Days like these

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It’s Monday morning and I am back in Stockholm. I am happy to be home in my own bed, but miss waking up to the total silence of the mountain, the strong sun reflecting in the snow and the fresh air. Had such a lovely weekend, and felt like a good end to the winter. Now I am ready for spring!

Just wanted to share some pictures from our trip on Saturday before I am off to work. Johan, Simon and Helena went skiing downhill, while Mikaela and I decided to go cross country skiing, and boy am I glad we did! It was such a beautiful day and I was so damn happy I said hello to almost every one we passed in the tracks, including dogs! After a little while we stopped for waffles and hot chocolate, before heading back to a glass of wine in the sun.

Days like these are the best <3

Look at this view

Look at this view

Trying to look like a pro! In reality I was sweating and trying to catch my breath

Trying to look like a pro! In reality I was sweating and trying to catch my breath

It is a beautiful planet we live on &lt;3 Just wish we took better care of it.

It is a beautiful planet we live on <3 Just wish we took better care of it.

Happy face

Happy face

Waffle and hot chocolate break

Waffle and hot chocolate break

Moments like these

Moments like these

Burt´s Bees  came along, taking care of my poor lips drying out in that environment

Burt´s Bees came along, taking care of my poor lips drying out in that environment

We did it!

We did it!

Time to relax

Time to relax

Cheers

Cheers

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Pre-Easter holiday

We are spending the weekend up on the mountains together with our friends and we couldn’t have chosen a better time! The sun is shining bright every day and the skiing conditions are super! A little pre easter-holiday!

And the best part is that I can enjoy my morning coffee in my favorite chair again, watching the view.

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On Friday we all went skiing downhill in Björnerike, my favorite place here seeing as the hills are so long, followed by a glass or two of wine in the sun and good food and board games in the evening. Such a good day!

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Time for new projects

When I took the job as Marketing & Communication Executive at VisitBritain, my idea was to continue to work with Best of You in the same way I always had. VisitBritain during the day, Best of You in the evening and in the weekends. Turns out life rarely goes as planned.

Having a new and exciting job naturally took my all my focus and attention, in addition to winter having really gotten to me. The darkness and the cold made me want to take care of myself, not work even harder. I also had to take a long and hard look in the mirror, trying to find what I want to convey and how. And for a long time I didn’t have the answer.

But lately both my energy level, inspiration bank and motivation has gone up and I am finally full off ideas again. Almost like Best of You/I am coming out of a long winter sleep. And I am so excited and more ready then ever to continue working with developing this platform and inspire people through articles, events and collaborations.

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Yesterday evening, Charlotte Beijer and I had our first meeting planning a super cool project we will launch in August. I will also meet my team this week, will be hosting my second event in Oslo later this spring and I have some very fun events/collaborations coming up during the next few weeks. So glad to be back on track and feel motivated and full of passion again.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Happy boobies

(Gifted products)

When I got home today a package from Stay In Place awaited and I did a little dance of joy! L.O.V.E that brand, not only for their amazing job trying to create sports bras that actually fit all type of boobs, but also because of their diversity and natural look in social media. Just so damn impressed!

I feel the brand has a lot of the same values and views on health and wellness as Best of You, and I am so proud and happy to say we will be collaborating the coming spring. More info will come when everything is in place, but I am so proud to be able to work with a brand like this. Doing important work, making people feel well and show that there is room for all shapes and sizes!

Can´t wait to give these beautiful bras a try!

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Food coma

While I was in Warsaw I got quite a few questions regarding the places we ate (no wonder, since we ate most of the time), and as promised here is a little post about just that; fooooood!

My friend Mikaela had done a great job researching beforehand, so we had actually booked most of the places upon arrival. A good idea, since it often can end in taking the first thing you see if hunger kicks in while on the road. Not always the best.

Belvedere
On our first day we had booked a table for lunch at Belvedere, a beautiful place in the heart of Łazienki Park. The building is over 150 years old and is filled with tropical plants and old palm trees. They had a small selection of vegetarian food and for appetisers I had grilled and marinated vegetables with herbal oil, truffle croutons, Parmesan cheese and butter lettuce hearts, for main course a velvet beetroot cream with wild rose and lastly, the best dessert in a long time: brownie with pistachio ice cream and vanilla Chantilly. Sadly the soup wasn’t really my taste, but I ordered some of the best potatoes I have tasted and that, combined with the appetiser and dessert made my belly more than happy! For all that and a glass of wine, I think I payed around 450 SEK, which is very expensive to be Poland, but super cheap for a lunch like that, in a place like that.

