27 October 2014

parco stibbert | florence

Parco Stibbert Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Just a few photos from yet another lovely park in Florence. I still can't believe that I once thought this city had absolutely no parks. I keep discovering new ones. 

Parco Stibbert belongs to the Museum Stibbert and it is located right next to another lovely park,  Villa Fabbricotti which also has a nice playground for children. 

I like how Parco Stibbert is a bit more wild compared to other parks. There is a little lake and even an Egypt temple. You can read more about Mr. Stibbert and the history of the park on the museum's website.
Via Federigo Stibbert 26 www.museostibbert.it

Parco Stibbert Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Parco Stibbert Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Parco Stibbert Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Parco Stibbert Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Parco Stibbert Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

25 October 2014

frederiksberg | copenhagen

Frederiksberg © Birgitte Brøndsted

Frederiksberg is an area of Copenhagen where I have been spending more and more time during my last visits. It's a more residential area of Copenhagen and it's full of great cafes and shops.

The main reason why I have been coming here has been the beautiful park Frederiksberg Have and the charming Cafe Funder which are located here, but there is a lot more to come for.

During summer time you can spend your Saturday morning at the local flea market, there is an indoor swimming pool located in Frederiksberg and if you need a hair dresser you can pay a visit to my childhood friend, Susanne, who I can absolutely recommend.

Last but not least Frederiksberg is home to Copenhagen Zoo which I strongly recommend if you have children.

Frederiksberg is right next to another very nice - although a bit more urban - area of Copenhagen, Vesterbro, which you may just as well visit once you are here.

20 October 2014

værnedamsvej | copenhagen

As fall and winter are coming closer let's jump back a few months to an amazing summer in Copenhagen. These 8 photos from my Instagram account are from a very special street in the area of Copenhagen called Vesterbro

The name of the street is Værnedamsvej also known as the Little Paris of Copenhagen. French cafes, a French school, cozy bookstores, flower shops, delicatessen and gorgeous facades. You find this and much more in this little street which is a must see when you visit Copenhagen. 

Værnedamsvej Vesterbro Copenhagen © Birgitte Brøndsted

Værnedamsvej Vesterbro Copenhagen © Birgitte Brøndsted

17 October 2014

gustapanino | florence

Gustapanino Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

As impossible as it may sound I had never been to Gustapanino until two weeks ago. I have walked by the place hundreds of times and I have been to Gusta's pizza place, Gustapizza, which is just around the corner, but the sandwich part of the Gusta empire was still to be tried.

If you are an expat like me you know that a great occasion to try new places is when you have friends or family coming to visit you from home and since my parents were here I decided it was time to try a new place for a light lunch. 

There are three absolute great things about Gustapanino. Actually there are more now that I think about it. Let me see: 

1) The specialty of the place is panini (sandwiches) but if you want a real meal you can also choose between a couple of pasta dishes and salads. 

2) Even if you choose to just go for an sandwich you can sit down and order at the table. It's like a restaurant but with sandwiches. This is a rare thing in Florence! 

3) The location: Gustapanino is in the charming Piazza Santo Spirito and you can sit in the middle of the piazza and enjoy your lunch. 

4) The sandwiches. They are really delicious. You can choose between focaccia bread and piadina (a kind of flat bread). There are all kinds of variations and you can even make changes to them if there is something you don't want. 

5) Prices are absolutely reasonable. You pay a bit more if you have your sandwich at the restaurant instead of takeaway which only seems fair. 

6) Service is super friendly and the food arrives fast. 

The perfect place for a quick and light lunch in Florence. 

Via de' Michelozzi 13. T. +39 3339202673

Gustapanino Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Gustapanino Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

14 October 2014

berberè | florence

Berberè Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

As a single mum with a little girl who has to wake up early and go to kindergarten it is less than rare that I go out for dinner. I prefer to have my restaurant meals for lunch.

An exception was made last week where I finally got to try a new place in Florence. My parents have been visiting and the last night before my dad had to return to Copenhagen we decided to try something new.

We ended up having gourmet pizzas at the newly opened Berberè in Oltrarno. It was a real joy. The menu contained some pretty special pizzas and they tasted deliciously. I went for one of the veggie pizzas with potatoes, spinach, olives, parmesan and fior di latte. Yummy.

The pizzas are a bit more expensive than the average pizza but I think it's justified since you really don't find anything like this in other places. Everything is organic and the menu changes according to the season.

Berberè is also specialized in beer and we did indeed try a pretty special and almost fruity beer.

Service was great and the best thing: The decor is absolutely stunning. Look for yourself below.

Piazza de' Nerli 1. T. +39 055 2382946 www.berberepizza.it

Berberè Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Berberè Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Berberè Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted