Travel United States

20 Places to discover when in New York City (PART 1)

New York, New York! The city that never sleeps or Big Apple. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to New York City with my family last June. 😊  Since I was quite impressed by this city, I wanted to show you 20 (!) places you need to visit when you are there! Enjoy! 🤓

Times Square

There is one place where you definitely need to go to when you are in New York City: Times Square! With all its bright ads on every building illuminating day and night, you’ll never feel alone there! 😅 It is often crowded, especially during the day and in the evening. Since our hotel was just a two minute walk away from Times Square, we went there at 8AM and it was EMPTY, so for pictures without tourists, you need to get up early 😅 Though you won’t be able to climb up the famous red stairs (bleacher seats, see on the photo) to have an overview of Times Square. You can access the stairs around 1o AM. Be aware of pick pockets here!

② Rockefeller Center

You may have heard of Rockefeller Center because of Top of the Rock, one of the best views over Manhattan. But did you know that NBC’s productions like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live are actually filmed in that building?! Right in the center of New York City! Rockefeller Center consists out of 20 buildings, 19 of them are skyscrapers. If you think of visiting Top of the Rock, book your tickets in advance. Unfortunately there is no guarantee for sunset, but if you want to go up for sunset, I recommend booking the tickets for a time slot BEFORE sunset, which turns out to be cheaper than the ticket price + additional sunset fee (10$ per person). You can stay how much you want up there when got to the observatory. Here are some views you can get from the top of Rockefeller Center:

③ St Patrick’s Cathedral

When you compare American cities to European cities, you will find fewer churches in the skylines of the cities in America. But there is one famous church in New York City that you can’t miss: Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It is located on 5th Avenue and not very far from Rockefeller Center, basically just across the road! 😊 For me it really represents the Roman Catholic tradition in New York City. It is the largest Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral in the U.S..

④ Bustour to Uptown (Upper West Side & Harlem)

While we were in New York, we had a Hop-on-Hop-off ticket for the tourist busses that take you around New York City (mostly Manhattan, we booked went on the TOP VIEW busses *this is not offered nor sponsored*). We wanted to discover the Northern part of Manhattan, so the bus took us to Harlem via the Upper West Side along Central Park passing by at Columbia University, the college where former President Barack Obama graduated, did you know that? 🤓 We passed by many beautiful buildings and corners. In Harlem, the bus stop was right across the Apollo Theater, a very famous place where you can listen to music like Jazz, Blues or Soul. The name of the neighborhood Harlem comes from the Dutch pilgrims who named it after the Dutch town Haarlem. 

⑤ Grand Central Station

You have seen it in movies or series like Gossip Girl or Madagascar: Grand Central Station is one of the most beautiful and architectural most impressive train stations I have ever seen! There is even an Apple Store right in the middle of the train station, you just go up some stairs and you’re right IN the store! 😂 On the photo up here, the Apple Store is right behind me, in case you want to shop some new stuff there! 😅 Grand Central Station is just a few blocks away from the Chrysler Building, in my opinion the prettiest skyscraper in New York. Read the next paragraph to learn more about it. 🤗

⑥ Tudor City & Chrysler Building

About a ten minute walk again from Grand Central Terminal, you’ll arrive to Tudor City Bridge from where you have this iconic view of 42nd street and the Chrysler Building. It really is an instagrammable place 🤗 Did you know that the Chrysler Building once was the highest building in the entire world?! Though only for 11 months, then the Empire State Building took over the list as #1. However, the Chrysler Building remains the highest brick building in New York City! And it has more than 3,800 windows! 😅

⑦ Central Park

Now let’s head into nature! This is really possible in NYC, let’s go to Central Park, the city’s lung. 🤓 Central Park is extremely big: it is located between Fifth and Eight Avenue and it is running from 59th to 110th Street, what makes it 4 kilometers long and 800 meters broad! The place you see up here on the picture is at The Lake. In the background you can see a part of the skyscrapers in Midtown. Did you know that Central Park has over 42 million visitors every year? This is crazy right?! But who wouldn’t like to relax in such a great space right in the middle of the city? A very instagrammable spot with the view on some skyscrapers is Umpire Rock. You can find it at the level of 62nd Street and 7th Avenue, or just have a look at Google Maps, you’ll find it quickly!

⑧ Museums (Guggenheim Museum & MET)

There are many museums on 5th Avenue along Central Park. The most famous ones are the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, the Neue Galerie and many more. While we were in New York, we only visited one museum: the Guggenheim Museum. I was really keen on visiting this museum because of its architecture! When you get in you immediately see this round architecture. The idea behind this is that you start at the top of the museum and you slowly walk down the galleries until the end which is on ground floor. 😊  The art you can find there is mostly abstract art, which can be quite fun to have a look at. 🤗

And if you want to visit the biggest art museum of the United States, „the American Louvre“, you will have to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which you maybe know from the famous MET Gala. For all Gossip Girl fans, you’ll maybe recognize the stairs 😛 My sister Flavie had to go there for some pics! ☺️ The Metropolitan Museum was the third most visited art museum in 2018 with over 6,9 million visitors, just behind the Louvre in Paris and the National Museum of China in Beijing.

⑨ Brooklyn by the River

You always think of skyscrapers in the first place when you think of New York. Though one of the biggest boroughs is Brooklyn, and did you know that if Brooklyn was an independent city, it would be the third biggest in the U.S.? When I heard that I was really surprised! 😮 You can get to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge by foot. I really recommend this because even though it might get really crowded during the day, you can stop at anytime for beautiful photos of Manhattan or the bridge itself.

If you are on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, I recommend going to DUMBO (stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). It’s a very instagrammable spot, because if you look closely, you will see the Empire State Building between the Manhattan Bridge.

You can get the best views from Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is just around Brooklyn Bridge. It’s perfect for a walk, skating or just relaxing on the benches. This spot up here is very known on Instagram 😄 Click here to find it on Google Maps.

In the end, I would especially thank the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and Conference Center for welcoming us at their place before our flight to New York at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. The hotel is so conveniently located right next to the Terminal 1, with a walking distance of only 5 minutes. As our flight was scheduled at 11AM, we had enough time to have a lovely breakfast 😛🤗 We will surely come back! (*invited)

Travel United Kingdom

Beautiful Bristol Places

I have already been to several places in England. The places I visited are London, Newcastle, Canterbury and Manchester. Now, VisitBritain invited me to discover a new part of England: I travelled to BRISTOL! I am going to show you 4 places I liked the most and the amazing place where I stayed during my visit! 🤗


College Green is a small park located in the centre of the city, I would say it is more just a meadow surrounded by beautiful buildings. Like this one up here. It’s the Bristol City Council. What I like about this building is that it has a lovely regular façade and there is also kind of a pond in front of it which creates a beautiful reflection! ☺️ It is also charming because it is not a straight building as official like these are; it is sort of round!

Right next to this wonderful building is Bristol Cathedral. It’s just on the opposite side of College Green. It reminds me a lot of Notre Dame in Paris. The towers really look quite the same, don’t you think? Bristol Cathedral was founded in 1140, so it is reaaally old. The building itself is characteristically known for its material with which it was built of: the Bath Stone. 🤓 When you are not from this part of England, you are surely wondering what this about. Well, Bath is a town close to Bristol as you may know. The Bath Stone was particularly used in South West England, so the region of Bristol and Bath, and it is defined as a chalkstone which has little mineral bubbles if you have a closer look. If you are in geology or archeology this would be your thing, right? 😂 Back to the photos. As the little pond in front of Bristol City Council is just next to Bristol Cathedral as well, you can also use this for wonderful reflections of the church. 👀


If you want to enjoy a view over Bristol, then Cabot Tower will the best choice! You will find it on Brandon Hill (the park is super calm, but very steep as well 😂). The entrance is for free and you can see kind of everything from up there. For example you’ll be able to see parts of the University of Bristol Law School, Christ Church Clifton, Bristol Cathedral, the Suspension Bridge and much more! By the way, I met a little friend at the entrance of Cabot Tower. 🤗🐿


You are looking for colorful houses in Bristol? Go to this street, Redcliffe’s Parade is wonderful residential street with many colourful façades which remind you of Notting Hill. A must for every Instagrammer in town! 🤓🌈


If I had to choose to live in one neighbourhood in Bristol, then it would definitely be Clifton. It is like a village and also there you have many many colorful streets.You really have the Notting Hill feeling here! The streets are really steep but this didn’t stop me to discover the entire village by foot. Actually I took the bus once, and that was from the train station to my accommodation  (read below to know where I slept 😉). Here are some impressions of Clifton Village for you:

Located in Clifton, you can find one of Bristol’s most known landmarks: the Suspension Bridge. From the Clifton Observatory you have the best view on the bridge! 😄 The bridge is 412m (450 yards) long and 75m (82 yards) above the ground! If you want to cross the bridge, it is mandatory to pay £1. Every year 4 million (!) vehicles take the road across the bridge! The river underneath is called Avon for everyone who was interested. 😛


In my opinion one of the most insta-worthy places in Bristol. The Christmas Steps really give you the Diagon Alley vibe (a little bit 😉). It is not so far away from Bristol Cathedral and College Green.😊


I stayed for two nights in Bristol, to be more exact at Beech House. Their concept is about luxury, boutique serviced apartments. I really liked the fact that I had a little flat for me, with a kitchen, bathroom, a really comfy bed and very nice living room. I really liked the big windows in my room. Zee, the receptionist gave me the chance to visit other rooms as well, since every room/apartment is designed differently. Some have more light coming into and others are more traditional. I can really recommend staying there! In the morning I had tea and porridge and everything was provided by Beech House. Thank you so much for this very warm welcome! ☺️ 

You can check out the accommodation right here:


6 St Paul’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1LT, United Kingdom

DISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to VisitBritain and Visit Bristol (Advertisement*) for making this trip possible! Thank you Beech House Bristol for their kind hospitality!  But I would like to mention here that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own.Bildergebnis für visitbristol logo Bildergebnis für visitbritain

Belgium Travel

A roadtrip through Belgium by train

Belgium is one of the most interesting countries when it comes to Europe. The country where the fries were invented, country of the Smurfs and Tintin (for everybody not knowing: famous comics ;)), home to to best waffles and chocolate in the world, and much more! Last spring I went to Belgium and (re)discovered all of this. In the following I want to give you tips and suggestions what to see and visit when your are in Belgium! Venez avec moi and Kom met mij mee! (Quick fun fact at the beginning: French and Flemish are both the official languages of Belgium). 🤓


How to get there?

The most relaxing (and nowadays most importantly) most eco-friendly way of traveling to Belgium from Germany is by train. As Thalys, a private train company from Belgium, has a direct route from Cologne to Brussels, we were very honoured to be travelling first class and enjoy a delicious meal on board, since we were traveling during lunch time. The journey from Cologne to Brussels Midi doesn’t even take you 2 hours which is really convenient! And the seats are really comfy hehe 😜

Arrived in Brussels Midi, the biggest and most important train station in town, we took the metro (underground) to get to our hotel, the Radisson RED Brussels, in the European Quarter. The underground network in Brussels is not that big but sufficient for the city! There are 6 metro lines bringing you from one place to another in the city, I really recommend taking the metro, it was clean and fast! We had a 72h ticket for bus, tram and metro and it only costs 18,00€. Thank you to VisitBrussels to have sponsored it us!

