7 Myths about Germany that are not true

Lately, I have been struggling to live in Germany. A lot of the things really annoy me here since I have been back from China, and I am in a constant state of wanderlust. Still, Germany is the country I was born and grew up in, and this past year I got to explore a lot of amazing german cities and most of them were pretty amazing. So I thought I would show some “Heimatliebe” (home country love) and debunk some of the most common myths about my home country.

  1. All Germans are Nazis
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    Of course, there is the NPD (the nationalists party) in Germany that is actually a legal party that can be elected into the Bundestag, and I guess there are many Nazis all around the world (I am looking at you America!), still I would say that this is not true about Germany. We have racist and intolerant people everywhere, the more fascist people demonstrate on the streets, the more people will oppose them in bigger numbers to celebrate culture and international influences. I did experience my share of every day intolerance in Germany about my turkish background, but nowadays, I am trying to get over it as long as I am not being insulted or physically threatened.

  2. The trains are efficient and always on time
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    Many foreigners think that the train system is as good as the car manufacturing in Germany, but I have to disappoint you: The trains are always late, drive rarely, are dirty, always have technical issues, and they are more expensive than taking the frigging plane! I just hate these trains by now! I had been taking them for around 5 years now, almost every day, and they have been annoying me so much! They are actually one of the reasons I wanna leave this country :’D

  3. Germans walk around in leather pants and Dirndl every day
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    The only time germans (and with this, I don’t mean ALL germans. Some of them don’t like these clothes at all) will wear their traditional clothes is at the octoberfest or spring fest, or on occasional festivities.

  4. Germans only drink beer and eat sausage
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    Okay, germans do eat a lot of sausage and beer counts as a full meal in some south german cities. But there are actually a lot of vegetarians and vegans here, and many people (guys included) who would rather drink wine or a fizzy cocktail than beer. Many girls prefer white wine over beer and I have met some guys who’d rather drink a cocktail than a beer, especially during parties in big clubs. Beer is more of a relax/barbeque/football drink.

  5. Germans don’t shave
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    If you go to Berlin, you might find a lot of “hairy” women who pretend to shave just as a rebellious act against sexist social norms set towards women and how society thinks they should look like. Then again, there are a lot of people from different backgrounds living in Berlin, and because of its liberal, queer mindset, Berlin might be one of the most tolerant cities around the world, both towards foreigners and gay/queer/trans people. If I look at a normal german suburban town like the one I am living at, it’s the exact opposite: If I were to walk around with unshaved legs and armpits, people would give me looks. Everyone in Germany is shaved! This myth has been formed in the 80s when feminism was born and the free body culture was gaining popularity, which leads me to the next myth:

  6. Germans only go to FKK beaches (nude beaches)
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    Germans can be very tolerant when it comes to being natural and accepting nudity. There are actually a lot of nude beaches and thermal baths that have textile free days and hours, but there are many young germans who can’t cope with this situation here either. I feel like it’s more the older generation that practices this or new-age hippies. Also in changing rooms of fitness studios, you will see middle aged women walking around naked with a bush while young girls will cover up and try to get dressed with their towel still covering them.

  7. Everyone drives the newest car
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    It is quite true that germans love their cars, man and woman alike. They probably love their cars more than beer and sausage. But not everyone drives a Benz here. And not everyone has the newest model. Especially beginners will start with an older car to lower the costs in case of a small accident. And there are also people who don’t have enough money or don’t wanna spend their money on the newest car every half a decade. As much as germans love their cars, they love their environment a little bit more and will keep their car for years, giving it to their kids when they’re older, instead of buying a new one.

And this was everything that I could debunk about german myths. I am sure there are at least as much more as the ones I mentioned. If you have any in your mind, don’t be shy to ask me in the comments.

I hope you liked this post!

Thanks for reading!

Merveille.

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Maloha Hawaiian Poké Bowl, Berlin

As you could read in my previous blog post about my first restaurant review, I already attempted the next one. This time, it’s a restaurant that serves a dish with a growing popularity worldwide.

