Europa Park » Fun for the young and old

If you have kids and you’re looking for an awesome day out, we have a weekend tip your child(ren) will love! Oh, and we think you are going to like it too! We sent Elke’s sister Miriba and her family to Germany’s Europa Park.

The Park
Europa-Park is located next to the amazing Black Forest in Germany near the border of Switzerland and France. The first thing you see when you enter the parking-lot of Europe Park is the Silver Star rollercoaster. You can hear people scream and see hands up in the sky as they feel the 4G that pushes their bodies into their seats even more…. This will give you a thrilling feeling from the first moment you entered the park and it’s a feeling that won’t leave you for the rest of the day. The Europa Park is, as the name suggest, divided into the different countries of Europe. Lots of people walk through the park country by country but we got a good inside tip; visit your most wanted attraction first. In the morning the waiting times are not that long as in the afternoon. It also helps to download the Europapark app, you can see exactly what the waiting times at the various attractions are and how long it will take you to get there.

Wander-Lust in Europa Park
Miriba and her children walk though Europa Park

The Rides
At Europe Park there are enough rides to keep you going for a whole weekend but the first ride me and my family tried was the new “Voletarium“. It’s located near the entrance and is officially the biggest flying theater in Europe. If you can’t make it first thing in the morning, it is possible to get a so called “time-ticket“ which gives you a time slot to which you can come back have almost no waiting time. The Voletarium is the most expensive attraction in the park and we already got a taste of that while waiting. The hallways were magnificently decorated and as we arrived at the starting point, we didn’t have the feeling to have waited very long. The attraction took 9 months to build and more than a thousand people worked on the project. When you take your seat in front of the 425 m² screen, you see a short film shot from a bird’s-eye perspective and because the seats are moving and the screen is so close you really have the feeling you’re flying! The shots are all filmed by drones or helicopters and all in high definition quality.

Volitarium Europa Park

After that we tried “Arthur“, a ride which is not only great for kids but also for their parents. The waiting area is not as nice as at the Voletarium but they have a great locker system so you don’t have to worry about your belongings while enjoying the fun. You fly over the Minimoys world that is related to the movie “Arthur and the Minimoys“.

Arthur at Europa Park
In the Arthur ride

 

Frau Holle. Europa Park

A lot of rides have water involved and are great fun if it’s hot, such a the Tiroler Wildwasserbahn, Fjort Rafting or the Altantica Supersplash. All three rides are worth waiting but you can get really wet. Therefore it is always useful to bring some towels (or even a rain jacket believe it or not). Not everything in the park is fast and bumpy, there are also a lot of spots that are magical and calm such as the fairytail forest. There are even some countries that have attractions especially designed for smaller kids such as the bumper cars in Holland or almost every ride in Ireland that includes a nice playground with big slides.

wildwasserbahn Europa Park

Unlike many other attraction parks it’s also allowed to bring your own food & drinks

For lunch you can stop at one of the various eating spots the park has on offer. A lot of  the countries offer country specific food such as poffertjes in Holland or a crusty pizza in Italy. Unlike many other attraction parks it’s also allowed to bring your own food & drinks so there are a lot of picknick spots around the park to enjoy your lunch. If you want to give your feet some rest, you can opt for one of the various theater shows they offer in the park. We went to the dark night, a theatrical show with horses, acrobatics and even some magic. There are many more shows on offer but if you only have one day to spent, there is no chance to see them all.

Top 5 tips for a fun day at Europapark:

  1. Go to your favorite attraction or ride as soon as you enter
  2. Download the Europepark App and prepare for your visit
  3. Pay your parking ticket right at the beginning (there are machines in the entrance area) so you don’t have to queue when you leave.
  4. If you can, visit the park for 2 days total. If you only have one day, you will miss out on the nice little playgrounds, smaller attractions and wonderful shows. You can stay in the park hotel
  5. During summer, bring some towels and dry clothes for the kids. There are also some lovely water playgrounds around the park.

We had an amazing day and it won’t be the last time that we visited Europa Park!

