Great Cruelty-free French Pharmacy Brands: Aromatherapy issue

Great Cruelty-free French Pharmacy Brands: Aromatherapy issue

Another trip to France happened last summer and of course, I had to stock up on cruelty-free French Pharmacy brands. After two false starts and cancellations, we  managed to visit my parents-in-law in September. Apart from a very brief pharmacy visit for ten minutes before 

The 5 best notebooks for your travel journal

The 5 best notebooks for your travel journal

Do you  keep a travel journal?  What are the best notebooks for your travel journal?    Or are they a thing of the past, now the cheapest smarthone has camera and video function?  Call me old-fashioned, but I have always loved to write my travel 

Silk Road Treasures – Souvenir Shopping in Samarkand and Bukhara

Silk Road Treasures – Souvenir Shopping in Samarkand and Bukhara

If you have read some of my posts, you may know that I love to back a souvenir or two.  They have to be either edible, useful, or of a high quality. Before I visited Uzbekistan pretty much on a whim, I wondered what Shopping 

On the wine train in Cricova – with some fine cut-price wine on board

On the wine train in Cricova – with some fine cut-price wine on board

Cricova is one of Moldova’s most famous wineries. Moldova –  a country that usually “only” features in travel blogs once in a blue moon, usually on people’s quest to visit every country of Europe. After an activity-packed week in Chisinau and Odessa I sat next 

Shopping in the Caucasus: great souvenirs from Armenia and Georgia

Shopping in the Caucasus: great souvenirs from Armenia and Georgia

Your guide to shopping in the Caucasus is here!  I am finally beginning to catch up during this period of not travelling very much. I mean, I could go, but due to the nature of my work, I am still somewhat more needed here in 

How I bought less in 2020 – and loved it

How I bought less in 2020 – and loved it

As the year comes to a close, I am starting to… prepare my tax return. As part of the tidying and sorting out business side of Christmastide that I felt too mundane to mention. How does that lead to the very last post of the 

Organic French Wine of Gaillac: The Plateau Cordais

Organic French Wine of Gaillac: The Plateau Cordais

More Wine Touring! More organic French wine that you won’t find in your bio shop!  Last year, I visited some organic vineyards in the Gaillac wine region of South-Western France. When we finally managed to see my parents in law this year, we did not 

The best Eastern German Christmas Goodies

The best Eastern German Christmas Goodies

Some amazing things come from Eastern Germany but are below many people’s radar.  Eastern German Christmas goodies are one such thing, and it is a real shame they are not celebrated worldwide. And as a proud Eastern German, I see it as my job to 

Quality German Gifts you will love forever

Quality German Gifts you will love forever

As much as I love to bring gifts while travelling,  there are some thing that I have loved for years that are so quintessentially German, that I want to share them here with you. Bring on some quality German gifts! I followed the example of 

Holiday’s 15 Stylish gifts for Travellers

Holiday’s 15 Stylish gifts for Travellers

Every morning when I drive to work, I hear them now, adverts for Black Friday, mixed in with the first Christmassly chimes. It’s time for my gifts for travellers post! My mother decided to spend Christmas  in Spain and is heading off, which gets me 

Buying quality sustainable gifts in 2020

Buying quality sustainable gifts in 2020

With the holidays coming closer, and Germany going into another lockdown for the month of November, gift shopping has suddenly become a pleasant pastime here. Never have I thought about gifts this early. But quality sustainable gifts aren’t just restricted to the holidays. Normally, when 

How I made my own wedding dress  (and did not turn it into a disaster)

How I made my own wedding dress (and did not turn it into a disaster)

As I skipped through my Forties, little hope did I have to marry at some point in my life.  That I made my own wedding dress is an added bonus, really. Well… “It always comes as a surprise” is a rather fitting tune from the 

Shopping in Sicily

Shopping in Sicily

My Shopping in Sicily post will be relatively short.  But it’s not to say there aren’t many wonderful things you can bring home from Sicily. Despite the dreaded virus, I finally managed a weeks holiday this year! We went to Sicily. And, as usually, I 

Fabric Shopping in Nuremberg, Germany

Fabric Shopping in Nuremberg, Germany

Fabric shopping in Nuremberg – a totally gratuitous post, you may ask? Is she scraping the bottom of the barrel now as she’s stuck at home with all the COVID-19 issues going on, sticking essential travel only (business, a funeral and visiting my in-laws)? Well, 

What to buy in St Petersburg, Russia

What to buy in St Petersburg, Russia

Looking for souvenirs to buy in St Petersburg?  Shopping in Russia can mean big spending or keeping your roubles together – depending what you are looking for!  Here come some tips on what to buy in St Petersburg which reflect my actual shopping on a