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.

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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.

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

Criss-Cross through Paris

After our exhausting but glorious second day that we spent in Versailles, we started our third day, Halloween day with another light breakfast.

Our first stop should be the Louvre. We didn’t know if we should go inside because I heard that you might need the whole day there. Plus we didn’t really want to spend another full day inside a building. Nevertheless, we took the metro to the Louvre, and after walking from the station to the famous glass pyramid, we could glance inside the museum a little bit:

There was a long line for sure, but it was nothing compared to the one at Versailles :’D Still, after seeing the immense size of the museum building from outside, we decided not to go inside. We shot some photos in front of the pyramid and then left to go to Notre Dame.

This way, we could see more of another sunny day in Paris. We didn’t regret our decision. The stroll across the Pont des Arts over to Ile de la Cite was wonderful. The weather was warm, the sun was reflecting diamonds on the Seine, and all the people just looked so happy. It felt like the beginning of spring.

On the way there, we walked past a Louis Vuitton building which was not a store though. We didn’t know what it was, so we just walked back to the bridge. Maybe if someone of you knows, you could tell us what it is, because it looked quite serious :’D


Before we arrived at Notre Dame, we saw a typical french cafe and since we were quite hungry, we sat down and had lunch. I ate a quiche and my sister had a croissant. It tasted good, and the prices weren’t as high as you’d expect either.

As soon as we were filled with food and drinks, we continued walking and found ourselves in front of Notre Dame after like 5 minutes. There was another long queue, but it went really fast since it was free for everyone and people usually didn’t stay inside for too long. We snapped some photos while waiting outside:

When we were inside, I was quite impressed by the stained windows and took loads of pictures again:

I didn’t expect us to stay inside that long. It was quite an interestend cathedral. But as we left I was content with the feeling to have seen every single corner of the cathedral. Another Disney setting crossed out of the list :’D

We now walked through the streets, looking at shops and buildings. I bought a key chain and 3 bookmarks. Then, on the way back to the bridge, we walked past a bakery called Huré that sold many tasty-looking pastry, cakes, sandwiches and quiches. There were also many people standing in front. We had a look inside and spent approximately 10-15 minutes, not being able to decide what to take. In the end, I took a croissant-like pastry that was square and filled with chocolate. My sister got a Brioche and a vegetable Quiche. We then headed to the bridge and found a bench to sit on and munch on our snacks. Mine was so delicious! I devoured it instantly <3 The atmosphere was excellent. There was a sweet little boy playing some typical french music on the accordeon. I felt like in a french movie and loved every second of it <3

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After our little break (yet another one), we wanted to look for a place to go shopping. My sister wanted to go to this mall (I forgot the name), and on our way there, we found a Stradivarius, a shop that we know from Turkey but unfortunately don’t have in shopping-poor Germany. I saw many things that I liked, but only bought a satin top and a cat-beanie. We found the mall and it was a big confusing to get around. We went to a couple of stores but didn’t find anything. Soon after leaving the mall, we headed to the nearest Laduree shop. We quickly found it and found ourselves in a small shop with quite a long queue. But that was fine for us, because this way we had plenty of time to decide which box to get and which taste of macarons to choose. We took the 8-piece-box and chose pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, lemon, coconut, noisette, and black currant. I liked all of them except for vanilla. That tasted like shampoo :’D

After leaving the shop, we quickly hurried to the next metro station. We wanted to go to the observation tower in Montparnasse and we wanted to watch the sunset from up there. It was not hard to find the tower from the metro station. It is a huge but actually beautiful, shiny building. We passed another La Fayette. I guess it is a smaller and less-touristy one, with maybe lower prices.

There was a queue and a strict security check before going up the elevator. Make sure not to have any suspicious things in your bags. My sister had a pepper spray and had to go out to throw it away. She had to stand in line again and I had to wait for her.
Anyway, we made it to the tower on time and the view was beautiful. There were glasses, hindering people from leaning over, so it was possible to get many beautiful shots at the cityscape.

We stayed there after sunset and when it started getting cold, we decided to leave finally. It was already around 7pm and we were slowly getting hungry. We looked for some restaurants nearby, and found a Libanese restaurant nearby. It wasn’t open yet, but the woman inside just let us inside so we didn’t have to wait in the cold. She told us we could order something to drink as long as they warmed up the stove. She also helped us choose our food, because it was the first time for us trying lebanese cuisine.
We chose a mixed platter of hot and cold meze-like dishes (the meze plates included a variety of pastries filled with cheese, meat and spinach. We had humus, yogurt with garlic, a strong bean dish, taboulet which is the green salad, baba ghanoush, and a kind of wheat salad that we call kisir in turkey).Plus, we chose a seperate hot dish that we shared as well. It was bulgur rice with chicken kebap.

