Arriving in New Orleans – Beignets, Cocktails and Jazz on Frenchman Street

We had just arrived in NYC and it was already time for us to pack our bags and head to our next adventure…

Which was all fine by me as we were heading to New Orleans with the firm intention to try all the Creole & Cajun food, drink the best cocktails the city had to offer and listen to the best jazz concerts. Which is pretty much exactly what we did!

We jumped off the plane and onto a bus, and off to Café du Monde we went! Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Café du MondeCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Café du MondeCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Café du MondeEveryone raves about it and I can definitely see why! There isn’t any place better for beignets and café au lait!Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansAfter dusting the sugar off our clothes, we carried on our way to explore more of the city.Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansPassing by hundred of houses, each as stunning as the next.  new-orleans-18Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | St Louis CathedralStopping by Jackson Square to take a look at St Louis Cathedral…Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | St Louis CathedralDoesn’t it look like something straight out of a fairytale? Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansThe same goes for pretty much every balcony…Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansAnd the art galleries are not bad either!Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Bourbon StreetHaving wandered for a little while, we made our way to Bourbon Street, which is the centre of New Orleans’ nightlife. Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Lafitte barCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Lafitte barCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Lafitte barBoozy nightlife, that is. It would just have been rude not to, wouldn’t it?Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Burgundy StreetCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Frenchman StreetBefore staggering (those cocktails are STRONG!) to a night of jazz on Frenchman Street… Not a bad day, New Orleans, not a bad day!

Arriving in New Orleans – Beignets, Cocktails and Jazz on Frenchman Street

NYC Day 1 – Midtown Manhattan & its iconic skyline

Manhattan’s skyline is one of New York City’s most iconic features and was probably one of the things I was most excited about when we started planning our trip.

New York is often presented as a city of skyscrapers, and I can’t really say my experience changed this impression. It truly is all about the heights! So much so that after my first day there, my neck ached from looking up so much!

Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineBut when there are so many cute details to see, you don’t really have much of a choice do you?Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineThe iconic Flatiron building is one of my personal favourites. Despite it being triangular, it seems flat due to skewed perspective. Pretty mouldings + optical illusion, how could I not be in love? Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineMetal and glass giants everywhere…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnd some smaller, older buildings that are just as fascinating!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineYou know what else is everywhere? Flags!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineFrom time to time, you’ll find one of those perfect spots where you can admire both & new mixing up together. No matter what city I’m in, I always find those juxtapositions fascinating. Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineMore flags (and some eye-shapped windows…)Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineThe iconic Empire State building (aka tourist hell)… I must say I’m not sure I get what the fuss is all about. Yes, it is a very tall building, but there’s really not much that’s so special about it, is there?Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnother passion of mine: reflections! I could stand there for hours watching stuff reflect in those bright, shiny buildings!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineGrand Central Terminal looking rather nice both from the outside…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnd from the inside!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineBut my favourite of them all has to be the Chrystler building, with its elegant Art Deco roof!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineA bit of a shame we were not hungry while walking through Koreatown… I would have loved to try the dumplings those two lovely ladies were making!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAfter a day of walking, we took a well deserved break on the roof of 230 Fifth, which prooved itself to be an ideal observation deck to admire the sun setting on that skyline we had been looking up at all day!
Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineThe Empire State doing its illuminated trick (a bit of a shame I didn’t have my camera the day of Pride Parade, as it was all rainbow-like!)
Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineDiamonds are a girl’s best friend… and I’ll take mine in the form of buildings, thank you very much!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnd last but not least, the Chrystler building at its very best… My friend says it’s every New-Yorker’s favourite building, and once you’ve seen it at sunset,  I suppose there’s no way back.

Do you like skyscrapers? Which one is your favourite? 

NYC Day 1 – Midtown Manhattan & its iconic skyline

NYC Day 1 – East Village

Our first day in New York was quite a benchmark of how much we were going to walk during that whole American trip. Google maps might say 6.5 miles, but with all the zig-zaging, it was actually closer to 10…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageOn our first day, we decided to go explore the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the (unspoken) objective of finding my dream house (with one of those lovely fire-escape staircases, of course!).Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageDoesn’t that one look stunning? Who wants to move in with me?Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageThe red bricks are so caracteristic of this part of the city. Red, red, red everywhere! Not that I mind it at all! It is a major part of the atmosphere in this part of the city and gives it this homely feeling that made me want to move in almost instantly!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageWe took a little break in the shade of Tompkins Square Park, together with many local schoolkids and dog owners (there’s a bone-shapped pool for dogs in the park! How cool is that?)Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageSouth of the park, it was all about street art and I might have fell in love with a few pieces…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East Village(yes I know I’ve already shown you that picture, but it might well be my favourite of this entire trip!)Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageEn route, we stopped for a bit of shopping (who wouldn’t?)…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageAnd seriously considered a glass of wine for added wisdom…Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYC… before heading to Katz’s for a (big) bit of lunch!

With very full stomach, we decided to head North to get up-close with New York’s iconic skyline… But more on that tomorrow!

NYC Day 1 – East Village

Barcelona Day 3 | Photo Diary | Palau Güell, Park Güell & La Boqueria again!

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Aaaaand that was unfortunately the end of our trip to sunny Spain (I had everything crossed in the plane but it didn’t prevent London from being cold and wind-ey when we landed…)!

