Welcome to my ultimate travel guide of Madeira – the hidden paradise Island in Europe! Very few places have left me in awe the way Madeira did and I think it deserves so much more coverage than it already has. I could write a novel only about how the nature changes around the Island: from tropical Hawaii-like landscapes to warm Faroe Island-like sceneries (and everything in between). Another thing is the perfect climate which I will get a lot more into in the travel guide below.
A quick hello from beautiful Madeira! Mark and I flew in yesterday and we are spending a whole week here (I am so excited because it’s so lush and peaceful here!). Even though we got in yesterday I already have 6 really good reasons to why you need to visit Madeira RIGHT NOW! There will probably be more good reasons after a week here but I will make more blog posts – I promise! So, here we go…
Turkish Börek with spinach and feta is a must try if you want to experiment with food from the turkish cuisine! Not only is it easier to make than one would think, it’s also a tasty snack that can be eaten all day long! Börek is made by layering several sheets of phyllo dough with a mixture of milk (or yogurt), eggs, and oil in between, and in the middle of those layers you place a filling of your choice (like this spinach and feta cheese). Börek can be found all over the middle east and balkan countries and each family has their own signature shape börek and filling.
Sorry for the radio silence lately… For those of you who follow along on Instagram you know I have been down with the flu ever since I came back from Stockholm! Think the Lack of sleep just hit me right on my immune system. Anywho, I have been spending my time in bed partly cathcing up on House of Cards and partly Editing some of the hundreds of photos Mark and I took in Turkey. We really didn’t do nearly as much exploring as we usually do. Time with family was more important but we did manage to get a really good vibe from the village, Alaçatı, and the surrounding area. So, withouth writing too much I will let the photo’s do the talking…
Ask everyone I know and they will tell you that I’ve never been much of a hiker! But for some strange reason I’ve fallen in love with hiking. Mark is the same and we actually talked about it recently where we asked ourself where this passion came from? We came to the conclusion that is was when we visited Iceland last year and by “accident” went on a crazy hike to the second tallest waterfall in Iceland. We had to go through a cave, walk on lodges over rivers and walk up a pretty steep mountain path – I tell you guys it was crazy! But the view… Oh man it was breathtakingly beautiful and we had this all to ourself! Ever since we have been hiking whenever we can. Not in Denmark because it is too flat, but the US, and now on a dedicated hiking trip in Germany.
Time for another recipe guys, and this time it’s a vegan lentil & sweet potato curry! Not bad huh? So, remember it for meatfree monday! One of the benefits of working from home, is that I can be more in the kitchen. A passion of mine I have been neglecting for years but actually really enjoy. Lately I’ve been into more exotic dishes, but to be honest a lot of them takes sooo much time to make. So when I found this lentil curry that not only is vegetarian (I try to lower my meat intake) but also is easy to make AND only takes 30 minutes to make I was SOLD! Now, having made it two days in a row, I can also confirm that it tastes absolutely amazing. You know, one of those dishes you can serve dinner guests and tell them you have been in the kitchen all day 😉 Make a bit extra of this delicious Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry and you will mentally be taken to warmer countries with all the hot spices and sweet, creamy coconut.
Before I went to Bali I spend HOURS searching the great interweb for the most instagram worthy places in Bali! There are thousands of articles out there about this subject, but to my disappointment all the other tourists had read them as well. Or so it seemed, because it turned out that a lot of the places just was tourists traps with too many people for us to get a good shot. Yes I know, Bali is touristy and there are a few hidden gems left on the Island, but there are pretty damn rare! The Instagram Worthy places here in this article are touristy as well. I won’t lie about that but if you get up early and arrive before the big tourist busses, you can get som really good shots!
Approximately 2 hours from Ubud you’ll find this pretty waterfall (there are actually two next to each other!) and if you come before 9 am like we did, you basically have the whole area to yourself!