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Antioxidant triple berry smoothie

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

After my last pinky home decor post, here is a (dark) pinky smoothie recipe 🙂 This antioxidant triple berry smoothie is made of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and almond milk. It’s super easy to prepare from these 4 simple and healthy ingredients.

The season of berries is finally here, so go to the market and buy berries to eat or drink. They are super tasty and have many health benefits.

Let’s see why these berries are good for your body!

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Health benefits of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry

All of the 3 berries are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for the manufacturing of collagen, healthy immune and nervous systems. It strengthens blood vessels and has antioxidant properties. It can help reduce blood pressure, protect against heart disease, prevent cancer and improve mental health.

Blackberry

Blackberry contains a high level of vitamin C, K and has antioxidant properties, as I mentioned before.

It contains also both types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and it helps maintain a healthy level of cholesterol and lowers blood sugar level. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, it supports healthy digestion.

Blueberry

Blueberry is a good source of vitamin K and C, manganese and fiber. Its vitamin K, manganese, calcium content helps maintain bone structure and strength. It may also promote hair and skin health, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Blueberry is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Raspberry

Raspberry is rich in vitamin C, manganese and fiber. It has also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, so it helps to decrease inflammation in the body. It may also decrease the decline in cognitive ability related to ageing.

Almond milk

Almond milk is manufactured from almond. It contains neither cholesterol nor lactose and is often consumed by lactose-intolerants. It’s low in calories and contains no saturated fat. It is high in healthy fats (omega fatty acids), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. It is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which is necessary for strong bones and teeth and strengthens the immune system.

Preparation time: 5 min

Ingredients for 4 glasses:

  • 1 cup (200 gr) blueberry
  • 1 cup (200 gr) blackberry
  • 1 cup (200 gr) raspberry
  • 2 cup (500 ml) almond milk

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the antioxidant triple berry smoothie?

Wash the fruits gently.

Put the berries and the almond milk into the blender.

Blend on full strength. In the meantime, adore how the blackberry, blueberry and raspberry combine. Amazing colour 😉

Check the consistency, add more milk if needed.

Pour into glasses and you can decorate the top with fruits like I did.

Your triple berry smoothie is ready to serve. Now it’s time to drink 😉 Enjoy it!

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

See, I told you, super easy-to-make. Hopefully, you will like it too.

Prepare this healthy and tasty smoothie and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest.

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Home decor & design,Home decoration

Warm up your home with pink wall colour

Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Have you ever dreamed of a happy and bright pink home? Or not? I tell you why you should consider painting your room pink and I help you find your perfect pink shade. How much do you know about the colour pink and its physiological effect? The answers and ideas are below, so keep reading 😉 I help you find your perfect shade of pink wall colour.

I don’t know why, but most of the times pink is associated with women. Okay, maybe I get it! Because pink represents sweetness, happiness and harmony as well. Just like us, women 🙂

The colour pink can be found also in nature: sunset, flamingo, salmon, rose and other flowers. And few artificial products are also dressed in pink: bubble gum, punch, rosé wine. How wonderful!

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about paints and companies or look for the source of the photo, just click on the highlighted names.

About the colour pink

Pink was 1st used as a colour name in the 17th century. It was named after a flower called pink.

Pink is part of the red colour family, compared to red it’s more tranquil. Red is associated with passion and action, but pink is the colour of harmony, compassion, sweetness, joy and femininity.

Let’s make this clear, when I say pink I mean the thousands shades of pink because pink is not only one colour, it’s a collective name. The shades are usually called with fantasy names such as rose, light pink, dirty pink, blossom, blush, peach, magenta and fuchsia etc.

Just take a look at this Pantone’s millennial pink palette, it features some pale pink hues, this is only a snippet. Read more about millennial pink and home decor: Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home.

Pantone’s millennial pink palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Or the pink shades of Sanderson:

Sanderson pink paint palette on style library - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The psychology of pink colour

Colours affect our mood. You need to like the colour, which will surround you in your home.

Pink represents love just like red. Pink is a mix of red and white, so both add some characters. It gets the passion of red and tranquillity of white.

Deeper pinks are more passionate and increase energy. Darker pinks can have a dramatic effect, they fill the room with creativity, energy and confidence.

Pale pink gives a positive impression and relaxes you. It shows tenderness and kindness like this room by fenton & fenton.

Pale pink living room by fenton & fenton - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Colour pink has a calming effect.

Studies confirm that high amounts of pink colour can calm the nerves and even create physical weakness in people. Pink has successfully treated violent and aggressive prisoners by placing them in rooms with pink walls. Overexposure to the colour may have the opposite effect though.

So don’t overdose the pink. It’s okay if you don’t paint all of your walls pink.

You can cover one wall with wallpaper. Floral and tropical patterns work well with pink.

For some change, start with one wall or with one door.

You’ll see soon, that I have bright pink walls in my bedroom. I can testify it has a calming effect and a pinky happy mood is always guaranteed.

So let’s see my pink walls 😉

Pink wall colour in home decoration

Pinky bedroom

I started with the bedroom because my bedroom is also dressed in pale pink 🙂 I can’t tell you the exact colour because when I saw the 1st layer on the wall, it looked like a big bubble gum, so we added some white paint to the pale pink.

The walls with the white and blue furniture aren’t that girly or feminine, so my boyfriend didn’t say that he won’t sleep there. The accessories are also the shades of pink with white, blue and turquoise. My unicorn fits into my bedroom with the pink fluffy fur 🙂

Pale pink bedroom with turquoise and blue - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pale pink bedroom with blue shelves - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Haymes paint’s colour, Aleaha Rose is perfect with the shades of blue and white as well.

Aleha Rose pink bedroom by Haymes paint - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Chatterbox colour by Crown looks gorgeous in this baby bedroom.

Pale pink baby bedroom with Chatterbox colour by Crown - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

This Sanderson neutral pink shade with grey shade is super elegant.

Sanderson neutral pink bedroom with grey shade - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Living room with pink wall

Pale pink is good with white, golden, darker surfaces, plants, pineapple photograph and furry stool (check out how to make this DIY furry stool on the page of a beautiful mess)!

Pale pink living room with furry stool by a beautiful mess - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pale pink living room by fenton & fenton looks lovely with the brown shade, terrazzo coffee table and the painting.

Pale pink living room by fenton & fenton - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Vintro luxury paint shows, that their Madame de Pompadour shade works well with wooden surfaces and turquoise.

Vintro luxury paint’s Madame de Pompadour pink shade - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

I’ve mentioned Haymes paint’s colour, Aleaha Rose at the bedroom section. We have to admit, it’s also perfect for a living room.

Aleha Rose pink living room by Haymes paint - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

This vivid pink wall might be a bit harsh but gives a real character to the room, just decorate it with bright furniture.

Vivid pink living room - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The next example from Pinterest might be a bit extravagant, but it shows that turquoise and pink are very good friends 😉

Pink living room with turquoise - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Kitchen and dining room in pink shades

I could get used to this elegant pink kitchen. The pink is super nice with the white cabinet and the golden pendant lamp, look at the details.

Elegant pink kitchen with white and gold - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

As you can see, pink is also works with dark furniture in this simple and modern kitchen.

Simple and modern pink kitchen - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Another elegant kitchen with cement tiles on the wall, found on the site of ELLE.

Elegant pink kitchen with cement tiles - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

This pastel kitchen wall is so lovely. Pastel overload!

Pastel pink kitchen mood - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Would you like to invite your guest to dinner? Of course, I love this light pinkish peach colour with white Ekedalen extendable table.

Elegant pinkish peach dining room with blue and white - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The designers Lim + Lu mixes the pale pink wall with patterned ceramic tiles in their showroom. Take a look at this beautiful pink coffee corner!

Pale pink coffee corner with colourful tiles - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The darker, brownish pink shade makes this dining room very inviting, what I’ve found on Coco Lapine Design. Perfect match of pink, brown and wood.

Elegant pink dining room - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bathroom with pink colour

I could live in this bathroom, what I’ve found on behance.

Modern pink bathroom from behance - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

My other dream bathroom is this Spanish bathroom in Barcelona.

Modern Spanish pink bathroom - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you’re experimenting, just start with a door. Take an example from the site of apartmenttherapy with this pink door.