Where to stay?

We stayed at the Radisson RED Brussels for the two first nights. The hotel is located only a few steps away from the European Parliament and Brussels Luxembourg Station. As the name says it, the design of the rooms is red and white but still quite minimal, which I like a lot. The breakfast buffet was perfect as well! The category of the hotel is four stars.

Radisson Red Brussels, Rue d’Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels 

🚍 LUXEMBOURG  lines 34, 38, 71, 80, 95

🚇 TRÔNE lines 2 & 6

🚈 LUXEMBOURG STATION regional trains

What to visit?

Brussels is full of beautiful sites to visit! Here are my favorite places I visited during my time in Brussels:


For me it is one of the most beautiful squares in entire Europe. It is surrounded by beautiful houses decorated with golden details and much more. Did you know that this square is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1988? In my opinion, truly deserved! Come here in the morning if you don’t want to have a crowd in your photos. And if the weather is nice, you can play with the light at sunrise. 🤗

In the middle of the square on one side: the City Hall. It reminds me a bit of the ones that you can find in Vienna or Munich. Daniel and I even got the chance to visit from the inside. We had a guide who showed us around different offices and halls. Unfortunately this part of the City Hall is not open for public. But you can sneak in here through my photos. 😉


🚃  Bourse/Beurs (tram lines 3, 4, 42)

🚇  De Brouckère (metro lines 1 & 5 )  > 5 min by foot (400m)

🚍  Grand-Place/Grote Markt (lines 33, 48, 95)


If you follow me on Instagram, you will surely know that I LOVE galleries! 😍 This one, actually these ones, got my heart immediately. They are called the King’s gallery and the Queen’s gallery. On the photo you can see the Queen’s one. In these galleries you can find shops like chocolate shops or jewelry shops, cafés and restaurants. It is ALWAYS open, so 24/7! 😄 Together with the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II in Milan, Italy and the Passage (Пассаж) in Saint-Petersburg, it is one of the galleries which was taken as a model for future galleries. By the way, of all these three, the one in Brussels is the oldest! It was opened back in 1847!


Actually, it is only a one minute walk from the Grand-Place/Grote Markt! So, you can use the stations I listed above, but these connections are possible as well (the only change are the bus lines):

🚃  Bourse/Beurs (tram lines 3, 4, 42) > 3 min by foot (280m)

🚇  De Brouckère (metro lines 1 & 5 )  > 2 min by foot (130m)

🚍  Arenberg (lines 26, 66, 71)

Go there in the evening or in the morning if you don’t want to have dozens of tourists you. 😉



One of the best places to shoot views from the city centre from above is definitely Mont des Arts! It is located very close to Grand-Place and the Royal Galleries. Come here at sunset to shoot the city in a fantastic light! You can even spot the Basilica of the Sacred Heart behind the tower of the City Hall 😄.  It is also very close to the Central Train Station of Brussels (not Brussels Midi!!!). So if you only have like 40-50 minutes to change, why don’t you check out this view?


🚃  Royale/Koning (tram lines 92 & 93) > located at the top, from there you can walk down 😊

🚇  Gare Centrale (metro lines 1 & 5 )  > 3 min by foot (250m)

🚍  Bibliotheek (lines 33, 48, 95)



When you are at the top of Mont des Arts, you can just walk a few meters more up and then you will soon the Royal Palace where the Belgian Royal family lives. The current King of the Belgians is Philippe (since 2013). Did you know that the front of the Royal Palace in Brussels is longer than the one of Buckingham Palace in London? 😛 


If you are into churches, you need to visit this one. It’s a cathedral since 1962 and it since then a co-cathedral in Brussels. Yes, things like these exist 😅. I have also been to another co-cathedral, to the one Valletta, Malta. But that’s a different story. 😉



This may be the most impressive in Brussels. The Palace of Justice is a massive building, not very far from Mont des Arts. It is told that the renovation of the whole monument will only be finished in 2040!!! This is in more than twenty years… 👀  There is a middle part which is not completely inside but not outside either, which is perfect for Instagram photos 🤗. It is the biggest Palace of Justice in the world!


🚃  Poelaert (tram lines 92 & 93)  // Louise (tram lines 8, 92, 93, 97)

🚇  Louise (metro lines 2 & 6 )

🚍  Poelaert (line 33)


Around 30km from Brussels is located the town of Leuven (Louvain). We took the train from Brussels Central and the train ride was not even about 30 minutes with the IC. Leuven is in the Flemish part of Belgium, so different as in Brussels, which is bilingual, people in Leuven only talk Flemish, which can be considered as a Dutch dialect. Leuven is actually quite big. It has more than 1oo,000 inhabitants. 🤓 We decided to visit on our road trip through Belgium because we heard a lot of positive opinions about the city and the architecture is really typical for Flanders, so definitely a MUST SEE! 😊 The place I liked best was the Town Hall with its many many details, a perfect example of Gothic architecture in Flanders.

🚄 Train-Station: LEUVEN  Time to Brussels: 27 minutes (IC)


Welcome to the Venice of the North, or at least one of them 😛. As you know cities like Amsterdam or Saint-Petersburg are also called as „Venice of the North“, but Bruges really is one. From Brussels by train you can reach Bruges within an hour. So can easily think of a day trip to Bruges as we did it! 🤗 You have canals everywhere, you have cute houses everywhere, we had good weather, what do you want more?! 😅 Here are some places in Bruges I really liked! Just click on the names to see the location on Google Maps.

BRAAMBERGSTRAAT                                                                       BONIFACIUSBRUG

SIMON STEVINPLEIN                                                                       STEENSTRAAT

🚄 Train-Station: BRUGGE  Time to Brussels: 65 minutes (IC)


As we combined Bruges and Ghent in a day trip from our „base“ Brussels, we didn’t have much time in both cities. However we managed to see some parts of Ghent as well! Here are the places we visited in Ghent, one of the biggest cities in Belgium.


I didn’t count how many times I ate fries in Belgium (the best in the world!) but too much I suppose 😂 But it is so handy! Everywhere you look in Belgian cities there is ALWAYS a Friterie or Frituur 🍟 Did you know why fries were invented? So, the Belgians invented the „French Fries“ , how obvious haha! As Belgium is located near the North Sea and there are many rivers people used to eat much fried fish back in the 1600s. Though in winter, as the rivers were frozen, the Belgians had a genius idea and took potatoes as a substitute! Since then you can eat fries all year long, not only in winter 😛. On the left you can see a typical portion of fries sold in a friterie. In the back you can see Gravensteen, an old castle from the 10th century.


Ghent is known for its channels as well as Bruges. It’s the second largest city in Flanders and it is also a university city, over 25 % of the inhabitants in Ghent are students. 📚 We only spend two hours in Ghent but I can really recommend to walk around Sint-Niklaaskerk, Ghent’s most famous church, because there is the channel to walk along etc. Really nice atmosphere! 😊

🚄 Train-Station: GENT SINT-PIETERS  Time to Brussels: 30 minutes (IC)


Yes, I think we had the same reaction. As we arrived to our last stop on our road trip with the SNCB at Antwerp Central we were so impressed by this beautiful and breathtaking building which a train station! I don’t even want to compare it to the train station of my hometown (because it is really ugly haha). But this is a great start to start visiting Antwerp, the second biggest city (population) in Belgium! Thank you to VisitAntwerp for organizing this stop of our trip! Please let me show you around in Antwerp ☺️


I love these big central squares in Belgium, typically there are called Grote Markt or Grand-Place. The thing that I like about the one in Antwerp are these façades who are all the same but yet different! ☺️ These houses are also typical for Flemish architecture which can be found all over Belgium and also in the North of France, which also once was Flemish. 🤓 Do you know the French name for Antwerp? It’s ANVERS. But French is apparently not so important in Flanders. Even when you watch TV in Belgium, the Flemish programme is Flemish Television and the one in French names itself Belgian Television. There is no real unity between these two parts of Belgium (Wallonia and Flanders). But not only can you find beautiful façades in Grote Markt but also Handschoenmarkt, which you can see here on the right. From there you can go for walk through the entire city centre.


🚃  Groenplaats (tram line 4) –> In Antwerp the tram does also go underground!

🚍  Groenplaats (lines 22, 180, 181, 182, 183)


Next up is a museum, but not only. You can go up to the top for a panoramic view over the city. To the south you see the city centre with the Cathedral (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal), to the west you see the river Schelde and you can even spot the Loodsgebouw, to the north you can spot the harbour and to the east you can see Antwerpen-Noord.


🚃 MAS (tram lines 7 & 70)

🚍 Van Schoonbekeplein (line 17)


Monday closed, every other day of the week: 10:00-17:00

Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerpen


This building is simply impressive. It’s the Port Authority Building in the north of Antwerp. It is a Neo-futurist architectural masterpiece designed by the one and only Zaha Hadid. Very nice place for photographers who are into architecture! I love the combination of old and modern! Just have a closer look!

When you continue walking around you will see some street art in this area. Here are some of the works I found.


🚍 Royerssluis (lines 763 & 764)

🚄 Train-Station: ANTWERPEN CENTRAAL  Time to Brussels: 70 minutes (IC)


Thanks to SNCB we had the chance to use the GoUnlimited Pass. During school holidays for people under 26, the SNCB proposes a pass that allows you to travel with ANY train of the SNCB in Belgium. This was so amazing for us because like that we could easily jump on a train to discover different cities in Belgium. It only costs 15€ for one week (all school holidays) and 25€ for an entire month (only summer holidays). Click on this link to get more information! Really recommend it!

DISCLAIMER: Thank you to all my partners who made this trip possible. For transparency, here’s a list of all organizations and hotels who provided me help during my trip in Belgium. I got sponsored, but didn’t receive any money.

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Latvia Travel

6 Instagrammable places you shouldn’t miss in Riga

Have you ever been to a country in the Baltics? Well, for me and my friend Daniel it was the first time, and together with AirBaltic and Live.Riga we had the chance to explore the Latvian capital: RIGA! We left Germany under a grey sky on Friday, March 15th. We were more than excited because we had the wonderful opportunity to fly Business class (!!!) in the brand new Airbus A220 of AirBaltic. The flight was so relaxing and it was definitely the best flight we have been on! Later on, around 10PM, we arrived in Riga and checked in right away at our hotel, the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, which is located super centrally. We even had a view over the city as our room had a park view 😄.

Вы когда-то бывали в одной стране в Балтики? Для меня и моего однокурсника Даниила, это был первый раз. И вместе с AirBalticи Live.Rigaу нас была возможность обнаружить столицу Латвии: РИГУ! Мы уехали из Германии 15. Марта  под серым небом. Мы были больше чем восторге, потому что у нас была замечательная возможность
полететь бизнес классом с новым Airbus220 авиакомпании AirBaltic. Полёт был очень спокойный и это правда был наш лучший полёт скотором мы летали. Позже к 10 часам мы приехали в Ригу изарегистрировались в отеле RadissonBluElizabete, который находится очень центрально. У нас был вид над городоми над  парком.

