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Christmas Markets In Germany


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

Culture, Cafes and Crosswords in Berlin

Cafes Berlin to visit

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

Munich Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle

“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.

Germany’s Detmold Open Air Museum

art building museum

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