Melanie Fontaine

a travel lifestyle blog

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Fairytale Forest Walk

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and me went on a forest walk in the hills of the Neckar Valley near Heidelberg. It was a grey weekend with unpredictable weather and the sky was covered with thick clouds, but the day had called for some fresh air and so a little nature escape was sorely needed.

Monday, November 9, 2015

What I Loved Most About Andalusia in 20 Pictures

Every time I return from a trip, I need a few weeks of reflection before I feel ready to start writing about the experience.

When we travel, we seem to experience life more intensely: Flavors become more pungent, colours shine more vibrantly and scents seem to linger in the air for longer. Our entire existence is amplified and we find ourselves so swept away by all the memorable destinations and remarkable encounters that it takes a little while to process everything once we’re back home and realize just how much has happened.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Last Day of October

& thoughts on blogging

October has come and gone and before we know it, the days will be even shorter, the trees even sparser and our coats even thicker. This year, I find myself looking forward to the cold times of the year much more than I ever have before. University has been really stressful lately and so it is good to see nature slow down its rhythm and to remember that everyone also needs to times of rest in order to flourish.

I went to my parents’ house this weekend and sneaked out in the morning for a little countryside walk. As tempting as it may be to hide away from the cold inside, there is nothing quite like rambling over fields to clear your head and to broaden your perspective again and so I find it all the more important to get some fresh air every once in a while and to cherish the little moments in life.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall Adventures: The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

I've tried to avoid the cliche-ridden behaviour that is proclaiming a love for chunky knits, giant blanket scarves, steaming cups of tea and basically every other fall-related thing so far, but I can't help myself anymore and have to go all basic blogger on you: I love fall!

I love breathing the fresh and crisp morning air, seeing the leaves change color and wearing all my boots again, but what I may just enjoy the most is the food. I do love summer vegetables and the refreshing taste of really good ice cream, but now that October has come around, all I seem to crave is hearty stews, comforting soups and – you probably guessed it – pumpkin!


Monday, October 19, 2015

The Magnificent Duomo of Florence

When I say that you cannot possibly miss the Duomo in Florence, I’m not just trying to say that is the one sight that you should definitely visit when you’re in the city. What I’m really trying to convey, rather, is that it seems almost impossible to walk through the charming cobblestone streets of Florence and not spot this striking building when you look up to the sky.

The Duomo dominates the skyline and looms over the narrow alleys and broad square of the city like an imposing, yet magnificent giant and even majestic Renaissance palaces seem to be dwarfed by its shadow. Florence wouldn’t be Florence without the Duomo and so it only seems appropriate to dedicate an entire post to what may just be the most impressive cathedral I have ever seen in my life.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Day in the Black Forest: Swimming & Walking Around Schluchsee

I always find it awkward to break radio silence on my blog, but this time - after almost three weeks of barely even posting an Instagram snap - it feels especially hard. I just got back from my trip to Spain and Rome which was all sorts of fun, but obviously also all sorts of exhausting and it's going to take me at least another week or two to make sense of the thousands of pictures that I took. But hopefully I can start sharing them with you soon! In the meantime, though, I thought I'd go back in time to the summer in Germany.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Summer in Heidelberg: Life Lately

I'm sorry for just kind of, sort of dropping off the face of the earth for the last couple of weeks, but I have tried to resist the temptation of using my blog for procrastination and instead focused on finishing my paper, but now I am finally on my summer break from university and thought I’d show my creative space a little bit more love again.

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!
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