To be a marathon runner, you’ve got to be more than just physically fit. You’ve got to be mentally prepared for the mega challenge ahead. However, for those who are insane enough to consider running a marathon, you’re in the right place. This is a guide to the seven ultimate marathons for any (very) keen … Read more
As the days get shorter, and the evenings longer and colder, my mind turns to Christmas and the wintry travel that this time of year can afford. Whilst cities like New York and Paris ooze charisma in the run up to the 25th, I think December is the time of year to make a beeline … Read more
I’ll let you into the secret of the perfect city break: stopping every afternoon to sink into a café, drink coffee, eat cake and do a crossword. At least, that’s what three friends and I did on our recent trip to Berlin, and it worked very well indeed. We love city culture, finding out about … Read more
Given that in a few days time I will be on my way to the tropical climate of Southern Florida, I wanted to experience a bit of White Christmas with all its romance, snow, and glitter. For a Christmas market,some holiday traditions and comfort food, no better place to go, I thought, than the south of … Read more
The everyday delights of visiting a friend in a small village in Germany One of my favorite things about visiting friends abroad is getting to experience home life in their country. I love staying with my friend Rita and her family in Germany. German homes, neighborhoods, and food are so different than what I grew … Read more
“I want to see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. You know, the one built by the crazy king.” I told my friend.
“You say that like there was only one crazy king in history,” was her reply. She had a point. Not knowing how to get remotely close to correctly pronouncing Neuschwanstein Castle, I thought I could explain it in Disney terms and references to mad kings to get my friend to understand me.
I could say that I came to Cologne to see the Cathedral, the most popular sight in the city. I could say I came to see the Medieval Old Town or the remains from the city’s Roman Empire era. I’d be lying. No, I came for chocolate, the chocolate museum. While I was there, however, I found chocolate and much more.
Besides being the largest open-air museum in Germany, the Detmold Open Air Museum (Freilichtmuseum Detmold) holds a very special place in my heart. t was there that my family finally got to meet my dear friend Rita, a German girl I met when we were both nannies in Portugal, and it was there that I … Read more