Pink bathroom door - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pink and peach colours are also a nice combination, the proof is this urbanoutfitters peachy bathroom scene.

Urbanoutfitters peachy bathroom scene with pink and peach colours- Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The next one is a super cute totally coral-pink bathroom, found on remodelista.

Remodelista cute coral-pink bathroom - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Which colours should I mix with pink?

As I mentioned before, pink has many shades, so it offers a wide variation.

Design seed has a huge collection of colour palettes. If you want to see beautiful pictures and colour combinations, check out her site: Design seed {for all who love colour}.

This combo is called Heavenly hues, great name. As you can see, this pastel pink works very well with other pastels.

Design seed - Heavenly hues pink colour palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Color Flora is a more vivid mix of pink, blue and green.

Design seed - Color Flora pink colour palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Green is also friend with pink. Cacti Color is a blend of pinks, beige and greens.

Design seed - Cacti Color pink colour palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Some paint companies also provide ideas for their paints. This example is from Haymes colour library, which shows the combination of pink, blue and grey.

Haymes colour library - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

I like pink and its hues, not because I’m a woman. Because it creates a calm and joyful atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to paint your wall(s) pink.

Need more ideas about pink furniture as well. Read my other post about Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home.

What about you? Are you a pink fan too?

Hungary,Travel

Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local

Panorama from Matthias Church Tower, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s WonderlandYes, by a local! That’s me :) I know where to go, trust me! Discover Budapest and its tourist attractions from these 5 scenic viewpoints. Every 5 offers an amazing panorama to the city from different heights and angles.

Budapest is a very beautiful city with 2 million citizens. My favourite part is the riverbank and the view from the bridges. Its river is called Danube (Duna), which divides the city to Buda and Pest. The Buda part has hills, like the Gellért Hill or other Buda Hills. The Pest side is flat. Both parts have many tourist attractions.

Visit the best viewpoints of Budapest!

1. Gellért Hill with the Citadel

The 235 m high hill dominates the side of Danube with the Citadel (Citadella). The hill was named after St. Gerard (Szent Gellért), who was thrown to death from the hill. Since 1987 the Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy)  has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage. A lot of tourists climb to the top to admire the magnificent view.

Citadel is a fortress built in 1851 by the Habsburgs after the end of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Its original goal was to frighten the citizens instead of protecting the city. Today we think of it as a symbol of freedom.

The Statue of Liberty stands next to the Citadel since 1947. Its total height is 40 meter, the lady with the leaf is 11 m tall, which is an important gem of Budapest.

Panorama from Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Follow the green sign up to the Citadel. That path goes closer to the river and it offers many stops with a beautiful panorama. Like this one with the Liberty bridge and the Central Market (Központi Vásárcsarnok).

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Of course, the best view is from the top. The panorama terrace has 2 popular viewpoints. One is next to the Statue of Liberty arriving from the St. Gellért square. The other is facing the Buda Castle close to the entrance of the Citadel.

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time

The panorama terrace is open every day, every time.

Admission

Free

How to get there?

It’s located between the white Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd) and the green Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd), so the panorama terrace can be reached from both sides. The top of the hill can be reached only on foot.

By public transportation to the foot of the Gellért Hill

The 1st option is to take off at St. Gellért square (Szent Gellért tér), next to the Liberty Bridge. You can go by metro (M4), bus (7, 133E), tram (19, 41, 47, 48, 49, 56, 56A) or boat (D12, D13).

The other option is to start your walk from the foot of Erzsébet bridge. Take off at Döbrentei square (Döbrentei tér) or at Rudas Thermal Bath (Rudas gyógyfürdő) stations. Reach it by bus (7, 8E, 108E, 110, 112) or tram (19, 41, 56, 56A).

On foot

Walk from the Szabadság bridge or from the Erzsébet Bridge. Just follow the green triangle as I mentioned before. Of course, you can choose from many paths.

I like to depart from St. Gellért square and go down on the other side of the hill, to the direction of the Buda Castle. From the Gellért Hill, it’s easy to reach the Castle District through the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár).

Aaaaaand the next point is the Castle District!

 

2. Matthias Church and the Castle District

Thanks to its bigger area you can enjoy the view from many spots. I leave the best one for later…

Panorama terrace of the Buda Castle

If you are arriving from the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), take the escalator, elevators or use the stairs. The huge and long terrace of the Buda Castle/ Royal Palace provides an amazing panorama to the other side of the Danube with the St. Stephen’s Basilica, Parliament, Chain Bridge (Lánchíd), Margaret Bridge (Margit híd). And to the Gellért hill as well.

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

The Buda Castle was the home of kings from the 13th century. In the 19th century, it went through construction, now it is the home of the Budapest History Museum, the National Széchényi Library and the Hungarian National Gallery.

Enjoy the view from the terrace and from the big iron gate with the Turul statue, which is the stop of the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló). This is the closest spot to the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd).

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pass through the Dísz square and Szent György square to the direction of the Matthias Church (Mátyás templom). Wander along Tárnok street, where you can find cute historical houses.

Matthias Church

Tárnok street leads you to Holy Trinity square (Szentháromság tér) with Matthias Church. The story of the church started in the 13th century, so it has a long and complicated history. It witnessed occupations, wars, fire and reconstructions. It obtained its final Neo-Gothic style in the early 19th century, according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek.

For the best panorama, you have to climb 197 steps in the tower of Matthias Church. Not kidding, there’s no elevator. The tower is 78 m high, the panorama terrace is at 46 m height. There are 3 stops on the way: an exhibition space, lower bell level with 4 and upper bell level with 2 bells. The terrace presents you a panorama to every direction. Breathtaking!

Matthias Church Tower, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Matthias Church Tower, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fisherman’s Bastion

The other popular viewpoint is next to the church: the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya). MUST-SEE! The 7 bastions represent the 7 settled down Hungarian tribes from the 9th century.

You have to pay to enjoy the view from the terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion. If you ask me, go a bit further and you can go up at the biggest bastion. If you want to pay, I won’t stop you 😉 Just enjoy the view 🙂

Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time of the Tower

Every day: 10 am – 5 pm

A tour begins in every hour. The tower tour meeting point is on the left side of the church entrance, it’s also marked with a big flag. A board shows the time of the next tour.

Admission

Adult ticket: 1500 HUF / Student, pensioner ticket: 1000 HUF / Children ticket: free.

The price includes the guided tour. The ticket office can be found next to the Fisherman’s Bastion, opposite the church.

How to get there?

The district of the castle isn’t small, so you can reach it in many ways.

By public transportation

By funicular: Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) is a funicular railway. From Adam Clark square (Clark Ádám tér) to Castle District, it takes 1,5 minute. Leaves in every 10 minutes, depending on the passenger number. Opening time: Every day: 7:30- 22:00. Price: 1200 HUF for one way, 1800 HUF for a return ticket, discounts for groups.

By bus: Bus 16 and 16A goes between Széll Kálmán square and Deák Ferenc square, the buses have more stations in the Castle District, take off at Szentháromság square (location of Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church) or at Dísz square (closer to the Royal Palace).

On foot

You can find several steps leading up to the Castle, for example, one starts at Clark Ádám square, next to the funicular.

Or choose my personal favourite route! Reach the Castle District from the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), which has been beautifully renovated in 2014. From the garden, an escalator or a staircase takes you to the elevator, which goes up to the new sidewalk.

Escalator and stairs in Castle Garden Bazaar to Buda Castle - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

3. St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) is the largest church in Budapest. The building dominates the city centre with the height of 96 m (just like the Parliament). The basilica is the 2nd highest church in Hungary, so it has to offer a spectacular view to the heart of Budapest 😉

St. Stephen's Basilica - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Its construction began in 1851 and it was finished in 1905 after 54 years of construction. It was built in neo-classicist style. The facade is framed by two large bell towers. Hungary’s biggest bell hangs in the southern tower, weighing over 9 tonnes. The interior is also worth a visit, it’s characterized by rich ornamentation. Read more about the basilica and its opening time here.

Panorama Lookout Tower can be reached in 2 ways.

