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As Seen In Grazia: Venice, Berlin And Melbourne

December 8, 2015

 

If you follow me on Instagram, or better yet, know me IRL, you’ll know that I write a
regular travel page for Grazia. I realised I don’t share any of my published
work enough on here, and have in fact never
shared one of my Grazia pages, so here goes nothing… (expect more of these!)
48 hours in…Venice
The
city of canals, piazzas, and…pizza, now is the perfect time to think about a
trip to Venice, well before the height of summer when you can’t move for
tourists. You could happily (and easily) spend 48 hours here just roaming
aimlessly, getting lost along the infinite canals, and stopping for a cappuccini or a slice of the good stuff
as you wish. Don’t miss Piazza San Marco—the
city’s main square— to admire Basilica
San Marco
up close, but we’d say skip the sure-to-be giant queue to go in,
instead continuing over to Campo Santa
Margherit
a, where a Campari Soda is calling. Art lovers and culture worms
should visit the Guggenheim Museum,
which features the likes of Picasso, Kandinsky, and Pollock. For a hotel with
serious X-factor, stay at JW Marriott
Venice
— a glamorous hotel on its own island, complete with a striking
infinity pool, spa and 4 restaurants. For something more modest, we recommend DD724, a contemporary gem tucked away
from the tourists down a sidestreet. A black and grey colour palette plays against
satsuma-hued highlights, and sleek wood furnishings feature in plush, comfy
guestrooms.
72 hours in…Berlin
Check
into 25 Hours Bikini Berlin, a
kitsch, contemporary hotel, that overlooks Berlin Zoo and runs with an “urban
jungle” concept. Rooms are light and airy thanks to the floor-to-ceiling
windows, have warm, colourful soft furnishings, and make good use of natural
materials. They’ve got an eclectic Scandi feel to them— in fact, look much like
the best pages of an Ikea catalogue. Get lunch at Markthalle IX, a bustling market hall full of organic food stalls,
before browsing the rails at Voo Store, a
stylish concept store where you can pick up wares from Marques’ Almeida, Wood
Wood and Sonia Rykiel to name a few. Later, it has to be wurst for dinner. You won’t struggle to find them, but Curry 36 is a favoured spot with
locals.  You can’t go to Berlin
and not experience the nightlife.
Roam around the infinite number of trendy bars, all with impossibly-cool crowds
to match (try Möbel Olfe and Paloma Bar), and later, if you’re
hitting it hard, head to Panorama Bar—what’s
known worldwide to be a notoriously good time. Maybe plan for a chilled one the
next day…
Never coming home from…Melbourne
Just
as we dust off our shearling coats, over in Melbourne, locals are shopping
around for new bikinis and sunnies as it comes into glorious summer time over
there. We say join them. It’s a long flight but it’s worth it. For a totally
unique experience, stay in one of the bell tents atop St Jerome’s Hotel — it’s glamping but with all the conveniences
of a hotel! Head out to Loop, a rooftop
bar for a sundowner, then to Chinatown
for BYO dumplings. Later, drop shapes at Mr
McClelland’s Finishing School
over in Carlton. Wake up bright and breezy
for restorative Bloody Marys and brunch at Pope
Joan
in Brunswick East. Peruse local designers at Rose St Market, soak up the sun in Carlton Gardens and admire the Exhibition Building. Wander along
the Yarra river to the Arbory, where
you’ll find Espresso Martinis on tap. Come morning, it’s trainers on and time
to take lap around The Tan (Lulemon leggings compulsory) then grab a
well-earner Vietnamese iced coffee at Jardin
Tan
. Don’t miss the penguins at St
Kilda
, nor the now cult ‘donutella’ at Market
Lane Coffee
.
 
This copy was originally written for and published in Grazia. BIG shout out to my sister who lives in Melbourne and was my eyes on the ground for that entry.  

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