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 

Shopping in Izmir Kemeralti Bazaar : “Just gorgeous things, you know”

Shopping in Izmir Kemeralti Bazaar : “Just gorgeous things, you know”

Fresh off the taxi, we pause on the large Konak Meydani by the seaside, where pidgeons and a huge banner of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dominate the scene. We’re here to do a bit of shopping in Izmir Kemeralti Bazaar. But I know exactly where I 

It was nice knowing you  – why I stop using Amazon

It was nice knowing you – why I stop using Amazon

Half the world and more is in lockdown, people on furlough, ill, lost their jobs or significant business income. Some are unable or too afraid to leave home and heavily rely on delivery for essential items.  And I write to stop using Amazon!  Regardless of 

Two Wheels and a dram: Our Islay whisky trip – with a bit of cycling

Two Wheels and a dram: Our Islay whisky trip – with a bit of cycling

While  unable to travel, there’s an opportunity to recap something older that may otherwise never see the light of day.   It may delight,  in this case, lovers of whisky. I never wrote about my Islay whisky trip. It’s been a while, but as I occasionally 

In the Florentine Pharmacy or: How to find a cruelty-free scent

In the Florentine Pharmacy or: How to find a cruelty-free scent

Hallo and Salve, let’s do something completely different today! Let’s go shopping for cruelty-free scent! This blog is mainly about travel although the cats sometimes sneak in, but I do like to buy quality stuff every now and then, and we’re in a cosy round 

Travel Books: My recommendations – And where to save the money

Travel Books: My recommendations – And where to save the money

At the moment, we cannot travel. Depending where you are and what profession you are in, chances are you are spending more time at home. So, time to read these excellent travel books!  And although you may not be able to  travel, you will never