I’m talking about the famous Hawaiian Poké Bowls. It’s bascially sushi in a bowl and is being hyped up all over social media, ahead of all, instagram.
Since Hawaii has a huge Japanese population, it’s no wonder that this healthy fusion food is becoming a global food trend very quickly.

I was lucky enough to have tried it quite soon during my short trip to Berlin end of July. Here are my impressions.

Maloha Hawaiian Poké Bowl, Berlin

Website: –

Address: Oranienburger Str. 7, 10178 Berlin

Google Rating: 4,5

 

Location

It’s located in one of the popular neighbourhoods in Berlin, close to Oranienburgstraße.
The best route is to get out at Hackesche Höfe. From there, it’s a very short walk, actually shorter than I expected. I passed a lot of interesting stores and suddenly found myself in front of the restaurant. There is definitely a lot to explore here, and the hip magazine store ‘do you read me?’ is just around the corner as well.

Interior

The interior of this place is probably just as good as the food that’s being served. When you walk in you first wanna stand still and turn around your head to take in all the greenery, the art on the wall and the cute seating options. I especially loved the swings in front of the two windows where you can eat your bowl and observe the people passing by. You can pause eating and just swing around and explore the restaurant further with your eyes.

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Food

Food Selection:

There are two ways to select your bowl: You either choose one of the pre-designed bowl that come with certain ingredients, or you build your own bowl. I did the latter one so I have no clue how the pre-designed bowls look like.
Apart from Poké Bowls, they also offer healthy smoothies, including Acai! I already ordered my drinks when I realized they were offering smoothies as well.

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Food Presentation:

The Presentation could have looked better in my opinion. I imagined it to look like one of those instagramable breakfast bowls only with veggies. Still, it’s worth taking a photo.

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Taste:

There is nothing to complain about the taste. It tasted creamy, had different tastes included and was healthy at the same time.
Here is how you can build your own bowl:
1. Base: White Rice or Whole Wheat Rice.
2. Fish: You can choose whether you like salmon, tuna, shrimps or tofu. You can only choose one.
3. Veggies: You can choose as much as you like. They had different ones such as onions, peppers, carrots and more.
4. Extras: If you wanted one of these ingredients, you’d have to pay 50ct extra. I choose Avocado. They also had seaweed, kimchi, and more.
Sauce: They have around 5-6 different sauces including soy, peanut, and sesame which I chose.
When you finish building your bowl, you get salad and sesame seeds on top of your bowl. It’s such an amazing taste! I would even dare to say that I like it more than sushi :’D You definitely have to try it if you get the chance to.

Service

The girl who served me was quite nice. After I finished my bowl and brought it back to the counter, the owner (I think she was the owner) talked to me and asked if I liked it. Then, she offered me to try the peanut sauce with some rice for free and I accepted. So nice of her! We talked and I found out that she originally came from near Stuttgart, so that was nice to know :D People are really nice in Berlin. They are so open-minded and like talking to strangers. That’s so refreshing.

 

Final Rating: 5/5 Sesame Seeds

Kame – Japanese Bakery, Berlin

As I have already announced on my previous blog post, I decided to start a new format which should be dedicated to restaurants. I will review everything about it from location, interior, service, and of course the food itself.

I will start with one of the locations I visited during my short Berlin trip end of July  which was exactly two weeks ago now.

Without further ado, let’s start!

Kame – Japanese Bakery

Website: http://www.kame.berlin/

Address: Leibnizstraße 45, 10629 Berlin

Google Rating: 4,5

Location

Kame is located close to the U-Bahn Station Savignyplatz. It’s easy to navigate, only within less than 10 minutes walking distance from the U-Bahn stop. You won’t be bored walking to the bakery, since it leads you through one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Berlin. The buildings are all kept in a romantic style that makes you feel like you are rather in Paris than in Berlin. But don’t use up the storage of your camera too soon; save it for what is waiting for you in the café.

