Berlin Photo Diaries

Berlin Photo Diaries

Unpopular opinion: I do not like Berlin. My friends always rave about Berlin. The parties, the art, the culture and overall vibe of the city earn their praises. They asked me how on earth it was possible that I had been to nearly every city in Europe, but not Berlin. The truth is that Berlin never appealed to me. And that feeling hasn’t changed after visiting. It could have been the rain, a lack of planning or the fact that it was late Winter when we visited, but this trip left me feeling less than satisfied. I didn&…
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Aachen Christmas Market

Aachen Christmas Market

How’s that for the world’s least inspiring blog post title? Pretty great, I’d say. Truth be told, I was nowhere near a German Christmas Market this year. Helsinki? Yes. Tallinn? Also yes. But Germany? No. Don’t be fooled by the ‘2019’ on the gluhwein cups. It really was 2018. These photos are from last year when we spend the whole two and a half hours in Aachen before fleeing the scene because it was just too crowded to be enjoyable. I didn’t feel like I had enough ‘content’ …
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Visiting The Christmas Market In Monschau

Visiting The Christmas Market In Monschau

Of all the Christmas markets in the world, German weihnachtsmärkten are simply the best. From late November to just before Christmas Day many German towns turn into picture-perfect fairy tale wonderlands. With food stalls selling glühwein, reibekuchen and Brätwursten à volonté, you know you’re in for a feast. And even if you’re not into the German cuisine, nothing quite beats the coziness of German towns around Christmas time. The weekend before Christmas we drove down to Germany with a group of friends to get into the Christmas spirit. Living …
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The Weinachtsmarkt in Monschau

The Weinachtsmarkt in Monschau

The German Christmas markets (or weinachtsmarkten) are my favorite. Every year we try to visit a German town around Christmas to do a little shopping and enjoy the Holiday cheer. You can read about my visits to Düsseldorf here and here. This year we went to Monschau for the first time with friends and I’ve taken a few photos to share with you! Monschau is a quaint little town hidden away in a valley. It’s just a few kilometers across the Belgian border and you have to drive straight through the Hoge Venen to …
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Postcards from Cochem

Postcards from Cochem

And that right there is Germany as I know it best: half-timbered houses and colorful facades lining a river and endless vineyards on a hill topped off with a castle. A castle that is 900 years old, in the case of Cochem. I have been in Cochem before, a couple of years ago, but didn’t really write about it on the blog. This time, I also don’t have much to say. It was a cloudy and rainy day and we spent most of it hanging out in a cafe and looking for a supermarket. Basic needs, people! …
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Easter in Ediger-Eller

Easter in Ediger-Eller

  We were in Ediger-Eller (Germany) the weekend before Easter and the town was in full preparation for the Easter celebration. Young and old was out and about, cleaning and overall preparing for the 2015 tourist season to begin. Ediger-Eller is a small town in the Mosel Valley, not too far from Cochem and Koblenz, that has a history going back to before the year 1000. The town is a true beauty, with the wood-work houses being my favorite object to photograph. The old tractors parked in every corner and the Easter eggs spread out in every tree made for…
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