Deutchland Reisebericht(Germany travelogue)

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Wie geht es Ihnen? ( Gosh! I remember from my German class)

This is another chapter from my Europe tour.If you haven’t already gone through my earlier travel posts,I will link them below.

London Diaries

Amsterdam travelogue

After an amazing Amsterdam experience,it was time for Germany.All of us have heard its famous for its beer and Oktoberfest.But there’s more to it.It is immensely strong in its technological frontiers as well.

We boarded our coach in the morning from our Amsterdam hotel to visit Cologne cathedral situated amidst bustling lanes of Cologne.

Now,I know,obviously your mind will wander off towards,” Is the Eau De Cologne invented here? “

To answer that,bear with me and go through the rest of the beauty this city has.Cologne is notable for its Gothic architecture.The familiar arches and tall cathedrals will mesmerize you for sure.

And one such cathedral is the famous Cologne cathedral.It is the most visited site in Cologne and is dear to the native people.You literally have to strain your neck to photograph it in its mighty glory.It contains the bones of 3 wise men or 3 kings which is gilded into elaborate golden sarcophagus.It is a must visit sight if you want to be spellbound.

After taking in all the wonder this cathedral has to offer,we went around  in the nearby market.Now let’s come to your question.Eau de cologne as you may have heard,was developed by the Farina family of Italy. In 1803 Wilhelm Mülhens was granted to use the Farina family name and opened a cologne shop.Later on,it was denied and then,the house no. through which the cologne was sold,was used to brand the cologne name.Any guesses? 😉 It is none other than 4711. We did buy vials and a perfume from their official store in the same market adjoining the cathedral.

Next we went for River Rhine cruise along which the city of cologne thrives.It was an hour long cruise which took us through serene waters.It was indeed a peaceful cruise.We all sat on the deck,soaking up the Sun.It has a bar as well and I tried the famous beer Kölsch. It was amazingly having a sweet tinge to it.We could see lot of castles and medieval rest houses on the hills,which is the touristy part of this cruise.

On deboarding it,our coach took us to Heidelberg to get a feel of past European life.You can easily spend a day roaming aimlessly on the streets. 😀

If you see the pictures above,  there is a mouse and a monkey.Monkey symbolizes that neither the city-dwellers nor the outsiders are better than each other and that they should look over their shoulder to remeber this while crossing the bridge.It is believed that if you touch the fingers of the Bridge Monkey it would ensure your return to Heidelberg, touch the mirror for wealth and touching the mice will ensure fertility.I didn’t touch the mice ofcourse. 😀

Next day,we drove to Black forest.I guess the tasty blackforest cake derives its origins from this part of Germany.Black forest is home to fir trees and an apt fairytale setting.Also,it is an abode to Cuckoo clocks.Worldfamous Cuckoo clocks!All of us had,atleast once in their lifetime,have possesed this clock or seen it somewhere. We watched a demonstration on how its made .We did empty our pocket as well .:-P We bought a battery operated clock as its convenient.There’s a shop called Drubba.They have 3 stores in there.The one which comes first,will fit your budget.Drubba family is the oldest family which is continuing this clock business.Hope my history is correct.

We had free time to ourselves to stroll the streets.We bought some souvenirs.Personally,I would love to visit Germany once again,as I feel I havent even touched 1 % of their things to see.

Shopping tip:When in cologne,we saw that there’s a ‘Deutch Markt’ just up ahead in the market ,which is like a drustore.They also have Eau De Cologne 4711,which is sold at cheaper prices.I feel it’s best to buy from there.We already bought our stuff from the official store,so couldn’t do much.

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Amsterdam travelogue

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Sometime back,I shared my London travelogue with you.If you haven’t read it,click here.This travelogue follows my trip from London.

Overnight the ferry,we were treated to a luxurious dinner and bedding arrangement.We were lucky to get the port side room. Our cruise ship,named Stena line covered the journey from Harwich port to Hook of Holland .It departed from Harwich at 23:00 and reached Holland at 8 AM.You can know about its fare and details on this sitehttp://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland

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Ferry room-That’s our room!

Our coach was waiting for us,and drove straight to Keukenhof,the land of Tulips.On the way,the windmills greeted us.You could literally see them everywhere.Amsterdam is known for its windmills,tulips,the wooden shoes and dairy,apart from the more modern form of occupation. 😛

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Keukenhof is a synonym of paradise(according to me).Your eyes will have the opportunity to absorb varied hues of tulips ranging from canary yellow to mysterious violet.The keukenhof garden was teaming with tourists from all the countries.It has many entry points and you could easily get lost in there.The garden representatives provide you with a ticket and a map to find your way through it.The entry gate,through which we were told to go,had a fountain and a traditional Dutch musical instrument.It was playing some traditional tunes which I actually liked.It was in sync with the surroundings.

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Music instrument at the entrance of Keukenhof

We were moving forward towards the old windmill situated in the garden.It was still working!We climbed it up and saw the infinite tulip beds in red,yellow and God knows what all colors they are.We were told Tulips were being harvested since May beginning,so we might not see the grand tulip scene.Anyway,we were contented by what we saw.