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El koktel
Mikaela said she had found this “secret” bar and it was for sure not easy to spot, seeing as the door was covered in dark curtains and there was no sign. We had to ring a doorbell and when we got inside it was very small and I had to laugh a little. I found the whole thing so bizarre and stupid. But turns out they had the best drinks, a super friendly and very talented staff and the best playlist I have heard in a long time. Seriously, a must go when you are in Warsaw.

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The Alchemist Gastropub
Afterwards we headed to a Gastropub located in the Metropolitan building at Pilsudski Square. It was a trendy place with lots of tapas and other good dishes, and they also had self-service taps, where you can pour any of the craft beers, cider or Prosecco, yourself. The vibe was a bit more after-work and we were a tad tired, so I recommend going there when in the mood for lots drinks and yummy food. I had a halloumi salad with spinach, quinoa, cherry tomatos, dried cranberries, sundried tomatoes and marinated beetroot. On the side we shared sweet potato wedges, served with house dips: sriracha mayo, curry mayo and garlic dip.

Hotel Bristol Wine Bar
On our second day we woke up to 16 degrees and sunshine and I got to enjoy my first outdoor Bellini this year. We sat down by the beautiful Hotel Bristol´s wine bar and spent about two hour soaking up sun and enjoy cold drinks. I had one orange and one passion fruit bellini, and both were very yummy! The hotel also serves brunch on Sundays, which we badly wanted to go on, but it was sadly full.

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Nowina
This place we actually stumbled upon on our way to another place and it just looked so cozy. Very simple and a little rough interior, delicious vine list and good vegetarian options. I had quinoa with beetroot creme, sweet potato and mushrooms. So good the camera of course had to eat first.

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Karmello Chocolatier
Next to our hotel I found this lovely chocolatier, and after having drooled over every single piece of chocolate in there, I ended up buying a macaroon. So damn good! The place itself was pretty big, you could sit down there, but sadly always very full, making it a bit too noisy and crowded. But definitely worth buying to bring with you.

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Aioli
On our last day we had planned a big brunch at Bristol hotel, but sadly it turned out we never had a reservation (long story), so we had to improvise. We decided to try out Aioli, a restaurant we had passed the day before, where the line out in the street was so long it caught our interest. The place was so cool, with good music and a good vibe (and of course lots of people). I had a greek feta salad with cherry tomatoes, chioggia beetroot, marinated yellow beetroot, mixed lettuce, kalamata olives, green peas, cipollini onion, zucchini chips, marinated black carrot, marinated roasted pepper, roasted sunflower seeds and aïoli nachos topped with lemon-mint vinaigrette. YUM!

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Hope this can inspire you if you ever travel to Warsaw! Have to go get something to eat now, got so hungry writing this post.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Snapshots from Warsaw

Two weeks ago I jumped on a flight to Warsaw with my friend Mikaela. We spent a long weekend there, strolling around, eating tons of good food, drinking delicious drinks and explore the city and its history. I must brag and tell we even joined a two hour long guided tour on our first day (seeing as I never do stuff like that). I might have focused more on taking pictures than listening, but I got bits and pieces.

Warsaw is an interesting city. On one side, so beautiful with old buildings, lots of details, big churches (and lots of them, one on every corner), while on the other hand it looked dirty, grey and a little poor. A huge contrast from one part of town to the other.

We lived about a five-eight minute walk from the old town at SixtySix Hotel, which was small, but very good. The location being gold. We could walk almost everywhere. And the breakfast was so yummy, croissants every day.

I had such a lovely, relaxing weekend. I think we were in bed between 21:00/22:00 every night, and I woke up with the sun around 06:00/07:00 every morning. My kind of vacaytion for sure! Here are some snapshots.

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What Warsaw has lots of is good restaurants with delicious food and drinks for the cheapest price! Seriously, I know people always say Polen is cheap, but it was beyond my imagination. And we went to some pretty fancy places. Will do a own post with tips on where to go, so stay tuned.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Kensington Palace

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

When in London, we visited Kensington Palace. I am not one for museums and/or palaces, but this one I was actually looking forward to, seeing as they had two ongoing exhibitions that caught my attention.

We jumped on a bus from Kew Gardens (oh the joy of riding a double decker people) and later switched to the tube to Lancaster Gate.

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To get to the palace we walked through Kensington Gardens, a part of Hyde Park, and eventhough it was still a bit early, at least parts of it had turned green. And all the dogs running around made it even prettier.