Love,

Miriba

Europa-Park
Europa-Park-Straße 2, Germany

Open daily from 9am till 6pm
Website

Top 5 » Wanderlust Hotels

Ooh how we always try to find something that special, convenient and of course not too expensive place to stay whilst traveling.
The perfect accommodation. Thanks to companies like Airbnb and Nightswapping, we can sleep in some of the most fantastic places and areas in the world. There are countless hotels, hostels, bed & breakfast to rest your head, but sometimes you come across that very special one. To give you some inspiration for your next adventure, we’ve listed our top 5 wanderlust hotels:

1. The Wanderlust hotel in Singapore
Just check out their website and you’ll start to understand where they’re coming from. 
Every room has a different theme and has been designed by several creative award winning agencies. A bit crazy but definitely adventurous enough for a true wanderlust addict! 
2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

http://wanderlusthotel.com/

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2. 727 Fuselage Home in Costa Rica
Imagine waking up in a luxurious plane without the fear of crashing! (that’s my daydream) A refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. It has been build into this amazing treehouse. This accommodation is quite famous nowadays so expect to pay about 400 dollars per night.
Hotel Costa Verde
KM 6 a Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
http://www.costaverde.com/

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3. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
These are treehouses for adults. Which is great because no matter how old we are, we always want to sleep in a treehouse! Tucked away in the rainforest of Vancouver Island in Canada, here you will find yourself one with nature. Write it down, it’s for your bucketlist!
420 Horne Lake Rd, Quallicum Beach, BC V9K 1Z7, Canada
http://www.freespiritspheres.com/


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4. Das Park Hotel in Germany
Maximum comfort in minimum space. Yes, it can be done! 
Here you sleep in “use to be” rain pipes. Guests can request a key code online and pay whatever they can afford, which gives that extra friendly touch to it.
Ebelstraße 25 a, 46242 Bottrop, Germany

http://www.dasparkhotel.net/

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5. Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji
This one is for the honeymooners. Or the the extreme traveller. Or the rich kid. Well, it’s just a very cool underwater hotel and it should be for anyone! Poseidon Mystery Island comprises approximately 225 acres and is about a mile long. Surrounded by a 5,000-acre (Holy moly!) lagoon, sea life will surround you. It’s still not ready and it’s not clear yet when it will open but an estimated 150,000 potential guests have registered to stay there.
http://poseidonresorts.com/

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Which one is your favourite??

Love,

Elke

Berlin City Guide 2016

When I visited Berlin for the first time in 2005 for the closing parties of the old Tresor club. I immediately fell in love with the vibe of this  amazing city. The never-ending parties at vibrant locations swept me off my feet. Though I am a bit older now and 24-hour party marathons will cost me weeks to recover ;-), Berlin still manages to make me fall in love again every time we meet. The traces of the Berlin wall, its city parks and the alternative and relaxed people. The big old brick buildings, the historical feeling in general and the thriving club scene. It’s museums, shops and great restaurants. And last but not least: how everything is still quite affordable and cheap. This combined makes Berlin an interesting place for everyone. Enjoy this Berlin city guide 2016!

Sleep in Ostkreuz Area (Because it has the best East-Berlin Feeling)
When you ask people where to stay in Berlin, the answer often will be Kreuzberg. And yes, this is a great area, but personally I like to stay a bit more in the North-East in the area between Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg, closer to Ostkreuz station. While this area might be a bit rougher, it is less touristy and embodies that typical East-Berlin feeling that I love so deeply. If you like clubbing, this area is by far the best to stay. Berghain/Panoramabar is only a 10 minute bike ride (or 5 minutes by S-train) and Kosmonaut, Salon zur wilden Renate, Chalet, Club der Visionaere, Watergate and Sisyphos are all just around the corner.

Berghain Berlin
The infamous Berghain Club (source: www.rbb-online.de)

Where to Eat?
In this area its easy to find good places to eat. Have breakfast, lunch or just a coffee at Milja & Schäfa , Zebrano, or Silo . If you like Asian food Berlin is The Place To Be. For dinner I would recommend Transit , it has delicious Asian tapas you can share with your friends. I had an amazing red duck curry at Glory Duck. Other must visits are Haubentaucher, Else (only open during summer), restaurant FAME  and Holzmarkt. The last two are from the owners of the famous Bar25 and Katerholzig. You can find them next to each other and the atmosphere is fantastic. Have a few drinks or a pizza at Holzmarkt and enjoy the view over the river Spree. If you want to have dinner at restaurant Fame its best to make a reservation.