St. Stephen's Basilica staircase - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Climb 364 steps or take the elevators up to the dome’s observation deck. The stairs start at the ticket office, if you prefer to take the elevator, it’s on the other side behind the shop. The ticket is cheap and the view is awesome! The ticket office is at the church entrance, where the staircase starts.

Up there you can walk around the dome and enjoy the 360º panorama. The Parliament, Buda Castle and Citadel are also visible from there.

View from Panorama Lookout Tower of St. Stephen's Basilica - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

View from Panorama Lookout Tower of St. Stephen's Basilica - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time of the Panorama Lookout Tower

June, July, August, September: 10 am – 6:30 pm

April, May, October: 10 am – 5:30 pm

November, December, January, February, March: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Admission

Adult ticket: 600 HUF / Student, pensioner ticket: 400 HUF

How to get there?

By public transportation

St. Stephen’s square (Szent István tér) can be reached from many directions.

By metro: It’s halfway between Deák Ferenc square and Arany János street M3 metro stations. Metro line M1 station called Bajcsy-Zsilinszky street is also close.

By bus: Bus 9 station called Szent István bazilika

By tram: Tram 2 goes on the Danube bank, 5 minutes walk from Széchenyi István square.

On foot

Located in the V. district, in the city centre, few minutes walk from Deák Ferenc square and from the Danube.

 

4. Budapest Eye

The name, Budapest Eye was inspired by the London Eye. This is also a ferris wheel, just smaller and not that tall. It offers a new perspective of Budapest, you’ve never experienced before.

The highest point of the ferris wheel is 65 m. It has 42 cabins and every cabin can host 6 people. It goes more rounds and you have to take off after 5-10 minutes.

I would recommend going to the top of the St. Stephen’s Basilica (see in the previous point), it’s cheaper and you can spend there as many time as you want.

But if you have a crush for ferris wheels, this is your turn.

(I don’t have any decent photos from the top, the glass was always shady…)

Budapest Eye - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Budapest Eye - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time

Monday, Tuesday: 10 am – 11 pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10 am – 12 pm

Friday, Saturday: 10 am – 1 am

Admission

Adult ticket: 2700 HUF / Children ticket: 1500 HUF.

It’s possible to buy your tickets online and skip the queue. Check out the tickets on the website.

How to get there?

By public transportation

By metro: M1, M2 and M3 stations at Deák Ferenc square

By bus: 9, 16 and 105 stations at Deák Ferenc square, 15, 16, 105, 115 stations at József Nádor tér

By tram: 47, 48 and 49 stations at Deák Ferenc square

On foot

Located in the V. district at Erzsébet square, in the middle of city centre, 2 minutes walk from Deák Ferenc square.

 

5. Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill

Enjoy the amazing panorama from the highest point of Budapest. You have to fight for it, relax, not that hard, but a little hike is needed to reach the Elisabeth Lookout Tower (Erzsébet-kilátó). Won’t regret it, trust me. From here you can see all of the viewpoints I’ve written about in the previous points 🙂

János Hill (János hegy) is located in the 12th district, near Normafa, which is a popular hiking area in all seasons. The last stage to the tower is a steep road or you can choose the stairs as well.

The tower is tallest point in Budapest with its 527 meters. The historic lookout tower was built in 1908 from limestone, named after Empress Elisabeth, who visited the János Hill in 1882. 4 terraces are part of the building, the highest has the height of 23,5 m. 101 steps lead you to the top of it. It was designed by Frigyes Schulek, who also designed the Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) in the Castle District.

Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time

Every day: 8 am- 8 pm

Admission

Free

How to get there?

I’d recommend you to take the bus or the cogwheel train to Normafa station. Relax at the park of Normafa, enjoy the nature, walk to the Elisabeth Lookout Tower and return to the city centre by chairlift (it also offers a great view) and bus.

Here are the other options:

By public transportation

By bus: Bus 21 and 21A goes from Széll Kálmán square, takes 20 minutes to get Normafa station, from where the lookout tower is 2-3 kilometres far.

By cogwheel train: Cogwheel train (fogaskerekű) also takes 20 minutes from its terminal in Városmajor (close to Széll Kálmán square).

By train: A small train winds in the Buda Hills named the “children train” (gyermekvasút). Depart from Hűvösvölgy station, it goes through Jánoshegy till Normafa and Széchenyihegy terminal.

By chairlift: János hill is also reachable by chairlift (libegő), the station is just a few minutes far from the tower. I would recommend it for the way back to the city because this way you just have to enjoy the view in front of you. At the bottom, take bus 291 (to Nyugati Railway station) back to the city centre. The chairlift operates from May to August, every day: 10 am – 7 pm. In the other months, it closes sooner. Check out the timetable here. An adult single ticket costs 1000 HUF.

View from the chairlift, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Okaaaaay, this was a bit long… I’d like to provide useful information for you, so it couldn’t be shorter. I adore viewpoints because I like to have different perspectives and from the top, you can see more.

Do you fancy viewpoints and panorama terraces too? Which is your favourite in Budapest?

dessert,Recipe

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

These creamy vanilla milky bars are the perfect combination of milk, eggs and few other ingredients. The strawberries make the taste more magical. Super easy to make, just mix the ingredients and that’s it. Okay not this easy, so don’t skip the recipe on the bottom of the page 😉

It looks like 2 layers, but it’s not… I’ll tell you the secret, just keep reading!

First, my mom baked it and I asked her: why haven’t you placed the curd on top? She was laughing and said that this is only one batter, which will be separated during the baking. Aaaaa… so you have to make only one layer and your oven will do the rest 😉

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Strawberry season is here! Yeeeeey!!!

One of my favourite fruit, I’m visiting the market more often nowadays to buy strawberries. It’s super tasty and has a lot of health benefits. Contain vitamin A, B and C, moreover potassium, calcium and iron. It is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, which help to lower risk of cardiovascular disease. It helps to purify your blood, strengthen your nerves, also recommended for weight-loss. 150 g strawberry covers your daily value of vitamin C.

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

If you’re also a kitchen machine fan, use the lowest speed, when adding the milk to the batter.

You can add other fruits as well. Be careful with the watery fruits, once I put raspberries and the consistency wasn’t that perfect.

Preparation time: 25 min

Baking time: 45 min

Ingredients (for a 34×24 cm baking dish):

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) powdered sugar + 1-2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g (~1 cup) butter
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) plain flour
  • 7,5 dl (3 cups) milk
  • 500 g strawberries

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry - Ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the milky vanilla bars with strawberry?

Preheat the oven to 160 ºC (320 ºF). Lightly butter a 34×24 cm (or similar size) baking dish.

Wash the strawberries, remove the green leaves and cut them in half. Place the pieces on the bottom of the baking dish. Set it aside.

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Melt the butter in a pan and set aside.

Separate the 8 eggs.

Mix the 8 egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract, beat them until the mixture is fluffy.

Add the melted butter to the mixture. When it’s evenly incorporated, slowly add the flour and the milk in 3 parts and wait until it’s fully combined.

Beat up the egg whites in another bowl and mix to the batter carefully.

Carefully pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. The batter is quite liquidy, so when pouring it onto the strawberries be careful because the strawberries will be floating. I used a ladle to add it gently.

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bake it for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave it to cool down and keep it in the pan for a few hours.

Dust the top with powdered sugar.

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bake the creamy vanilla bars and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy it and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you’re using the photos or recipe, please link back to my page.

DIY,Home decoration

DIY magazine holder

DIY magazine holder from cereal box and contact paper | Aliz’s Wonderland

Happy spring again! Spring can mean a lot of things for you… Blooming flowers, sunshine, almost summer mood oooooor spring clean. Didn’t expect this??? Haha, sorry but it’s SPRING CLEAN time! I am sure you also need to organize and clean your home. Here is a fun DIY idea to arrange your magazines, documents, papers, bills and whatever you have. Organize your home and keep everything in the right place, it will save you precious time.

Everyone owns some stuffs what they don’t need. So you have to throw away few of them, it will make your life easier.

Systematize your important documents and papers. I show you how!

Do you have empty Kellogg’s box or other cereal boxes? I’m sure you have ruler and scissors, so you’ll only need a contact paper.