It was amazing, I have to say. It is similar to turkish food, though. The restaurant was a family business and the son came and helped us more with introducing the food. He was really nice and fun and he said he has even been to Stuttgart, the city we are from and he loved it so much there. After our meal, he offered us Baklava on the house because we also told him that we were turkish. The baklava was without the sticky syrup and to be honest, it was more digestive than the original turkish one :’D

Another kind frenchie we met during our trip. It is wonderful to see so many nice people in a city like Paris that is negatively renowned for some of its rude citizens. I just don’t understand why people would say anything like that about such a wonderful city like Paris with so many beautiful people inhabiting it.

After being filled with too much amazing food, we headed back to our hotel. We could barely walk because of our food babies growing in our bellies :’D

We were so tired, we just passed out on our beds.

This was our last full day in Paris. It is sad to say that. We had such a wonderful time there. It was probably one of my most favourite trips, as you might see on the pictures as well. I was seriously thinking about Paris as a city to live in.

I hope you enjoyed travelling criss – cross through Paris with us.

What about you guys? Have you ever been to the Louvre? Would you recommend it? Why?

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 5/5

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

Sun daze on Sundays in Paris

We woke up to our second day in Paris with a little breakfast at our hotel.

We quickly dressed up and prepared for our trip. We planned to spend most of the day in Versailles. We expected some queues, but to be honest, I was not prepared to see SUCH a long line.

Anyway, we had to buy an extra ticket to drive to Versailles. The Youth Ticket that you can use at the weekends doesn’t count to Versailles, because it is on the outer line. We bought our two-way tickets at the information desk and headed to Invalides. From there we could take the yellow RER line to Versailles. The ride took quite long, so as we arrived at Versailles, it was almost noon. It was just a little walk from the train station to the castle. When we entered, we were shocked. The whole place was crowded with people standing in line. It was insane. We didn’t know if it was the line for the ticket booth or the entrance to the castle if you already had a ticket. So my sister already stood in line while I went and looked out for the ticket booth. I found out it was in a seperate building and the line for that wasn’t that long.

Our question was another, though. I read on the website that EU-citizens under 26 have free access to the castle. But I didn’t know if we could just show our passports at the entrance to the castle, or if we had to get our tickets first.

Here is what we did:

So I just took my sister’s passport and mine and stood in line at the ticket booth. It only took around 30 minutes or less. The man at the booth told me that we didn’t need any tickets and could just show our passport at the entrance to the castle. So I headed back and looked for my sister. After that, it took us another 2 HOURS until we could finally enter the castle. I just couldn’t believe the amount of people standing in line. And there was yet another huge line after we got in. Luckily we had nice, sunny weather.

After some first photos, we realized how hungry we were and went to look for Angelina Paris, a very famous café you can find throughout Paris. We had to wait 5 minutes before we were seated inside. It was just like you’d imagine having a cup of tea with Marie Antoinette.

After we were full with cakes and hot chocolate, we started our visit through the castle. It was already past 3 pm and the castle would close at 6pm.

We tried to navigate our way through the castle. It was huge and we got lost a few times. We had to ask some officials, especially about where the Hall of Mirrors was. That was the place I was dying to see. After walking past several rooms of Queens, and finally the one of King Louis XIV, we found ourselves in the Hall of Mirrors.

Unfortunately, the place was crowded as hell. It was hard to walk and catch a glimpse at any room. Taking photos at the Hall of Mirrors was a struggle as well, with so many people accidentally photobombing behind you.

After we were finished with the castle itself, we were curious about the gardens. We had to pay an extra entrance fee, though.

It was close to sunset and we heard something about a fountain show, but we couldn’t find it. We later guessed that it probably doesn’t take place at the weekend. Anyway, the gardens have another kind of beauty and splendor about them. It felt like a dream, strolling though the gardens, enjoying the sunlit views and taking the most beautiful photos.

We stayed quite long. The park was really big though. And when we got hungry, we sat down at a restaurant and had dinner. My sister had a burger and I drank a french onion soup and chose a platter of cheese.

It was past 8pm when we finished and wanted to go back. The main entrance has already closed, so we had to use the back exit. It was a dark path leading outside from behind the restaurant. It was quite creepy, since me and my sister seemed to be the only ones around. We then saw a young couple with a child walking ahead of us so we asked them if we were right. They helped us and then, they even offered us to take us by car, because it was a bit far from there to the train station, unlike the main entrance that we came with. We were flattered and felt blessed for meeting such kind people. After they dropped us off at the train station we also offered them a little amount of money, but they refused to take it. Such kind people. I really liked the local french people. They were very nice and I just love the way they talk english <3 That accent is too cute!

Okay, enough fangirling already. That was the first part of our day. We also had some evening plans at the Mandarin Oriental Bar 8. It is quite a fancy place, with cocktails starting from 27€ and wine and beer for 10-15€. But it was a nice location and we got some delicious snacks served with our drinks.

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I had a Pina Colada and my sister just took a normal glass of white wine, sweet. Actually, my cocktail would have been enough for 2 people as well :’D I could barely finish it. 