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Lunch at Fame

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Enjoy a lovely breakfast at Silo. Guten Appetit! Source: Silo Coffee’s Facebook

Cycle around! 
Bikes have become more popular over the last couple of years in Berlin. And let’s be real- there is no better way to explore a city! It gives you freedom to go wherever whenever and it makes you feel a resident of the city. On my last visit, luckily my Airbnb came with its own bikes, but you can easily rent them at a bike shop – just ask your host. A rental bike will cost you around 10 euros a day. For me the number one thing to do in Berlin is cycling at Tempelhof Park. This park used to be an airport that closed in 2008. Nowadays it’s a 386-hectare park that almost feels surreal.

Tempelhof Map Berlin
Tempelhof Park

We have all been in airports but when you cycle over the airstrip, the massiveness overwhelms you. There are a few bars and in the summer you can BBQ. But mostly it is a park where people run, kite, skate, cycle, watch the sunset, picknick and take pictures. It is so much fun! This year I cycled my own little tour from Ostkreuz area to Tempelhof and managed to include two city parks – always a win! My route was: Oberbaumbrücke – Skalitzetstrasse – Görlitzer Park – Pannierstrasse – Volkspark and than Tempelhof. After my visit to Tempelhof I cycled north, up to Kreuzberg and enjoyed a great Asian lunch at restaurant Umami at the famous Bergmannstrasse. It’s easy to discover the city by yourself with a little help from Google Maps but you can also book a bike tour with a guide. Visit Berlin on A Bike for three different tours: one with the highlights of Berlin (Berlins Best), a Berlin Wall Tour or choose for the Alternative one. They all seem interesting and fun!

tempelhof Berlin
Enjoy your bike ride at Tempelhof. Photo by Floksor (Flickr)

Shop! (Eat, Drink and Shop again..!)
My favorite shop in Berlin is Overkill. This sneaker shop has a men and a women store next to each other. Welcome to Sneaker Heaven! I always end up buying a new pair every time I visit. Very nearby you can find a cool boathouse on the river where you can enjoy a coffee, lunch or dinner before you hop on your bike again to continue your shopping spree. A good area to shop is the Rosa-Luxemburg Platz/Weinmeisterstrasse area. It’s not overcrowded like Alexanderplatz and not that big. There are some small boutiques with Berlin fashion labels and vintage shops (Pick ‘n Weight and Made in Berlin) but you can also find the bigger brands like American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Mango and H&M. For lunch I would recommend YamYam, this Korean restaurant is always full but it’s definitely worth the wait. I heard shopping in Kreuzberg is fun as well. You can find a huge vintage shop at the Bergmannstrasse called Colours. It is a bit hidden but when you find it you will be lost there for a few hours.

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Enjoy a Korean Bibimbap at Yam Yam

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An overkill on sneakers!

Feel like going to Berlin yet? I definitely do! Enjoy und viel Spass!

Love,

Kim

*Kim Bosman is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands. This gymrat works as a digital creative and loves to travel. Other things she likes: eating, writing and photography. You can expect an article from her once a month. Go check out her Instagram

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Why Hamburg is the new Berlin

The titel of this blogpost might seem to be a little overconfident but when I was invited by Germany Tourism to visit Hamburg I was very exited. I have been to many German destinations but Hamburg was still on my list. People tip it to be the next Berlin. But this city is not trying to be hip and showing off their riches. Hamburg is laid back and hip without even realizing it. It’s the 3rd largest and important port of Europe (they used to be second but Antwerp has stolen that titel). For this reason Hamburg has always been an important trading city and over the last decade a lot of development has brought positive change. You will find tons of hidden gems here.

Where to stay
Hamburg is a large city but you will notice that  the best area’s are pretty near to each other. I stayed in The Jugendherberge in St. Pauli which is a great location to stay in because it’s close to everything. The Jugendherberge is a good choice if you’re looking for a budget stay with friends or if you have children. They serve a pretty decent breakfast buffet and the view over St. Pauli and the harbor is great. You can book a twin room or stay in a dorm with friends. From here you will have easy acces to the beautiful Planten un Blomen park, the large harbor (hafen city) and the metro station is a 2 min walk. You can also find the Hamburg Beach Clubs here. Beach clubs? Yes, this vibrant city has a few beach bars lined up overlooking the harbour. Ok ok, they are man-made but there is sand with tropical features. Perfect for a summer day. The most populair beach bar is St. Pauli beach club where you can find all sorts of people, young and old.

