Traveling Made Easy

One of the greatest perks about living abroad is that you can pretty much travel (mostly) anywhere you’d like, on the cheap.βœˆοΈπŸ˜ƒ

Back in October, I booked a flight AND a hotel from Frankfurt to London for under 300 euro for an entire four day weekend. πŸ€—πŸ™

What!? 😍

Yup.😎🀩

In less than four hours, we could drive to Paris or Brussels. Prague, less than six, and in less than twelve, we could be in Italy! 😍

As a matter of fact, I could have driven to London myself in under eight if I really wanted to. πŸ‘©πŸš—β€ (Yes, there’s a ferry involved.) πŸš’πŸ‘€

We seriously have so many (affordable) options. πŸ’›

Fortunately for us, flights are pretty cheap too so we don’t have to drive everywhere if we really don’t want to. πŸ‘

Oh, and lets not forget to mention all our options with the train. πŸš‚πŸ˜ƒ

So I guess my point is, if you ever have the opportunity to live abroad for a few years, you should oh so totally do it. πŸ˜πŸ˜¬πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

Anyway, check out a couple plane pics from my last trip to London (more photos coming soon). 😘

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Sunset in London

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I named him Harry. Of course.

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Andalouse All The Way

When in Belgium… Andalouse!!

This delicious, slightly spicy, mayo like sauce is the perfect topping for those perfectly crispy on the outside but perfectly potato-y on the inside, Belgium Fries. 😍

So what makes French fries from Belgium so extra special?

Two simple things.

They’re fresh, never frozen and they’re fried at the perfect temperature, twice.

This combination creates the most incredibly delicious fries you’ve ever had. Top with mayo or andalouse and you have yourself the most incredible snack you’ve ever had your hands on.

Check out the photos below from our very first trip to a Belgium french fry shop in Brussels. 😊

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The Chocolate Line

While in Belgium, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop into one of Bruges most popular chocolate stores, The Chocolate Line! 😍

They offer the most unique and most incredible flavors, it’s literally just a treat to walk in and window shop!

Of course, I couldn’t resist buying yet another box of chocolates! Take all my money chocolate stores!! πŸ€‘πŸ˜†

The best thing about Belgium is that there’s practically a chocolate store on every corner and they’re all delightfully delicious in their own way. πŸ€— However, I believe Mary in Brussels will always be my absolute 100% favorite chocolate shop of all time. ❀️🍫

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop into The Chocolate Line, though, this place was absolutely devine, quirky and so much fun! The smell of chocolates hits you from the front door steps. I mean, who would try to avoid that?! 🀀

Enjoy the slideshow of photos below to see just how unique the flavors are and stay tuned for more posts about our Thanksgiving weekend in Belgium!

PS- If you’re unable to see the slideshow, then be sure to check out my website from the desktop site. It’s magical, I promise. 😘

❀️ nae

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There’s Something About Mary

Today I had the most insanely delicious Belgium chocolates at Mary’s in Brussels. Handmade chocolates made fresh daily (since 1919).

Mary is also the number one supplier of chocolates for the Belgium Royal family.

Now that’s some fancy chocolate! 😍

Click through the slideshow below to see some of the most divine chocolates that ever existed.

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❀️ nae

 

Canstatter Volksfest

The Canstatter Volksfest is our favorite favorite favorite fest here in Germany.❀ It’s located in Stuttgart and is considered the SECOND largest fest in Germany, with Munich coming in first.

Can you believe the very first Canstatter Volksfest was held in the year 1818!?

I love all the fests here in Germany but this one, so far, is my absolute favorite. 😍 My second favorite would probably be the Wilhelmstraßenfest (click here to read my post about it) but again, it’s so so sooooo hard to choose.

Fests here in Germany are absolutely incredible. This particular fest has every kind of carnival ride you could ever imagine, including a haunted house and even a fun house. I think one of the biggest differences we have noticed with the carnival rides here (other than the fact that they are absolutely WILD, CRAZY, and FUN), is that there seems to be no safety gates or guidelines like we are used to in the states. For example, with the bumper cars, everyone kind of just runs right up to the little cars from all sides, as if it was first come first serve. Once we saw a man jump straight onto the back of a car while the ride was in motion from the sidelines. It should be noted that no one got hurt and everyone had an amazing time, because that’s just how they do here in Germany. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

Another thing that we have noticed is that the graphics and cartoons drawn on the rides are often a little explicit and not censored, not even a little bit (see photos below). When we first moved here, this was quite shocking, but now, we are completely used to it. πŸ˜†πŸ˜…

But anyway, let’s not forget the MAIN reason I go to all these fests in the first place, for all the incredible foods and sweet treats. 🀀😍

They sell these yummy little pork chop sandwiches on the freshest brotchen ever and I look for them any time I see food stands out. I seriously act like a kid in a candy store whenever I see them. 😡πŸ€ͺπŸ€‘πŸ€© OH! and my newest favorite thing is fresh hot pommes frites covered in MAYO. 😍 They are OMGeee YUUUUM. I also look for anything smothered in Nutella, especially fresh off the griddle crepes and waffles. 🀀🀀🀀🀀πŸ€ͺ

Check out the slideshow below for my 2017-2018 Canstatter Volksfest highlights. πŸ€—

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Adventskalenders

Beer Advent Calendars. What more can I say? It’s exactly what you think it is. I don’t even drink but these are kinda cool, huh? Adventskalendars are EVERYWHERE here in Germany. It doesn’t just stop at beer either. They have mini liquor bottle Advent Calendars, wine, tea, and even Coca Cola. I’ve even seen Advent Calendars for pets, cosmetics, toys, perfume and of course chocolates! You name it, they probably sell it.