I had some leftover adhesive vinyl from the design studio where I work. I’m obsessed with recycling so I used that one to cover my empty boxes. You can buy contact paper or wallpaper. The pattern also depends on you. Do you prefer marble (it’s very trendy nowadays), floral, tropical or just a simple colour?

DIY magazine holder from cereal box and contact paper | Aliz’s Wonderland

I had a bad habit. At home, I organized my papers in one or two (or more) columns. When I was searching for a document or just a printed recipe it took more time to find what I was looking for.

Now I have the magazine holders and everything has its own place, so I save time with searching and organizing.

Do you have the same problem what I had? I’m here to help you 😉

Materials for your DIY magazine holder

  • Cereal box
  • Contact paper (or self-adhesive paper or wallpaper)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (or craft knife)
  • Pen (or pencil)

DIY magazine holder materials | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to prepare the magazine holder?

  1. Get an empty paper box, it can be the box of your favourite Kellogg’s or cereal. Usually, I don’t buy things like this, but if I do, I buy Nugat Bits from Aldi. Before cutting the box make sure that the documents or the A4 size papers or what you will organize, will fit into the cereal box.
  2. Mark the cutting line with a pen and ruler on every side. You can use another magazine holder as a sample.
  3. Cut along the lines with scissors or with a craft knife.
  4. Place the box on the adhesive paper’s inner side. Make sure it will cover the entire box.
  5. Roll out the contact paper and cut it smaller to manage the applying easier. You can cut down more when it’s stuck. Leave 1-2 centimetres for overlapping. Fold the adhesive paper at two lines at the bigger surface.
  6. Start at the bigger surface. Peel off the back of the contact paper (only one part at a time) and start to stick it. Stretch it to avoid air bubbles. You can press out the bubbles with your fingers.
  7. Peel off the rest of the contact paper from side to side.
  8. When you reach the last side, cut down the overlapping at the edge.  Aaaaaand you are ready!

DIY magazine holder step by step guide | Aliz’s Wonderland

See, it wasn’t hard and only a few materials are needed. You can customize your workspace with the form and pattern you choose.

Now you can organize your papers or magazines and have a tidy home.

Make your own magazine folder and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

How did you like the DIY idea?

DIY magazine holder from cereal box and contact paper | Aliz’s Wonderland

Brazil,Travel

Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Oh Brazil, oooooh Rio… I miss you! Brazilian beaches are amazing! The sand is soft, the waves can be huge and the sunsets are colourful. Brazilian beach culture is also various. The beaches aren’t just for sunbathing and enjoying the water. Do sport, try the Brazilian food and drink. Enjoy the magical sunset and listen to the sound of waves.

The water is clear everywhere. The waves are loud, tall and strong, I almost lost my bikini once. It was so good to jump with the waves and enjoy their powers.

You can choose from many beaches in Rio de Janeiro: Praia Vermelha, Praia Copacabana, Praia Ipanema with Arpoador, just to mention the most famous ones. Praia means beach in Portuguese.

This is the view (just part of the stunning view) from the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf mountain), but that will be another blog post 😉 You can see Praia Vermelha at the bottom of the mountain and the curved shape of Copacabana.

Praia Vermelha and Praia Copacabana from the Sugarloaf mountain - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

What to do on a Brazilian beach?

Do & watch sport

Sport is very important for Cariocas (people from Rio de Janeiro), they take care of their bodies. One of the most popular sport is running in the sand or on the pavement. The bicycle road along the sidewalk is always in use, so turn left and right before crossing.

The beach volleyball and football are also trendy. They have another fun sport called footvolley, which is the mix of volleyball and football.

Funny to see people riding to the beach with their surfboard. Surf is also popular there.

What can you buy on a Brazilian beach?

Vendors go up and down selling almost everything: canga, bikini, sunglasses, jewelry, toy, ball, caipirinha, suculé (ice cream made of fruit), ice cream, sweets, snacks, milho verde (sweet corn), grilled cheese (they carry the small grill and the cheese), mate tea, and even speakers.

Eating and drinking on the beach

Along the beach, you can find kiosks selling food and drink. Some places sell warm meal as well, you can eat and drink whatever you want, but if you’re in Brazil, try the things you can get only there 😉

Read more in my Brazilian food and drink guide: What to eat and drink in Brazil?

I show you my favourites:

Água de coco (coconut water)

The must-try drink is the coconut water. It’s available almost in every kiosk on the beach in Rio. The coconuts are hung on the side of the kiosk, I always had to stare it. One coconut costs around 6,00 reais. At some places, they cut it after drinking if you ask and you can eat the coconut cream from inside. Delícia!!!

The guys can do the opening with a knife or can drill it (in the last case don’t hope for the coconut cream). In Rio, it’s forbidden to carry a knife with you, so some places don’t have knives.

Drinking coconut water (água de coco) at Praia Vermelha - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Açaí bowl

Look for the huge Açaí signs on the beachside and you won’t regret it. The frozen açaí is made of the purple açaí berries, which is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. The original açaí bowl is served with frozen açaí, granola and banana. The bowl can cost 10, 15, 20 reais depending on the size.

Açai bowl at the Brazilian beach - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Suculé

Suculé is a frozen fruit shake. I’ve tried the passion fruit mousse and açaí flavours. Both are very delicious. First, it looked weird, I thought it has a wooden stick like the ice creams. Just open the plastic with your teeth, suck out the ice cream and enjoy.

Suculé at Barra da Tijuca, Brazil - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Protect your skin against sunshine

Brazilian summer is very hot and the sunshine is intense, especially between 10 am and 4 pm. Bring your own umbrella or rent one on the beach. Apply sunscreen even the sky is cloudy, repeat in every 3-5 hours and after coming out from the water.

Drink at least 2 litres of water a day to hydrate yourself.

Take care of your belongings

Always keep an eye on your belongings. Keep it simple, bring only some cash for coconut water and your canga, which is the Brazilian beach towel. Easy to say, nowadays it’s hard to go out without phone… On the beach you can pay by card in kiosks, but not at the vendors, who go around and around.

We didn’t witness any robbery or dangerous situation, fortunately. But we hear stories, so be careful.

After this nice last topic let me introduce you the best beaches of Rio 😉

Map of the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Praia Vermelha

Praia Vermelha lays at the feet of Pão de Açúcar, located between Morro da Urca (1st station to Pão de Açúcar) and Morro da Babilônia. Its coarse sand gives the beach the name vermelha (red).

It’s small and narrow compared to the other beaches. However, it provides a great view of the Pão de Açúcar. The water is calm and clear in the small bay.

We didn’t try out the beach, because around midday when we finished at the Pão de Açúcar, the sun was burning, so just drank a refreshing coconut water and continued our way under the trees to Bar de Urca.

Praia Vermelha with the Sugarloaf mountain - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Copacabana, Rio’s most famous beach

Praia de Copacabana is one of the most famous in the world, located on the south part of Rio. The Copacabana promenade was rebuilt in 1970 designed by a Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx. A large landfill increased the area of the road, before 1970 the line of the ocean was identical with the line of the buildings.

The 4 km long pavement was built from small black and white flat stones. This type is called Portuguese pavement, which is a traditional-style pavement used for many pedestrian areas in Portugal. The pattern of the sidewalk forms a giant abstract painting with geometric waves.

Some red stones are used in Copacabana. The three colours are a reference to the three “races” that shaped the Brazilian identity: white for Europeans, black for Africans, and red for indigenous people.

The view would be the best from the top of surrounding tall buildings. I can’t confirm, maybe next time we can adore the panorama from the top (sweet dreams…). Photo from here.

Praia Copacabana sidewalk pattern - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

According to Riotur, there are 63 hotels and 10 hostels in Copacabana. The beach hosts many events: Olympic Beach Volleyball, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, New Year’s Eve celebrations (Revellion) etc. The fireworks of New Year’s Eve is one of the largest in the world. The celebration has become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro.

Praia Copacabana - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Praia do Arpoador

Located on a small peninsula at the end of Ipanema beach, where Copacabana and Ipanema meet. Arpoador is considered one of the best surf spots in Rio de Janeiro.

View from Praia do Arpoador: Praia de Ipanema and Praia do Leblon - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

It offers an incredible view of Ipanema and Leblon.

