April 2nd. My birthday! Mum and I went to Health Land for massage. First Thai massage of my life. I loved and hated it. Ha! A very interesting experience.
Met up with Jennie and our grandmother at The Okura Prestige hotel around 2:00 PM for afternoon tea. My choice.
Theme of the season, Sakura Afternoon Tea, at Up and Above bar. They even had a whole cherry blossom tree up there!
I am not impressed with the service in general here in Thailand but this was super sweet! A complimentary chocolate cake for the birthday girl.
The view from the building was simply amazing.
I don’t even know how I got my hair to look like this. The humidity here is insane.
Before we went to this sky/rooftop bar, I got a few presents and lots of love from the family. We also ate some homemade cake with the kids. However, those pictures will remain private.
Titles of the day: Champagne Popper and Bar Hopper! Here at Escape Bangkok. Great vibes, fine drinks and cool tunes.
Every bar should have these napkins.
I really had a blast. Thanks for all the birthday wishes!
Morning swim. No colour filter. Look at that orange sunrise!
Let’s get cultural! Grand Palace was beautiful, so many details everywhere.
A royal coffee break.
Very touristy today. Wat Pho. An enormous Buddha.
Lunch by the river at The Deck.
Went to the kids’ school and spotted a tropical almond tree.
Post-family time. Went on my own to explore the malls right next to our hotel, EmQuartier and Emporium. Found a sky garden!
Found a Gourmet Market before I went back to the hotel. Thailand is almost as good as Florida when it comes to ice cream flavours. Stay tuned!
1/10 of the breakfast here.
A wide selection of drinks. Decisions, decisions!
Where I go bananas every morning.
Hotel restaurant area.
Sundays are for weekend markets. Jatujak to be precise.
These soaps smelled SO good, especially the mango ones.
A crowded and huge area of stands.
A lot for my iPhone to capture…
Not as much to purchase. Ha!
No vacay without coconuts!
The cats here are so dirty but so ADORABLE.
It was only me, Jennie, our grandmother and Emma that went to the market.
Mum and the twins were busy with other things whilst we were strolling these streets.
Coco JJ for the sisters! The original coconut ice cream.
It was delicious and Em is so sweet, she always says thank you in Thai with the proper hand gesture and the citizens just love her.
Tbh, it doesn’t really feel like we’re on spring break here. My family is here and they basically know everything you need to know so it’s very easy to get around. Also, I’ve been here before although it’s years ago!
From one sort of shopping to another! Here at Terminal 21 (shopping mall) where each floor is inspired by a city of the world. San Fransisco was really cool!
I don’t really spend money on anything but desserts here. A black lava croissant and a matcha drink at CODE. Yum!
Good thing that I like walking!
My little local and tour guide. ”Don’t drink on the train, don’t point at Buddha, stand up during the King’s song…” To be continued!
Took off from Stockholm on Friday. Very excited about Bangkok, less excited about the 10 hour long-haul flight… This picture was taken a few minutes after take-off just outside of Stockholm.
Travel trousers, support socks (because I’m an old lady) and some polar bear to wear. Your airport outfit is very important… Sweatpants, but make it fashion.
Cheers to rest and recreation, or something like it. Mandatory flight wine a few minutes in. Notice my pale skin in these pictures, I hope to be able to deliver some difference at the end of the trip!
Somewhere over Russia I started to think, and talk. ”I can see how the Cold War was happening down there among the snow-covered fields. Maybe it wasn’t in Russia it, but it looks cold.”
Touchdown Bangkok and off to the hotel. Hilton as per. Jennie fixes it all, great to have a team member in the fam.
Arrived in time for Bangkok breakfast, after midnight Swedish time, but of course we had to try some fruits and sweets before we went to sleep for four hours…
Mum and the kids came to see us around 1:00 PM and then we went downtown together. My sister showed me where they usually go grocery shopping and pointed out everything that she likes, and what she doesn’t: durian!
Uhm, wait a sec. Bangkok or Miami?
Coffee break at The Coffee Club with the crew.