Let me introduce you to some instagrammable locations in Riga:

Дайте мне представить некоторых мест в Риге:

① HOUSE OF THE BLACKHEADS / Дом Черноголовых

Situated right in the city centre is the Riga Tourism Information Office. What a coincidence that it is located in one of Riga’s most instagrammable houses! I’m talking about the House of the Blackheads. This house was built in the 14thcentury for the Brotherhood of Blackheads (guild for unmarried merchants). However, during WWII the house got bombed by the Germans, and what remained was destroyed by the Soviets. The building that you can see today was reconstructed between 1995 and 1999. So not so long ago 😉.

Находясь прям рядом с центром города, есть офис туристической информации. Какой воле случая, она находиться в одном из самым инстаграмным здание Риге. А я говорю о Дому Черноголовых. Этот дом был построен в 14 веке для побратимство Черноголовых (Гильдя для не женатых купецов). Но, во время второй мировой войны, немцы его полностью разбомбили и то, что осталось, было полностью разрушено от Русских пре Сталина. Здание, которое вы сегодня можете видеть, было снова построено между1995-м и 1999-м году. Так что ещё не так долгоJ.

② COLOURFUL FACADES / Красочные фасады

Not only the House of the Blackheads is an instagrammable place in the city centre, but also facades from the red and blue house in (ielais Latvian for ‘street‘), the Three Brothers in Mazā Pils iela. You can find many colourful facades everywhere you look in the Old Town of Riga. ☺️

Не только дом Черноголовых инстаграмное место в центре города, тоже фасады красно-синего дома в Jauniela (Ielaэто по латвийски «дорога») и три братья в mazā Pilsiela. Вы на самом деле можете везде много цветных фасад найти в историческом городе Риге. ☺️

③ ST PETER’S CHURCH / Церковь Святого Петра

As you may know from my Instagram account (@noepierre) I really love different perspectives of cities. This is why it was really
cool to go on top of Peter’s church to have an amazing view over the city. From there you can see many other sights like the Cathedral, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral or even the TV Tower. The entrance for the tower costs 9€. There is an elevator taking you to the top.

Как вы может-быть знайте от моего инстаграм сайта (@noepierre), я правда люблю сменять перспективы для моих фотографии городов. Это было реально круто залезть на верхушку от церкве святого Петрово, чтобы иметь замечательного вида над городом. Оттуда вы можете тоже другие достопримечательности увидеть как рижский храм, русский-православный храм и даже телевышку. Вход стоит на башню 9€. Там есть лифт, который вас на верхушку поднимет.

④ NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LATVIA / Латвийская национальная библиотека

When you cross the river Daugava (by the way, the longest river in this area), you can discover the National Library of Latvia on the other bank. The Latvian National Library was established almost 100 years ago, just one year after Latvia’s independence of the Soviet Union. The building on the Western bank of the city is also known as Castle of Light. Really nice location for lookups and Instagram photos. 😉 The entrance to the library is free.

Если вы переедете речку Даугаву (кстати, эта самая большая река в этом регионе), вы можете найти латвийскую-национальную библиотеку на другой стороне. Она была построена почти 100 лет назад после независимость Латвии от СССР. Здание, на западной стороне, тоже знаменитая как замок света. Это правда красивое место для инстаграма. Вход в библиотеку бесплатный.


Stay on the same bank and walk a bit further north. You’ll arrive to one of the most colourful churches in Riga, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Meža iela. I really love Orthodox churches, especially the Russian ones, because they are so colourful and really an eyecatcher. 😉 Did you know that Latvia is kind of a bilingual country? Everywhere you go, people either speak Latvian or Russian. For Daniel it was so easy to communicate, since one of his mother tongues is Russian. Of course this bilingual phenomena in the country exists because of the Russian proximity and ex-Soviet influence.

Находясь на самой стороне и прогуляясь маленько дальше в юг, вы прийдёте к одной из самых цветных церквей в Риге: православная церковь святой троицы в Mezaiela. Я на самом деле люблю православныехрамы, особенно русские, потому что они очень цветные и правдо яркое зрелище. 😉 Вы знали что Латвия как-то двуязычная страна? Везде, куда вы идёте, люди говорят либо по-латвийски, либо по-русски. Для Даниила, это было очень легко связываться, потому-что Русски, рядом с Немецким, его родной язык. Конечно этот двуязычный феномен в этой стране существует  от количества русских и советского влияние.

 ⑥ RIGA CATHEDRAL / Домский собор

Last but not least you can explore the Cathedra in the Old Town of Riga. It is an Evangelic Lutheran church and is of one of Latvia’s most known landmarks. Did you know that it is also commonly called the Dome Cathedral? The word Dom(e) has its origin in the German language meaning ‘Cathedral’. There is still a tiny German influence in Riga. 😉

Последнее но тем не менее важны, вы можете обнаружить площадь храма в старой Риге. Это евангелическая
лютеранская церковь и из самых знаменитых достопримечательности Латвии. Вы знали что её тоже называют  купольный собор? Слово купол имеет своё происхождение из немецкого языка и обозначает собор. Там ещё есть маленькое немецкое влияние в Риге.


If you fancy having a cocktail above the roofs of Riga, I can really recommend going up to the SkylineBar of the Radisson Blu Latvija. From there you have an amazing view over the city, even higher than from St. Peter’s church. The cocktails are really good, too! 🙋🏽‍♂️

Если вы хотите иметь прекрасного напитка над крышами Риге, Я вам могу посоветовать подняться вSkylineBarот RadissonBluLatvija. А оттуда у вас замечательный вид над городом, даже выше чем над церкви святого Петрова. Коктейли там очень вкусные!


I loved it in Lisbon and I loved it in Florence. The concept of food courts! Well there is also one in Riga! You can find it really close to the Central Station, it is called CentrāltirgusFrom traditional food over burgers to fish. You can taste many different meals! Very nice atmosphere!

Я это любил в Лиссабоне и я это любил в Флоренции, концепт фуд-кортов! Там тоже есть один в Риге! Вы можете его найти рядом с вокзалом, его зовут Centrāltirgus. От традиционной еды до бургеров или рыбы вы можете попробовать много разных блюдов. Была очень хорошая атмосфера.

In the end I would like to say a big thank you to the team of LiveRiga and AirBaltic for such an amazing trip! It was so nice to discover a new European capital! And thank you to the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel for their very kind hospitality! The biggest THANK YOU goes out to my friend Daniel who made it possible to translate this blogpost into the Russian language. Check him out on Instagram! –> @dnlbrco

Под конец я бы хотел сказать спасибо к бригаде  от LiveRigaи AirBalticза такую замечательную путёвку. Это было так приятно обнаружить другую европейскую столицу.  И большое спасибо к RadissonBluElizabeteотелю для их гостеприимство! Самоё большое спасибо идёт к моему другу который смог перевести этот Блогпост в русский язык. Проверти его в Инстаграме @Dnlbrco!

DISCLAIMER: This trip was sponsored, but the recommendations and the text are my own opinions!

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5 things you need to see in Newcastle upon Tyne

Last October, I got invited by VisitBritain to join my very first group press trip! My journey started in Amsterdam, and from there we travelled all the way over to Newcastle Upon Tyne on board of the DFDS Princess Seaways. Let me tell you all the story around around this magnificent trip to the UK!

As I just mentioned, everything started in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam to be more precise. I arrived at Schiphol by plane from Germany and after a short walk around the city I jumped on the shuttle bus which took me to the ship terminal in IJmuiden. The ferry we took was operated by DFDS, one of the leading ferry companies which allows you to travel from one side to another across the Northern and the Baltic Sea such as the Channel. Around 4 PM I then arrived at the terminal. At 5.30 PM, we left the Netherlands and were off to the sea! It was the first for me to stay on a ferry overnight. We stayed in the Commodore Cabin, the Premium category of rooms.

After the check-in we got a tour of the ship and we also had the chance to see a little „behind the scenes“ of all what is happening on the journey to Newcastle. From the kitchen to the navigation bridge, it was really interesting to see how many people actually work on such journey which not even is longer than 24 hours!









Next morning, we had breakfast in the on board bistro called NORTH SEA and around 9AM we arrived at Newcastle. There is a shuttle bus who took us to Newcastle Central Station. From there we walked a bit to our hotel (Motel One Newcastle) and we got some first impressions of the city. After the check-in at the hotel, we met up for lunch at Yolo Townhouse, a lovely restaurant just in front of our hotel! Super tasty and not so expensive.






After lunch we met our guide for the day who showed us around in Newcastle. Here are the 5 places I liked best from the visit and Newcastle!


In the historic heart of Newcastle, Grainger Town, you will easily find the Grainger Market, a covered market built in the 19th century. It is divided  in two parts, one is a vegetable market and the other part is meat market. The market is not used anymore in the same way as it used to be. However you can still go grocery shopping in this market. 😊 If you would like to shop something else, why not having a look at Marks&Spencer’s probably smallest shop worldwide? 😅 The market stall has the name of Marks
and Spencer’s Original Penny Bazaar. Moreover we learned that people used to come to the market to weigh their products and even themselves at the General Weigh House, because the weighing scale was the most correct in town. Even today many locals come to Grainger Market to get weighed.


Right next to Grainger Market is the Central Arcade. This beautiful passage was built in the 19th century by Richard Grainger (yes the name sounds familiar 😄) in an Edwardian style. The actual arcade was finished in 1906. A very instagrammable place, add this place to your lists of spots whenever you are in Newcastle!

Only a few steps from the Central Arcade is Grey’s Monument. On the column stands the former Prime Minister of the UK, Charles Grey. Funfact: the Earl Grey tea is called after him. 😉 It is a great location for shopping by the way. If you go down Blackett Street, you’ll arrive to a big shopping centre! And if you wish to take some great photos from the monument from above, then you can go up to The Botanist a very cool bar just in front of the Monument!




Newcastle’s official name is Newcastle upon Tyne (name of the main river in the city). There are in total 7 bridges crossing River Tyne, but there are two that I really liked. The first one is Tyne Bridge, which reminds you a bit of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, though the one in Newcastle was built first. The construction period ended in 1928, four years before Sydney. Did you know that it is ranked in the top ten of the highest structures in the city? We even saw some people on a ropeway up from the bridge to the banks! How cool is that? 😄

The other bridge is a bit more special in my opinion. The Millennium Bridge is the only pedestrian bridge in the world that is curved! Yes, that’s right! You walk a tiny bow before you arrive on the other bank 😉 The other highlight of this bridge is that it can lift the walking part, so when a taller ship would like to pass, the pedestrians are alerted that the bridge will „open up“. The movement resembles a bit to one of a moving eye 👁 . I saw it with my own eyes and I was really cool to be honest 😄!