The view from the Jugend Herberge
The view from the Jugendherberge

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Relaxing at some of the beach clubs alongside the river in St. Pauli

Walk down from the Jugendherberge and you will find the Ditmar-Koel Strasse, a street full with Italian and Portuguese restaurants. The Portuguese community is quite large here as Portuguese sailors stationed here back in the days. You will find at least 50 Portuguese restaurants in Hamburg. Also check out Milch for your morning coffee in this street.
I also visited the Goethe-Institut where you can learn the German language at different levels. Students come from all over the world to learn German to improve their job skills in Germany or within a specialized field. I was invited to see their work and meet some of the students. I even followed a German lesson! The institute is situated next to the central station. So if you think about moving to Hamburg or want to work on your German skills, this is the best place to do it. For more information check www.goethe.de/en

Goethe Institut
Outside the Goethe-Instutut

“You will find tons of hidden gems in Hamburg”

Milch Hamburg
Get your morning coffee at Milch

Schanze Area
You could compare this district with Berlin but I’ve already made this comparison in the titel so let’s just say that it’s an alternative place where a lot of students and young professionals live. You will find street art, vegan cafe’s and the coolest shops. I really loved it. From my accommodation it was just 2 stops by metro to get there. There are so many cool things for you to visit around here that I’ve made a little list of the best food & shops hotspots:

FOOD & DRINK in Schanze:
»
Ältes Madchen, This comfort food beer bar opened 2 years ago and is part of a home beer brewery. It’s situated in an industrial building that used to be a slaughter house. You will also find advertising and creative agencies around here. www.altes-maedchen.com
» Elbgold is a coffee bar next door to Altes Madchen and t
hey roast different kinds of coffee which you can buy and take home with you. www.elbgold.com

» Mikawa is for great Japanese lunch or dinner. Very affordable and their Matcha Ice Tea is topnotch! www.mikawa.de

Schanze Area Hamburg
Coffee Bar Elbgold


Japanese treats at Mikawa

SHOPS in Schanze:
» Kauf Dich Glucklich is such an awesome store that reminded me a little bit of & Other Stories. Shop till you drop. www.kaufdichgluecklich-shop.de
» Fräulein wunder has a lot of local brands in store and you will find things here you won’t find at home. www.fraeuleinwunder-hamburg.de
» Amara Ajai for jewelry, pottery and lifestyle products. www.amara-ajai.com
» Under pressure is a cool Sneaker & Vinyl store, worth visiting. www.underpressure.de
» Minimarkt is a cool Scandinavian style concept store with about everything. www.minimarkt.com

San George
Also worth visiting is gay friendly area San George. The main street street is called Lange Reihe where you will find coffee bars, restaurants and shops.

» Cafe Gnosa for great coffee and good conversation
» Vesco Dagama has to be the best Porguguese restaurant in Hamburg, apparently.
» Fränzi (Fraenzi) vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Try their homemade lemonade or Ice-Tea, amazing! Facebook

Hamburger Dom
Fun at the Hamburger DOM

Other area’s and places in Hamburg you should check out:
» Reeperbahn, This is the old red light district in Hamburg. Here you will find lots of bars and clubs but also a nice place to drink wine and beer outside.
» Ottensen district Watch this space as it’s up and coming. Bahrenstrasse is the main street for shops, cafe’s.
» The Hamburger DOM, have some old school fun at this large fair. If you’re around on a Friday, make sure you see the fireworks at 11pm!
» Wohlwill strasse near the Dom. Alternative cafe’s and bars.
» Uebel & Gefährlich is THE club everybody is talking about. Check out the agenda here
» Karolinen Viertel is a district and in particular the Marktstrasse for cool shops. You have a lot of vegetarian or vegan options around here.
» Hafen City is such a cool area to walk around. The old buildings are part of the Unesco World Heritage list and you will see why. Uber cool!