You have to visit this spot for watching the sunset, hike to the cliffs and join to the others. You can bring snacks, drinks and enjoy the stunning view. It’s totally BEAUTIFUL. The most magical sunset of my life. When the sun went down everyone was clapping. Amazing moment 🙂

Sunset at Praia do Arpoador - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sunset at Praia do Arpoador - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sunset at Praia do Arpoador - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ipanema beach

Praia de Ipanema is the 2nd most famous beach in Rio. It’s also located in the South part of the city, between Leblon and Arpoador. The beach became popular with the bossa nova jazz song, “The Girl from Ipanema” (“Garota de Ipanema”).

Ipanema is one of Rio’s most expensive districts to live in, has a big selection of world-class restaurants, shops and cafes. The black and white sidewalk is also covered with the Portuguese pavement.

Praia de Ipanema - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Praia de Ipanema - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

I prefer Ipanema beach (not because it was 2 streets from our Airbnb apartment). It’s less crowded, most tourists go to Copacabana. The sunsets are amazing, I could watch it every day. The sun sets next to Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers), which rise at the western end of the beach.

Sunset at Praia de Ipanema - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Leblon beach

Praia do Leblon is the continuation of Ipanema beach and goes until Avenida Niemeyer. Leblon beach is adjacent to Copacabana and Ipanema, but it’s much quieter and more sophisticated.

 

Praia da Reserva in Barra da Tijuca

Barra da Tijuca is located on the West part of Rio, so it’s a bit far from the centre. The area is famous for its beaches, many lakes, rivers and lifestyle. Barra hosted most of the venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Photo from here.

Barra da Tijuca - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Barra da Tijuca owns an 18 km long beach, the largest in Rio. We had luck to visit Praia da Reserva, which is located on the middle of the long beach, the water is clear and popular place for surfers.

The Carioca friends of boyfriend went there by car to surf and we accompanied them. They enjoyed the big waves. I sunbathed and went to the water.

This is a fancy zone, so they told me I don’t have to worry about my bag if I go to the water and leave my stuff there. But better ask your neighbours to look after your belongings.

Barra da Tijuca - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

These are the famous and popular beaches in Rio de Janeiro. As I said, my favourite was Ipanema because of its waves and magical sunsets.

Praia de Ipanema - Best beaches in Rio de Janeiro | Aliz’s Wonderland

Of course, every beach is amazing. Go and find your favourite 😉

If you’ve been there which was your fav?

Recipe,smoothie & drink

Tasty detox lemonade

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

Do you drink enough water and get enough vitamins? Boost your immune system with this lemonade, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This refreshing detox lemonade is also called flat belly water, it’s flavoured with lemon, cucumber, ginger and mint.

I like to drink this lemonade when I had more food than I should have and during the summer. In summer I prepare it almost every day because it’s so refreshing.

I will prepare it after Easter to clean my body. I visited my parents, they always prepare a lot of food: ham, eggs, beetroot and I only mentioned my favourites. Every year I try to control myself not to eat so much, this time I didn’t have that much.

I hope you had a Happy Easter! HAPPY EASTER!

Sooooo let’s go back to the lemonade.

This detox drink is also healthy, thanks to lemon and cucumber, which are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

This lemonade is also good for people who don’t like to drink as much as required per day.

The best thing: it’s tasty!!! So you will want to drink it, you will want more 🙂

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

Why lemon, cucumber, mint and ginger are good for you?

Lemon

Lemon is a good source of folate and vitamin C, which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Contains unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Vitamin C improves the immune system, it protects you from illness and it increases circulation thanks to its volatile oil content.

Before cutting the lemon, wash the skin so that any dirt or bacteria residing on the surface will not be transferred to the fruit’s interior.

For more lemon flavour check out the Lemon curd and Ricotta cheesecake recipes.

Cucumber

Cucumber hydrates very well because of its 70% water content. It’s low in calories, so recommended for diet. Contains a lot of vitamin K, which is known for its role in the blood clotting process and bone health. Cucumber has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese content.

Mint

Mint has many species including peppermint and spearmint. Because of its dynamic flavour, mint is often added to recipes in small amounts. Mint is rich in nutrients, a good source of vitamin A and antioxidants.

When your stomach feels sick, drinking a cup of mint tea can solve your problem, it helps to digest the food in your stomach.

Ginger

Ginger or ginger root is used as spice and medicine. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antitumor effects on cells. It reduces nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, ginger tea (fresh ginger in a cup of hot water) settles your stomach and also good against the cold.

 

Preparation time: 15 min

Ingredients for a 2-litre jug:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 12-15 mint leaves
  • 1-2 cm slice of ginger
  • 1,5-2 litre water

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the detox lemonade?

Wash the lemon and cucumber, cut both into thin slices.

Peel the ginger and slice as well.

Put them into a 2-litre jar and pour water till the top. Cover the jug, place it in the fridge and let the flavours intensify overnight.

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

Drink the tasty water next day.

See? That’s it, super easy!

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

Enjoy the refreshing taste of the lemonade. Drink the jug of lemonade in a day and repeat it more times during the week and you will feel healthier and lighter.

Try out the lemonade and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy the refreshing taste of the lemonade and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Easy to make tasty detox lemonade with 5 ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

Home decor & design,Home decoration

How to give life to your interior with floral pattern?

How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Hello spring! I’m happy you’re here 😉 I love spring (every season has its own magic, so I see the beauty in every season), the trees come into bud then the flowers bloom. The colourful flowers and their smell make you feel better, you can have this spring mood in your interiors as well. I show you many ways how to style your rooms with floral pattern.

Ready to refresh your home with flower-inspired furniture and pattern?

Just scroll down and check out the wallpapers, rugs, fabrics, lamps, kitchen accessories, just to mention a few. And even a chair can add a floral joyful mood.

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about products and companies or look for the source of the photo, just click on the highlighted names.

 

Flowers in home decoration

For spring mood and floral decoration, the best way is to get some flowers.

Take a look at these colourful flowers!!! This fenton & fenton interior is just perfect.

Get ready for spring with flowers by fenton & fenton - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

This is the proof, how can you give life with colourful rugs and painting to a simple natural coloured room. Aaaaand don’t forget about the flowers!

Perfectly elegant and also smells good 🙂 Be inspired by fenton & fenton.

Get ready for spring with flowers by fenton & fenton - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Floral wallpaper

Flowers on your wall are very characteristic, so don’t use it all over your place, it could be bizarre. Cover only one wall or a corner with the pattern.

Laurel kimono floral removable wallpaper by urban outfitters is inspired by a vintage kimono. I really like the harmony of blue and pink.

Laurel Kimono Floral Removable Wallpaper by urban outfitters - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Devon & Devon Botanica wallpaper is designed by Vito Nesta. The plants and fruits look very realistic, I’d like to grab that pineapple and eat it 😉

Devon&Devon Botanica wallpaper by Vito Nesta - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Valeria Zaltron’s wallpaper Botanical Garden is manufactured by Londonart. The big detailed flowers are very decorative.

Valeria Zaltron’s wallpaper Botanical Garden by Londonart - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Glamora’s design, White kusa is one of my favourite with its rose background and romantic flowers.

Glamora’s design, White kusa wallpaper - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Glamora’s design, White kusa wallpaper - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

E-Talking floral pattern is designed by Riccardo Zulato for Londonart, available in 3 colours. The motif is a nice combination of the geometrical and floral pattern.

E-Talking floral wallpaper by Riccardo Zulato for Londonart - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Floral texture from concrete

Whaaaaat? Flowers from concrete? Yes, I introduce you the gentle side of the concrete.

Flaster by the Hungarian Ivanka is a concrete floor and wallcovering motive. The contemporary use of the material, the wide array of custom colours, the variation of small and large modules give endless possibilities for the designer to create a unique surface.

Floral texture from concrete by Ivanka - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Kaza concrete is another Hungarian company (we Hungarians are into concrete), they applied the simple and soft form of petals. These Petal tiles are the wallcovering in a Romanian spa.

Floral texture from concrete by Kaza concrete - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Iamart cement tile manufacturer plays with the motifs and colours. You can choose from 60 colours and many patterns. I am so lucky because I had an opportunity to create my own cement tile in their studio on Budapest Design Week 2017. Maybe you figured it out, they are also Hungarians. Read more about them in my Design Week summary.