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Interior

Rustic, warm, and hip. These three words came into my mind when I entered the café and found myself immediately in front of the counter. Behind the counter was a small niche to sit down where you had to take off your shoes. The rest of the seating possibilities were made of wooden benches, and stools by the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

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Food

Food Selection:

I was standing in front of the counter for around 10 minutes until I knew what I wanted to eat and drink. I ordered an Anpan (a bun filled with Anko past a.k.a. red bean paste) and a bowl of Matcha. They serve their Matcha in huge cereal bowls, so don’t be taken off by the price. Also, the tea is offered in a teapot and you can order endless hot water for free. Apart from Anpan, Melonpan and other pan, they also served western pastries like croissants, and all the cakes with Matcha flavour (Brownies, Cheesecake, Tiramisu). If you don’t want anything sweet, you can also order lunch food like soups and different kinds of Onigirazu.

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Food Presentation:

It’s pretty instagramable. I loved the plates they were served on. All of them were kept in the same colour scheme of blue, green, white.

Taste:

To be honest, I imagined the food to taste better. The dough of the Anpan was a bit dry and the Matcha tasted a bit watery. Maybe I was just unlucky with my selection, but I would expect the Matcha to taste better than the one you get at Starbucks.

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Service

Again, maybe I was unlucky, but the woman who served me seemed a bit annoyed. I got the feeling that she’d rather be somewhere else. I was most probably unlucky with that day’s service, but that was a bit of a let-down.

 

Final Rating: 3,5/5 Matcha bowls

Weekly Wonders: Berlin Callling

I will already prepare you for this post, since it only contains a little preview of my short trip to Berlin. Nothing else really happened that week. I was basically just working, except for this little weekend getaway to Germany’s amazing capitol city. Let’s start with the pictures!

1. At the beginning of the week, we all got together with my cousins and had dinner at Archie’s, which is an American style chain restaurant. They have amazing burgers. I ate the Kobe Beef Burger which was delicious <3

2. On Saturday morning, around 6am, I arrived at the airport and was shocked! It was filled with sooo many people! Thousands of thousands of vacationers, getting ready to fly away to some sunny parts of the world! I have never seen our home airport so busy. I felt lucky that I already checked-in online and didn’t have to queue for that. The lines for the security checks were so long, they nearly reached back to the entrance doors. Nevertheless, I made it on time for my flight.

3. After I finally arrived in Berlin, I took a nap at my friend Yen’s apartment and then we met to get our nails done. It’s really cheap there, only 26€!!! Here, you pay 35€ just for a refill -.-

4.+5. We then walked around the city of Potsdam a little bit. Here, you can see the Brandenburger Tor of Potsdam, and the city hall.

6. In the evening, it was finally time to meet for Yen’s Birthday Dinner at the korean BBQ restaurant Kimchi Princess. The lighting was really bad though, so I don’t have good pictures from there :’D

7. After dinner, we went to the club The Pearl where my friend booked a table for us. It was an amazing party and many of us had some drinks too much :’D

8. The next morning, we woke up pretty hungover and tired, but we decided not to waste the day and go explore the Thai Park. It was all very yummy, but unfortunately, I lost the pictures :'( To make up for that, here is a photo of my favourite dessert: Hong Kong Waffles. This was sold at a restaurant at Rosenthaler Straße called Chicken Buzz. It was a chinese restaurant, and they also served these waffles and refreshing lemonades <3

9. Towards the end of the day, we were feeling a bit more energetic, especially after that raspberry lemonade. We decided to head to Alexanderplatz and take some photos in front of the TV Tower. They actually turned out pretty fine!

 

I will write some seperate posts about Berlin as well. It will contain a lot of food, so be prepared for that. I was actually thinking about starting a restaurant guide on this blog where I review different locations and the food they serve. Tell me if you’d be interested below. In general, I am lagging behind with blogging. I am always extremely tired from work, so it’s really hard for me to blog regularly. It was easier in the past when I was still a student. I realize how much time I used to have back then.

What about you guys? When do you find time for blogging?
Have you ever been to Berlin? If so, tell me your favourite spots there.

Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Merveille

 

6 Things to do in cute, cozy Colmar

On the 19th of July, we took a little day trip to Colmar.

Our way led us through the Blackforest and the Titisee (Titi Lake) where we also had a short stopover.

Here are 6 things to do during your Colmar trip:

1. Drive through the Blackforest

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If you want to drive to Colmar by car, the route through the Blackforest is inevitable. The ride offers some great and amazing views of massive trees that will make you feel stunned by the sheer size and might of nature. 

