamlet's castle in Helsingor, in the Danish countryside
44. One organic apple a day...


45. Feeling like a little kid outside Nimb at Tivoli Gardens
46. Sprinkled Ben&Jerry's Baked Alaska between rides at Tivoli Gardens  
47. Delicious dinner at Nimb Brasserie
48. The entrance to my favourite ride at Tivoli Gardens, the Demon!


49. Frederiksborg Slot, my future home - I wish!
50. 100% organic and delicious breakfast at Hotel Axel Guldsmeden
51. Having a warm cup of coffee on my little balcony at Axel
52. Never ending bed of daisies in the danish countryside 


53. Organic sandwich and salad lunch before hitting the streets
54. Observing the change of the guard at Amalienborg 
55. A statue of Hans Christian Andersen, looking at Tivoli Gardens across the street. 
56. Spending a day at the Swedish town of Malmo


57. Making a stop at Fredensborg Slot
58. Kungsparen at Malmo, Sweden
59. Looking out the window on the train to the little Swedish town of Malmo, across the border from Denmark
60. Ready to take a boat cruise around the canals of Copenhagen

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