Santiago de Chile

I spent one week in Santiago de Chile and to be honest the city didn’t really convince me. Of course the are some beautiful, old buildings, but many got destroyed during earthquakes and were replaced by skyscrapers.
But now on to the things that are worth visiting

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1. Plaza del Armas
This place is the center of Santiago and a nice island from all the traffic. Here is also the Catedral Metropolitana and the post office.

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2. Estación Mapocho
This building was once a train station, but as many earthquakes led to the dilapidation of the railways and the closure of the station it is nowadays a center for culture.

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3. Palacio La Moneda
This es Chile’s president palace and was originally the country’s mint.

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4. Cerro Santa Lucía
If you climb all the steps to the top of this big hill in the middle of Santiago, you are rewarded with a great view over the city. Sadly there is often a lot of smog and you’re not really able to see the Andes.

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5. Cerro San Cristóbal
Another spot for a great view over Santiago, although this time you’re able to take the funicular railway. Santiago’s biggest park, the ‘Parque Metropolitano’ is also lokated there. It has two swimming pools and a zoo.

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6. Costanera Center
This one is Santiago’s hingehst building and home to a big shopping mall, with lots of choice.

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7. Barrio Bellavista
This quater is the perfect one for going out. It’s the location of a lot of bars and clubs.

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8. Barrios Lastarria & Bellas Artes
These two are the trendsetter districts. They are really pretty and also the heart of the coffee scene. If you’re in the area check out Buffalo Waffels they make really delicious sweet and salty ones!

 

Have you ever been to Santiago before?

xx
Elli

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what to do in Hamburg

I was in Hamburg twice in the last two years (one time during our Germany bike tour), so I thought I could share some tips with you on what to do.

  1. The harbor
    Hamburg is known for it’s harbor. The view with the cranes and big ships is fascinating. Often you can see famous cruise liners dropping anchor.
    One of the best view is from the “Landungsbrücken”. There you can also catch one of the little boats that belong to the public transport. This saves a lot of money and they have similar routs like the tourist tour boats.

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  2. Speicherstadt
    There are lots of boat tours trough those high buildings, which were used to store goods delivered to the harbor. However you also have the iconic view from the many bridges crossing.

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  3. Hafencity
    This district, located directly at the river Elbe, is well known for it’s modern architecture. Amongst them is the “Elbphilharmonie” (opera house) and many flats with bottom to top windows.

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    Start of the Reeperbahn at the “Tanzende Türme” (“Dancing Towers”)

  4. Reeperbahn
    This is Hamburg’s well known red-light district, with lots of bars and clubs in the St. Pauli district. Contrary to it’s reputationa lots of “normal” people go here to enjoy the nightlife. Nevertheless I felt a little bit weird walking down the street for the first time at night. 😉

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  5. Alster
    You can either take one of the different boat trips offered or just walk along it. It is also a popular jogging route and perfect for relaxing after a long day in the city.

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  6. Schanzenviertel
    This is Hamburgs latest trendy district.It is perfect for shopping in little “non-mainstream” stores, relaxing with a cup of coffee or eating in small restaurants. It has it’s very own night life, which isn’t as touristic as the one at the Reeperbahn.

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  7. St. Michaelis “Michel”
    This is one of Hamburg’s landmarks. It is famous for it’s five organs and the magnificent view from the steeple. The church had to be rebuild twice until now.

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  8. Miniatur-Wunderland
    This model world is truly fascinating! It is the largest model railway in the world. Different parts of the world a rebuild here, amongst them the Knuffingen airport and the Hamburger Opera house. Also the lights change from day to night. I was expressed how precisely all those sections could be rebuild in such a small size!

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  9. Musical
    The tickets are expensive, but if you have the chance of getting some it’s so worth it! I watched “The Lion King” and it was magical. The costumes were absolutely impressive and it felt like being transported into a different world.
    The musicals are all in Germany, something you should consider if you’re not able to understand it.

I really like this city, as it is so different to foothills of the Alps, where I grew up.

Have you ever been to Hamburg?

 

xx
Elli

Perfect fall day in Regensburg

Last week I got the chance, to spend a day in Regensburg with my family.

Regensburg is a Bavarian town, located north of Munich and perfect for a day trip. It’s charming old town is part of the UNESCO world heritage and it is divided by the river Danube. It is also a popular city for students, due to it’s many pubs.

Tourist attractions next to the old town are the St. Peter cathedral and the “Steinerne Brücke” (“stone bridge”), which is the oldest maintained bridge in Germany.

We had luck and it was a sunny and beautiful day. Often you have a lot of fog in the city, because of it’s location next to the Danube. So we mostly just strolled along and enjoyed the sun, but we also went inside St. Peter cathedral, did some shopping and of course had a coffee break in a super sweet interior shop/café.

