Unforgettable Birthday at Como Lake and Milano

This year for my 30th Birthday I decided to do something very special so I got together my best friends from all over Europe and we went to Como Lake in Italy. We started from the city of fashion and style- Milano. There my friend Laura took us to a place with a traditional aperitif, which basically means having a cocktail and you get food for free. We went to a very nice place- Terrazza 12 with amazing view on the cathedral and the city. The drinks are quite pricy-12e but the view is worth it.

Apritif at Terazza 12

At Terassa 12

Aperitif in heaven

After that we went for a party in Just Cavali. The entrance is expensive its 30e but if you put your name on the list you will pay 20e and one drink is included. The cocktails are 10e and don’t order Mojito (they put more ice than alcohol) so I would recommend either smuggle in some small bottle in your bag or crash a private party;) as we did. You should definitely try the famous cocktail from Milano with ginger. The music is commercial and the place is full of models and designers but it’s definitely a great atmosphere and the club is outdoor, which is great cause you don’t sweat and you don’t stink of cigarettes as normally in clubs.

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Magical Place- Como Lake

After Milano we finally hit the road and we went to the lake of Como, which is only over one hour ride from Milano. Our destination was Menaggio. We rented airbnb for 180e for two days for five people. The apartment was amazing, we had a terrace with the view on the lake where we had the morning coffee. Thanks to my very creative friend Kasia who managed to find wood we even made the fire in the fire place. The evenings were quite chilly so with the glass of wine it was really perfect.

Kasia collecting wood

I want to make fire and I will make fire!

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view from our balcony

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On our first day we went to see Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina. The villa was built in 18th century and its surrounded by magical garden with steps, fountains and sculptures. We spent there over three hours just admiring the gardens and the views

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Our next stop was lunch at the lake at Ristorante Azalea, where we had delicious risotto and pasta. For my Birthday the girls surprised me with amazing speed boat tour around the Lake. (It seems like a tradition now I am celebrating my birthday on a boat;). We were admiring beautiful villas of Versace, Guinness and many others. We finally got to Bellagio, another beautiful village at the lake, where we did a quick shopping and tried some Italian ice cream.

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Villa Del Balbianello

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At the end of the day we went to try some wine and cheese and the Wine Bar- Cantina Follie in Tremezzo. It is quite well hidden so you need to climb some stairs before you get there. The place is adorable, they have thousands sorts of wine to choose from and you can order plate of wine and cheese for as many people as you want and 3 or 4 or 5 glassed of wine to taste. The atmosphere is really nice and the service is excellent, our waiter Matteo was very helpful and patient with all our requests. We even got a special discount for the Birthday. It is definitely a place where I would come back one day.

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with Mattero our waiter and the owner(from Holland)

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Coffee with George

You can not go to Como Lake and not go to see George Clooney Villa. So on our last day we decided to surprise him and have a nesspresso. Unfortunately when we got to the Villa- Oleandra he was not there so we took some pictures of the villa and hit the road to have our last lunch in Cernobbio with another amazing view on the lake. And finally we all got our planes to go back to our homes (well some people liked it so much that they almost lost their plane;)

Kasia calling George

Nespresso -Nescafe potatoe potato;)

Goerge's Villa

Goerge’s Villa

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I would highly recommend Como Lake to anyone who likes nature, the views are amazing, people are very friendly and food and wine is delicious. There are some places that I visited and I would say they are very beautiful but I have seen them once and its enough but not with Como Lake. This is a place where I would come back many times in my life. So if you have not been there book your flight, pack your bag and go to Como, you wont’ regret.And if you want to go there to celebrate your birthday even better. For me it was the best Birthday I could ever imagine!

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London I missed you!

Do you ever have a feeling that you live somewhere and you don’t appreciate it enough? Well I certainly did not appreciate London when I was living there four years ago. I came back now for a business trip and I have to say it changed a lot. New buildings appeared such as The Shard, which apparently is the tallest building in the European Union.
I was happy to see my favorite Modern Art Museum Tate still in the same place. With my press card I managed to see two new exhibitions of Malevich and Sigmar Polke. I do like modern art but I am not the biggest fun, my favorite part of the museum are not really the exhibitions but lovely coffee bar on the sixth floor from which you have amazing view on Thames and St. Paul Cathedral.

After Tate I went to see my friends Albin and Malwina who in the last 4 years managed to get together, engage, got married and buy the apartment in Canada Water. Wow! They made me the most amazing breakfast ever, which I really needed after getting quite ill( of course I did remember it’s me : every time I go on holidays I always need to get ill!:( So unfortunately I had to skip all the crazy partying and drinking that I planned but instead we went to see amazing dance show from Cuba Ballet Revolucion, which was in London only for 2 weeks so I was quite lucky to catch it and knowing my passion for Cuban music I absolutely loved it.

The next day I had a reunion with my crazy friend from Thailand – Erica. We followed our Thai tradition and went for a coffee in Camden Market, one of my favorite places in London on the weekend. You can get there food from all over the world including places such as Ethiopia, Senegal and… Poland- 3 stands of polish kielbasa(sausage) not kidding.
Only in Camden Market you can find clothes three or four times cheaper than in regular shops so I did my portion of shopping for winter with great deals☺

On Sunday I went to Covent Garden to see my friend from Vienna- Reka and we walked around the market and there again new buildings hanging in the air. We didn’t quite figure out how is that possible but still quite impressive. Covent Garden didn’t change much the same street artists, noise and lot lots of people☺ but I still enjoy it. I even discovered small church that I have not noticed before and it’s really lovely.

After spending four days in London I realized what I missed about it: my friends, great shows, musicals, food from all over the world at any time you want, great clothes for reasonable prices that you can’t get anywhere else expect of New York, concerts. But after spending four days in London I also realized things that I did not miss: super expensive and crowded tube and all people rushing like crazy, the fact that you can’t use your hairdryer in the bathroom, huge distances, crowds, crowds and crowds.
Summing up it was great visiting London and I am sure I will visit it now more often but I have to stay it was nice to go back to small Brussels where life seems to go a bit slower.