Blackfriars and Chinatown are located very closely to each other, this is why I put them together in one category. Though they are two totally different „attractions“ with different stories. Blackfriars is a restored monastery from the 13th century. It is a really calm place compared to other parts of the city. This house on the left-hand-side up here may be the oldest restaurant in the United Kingdom because already back in time the monks used to eat there! 🤓🇬🇧

The district of Chinatown is relatively small compared to the other four Chinatowns existing in the UK (Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London). Apart from the entrance arch, everything can be found on Stowell Street. The interesting part is that this street used to belong to the Blackfriars monastery. The arch was built in 2004, and the two lions are facing St. James’s Park, the football stadium of Newcastle. 😉⚽️


This was not on our visit itinerary, though I found this place through Instagram and I definitely needed to go there! I simply love libraries, they are so pretty! The Lit&Phil is located close to the Central Station of Newcastle and is a historical library. It is the biggest independent library outside of London! 🤓 You can still lend books, if you are a member, and you can meet up with your friends for a chat or a game of chess 😄 I really loved the atmosphere inside there. The visit is free, but you should ask if you can take photos. For us it was no problem, so here are some shots from this beautiful gem in Newcastle!








In the end I would like to mention with whom I have been on this trip together. Here is the list of bloggers that you can check out:

Claudia for

Laura from

Mila from

Christian from

And check out Ali on Instagram! –> @vanguardvoyager

DISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to VisitBritain  (Advertisement*) for making this trip possible! Thank you DFDS and MOTEL ONE Newcastle for their kind hospitality!  But I would like to mention here that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own.

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What to do on a stopover in Lille

EN | Recently in December my family and I started a little road trip to London, passing by Lille in Northern France because my family comes from this region. 😉 In this blog post I will tell you what we did during these few days we were in the Flemish capital. 😊

FR | Récemment au mois de décembre ma famille et moi, nous avons fait un petit road trip pour aller à Londres en s’arrêtant à Lille (59) parce que ma famille vient de ce coin. 😉 Dans cet article je vais vous raconter ce que nous avons fait ces deux jours que nous avons passer dans la capitale de la Flandres. 😊

EN | We arrived in Lille by train from Brussels (only a 35 min ride) at Lille Europe Station. The train station is one of the two big ones that you can find in Lille, the other one is called Lille Flandres (more for regional trains). From the train station it is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel where we stayed, the Hôtel Arbre Voyageur****, a modern hotel located in Boulevard Carnot, which is very close to the old town of Lille. We stayed in a quadruple room which was simply perfect for us, since we are a family 😉. The breakfast was lovely as well! From waffles to different kind of viennoiseries passing by eggs, you can get almost everything for breakfast 😉.

FR | On est arrivé à Lille en train de Bruxelles (seulement un trajet de 35 mns) à la gare de Lille Europe. Cette gare est une de deux grandes gare lilloises, l’autre s’appelle Lille Flandres (plutôt pour les trains régionaux comme les TER). De la gare on a dû marcher environ 10 minutes pour arriver à notre hôtel, l‘Hôtel Arbre Voyageur****, un hôtel moderne situé sur le Boulevard Carnot, juste à côté du Vieux-Lille. Nous avons séjourné dans une chambre pour quatre personnes ce qui était parfait pour nous 😉. Le petit-déjeuner était un vrai régal! Des gaufres aux viennoiseries en passant par des œufs il y avait vraiment un grand choix pour le repas le plus important de la journée 😉.

EN | Let’s go to the city centre! As I just told you, the hotel is really central, so there is no need to take any public transport. A few steps away from the hotel you will find the Place du Théâtre on which you will be able to admire the Opera House and the most known sight of the city: the Belfry of the Chamber of Commerce of Lille. You will find it on every postcard for sure 😅  It is really high compared to the heights of the other buildings in Lille. It’s height is 76 meters (250 feet). During Christmas time they installed activities like ice-skating or curling inside the central hall of the building. It is really impressive to go in, it was free to get inside. The Chamber of Commerce is often considered as the New Stock Exchange while the Old Stock Exchange is located right on the opposite side. If you are lucky you can even go inside the court where you can buy books. 😊  

FR | Allons découvrir le centre-ville! Comme je viens de vous raconter, notre hôtel était très central et du coup nous n’avions pas du tout besoin de prendre des transports pour aller au centre. A quelques pas de l’hôtel vous allez trouver la Place du Théâtre sur laquelle on pour admirer l’Opéra de Lille et l’emblème de la ville: le Beffroi de la Chambre de Commerce de Lille. Vous allez le trouver sur toutes les cartes postales, je vous l’assure 😅 Le beffroi est assez haut comparé aux autres bâtiments autour de lui. Il mesure 76 mètres! Pendant la période des Fêtes, à l’intérieur du hall central de la Chambre de Commerce on a installé des activités hivernale comme une patinoire ou des pistes pour jouer au curling. L’architecture est vraiment impressionnante, l’entrée était gratuite! La Chambre de Commerce de Lille est souvent considérée comme la Nouvelle Bourse. La Vieille Bourse de Lille est située juste sur l’autre côté de la place. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous pouvez même jeter un coup d’œil dans la cour où on peut acheter des livres. ☺️

EN | Only one square further is the Place du Général de Gaulle, also called Grand-Place. In winter there is a ferris wheel right in the middle of the square from which you have an amazing view over the city. One ride costs 5€/person if I remember right 😅.  You can also get on the square by going through the court from the Old Stock Exchange. On the square are also located the Théâtre du Nord and many shops and restaurants. 

FR | La place voisine s’appelle la Place du Général de Gaulle, mieux connu comme la Grand-Place. En hiver on y trouve une grande roue au plein milieu de la place depuis laquelle on a une vue ravissante sur la ville. Pour y faire un tour ça coute 5€/personne si je ne me trompe pas. 😅 Vous pouvez aussi accéder à la place en passant par la cour de la Vieille Bourse. Sur la place on peut également trouver le Théâtre du Nord et beaucoup de magasins et restaurants. 

EN | One of my favourite places in Lille is for sure the Old Town, the Vieux-Lille. Cobblestone streets and beautiful façades everywhere! A neighbourhood which is also perfect for shopping because it is full of boutiques 😄

FR | Un de mes endroits préférés à Lille est sûrement le Vieux-Lille. On y peut trouver des jolies façades et plein de petites ruelles pavées! Un quartier également parfait pour faire les magasins car le Vieux-Lille est plein de boutiques! 😄


😋 Galette Chti’flette Crêperie / Rue des Chats Bossus 🥞

😋 Ma Reine / Boulevard Carnot (Hôtel Arbre Voyageur) 🍔

😋 Le Pain Quotidien / Rue Pierre Mauroy; Rue Basse; Place Rihour 🥑🥞

DISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to the Hôtel Arbre Voyageur (Advertisement*) for their kind hospitality! But I would like to mention that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own. The restaurant recommendations are not sponsored!
Merci beaucoup à l’équipe de l’Hôtel Arbre Voyageur (Publicité*) pour cette accueil chaleureuse! Mais je vous souhaiterais souligné que j’ai écrit cet article moi-même et que toutes opinions sont mes opinions personnelles. Les recommandations de restaurant sont également personnelles et ne pas sponsorisées!


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WE ♥︎ MCR: Manchester in 2 days

EN | When you think of a big British city, you surely automatically think of London. I would like that this changes because Britain has more than just London. Early October I traveled to Manchester in North-West England thanks to VisitManchester who supported me organising this trip. ☺️ Manchester may be smaller than the British capital but is also charming, however, in it’s own way. As you may know Manchester is known to be the first industrial city in the world (!), this is why you find many brick buildings in the city. Come with me and discover the city of Manchester through my eyes.

FR | Quand on pense à une grande ville britannique, on pense souvent directement à Londres. Je voudrais que ceci change parce que la Grande-Bretagne est beaucoup plus que simplement Londres. Début octobre dernier j’étais à Manchester grâce à VisitManchester qui m’ont aider à organiser ce voyage. ☺️ Manchester est peut-être moins grand que la capitale britannique mais toutes les deux villes sont charmantes à leur façon. Comme vous savez peut-être Manchester est connue d’être la première ville industrielle au monde (!), c’est pour cette raison-là qu’on trouve beaucoup de bâtiments en briques au centre de la ville. Venez et découvrez la ville de Manchester à travers mes yeux.


EN | Let me introduce you to this wonderful hotel located right in the middle of Manchester, at St Peter’s Square, right next to the Central Library. The Midland was opened back in 1903, so it is over one hundred years old! The hotel is build in a Edwardian Baroque style and this red façade is simply stunning. When you are inside you really have the feeling to be back in time. A fun fact about this hotel is that the first vehicle of Rolls-Royce was presented in the Midland Hotel in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. 🤓

FR | Je vous présente ce magnifique hôtel situé au cœur de Manchester, Place Saint-Pierre, directement à côté de la Central Library. The Midland a ouvert ses portes en 1903, alors il y a plus de 100 ans! L’hôtel est construit  en style baroque édouardien et sa façade rouge est simplement fascinante. Quand on se trouve à l’intérieur on a vraiment l’impression de reculer dans le temps. Une petite anecdote sympa: C’est au Midland Hotel que Monsieur Charles Rolls et Henry Royce ont présenté leur premier véhicule en 1904. 🤓


🚃 St Peter’s Square (Metrolink line/ligne 1,2,3,6,7 )

🚍 Oxford St/St Peter’s Square (Metroshuttle lines/lignes 1 & 2)

EN | To explore Manchester, VisitManchester kindly organized a walking-tour ticket for me, so I had the pleasure to join a city walking tour by the guide Jonathan from Manchester Sightseeing. We met at 11AM in front of the Central Library, which was just in front of my hotel 😉 Our first stop was inside the Central Library. The architecture reminds me a bit of the Pantheon in Rome with its rotunda structure. After a 4-year-renovation the library reopened in 2014 and everyone can get in for free and discover over 110,000 items in this iconic place.

FR | Pour mieux découvrir Manchester, VisitManchester m’a organisé un ticket pour une visite guidée à travers la ville avec le guide Jonathan de Manchester Sightseeing. La visite a commencé à 11 heures juste en face de mon hôtel, devant la bibliothèque centrale de Manchester, la Central Library. Notre premier endroit que nous avons découvert était la bibliothèque vue de l’intérieur. L’architecture du bâtiment me rappelle un peu de celle du Panthéon à Rome, vous ne trouvez pas? 😉 Après une rénovation de 4 ans, la bibliothèque a rouvert ses portes à tout le monde gratuitement (!) et on y peut découvrir plus de 110,000 d’œuvres littéraires et plein d’autres choses!