Barcelona Day 3 | Photo Diary | Palau Güell, Park Güell & La Boqueria again!

Typographia | Shopping | Barcelona

I don’t usually write reviews of stores here. But I had such a crush on Typographia (both the space and the Tshirts!) that I had to share it! Also because it might just be the solution to one of the major problems in my life: what present to give to all my male friends?!Cake + Whisky | Barcelona shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | Typographia

What: Brilliant graphic T-Shirts for all the men in your life! + the only tourist T-Shirt you can actually wear in real life without looking like those guys

How much: 18.5€ each

Where: Typographia, Carrer de la Mare de Deu del Coll, 2, Barcelona (closest station: Lesseps). And they ship to Europe and beyond via their website!

Typographia | Shopping | Barcelona

Barcelona Day 2 | Photo Dairy | Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, La Monumental…

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Barcelona Day 2 | Photo Dairy | Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, La Monumental…

Barcelona Day 1 | Ciutat Vella, La Barceloneta, the best ice cream and ALL the tapas!!

After all the tapas-sampling and general face-stuffing at the Boqueria market, a little stroll accross the city was more than welcome. For digestive purposes, obviously. But we might have stumbled upon a few more foodie gems while wandering in the Old Townsndguerin-barcelona-day-1-1Palm trees are everywhere in Barcelona: it multiplies the “holiday feeling” by about 100 and made me oh so happy! sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-13The same also applies to orange trees…sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-8sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-3It was the middle of the afternoon (aka siesta time!), so it felt a bit like walking in a ghosts’ city… only a very specific kind, full of old stones, amazing (mainly gothic) buildings and green little courtyards! sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-4sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-5sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-7sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-2I especially loved the area around Barcelona Cathedral. Look at how beautiful the cathedral itself is, it’s quite impossible not to fall in love! Unfortunately, we couldn’t get inside as there was a wedding that day, so we headed to the Arc de Triomf and more palm trees instead, before plunging back into Barcelona’s small streets!sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-14sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-15A little close-up for you to truly appreciate the beauty of it! sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-16sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-19sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-20Wish I could have brought one of those street lamps home! sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-9Another highlight was the former El Born market, which is now home to several exibitions on Barcelona’s story. sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-12sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-10sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-11Perfect mix of old (the foundations of the former market building) and new (industrial design 😍), Barcelona, you sure know how to reach my heart! sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-18sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-17Wonderful windows and colourful street art never hurts either! But Barcelona’s true hidden gem? Viokosndguerin-vioko-barcelona-4sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-2sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-5As usual, the most difficult part was to choose a reasonable number of flavours to taste! sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-3Oh, and not getting tempted by the macaroons was quite a challenge as well! sndguerin-vioko-barcelonaIn the end, we settled for Tùron (chocolate & hazelnut, really not my thing but my boyfriend loved it!), Mojito (very fresh and mint-ey, would work wonder in the summer!), Grapefruit & jasmine (so fresh and fragrant!) and Creme Catalana (a must-order! I was a bit scared it might be a tourist trap, but it ended up being my favourite of the lot!). sndguerin-shopping-happy-pills-barcelonaEn route, we also stopped inside the most adorable sweets’ shop I’ve ever seen (and trust me, I’ve visited A LOT of those!). Happy pills is somewhat of a cross between a pharmacie (white walls, prescription bottles…) and a candy shop (ALL the candy!). You just have to fill your little bottles with your favourite sweets, pick a label to put at the front and tadaaaaah, you suddently have magic candy that would make about anything in your life just a little better (yes, even if your fave football team loses their big game!). A brilliant idea really, and it would make for terrific gifts too, wouldn’t it?!

After a little siesta, we were in mood to get in with the locals, so we headed to the tapas joint recommended by our Airbnb hosts: Jai-Ca, a tapas bar loved by locals and visitors alike! (sorry for the drop in picture quality btw, but Barcelona simply isn’t as blogger-ready as London when it comes to food pics… so if you want to be treated like a local, you better act like one!)sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapasOnce again, it’s a bit of a dare-or-die sort of place, so do face your fears and fight off the crowd to get seats, and don’t be afraid of flagging waiters whenever you’re ready to order! And whatever happens, do get a platefull of Patatas Jai-Ca! Hands down the best bravas I’ve had in Barcelona!sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapas-bravasWhen you’re at it, you should also order my favourite: Chipirones! They are deep-fried baby squid, but if you don’t tell your date, I’m giving you my words they’ll never guess it!! sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapas-chipironnesThrow in some Buttifara (sausage with white beans), a couple of plates of Padron Peppers and maybe some croquetas and you should end up very full indeed! sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapas-buttafaraFinish things off with a Caffé con Leche… and maybe one or two cheeky chipitos?sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-coffeeThe best thing about Jai-Ca though? There’s no need to worry about the bill: somehow, it always end up being lower than you expected it to be (we payed about 30€ for two with drinks). Delicious food, cracking atmosphere, lovely staff and CHEAP? I have just one word: GO!!

Addresses:

Vioko, Passeig Don Joan Borbó Comte Barcelona, 55, 08003 Barcelona

Happy Pills, Carrer dels Arcs, 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Jai-Ca, Carrer de Ginebra, 13, 08003 Barcelona

Barcelona Day 1 | Ciutat Vella, La Barceloneta, the best ice cream and ALL the tapas!!