Day out: Wiesbaden Museum

I decided to beat the rain and go for a day out at Wiesbaden Museum, which I found out exhibits some super cool pieces by popular contemporary artists.

They had works by Thomas Bayrle, Eva Hesse, Winston Roeth, Mark Rothko and Christian Boltanski and the museum is beautiful too.

Check out the video above and don’t forget to like, comment and share it with your friends!

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The museum’s private event room. Very posh!

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To find out more about Wiesbaden Museum. Click here

 

Cycling Bavaria with the boyfriend

Cycling Bavaria, in Germany with the boyfriend. The lowest point went something like this:

“I’m tired!”

“No don’t stop!

“But I’m tired…”

“You can stop when we get to the top of this hill. You have to deserve your rests.”

“I can’t see the top! That’s it I’m taking a break.”

“Baby! No!”

“Erm, there’s no need to shout. You’re scaring the birds…”

Usually my super fit boyfriend, Mario, goes on these epic cycle tours with his father. The two men love to pump iron on their bikes puffing up steep hills and speeding down again. A 45km ride in one morning is nothing to them. They go by the theory that, you work hard and then you can really enjoy your achievement with a massive German beer in the countryside somehwhere.

So when Mario suggested we head out to one of his favourte spots in Bavaria, he made the typical man mistake of forgetting who he was with.

A cycle ride to me is a slow amble on the straight and exciting descents down hills until I find a pretty spot for a picnic or a bite to eat. I stop to photograph the landscapes, stare at the flowers and sunbathe. I like to pet horses, baa at sheep and investigate abandoned little huts in the woods.

You can see where I’m going with this…

Day one of our cycle tour, we did it his way. I was trussed up in about three pairs of padded underwear as well as all the cycle gear and multiple layers of clothes to keep me warm and thus, I sweating like a sinner in church. The sun was on hiatus leaving behind a greyish landscape, so this was not the romantic wanderlust journey I had imagined. In fact I was pretty pissed off. It wasn’t fun. He was gunning along like he was in a race and he wouldn’t allow us to slow down because that would mean we had failed the war against our inner-selves or some kind of crap like that. The picnic was a baked snack shared on a bench and I was starting to see that the Kindle, I had packed for that moment where he snoozed in the sun and I read Jodi Picoult, was going to remain firmly at the bottom of my rucksac. Fuck.

You see girls this is the point in your relationship where you have to pull away from being his ‘mate’ and remind him that you are a ‘lady’ or a ‘girl’ or whatever. I’m a feminist, as in a belive in equality, but I am no fool. I know there is a difference between men and women and in this case, the way we enjoy things is poles aparts.

This video is what happened on day two when we decided not to go on a cycle tour but to just explore the area on bicycles, but what really happened was we took Bikewald Spessart route 2 around Frammersbach. We did it slowly, we parked up at nice spots to chillout and enjoy the view. We felt warm and fuzzy, rather than out of breath and, yes, we still deserved a beer afterwards.

 

The ulitmate tip in budget dining in Germany

Germany can be an expensive place to eat out in, especially Frankfurt, which is multicultural bussiness city with high-priced restaurants and wine bars.

I love to head off the beaten track into the nearby Rheingau region where local wine producers open their doors to the public to offer their wine and hearty meals for rock bottom prices.

Wine taverns or straußvirtschafts are where it’s at! ……Check out my video where I visit one in Wicker and give you all the details you need to find one when you’re next in the area of Hessen. 🙂 Enjoy! You can also head to my Youtube channel click here to see more travel videos.

 

Must-do in Germany: Buying wine and liqueur at the fruit farm :)

Hey guys.

I have been trying out video productions of my adventures!

I thought you might like to see a German fruit farm. It’s called an obsthof and it’s a really great way to experience German culture and local specialities on your travels because the obsthof sells not only local fruit but also products, such as schnapps, liqueur, sparkling wine, wine, juice and jams.

I went to this one in Hessen. It’s called Osthof Am Berg but if you Google obsthof and your location I am sure you will be able to find the nearest one to you.

Enjoy!

If you think ‘mmm that wasn’t so bad, I’d like to see more’ check out my YouTube channel. Click here

 

 

I’m all excited about the Luminale 2016 light exhibition all over Frankfurt this week

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I only heard about this light/art at night event while I was scrolling through Meetup.com checking out who and what was happening in Frankfurt. I saw a photography group were meeting up at Luminale 2016 and as always were ready to welcome newbies so I signed up and charged my cam.

When I checked out the website (click here) for the event I was pretty overwhelmed with the sheer amount of exhibits around the city. The programme was over 100 pages!

The event kicked off on march 14 and, as is happens I had to send my apologies to the photography lot because (Lord only knows how this happened) the train was late and then cancelled! For those of you who know Germans and Germany, lateness is just not an option so I was totally baffled while standing, freezing me bits off at the station.

I was also meeting some new buddies, who were very understanding. One was also running late… Obviously this friend was not German 😉

I digress! ..The light show.

Luminale 2016 is a city-wide light exhibition, on until March 18, when as soon as it gets dark the whole city comes alive with light and sound art installations, projections and interactive art at various different venues.

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I made another video! I think this is a slight improvement on the last one but still, I have a long way to go….. 😉

We wondered into the Trianon Light Show near Taunusanlage S-bahn.

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In the S-bahn station we found a hologram of grafitti and artistic lighting.

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After a while I was mesmorized by all of the city lights. There was something magical in the air.

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Even the red light district became art.

