Holiday Golightly’s Gift Guide 2022 or: give the gift of travel!

Holiday Golightly’s Gift Guide 2022 or: give the gift of travel!

Here it comes, the season to… shop and shop, and the publication of endless gift guides on the internets. And, with just a tiny bit of delay, but ready for the (s)hopping madness here in Europe comes Holiday Golightly’s Gift Guide 2022. In 2019, I 

Eastern German Christmas Markets – the best and most underrated Christmas Markets of Germany

Eastern German Christmas Markets – the best and most underrated Christmas Markets of Germany

Hallo! Proud Eastern German here, and now the festive time is nearing, let’s take a look at Eastern German Christmas Markets.  Time to do a post about the most common travel reason to Germany in the cold ‘n dark season: Christmas Markets! Indeed, hardly anyone 

Afternoon Strolls: a lovely Berlin Reuterkiez walk

Afternoon Strolls: a lovely Berlin Reuterkiez walk

I spent my summer working and strolling Berlin’s lovely streets. So, my Berlin Reuterkiez walk is all I have to offer in terms of “fresh” travel right now. In response to the fuel shortages in 2022, the German government issued a public transport ticket for 

Bauhaus Dessau – the best place to visit for Bauhaus Architecture

Bauhaus Dessau – the best place to visit for Bauhaus Architecture

Inspired by a recent visit to Weimar… and the Bauhaus 1.0, I thought I can drag out some local wisdom and and write a Bauhaus Dessau guide on visiting Bauhaus sites in Dessau, of which there are plenty! Dessau, and sadly the sites of the 

Great travel on a budget in economic uncertainty

Great travel on a budget in economic uncertainty

Here in Central Europe, we are good at doom and gloom after nearly three years of pandemic and nearly a year of war at our doorstep.  Not to mention other conflicts not so far from us – Israel-Palestine, various environmental disasters, and now… if media 

Classic and Modern Weimar in 24 Hours

Classic and Modern Weimar in 24 Hours

Weimar in 24 hours is brought to you courtesy of my middle-of-summer Germany stay-cation. This summer, I volunteered to work at a festival which is taking place in Weimar. Great, I thought, Weimar, a place literally close to my heart, great for history, Germany culture, 

How to buy superb Turkish bath accessories in Turkey

How to buy superb Turkish bath accessories in Turkey

If you would ask what are some top Turkish souvenirs, textiles and especially the famous Turkish towels and Turkish bath accessories  come top of my list. Of course, the bazaars and souvenir shops have tons and tons of souvenirs, from sweets, jewellery, lamps, ceramics and 

Awesome Aqaba: a relaxed Red Sea Resort in Jordan

Awesome Aqaba: a relaxed Red Sea Resort in Jordan

In the cold winter months during lockdown, I wondered when it might be possible to return to Jordan. I promised myself that soon as travel to Jordan is safe again, I will be back in a flash! Now that I take  a professional interest in 

Conques Abbey: Romanesque, Romantic and Starkly Modern

Conques Abbey: Romanesque, Romantic and Starkly Modern

Summer 2020… we went on a somewhat different holiday. Conques Abbey was a station of our little road trips to get to know Occitaine  a little better. We had not seen my in-laws for nearly a year, and as soon as travelling rules were relaxed 

A short break on Sithonia, Chalkidiki

A short break on Sithonia, Chalkidiki

It was official: We had a bad summer. Our family marred by illness, most of the holiday we had planned didn’t happen. So, in the midst of my annual leave, both the husband and I were home, slightly stressed, watching the weather in Germany cool 

Odessa the Beautiful

Odessa the Beautiful

Odessa is closer than you think if you live in Central Europe now! When looking for flights elsewhere, my beady eyes spotted some very cheap flights from Berlin Tegel to Odessa on Ryanair, starting in November 2019. So unless you are in Ukraine already or 

A taste of Totalitarianism: My Day Trip to Transnistria

A taste of Totalitarianism: My Day Trip to Transnistria

On the occasion of current events, I am giving you a flashback of something I never wanted to report on on this travel blog, because it is something I did not particularly like.  A Day Trip to Transnistria. Having a taste of Soviet-Union-like vibes might 

How to travel through Berlin Brandenburg Airport stress-free

How to travel through Berlin Brandenburg Airport stress-free

In light of recent events, my little guide on how negotiating the Berlin Brandenburg Airport stress-free. With your nerves and purse intact. The autumn holidays have started in Berlin, and for the first time since its opening, the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) sees anything near 

Easy Bread baking for busy people

Easy Bread baking for busy people

Here’s my way of bread baking for busy people. From someone with minimal baking experience and a busy job. If I can do it, then can you. If there is one thing this year that changed my life in a lasting way, it was to 

10 Great Places to Eat in Venice

10 Great Places to Eat in Venice

My recent Venice trip was my first respite not just after nearly ten months of lockdown, but also after an intense period where I worked a lot, mixed in with fear of picking up the virus. I had a little bit of money spare and