EN | Few steps away from the Central Library is located one of Manchester’s most famous landmarks: the Manchester Town Hall. Completed in 1877 it is known to be one of the best interpretations of the Gothic revival architecture in the world. You might have thought at first sight that the clock tower of the Town Hall could be the Elizabeth Tower of the Houses of Parliaments in London, but it is not. 🤓 However the Town Hall was used as a „substitute“ to the Houses of Parliaments in London during the  shooting of the Academy-Award-winnig film „Darkest Hour (2017) showcasing Britain’s situation in 1940 during WWII with the focus on Winston Churchill. The real HoP were used at the same time by the MPs, so the shooting was relocated to Manchester. Funny, right? 😅 Currently the Town Hall is closed for renovation, but it surely going to open soon again!

FR | A quelques pas de la Central Library est situé l’Hôtel de Ville de Manchester, le Town Hall, un des sites touristiques les plus connus de la ville. Terminé en 1877 on le considère comme une des interpretations les plus réussites de l’architecture néo-gothique. Peut-être vous avez cru au premier regard que il s’agit du fameux Big Ben de Londres, mais ce clocher-là est celui de l’Hôtel de Ville de Manchester. 🤓 Pourtant le Town Hall a servi comme remplacement pour le parlement, qui se trouve à Londres, pendant le tournage du film „Les Heures sombres“ (2017, gagnant d’un Oscar) montrant la situation du Royaume-Uni en 1940 pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale et au premier plan le rôle du Premier ministre Winston Churchill. Le vrai parlement n’avait pas pu être utilisé pour le tournage car on en avait besoin pour la politique actuelle. Intéressant, n’est-ce pas? 😅 En ce moment l’Hôtel de Ville est fermé pour le public, mais il rouvra sûrement bientôt!

EN | Passing by the St. Ann’s Church, we moved on to one of the places I was most looking forward to. 😍 One of the two famous libraries is the Central Library and the other one is the John Rylands Library! When you get in the Library you really feel like being in Hogwarts and you suddenly expect all the stairs start to move 😅 It is definitely one of my favorite places in Manchester. Just look at this perfect architecture! The John Rylands was founded by  Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands, who was an English entrepreneur and philanthropist in the 19th century. Fun fact, he was one of Manchester’s first multi-millionaires. 😅 Anyway, the library opened to the public in 1900. Today it is part of the University of Manchester library.

FR | En passant par l’église Sainte-Anne, j’avais tellement hâte de découvrir notre prochain endroit. 😍 Une des deux fameuses bibliothèques est la Central Library et l’autre, c’est la John Rylands Library! Quand on y entre, on a vraiment l’impression de se retrouver dans Hogwarts et que les éscaliers peuvent bouger à tout moment! 😅 C’est definitivement un de mes endroits préférés à Manchester. Simplement grâce à cette architecture ravissante! La bibliothèque John Rylands a été créée par Enriqueta Augustina Rylands en souvenir de son mari John Rylands, un grand entrepreneur et philanthropist anglais au XIXe siècle. Petite curiosité: Rylands était un des premiers multi-millionaires de Manchester. 😅 La bibliothèque est ouverte au public depuis 1900. Aujourd’hui elle fait partie de la bibliothèque de l’Université de Manchester.


🚍 John Rylands Library (Metroshuttle lines/lignes 1/2)

EN | After the lovely visit I met up with Daniel Norton from Marketing Manchester for lunch! He took me to a place called Mackie Mayor which is known as a Manchester icon. The building was in disrepair for decades, however, it was brought back to life by the team behind the Altrincham Market and it reopened in October 2017. Today you can enjoy some fantastic new food and  drinks in a wonderful atmosphere. You can choose between many different „categories“ like fish, pizza, meat and many more! I ate an Avocado Toast and it was so tasty! 😍🥑

FR | Après cette merveilleuse visite à pied, j’ai rencontré Daniel Norton de Marketing Manchester pour déjeuner. Il m’a emmené dans un endroit qui s’appelle Mackie Mayor. Ce bâtiment était vide pendant des années, jusqu’au moment que l’équipe du  Altrincham Market  l’a rénové et à rouvert cet endroit en Octobre 2017. On y peut découvrir plein de plats délicieux comme par exemple de poisson, de pizza ou aussi de viande. J’ai mangé un Avocado Toast et je me suis régalé! 😍🥑


1 Eagle St, Manchester M4 5BU

🚍 New Cross & Mayes St

EN | After our lunch at Mackie Mayor, Daniel and I went for a walk around the Northern Quarter, the hipster part of Manchester. Daniel showed me what this neighborhood is famous for: grafitti. You see them everywhere and many of them are really impressive!


My favourite out of these three is the one with the bees and the honey heart with MCR (abbreviation for Manchester). It is a memorial to the victims who died at the concert attack back in May 2017 😔 Each bee (symbol of Manchester)  represents one of the victims… 🐝

FR | Après notre déjuener chez Mackie Mayor, Daniel et moi, nous nous sommes promenés dans le quartier de Northern Quarter, la partie branchée de Manchester. Daniel m’a montré pour quelle raison ce quartier est notamment connu: les grafittis. On les voit partout et beaucoup sont très impressionants! Mon préféré de ces trois-ci est celui avec les abeilles et le cœur de miel avec MCR (abréviation pour Manchester). Il commémore les victimes de l’attaque au concert de Ariana Grande en 2017  😔 Chaque abeille (symbole de Manchester) représente une des victimes… 🐝 

EN | In the evening I was really excited to go to the theatre to see Macbeth by William Shakespeare interpreted by  National Theatre at the Lowry in the MediaCityUK, southwest Manchester. Actually this theatre is really close to the stadium of Manchester United, the Old Trafford. Before the play, I had dinner at the theatre’s restaurant called Pier8. DE-LI-CIOUS! The play was incredible and I can really recommend to everyone to see a play by NationalTheatre! 🎭

FR | Le soir j’avais la chance de pouvoir aller au théatre! La pièce, c’était Macbeth de William Shakespeare interpretée par National Theatre au théatre Lowry dans la MediaCityUK, sud-ouest de Manchester. A propos, ce théatre n’est pas du tout loin du stade du Manchester United, le Old Trafford. Avant que la pièce commençait, j’ai dîné au restaurant du théâtre qui s’appelle  Pier8. DE-LI-CIEUX! La pièce était incroyable et je peux vraiment vous recommander d’aller voir une des pièces interprétées par NationalTheatre! 🎭


🚃 MediaCityUK (Metrolink line/ligne 3 & 7 )



EN | In Manchester there is a free bus service with which you can get around easily in Manchester with out paying anything! Find out more here.

FR | A Manchester il y a des bus gratuits avec lesquelles c’est vraiment de facile de se déplacer dans la ville et ne rien devoir payer! Trouvez plus d’informations ici.


EN | When I was in Manchester I was really surprised that often I had to pay nothing for entering sights. For example for both of the libraries the entry is free and everybody can come in! So cool!

FR | Quand j’étais à Manchester, j’étais surpris que je n’étais pas du tout obligé de payer pour entrer sur des sites touristiques. Par exemple l’entrée pour les deux bibliothèque ne coûte rien du tout! Vraiment cool!


EN | The worker bee is the symbol of the city of Manchester. It refers back to the Industrial Revolution and in the beginning of this article I told you that Manchester is known for being the first Industrial city in the world. Traditionally the bee symbolises the energy of the city and a sense of community (you know because bees do not live alone 😉). The bee can be found practically everywhere in Manchester, such as in the streets or on many public buildings. It is also included in the coat of arms of the city. ☺️

FR | L’abeille est le symbole de la ville de Manchester. C’est relié avec le passé de la ville et la Révolution Industrielle. Au début de mon article je vous ai raconté que Manchester est considéré comme la première ville industrielle au monde. Traditionnellement l’abeille symbolise l’énergie et le sense de la communauté (vous savez que les abeilles habitent toujours ensemble 😉). L’abeille peut-être trouvée partout dans la ville de Manchester, comme dans la rue ou sur des bâtiments publics. Les abeilles sont également représenté sur l’emblème de la ville. ☺️ 

LogoDISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to VisitManchester  (Advertisement*) for making this trip possible! Thank you to the Midland Hotel for their kind hospitality!  But I would like to mention here that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own.
Merci beaucoup à VisitManchester (Partenariat*) pour ce voyage à Manchester! Merci également au Midland Hotel pour cet accueil formidable!  Pourtant je voudrais bien souligner que c’est moi-même qui a écrit cet article et qu’il est basé sur mes points de vue. 


Hungary Travel

TOP 6 Places in Budapest for a city break

EN | Last September, WowHungary, the Tourism Board of Hungary, invited my family and me to discover the magnificent Hungarian capital: BUDAPEST. Although we stayed there only over the weekend, we explored many wonderful places! Here is a list of places that you definitely shouldn’t miss on your trip to Budapest! ☺️

FR | Au mois de septembre dernier, WowHungary, l’office de tourisme de la Hongrie a invité ma famille et moi pour découvrir la ravissante capitale hongroise: BUDAPEST! Bien que nous y avons passé quelques jours seulement, nous avons tous la tête plein de souvenirs de cette ville formidable. Dans cet article je vous fais découvrir des endroits que vous devez absolument visiter pendant votre séjour à Budapest! ☺️


EN | It is known as THE landmark of Budapest. You see it everywhere on souvenir articles such as postcards, magnets, mugs, etc.. The building is a perfect example of the architecture of the ecclesiastical style in the late 19th century (even though, it isn’t a church and has never been one). Over 100,000 people participated at the construction and over 40 million bricks (!) were used. The construction was pushed by republican and national activists at that time, though the building had to wait nearly 100 years to be used as a democratic institution. With over 690 rooms, the Országház (Hungarian name of the Parliament building) is the largest building in the country. For taking photos of this architectural masterpiece, you can go to the backside where you’ll have enough space to take photos for you ( and maybe Instagram 😉). Do you want to discover it also from the inside? Then check out the website of National Assembly where you can book a guided tour (many languages available). However, book it quite early, because the guided tours are highly requested!

FR | Il est connu comme l’emblème de la ville, on le voit partout, sur les cartes postales, des aimants de souvenir, des tasses, etc.. Le bâtiment du Parlement hongrois est un exemple parfait pour l’architecture ecclésiastique de la fin du XIXe siècle. Pourtant, ce bâtiment n’a jamais été une église. Plus de 100,000 personnes ont participé à la construction et plus de 40 million (!) pierres ont été utilisées. La construction était motivée par des tendances républicaines et nationalistes de cette époque, par contre le Parlement a dû attendre environ 100 ans pour être inauguré comme institution démocratique. Ayant plus de 690 pièces, le Országház (nom du Parlement en hongrois) est classé numéro 1 des plus grands immeubles de la Hongrie. Pour prendre des photos, je recommande de se rendre sur la place derrière le Parlement. Si vous avez envie de découvrir ce chef-d’œuvre à l’intérieur, vous avez la possibilité de joindre une visite guidée. Pour ceci, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Assemblée Nationale de la Hongrie pour choisir votre créneau et la langue de la visite (il y a des visites en français). En retour, pensez d’acheter vos tickets assez tôt, car les visites sont très demandées!