2. Eat Blackforest Cake with the view over Lake Titisee

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There are a lot of cafes that offer Blackforest cakes by the Titisee. If you don’t have time to walk around the little village, it’s not a big loss though. It’s basically filled with tourist shops selling expensive Cuckoo’s Clocks.

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3. Explore Colmar by foot

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There is a reason for the colours of these houses. In the past, they had certain meanings. Yellow: Bakery; Blue: Fisher; Red: Butcher; Pink: Brothels

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It’s a tiny town which is easy to explore by foot. Plus, you will discover many cute streets, shops and cafes.

4. Explore Colmar by boat

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This was the swans’ nest <3

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This is a must, since Colmar is a canal city. Make sure to first buy your boat ticket and return at the designated time to enter your boat.
We took the tour close to a pub where we had to purchase the tickets inside the pub. Also, our boat guide was very charming and handsome. I loved his french accent when he talked english.

5. Eat Crepes

If you return from France without eating Crepes, you obviously have done something wrong. It’s not only a myth: crepes in France do taste better.

6. Eat before 2pm or after 7pm

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Most, or rather, no restaurant will be serving food between 2pm and 7pm. There are some that still serve food until 4 pm, but only a handful. Most restaurants are also completely closed during this time. When we wanted to eat at around 4.30pm, they told us that the kitchen just closed and will open at 7pm. We were desperate, so we visited the Marché Couvert where we had that meal above. It was delicious, but we were sad that we couldn’t try one of the many, lined up Michelin restaurants.

Weekly Wonders: Cute France, Summer Fests and an exhausting week

1. Finally, my book “OTP’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke”, arrived on monday, the 17th, as well as my Gorillapod. 

2. In the evening, I had Indian for dinner, because I was craving it soooo much lately <3

3. + 4. Summer Day trip No. 2 took us to Colmar which is in the Alsace region of France. It was beautiful, cute and relaxed, with some minor difficulties :’D More of it in a seperate blog post. We even visited the Titisee on the way back.

5. + 6. We also took a ride on the canal in one of the boats. Our punter and guide was a young handsome frenchie and he provided us with a lot of interesting facts about the architecture we saw lined up along the river Rhine.

7. No trip to France is complete without having a real french crepe <3 It was truly delicious!

8. + 9. I even found a small japanese shop there that sold Omochi filled with red bean paste <3

10. On Thursday, I first, had to work for the day shift, then I went to the summer festival of the company that owns my workplace. It was amazing, including these black bun burgers <3

11. – 13. Just shortly after we arrived at the venue, it started raining though. All the benches outside got wet and the ground got all muddy and wet. When we tried to walk back to our seats, we literally sunk into the mud. Our feet looked disgusting at the end of the night.
Still, it didn’t hinder us from taking a lot of selfies :’D
Also, in the late evening hours, we started to take over the dance floor. It was so much fun and I was so exhausted when I finally fell into my warm, cozy bed :’D

 

As you can probably tell from my entries above, the third week of July was pretty exhausting for me. Not only with work, but also with travels and activities scattered throughout the week, it was hard to find time to do anything else – including blogging which is why I only had time to do so now :’D

Also, on saturday after work, I was invited to one of my longest known friend’s birhtday party. We went to a mexican restaurant. I had Tacos Dorados con Pollo and after finishing eating, I had the biggest food baby ever. I was so full! And the drinks didn’t make it feel better :’D Anyway, it was a very fun evening, but I was so happy when I finally came home and fell into my bed – once again :’D

On Sunday, I just stayed home the whole day  :’D

I hope your week was as great and les exhausting than mine :D

Thank you for popping by and reading my entries!

See you next week on Weekly Wonders!

Merveille.

Weekly Wonders: Food, Castles, and Reggaeton

Apart from our trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle on Monday, July 10th, the rest of the week was not very spectacular. Most of the time, I had to work until late. Still, I managed to do some stuff:

 

1,2+3. As I have already described in my last blog post, I have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, and it was AMAZING! You can read all about it here.

