My latest travel-related obsession is the website http://www.12hrs.net, which basically offers you a selection of itineraries for when you’ve got 12 hours to spend in a European city (they do/ are starting to do cities outside of Europe too, but this is the EUROphiles). Not only are you saving money by not buying a travel guide (although if you are going to do that, check out this post), but the suggestions are unusual and generally things only a local would know about. In the creators’ own words:
We love to travel. We also love design, and music, and fashion. And we were missing a website full of travel tips for people like us. Somewhere between the backpackers and the luxury hotels. With tips that aren’t about money, but about great discoveries from all around the world. So we built 12hrs. To keep it simple, we organized them in itineraries. 12 hours per trip. Sweet and short. With the best to see, do, eat, dance we could fit in one short stay.
Living in London, it was encouraging to see that many of the suggestions (including Dover St Market and Borough Market) are places that I’d take friends who are visiting me to – hopefully this means that I’d like the places suggested in other cities… The site’s tagline is what really speaks to me – the suggestions are “collected by us, for you, from locals, friends, and fellow travellers”. The touristic places are always easy to find, especially in big European cities used to visitors who don’t speak their language, so sites like this are so useful for finding the really special places, the places that might just make your trip. My number one place to visit this year is Copenhagen… It looks amazing, judging by the photo below.
I have always kind of liked the marimekko flower prints. Although I don’t tend to love flowery things, something about wandering into the marimekko store in St Christopher’s Place in London feels like diving into the perfect Finnish home, with matching bed sheets, curtains and tablecloths. Whilst I used to have some marimekko blinds in my room (which clashed horrendously with the wallpaper) it has been a while since I’ve seen the prints around. And on one of the most unlikely places: an aeroplane. Yup, Finnair has teamed up with the design company (which is of course also Finnish, so it all makes sense I guess). As of this spring, some Finnair airplanes will be stocked with the company’s tableware, which is sure to make boring flights that little bit more colourful. How nice.