Melanie Fontaine

a travel lifestyle blog

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Memories of Shanghai

The first thing I laid eyes on when I got off the metro in Shanghai was the largest Uniqlo store that I had ever seen. The large red logo of the Japanese fashion brand was flashing brightly above the busy shopping street right in the middle of the French Concession and people and cars rushed by in a frenzy, carried by a sense of urgency.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Photo Diary: Freiburg, My Favorite Town in South Germany

A few weeks ago, S and me went to Freiburg for a long weekend to spend his birthday with his family. Since Freiburg is my boyfriend's hometown, I've had plenty of opportunities to visit over the years and over time the city has really become one of my favorite places in Germany. Freiburg is a student town in the far south of Germany with lots of character and I really love its bustling vibe that makes similar cities look kind of devoid of life.

Freiburg is only a short drive away from the borders of both France and Switzerland and many beautiful places in Germany which also makes it a great base to do some exploring. We especially love heading out to the Black Forest to do some hiking, but on our most recent visit we also made sure to spend some more time in the city and I decided to take you along with me with a little photo diary.

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Summer Travel Plans

all pictures by Sarah from The Wanderblogger -  don't forget to follow her adventures on Instagram here!

I hope you have all had an awesome summer so far! It's been way too hot in Germany these past few weeks and so it’s been almost impossible for me to form any coherent thoughts worthy of a post, but after weeks – if not months! – of waiting for my schedule to become a bit clearer, I have finally made some travel plans for the upcoming months that make me absolutely giddy with excitement and I can't wait to share them with you all!

Friday, August 7, 2015

What I Ate in Florence, Italy

I am not going to lie: One of the main reasons I was excited to travel to Florence this June was the food. I can’t imagine living a life where bread and pasta aren’t regular occurrences and would probably rather go vegan than give up carbs, even if that means that I will never be a perfect Size Zero, and as such Italy is obviously my own personal food paradise.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Inspired by Thailand: My Take on Massaman Curry

I don’t know what’s going on with me lately, but at the moment I honestly feel like I could sleep for twenty hours a day! I blame it on the weird weather we’ve been having in Heidelberg – terribly stiffling heat that makes you want to hide away from the world – but now that looking out of the window finally shows grey skies again – this is no sarcasm, guys! – I can hopefully finally be productive again and share one of my recent favorite recipes with you!

My boyfriend and me absolutely love the taste of Thai cuisine because Thai food never ever tastes bland or boring and always strikes the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, sour and salty flavors which quite literally explode in your mouth. I had a lot of great dishes when I visited Thailand last summer and I also love going to Thai restaurants here in Europe, but since my boyfriend is a vegetarian and pretty much every Thai dish traditionally contains fish sauce, I also cook a lot of Thai food at home.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Meeting China's National Symbol at the Bifengxia Panda Base

If there was only one thing that I wanted to do while I was in Sichuan Province in China last summer, it was to see a Panda. In my mind, there was nothing that embodied China quite as much as the mighty Panda and while knocking things off bucket lists wasn’t usually something I paid a lot of attention to while traveling, I knew that setting sight on the most beloved Chinese symbol was one of those things I just had to do.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Few Happy Things: Foodie Edition!

For the last couple of months, I have used my Goals for... posts to keep you all updated on what I am actually doing (or, rather, trying to do!) in my everyday life, but I have grown a little bit bored of them lately and so I have decided to shake things up a little! Today, I am going to share a couple of things with you that have made me happy recently and while this is hardy an original type of post, I always love reading the happy lists that pop up in my Bloglovin feed and I am sure that my mind could really benefit from stopping to appreciate the little things every once in a while.

While writing, I realized that all the things in this post are actually in some way, shape or form related to food, but as a self-professed foodie that didn't exactly surprise me a bit - sometimes I think I might just love food more than travel!

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Countryside Weekend

I hope you all had a great July so far! I know that June has been a bit slow and not all that exciting on the blog, but I promise that things will pick up again this month - if I manage to not pass out because of the heat, that is! Remember how I complained about not liking high temperatures in this post? Well, I probably shouldn't have said anything because Germany is currently experiencing a much crazier heatwave - we're talking temperatures around 39 °C (that's 102 °F!) here - and it really just makes me want to hide in the basement until the weather becomes more reasonable again. Oh, and did I mention that AC isn't really a thing in Germany?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Closer to the Gods at Emei Shan, China

It’s been over a year since I first set off for my seven-week Asia trip, but aside from the odd round up post here and there, I have barely written about the experience so far. How on earth did that happen?! I wish I could tell you it was because the experience was too sacred to be shared, too intimate to be written about, but the unglamorous truth is that I simply just haven't managed to get around to it yet.

But I’m determined to finally start filling you in on the summer of 2014 and maybe inspire you to head out for your own Asian adventure one day soon, but to be honest, I also just really want to relive this trip: This summer is setting out to be super busy, but unfortunately not with travel, but an important assignment for university and so I'm going to have to live vicariously through last year's adventures!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Impressions of Florence

I spent the first few days after returning from Florence in a haze. Florence had been so magical and so beautiful that I just wasn’t ready to face my regular world with its petty problems again and when I did finally return to the everyday, it felt like Italy was a lifetime away already. We did and saw so much over the four nights that we stayed in the capitol of Tuscany that I almost don’t know how to start writing about the experience and yet we barely only managed to scratch the surface of this endearing town.

Florence is a small city, but its incredible wealth and plethora of culturally and historically relevant places could easily fool you into believing the opposite and while we gave exploring Florence our all, we knew that there was still so much more to discover. When we left, my boyfriend and me both agreed that we easily could have spent the whole summer in Florence without getting bored and I am already looking forward to the day that I can visit Italy again.
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