August 11, 2017

Visit Germany: Bastei

Bastei, Deutschland
i used to grow up in one of big cities in Indonesia. it becomes normal to live in the middle of skyscrapers so i never have the thought of discovering any bridges that are beautiful, or anything magnificent. of course, i have always been a fan of nature. Indonesia’s great attractions are a fine blend of natural wonders, from highlands with active volcanoes, peaceful lakes, flowing waterfalls and forested mountains.

it was actually a rapid decision to go to the Bastei. we still have another two weeks off work and the weather does not cooperate the past days. it is kind of annoying too when you got great plans and cannot execute them such as picnicking. so we woke up one morning to made up our mind to go there.

i learn some interesting things about Bastei. actually, most of them are when it comes to Germany. like, how crazy it is that Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years?! it is a rock formation above the Elbe river and has been the famous one in Saxon Switzerland! this beautiful thing is formed by water erosion over one million years ago, which is mind-blowing!


Bastei - Location

they are located not far from Pirna southeast of the city of Dresden (near Rathen). as address you can enter 01847 Lohmen into navigation system. 

How to get there by car

when you reach this place you just have to follow the direction sign. after you exit Lohmen about 2 or 3 km, you will see a big parking lot. it is 50 minutes away from Bastei if you walk through forest, but it is also possible to take the bus shuttle from there but we have not tried it yet. you can park your car there about 3h for 3€. surprisingly there is also second parking lot that is very close to Bastei but it is pretty occupied as it is not too large.

Opening hours and entry fees

the area is not fenced, so there are no opening or closing times. everybody can visit the famous Bastei rock formations at any time of the year. Bastei including Bastei Bridge are also free of charge, only a small fee for the entrance to Felsenburg Neurathen within the compound.


Around Bastei

there is a snack bar nearby the second parking lot. we bought post cards there, Pommes and Bratwurst, which are good. if you want to enjoy typical local and international food you can visit the Panorama Restaurant. it is open daily from 10:00 am. next to it you will find Berghotel Bastei. 

from the Bastei Bridge you can enjoy view of the Elbe, a beautiful landscape, a little village and train track. it was a wonderful experience that no one will take from.



i am surprised of how great iphone camera is. i mean, look at this!


it was fantastic to discover such a magnificent place that is not so far away from my home. maybe there is some places you still gotta see around your neighborhood! 

i wish you guys a lovely day!

August 4, 2017

Summer Fashion Essentials 2017

my summer time in Indonesia makes me realize that i don't need so many pieces of clothing to survive summer. it is kind of exhausting to organize closet for summer that only lasts for 3-4 months and the rest of the year will be cold anyway, at least here in Germany! the good thing is, summer clothing is all about lightweight, pretty and bright. i have rounded up the season's coolest pieces, so check it out!


Summer Fashion Essentials 2017



first: off shoulder single breasted blouse 

i am always thankful every time i find a blouse in my closet. this one especially is perfect for a little date in summer. blouse always works for me when i think i have nothing to wear. (women out there, you know what i am talking about!)

second: wrap dress 

my go-to outfit for when i don't feel like putting in maximum effort is this! i love to buy a floral one that really bright because.. summer.

third: princetown leather slipper

you just miss something in 2017 if you do not know these! these are one of those classic pieces you have to own. they are also casual for a girl's day out.

fourth: silky square scarf

i am a fan of scarf and i wear this in every. single. season. it adds a little elegant touch to any wardrobe. when in doubt, just wear scarf!

fifth: oval sunglasses 

you know that these are a must-have this year, so no excuses there. treat yourself to a couple of fancies because these ain't pricey!

sixth: silky off-the-shoulder top

i think you guys already know that off-the-shoulder is for every summer. a silky one is my favorite for warmer days because it is loose and comfortable to wear on sticky days.

seventh: straw sun hats

the glam way to avoid UV rays: straw sun hat it is! relaxing at the pool or going for a walk in the city with this as a fashion statement can never go wrong, am i right?!

eighth: denim skirt

it is making a comeback this summer! so pretty and versatile, you can pair it with a t-shirt or camisole.

ninth: espadrilles flamingo

espadrilles just feel like summer. staying in the city, going to the zoo, heading to the country, they are perfect for any occasions. they basically go with everything, so these are another must-have you cannot resist!

tenth: bamboo straw bag

summer means beach and beach means straw bag! its ‘natural’ fiber colors which range from beige to honey will truly go with everything. definitely on trend this year!

eleventh: gingham shorts

it is a trend that everyone already knows! its pretty hard not to look like a picnic table with these, but these shorts are my favorite one when it comes to gingham!

twelfth: white slogan tee

light-colored clothing reflects light and thus resists the heat from the summer sun. you know how versatile it is, so i just have to put it on the list!

thirteenth: maxi dress

Day or night, maxi dress can look effortlessly chic and make a serious style impact. it is so comfortable on a picnic day and perfect for a brunch date!

fourteenth: sandals

summer means beach and beach means sandals, am i right?! this belongs to the essential beach packing list! 

fifteenth: wide leg pants

this is my favorite office basics that never gets old. it is a must-have in summer because of its lightweight. the floral print also gives the perfect summer touch. skinny jeans are for colder days, it's time for some wide leg pants!


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tell me which one is your favorite summer essentials this year! i cannot decide since i need all of these pretty things. check out my Polyvore to find out where to buy these essentials right now. i wish you all a good week ahead!
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