Bernese Highlands #2: Schynige Platte

Save the best for last! On the last day of our holidays in Switzerland, we decided to visit “Schynige Platte”, one of the most beautiful spots in the Bernese Highlands. The mountain ridge is mostly known for its Botanical Alpine Garden and spectacular views of Lake Thun, Lake Brienz and the three highest mountains in the region: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Continue reading

Sintra #1: Palácio Nacional da Pena / Pena National Palace

While visiting my godmother in Lisbon, my cousin took us on a trip to Sintra, one of my favourite places in Portugal. It’s a very special place to me and I remember very well how impressed I was as a child when my parents took me there during our summer holidays. Sintra is a municipality in the Lisbon region and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is located on a mountain west of Lisbon and mostly famous for its romantic 19th century palaces, parks and its micro-climate, which is much more humid than in the surrounding area. Continue reading

Aveiro: Beautiful Beaches and Candy-Striped Cottages

So, as promised I’m starting a little travel series about our last holiday. I’ve decided to only share the most special places, as I don’t want to bore you with every little rock and tree we saw.

Let’s start with Aveiro, a beautiful city on northern the coast of Portugal. As my family lives near Viseu in central Portugal (halfway between Porto and Coimbra), Aveiro is our place to go when we want to take a short trip to the sea. It’s a lovely, old seaport with colourful fisher boats bobbing on the canals that criss-cross the city and beautiful 19th century architecture. Continue reading

Three Week Blogging Break

Porto Santo

Hey everyone! While I’m writing this, I’m in the middle of packing everything for our 3 week summer holidays. Julius (my boyfriend, he finally has a name) and I will be spending 2 weeks with my family in northern Portugal and then another week with his grandparents at Lake Thun in Switzerland (the perks of having family all over the continent!). We’ll be spending a lot of time on the road and I’m already freaking out over the drive to Portugal…24 hours…4 countries…keep me in your prayers ;D

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Weekly recap #3: Basel, Wonder Woman and World War II

Basel, SwitzerlandHi everyone! I’m sitting on the train back from Basel while writing my weekly recap post. As you know, my boyfriend usually visits me in Heidelberg every weekend, as it is simply much more expensive for me to visit him in Switzerland. However, from time to time (about every two months) I hop on a train (or into my car) to visit him at home and to see his family. This weekend, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary in Basel.

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