Hafen City Hamburg
Hafen city is such a cool place to walk around in

Things you should know about Hamburg:
» During my stay I used a 5 day travel card for the public transport but I never had to show my ticket plus you’re not required to check in or out like you do in the UK or The Netherlands. Oh i’m so wrong for saying this but…just saying! (A fine will cost you €60 though) #livingontheedge
» Many restaurants don’t accept cards or require you to spend a a minimum of 10-15 euro’s. Most stores prefer you pay with cash so make sure you find a ATM to avoid disappointment.
» If you are around from January 2017, you should pay a visit to the highly anticipated Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall which includes a hotel, bar and even apartments! Their first concerts are already sold out but definitely have a look in or outside the building. I was so lucky to have a first look inside with a selected group of Instagrammers.
» You may notice that they sell a lot of Fritz-Kola around this city and that’s because 2 students from Hamburg started their imperium back in 2002 and locals are proud of that. Drink it and enjoy!

Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg
The impressive architecture of the Elbphilharmonie

So be ready for the next best thing Germany has to offer and book a flight to Hamburg, it will pleasantly surprise you!

Love,

Elke

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Glamping 3.0 » Sleeping in a Wine Barrel!

I’m always open to new things when it comes to travel so when I heard about this camping in Germany where you could sleep in a used wine barrel, I got pretty exited. It all started when I planned a visit to my sister, who lives in the south of Germany. It takes about 7 hours to drive there as she lives near the black forest, close to Switzerland. So why not make a stopover? Germany is a beautiful country full of hills, cute towns and nature parks. But when I stay somewhere, I want it to be something special, something I haven’t done before. This is when Camping Rissbach caught my eye.

The Camping
You love it or you hate it. Campings. I use to camp with my parents since the age of 3 but we did it in Greece which is nothing compare to a Dutch camping where everything is well organized. No, we did it back to basic style so I don’t have a lot to compare with. My boyfriend loves camping so I thought it would be nice to surprise him with something special. The camping I choose was perfectly situated between Amsterdam and my sisters house in Germany. After a 4 hours drive we arrived at Camping Rissbach, situated perfectly next to the Moselle river which flows through France, Luxembourg, and Germany. The camping exist 10 years and is run by a Dutch family. The atmosphere is relax and laid back. Like all campings, you can bring your own caravan, tent or camper. But this camping is extra special because of their luxe glamping options. Sleeping in a Wine Barrel.

Sleeping in a Wine Barrel
I booked a XXL Wine Barrel to sleep in and it was so cool! The Wine Barrel has everything you need. A fully functional toilet, washing sink, table, refrigerator, a 2 persons bed and the possibility to make 2 extra beds. I felt like a total gypsy sleeping in here! There are 4 XXL Wine Barrels available and 6 normal size. The normal size barrels don’t have a toilet and only one entrance instead of 2. The Wine Barrels are all stationed alongside the river which is a great way to wake up! You can get freshly baked bread at the campings bakery and have breakfast in front of your accommodation. 

Sleeping in a Wine Barrel
There are 4 XXL accommodations available to rent and 6 normal size

Inside of the Wine Barrel
Sleep tight..how romantic!

The Area
Traben-Trabach is a great area for cycling and walking. I really don’t think hiking is just for “older” people. Raised in a country without hills or mountains, I love hiking! Moselsteig is the area’s most lover hiking trail. At 365 km, it’s voted as the most beautiful long distance route in Germany. I only managed to walk a very short part of it due to lake of time but I did walk up to the old fortress (which was a pretty steep climb!) From here you have a beautiful view of the Moselle river and area. You can book a walking tour via camping Rissbach. Pauze for a coffee and enjoy the view of the many wineries. Yes, Traben-Tribach is full of them! This place is renowned for the steepest wineries in the whole of Europe. There are many wine cellars and wine tastings all year round and I was so lucky to witness such an event during my stay. All the wine farmers around the area showcasing their best wines and I got to taste it? Sleeping in a wine barrel fits quite well don’t you think? If you want something traditional you should eat at Zunft Shüne restaurant. It’s like walking into a museum with hundreds of attributes and different rooms. Walk towards the village past the Moselle river to get there in 15-20 minutes.

