This week there was the terror attack in London, the same day as one year ago in Brussels at the airport and in the city. As I had to travel to Brussels on day later, I would like to celebrate the amazing tradition of this city:
Strasbourg has also a ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’ (or better serveral as there are different locations) which is well worth a visit – not so posh, blingy and big as in Paris, but more genuine and comfortable to be: local products are sold, you can have the classical mulled wine (vin chaud) and food at affordable prices. And the lights in the Petite France and all over are really something …
In May in Portugal we had the bad luck to spend the week at Algarve with the worst weather since a long time – as the locals told us.
No beach life but rain falling every day, more or less.
And the two first pictures show from almost the same outlook how one day can make a huge difference …
But you can enjoy yourself also – by hiking in good gear, eating bratwurst and watching the clouds to open up for some sun.
As the trip to Portugal was in already may, I still have some more impressions to share with you:
First of the miraculous works of the past (from Batalha, an iconic place of Portugese history) and then some street art from Lagos at the Algarve and the flowers blooming all over.
This mix makes Portugal so fascinating …
While there are 28 degrees C in Hamburg, you might go sailing at the Alster. Or you go and visit a nice cool museum, like the museum for ethnology which is amazing.
At the beginning of may I travelled to Portugal and discovered a new country:
I love the landscapes, cities and the food! And especially the nice and welcoming people!
Here are some impressions, others to follow …
View of Lisboa from the castle:
Here one of the historic tramway cars:
And some house with the typical azulejos:
Some places are always changing and every time you visit you see something new. here are some impressions of Berlin …
Out- and inside of the ruins of the Gedächtniskirche:
And inside the Bikini House opposite of it, as it is remodeled as a very chic shopping mall with a view into the zoo on the top:
As I tend to visit towns when there is the museum night, I went recently to Stuttgart. And the Neue Schloss (new castle) was opened up for the citizens. Normally you have no opportunity to see where the politicians are receiving, except you are invited. But have a look …
By the way, as the Neue Schloss has been bombed in World War II it has been mostly rebuilt on the inside, but still, to see the place where the Ministerpräsident works is interesting.
In the Marmorsaal you can get married.
In Germany we have lots of markets around christmas. You can meet there with friends, drink mulled wine and shop for christmas. There are traditional markets at know places like Nuremberg or elsewhere. But today every small city has a market, more or less elaborate.
The typical ingredients for a christmas market are:
Food (sausage, waffers, crepes) and beeverages (preferably with alcohol like mulled wire) served in a decorated area with small cabin-like stands and – most important – music: modern, traditional, christmas carols, sung live or from cd!
And it has to be dark!
This is the Marienplatz at Munich …
That is the Tollwood at Munich, an alternative festival twice a year with organic food, it’s mandatory there.
And an impression from Stuttgart, a more traditional market!