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Before we entered we refilled our stomachs a bit in their small cafe/shop area. We wanted to sit outside, with a view of the park and The Sunken Garden, but sadly it was too cold.

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The first thing greeting us when we started our round inside the palace was what I had been very much looking forward too; Sketches by David Sassoon. A piece of Diana’s wardrobe, complimented by the orginal sketches was displayed on the wall, some even with handwritten comments by Diana herself added alongside her favorite designs. Not sure why, but I am truly fascinated by Diana.

So badly wanted to buy the book “Diana: her fashion story” in the gift shop on our way out, but too much to carry.

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Next up was the display of the costumes from “The Favorite”. A movie exploring the relationships and power struggles of Queen Anne and two of her closest female attendants. Sadly I didn’t have the time to see the movie before the trip, but still fun to see.

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We also just walk around, soaking in the beauty of the palace. All so old, and so pretty. Fascinating if you ask me. We also headed out to The Sunken Garden, planted back in 1908, which had bloomed a little, but I guess it looks even better during spring or summer.

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Can warmly recommend a trip here next time your in London. The park itself is reason enough to visit.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Tower Bridge Coppa Club

A place I always have wanted to try in London is Coppa Club. They have transformed their terrace into the cosiest set up, with small igloos filled with fluffy blankets and lights. The dream location for a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner.

We walked by it on our last day in London, after having visited Sky Garden, and it was as pretty as it looked on the pictures. I ordered a super greens & grains consisting of quinoa, farro, fregola, squash, salad leaves, broccoli, house dressing, chilli & toasted seeds, topped with halloumi. So yummylicious!

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Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

We sadly didn’t have a booking so we had to eat inside the restaurant which in my option isn’t that cozy, so if you want to go there, make sure to book beforehand. The whole area isn’t really a favorite of mine, but if ever nearby I would recommend it. Read more and book a table here.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

The colorful city by the sea

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

Sorry peeps, I am not quite done talking about the trip I had with the three Scandinavian influencers yet! Need to update you on our second day trip out of London, to the beautiful city by the sea known as Brighton. It is said to be a favorite among Londoners, seeing as it is only one hour away with direct train from Victoria Station. Easy peasy to get too and so cozy!

When we arrived there was a short walk into the city centre, and already after two, three minutes we found ourselves surrounded by such beautiful, colorful houses. We walked down North Laine, a bohemian shopping area with small shops, vintage stores, cute cafés, bars and entertainment venues. The whole vibe was just awesome!

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

A little glitter and color to match the city

A little glitter and color to match the city

Welcoming little fella

Welcoming little fella

We stopped by the best store:  Photomatic  /Milana, Emilie, Emilia and me

We stopped by the best store: Photomatic /Milana, Emilie, Emilia and me

Spring vibe

Spring vibe

A little behind the scenes in the windy city

A little behind the scenes in the windy city

Brunch at The Trading Post
Next up was brunch at The Trading Post. The place was packed and easy to undertand why! Luckily we got a table after a little while and out of all the delicious food I ate vegan waffles with vegan Nutella and drank freshly pressed orange juice. S.o d.a.m.n g.o.o.d! Any one else obsessed with brunch? All time favorite meal of the day if you ask me.

Whoever said vegan food is boring lied!

Whoever said vegan food is boring lied!

Banana bread, avocado toast, pancakes and oatmeal! So delicious

Banana bread, avocado toast, pancakes and oatmeal! So delicious

In love with this glitter top from Carlings

In love with this glitter top from Carlings

Brighton Palace Pier
After brunch it was time find the sea and we headed towards Brighton Palace Pier. Already after a few minutes you could smell it and the sound of sea gulls made it extra cozy! Sadly the wind that day was beyond anything I have ever experienced before, so walking by the water was out of question, seeing as we almost blew away! But we got some pictures before seeking shelter at The Royal Pavilion.

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Click, click, click

Click, click, click

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The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is a beautiful place, located in the middle of the city centre. It was built in the early 1800s as a seaside resort for the Prince of Wales, who later became George IV, with a indian inspired architecture and asian inspired interior. Later it was passed on to Queen Victoria, but only a short while, seeing as she disliked Brighton and the lack of privacy at the Pavilion, so she sold it to the town in 1850.

We got a guided tour through the Pavilion and it was very interesting to learn more about the history of the place. In addition there was a hat-exhibition by hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones, showing hats worn by celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Diana, Princess of Wales and also those made in collaboration with the world’s best fashion designers, including Dior, Thom Browne, Giles Deacon and Comme des Garçons. Very special, yet very cool.