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Restaurant Zunft Shune

Sleeping in a wine barrel in Traben-Trabach
Tasting wine, dinner at Zunft Shune and the view of the Moselle river

Sleeping in a wine barrel at Camping Rissbach
Stop at the fortress for a coffee

View over the Moselle River
After a steep walk you are rewarded with this view (with the wineries on the right)

Curious to see what this part of Germany has to offer? Book your stay in a Wine Barrel here!

Love,

Elke

 *Follow my road trip though Switzerland. On the blog next week!

The most beautiful Christmas Trees in the world!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…
My Christmas fever started, Christmas it’s just around the corner people!
Did you buy your Christmas tree already in November, or did you buy your tree on the 1st of December, or do you even wait for Christmas Eve?

If you are like me, you will start thinking about buying a Christmas tree in December. Last weekend I decided to buy one – small and lovely – and it makes my home so warm. Maybe not as impressive as the below Christmas trees, but I can say that my tree looks exquisite and classic!

One of the things I love to do is to check out the Christmas trees in different cities around the world. They are so impressive: huge amount of lights, big and so beautiful!

Next to me, a lot of people around the world come and visit their huge and impressive hometown Christmas trees every year, no matter the weather.

‘The most beautiful Christmas Trees in the world!’

 

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Wanderlust » Explore Munich in 2 days

I often go to Germany for work and I really like it, especially Berlin and Hamburg are some of my favorites. I’ve never visited Munich before and this year I got the opportunity!
After visiting the capital of Bavaria, I can now add this city to my list of favorite places to visit in Germany. This city with plenty of cultural highlights and beautiful architecture, is a city where you can’t get enough of. The architecture of some castles, museums, and lovely parks are breathtaking.
Next to that Munich is also a great place for shopping and eating. I had only 2 days to explore Munich, but I think I did a good job to find some very fine parts which you need to check out when you’re there;

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This beautiful hotel, Flushing Meadows, is situated on the top two floors of an industrial building in Munich’s most vibrant neighborhood, the Glockenbac. The third floor has 11 individual loft studios – prizes from 165 euro per night – created in collaboration with selected personalities and friends from various creative realms, including music, cinema, design, sports and art. The 4th floor feature five penthouse studios – prizes from 145 euro per night – with a private terrace with a stunning view over Munich where they serve delicious seasonal cocktails.
The bar is popular with many locals and apparently every night there’s a very great vibe.

Flushing Meadows
Top pictures source Flushing Meadows
Fraunhoferstraße 32, 80469 Munich, Germany
Website

Food & Drink

1. Little Kind Cafe
Little kind cafe is located on a side street of Gartnerplatz which is the perfect place for a healthy vegan lunch! You will love it immediately; it has a great ambiance due to the cute little wooden tables – made of pallets – inside and outside with paper lamps  handing and different plants.
They have a nice menu, all fresh and homemade. From matcha latte coffees to vegan banana cakes, it’s all so tasty.
Tip: Try the toast with avocado and a fresh coconut and top it of with a fresh cake and coffee.

Little Kind Cafe
Buttermelcherstraße 9, 80469 Munich, Germany
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2. Man versus Machine
Do you like coffee? Then this is the place to be. I really can enjoy a good cup of coffee and this place serves on of the best you’ve ever had! It’s a great place to get work done. It’s nice and quiet with plenty of room and comfortable seats.
Man vs Machine is an independent specialty coffee roasting company. They love to advise you to find your perfect coffee, and they also offer delicious cakes!

ManvsMachine
Müllerstraße 23, 80469 Munich, Germany
Website

3. Stereo Cafe
Though it’s situated on one of the most commercial streets (Theatinerstraße) of Munich, it’s a very nice cafe where you can enjoy a American cup of coffee, healthy lunch and homemade cake whilst enjoying the view of the Residence!
Do you need a little shopping break? This is the place you would like to go to.

Stereo Cafe
Residenzstraße 25, 80333 Munich, Germany
Website

Other

1. Residenz in Munich
Munich Residenz is definitely one of Europe’s most spectacular palaces. Make sure to visit the different rooms where you will find fine architecture and impressive Renaissance decorations and definitely take an hour to wander to see the beautiful old courtyards – the beautiful Court Garden.