We had a royal day with a little bit of adventure :’D

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Have you ever been to Versailles? What were your impressions?

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 5/5

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

One day, we’re gonna live in Paris

Finally I am writing this blog post about one of the most beautiful cities I have been to.

I have heard many different things about Paris already. Most people told me how dirty and ugly Paris is, and I just can’t understand these people. How would someone not like Paris? It would be beautiful even without the Eiffel Tower which was astonishing as well. It is a moment for itself when you see that tower for the first time. I never understood what it meant until I stood there myself.

Anyway, I think there is a time in a girl’s life when she is obsessively dreaming about visiting Paris. I had that time in my life but it faded rather quickly and I became a bit uninterested in the french capitol city. Until my sister suggested to take a short trip to Paris over Halloween. The days before and after Halloween are usually holidays in Germany, and I also didn’t have to work, so I was able to go.

We took the TGV from Stuttgart to Paris and it only took us around 4 hours. That’s pretty fast in my opinion. So, we arrived in Paris before noon, checked in at our hotel which was close to the Galeries Lafayette. Our room had a okay size, but I was a bit bothered by the lack of light we got in the room. Our window didn’t seem to be on the sunny side. Anyway, after checking in, we walked to the Galeries Lafayette. On our way there, we stopped at a Pizza place to have lunch since we were pretty hungry.

The pizza was really good and the price was quite low for Paris I guess.

We headed back on our way to the mall. We were almost there, but my sister’s GPS directed us through a small alleyway full with chinese shops and restaurants. We were a bit confused but it must be right: Where there is chinese, there is shopping :’D And we were right. When the alley ended, we found ourselves in front of the back entrance of La Fayette, and I though for a minute I was back in Shanghai. The place was crowded with chinese people, yelling, talking and spitting :’D One woman was handing out some chinese newspaper, so I grabbed one for fun and the woman was pretty confused when she saw me :’D I think we were the only white people there.

But after we entered the mall and walked around a bit, we managed to see one or two non-asians :’D It was insane. I knew chinese people love shopping, but I didn’t expect it to be so extreme. The Galeries La Fayette has practically turned into the hottest tourist spot for chinese people :’D More than the Eiffel Tower. Anyway, after pasing shops like Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton (which had a long queue, only Asians), we came into the centre of the mall and the view was breathtakingly beautiful. I have never seen such a beautiful mall like the one in Paris. It looked more like a palace, or an opera house than a mall.

 

After taking enough photos, we wanted to go upstairs to the rooftop to have a view over Paris. It was a bit confusing using the elevator and then the stairs, but we made it. The view was beautiful, and we could even have a glimpse on a tiny Eiffel Tower.

 

We went back downstairs and wanted to browse through the shops a bit, although we didn’t plan to buy anything. I really wanted to see Kenzo and Alexander Wang, and my sister wanted to have a look in Zara and Topshop.

 

We left without spening any money, but there was another Lafayette mall right in front of the one we just had left, and that was just for food. Can you imagine? A mall just for food! Expensive of course, so we only remained at the ground level which had some finger food and gourmet fast food from all around the world.

We only bought some macarons, since we already ate pizza. But I regretted it a litte bit, because when I saw the Dim Sum, I wished we didn’t have had pizza for lunch.

After that we wanted to go see the Eiffel Tower, so we took the metro nearby and got off at Champs de Mars. From there, it was only a few minutes of walking until we could see the Eiffel Tower. Although there were so many people in front of, next and behind us, we had a lot of fun taking pictures. We walked all the way down to the Trocadero, with the fountains and baths, and then to the carousels that are right in front of the Tower. Of course I took a ride in one of the carousels and we had some delicious crêpes. It was just the perfect afternoon.

 

After finishing our crêpes, we wanted to take some pictures underneath the Eiffel Tower, so headed that way. I didn’t know how strict the security measurements were. You possibly couldn’t just walk by underneath the tower without going through security. At first we thought it was for going up the tower, but there was another line underneath the Eiffel tower. Anyway, it didn’t take too long. 5 minutes max. We stayed there for quite some time, until the tower was lit up in golden lights. That was just so beautiful.

Soon, we left the area and walked through the Jardin des Tuilleries back to a metro station. The Eiffel Tower was lighting up in silver lights, a huge monument sparkling like diamonds.

We had an amazing start to our first day in Paris, very typical, and more typical when we were approached by two french guys, telling us we were the most beautiful girls he has ever seen :’D Something like this would never happen to you in Germany, I can promise that.

We decided to stop by at the Champs Elysées before going back to our hostel. We thought maybe we could find a nice place to eat or drink. We didn’t because we weren’t that hungry, but it was a nice stroll down one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.

Anway, when we arrived back in our hostel, we were content about our first day in Paris, and we couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning.

I hope you guys enjoyed wandering with me through Paris.

Have you guys ever been to Paris? What were your feelings and thoughts when you first saw the Eiffel Tower?

Today’s rating:

Sightseeing: 4/5

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