Scroll down to see the photos!

Have you ever been to Regensburg?

xx
Elli

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St. Peter cathedral

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The “Steinerne Brücke” with St. Peter in the back

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View from the “Steinerne Brücke”

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Little treat at Riutals

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one day in Palma de Mallorca

This summer I went to Mallorca for a relaxing holiday. Even I spend most of the time at the pool, we did a one day trip to Palma de Mallorca.

The first thing we saw, coming out of the parking house, was the cathedral “La Seu“. It’s the most popular attraction in Palma.

Exterior and interior are both worth seeing. Especially the big rose window from the inside which the light falling threw! In diameter it is about 11 meters.

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Sadly the light in the cathedral was very dark and I don’t have the right equipment to get great photos, but here’s at least an impression of the interior.

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Even the courtyard was really beautiful!

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After visiting the whole cathedral we needed lunch and I opted for sandwiches.

At the square we ate was also a very old olive tree. Nature’s really fascinating! And next to it was the city hall of Palma de Mallorca, a beautiful, old building.

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After the break we wandered through the many little alleys and treated us to some very delicious ice cream. Even there are really many tourists in the city, it was really charming.

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Of course there would have been even more attractions to visit, but it was a perfect day!

Have you ever been to Palma de Mallorca?

xx
Elli

Croatia

Two years ago my family and I went to Croatia. This summer some friends of mine and I are thinking of going there, so I had a look at the photos I took. It was somehow the first holiday with my family in a real warm country as some of us don’t really agree with this kind of climate. Luckily I don’t normally have problems with that.

When we visited Croatia we drove around a lot to see as much of the country as possible. We also did a lot of different things like hiking, swimming, sight seeing, etc. as we like to have an active holiday, but I’m sure you could spend lots of time at the beach. As there is some really amazing scenery to discover we choose not only to stay at the beach.

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This city really at the best location!

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Just so many rooftops…

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Those old buildings really have style!

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A replica of the famous amphitheaters in Italy.

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I’d really love to have one like that!

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The two pictures above were taken at the Krka national park. Like I said there is some amazing scenery to discover. I really think you have to see those waterfalls if you go to Croatia although it’s really full of tourists, but the earlier you arrive the emptier it is.

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I just love these small alleys!

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We also made a day trip to Bosnia, because it was really close. We visited the city of Mostar. It was amazing, especially the market. There were tons of souvenirs to buy. Actually I’m not the person to buy souvenirs, because they usually just stand around at home and look cheep. But this time I bought an amazing necklace, a little hand mirror for my bag, which is just so beautiful and a little bag for all my essentials.

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Belief me ore not there were some people who jumped of that bridge!! Some month ago I saw a report on a TV show about one of those men, who jump down there to earn some money from the tourist. I’m pretty sure nothing would get me to jump down there…

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Actually we didn’t plan on going here, but we came by and it just looked so beautiful!

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Isn’t this necklace just perfect? It gives every basic shirt or sweater an immediate upgrade.

I really would recommend this country highly for all people who like warm countries, also I really think you should stay away from mass camping places. There are so many other beautiful places, so really look to go for a small one. Most of the time smaller one’s are not only more beautiful and relaxing, but also cheaper.

Let me know if you already have been to Croatia of if you’re planning to go there!

xx
Elli

bike tour

This summer my family and I made a bike tour from the South of Germany to the coast in the North. I had never done anything but daily bike tours before, so this was something totally new for me. The whole trip took about four weeks and I definitely broadened my horizon along the way. Although sometimes I would have liked to go home, it was worth the experience.

The things I liked most about the trip was seeing something new everyday. I had never been to Hamburg or Flensburg before this trip.
Besides I absolutely like the feeling of having archived something. So when I saw all those kilometers we had done each day, it just felt amazing.

But there were also some hard days, when I felt like my whole body was burning or I could not sit on the bike any second longer. Even these thoughts faded, when I had a look at what I had archived each day.

So hear are some photos from the trip:

Really beautiful church

Really beautiful church

Who wouldn't like to live there!?

Who wouldn’t like to live there!?

Sun is always making me feel happy!!

Sun is always making me feel happy!!

Having some nice breaks!

Having some nice breaks!

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The “Lüneburger Heide”. The colors here are just amazing. One of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen.

Hamburg and it's harbor.

Hamburg and it’s harbor.

I especially liked Hamburg, where we stayed for three days, so we were able to visit the city and get some rest. I think it is a really beautiful city, especially the architecture and I found the harbor quite fascinating with all those cranes.

I do not think I would do a trip like this a second time, but it was worth it.

xx
Elli