Residenz Munich

2. Munich is great for shopping
Visit Munich’s most exclusive shopping area Maximilianstraße and Residenzstraße where you will find exclusive boutiques.
One of my favorite shops is IRO. Maybe a bit pricey, but a qualitative beautiful brand where you will find that special item that everyone wants but you have!

IRO
Residenzstraße 26, 80333 Munich, Germany

Tschüss,

Sarah

Summer events calendar 2015

Summer is here which means there are uncountable outside activities around the world.
To give you a closer look on what’s on this summer, we’ve picked our favourite things to do and made a summer events calendar overview just for you!

June

Ocean Mania in Ibiza.
Get yourself ready for the ultimate wipeout on water! This June, San Antonio bay will open the world’s first inflatable water park. 650 sq of bouncy walls, cushions, climbing towers and floating catapults will make you want to pay the 20 euro’s for the whole day (this includes a beer and a slice of pizza!)
When: from June

www.oceanmania.es
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Source: Ocean Mania

Big Apple Block Party, New York
Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, Southern fare, and live rock, blues, and soul at New Yorks Madison Square Park.
When: 13th -14th of June
www.bigapplebbq.org

July

Algarve International Sand Sculpture Festival
This sandy delight runs right up to the end of October, where you can spot sand sculptures of all sorts and sizes. This years theme is Music & Instruments.
If you are feeling creative, you can learn how to create a sand sculpture yourself in Pera, about 30 min west of Faro.
www.fiesa.org
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Source: Best sand sculptures

Vans US open of Surfing, California
For all you surfers out there: this is THE event you should go to.
This event is huge and attracts the elite of surfing. Kelly Slater and Julian Wilson will all be catching the best waves and the event is open and free to the public. Get you beach hair ready and see some real action this summer!
When: 25th Juli – 2nd August

www.vansusopenofsurfing.com
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Turn up the heat at Huntington Beach this year

August

Sail 2015, Amsterdam
Once every 4 years ships and boats from all over the world gather in the port of Amsterdam and open their doors to the public.

Have a look at the program because there is lot’s to do while it’s on and make sure you see the firework displays!
When: 19th -23rd August
Sail.nl
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Source: fifteen.nl

La Tomatina, Buñol Spain
I’m sure you’ve heard of this huge tomato fight in Spain. This year it’s even bigger and better because the tomato throwing festival celebrates it’s 70th anniversary on the 26th of August. If you go, be sure to take your goggles and an old white shirt.
When: 26th of August
www.latomatina.info/en/
Spain, Valencia Region, Bunol City, Tomatina Festival (Tomato festival)
Source: Robert Harding

Singapore’s Golden Jubilee
Celebrating their 50 year independence, this will be spectaculair. It’s worth traveling for!
When: 9th of August
www.singapore50.sg

September

Oktober Fest, Germany
Yes, we want to give this famous crazy beer event a little mention in this calendar.
Why? It’s something you must do/see once in your lifetime!
Drink, watch, enjoy and pack some aspirin in your suitcase..
When: 19th Sept – 4th Oct.

www.oktoberfest.de/en/
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Source: UK Telegraph

All summer long
Of course there are some events which you can enjoy all summer long and why wouldn’t you?? 

Flaminco Pier, London
Last summer this was one of the best and most fun pop up parties of 2014. This summer they are back!
Good news for the peeps that love palmtrees, cocktails and flamingo’s. It’s on at the Hackney Wick’s Counter Cafe, the venue’s floating area, and the counter’s moored canalside boat. The fun thing here is that they have a different theme each night. This could be a different exotic location or ‘postcard’, with food, drink inspired by the setting and custom projections to bring the theme to life visually: Bali, , Phillipines and the Seychelles are all on the list, so prepare to be treated to some wild and wonderful tastes, soundtracked by top disco, house and funk DJs. Get your tickets at the door early to avoid disappointment.
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Source: Flaminco pier Facebook

Caminitio del Ray
Recently reopened, this thrilling footpath is great of adventure seekers.

Renovation cost a staggering 2,5 million euro’s! Wear a helmet and get ready to walk the scary trail of 3km pinned down walkpath. Don’t look down..
www.elcaminitodelrey.com/
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Source: traveller Australia

Where are you going this summer? Did we miss out on a must see/do event? Tell us and we might add it!

Love,

Elke