4. I have also finished this book: “Read this if you want to be Instagram-famous” which I got as a birthday gift as you can read on my blogpost here. The book was actually really good and very interesting.

5. On Thursday, we went to our local ice cream parlour to have some delicious ice cream bowls. I also got one of my last birthday presents – a huge see-through umbrella :)
I also got my new passport, finally :)

6.+7. On Sunday, we went to a summer party called Latin Island together with our cousin. First we ate something. Without hesitation, I chose the grilled shrimp skewers. Later, we sat by the pool after we finished eating and being fed up with the wasps swarming over our dishes. In the early evening, we decided to move to the dance floor and mingled with the crowd. It was a great party on a sunday afternoon/early evening.

 

I hope you guys had an even more amazing week!

Thank you for reading! See you next week on Weekly Wonders!

Merveille.

 

Do’s and Don’ts at Neuschwanstein Castle

Because it was my brother’s birthday on Monday, July 10th, and we all had the day off, we decided to take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. Despite having lived in Germany for all of our lives, we never managed to visit this most iconic castle.

Here are the most important Do’s and Don’ts for visiting the busiest place in Germany:

Do: The early bird

Arrive as early as possible! Whether by train or car, make sure to leave on time.

Don’t: Forget to bring enough liquids

The air up there is a bit thinner, and a lot of walking is involved. Make sure to bring at least 1L of water and stay hydrated.

Do: Buy a ticket for visiting the inside of the castle

I’d recommend booking the tickets online so you can skip the line at the ticket counter and you can decide which time you wanna visit. Especially if you can’t arrive there early. We didn’t book them online, but we planned to arrive there quite early.

Do: Book an audio guide tour

If the guided tours don’t fit your schedule, the audio guide is a good alternative.

Don’t: Forget to bring your umbrella…

…or cagoule since the weather can be unpredictable, even in summer.

Don’t: Stand in line for the carriages for ONE HOUR!

 

I actually wanted to take the horse carriages up to the castle, but the line would take 1 hour. Plus the animals looked quite exhausted :/ Better to walk or opt for the busses which are also cheaper (1,80€).

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Do: Visit the Alpsee lake

You can find this lake right away after buying your tickets. It is very close to the bus stop. The lake is utterly beautiful and worth spending the whole day there, just enjoying the view.

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Don’t: Skip the Marienbrücke

Although you might get a shock from how filled it is, just brace yourself and go on that bridge to take that postcard picture. Be careful though, and hold on tightly to your camera.

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Do: Go beyond the Marienbrücke

Try to walk across the Marienbrücke and climb up the little ledge if you trust yourself and have some firm walking shoes made for that.

Do: Snacks

Eat something small and simple like a pretzel. Also a great photo idea together with the castle :)

Don’t: Forget to take photos of the architecture

You will probably have plenty of time before your tour begins, so this leaves the opportunity to snap a lot of photos of the castle from every angle imaginable.

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Don’t: Take photos inside the castle

It’s not allowed in the first place. Also, don’t play on your phone but absorb the surroundings and the intricate details of each room you are guided to.

Do: Visit a gift shop

Take your time to visit the second gift shop after the castle tour. The first, bigger one is overpriced and I didn’t like the stuff offered there. There is a second, smaller gift shop and they have some beautiful bookmarks there as well which I bought (5€). Also, there is an observation terrace after the castle tour where you can get the most awesome views on the two lakes and the Marienbrücke. Another reason to book the castle tour.

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Do: Have dinner at the Schloßrestaurant

When you choose the walking path down from the castle, you will come across this beautiful restaurant. They have great food, especially their sweet stuff smelled divine <3 I ate vegetarian cheese dumplings swabian style (It’s said that they were created there)

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Do: Walk all the way back downhill

Back down is easier than up. You can also do both if you are fit enough :) Plus, it saves you some money.

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Don’t: Loose your car at the parking lot

Remember exactly which parking lot it was that you used, and how you walked to the ticket counter. If you still end up loosing your car, ask one of the workers there, they will, strangely enough know exactly where you have parked :’D

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Do: Explore the oldtown of Füssen

If you are not too exhausted, and the weather is nice to you, drive downtown and explore the cute, colourful oldtown. Sit down at one of the street cafes, or get yourself a Schneeballen, a sweet treat that is famous for that part of Germany.