Click through the slideshow to see more. 😁

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Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz is as magnificent and magical as it sounds.

This gorgeous medieval castle is secluded in the woods and sits above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany.

Being that this little gem was less than an hour away from our home, we definitely had to go check it out.

The castles here in Europe are absolutely stunning, from the way they’re built to the way they make you feel once you are surrounded by their massive presence.

The Eltz Castle tour is definitely worth the trip. The tour guides were well informed about the castle and its original inhabitants too, probably because it is surprisingly still owned by the same family that lived there in the 12th century. We were told that they don’t actually live there anymore but they do have a family member come out to check on the grounds every Thursday.

The tour took us through most of the castle. It is divided into three main living areas, as the siblings each had their own separate homes within the castle. Today, you can tour two of these three main areas as the third one is blocked off and kept private for the family.

I wish I could have taken pictures inside but sadly they did not allow video recording or photographs. Fortunately for you though, I found a YouTube video from about four years ago that provides a look inside the castle. It’s all in German but if you’re just looking to take a peak inside (or you speak German), click here.

Check out the slideshow below for more pics.

❀️ nae

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Prague, as Promised.

Prague.

A must.

Things to do in Prague? SO so much.

I definitely want to go back.

So to save you from a heavily worded post about every little thing that we did and didn’t do, here are my Top Ten Favorite things about Prague (so far) in no particular order.

1. The Charles Bridge. It was gorgeous. We skipped the fancy tours and just strolled along taking in all the sights and sounds and it was absolutely amazing.

2. The Cat Cafe. It was adorable. Don’t go in the summer though, there’s no air conditioning and it gets pretty stuffy in there. Other than that, the concept was cute, and the cats, even cuter. We did wish that they had a full service type menu to order from though. Instead, they had free-to-grab snacks and juices included in the price (per hour). For our very first Cat Cafe, it satisfied our needs to cuddle with kitties in a Cafe.

3. Angelato’s. OMG. Eat gelato here. PLEASE. I had pistachio & stracciatella in a cup and it did not disappoint.

4. The Astronomical Clock. It was closed and under repair but from what I saw, it was absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to go back and actually get a closer look.

5. Las Adelitas. Fantastic street tacos. Best birthday dinner, EVER.

6. Old Town Square. Just breathtaking. From the street food to the street performers, this is the place to be.

7. Pizzeria Kmotra. Cheap and delicious wood fired pizza. Did I mention cheap? and delicious?

8. Prague Zoo. Okay, we didn’t get to go here due to time restrictions but it was on our list and it had amazing reviews. So next time, this is our first stop.

9. Dyzajn Market. Loved every little thing about this little market. Great finds, good food, and live music.

10. The variety of things to do. So many restaurants, so many tours, so much to see and do. Definitely one of my favorite places I’ve visited in Europe so far.

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Adventures In Prague

This video was taken in July of a street performer we came across in Prague. I loved every moment of this encounter and was so excited to be at the right place at the right time. This guy was truly inspirational. He had me mesmerized with every step he took; from his performance down to his music choice, I thought he did an amazing job.

This guy definitely made me think though… am I capable of more? Definitely, YES.

And on that note, I really need to get this blog in order and figure out how to fine tune everything. I also probably need to post the rest of my Prague photos.

In the meantime, enjoy the video!

Ice, I miss you.

Having lived in Germany for a year now, I’ve come to realize just how much I used to love ice.

Our refrigerators don’t have ice makers, our freezers aren’t big enough for a bag of ice, and everywhere we go they serve our drinks plain or with a little slice of lemon (without being asked).

We have been to a McDonald’s a couple of times that claimed to serve ice but when they served it to us, they literally only put about four ice cubes in each of our cups. Seeing our ice (individually) swimming in our cups has definitely been a new experience for us but we’ve learned not to complain because something is better than nothing.

Oddly enough, I’ve already adapted to luke warm drinks (and no free refills). Yes, I’ve mastered the art of slowly sipping my ONE glass of iceless drink to last the duration of my entire meal without choking or dying of thirst.

Anyway, on the bright side, Germany is filled with a million other things to love, like their freshly baked and incredibly soft brotchen and the most amazing gelato I’ve ever had.

Annnd, it’s finally Oktoberfest season again!

Can’t wait for the first fest of the season. πŸ™‚

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Coke with a slice of lemon