The Ladybug’s Vintage Tour of Germany Continues: Next Stop, Frankfurt!

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It looks like Germany is my second home so far this year! Munich, Berlin and now a little tour of Frankfurt!

But this lovely weekend was a bit different: one of my best friends lives there and I realized that the last time I went to see her there was when she moved… ten years ago!

Many things have changed since then and not only in our lives! Frankfurt itself is a different town: there is a lot to do, a lot of young people and plenty of nice places for brunch, coffee, tea or a lovely meal out. The weather was a bit cloudy, but as it didn’t rain, a lot of people were hanging out as Carmen and I enjoyed a good shopping session between our much more enjoyed busy and long chats!

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As for vintage I must say that Frankfurt is not really a vintage town: there are a few shops, but most of them are thrift stores. Now don’t get me wrong, you can still find some great bargains, like we did.

Epiphany is, for sure, my favorite shop in town: we spent a couple of hours inside the shop and we fell in love with the beautiful collection of designer, high street and even vintage pieces (shoes are to-die-for… consider yourself warned!) and we came out with a big bag full of second-hand and vintage pieces! Surprisingly; the prices are really affordable, I would dare say cheap in many cases, even for designers’ pieces. I was very proud of our finds, especially this pair of amazing late ’60s yellow Escada shoes! Carmen also stepped out with the beautiful coat that she’s wearing in the picture… not bad for our thrift shopping session!

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Secondelle is another lovely shop, but when we arrived it was closed and we could only admire the windows- full of Chanel bags and Louboutin… our credit cards were safe! For charity shop lovers, Oxfam has a couple of interesting shops in town too, one having only books, music and DVDs.

If you want to have a good brunch, you can head to the lovely and cozy Nordlicht where I took this picture. You could also take a trip to the Italian spot, Little Italy, that has a huge and tasty buffet. And for a lovely aperitif I may suggest Iimori, a delicious Japanese restaurant with a French touch that really deserves a visit! Speaking of French, La Maison du Pain is perfect for a French lunch or dinner or should I say a few fine desserts!

In these pictures I wore a Max&Co coat, Zara bow shirt, Peter Pilotto for Target skirt, Tosca Blu ankle boots, Miu Miu bag and a wonderful handmade wool turban from the amazing Madame Ilary!

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The Ladybug and Her Berlin Liebesgeschichte!

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In my last post I told you about my long experience in Munich and about how great it was to live it… even if just for the weekends! And although I really enjoyed my time in Bavaria, my colleague and I decided to fly to Berlin for a little weekend since neither of us had been there before and we were both very curious.

It was a windy, freezing and quite snowy weekend, but this this didn’t prevent us from enjoying this amazing town!

I know, you are thinking that I was in vintage paradise, and I was indeed, but I will leave this part for the next post… today I just want to talk about Berlin!

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It was such a special weekend: we walked a lot and tried to enjoy as many things as we could: from our first stop at Brandenburg Gate, to a long walk to see the famous Victory Column, Potsdamer Platz, a guided tour through the German Parliament (the Bundestag), the touristic Checkpoint Charlie, a long walk along the Eastside Gallery (enjoying the street art in the longest part remaining from the Wall), the Jewish Memorial, the Fernsehturm and the beautiful Cathedral- our day was quite busy. We just had a quick stop in a lovely Thai and Vietnamese restaurant near Checkpoint Charlie to recharge the batteries and warm our cold feet before going back to our busy tour! As you can imagine, we didn’t enjoy the Berlin’s night as much as we intended to! (if I’m not wrong, we fell dead in our bed at 9:30pm!)

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But the atmosphere of this sad yet modern and vital town is incredible and I didn’t believe it until I visited it myself! There is this space for the past, to remember, to keep the memory alive that contrasts often with the modernity and of the future towards which the city is going.

Walking along the wall was also a sad experience: although the street art is amazing (Bansky and other great street artist have made their artistic home all around the town), it is impossible not to think of how life was until just 25 years ago.

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These are my favorites of the pics I took there to share with you.

On my first day I wore my inseparable Woolrich parka and Ugg boots, Acne Studios jeans, Dixie beige sweater, Max& Co bag and Madame Ilary handmade black turban.

More about Berlin and our vintage tour next time!

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The Ladybug’s Tips on How to Enjoy (and Survive) 3 Weeks in Munich!

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Let’s be honest; traveling is amazing, but when you do it for work and it happens in January in the freezing and snowy Munich winter- it’s perceived to become a hard to survive three weeks!

But believe or not, I not only survived, but I thrived! Apart from vintage shopping, here are my tips to enjoy the beautiful Bavarian town, which has a lot more to offer than you think!

1. Be Bavarian! Bavarians are really proud people: they call themselves Bavarians and then Germans, but as it is hard for us foreigners to understand the story and the reasons, so for the most part, we settle for enjoying the fun and touristic part of it. First of all the food: a typical Bavarian dinner (and beer) in one of the many excellent restaurants in town (we had more than one… dinner and beer!) is a very good start! It’s better to pick the restaurants that locals advise (we loved Hofbräukeller) over those you’d find in guides: food is excellent and the ambiance less touristic. Speaking of food, don’t forget to order the famous Kaiserschmarrn (even better if you try it at Georgenhof) one of the best desserts I’ve ever tried! If you want to go further, head to the incredible shop Holareidulijö where you can try amazing handmade typical Bavarian costumes and understand how they look good on you and on your curves!

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2. Be International (at least when you eat!): Surprisingly, Munich has a lot of international restaurants, definitely more than Milan! We ate Turkish, Persian, Thai, Israeli, Korean, Japanese, Indian and we could have done a lot more if we had the time! But the best surprise was the Afghan cuisine: Chopan was one of the best ethnic restaurants I’ve ever tried and really loved from the Afghan community in Munich- not to mention its very cool ambiance. We also tried the famous vegetarian restaurant, Prinz Myshkin, were you can eat a delicious Tofu à la Stroganoff!

3. Visit the Museums! During the freezing snowy days one of our best activities was visiting the museums: Munich offers a great art and cultural panorama and you will be surprised of the hidden treasures that you can find. The three Pinakothek (the old “Alte”, the New “Neue” and the Modern “Moderne”) not far from one another can be really surprising… and they are just 1 euro on Sundays. You can find Van Gogh (the famous “Sunflowers”) to Klimt, Gauguin and Picasso- plus a huge quantity of paintings from the XV century to modern art and great contemporary exhibitions to feel extremely satisfied!

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4. Go the Opera! The Bayerische Staatsoper is one of the most famous and popular places in Munich. This beautiful place is, for sure, an unique experience that you must live. When we were there, we were invited by our colleagues to see the ballet Romeo and Juliet and we not only enjoyed the piece, but also the German experience. What I loved most was the long break where you could have drinks and sip your wine while admiring the incredible interior and the lovely women wearing their typical costumes in a very modern way (for example with a simple white shirt!). (I wore Marks and Spencer white shirt, Benetton white cardi, Imperial culottes, Tosca Blu ankle boots, Max&Co bag, Miu Miu frames and Rodedal earrings)

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5. Leave it for a weekend! But this will be in my next post… stay tuned!