🚃 Kossuth Lajos tér M (tram line/ligne 2)  🚇  Kossuth Lajos tér (line/ligne M2)

🚍 Kossuth Lajos tér (lines/lignes 15, 70, 78, 115)


EN | Just a few steps away from the Parliament Building, you can stop by the Shoes on Danube Bank. It is a memorial dedicated to the the Jewish people who were killed by the fascists in Budapest during World War II. Before their execution, they were forced to take their shoes off. This is why you’ll find shoes on the river bank.

FR | A quelques mètres du Parlement, vous pouvez vous rendre au mémorial des Chaussures au bord du Danube qui est dédié aux victimes juives de la Shoah de la deuxième guerre mondiale à Budapest. Avant leur exécution, les victimes étaient forcées de se déchausser. Pour cette raison on trouve aujourd’hui des chaussures au bord du Danube.



EN | Budapest has 7 bridges crossing the river Danube. The oldest bridge to connect Buda and Pest (if you didn’t know, this is why the city is called Budapest today, because both banks are in one city 😉) is the Chain Bridge. It was opened back in 1849. Many people see a resemblance between the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, USA and the Hungarian Bridge. A beautiful place at day, at sunset and at night (because of the illuminations 👆🏼). Perfect for every Instagram feed!

FR | A Budapest, on trouve 7 ponts qui traversent le Danube. Le pont le plus vieux qui connecte Buda et Pest, (les deux grands quartiers, qui aujourd’hui forme la ville de Budapest 😉) c’est le Pont des Chaînes Széchenyi. Ce pont a été inauguré en 1849. Beaucoup de personnes voient une resemblance avec le Brooklyn Bridge new-yorkais. Le pont est parfait pour une visite pendant toute la journée (et pendant la nuit il est illuminé 👆🏼). Parfait pour toutes sortes de photos, ainsi pour Instagram!


🚃  Széchenyi István tér (tram line/ligne 2) // Clark Ádám tér (tram lines/lignes 19 & 40)

🚇  Vörösmarty tér (line/ligne M1)  > 10 min by foot/à pied (800m)

🚍  Széchenyi István tér (lines/lignes 15, 16, 105, 115) //  Clark Ádám tér (lines/lignes 16 & 105)



EN | Located right in the centre of Pest (Budapest’s Eastern Bank) you will see a gigantic building, which is the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Technically it is not really a Basilica (it is a cathedral regarding the architecture), but it has the title of a „minor-basilica“. 🤓  The Basilica is named after the Hungarian king Stephen I. For entering the church, you don’t need to pay (they ask for a donation at the entrance though, amount: 200 HUF). From the inside you can explore the amazing details of the cupola and much more! If you want to you can also pay 500 HUF each to get up to the cupola 360° view over the city! You can go up either with the elevator or you can take the stairs. The view from up there is splendid, you can see many known sights of Budapest, too, such as the Parliament and Fisherman’s Bastion. Not to be missed!

FR | Située au plein centre de Pest (la rive gauche de Budapest) se trouve la gigantesque Basilique Saint-Étienne de Pest. En théorie, il ne s’agit pas vraiment d’une basilique (après l’architecture, c’est une cathédrale), mais on lui a donnée le titre d’une „petite basilique“. 🤓 La Basilique est nommée après le roi hongrois Étienne 1er, dont sa main se trouve dans cette église comme relique. Pour entrer dans l’église, c’est gratuit. En revanche une petite donation (200 HUF) est demandée à l’entrée. A l’intérieur on peut découvrir la splendide coupole et beaucoup plus de détails. Si vous voulez avoir une superbe vue, vous pouvez acheter un ticket (500 HUF) et vous pourrez monter à la coupole pour avoir une vue de 360° sur la ville de Budapest! Pour monter on peut choisir entre les escaliers et les ascenseurs. Depuis la coupole on aperçoit plusieurs d’autres monuments de la ville comme le Parlement et la Bastion des Pêcheurs. À ne pas manquer! 


🚇  Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (line/ligne M1)

🚍  Szent István Bazilika (line/ligne 9) //  József nádor tér (lines/lignes 16 & 105) // Hercegprímás utca (lines/lignes 15 & 115)



EN | One of the best viewpoints over the city is definitely the Fisherman’s Bastion. Located in the upper Buda (Western bank) the terrace was built between 1895 and 1902 in a Neo-gothic and Neo-romanesque style around the Matthias Church. The seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes back in 895 AD. From the Fisherman’s Bastion you have an amazing view of Pest and the Danube. Sights that you can see from up there are the Parliament, Margaret Island, St. Stephen’s Basilica and many more. The best thing is that the visit to the terrace is for FREE! There are tickets that you can buy to access the upper floor, but it is not worth it…. You’ll have the same view as from below. A very cool and instagrammable place for sure! ☺️ For getting there I recommend the Bus number 16, which you can take at the Chain Bridge. They take you all the way up!

FR | Pour avoir une des plus belles vues sur la ville de Budapest, vous devez absolument visiter la Bastion des Pêcheurs! Situé sur la butte du Château de Buda (rive droite), cette terrasse a été construite entre 1895 et 1902 dans un style Neo-gothique et Neo-roman autours de l’église Église Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption de Budavár. Les sept tours représentent les sept troupes des Magyars en 895 après J.-C.. Depuis la Bastion des Pêcheurs vous avez une vue spectaculaire sur Pest et le Danube. Des monuments qu’on peut distinguer depuis la Bastion sont par exemple le Parlement, l’île Marguerite, la Basilique Saint-Étienne de Pest et beaucoup plus. Le meilleur point est le prix car la visite de la
Bastion est GRATUIT! Il y a des tickets qui permettent de monter d’un étage, mais ceci ne vaut pas le coup…. Vous auriez exactement la même vue comme depuis en bas. La bastion est un endroit merveilleux et parfait pour des photos Instagram! ☺️ Pour arriver à cette terrace depuis la ville, je vous recommande de prendre le bus numéro 16 (par exemple depuis le Pont des Chaînes) qui vous emmène tout en haut! 


🚍  Szentháromság tér (lines/lignes 16, 16A, 116)



EN | Budapest has the biggest Jewish community in Eastern Europe. About 100,000 Jewish people live in the Hungarian capital. The Dohány Street Synagogue was constructed between 1854 and 1859, and it is known today as the biggest synagogue in the world that was built before the 20th century. This synagogue is really special, so let’s do a tiny historical and cultural digression. As you may know life for Jewish people was not that easy in Europe for a long time. Many Jewish people living in Hungary found a compromise with the non-Jewish people and this was called the Assimilation. Jewish people were able to be part of the Hungarian society, however they shouldn’t express their religion in public. This is why the architecture of the Synagogue in Budapest reminds someone a bit of an architecture that you’d find in a church. Another special thing about this synagogue is that it is really full of (incredible!) details and there is an organ, so an instrument. This is really an exception for things you’ll find in a synagogue. On religious events in the synagogue on Sabbat, the organ wasn’t played by a Jewish (because playing an instrument is considered as working), but by a non-Jewish. Most famous example is the composer Franz Liszt. Feel free to join the guided tour starting in the synagogue. For more information you can visit the website of the Synagogue. Check the opening hours before your visit as there could be religious celebrations on some days of the year. 😉

FR | Budapest est connue pour sa grande communauté juive qui est la plus grande en Europe de l’Est. Environ 100,000 Juives et Juifs vivent dans la capitale hongroise. La Grande Synagogue a été construite entre 1854 et 1859 et elle considérée comme la plus grande synagogue au monde qui a été construite avant le XXe siècle. Cette synagogue est vraiment spéciale. Comme vous savez sûrement la vie des Juifs était très compliquée dans le passé. Les juifs hongrois pouvaient être acceptés dans la société hongroise sous une condition: les Juifs ne devaient pas vivre leur religion librement en public et ils étaient obligés de s’assimiler. Pour cette raison-là, l’architecture de la Grande Synagogue à l’intérieur ressemble un peu à celle d’une église. Une autre curiosité est l’orgue au fond de la synagogue. Normalement on ne trouve pas d’instruments dans des synagogues. Pendant Chabat, l’orgue n’était pas jouée par un Juif (car jouer un instrument est considéré comme un travail), donc c’était des non-Juifs qui ont assistés aux cérémonies religieuses en jouant l’orgue. La personne jouant l’instrument la plus connue est sûrement le compositeur hongrois Franz Liszt. N’hésitez pas de participer à une visite guidée commençant dans la Synagogue. Pour plus d’informations, je vous propose de visiter le site de la Synagogue. Jetez également un œil sur les horaires car le samedi et pendant d’autres jours de l’année, la Synagogue sera fermée à cause des fêtes religieuses. 😉


🚃  Astoria M (tram lines/lignes 47, 48, 49, 1956 )

🚇  Astoria (line/ligne M2)  > 3 min by foot/à pied (200m)

🚍  Astoria M  (lines/lignes 9, 100E) //  Károly körút (Astoria M) (lines/lignes 74 & 76)


EN | My second favorite bridge in Budapest is the Liberty Bridge. As many bridges in Budapest it also crosses the Danube. Though it is the shortest of them all. The bridge was at first built for the Millennium World Exhibition back in 1896. However, during WWII it was heavily damaged and afterwards rebuilt. It reminds a bit of Albert Bridge in London, don’t you think? The liberty bridge is also a very instagrammable bridge because of the yellow trams crossing the river via this bridge. ☺️ 

FR | Mon deuxième pont préféré à Budapest c’est le Pont de la Liberté (en hongrois: Szabadság híd). Comme beaucoup de ponts à Budapest, ce pont traverse le Danube. Le pont a été construit pour le Millenáris en 1896. Par contre le pont a été brutalement mutilé pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. Après le pont a été reconstruit comme on le connait aujourd’hui. L’architecture me rappelle un peu de celle du pont Albert à Londres, vous ne trouvez pas? Le Pont de la Liberté est un lieu parfait pour des photos Instagram car les jolis tram-ways jaunes traversent ce pont et ceci crée un joli contraste. ☺️


🚃  Fővám tér M (tram line/ligne 2, 47, 48, 49, 1956)

🚇  Fővám tér (line/ligne M4)

🚍  Fővám tér M (lines/lignes 15, 83, 115)

EN | Budapest is for me now one of the TOP 5 cities to visit when you are in Europe! The city is so beautiful everywhere you look and the flair of the city is simply charming. Everything is easy to understand for tourists even if you don’t speak Hungarian. 😜 It is also easy to pay in Hungary (for us coming from a Euro country), many restaurants and shops provided payment in Euro and they calculated the price in front of you. If you have to change money, change at offices without commission and where the rate is around 300 HUF for one Euro (updated October 2018)! Public transports are very convenient for traveling in Budapest. For us it was perfect that we had the BudapestCard which offers you, additionally to the public transport, many discounts at tourist attractions.