Floral texture from concrete by iamart cement tile manufacturer - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Rug and fabric with floral pattern

Canevas collection for GAN is designed by Charlotte Lancelot. She uses the traditional cross stitches to create a contemporary look.

Charlotte Lancelot’s floral Canevas collection for GAN - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Charlotte Lancelot’s floral Canevas collection for GAN - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Moooi has many wonderful floral rugs. And not-floral as well, but now we are talking about floral 😉

Eden queen from the Signature collection by Marcel Wanders is one of my favourites. Looks very good in their London showroom.

Eden queen floral rug by Marcel Wanders Moooi - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Edward van Vliet’s Garden of Eden Light Grey is also part of the Signature carpets.

Edward van Vliet’s Garden of Eden Light Grey for Moooi - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

From Russia with love | Scarlenka allover wrapped rug is designed by Jan Kath. The rug looks like a painting of gorgeous roses and luxuriant wreaths of flowers.

From Russia with love | Scarlenka Allover Wrapped rug by Jan Kath - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sonnen-pause outdoor fabric by Christian Fischbacher has a minimal floral pattern with petals. Available in more colours.

Sonnen-pause outdoor fabric by Christian Fischbacher - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Gartenfreund fabric is designed by Christian Fischbacher too. Photo-realistic flowers, butterflies and birds are printed on the fine cotton batiste.

Gartenfreund fabric by Christian Fischbacher - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Gartenfreund fabric by Christian Fischbacher - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Floral painting and print

Kitty McCall’s All the flowers print in A2 size provides a happy atmosphere with its vivid colours for your home.

Kitty McCall’s All the flowers print - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

The Megan Grant floral painting (right side of the photo) looks gorgeous with the fenton & fenton furniture.

Megan Grant floral painting with fenton & fenton - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ashley Woodson Bailey floral print features colourful petals in a beautiful way.

Ashley Woodson Bailey floral print - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ali Wood artist has amazing still life and flowers paintings. This oil painting on wood is called Decisions made.

Ali Wood flower painting: Decisions made - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Look at this wall with 4 paintings of Ali Wood. AMAZING! The wall is painted with “Spruce” shade by Haymes Paint.

Ali Wood still life and flowers paintings - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Chairs and table inspired by flowers

The Tokujin Yoshioka designed chairs for Moroso are called Bouquet. Looks totally awesome, it makes you feel sitting in a flower bed.

Bouquet by Tokujin Yoshioka designed for Moroso - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bouquet by Tokujin Yoshioka designed for Moroso - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Petal chair with double backrest by Skandiform imitates the petals of a flower. It’s also available with single backrest.

Petal chair with double backrest by Skandiform - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Lemon blossom chair by Kati Meyer-Brühl resembles a blooming flower bud.

Lemon blossom chair by Kati Meyer-Brühl - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Antibodi armchair and lounge chair by Moroso is designed by Patricia Urquiola. The lightly padded petals feature reversible materials. Three-dimensional geometry derived from the cellular genesis of sewn petals using the layout of a graphic structure with a triangular base.

Antibodi armchair by Patricia Urquiola and Moroso - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Antibodi lounge chair by Patricia Urquiola and Moroso - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

The motif of Polly floral print armchair is created by the urban outfitters textile team.

Polly floral print armchair by the urban outfitters - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Cappellini Juli Jubilee chair by Werner Aisslinger is upholstered with floral pattern. The main character of the Juli project is needle punching, an ancient craft technique allowing a very accurate pattern reproduction, guaranteeing the same accuracy of a handmade embroidery.

Cappellini Juli Jubilee chair by Werner Aisslinger is upholstered with floral pattern - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Hive ottoman by Atelier Oï for B&B Italia. Hive means “beehive”, the complex structure generated by small elements. The three-dimensional surface was created from the assembly of small leather “leaves”, discarded from the manufacturing process. It took two years of work to perfect the final design.

Ottomans accompanied by smaller tables will look like a flower and its leaves.

Hive ottoman by Atelier Oï for B&B Italia - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ukiyo low table by Kazuhiko Tomita for Moroso is a side table with a simple, red steel-wire stand which contrasts with the elaborate decoration of the Kimono fabric.

Ukiyo low table by Kazuhiko Tomita for Moroso - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

The tabletops are decorated with the patterns used in kimonos. It’s inspired by Ukiyo, one of the most well-known cultural movements of the 18th Century. Related to Shintoist realism, which states that nothing can remain unchanged for long. From this perspective, no one can say whether the just bloomed flower will still be alive a moment later.

 

Ukiyo low table by Kazuhiko Tomita for Moroso - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Floral lamps

Doriana Fuksas’ Desert rose lamp for Slamp is a “floral stone”. The elegant form levitates weightlessly.

Doriana Fuksas’ Desert rose lamp - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Megaflowers are from the Flowers collection by Hüttners. Create your unique chandelier by combining the “blooms”.

Megaflowers by Hüttners - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Refresh your kitchen with floral accessories

On this floral print charger plate by Zara Home, every food will taste good.

Floral print charger plate by Zara Home - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

On this other with mini pink floral prints too.

Charger plate with mini pink floral prints by Zara Home - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Floral patterned tablecloth by H&M Home is magnificent with its vivid colours.

Floral patterned tablecloth by H&M Home - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

This other tablecloth by H&M Home is more sophisticated with its white background and floral patterns.

Floral patterned tablecloth by H&M Home - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Paint + petals melamine serving bowl designed by Bridgette Thornton is available on anthropologie. The fruits or any kind of food will look amazing on the colourful plate and bowl.

Paint + Petals Melamine Serving Bowl on anthropologie - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Flowers bed in your bedroom

Daniella floral comforter in Mauve and Cream Multi pattern by urban outfitters would like to invite you to bed. Enjoy your sleep with the flowers.

Mauve Daniella Floral Comforter by urban outfitters - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Cream Multi Daniella Floral Comforter by urban outfitters - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Lillian Farag floral duvet cover is also amazingly beautiful, it could be a painting with the abstract floral pattern.

Lillian Farag floral duvet cover - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Oh deer’s Summertime garden cushion has a very cool graphic. A cute quote from Oh deer:

“Our cushions are Vegan, yes we know that you have no plans to eat them, but we just wanted to assure you they contain nothing harmful to animals.”

Summertime Garden cushion by Oh deer - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bathroom with flowers

Daniella floral shower curtain by urban outfitters will help you feel cleaner after a shower.

Daniella Floral Shower Curtain by urban outfitters - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Paradise floral print velour towel by Lands’end will dry up the water.

Paradise Floral print velour towel by Lands’end - How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Petal, flower, blossom, colour, sunshine. This is spring for me!

I like colours, geometric and floral patterns in home decoration (and in clothes). BUT be aware where the limit is. Don’t try to cover everything with flowers, it would be too much. For example, a floral wallpaper and a lamp can work well together, but with a floral chair, the result would be excessive.

How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Keep it simple like fenton & fentonSometimes less is more 😉 If you need advice, I am here for you!

Ready for spring and floral?

Pin and save the picture for inspirations.

How to give life to your interior with floral pattern? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Brazil,Travel

10 things to do and see in São Paulo

10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

There are so many things to see and do in São Paulo, so I made a short guide for you about my favourite spots. Everyone will find its interest because the city provides culture, street art, amazing and vivid architecture, parks, sport opportunities, gastro experiences and great nightlife. This list could be endless with so many options considering the size of the city.

São Paulo is huge, it is the home of 12 million people + 9 million in the outer districts. People from the city are known as paulistanos, people from the state are paulistas.

The traffic can be crazy. Mostly we used Uber but also tried the public transport, which works totally okay if you avoid the rush hours. The tourist attractions aren’t that close to each other, so you can’t visit everything on foot.

It’s the most expensive city in Brazil. Always take care of your belongings, I will write this down several times because I’ve heard this every day form Brazilians.

Sooooo here is my top 10:

1. Walk on Avenida Paulista

Avenida Paulista is the city’s largest boulevard. It stretches 2,8 km long and it’s bordered with financial headquarters and cultural institutions.

