Land of thousand lakes

Mecklenburg Lake District. Picture autumn colours – yellow, red and brown leaves on the trees and on the ground – a light haze in the air due to the seasonal dampness and only a light breeze – not enough to break the mirror-like surface of the lakes, not enough to spoil the image of autumn…

Trier – Roman heritage in Germanys oldest city

Trier: Germany’s oldest city with lots of Roman ruins and buildings, since it was the Roman stronghold in the north of Germany from around 100 BC to around 400 AD. Named Treuorum by the Celts, that funded the city back in 400 BC, renamed Augusta Treverorum by the Roman conquerors and called Treves by the French, today’s…

Pamper yourself to a Design Hotel

I readily admit it: I am penny-pincing. I’m actually convinced that I have some Scottish ancestry due to the fact that I save and keep my things ..forever and I always check prices at least 10 other places before I buy, in order to be sure, that I got the best deal. With that in…

Eating, drinking and exploring in the border region

Europe is full of border regions. Regions, which borders, language and ruling king could change overnight, dependent on, who was victorious in a war or a battle. It certainly wan’t easy to live in a border region back then. Nowadays though, the regions are gifted with lots of castles, fortifications and other historic evidence of the…

Christmas markets in Germany

I must admit it; the Germans have a way to put together a Christmas market like nobody else! They will fill the stalls with hand-crafted Christmas decorations, gingerbread from Nuremberg, pottery, woodcarvings and many other artisan gems. Old-fashioned carousels and Santa Claus parades makes it a fun event for children of all ages. You will find beautiful decorated…

Halloween in Europe

Although Halloween might have come from Ireland, originally the celebration of the celtic Samhain with candles inside carved beet-roots instead of pumpkins, it’s definitely an American celebration, which the Europeans slowly are warming up to. So if you’re in Europe in this murky time of year, despair not – we have some horrifying Halloween happenings…

Hearty Harz

  The gravel road continues to climb steeply as I turn the corner on my old 7-speed mountainbike. My heart is pounding and I’m short of breath and it’s only 15 minutes since we started. The selected mountainbike route was supposed to be one of the easiest, and I’m seriously considering the state of my…