FR | Pour moi, Budapest est devenue une des 5 villes qu’on doit absolument visiter en Europe! La ville est plein de merveilleux immeubles et l’ambiance dans cette ville est vraiment sympa! Communiquer comme touristes était très facile, même si nous parlions pas du tout le hongrois. 😜 Comme nous sommes d’un pays de la zone euro, c’était aussi vraiment simple de payer. Dans beaucoup de restaurants et monuments il y avait la possibilité de payer en € (pas partout!). Si vous devez changer de l’argent, faites attention que vous changez votre argent seulement dans des bureaux de change sans commission et où un euro correspond à 300 HUF (actualisé Octobre 2018)! Les moyens de transports sont très pratiques pour des touristes qui veulent voir beaucoup de choses en peu de temps. ☺️ Grâce à la BudapestCard, nous avons pu profiter des moyens de transports et de beaucoup de réductions!


EN | We stayed at the wonderful Bohem Art Hotel in the city centre (Pest). Perfectly located close to the Liberty Bridge, you can easily take the tram number 2, which is really perfect for tourists because it stops at the Chain Bridge and at the Parliament! But you can also walk to the city centre which takes you about 5 to 10 minutes. Plus, it is in a quiet street!

FR | Nous avons séjourné au merveilleux Bohem Art Hotel au centre-ville (Pest). L’hôtel est très bien situé près du Pont de la Liberté où on peu prendre le tram-way numéro 2 qui s’arrête au Pont des Chaînes et au Parlement! Mais on peut bien-sûr aussi marcher jusqu’au centre (5-10 mns). En plus, l’hôtel se trouve dans une rue très calme!


EN | I can recommend to you two restaurants where the food is delicious and where we could pay in Euros:

FR | Je peux vous recommender deux restaurant où on mange très bien et où vous pouvez payer en euros:


EN | A very good Italian-Hungarian restaurant located close to the hotel where we stayed. We tried the Goulash-Soup and the pizzas and we were in food heaven! The pizzas were so good! And the waiters talked perfect Italian by the way 😉. [Váci utca 2, phone: +3612350320]

FR | Un restaurant Italo-hongrois excellent pas loin de notre hôtel. Nous avons goûté la soupe de Goulasch et les pizzas et c’était DÉ-LI-CIEUX! Les pizzas étaient trop bonnes! En plus, les serveurs parlaient tous Italien 😉. [Váci utca 2, phone: +3612350320]


EN | This restaurant is also very close to our hotel. It was the first restaurant where we had dinner. When you enter the restaurant you have a counter with fresh ham (from Spain/Italy). We ordered also a Goulash-soup (a MUST in Hungary!), a Caesar salad and a Spanish Ham Cheese Salami Selection plate. The ham was freshly cut. Everything was so tasty! A perfect restaurant which specialties from different countries and with lovely live music. 😉 [Kecskeméti Utca 2, phone: +3617946137]

FR | Ce restaurant est aussi très proche de l’hôtel où nous avons couché. C’était le premier restaurant où nous avions dîné. Quand vous entrez dans le restaurant vous allez directement voir une vitrine avec de la charcuterie (d’Espagne et d’Italie) fraîche sur votre droite. Nous avons commandé la soupe de Goulasch (oui encore, mais vous devez absolument la goûter!), une salade caesar et une planche avec une selection de jambons (coupé tout frais!), de fromages et de salamis. Tout nous a bien plu! Un restaurant parfait avec des spécialités de différents pays et une ambiance sympa! 😉 [Kecskeméti Utca 2, phone: +3617946137] 

DISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to WowHungary  (Advertisement*) for making this trip possible! Thank you to the Bohem Art Hotel for their kind hospitality! Köszönöm to Budapest Official to have provided us two BudapestCards 72h! But I would like to mention here that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own. The restaurant recommendations are my own and this is not a collaboration with the restaurants!
Merci beaucoup à WowHungary (Partenariat*) pour ce voyage à Budapest! Merci également à l’hôtel Bohem Art Hotel pour cet accueil formidable! Et bien-sûr aussi köszönöm à Budapest Official, qui nous ont offert deux BudapestCard 72h. Pourtant je voudrais bien souligner que c’est moi-même qui a écrit cet article et qu’il est basé sur mes points de vue. Les recommandations de restaurants sont totalement personnelles et il n’y a aucun partenariat avec ces restaurant!
Germany Travel

Hamburg in 2 days: from Alster to the Elbphilharmonie

EN | This was surely one of my most spontaneous trips. The main reason we were traveling to Hamburg from September 6th to September 7th was that we won tickets for a Maître Gims concert on Friday night. 😅  But I was really happy that the concert took place in Hamburg so it gave us the possibility to rediscover the city that we visited back in 2013 for the last time.

DE | Das war sicherlich einer meiner spontansten Trips überhaupt! Der eigentliche Grund, weshalb wir nach Hamburg gefahren sind, war, dass ich ein paar Tage vorher Konzertkarten für Maître Gams gewonnen habe und dieses Konzert war am Freitagabend. 😅 Aber dafür hatte ich einen Grund wieder nach Hamburg zu fahren und um die Bilder, die ich damals 2013 mit meiner kleinen Kamera gemacht hatte aufzufrischen.

EN | We arrived in Hamburg by train after a 3,5 hours train ride from Würzburg. Thanks to the Hamburg Card (kindly provided to us by Hamburg Tourismus) we could immediately take the underground to the Überseequartier, which was a five minute walk away from our hotel, the Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt. From our room we had an amazing view on the Speicherstadt and on the St. Katherinen church.

DE | Wir sind nach einer dreiundhalb-stündigen Zugfahrt am Hamburger Hauptbahnhof angekommen. Dank der HamburgCard (die uns freundlicher Weise von Hamburg Tourismus zur Verfügung gestellt wurde) konnten wir direkt mit der U-Bahn bis zum Überseequartier nehmen um dann fünf Minuten bis zu unserem Hotel, dem Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt, zu laufen. Von unserem Zimmer aus hatten wir einen wunderbaren Blick über die Speicherstadt und die St. Katherinen-Kirche.

Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt

EN | After the check-in we immediately went on with exploring our neighbourhood, the Speicherstadt. This neighbourhood is known for having many canals and being the largest warehouse district in the world. Since 2015 the Speicherstadt is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can either discover the Speicherstadt by foot, as we did this time, or by boat. We did a cruise back in 2013 where we explored the Speicherstadt and the harbour of Hamburg, one of the biggest in Europe.

A place that you have to visit is right in the city centre of Hamburg. It’s the city hall of Hamburg and the Alsterarkaden. If you plan to get there with the underground (U-Bahn) you have to get off at Jungfernstieg ( U1, U2, U4 and S-Bahn) or Rathaus (U3). When you exit the station you will surely be on the Rathausplatz, the City Hall Square we you will see the massive Rathaus, built in a neorenaissance style from 1886 and 1897. It’s not only the mayor’s office, it is also the parliament of the city of Hamburg since Hamburg is a city-state in the Federal Republic of Germany. If you turn around, you will see some beautiful archways, which form the Alsterarkaden. It is a cute passage with shops and cafés, and from the other side, you have a wonderful reflection. 😉

DE | Nachdem wir eingecheckt hatten, sind wir direkt in die Speicherstadt gegangen und sind dort durch die Straßen gelaufen. Die Speicherstadt ist bekannt für die großen ehemaligen Speicher, aus roten Backsteinen gebaut, und die Kanäle, die den Transport in andere Länder erleichterte. Seit 2015 ist die Speicherstadt Teil des UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Man kann die Speicherstadt auf zwei verschiedene Art und Weisen entdecken. Entweder man läuft wie wir durch die Straßen oder man macht eine Hafenrundfahrt (der Hafen ist einer der größten Europas!) mit Speicherstadtführung. 2013 haben wir solch eine Rundfahrt gemacht und es hat uns sehr gefallen!

Ein weiterer Ort, der sehr sehenswert ist, ist direkt im Zentrum Hamburgs: das Rathaus und die Alsterarkaden. Mit der U-Bahn kann man entweder bis zum Jungfernstieg (U1, U2, U4 and S-Bahn) oder bis Rathaus (U3) fahren. Auf dem Rathausplatz erstreckt sich das Hamburger Rathaus, gebaut von 1886 bis 1897 in einem Neorenaissance-Stil. Das Rathaus ist nicht nur der Arbeitsplatz des Hamburger Oberbürgermeisters, sondern auch Sitz des Senats der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg. Einige Schritte vom Rathaus entfernt, gelangt man zur Kleinen Alster und den Alsterarkaden, wo man schön ein Käffchen trinken kann mit dem Blick auf das Rathaus oder shoppen kann. Für Fotoliebhaber: wenn man auf der Treppe gegenüber der Alsterarkaden steht, entsteht ein schönes Spiegelbild!

EN | A masterpiece of Northern architecture is the Chilehaus (U1 Meßberg) not far away from the Central Station and Speicherstadt. It’s a massive building built in Brick Expressionism style finished in 1924 by architect Fritz Höger. The Chilehaus has ten floors and it is built on an 6000m2 (10,7 ft2) with over 4,8 million (!) bricks right in the Konterhausviertel in Hamburg. However, why is the Chilehaus called Chilehaus? The building was named by the Hamburger Henry Sloman who became rich thanks to his trade with Salpeter in Chile and he bought this house in 1922. Together with the Speicherstadt it is known as a UNESCO World heritage site since 2015 and a landmark not to miss when you are in Hamburg. TIP: For nice photos go to the Eastern end of the building where the house is pointed. And another TIP: If you love look-up photography, walk through the inner courtyard where you’ll an amazing photo opportunity 😊

DE | Für mich persönlich ist das eines meiner Lieblingsgebäude in Hamburg: das Chilehaus (U1 Meßberg). Klassisch für norddeutsche Architektur ist auch das Chilehaus aus Backsteinen gebaut, um genau zu sein aus über 4,8 Millionen Stück! Vollendet wurde dieses Backstein-Expressionismus Prachtstück 1924 vom Architekten Fritz Höger. Das Chilehaus besitzt sage und schreibe 10 Stockwerke und ist auch einer Fläche von 6000m2 gebaut worden. Doch warum heißt das Chilehaus überhaupt Chilehaus. Bei dem Namensgeber für dieses Gebäude handelt es sich um den Hamburger Kaufmann Henry Sloman, der dank Salpeter in Chile reich geworden war und 1922 dieses Haus gekauft hat. Zusammen mit der Speicherstadt zählt das Chilehaus seit 2015 zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe und ist definitiv einen Besuch wert. Kleiner Tipp: für äußert beeindruckende Fotos sollte man ans östliche Ende des Gebäudes gehen, wo das Haus ganz spitz wird. Aber auch der Innenhof ist für Look-up-Fotos sehr gut geeignet 😉 








EN | A place that you definitely have to visit is the Elbphilharmonie (U3 Baumwall). The gigantic opera house was opened late 2016 and it is located on the bank of river Elbe. The roof represents the waves of the ocean. Inside the modern building you won’t only find the concert hall but also a hotel and 45 apartments. If you wish to see a concert, you have to plan your visit far in advance because often concerts a sold out months before the actual concert. Even if you just want to visit the inside of the Concert Hall you have to book your tickets at least 3 weeks in advance. Well given that we decided to go to Hamburg one week before, we didn’t get tickets for a guided tour. Instead though you can go up to the PLAZA for free (!) and from where you have an all around view over the harbor of Hamburg and the city. During autumn and winter it can be very windy though but it is definitely with going up!