The avenue starts from Praça Marechal Cordeiro de Farias and it ends at Praça Oswaldo Cruz. The construction started in 1891 and it became the 1st paved street in São Paulo in 1909. They imported asphalt from Germany to complete the project.

Avenida Paulista in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

The avenue is a home of important events and a lot of functions are located on Avenida Paulista: historic and modern buildings, shopping malls, restaurants, coffee shops, excellent schools, parks (Parque Siqueira Campos, Casa das Rosas in Paraíso), cultural centers (Centro Cultural Itaú, Centro Cultural FIESP/CIESP) and the famous art museum, MASP.

MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) is one of the city’s best art museum. It has the finest collection of Western art in Latin America and hosts fantastic temporary exhibitions. The building is a main symbol of modern Brazilian architecture, was designed by Lina Bo Bardi. The glass structure stands 8 meters above ground on 4 concrete pillars connected by two huge concrete beams. The distance between the pillar pairs is 74 meters, which was the largest in the world at that time.

MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

When to visit MASP?

It’s open longer on Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm, Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm. The museum is closed on Monday.

Ticket: R$ 35.00 for adults, R$ 17.00 for students

 

2. Enjoy the city view from a skyscraper

There are 3 famous historic skyscrapers in São Paulo.

Edifício Martinelli

Edifício Martinelli is Brazil’s first skyscraper. The construction began in 1922 and it finished in 1934. The building was designed by Italian Brazilian entrepreneur, Giuseppe Martinelli. It was the tallest building in South America from 1934 to 1947. It is 106 meters tall and has 30 floors.

When to visit Edifício Martinelli?

We couldn’t go up to the panorama terrace because it was closed permanently (2017 December). Check out the website before visiting.

Edifício Martinelli - Historic skyscrapers in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Edifício Copan

Edifício Copan was designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 50s and opened in 1966. It is famous for its characteristic S shape. You cannot check the interior because it’s a residential building with 1160 apartments. It’s possible to visit an evangelical church, a travel agency, a bookstore, and 4 restaurants inside. We went up to the 32nd floor to the terrace. The view is amazing in its own way: buildings, buildings and buildings. Those 12 million people have to live somewhere, so no comment 😉 I wouldn’t want to use this staircase, looks a bit scary from 115 m high.

Edifício Copan by Oscar Niemeyer - Historic skyscrapers in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Edifício Copan by Oscar Niemeyer - Historic skyscrapers in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Currently, the facade is under construction, so it’s covered with a transparent drape to protect pedestrians from the facade’s loose mosaic tiles.

Edifício Copan by Oscar Niemeyer - Historic skyscrapers in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

When to visit Edifício Copan?

You can go up only at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm during the day.

Admission is free. The elevator is at the F block.

 

Edifício Itália

Edifício Itália (Italy Building) stands next to Copan with its 165 meters and 46 floors. It is the 3rd tallest building in Brazil. It was designed by Brazilian architect Franz Heep in 1960.

It has a rooftop observation deck, which is open for tourists. A restaurant called Terraço Itália is located on the 41st floor and a bar on the 42nd floor. Both of them offer a great panoramic view. We skipped these option after checking the prices on the menu. We didn’t go to the top because we visited Copan and could see Edifício Itália from its terrace.

Edifício Itália - Historic skyscrapers in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

When to visit Edifício Itália?

Visiting time of the rooftop: 3 pm – 7 pm. The restaurant is open from 12 am to 0 pm between Monday and Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it’s opened until 1 pm and it closes at 11 pm on Sunday.

Ticket to the rooftop: R$ 30.00

 

3. Check out some buildings of Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer was a famous Brazilian architect, who was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro in 1907 and passed away in 2012, 10 days before his 105th birthday. He is considered to be one of the key figures of modern architecture. In 1988 Niemeyer was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s most prestigious award.

His features are curving lines (which are inspired by the woman’s body), catwalk ramp, white and red colours.

His works can be seen mainly in Brazil such as in Brasília city, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Niterói and of course in São Paulo, but he has buildings in the USA, France, Italy, Venezuela and Algeria too.

His first building in São Paulo was the Montreal Building (Condomínio Edifício Montreal) in Centro district. The construction of the rounded building began in 1951.

As you could read few lines before (at point 2), Edifício Copan was also designed by Niemeyer. So at the same time, you can be in a Niemeyer building and admire the skyline of São Paulo.

He was asked to design Ibirapuera Park for the city’s 400th-anniversary celebration. The Ibirapuera Auditorium with its red “tongue” is magnificent, just like the sphere form of the Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavilion (Oca do Ibirapuera).

Ibirapuera Auditorium in Ibirapuera Park - Oscar Niemeyer buildings in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park - Oscar Niemeyer buildings in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

He developed V-shaped pilotis for Palácio da Agricultura, which is currently the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo). From the park, it can be reached through a bridge above the street.

Museum of Contemporary Art in Ibirapuera Park - Oscar Niemeyer buildings in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

The Califórnia Building (Condomínio Edifício Galeria Califórnia) in the República district is also supported by his V-shaped pilotis.

Memorial da América Latina is complex of building at Barra Funda district. The buildings (library, research centre, displays of art including Latin American folk art, Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies) are arranged around two squares. The memorial sculpture is a concrete opened hand with the map of Latin America painted in red, which is a reminder of the blood from the sacrifices that were made.

Memorial da América Latina - Oscar Niemeyer buildings in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Memorial da América Latina - Oscar Niemeyer buildings in São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

When to visit Memorial da América Latina?

It’s open between 9 am – 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday. The area is surrounded by a fence, which has openings from Rua Tagipuru and Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade.

 

4. Street art

São Paulo is a global hotspot for graffiti artists and many painted walls can be found in the city.

Eduardo Kobra

My must see mural was the Eduardo Kobra painting about Oscar Niemeyer at the end of Avenida Paulista at Praça Oswaldo Cruz. First I didn’t know how we are going to find it, but it’s hard not to notice it, it’s visible from the avenue with its vivid colours. Kobra, the Brazilian street artist made this painting in the memory of the famous Brazilian architect, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 104.

Street art: Oscar Niemeyer mural by Eduardo Kobra on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

After you see few paintings by Kobra, you will recognise the others. He painted Einstein as well at Rua Oscar Freire.

Street art: Einstein mural by Eduardo Kobra on Rua Oscar Freire, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

We found another one at Ibirapuera Park (spoiler alert: Ibirapuera Park will be the next point) and one at Escadaria Do Patapio close to Beco do Batman.

Eduardo Kobra mural at Escadaria Do Patapio close to Beco do Batman, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Beco do Batman

One of the best place for graffitis is at Beco do Batman (a.k.a. Batman Alley) in the Vila Madalena neighbourhood. The alley is located between Rua Harmonia and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque, but the whole area is full of street art. It got its nickname in the 80s when the DC Comics character Batman was painted on one wall. Later local art students began to fill the walls with psychedelic and cubist influenced designs. I loved it, every wall is covered with a colourful mural. It became a tourist attraction, so the graffitis are continually renovated and new pieces appear on top of the previous ones.

Street art in Beco do Batman, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Street art in Beco do Batman, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Street art in Beco do Batman, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

5. Picnic at Parque Ibirapuera

Ibirapuera Park is a large green area. It’s one of the largest city parks in Latin America.

It was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape architect Otávio Augusto Teixeira Mendes for the 400th anniversary of São Paulo in 1954.

In the 1,5 sq km park, you can walk, jog, cycle, skate, do exercise alone or in a group, have fun on the playgrounds, visit museums or just sit at the lake and enjoy the nature.

Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ibirapuera Park offers several cultural attraction in museums and concert hall. Biennial Pavilion (Pavilhão da Bienal) is a venue for some of the most important events such as São Paulo Fashion Week and Biennial of Architecture. The spherical form of Oca do Ibirapuera a.k.a Palácio das Artes (Palace of Arts) is famous for holding large exhibitions. Japanese Pavilion has an exhibition hall with Japanese art, samurai clothes, pottery, sculptures and a tea room. Museum of Modern Art (MAM) houses more than 4000 Brazilian contemporary sculptures and paintings. Museum of Contemporary Art is home to one of the biggest art collections of 20th-century Western art in Latin America. Afro-Brazil Museum is a space dedicated to showing the cultural achievements of Africans in Brazil.