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Top 5 Christmas Markets to visit in Germany

It’s Christmas Market season in Germany right now which means that famous city centres all around the country are lit up and decorated  for about 1-4 weeks of Pre-Christmas Celebrations.

I have been living in Germany since my birth and I have spent almost every winter at my hometown, often going to Christmas markets around the place.

I haven’t been at every Christmas market, so this list is a mixture of the ones I have been to and the ones I would like to visit one day.

The order has no significance whatsoever:

1. Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market Stuttgart):

Source: stuttgarter-weihnachtsmarkt.de

The first part of the Christmas market in Stuttgart starts in the middle of the shopping street Königstraße, and it goes on into the market square which is actually quite big and very beautiful.

Source: stuttgart-tourist.de

Dates: 23.11.-23-12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday:     10am – 10pm
Sunday:                        11am –  9pm
Opening Day (November23rd): 5pm – 9pm
Shopping Night (December 17th): 10am – 10.30pm

Location: Marktpl., 70174 Stuttgart

2. Esslinger Mittelalter – und Weihnachtsmarkt (Middle age and Christmas Market Esslingen):

Source: bahn.de

This one is a very special Christmas Market. It is sprawled through the old city of Esslingen and one part consists of a middle age market with torches that light up the streets, dishes and snacks from that time, antique clothing pieces and activities like archery.

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Dates: 22.11. – 22.12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Opening Day (November 22nd): 5pm – 8.30pm
Daily: 11am – 8.30pm
Closing Day (December 22nd): 11am – 6pm

Location:  Rathauspl., 73728 Esslingen am Neckar

3. Dresdner Striezelmarkt (Christmas Market Dresden):

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Dresden is actually a city I have never been to, but would like to visit. The perfect combination for a city trip would thus be in December I guess.
In general, you can never do anything wrong with visiting Germany during December, because it is one of the most beautiful months to meet this country.

Dates: 24.11. – 24-12.2016

Opening hours: 
Daily: 10am – 9pm
Opening Day (November 24th) 4am – 9pm
Sternstunden (December 9th) 10am – 11pm
Closing Day (December 24th) 10am – 2pm

Location: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden

4. Nürnberger Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market Nürnber):

Source: stadtarchive-metropolregion-nuremberg.de

Nürnberg might as well be called the hometown of Christmas markets and Ginger bread. As a huge ginger bread fanatic, this Christmas Market is on my to-be-visited list, and should be on yours as well if you wanna come to Germany during Christmas-market season.

Source: bayern.by

Dates: 25.11. – 24.12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 9pm
Christmas Eve 24.12.:10 am – 2 pm

Location:  Hauptmarkt, 90022 Nürnberg

5. Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market Frankfurt):

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I have been to Frankfurt so many times, but I was never lucky enough to be there during the Christmas Market. Although Frankfurt is a very metropolitan city with skycrapers, it didn’t lose its historical side either.

Dates: 23.11.-22.12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Monday-Saturday: 10 am – 9pm
Sunday                       11 am  – 9pm

Location: Römerberg, Paulsplatz, Mainkai, Hauptwache, Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post about the Top 5 Christmas Markets in Germany where you can sip on some Glühwein (mulled wine) and eat some german delicacies.

Have you ever been to a Christmas Market in Germany or somewhere else? Did you like it? What was your highlight?

Thanks for reading,

And Travel Well!

Last view on Paris

Our last day in Paris has started, sad but true.

After having our last breakfast, we got packed and left the room. We asked if we could leave our suitcases until before our train departure and it was okay. We still had almost the whole day until 4pm. Then we should slowly get back to the hostel to collect our things and head to the train station.

But before that, we first wanted to go to Montmartre to see the Sacre Coeur and the Place du Tertre where artists are presenting their work and where you can get a portrait of yourself.

Walking to the hill where Sacre Coeur was reminded me a little bit when we walked up the Parc Güell in Barcelona. The street was aligned with shops left and right. We found a cookie store and bought some, but had to find out that they all tasted very strongly of soap :’D So if you come pass that store, don’t get in!