DE | Ein Ort, wo man definitiv hin muss, wenn man mal in Hamburg ist, ist die Elbphilharmonie (U3 Baumwall). Dieses große Konzerthaus wurde erst vor kurzem eröffnet (November 2016) und befindet sich am Ufer der Elbe. Das architektonische beeindruckende Dach stellt die Wellen des Ozeans dar. In der Elbphilharmonie befindet sich nicht nur der Veranstaltungsort für Konzerte, sondern auch ein Hotel und 45 Wohnungen. Falls man ein Konzert besuchen möchte, darf man mit dem Ticketkauf nicht so lange warten, da die meisten Tickets oft schon Monate vor dem eigentlichen Konzert komplett ausverkauft sind. Auch für eine Besichtigungstour der Philharmonie sollte man früh daran denken sich die Tickets zu organisieren (mindestens 3 Wochen sind empfohlen). Da wir unseren Trip nach Hamburg relativ spontan entschieden haben, waren ein Konzert und eine Führung ausgeschlossen. Nichts desto trotz ist es dennoch möglich einen kleinen Einblick in das innere dieser neuen Sehenswürdigkeit zu bekommen. Kostenlos kann man ein Ticket für die PLAZA ziehen, von wo man einen 360° über die Stadt und den Hafen hat! Im Herbst und Winter kann es jedoch etwas kühl und windig sein da oben, aber es lohnt sich!







During our last hours in Hamburg before going back home to Würzburg, we strolled a bit around in the city and we had to go to the Instagram spot at Nikolaifleet! These cute houses remind me a bit from the houses in Amsterdam but with another touch.

Während unserer letzten Stunden in Hamburg haben wir nochmal die Zeit genutzt und sind zu einem DER Instagram Spots schlechthin gegangen: zum Nikolaifleet! Diese Häuserreihe erinnert mich ein bisschen an die Häuser in Amsterdam, nur mit norddeutschem Touch. 😉

EN | For me personally Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Of course it really doesn’t fit the clichés of Oktoberfest or half timbered houses everywhere, but Hamburg is charming in its own way. When I last visited Hamburg in 2013 the Elbphilharmonie was not finished yet and I missed many great places like the Speicherstadt. Now I have many photos that you will soon see on my Instagram. If you visit Hamburg and you come from abroad you check ou for hotels and reviews ☺️

DE | Ich finde, dass Hamburg einer der schönsten Städte Deutschlands ist und na klar entspricht die Stadt nicht den typischen Klischees wie das Oktoberfest oder die Fachwerkhäuser überall. Aber das ist auch gut so, da Hamburg mit eigenem Flair beeindrucken kann. Als ich 2013 Hamburg besichtigt hatte, war die Elbphilharmonie noch nicht fertig und ich hatte mit meiner kleinen Kamera nur ganz wenige Bilder gemacht. Aber jetzt ist mein Speicher mit Hamburg-Fotos voll, und diese werden bald auch auf meinem Instagram-Account zu sehen sein. Falls du bald nach Hamburg fahren solltest, kannst du gerne auf dich über diverse Orte und Hotels informieren. ☺️

DISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to Hamburg Tourismus  (Advertisement*) for making this trip possible through the Hamburg Card and thank you to the Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt for their kind hospitality! But I would like to mention that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own.
Vielen Dank an Hamburg Tourismus für die HamburgCard (Anzeige*), die uns diese Reise vereinfacht hat und danke an das Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt für den netten Empfang! Dennoch möchte ich hier unterstreichen, dass der gesamte Inhalt dieses Artikels selber von mir zusammen gestellt wurde und meine eigene Meinung darstellt.




Germany Travel

Bremen – way more than town musicians

Last May I had the possibilty to visit the Hanseatic city along the River Weser thanks to BremenErleben. Even if Bremen is the smallest German state and is sometimes pushed into the background, you shouldn’t underestimate the heritage of culture and history that you can find there! Come with me and let’s discover the magnificent Old Town of Bremen!

Ende letzten Mais hatte ich die Möglichkeit dank BremenErleben die Hansestadt an der Weser zu entdecken. Auch wenn Bremen als kleinstes Bundesland Deutschlands manchmal in den Hintergrund gerät, kann es bei Sachen Kultur und Geschichte ganz oben mitspielen. Kommt mit und lasst euch von der Bremer Altstadt verzaubern!

The probably most known inhabitants of Bremen: the town musicians from the fairytale written by the Grimm Brothers. / Die wohl berühmtesten Bremer: die Bremer Stadtmusikanten aus dem Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm.

We stayed at the Radisson Blu Bremen, which was right in the city centre but in a really calm though at night 😉 The hotel is a few steps away from the Market Square, where you directly can see this huge statue: the famous „Roland“. He is known to be the patron of the city. The statue, that is 5,5 meters (18 ft) tall reaches together with the pedestal and the spire a total height of 10,2 meters (33,4 ft)! Crazy, isn’t it?

Übernachtet haben wir im Radisson Blu Bremen, welches sehr zentral gelegen ist und dennoch in der Nacht in einer sehr ruhigen Gegend liegt. Vom Hotel gelangt man mit nur einzelnen Schritten, zum Marktplatz, wo man direkt den „Roland“ erblickt. Er gilt als Schutzherr der Stadt. Die knapp 5,5 Meter hohe Statue ist zusammen mit dem Podest und der Spitze mit einer Höhe von insgesamt von 10,2 Metern, die größte mittelalterliche freistehende Statue in Deutschland ist! Verrückt oder?!

If you go further north from the Market Square, you’ll arrive to a park, which is located along a little river (symbolizes the pathway of the former city wall). The Wallanlagen (name of the park) are a really nice place to relax especially in the summer. Everywhere you can see meadows, right in the city centre! At one point in the park, between all the trees you can find a windmill that reminds a bit from the ones in the Netherlands 😃 Perfect for Instagram photos!

Geht man vom Marktplatz weiter nach Norden, kommt man zu einem Park, der sich entlang des ganzen Walls (markiert den Verlauf der ehemaligen Stadtmauer) erstreckt. In den Wallanlagen lässt es sich vor allem im Sommer sehr gut entspannen. Überall Wiesen und das direkt in der Stadt! Zwischen all den Bäumen spitzt sogar eine Windmühle, hervor, die sehr stark an die Niederlande erinnert und sich als sehr instagrammable erwies.

One of the most charming and most picturesque neighbourhoods in a German city is surely the Schnoor (means string approximately). Cute houses everywhere, one next to the other, small alleys, cobbled streets and partly also some timbered houses. This is the Schnoor in a nutshell. It is for sure my favourite place in Bremen and really instagrammable 😉.

Of course, the City Hall is really worth visiting, you have to go inside! The City Hall and the Roland belong to the UNESCO world heritage sites. The price for the guided tour through the so called „Senatskanzlei“ costs €6,50 and is also very impressive for people who are not so into history.

Walking by the Cathedral of Bremen back to the Market Square you can continue walking straightforward to the River Weser.

Eines der wohl schönsten und pittoresken Viertel in einer deutschen Großstadt, ist wohl das Schnoor, abgeleitet von der Schnur. Kleine aneinander gereihte Häuser, enge Gassen, gepflasterten Straßen und teilweise auch Fachwerkhäuser prägen hier das Landschaftsbild. Einer meiner liebsten Orte in Bremen und wohl der ideale Ort für perfekte Instagram-Fotos 😉.

Sehr sehenswert ist natürlich auch das Rathaus (von innen!). Die sogenannte Senatskanzlei und der „Roland“ gehören gemeinsam zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Der Eintritt für die Führung kostet 6,50€, und diese ist sehr interessant und auch für Geschichtsmuffel sehr anschaulich.

Am Dom entlang vorbei wieder Richtung Marktplatz. Von dort aus kann man einfach immer weiter gerade aus in Richtung Weser laufen.

You will surely have to stop in the famous Böttcherstraße. This street is so special because all houses are built in the same style: red bricks, typical for Northern Germany. During summer you can listen every hour to a chime accompanied by turning pictures to the theme „The History of Flying“.

If you want to have dinner or just take a drink outside in Bremen during summer, then you have to go the Schlachte, where you’ll find many restaurants and bars. The Schlachte is a boardwalk along the River Weser where the restaurants get full really fast in the evening, so reserve a table or be there early enough. 😅 If you are lucky you can sit in a Biergarten or on a terrace and you have a beautiful view on the other riparian, where you can see the Teerhof with the „Weserburg“. Nowadays you can visit the art museum inside.

I was really surprised by the city of Bremen because I didn’t expect so many beautiful places. When I thought of Bremen, I was thinking about the town musicians or the beer Beck’s. So if you’re planning to visit Germany don’t forget to put Bremen on your bucket list! During summer time Bremen is simply perfect because if it gets to hot you can find umbrage in the Schnoor. 😉

Vorbei kommt man dann in der berühmten Böttcherstraße. Das besondere an dieser Straße ist, dass alles Häuser im gleichen Architekturstil gebaut sind, aus roten Backstein, also typisch für Norddeutschland. Im Sommer kann man zu jeder vollen Stunde sich das Glockenspiel sich anhören, welches von sich drehenden Bildern zum Thema Fliegen im Laufe der Geschichte „begleitet“ wird.

Wer am Abend im Sommer in Bremen in schöner Atmosphäre essen gehen möchte oder sich nur auf ein Bier treffen möchte, dann sind die Restaurants, Bars und Biergärten auf der Schlachte einfach perfekt. Direkt am Ufer der Weser gelegen, füllen sich abends sehr schnell die Tische! Also früh genug da sein! Hat man einen Platz ergattert so kann man den Blick auf den Teerhof werfen, unter anderem auch auf die „Weserburg“, wo man heute ein Kunstmuseum finden kann.

Bremen hat mich echt überrascht! Aber im positiven Sinne. Ich kannte Bremen davor gar nicht nur vielleicht von den Stadtmusikanten oder dem Beck’s Bier. Aber jetzt, da ich die Stadt kenne, kann ich es jedem raten, der sich überlegt, welchen Ort man in Deutschland besichtigen sollte, Bremen mit auf die Liste zu nehmen. Vor allem im Sommer, ist es wahrlich angenehm, da man zum Beispiel im Schnoor schnell Schatten findet, falls es doch mal zu sonnig werden sollte 😉.

DISCLAIMER: Thank you really much to Bremen Erleben (Advertisement*) for making this trip possible and thank you to the Radisson Blu Bremen for their kind hospitality! But I would like to mention that I wrote this article on my own and all opinions remain my own.
Vielen Dank an die Bremer Tourismuszentrale (Anzeige*), die uns diese Reise ermöglicht hat und danke an das Radisson Blu Bremen für den netten Empfang! Dennoch möchte ich hier unterstreichen, dass der gesamte Inhalt dieses Artikels selber von mir zusammen gestellt wurde und meine eigene Meinung darstellt.
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