The Pavilion from the outside /Photo: Emilia Wallin

The Pavilion from the outside /Photo: Emilia Wallin

The hat-exhibition by hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones

The hat-exhibition by hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones

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Vintage style by Dior

Vintage style by Dior

Pretty over the top interior!

Pretty over the top interior!

British Airways i360
Next stop was the British Airways i360, a giant glass viewing pod that glides up to 450ft in the air. As we arrived they welcomed us with an old Danish song to make us feel welcome, and we got a glass of bubbles from the bar, so nice of them and Emilie (from Denmark) luckily recognised the song, hihi!

Then up we went. I am terrible afraid of hights and the strong wind made me nervous, but I tried to ignore it and simply enjoy the view. It was beautiful to see the coastline stretching away to the horizon, and during our 20 minutes in the pod we had both sun and rain, creating a big rainbow. So magical! And we could also see all the way over to the Seven Sister Cliffs. A place on my bucket list, so that was pretty awesome.

So high up!

So high up!

The view though! Emilie in action - for a good reason

The view though! Emilie in action - for a good reason

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The Ivy in the Lanes
After a long day and fighting our way through a very windy city, we jumped into a cab and headed over to The Ivy in the Lanes, a beautiful restaurant that was kind enough to invite us for dinner. The entrance and the interior of the place, WOW. Simply WOW! Even the toilet was super stylish!

We got some champagne and I got to taste a salted caramel espresso martini! I am not a huge fan of drinks, but this was just too good to be missed! We enjoyed a three course meal and it was all very good. I had vegetarian options, and no disappointment there. A must go to whenever in Brighton!

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Decisions decisions

Decisions decisions

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini - need I say more?

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini - need I say more?

Tossed Asian salad of beansprouts, pak choi, watermelon, broccoli, cashew nuts and sesame with hoisin sauce (Vegan)

Tossed Asian salad of beansprouts, pak choi, watermelon, broccoli, cashew nuts and sesame with hoisin sauce (Vegan)

Sweet potato keralan curry chickpeas, broccoli and coconut served with rice on the side (Vegan)

Sweet potato keralan curry chickpeas, broccoli and coconut served with rice on the side (Vegan)

And for dessert I had a cappuccino cake; a warm chocolate cake with milk mousse and coffee sauce. Aaaaah, best dinner ever! Kinda rolled out of the place at the end of the night with a slight stomach pain due to overeating!

Emilia and me &lt;3

Emilia and me <3

That was it, a long, but lovely day in Brighton. Hopefully I will go back one day with Johan! Preferably during summer so we can walk by the pier and maybe also visit the Seven Sisters Cliffs.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia





Day trip to Oxford

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

Oh Oxford, I don’t even know where to begin! Such a magical place, even in the rain. Exactly as I imagined and a little bit more!

We took the train from Paddington Station Wednesday morning and the train ride was around 1 hour. Actually not hard at all finding the right platform and when we arrived it was a short 10 minutes walk into the city center (15-20 for us, since I couldn’t read Google Maps correctly).

Paddington Station

Paddington Station

Emilia &amp; Emilie

Emilia & Emilie

Our first stop was Turl Street Kitchen for some avocado toast and warm coffee, hiding from the rain, before meeting our wonderful guide Hayley Spore from ExperienceOxfordshire.

We were guided around for about one hour while being told everything there is to know about Oxford. And even though it rained and was a bit gloomy in the beginning, it was still so beautiful everywhere. Oxford is a very diverse and historic city, combined of medieval lanes, wide boulevards of Georgian houses and old, characteristic buildings. A little like taken out of a fairy tale. We saw colleges, libraries, Harry Potter locations, a 150 year old bookstore, the very lamp post that inspired C.S. Lewis and the golden fawn that was the model for Mr Tumnus in Narnia, and so much more. And of course stopped a thousand times for pictures.

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Afterwards food was very much needed and we had a reservations at Gee's Restaurant. It is about a 10 minutes walk from the main street and is located in beautiful Victorian glasshouse, filled with trees and plants, and the kitchen features a wood fire oven and charcoal grill. It is a favorite with locals, and it is easy to understand why.

We ordered everything from pizza, potatoes, soup and fish to tea, wine, coke and you name it! And it was all just so yummy. I warmly recommend this place if you ever are in Oxford, and can imagine it must be beautiful at night too.

