A day trip to Lake Como

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One of the (more or less) hidden gems of Europe is Lake Como. Located in the north of Italy, about 40 minutes away from Milan, the lake is becoming more and more popular or it’s beauty, nature and it’s luxury hotels.

I first went to Como in 2016 and when I planned my trip to Milan this year I definitely wanted to go back to Como.

You can take the train from Milano Centrale to either Lecco or Varenna, it takes you about 40 minutes to get there. We decided to go to Lecco and then take the ferry to Bellagio and then to Varenna from where we took the train back to Milan. In Lecco we had some icecream at Groms (one of their stores has just opened in Piccadilly) and then we had a coffee at the ferry house. The ferry to Bellagio takes about an hour but it is definitely worth it. Bellagio has many colorful houses and it is really pretty. We went to a restaurant, had some pasta and then went to a walk across the town. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good that day. It started to rain and we decided to take the ferry back to Varenna.

Even though we just went for a few hours it was definitely worth it and I will come back again next year.

 

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Merci Paris!

I was quite busy the last few months. But I went to Paris with my boyfriend between the holidays last year and it was incredible.

We decided to go to Paris for 4 days after Christmas. It was a well deserved break for both of us and since he’s never been to Paris before I though it was a good choice.

We arrived in the evening and our hotel was super close to the Panthéon. The first evening we didn’t do much since we were really tired from the flights. The day after we went out to explore the city. I’ve been to Paris before, so I tried to show him all the places I remembered. There was this great breakfast place close to the Panthéon and we had crêpe for breakfast there. We walked from our hotel all the way to the Louvre with little stops in Saint Germain as well as at Notre Dame and on our way back we visited the Eiffel Tower.

On the second day I decided to bring him to the rooftop of the Lafayette. You have the best view there and it’s completely free. It’s sort of a rooftop garden/bar and  you can enjoy some hot and cold drinks up there. During our stay the city was really foggy but the view was amazing anyways.

I have to say that this trip was one of my favorites so far and if you’re looking for a weekend getaway Paris is a great choice.

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A day in Sankt Peter-Ording

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It’s August 18th which means summer is nearly over – well, here in the north of Germany summer didn’t even arrive – but none the less yesterday was quite a sunny day. One of the best things about living in the north is that I live close to the ocean. The northern sea is about 6km away from me. So today my mother and I thought why not go to the beach. It wasn’t really hot but it was warm enough to go out in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. We packed our things and drove off to a place called Sankt Peter-Ording. “Sankt Peter” as we call it is famous for being the largest beach in Germany. People from all over the country come here to have some days at the beach. Located at the end of the beach is the famous Westerhever lighthouse, which is featured in many advertisements in Germany.

From where we live it’s half an hour drive. You can either park in the town, in the marsh or directly on the beach. During summertime you’ll have to pay a small fee to enter the beach. It’s allowed to bring your dog as long as he’s on a leash. When we went there, there were many dogs. From small pugs to big labradors or Rhodesian ridgebacks, it’s a paradise for all of them.

Buying food at the beach or in the area can be quite expensive, so you should bring your own food. Another thing that I have to mention is that there are only a few restrooms, and the ones available are often really crowded and you’ll have to wait.

For me as a local SPO isn’t that fascinating, but I love to go there every once in a while. It’s nice to spend the day with your toes in the sand.

 

A trip to Nuremberg

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Last week I went to Nuremberg, it was my second time there. I already visited the city when I was a child, even though I don’t really remember it.

For those of you who don’t know, Nuremberg is located in the south of Germany, in the state of Bavaria. Even though it’s in the same state as Munich the two cities share few things. Well, the food is similar, same goes for the beer – but otherwise they are really different. Munich is known for it’s chic and sort of posh people and environment, where as Nuremberg is a lot simpler and more practical than elegant. I certainly do recommend visiting Nuremberg  – the city has many things to offer as it’s really old and has a lot of stories to tell. Around the city are several castles, some are even located within the city. So if you’re into history and old buildings Nuremberg is perfect for you. For shopping however I personally prefer cities such as Munich or Hamburg, the stores are bigger and the shopping streets offer a bigger variety of brands. One thing I really liked in Nuremberg though was the market in the middle of the city – you can buy local, seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as bread, honey or dried fruits. But be sure to look at the little signs telling you where each product is from. During summertime it’s possible to buy many fruits and vegetables such as berries, apples or mushrooms from local farmers, they often taste better and aren’t much more expensive than “foreign” greens. If you drink beer you should definitely stop by a so-called “Biergarten” (beer garden) and enjoy one or more pints. My personal favourite is alcohol free “white” beer mixed with sprite or other lemonade. Sure, they serve these drinks with “normal” beer too, just ask for a “Radler”