When we finally arrived at Sacre Coeur we were a bit out of breath, and I personally was a bit annoyed by the several street vendors, trying to trick you into buying some stupid stuff. Usually, I am really tolerant when it comes to things like these. In the end, they also have to earn their money. But there is a limit when someone violently grabs your arm and hinders you to continue walking. I screamed at him, wriggled my arm out his grip and quickened my pace. That was really rude and creepy. Anyway, take care of that when you walk up the church. Other than that, the view was beautiful, the sun was shining again, even on our last day and we sat down on a bench in front of the church, ate some cookies and took some selfies:

Before entering the church, we walked by a musician, playing the harp and people surrounding him and enjoying his music in such a beautiful weather, in one of the most beautiful cities.

We saw that the queue was not that long and were relieved. Inside, there was church service with a full choir and everything. I have never seen such a splendid church with such a glorious musical performance. I don’t really go to church since we are not christian, but I have been to the church a few times when at school, and once for our friend’s mum’s funeral. And I have also been to all the big famous churches around the world you can visit as a tourist. The Dome in Cologne is probably similar in its greatness to the Sacre Coeur.

We didn’t stay too long, so we left pretty soon. It was also not really allowed to film or take photos because of the service.
From there on, we continued walking on the left side behind the church that should lead us to the Place du Tertre. On our way there, we saw something quite bizarre: A woman walking her pet ferret. It made me go sick. People really have no other hobbies nowadays…

We soon found ourselves in the middle of the small but cute Place. I literally felt like in a french movie once again. It was like a dream:

The portrait artists were mostly busy, and my sister and me just casually looked around until we saw how a woman was drawing the portrait of a cute little girl in colour and we loved her style. We then decided to let our portrait be drawn as well, together in one picture. It took around an hour in total, but the result was amazing! We were left in awe:

After having our portrait drawn, we continued to walk into the tiny alleys of Montmartre to find a place to eat. I actually wanted to go to a certain restaurant, but we found another one on the way there which served typical french food, including Escargots which I wanted to try. We went inside and had a seat. I asked if I could only try one Escargot to decide whether to take the whole dish, because I never had it before. She said it was possible and she brought us two little nsails and I tried. My sister was disgusted, so she just filmed me eating it. It wasn’t bad actually. The consistency was okay, not too chewy. The taste was very garlicky and the colour was green due to some herbs it was cooked with. It really wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t used to the strong garlic taste which also makes me feel sick sometimes, so I opted for beef bouignon, the same as my sister.

It took quite a while until our dishes came. The mashed potatoes were good, but the beef was a bit fatty for our taste. We couldn’t eat all of it. Not really our best food experience in Paris. After that I would have preferred the snails :’D

 

Slowly, we headed back to the metro station. It was already early in the afternoon, and we still wanted to go up the Arc de Triomfe. We heard the view to be amazing from there as well, not as high up as on the Tour Montparnasse. It didn’t take long and we found ourselves on the Champs Elysees once again, this time in the middle of a sunny day.

We had to go through the underground passage to arrive on the island of the arc. The entrance to the top was free for us again, so another thing to be happy about. What didn’t make us so happy was the steep ascent to the top. We had to walk up the tiny winding stairs, and it made me both very dizzy and breathless.

But finally, we arrived at the top and the view was beautiful. When I see the pictures now I feel a sting in my stomach and a tiny burn in my eyes. It is just so beautiful. Paris, you are more beautiful than I could have  ever dreamed <3

Unfortunately, we had to slowly descend and leave for the metro. We found ourselves too soon back at the hostel again. We shopped some snack from the supermarket next to our hotel and headed to the station. I felt really sad to be going back to grey Stuttgart. I’ll be coming back for you Paris, I promise :*

I hope you guys enjoyed my trip to Paris. If you haven’t been to this city, I can only recommend you to put that city on top of your travel list. It comes from someone who had prejudices against this city but turned out to fall in love with this place.

The following posts will be travel advices for China and the experiences I had there. I still have to catch up a lot.

Thanks for walking along with me.

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 3/5

Food: 3/5
Shopping: 3/5
Nightlife: –
Transportation: 4/5