❄️🇸🇰🤍High Tatras: Welcome to the Winter Wonderland

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!🌨

This Christmas/ winter song has been on my mind ever since we came here. Even though, I absolutely love summer holidays abroad and lying on the beach, the older I get, the more I appreciate fresh air and never ending walks in the mountains.

Me and my family organized a spontaneous 4- day trip to the east of Slovakia and I am so excited to be here. When I was a child, we used to come here every summer because of a small cottage in Slovak paradise (National park). I remember that feeling of freedom, breathtaking views and the smell of wood everywhere.

But back to the present🙋🏻‍♀️… Slovakia is a heart of Europe and Tatras belong to the most beautiful places in the area. Its highest peaks became a national symbol and attract more and more tourists every year.

I truly cannot find a better description than WINTER WONDERLAND❄️🤍☃️. Look at the pictures and see for yourself. (Location: Strbske pleso, Vysoke Tatry)We stayed in the Hotel Lesnica*** (Slovak paradise) which is around 40km from High Tatras. The panorama on the way looks beautiful and I am sure that all the mountain lovers out there will love this area as much as I do. The mentioned National park (Slovak paradise) is the most visited in the summer but also very magical during winter time. Choose hiking or wellness, it does not matter. If you live in a big polluted city like me, you will definitely appreciate the fresh air, views and atmosphere🇸🇰🌲🌞.

Short spontaneous trips are the best and this one has been great so far😍🥰 … And because I consider this blog to be my personal travel diary, I wanted to share it with you guys so thank you for stopping by😘.

I hope you are having a wonderful time with your loved ones and until next time:

Have an amazing 2020!✨✨✨

Lots of love

By Lesi Lee🙋🏻‍♀️

🇭🇺🎄❤️Beautiful Budapest

Hello everyone🙋🏻‍♀️!

Are you guys ready for Christmas? Well, I certainly am. All the baking and wrapping is done (my two favourite activities of the year). I was so excited to go back home🇸🇰 for Christmas after 3 years of living in London and even though I love my country, it is nice to see the magical atmosphere somewhere else as well. Budapest is very close to Bratislava (from where I come from) but I never really had a chance to explore this city so I came up with the idea to go there just for 2 days with my family.

I have also visited Prague, Vienna and Bratislava before Christmas but none of them impressed me as much as Budapest. It truly is a beautiful place with many historical buildings, delicious food and breathtaking views.

So let’s dive into it!

1. Stop: New York café

This place has been on my itinerary for a while. It is the oldest and most beautiful café in Budapest and I can see why. It looks like a palace from a movie about Sissi the Empress (if you know what I mean). Live music, amazing food and high ceiling with golden details look absolutely stunning! Waiting time is around 5-10 mins depending on the day and prices vary from 10€ per coffee to 25€ meal. We tried traditional dessert Somloy and chocolate cake. Yummy, yummy, yummy🍰☕️! After the sweet treat and tons of photos, we moved a bit further…

2. Stop: Christmas markets (Fashion street)

Hungary is well- known for their traditional cuisine. Goulash soup, lángos, sausage or wine, you can find it all at the christmas markets in the city centre. There is also a big choice of souvenirs and hand-made products of great quality so you can explore and shop at the same time. (Christmas markets are situated at many different locations therefore I would recommend spending more time here and visit as much as possible.)

3. Stop: Chain bridge

The oldest bridge in Budapest with majestic lion monuments near each entrance takes you to the other part of Danube. It is a nice 10-15 min walk and you can see the whole promenade with the House of Parliament, St. Stephen’s basilica and all the other historic buildings.

4. Stop: Fisherman’s bastion

A must-see for sure! You might actually know this place from Instagram. Seing this was definitely my favourite part of the trip. The ancient chambers look amazing and you can see the whole city from up above. The picturesque St. Mathias church with the colourful roofs and gothic architecture belongs to the national cultural heritage.

5. City centre: Christmas markets in the evening

Just a quick dinner, punch and sleep time in the lovely apartment on Rakoczi utca. We managed to see all the places from my list in 1 day so it is time to relax and chill in the spa for little bit😍.

Bubble wafer and other sweetsSt. Stephen’s basilica

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, enjoy time with your families and step into the New Year with optimism, health and

Lots of Love,

By Lesi Lee

INSTA TRAVEL GUIDE: Christmassy London🎄✨🇬🇧

Hello everyone💁🏻‍♀️!

I am finally back in London and guess what! It is looking absolutely stunning this year🤩🤩🤩 and I honestly don’t think there is any other better time to visit the city than now (end of November/ first half of December). Consider this a little London Christmas guide where I’ll share some of the most beautiful places to see!

But first things first:

DURATION– You need approximately 2-3 days to visit all of the places mentioned below. I definitely recommend not to hurry and enjoy this amazing atmosphere outside.

WEATHER– It has heen little bit chilly recently but quite dry (which is not very common for London) so winter jacket is essential for sure and pair of knitted gloves should do as well🧤.

STAY– I think that any airbnb in the zones 1,2 or even 3 is fine. Travelling by tube or even walking through the city is very simple and well marked. The quality of accomodation depends on the price of course but if you are only visiting for a few days and spend most of the time outside anyway, it is kind of okay not to have a luxurious room, right?

EAT/ DRINK– When it comes to food and drinks, I suggest going to the cafés like Starbucks/Costa/ Pret-a-Manger and not just because of the affordable prices but also because you can warm yourself up a bit, relax and enjoy a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows or delicious local cakes. If you are looking for an INSTA place, I definitely recommend Peggy Porschen cakes (Belgravia), Elan cafe (Brompton road) or Saint Aymes (Covent garden). These places literally scream for a great insta shoot and some £££.

1. Oxford street/ Regent street/ Bond street

This area is probably the most crowded before Christmas due to the many shops but the most iconic decorations are actually here and they change every year. Definitely a must-go!This shopping mall between Regent street and Bond street looks like a huge advent calendar and is sooo cute!🎄✨.You can find some stunning archways on the way as well but unfortunately they are closed every night so try to come during the day and catch a good light! Bond street is a place where every high designer has a chance to show what they are made of. It is literally a Christmas decor fight this season and Stella McCartney chose to go with these beautiful neon lights! How creative! All I want for Christmas is: to pose here just like every insta friend visiting London.This is definitely my favourite building! Wrapped like a present, Cartier totally nailed it!❤️Regent street/ Oxford street: These decorations are slightly different every year but create a magical atmosphere.The cute little restaurant (picture below) behind Victoria’s secret shop on New Bond street screams for a shot and is also a nice romantic place to have a dinner or evening cocktail.

2. Winter wonderland

The most stunning and alive place in London before Christmas is always Winter wonderland starting around the 20th of November. You will find every possible attraction, candy, meal or drink here from all around the world. It looks the best at night but get ready for masses of people at the entrance. Winter wonderland is another must-see and you surely need a couple of hours to actually stroll around and see everything. My advice is just to not try to win an unwinable game🤦🏻‍♀️😂 and just eat till you drop!

3. Covent garden/ Chelsea

I actually did not have a chance to go and visit the places this year due to a very busy work schedule but as a big insta-fan, I have seen many many pictures from here and I am sharing some shots of my favourite bloggers instead.

So I guess that is kind of all my loves, I hope you liked it and if you haven’t visited London, you will after reading this post. It is truly a magical city especially now and I am so blessed to be living here for over 2 years💁🏻‍♀️🇬🇧.

Have an amazing week, don’t stress too much about Christmas. Rest, bake and wrap✨✨✨!

Lots of Love,

By Lesi Lee