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London Stories in Black and White

I have always loved photography. My parents gave me my first little camera for my 12th birthday and I was so excited that I even told all my teachers about it. Very soon after that birthday, we spent a week in a cabin in the Jura mountains in Switzerland where I took photos of horses and kittens and I couldn't have been more in love with the memories I created thanks to those images. I used my little analogous camera for years, even brought it with me for my first big (semi-grown-up) trip across the Atlantic Ocean a few years [...]

By |2015-08-05T18:47:46+02:002015/08/05|Categories: Destinations, England, Europe|Tags: , , |20 Comments

Love, It’s Complicated

I know this is a strange way to begin a travel-related blog post (especially when you have the real-life dating experience of a sandwich), but lately, I feel like a jealous ex-girlfriend. My first love and I have drifted apart. And I'm slightly heart-broken. A few years back, we were on the same page about everything. We were the perfect fit, and I felt like I alone had discovered the awesomeness that no one else saw. I was over the moon and couldn't stop smiling, because we were so amazing together. Unfortunately, I had to move on eventually. But I never [...]

By |2015-06-30T20:58:31+02:002015/06/30|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Portugal|Tags: , , |18 Comments

Highlights from a Weekend in London

Three years ago, London had caught me completely off guard: I had come to see the places that I had been familiarized with through all those countless English textbooks, but hadn't expected to fall so hard for the artsy hipster London, the pretty stoops, and, oh -- the coffee. Back then, I kept thinking that Steffen (aka the boyfriend) would love London as well, so I had been plotting to return with him ever since. Last winter, I finally got him the flight tickets for Christmas and I couldn't wait to hear what he thought of London. And of course, [...]

By |2015-06-22T14:29:51+02:002015/06/22|Categories: Destinations, England, Europe|Tags: , , |15 Comments

How to Avoid Tourist Crowds in Florence

Florence is easily one of the most touristy places in all of Europe. You can't blame people for picking Florence as a must-see destination in Italy though: It's an absolutely gorgeous city and it's a dream to visit -- for anyone who loves art, architecture, history, food, and scenic views. Florence is the essence of what Italy dreams are made of. It's every bit as beautiful as you'd think. It looks just like the movies, but better. And that's what people come for. Millions of people. This is what the Piazza del Duomo looks like at 10 am in the morning. On [...]

By |2016-03-08T08:54:20+01:002015/05/27|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |15 Comments

The Best Food Finds in Florence

Of course, I wanted to go to Florence for the art, the architecture, and the Renaissance history. But I can't deny that I was looking forward to eating all the food. I mean, it's Italy, right? Give me Italian pasta and gelato, and I'm a happy girl. Despite all my excitement though, I knew it wouldn't be easy to find really good Florentine food among all the tourist traps with multilingual menus. When I visited Rome last year, I realized that you just can't just find the good places by accident. If it hadn't been for my Walks of Italy food [...]

By |2015-08-26T11:32:33+02:002015/04/23|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |14 Comments

Eat, Drink, See: My New Favorites in Berlin

It took me a while until I understood what fascinates people with Berlin. Berlin is not the kind of city you fall in love with at first sight because it's so beautiful. But once you looked behind the facade of all the ugly concrete post-war buildings, you can understand why people from all over the world keep falling in love with the German capital. Berlin is so vibrant, so multicultural, so buzzing with creative energy that it's way too easy to become obsessed with it. A few years ago, I never would have guessed that I could actually fall for Berlin's fuck-up charm. [...]

By |2015-05-28T16:17:50+02:002015/02/22|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |27 Comments

Winter in Germany via Instagram

It's no secret that I'm not a winter lover -- especially not when it comes to those annoyingly gloomy Central European winters, when it feels like all colors are faded and all sounds are muted. Most of the time, winters in Germany are just plain gray in gray. Wind, freezing rain, and sunsets in the early afternoon make it difficult to spend time outside. Winters in Germany mostly feel like a country full of bad-temerped people is hiding inside, waiting desperately for that first spring day when the cafés put their chairs out again. And even though I've been trying to appreciate [...]

By |2015-01-13T23:00:45+01:002015/01/13|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , |4 Comments

Merry Christmas from Germany!

I know it's such a cliché to say this, but I honestly have no idea how Christmas time came this quickly. All of a sudden, I'm back at home at my parent's house in the rural German middle of nowhere with the dog warming my feet and it's almost Christmas Day. The last few months have been a little crazy with work and I felt like I was constantly busy, which sadly resulted in not blogging and photographing as much as I would have loved to. Luckily, my pre-Christmas weekends were stuffed with quite a bit of domestic travel and so I at [...]

By |2014-12-23T21:39:42+01:002014/12/23|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , |2 Comments

Gloomy Tales from Boyne Valley

Even before I opened my eyes, I knew it was going to be a gloomy day. The morning light falling through the old, porous curtains was barely recognizable. It was October in Ireland and it had been sunny the days before, but it seemed like the clouds were taking over after all. As I walked through Dublin on this grey morning, carefully trying not to step in any puddles, I could not shake off the feeling that it was a sign that the sun did not show that day. I had slept little the days before and when I boarded [...]

By |2014-10-30T22:26:46+01:002014/10/30|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Ireland|Tags: , |8 Comments

September in Germany via Instagram

Of course, I want to travel. A lot. But I want to travel a whole lot more than I actually can: I like my job as a medievalist, but honestly, it's quite time-consuming and it's definitely not a job that is making me rich. Thus, I'm constantly torn between feeling guilty for not reading and researching enough  -- and the desire to run off to a foreign country every other second. This September, for the first time as a 'real' employed grown-up, I made use of my vacation days. I know many people would be jealous of my 28 paid vacation days [...]

By |2014-10-21T21:57:57+02:002014/10/21|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , , |10 Comments
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