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Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Emilie and me / Photo: Emilia Wallin

Emilie and me / Photo: Emilia Wallin

After having refilled our tummies, we headed off to Christ Church College, founded already in 1546, and who have taught notable people such as John Locke and Lewis Carroll!. Also, and in my opinion the best part; this is where you find the grand dining hall from Harry Potter, and the famous staircase from when Harry first arrives to Hogwarts (#nerdalert).

Recognize it?

Recognize it?

Milana, Emilie &amp; Emilia. Can you imagine the students actually dining here in real life?

Milana, Emilie & Emilia. Can you imagine the students actually dining here in real life?

Afterwards the sun showed and we simply strolled around, while having “a few” photoshoot stops along the way. Not the typical tourists, posing in front of houses and in the streets, changing outfits and all, but what can you do when you find the most colorful street in the whole of Oxford?

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I could SO see myself living here / Photo: Emilia Wallin

I could SO see myself living here / Photo: Emilia Wallin

At 16:00 we had a traditional afternoon tea booked at the Old Parsonage and having never tried afternoon tea before I was pretty excited. The place had a beautiful garden, but sadly it was to cold to sit outside. That didn’t stop us from having it all carried out for pictures and then carried inside to eat though (don’t t always believe what you see on social media peeps). Nevertheless, inside they had a lovely fireplace and I think I ate more scones and jam that I have ever done in my entire life. So damn delicious.

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

The classic way to enjoy an afternoon tea however is not to just throw yourself over the scones, but start at the bottom with the finger sandwiches, followed by scones with clotted cream and jam, and finished off with lots of sweets. And of course a with a cup of warm tea on the side. Let’s just say I rolled out of there, I was so full.

Which made our last stop a bit unfortunate. We had a dinner reservation at Malmaison, a old prison turned into a restaurant. It was a very cool place, you could actually see the old sells and it really looked like an old prison form the outside. The food was OK, again I was so full I couldn’t get much more in, but the service was excellent.

We ended the night at Westgate, a shopping mall next to the restaurant, while waiting for our train to take us back to London. Cameras filled with tons of beautiful pictures, our tummies with wonderful food and a day going into the memory book for sure.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Sky Garden photoshoot

Just chilling in Londons highest public garden, 160 meter above sea level with 360 degree uninterrupted views across city of London in my new crazy outfit. Sky Garden was the perfect oasis, minus all the tourists.

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

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Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

The wonders of Kew Gardens

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

On our first day in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (also called Kew Gardens) was on top of our list. We took the District Line to Kew Gardens Station (took about 35 minutes) and from there it was a short 10 minute walk.

Already at the station you saw your first palm tree

Already at the station you saw your first palm tree

Kew Gardens is huge and we only had two hours before our booked lunch, so we had the Palm House, the Temperate House and the Orchid exhibition on our plan.

The Palm House
The Palm House is a remarkable indoor rainforest and contains tropical plants from some of the most threatened environments in the world. It was very humid and warm, but the beauty was breathtaking. I think we spent 1 hour in here, filling our cameras with tons of pictures.

The Palm House seen from the outside

The Palm House seen from the outside

On the glass behind me you can see how humid it is inside the house

On the glass behind me you can see how humid it is inside the house

There are two floors and the view from the top is beautiful

There are two floors and the view from the top is beautiful

The air was very humid and created this (in my opinion) wonderful smell that reminded me of Hawaii

The air was very humid and created this (in my opinion) wonderful smell that reminded me of Hawaii

The Temperate House
The Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and here you can discover some of the world's rarest and most threatened species of plants. With the sunlight, the beautiful colors and the sound of the water, I felt like I had entered paradise (at least my version of paradise).

One of the entrances

One of the entrances

Spring vibes

Spring vibes

Emilia working her magic -  see some of it here

Emilia working her magic - see some of it here

The Orchid exhibition
The Orchid exhibition was Kew’s first ever orchid festival on the theme of Colombia. With over 4000 orchid species found in Colombia, they had put together a dazzling display inspired by Colombia’s wildlife and plant diversity. Sadly we didn’t have time to stand in line so we had to skip this.

Afterwards we had lunch at The Orangery, a beautiful building with high ceilings and grand, arched windows. Sadly all the people and the cafeteria-vibe didn’t give the cosiest feeling, however the vegetarian food was delicious. I can imagine it must be a beautiful venue to host an event.

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Read more about Kew Gardens, prices and opening hours here. A must see if ever in London, preferably during spring/summer time.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia