It is common knowledge that I s**k at taking pictures.
Especially when it comes to capturing the light (or the absence of it).
And if there is something you can´t do, you get yourself a toy that can: a canon G15!!!
So obviously I had to take a stroll around town today to see what my new toy can do
PS: Isn´t it amazing what you discover when looking for picture material?
Italy the land of food, cappuccino, architecture and dolce vita.
Milan, the city of fashion, design and shoes.
Every time I go to Italy, I feel like I am a completely different person. I feel more relaxed and even though I spend most of my day eating, I always feel light and up for adventure. I could spend days sitting on the terrace of a little café, drinking freshly pressed juice “spremuta” and watch all those fashionable people walk by.
I actually want to ride a Vespa and end up bathing in a fountain…
Seriously, how cool is that?
I´m not even gonna say much, I just let it work its magic!
Airbnb is a great website with weird, funny, sweet, cool and beautiful houses/flats all around the world.
Couchsurfing can be so cool!!!
You may have heard about it… once a year the worlds eyes are on Munich.
It´s Oktoberfest time!!!
What´s not to like? People from all over the world gather together in traditional bavarian clothes; Dirndl for the girls, Lederhosen for the boys.
Eveybody is an a good mood and while singing German folk song you enjoy a Maß of beer.
I think guys like it because there is beer en masse and boobs everywhere.
And for the ladies… well there are boys everywhere…
The Oktoberfest´s energy is really hard to describe… imagine a tent with 3000 people, wearing folk dresses, standing on benches singing an dancing while drinking liters of delicious bavarian beer and eating the best roast chicken ever.
Hope to see you next week on the “Wiesn“.
What can I say…
I arrived in Hamburg around 7pm, went straight to the Hotel to check in, then took a cab to the port where I had dinner. Then my colleagues, who knew Hamburg quite well, were so kind as to give me a little tour so I could see at least a little bit of the town before leaving the next day…
What stroke me the most was how clean and neat the town, port and buildings were.
The old warehouses have become beautiful buildings with luxury flats (hello water/port view!!!)
Everything seems calm and serene because little canals make their way like veins through the city.
If London and Venice had a child, it would be Hamburg.
Did you know that the actual word “Hamburger“ comes from Hamburg?
Back then when trade was in full bloom and Hamburg was the centre of it, german sailors took their lunch with them on the boot. It was a piece of minced meat called “Frikadelle” which they put beneath two slices of bread, making it more convenient to eat. Obviously, foreign sailors couldn´t pronounce the word, so they called it a hamburger.
I sincerely apologize for the bad pictures. It was night and the only camera I had with me was my phone…
I would like to state at this point that Bulgaria is absolutely underrated. I can imagine that it is not the first holiday destination that pops in mind while planning a vacation but it’s a shame to miss those beautiful coast lines, the long (and empty!) beaches and the local food which has an amazing variety and always tastes guiltily delicious. Don’t forget the emerald green Black Sea (I know, euphemism) and its tub warm water…
Beside that Bulgaria is increadibly cheap. You can have a real fiest with ten friends in a restaurant and only end up paying 7euros per person.
Of course, as any country, Bulgaria has its up and downs. Whilst some parts of the country are beautiful and majestic, others fall literally apart. Huge hotel complexes are being built everywhere, but don’t worry, aparently they are not build to be filled, so the beach remains calm and clear and there is always a lovely bar to enjoy a refreshing Gin tonic.
Of course it helps having a native person with you while travelling through Bulgaria but people are very nice and helpful.
Photo credits: Mia & myself
As last time I went there, Bulgaria kept every promise it made. It was beautiful, relaxing and every bit enjoyable. Especially because I was staying with a bunch of friends, making this vacation even more fun.
We spend almost every day on the beach, enjoying a cool glass of Gin tonic and reading (Fifty shades of Gray) except when we were sailing in Sozopol or visiting Sofia (beware of straying dogs!).
Food was delicious, you could never get enough of shopska salad or little fried fish, at least I couldn’t.
Photo credits: Mathias & Mia
Where there’s a festival there’s also a lovely village… and cows
The other side of the Hellfest.
You have to know that the Hellfest is annually hosted by the town/community of Clisson.
What´s so special about Clisson?
Well besides its history (which I will spare you in order to get to the pont) it is an Italian town with a lovely castle.
To be precise; around 1800 two brother came into the valley of Clisson: Pierre and Francois Cacault (painter and diplomate).
They had to flee Italy and were so inspired by it that they started to rebuild the town the toscan architecture in mind. The result? A lovely little town in the middle of nowhere that makes you want to relax near a well, have burrata with grilled vegetables and a glass of Sangiovese.
Last weekend I enjoyed a little mini break in Cannes before returning to Austria.
I loved to see and smell the sea, have lots of sea food and just have a change of decor.
Ahh yeah… and chasing seagulls is fun… ;-)