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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.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Delft Blue: The Centre of Dutch Porcelain

On our way back to Germany from Amsterdam we stopped in the small town of Delft for a few hours to see the town's world-famous porcelain manufacture. I’m not sure I ever would have visited had it not been for my mother’s suggestion, but I’m definitely glad we made the detour: Since Delft is less than an hour away from Amsterdam and even closer to Den Haag and therefore makes for a great day-trip option for those who want to see a little bit more of the Netherlands than just the big cities and I loved learning more about the town's hottest commodity, Delft Blue porcelain.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Of River Islands & Dragon Stones

On the long weekend over Corpus Christi, my part of Germany was hit by a little bit of a heatwave and so I let my To-Do-List be and headed out into the sun instead. I'm not good at handling heat: High temperatures make me feel sluggish and lethargic and so there's always a certain temptation to just hide away at home until temperatures drop in the evening. But since that kind of behavior isn't exactly conductive to living an interesting life, I'm usually trying to ignore my natural inclinations and last weekend that meant heading out into the scorching sun for some outdoor activities.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hiking in the Black Forest, Germany: The Wutach Gorge

A few weeks ago, I spent a couple of days down in the far south of Germany and finally visited the Black Forest which left me wholeheartedly convinced that this is one of my new favorite places in Germany. The Black Forest is exactly the type of mythical forest that you would imagine while reading Grimms’ Fairytales and while it may be a bit out of the way from the standard Germany tourist routes, it is still absolutely worth a visit if you want to catch a glimpse of an area that is not only really beautiful, but also almost stereotypically German-looking.

I had been to Freiburg – a lovely university town on the fringes of the Black Forest – multiple times before, but when it came to venturing to the Black Forest, I wasn't quite sure where to start. The Black Forest isn’t just any good old forest, but also the largest mountain range in Germany and covers a good part of the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg and as such there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. Should I check out the Feldberg, the region's highest mountain? Chill out by the shores of Titisee? The choices really seemed endless.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Goals for June

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How on earth can it be June already? Summer is around the corner already, my birthday is only another month away and it altogether just feels like time is running! Everything seems to have exploded in bloom in May and I have been loving seeing the hills around Heidelberg grow greener each passing day. Local strawberries are getting cheaper and sweeter each week, a vast array of different produce grows on the fields and the days are finally long again. I love every season for its own reasons, but I am always convinced that the season I'm currently in is the best one and so I cannot imagine how it could get any better than this spring.
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