You can find kiosks with coconut water and little bars with more food and drink. There are plenty of public toilets for free. We went there around Christmas time, so the trees were decorated with lights and we found a Christmas tree as well.

When to visit Ibirapuera Park?

Opening time: 5 am – midnight

Admission is free.

 

6. Visit Pinacoteca do Estado for Brazilian art (and for the architecture)

The Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is one of the most important art museums in Brazil and the oldest art museum in São Paulo. It provides a huge selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures by Brazilian and foreign artists from the 19th century until today.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

It opened in 1905, the building was designed by Ramos de Azevedo in 1897 and underwent an award-winning renovation between 1994 and 1998 by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who stripped the interior of the neoclassical building and exposed the brick surface.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

The park, Parque Jardim da Luz next to the museum is worth a visit as well.
Be careful at the area (sorry for saying this again…), in front of the museum we called an Uber with our phone and a security guy from the museum entrance came and warned us to be careful because he saw many people got robbed there.

When to visit Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo?

It’s closed on Tuesday, not like the normal museums. It’s open from Wednesday to Monday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Ticket: Adult ticket costs: R$ 6.00, student price: R$ 3.00. Admission is free on Saturdays.

 

7. Eat mortadella sandwiches at Mercadão Municipal de São Paulo

São Paulo’s most famous market is not far from the Pinacoteca. Mercadão Municipal is housed in a neo-classical building with vaults and stained glass windows. It is huge and very busy. Keep an eye on your belongings (I could say this all the time), just be careful. The fruits, fishes, spices and cheeses are beautiful.

Mercadão Municipal de São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

The spices and oils are hung like a decorating element. Those cinnamon pieces on the photo were around 30 cms long, amazing!

Mercadão Municipal de São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

Try the famous mortadella sandwiches at Bar do Mané, which is close to the main entrance on Rua Cantareira. The sandwiches are amazing and super tasty. They offer different variations: cold, hot, with cheese, with salad etc. We asked for the traditional warm version with cheese for R$ 22.00. The bread is cut in half, so we ate half-half, totally enough (for me).

Mortadella sandwiches at Bar do Mané in Mercadão Municipal de São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

When to visit Mercadão Municipal de São Paulo?

The market is open from 6 am to 6 pm, but a lot of places close before 5 pm.

Bar do Mané doesn’t serve food after 4:30 pm, be there in time to grab your sandwiches.

The area around the building is an open-air market, which opens at 6 pm when the market is closing.

 

8. Have a Brazilian breakfast in a padaria

Padaria (Brazilian bakery) is a typical place to have breakfast and drink coffee. A lot of Brazilians don’t eat breakfast at home, they go to a padaria to grab some salgados, juice and coffee. The must-try breakfast is salgados: pão de queijo (cheese bread), coxinha (croquette), pastel and empada were my favourites. Read more about Brazilian breakfast and other must-try food in my previous post.

Opposite MASP in Charme da Paulista, we had these amazing salgados and papaya juice for breakfast.

Brazilian breakfast with salgados and papaya juice in a padaria - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

9. Try the Brazilian barbecue in a Churrascaria

When I visit a foreign country I just have to try their traditional food and drink. If you choose only one, that must be the Churrasco, the Brazilian barbecue.

Churrascaria is the most traditional restaurant in Brazil. It works like an all you can eat restaurant, which contains the meat and the side dishes, but not the drinks and desserts. You grab your salad, rice, farofa and whatever you want, then wait for the meat. The waiters go around with the different kind of meats on huge skewers. You have tongs to grab the slice of the meat and put it on the plate. Use the green “sim, por favor” sign, when you are satisfied change to the red “não obrigado” sign, so they will know not to bring more meat.

Must-try food in Brazil: Churrasco, Brazilian barbecue - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

They also serve grilled cheese, chicken heart, sausage and grilled pineapple.

We visited Tendall grill Bela Vista, which was the closest to our accommodation. The meal for 1 person costs 40 reais.

Read my other post for more traditional Brazilian food and drink.

 

10. Nightlife

Go out and enjoy the various faces of São Paulo. Talk with Brazilians, they are super cool and friendly. The way they dance is amazing.

Visit bars, which offer Live Samba music (usually on Saturdays). The best area is Vila Madalena for that. We weren’t on Saturday in São Paulo, so I can’t tell my experiences about samba music, but my Brazilian friends said Pau Brasil and Ó do Borogodó are famous for samba.

Nightlife is also about drinking. Caipirinha, the original Brazilian cocktail is a must-try drink in Brazil, because it’s made of cachaça, which is the most famous alcoholic beverage of the country. It is mixed with sugar, ice and lime.

Caipirinha in Hotel Unique, São Paulo - 10 things to do and see in São Paulo | Aliz’s Wonderland

This was my São Paulo Top 10!

Which was your favourite? Or do you have more suggestions for my next visit?

dessert,Recipe

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

This ricotta cheesecake is almost a normal cheesecake, but not exactly. The cream cheese is mixed with ricotta, so it won’t be as tall as the traditional one. But the taste is mmmmm 🙂 The crust is covered with the ricotta cream cheese mixture and topped with lemon curd. Every layer is delicious and together they are perfect!

I prefer this dessert in summer because it’s cold and the lemon curd is so refreshing thanks to the lemon. Don’t worry, I won’t stop you to prepare it in winter 😉

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

Before cutting the lemon in half, wash the skin so that any dirt or bacteria residing on the surface will not be transferred to the fruit’s interior.

I have a trick how to make crumbs from the biscuits. Place the biscuits into a plastic bag and close it. Roll them on a board with a rolling pin.

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

Every oven works differently, so 1st time check the cake before the required baking time. I baked it on 175 ºC (347 ºF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the cake.

 

Preparation time: 30 min

Cooking time: 20 min

Ingredients for a 30 cm cake form:

For the crust:

  • 250 gr (2,5 cups) biscuit, pulsed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 0,25 teaspoon salt
  • 70 gr (0,3 cup) butter, melted (+ few grams to grease the cake form)
  • pinch of salt

For the ricotta cheesecake filling:

  • 400 gr (1,75 cups) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 250 gr (1 cup) ricotta cheese, room temperature
  • 150 gr (0,75 cup) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1,5 tablespoons whole grain flour
  • juice of 2 big lemons
  • zest of 1 big lemon
  • 1 cup lemon curd (or more)

 

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make ricotta cheesecake?

Preheat the oven to 175 ºC (347 ºF). Grease your cake form with butter and set it aside.

Crust

Make crumbs from the biscuits. (I used oat biscuits, but it will work with butter biscuits as well.) Combine the crumbs with sugar, salt and the melted butter in a food processor. Stir well until combined.

Press the crust into the bottom of the cake form. Put into the preheated oven, remove after 5 minutes and set aside to cool.

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ricotta cheesecake filling

In the meantime, prepare the filling. In a food processor beat cream cheese and ricotta cheese until smooth, then add sugar and vanilla extract, mix well. Add the eggs, egg yolk and beat until fully combined. Stir in flour, lemon zest and juice. Whisk until it’s incorporated.

Pour the filling on the crust layer. Place the cake form back into the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Be sure not to over bake the cake. The cake is done when the top has some wrinkles and the top is separate from the cake form’s side.

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

Turn off the oven and let the cake cool inside the oven for 15 minutes. Remove it and let it cool down. Refrigerate for few hours.

Lemon curd

I have another post about how to make lemon curd from 4 ingredients. You can prepare it on the previous day, so it will be cold and you have to wait only for the cake to cool down.

Before adding the lemon curd, make sure that the cake is completely cold. Otherwise, the curd would melt and it might mess up the cheesecake layer.

Use 1-1,5 cup lemon curd for the topping.

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

The cake is ready to serve. Enjoy it!

You can store it in the fridge for 7 days (I guess…), but it had never lived that much 😉

 

Try out the cheesecake and let me know about your success. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy the baking and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Ricotta cheesecake with lemon curd | Aliz’s Wonderland

The crust and cheesecake layers were inspired by the cupcake recipe of baker by nature.