Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Warsaw - Historical Heart

With our voluntary city guide (part one here for the explanation:) we continued our walk through the historical center, from the castle square to the old town market place and the barbican. I never thought, that the city would be so colourful, quaint and picturesque, but it shows how wrong you could be. Because the city was almost completely destroyed during the second world war or more explicit during the Warsaw Uprising, they rebuilt it and put it back into its original state. 
Because the Warsaw Uprising is such an important part of the cities history, logically our guide ended the tour in front of the Monument, decicated to this event. I think he would have continued the city tour, if it wasn't Good Friday and he wanted to go to church.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn Wishlist

I was so in love with last months fashion, because it was right up my alley. The extreme femininity and romanticity with ruffles, embroidery and lace as well as the playful details like knots, statementsleeves and off-the-shoulder. Of course I hoped that this whole theme would be continued, because it rarely happens, that fashion changes completely with the next saison.Normally just some new trends will be added and then it changes over time. So I hoped for beautiful new pieces and checked out the new collections at the stores. And I was shocked and of course really disappointed. It seemed as if I traveled one year back in time or as if they put all the clothes they didn't sell last year into a warehouse and now put them into the stores again. Almost a 180 degree turn from happy and playful clothes back again to 90s fashion with sportswear and grunge a la Curt Cobain in dark and earthy colours. In some stores I almost felt like walking into his closet. But after browsing through the online shops for some time, I actually found some pieces I like. 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Warsaw -The Royal Lane

Ciao! Because once again we had to use our travel emergency solution, we didn't have much time to prepare for that trip. Of course I browsed through tripadvisor a bit and chose some places I wanted to see, but didn't know anything about the routes to find these. So we started just with a rough direction in mind and the name of the stop, where we had to get off the bus. But the info-boards are different to the ones in Germany and if you are not familiar with polish, then all the words look and sound similar. But as I said in my previous post, everything worked like clockwork and a man offered his help and as if by chance he had to go in that same direction. So he asked, if we wanted to join him and as soon as we got on the bus, he started with his city tour. It turned out,that he was a retired german professor and it seemed as if he knew eveerryythingg about Warsaw. We then even walked around together for hours and he told us about the city's history and many stories about the buildings, anectotes, etc. A hail of information went down on us and I really struggled to take good pics, because the weather and light changes alone were challenging.
But it was sooo interesting! Today here is my first part of our walk, down the royal lane.

Weil wir wieder auf unsere Reisenotlösung "Blindbooking" zurückgreifen mussten, hatten wir nicht viel Zeit, um uns auf die Reise vorzubereiten. Natürlich habe ich mich ein wenig vorher bei Tripadvisor umgeschaut, aber wusste nichts über die Routen, um zu meinen ausgewählten Zielen zu kommen. Eines davon war natürlich der Königsweg und das Schloss am Ende von diesem. Also sind wir einfach losgegangen mit einer groben Richtung im Kopf und einer Zielbushaltestelle. Wer des Polnischen nicht mächtig ist, für den klingen die meisten Wörter gleich und an der Bushaltestelle waren wir dann schon am verzweifeln. Aber wie ich ja bereits in meinem vorherigen Post berichtet habe, hatten wir so etwas wie eine Glückssträhne in Warschau. Denn an der Bushaltestelle bot uns ein älterer Herr dann seine Hilfe an und das in akzentfreiem Deutsch. Dieser musste auch in die gleiche Richtung und so fragte er uns, ob wir ihn begleiten wollten. Und so fing unsere Stadtführung an. Es stellte sich heraus, dass der besagte Herr ehemaliger Deutschprofessor war und jedes Detail über seine Heimatstadt wusste. Also führte er uns ganz spontan 3 Stunden durch die Altstadt. Ich musste mich wirklich konzentrieren, um gleichzeitig noch Fotos zu machen, denn allein die konstanten Wetter-und Lichtwechsel stellten mich schon vor eine Aufgabe. Heute gibt es also den ersten Teil und zwar den Königsweg.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Warsaw - Introduction

It's like a miracle. Today I start with my blogposts about a destination, which isn't located in Italy. After we did a trip on my boyfriend's birtday last year, like I do on my birthdays since my 18th bday, we again decided to travel and use Eurowing's Blindbooking. Actually it's just an emergency solution, because we are both slow at making decisions and we wait until it's too late and expensive.
This time Blindbooking brought us to Warsaw and our first time in Poland. Afterwards it felt like destiny, because everything on that trip went like clockwork. Even the bad weather didn't disturb our good mood.
Or flight was quiet late in the evening and after checking into our super nice and modern apartment (Chopin Apartments), which was just at the outskirts of the city center, we even found a small supermarket around the corner. Shopping at foreign supermarkets is one of our favorite things to do, while travelling, because it is always so interesting to try out new stuff. And all the products were so delicious, even the microwaveable dumplings filled with sauerkraut and bacon. :)
The next day we just went out without a  concrete plan and precisely for that reason, we met our own city guide on a busstop. But more details in my next blogpost - "Royal Route".

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Adventures in Puglia Pt.6 - That Summer Life

After all the parties, we were also in this special region to see some family members, so that part of our holidays was mainly about the beach life and food. And because I didn't take the camera to the beach, there are even more food pics. So bon appétit!

Nach den Parties gab es dann Familytime und die bestand hauptsächlich aus Strand und Restaurantbesuchen. Am Strand hatte ich natürlich die Kamera nicht mit, also gibt es umso mehr Essensfotos. Dann wünsch ich schonmal : Guten Appetit!