Snow picnics and frolics – embrace the winter in Germany

First of all I feel I must apologise for not having an awesome picture of a snow picnic! 🙁

You see guys, it happened like this. We were on our way to the zoo – we were stuck for something to do and thought, why not – but there was a traffic jam on the highway into Frankfurt so we got off at the B8 to Königstein in search for a place to stop for coffee.

We went towards Große Feldberg, which is the highest of the Taunus Mountains at 878m, and as we drove higher up into the mountain we noticed the snow get thicker on the ground until 15 minutes later we were surrounded by this magical winter wonderland!

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We took a walk. The snow was the deepest I (who has never done a ski season) had ever experienced. It was up to my shins. Awesome. The animals had to wait. Frolicking in the snow became the flavour of the day. I even made a video. Check it out 🙂

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A snow picnic spot…or what?!

The German felsenmeer – it’s rock climbing but not as you know it..

It was a sunny day so my boyfriend Mario suggested we go climbing on rocks…
I thought he was getting confused with his English (being German) so I said “Don’t you mean rock climbing?”
It turned out that he actually meant what he said. We spent a bright morning climbing and scrambling over rocks at a felsenmeer, in the town of Reichenbach, which is something of a geological wonder.

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I mean look at all of those rocks! Where did they come from?

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Without going into a full blown geology lesson I can tell you that no one put them there and that their existence is the result of a type of weathering that happens when water gets into rock and turns into ice, thus expanding and breaking up the rock. Some people however will tell you that two giants had a fight and started chucking boulders at each other and kept on going until they created the “sea of rocks”, which is what felsenmeer actually means in German.

If you live in the southern hemisphere and you are going to travel to the north going to hang out at a felsenmeer is something you should try because these rock formations only exist in the northern part of the world and mostly in places like Iceland.

This one has boulders as big as trucks to trek over but if you don’t fancy climbing there is a woodland path that trails alongside.

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I would describe this felsenmeer as a play park created by mother nature –  pretty cool non?

We decided to climb from the bottom to the top for more of a challenge. Mario hopped from one rock to another without a care in the world. He can get to the top within an hour.

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I, on the other hand, was like a Bambi – all shaky legged and not knowing where to put my feet. It takes me twice as long to conquer the felsenmeer on a good day. I wouldn’t even attempt it if the weather is wet and the rocks are super slippery. Having said that, neither would Mario.

Good thing is there is a snack bar at the bottom and a restaurant at the top! We had no idea about the opening times of them so we took a picnic.

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It turned out to be a pretty awesome day and cheap too. It was a two hour drive from Frankfurt on the A5 in the direction of Darmstadt and Mannheim. We got off towards Reichenbach. Parking was just two euros and there was no charge to get in. I can’t wait to go back and give it another go 🙂

Germany: Heidelberg in pictures (and 5 chic happenings for 2016)

 

I wanted to go somewhere new so we had a look at the map and decided on Heidelberg this week. Why? We didn’t want to drive far and it is just an hour away from Frankfurt 😉

This small city has a lot going for it and has some awesome events throughout the year so check out the pictures of our stroll and read on for my favourite things to do here.

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The old town area just over the bridge is where you’ll find lots of gift shops and places to eat.

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Right now until January there are two Christmas Markets on. There is one at the castle and one in the old town square (Corn Square). There’s also an openair iceskating rink in the same area.

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The star boutique hotel of the area Heidelberg Suites has its own boat for dining events. There are also sightseeing boats available.

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The Carl Theodor Old Bridge goes over the River Neckar and is an iconic sight in this area.

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The view from the bridge is pretty awesome. It’s a romantic place to be…

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Just because Heidelberg Castle is in ruins doesn’t mean nothing goes on here. It has a lot of cool events. Read on to find out more.

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The castle is famous for having the world’s largest wine barrel called the Heidelberg Tun. Let’s go wine tasting!

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So Heidelberg. It’s cute right?

It has a lot going for it for a small city . What’s also great is if you pop into Tourist Information at the Main Station or Town Hall you can get a Heidelberg Card, which gives you discounts at shops, attractions and activities as well as free travel on essential buses, trams and trains.

Here’s a list of my favourite things coming up in Heidelberg next year.

Ball Der Vampire on February 6 is a vampire masked ball in the town hall featuring bands and lots of people looking very scary.

The Castle Illuminations on June 4, July 9 and September 3, 2016 are the perfect time for a picnic along the river because there are impressive fireworks and light shows.

Artort 2016 from July 20 to 24, is one for the diary. The art festival, in its 10th year, will feature light, sound, installations and dance.

Love a bit of openair theatre? What better back drop than the castle! There will be musicals, theatre productions and music concerts at the Castle Festival from June 6 to July 31, 2016.

Heidelberger Herbst from September 24 to 25 is your chance to sample the region’s food and local life. The two-day festival, complete with parade, has craft and flea markets, music and dance.

 

 

 

 

Best buys at Wiesbaden Xmas Market

Of all the Christmas Markets in Germany, I would say that Wiesbaden is the most elegant. It’s called The Twinkling Star Market, which is such a cute name! I went a bit crazy for all the stylish homewares and decorations.

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Eastern-inspired lights and bowls add the perfect colour for the season.

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Sustainable and cute – Rudolphs made from hay.

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Hang these against a white backdrop for a dramtic light show effect.

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Scented wooded balls. They smelt so good I hung around for a while.

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If I had one, I’d definitely drink more tea.

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I went iceskating at the nearby rink and just for that reason, I wanted one of these.

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These little smoking incense men are a classic in every German home.

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I totally love that raw wood look in the home.

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I feel like I want to cover my tree with lots of little fairies and a pink star on top.

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