Loved this coffee shop, super fresh and the menu… Wow. Will be back at least one more time before we go back home to Sweden!
Special post-”fika” treat for the kids, on the house. So cute!
Next stop: Lumphini Park. Lots of palm trees, monitor lizards and cats!
A great range of beautiful flowers, too.
For some reason I’ve only been taking photos of fallen flowers so far. Still quite charming though?
Park play date with the siblings!
Caturday. Yeah, I’mma stay.
I believe this was taken during the so called ”golden hour”.
Back on the Sky Train headed for dinner. A lot to love with this picture in my opinion, especially the pink sky.
Bangkok International Fashion Week.
Dinner with the family before the jet lagged ones called it a day.
Currently busy editing a lot of stunning photos from Florida – Miami and Fort Lauderdale. There are so many pictures! Here’s a little sneak peek for you in the meantime. Stay tuned!
First day in Miami I went straight to this beautiful salon for both a mani and pedi. I went for a natural look, white/pink colour on my fingers and a light orange on my toes. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the nails in particular but I might be able to find a picture with my hands or feet in it. Ha! It was well worth the visit though. I mean, look at the amazing interior. It was such a calm atmosphere, a great place to relax. Besides, I am very fond of the name of the shop, “LUV” – inspired by self-love. So, I basically went there to give love to my body and myself. It is so important. Don’t ever forget to take care of yourself – because you’re worth it!
After I’d spent more or less half of the day by the pool. Back-in-Fort-Lauderdale-burger-brunch. Second time at this place during our stay. Buergerfi’s Burgers were A-OK. Especially this one, The CEO.
Post-brunch Publix shopping! I just love how Americans take every season and tradition very seriously. Pumpkin spice everything and Halloween items everywhere. I hit the pumpkin shelves fairly hard and I do miss them in Sweden. Besides, I can only imagine what pops up in the stores now as we approach Christmas time. I truly believe you have to experience every season in the States to get to know the country for real and I would certainly not mind!
At the end of the day in our huge shared hotel bed with The Weeknd in front of us. It was such a great show and I had that amazing feeling in my body – being on vacation whilst listening to his amazing voice. It was a live performance too, it almost felt like we were there singing along with the crowd. Just lovely.
I’m back. Almost one month later after we arrived in Sweden. Ha. These shoes I bought on Thursday (28/9), or the evening before if you will. Tory Burch. How fresh? I found them at Sawgrass Mills (the big fashion outlet).
I put on the new espadrilles, clothes (although I didn’t want to because it was so hot) and some makeup. Jennie and I were headed for Happy Hour around lunchtime; white sangria for me and red for her. Cheers! We did two rounds, at least…
Back in Miami. I left Jennie in Fort Lauderdale and went straight to The Salty Donut in Wynwood. I had tried to go there two times already – the first time the line was too long and the second time it was closed. But this day, I finally got to try those delicious doughnuts!
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. I loved the place. Such a great atmosphere and a beautiful view. I will show you more photos in a future post.
I finally got my coconut drink! It was high up on my Miami bucket list. A very interesting taste so it took some time to drink it and I mean, look at the size too.
Out and about.
Rooftop bar. Aperol Spritz. Pour decisions…
East Miami Sugar (the very name of the spot). Miami/Florida weather is funny. Forecasts say it’s going to rain basically every day. It never rains – except from five minutes here and there. So, one of the few times I got to experience the rain in South Florida was in this bar. Actually pretty charming, I’d say. And that would be all for today. I’ll try not to wait a month until next time!
Hey! Our Floridays are truly amazing. I will keep posting about every single day here. However, I cannot update daily because I’m literally busy living. I will get back to you ASAP. Check out my Instagrams in the meantime: @jubileejulia and @jmll (public and private one). Have a good one!
Breakfast. KUWTK. Pool. A little rain. Sunshine again. A little shopping at Sawgrass Mills. Again. Chipotle. Again. Drinks. Again. Ice cream on the beach, in the dark. That was our Thursday. Summarised.