Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Being Tourists in Berlin


Berlin is a treat for all senses, we ate copious amounts of food, drank a lot and saw some amazing art. What more could you want from a place?

We couldn't have been more touristy if we tried, we may as well have had our money belts and cameras strapped to us!

Of course it would have been practically criminal to go to Berlin and not visit the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie, so we headed there first.

Checkpoint Charlie is what separated Berlin into the American Sector, this is made very evident by the huge sign as soon as you reach it!


 The remaining part of the Berlin wall is on the East side of Berlin, easily reached by tram. The East has a very edgy urban vibe with people everywhere sporting creative and colourful style. I loved how relaxed the place felt. I loved the colours that were splashed everywhere we went.


The Remainder of the wall had been painted/graffitied over with various designs to combat the oppression that the wall once symbolised, the colours used in the art are amazing, so vibrant and cheerful it really does make you forgot for a second what the wall actually symbolises, a country once torn apart.

There is a lot of quirky and amazing art dotted around Berlin, everywhere we went we saw something.


Whilst there we also paid a visit to the Jewish Memorial, which is a very sobering piece of architecture built to represent the number of innocent Jewish people who were killed during the war. It was quite upsetting to see and the plain solid brick reflected the mood.


You can't miss the opportunity to snap a few photos of the Branden Berg gate and after wander over to the Berlin Cathedral and laze for an hour in the gardens.

If you want a different drinking experience to your usual bar then I recommend climbing the TV tower and having a cocktail (or beer) in the Bar 203.


And we continued to eat and drink.....


Delicious. If you are as much of a chocolate lover as I am then you definitely need to go to Ritersport and Fassbender & Rauch, they are two of the most amazing chocolatiers in Berlin. It's fair to say we spent a small fortune on chocolate here to devour on our next train journey!

I'd love to return during Oktober fest as I think the atmosphere would be electric!

Have you ever been to Oktober fest?
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Oh Vienna



Although we had a short and rainy stint in Vienna we still managed to encapsulate how stunning the city is.

We saw the SchonBrun Palace and also the beautiful gardens. I'm sure the grass isn't real but you aren't allowed to walk on it, so we will never know. There was something unnatural about how brightly coloured it all was, especially on such a dull and dreary morning.


It's no secret that I love animals and therefore I managed to twist the other halfs arm into taking me to the zoo. Now I know that zoos are a touchy subject and that not everyone agrees with them, but a lot of zoos are open to help conserve species that in the wild may be killed by poaching. I just love to go look at all the different animals and hope one year soon we will go to Africa for a safari (cross fingers) to see them in their natural habitat.


We also stumbled across a lovely pub when we were on the hunt for dinner called Wiener Stadtbrau, although in summer it is tempting to sit outside I would highly recommend sitting inside here, its like something out of a myth with a huge tree in the centre of the room and all lights hanging off of it, very magical. We ordered a few random dishes to share which was lovely.

 
My travel posts are almost at an end now, just two more to share. I hope you have enjoyed them, if not then normal posting will resume next Saturday!
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Slowing Down In Slovenia


If There's one place I would recommend to put on your bucket list it's Slovenia. We visited Lake Bled and it is fairytale like. There bright blue lake contrasts against the rocky mountain background, low misty clouds float by and huge green trees whistle in the breeze. It is the perfect place to slow down and relax.

After all of our travelling it was nice to be able to bring the pace down a notch and simply stroll along and admire such a beautiful view. We sat for a while just chatting away, watching people paddle in the lake.



We caught a breath taking glimpse of the sunset, the sky was burnt orange, almost as though it was on fire!


This was my favourite spot, it was practically like rock climbing to get to the top, but it was worth it just to get this amazing view,, you can see for miles over the lush landscape of bled. It was nice to feel the fresh wind on your face and perfect for people watching down below. It almost felt like you were sat on top of the world.


Of course it wouldn't be one of my travel posts if there wasn't a cake included (I know, I'm obsessed!). This is the traditional Bled cream cake, thin crumbly pastry on top with a thick sweet cream and custard middle. It was like heaven on a plate. I tempted to revisit not only for the fabulous views but to eat this all over again!




Slovenia is underrated as a travel destination in Europe but I think it has just as much to offer as the big guns; Paris and Rome. If you are an outdoorsy person you will be spoilt for choice with so many activities like tobogganing, cycling, mini golf, swimming and of course walking. You can even hire your own little rowing boat and go out to explore the little island in the middle of the lake. So I say that at some point in your life try and make a journey over to Lake Bled, I'm pretty sure you'll love it as much as I did.

Has anywhere captured your heart?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Roaming around Rome


I Love Rome. Scrap that I love Italy!

I love everything about it, the rich history, the beautiful buildings, the narrow cobbled streets, the delicious food and the good coffee.

It is such a fascinating place, definitely one place you should visit in your life time. There is just so much to see and do, on every square there is a beautiful fountain tinkling away, or a grand detailed building. It feeds the imagination.

We started our visit with a trip to the Pantheon. It was nestled away on a seemingly small but incredibly busy square. There must have been nearly 1000 people there, music was being played in the background. It was insanely romantic and surreal.

We people watched for a while under the huge pillars of the pantheon before working up an appetite.

We found a cute little restaurant hidden away in a small winding side street and stopped for dinner. Pizza was the obvious choice!


Which was closely followed by gelato, yum, yum, yum.


The following day we headed off to the colosseum, we had heard horror stories about how long the queues would be so set off early. However we actually only had to queue for an hour, which in our books is good.





It was incredible to see, such a huge framework that once would have held thousands of eager spectators, emperors and gladiators. It was a lot to take in, imaging life back then, how this would have been the main source of entertainment. It was fascinating but sad all at the same time. We spent a few hours at the colosseum before heading off to our next major site, the Forum.


There was a lot of ruins from temples scattered around, it would have once been a market area. I could imagine it full of people selling and trading goods. It is definitely another must see.

It was soon time for more food, I opted for pizza again (Surprise, surprise!) followed by a scrumptious tiramisu.


On our third day we set off to see the Vatican. When we woke we saw that the weather was terrible, it was pouring it down with rain. We pressed on and set off on our walk to the Vatican, yep that's right, we walked!


I was clearly unimpressed by the weather!

We spent our final evening munching on pasta and sipping cocktails.


I truly fell in love with Rome and would go back in a heartbeat.

What do you think of these travel posts?
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