 On climbing down,we found a wooden shoe and I knew,I have to get my picture taken with it. I am a child, I guess.

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The famous wooden shoe

The garden is very big,and you can easily spend a day in there.We had one hour slot with us and came back to our coach to take us to Amsterdam city.Amsterdam city is full of canals.Our canal cruise was for an hour,which took us through important canals housing important buildings.The cruise was a small boat which had inbuilt audio system .It described the history of Amsterdam and about its buildings while the cruiseboat took us through narrow canals.After the cruise ended,we were taken to Dam square.

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Various cruise boats

 Dam square– the real heart of Amsterdam, where the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial overlooks the vast and bustling open space. When we were there,some sort of mini carnival was going on with electro music in the background.You know right,Amsterdam influenced lot of musicians. Adjacent to it,for an hour,we roamed the shops.I had to get my Gouda cheese which was for 8 Euros.Souvenir shops were interesting.You could literally see sex toys lined up in the aisles near the souvenirs.Imagine my horror,when my parents were buying souvenirs from there. 😀

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Dam square

I also bought Stroopwafels,Holland’s traditional biscuit/cookie. I got the caramel variant as that was devoid of any nutty factor.From there,the coach took us to Madurodam. All throughout the year, it is open,where you can see most of Holland in miniature, replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale.Remember the doll houses? It is like that.The entire city of Holland is built in there.

Their language,Dutch is officially spoken there,but you can easily get by if English is the foreign language.

I wish I had more time in Amsterdam.It is amazing for its nightlife as well,but looks like,I will have to come with my besties next time. 😉

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London Diaries

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Just last week,I landed in New Delhi,with so much knowledge ,history and culture,I decided its worth sharing with you my travel experience.I am not that travel blogger who writes 5 ornamental words at a stretch in a sentence to describe how the food tastes like to how the place looks. 😛 I am rather a blogger who will tell what to see in a location,food to try and what to buy.Simple and straight forward!bear with me….:-D I am dividing my tour in small parts.Today I will be sharing my London tour.

I had a 18 days/17 nights Europe tour which involved visiting the prominent locations only.This was a highlight tour so if you want a detailed country tour,its best to go on your own.I traveled with my family in a group tour.All our hotel stays,coaches,air tickets and cruises alongwith food was organized by our travel company Thomas Cook.

Our flight was with Etihad Airways which is known for its hospitality and I am not complaining. 😀 After approximately 10 hours flight,London welcomed us.

Day 1– Since we reached around 3 PM in London,it was a resting day for people who are jetlagged.We decided to go for a walk after dumping our luggage in the hotel.I stay in India,so there is a drastic landscape change when we go abroad.The air we breathed,is definitely fresh and cool.It was refreshing actually.We just strolled the streets,clicked the double decker buses which is prominent in Europe and couldn’t help noticing Indians who are staying there.Yes! our people can be seen everywhere in London from the Visa desk to shopowner.

It was a wonderful evening .Families came out in the parks to relax.While in Delhi,its hot as hell but entire Europe is on the cooler side with temparatures ranging between 4-21 degree Celsius everywhere.We headed back to the hotel,from where the tour manager took us for dinner at a restaurant and then we were off to sleep in our rooms.We were staying in St. Giles,near the airport whose room rent started from 45 pounds.

Day 2-We woke up early around 6 AM as we had loads of places to cover.We had a coach for our group which took us around London and stayed with us for entire 2 days. We visited the famous Swaminarayan temple made from Italian Carrara marble.It is a Hindu temple with intricate designs done from the marble and gold.Since we were an Indian group,so we were shown that.After that we had a guided city tour covering London’s landmarks : the Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Big Ben,Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, River Thames and many more.We were lucky enough to watch the changing of guards infront the Buckingham palace where the new shift and old shift of guards change their places to guard the palace for next 24 hours.The guards wore the obvious red garb which we have heard of.Trafalgar square has gone for a revamped look.Most of the old pictures or in movies,you may have seen flock of pigeons in the square but now for cleanliness and hygiene,people have been stopped from feeding them and so the pigeons have stopped coming.It is more of a square with a large fountain in the middle.

In the evening we were given some shopping time on the famous Oxford street.You can look up anywhere,and each travel book or site will tell you it’s a shopping haven.Budget shoppers can find their stuff in Primark.It is a huge store and you will see Londoners and tourists jostling for space.Very good quality stuff at cheap prices.Its a family shopping place.For women,you would be interested in Boots.I had my list with me and being a beautyblogger as well,I was bound to shop there.

Next we headed to guided tour of the world famous Wimbledon museum, a dream for every Tennis lover.It is a 1 hour tour where they show you the tennis courts,their untouchable grass (really!) and their trophies from the past.

Day 3– Who can miss the reknowned Madame Tussaud’s wax museum?Once you enter,its  like a real red carpet.Glitzy attires adorned the celebrities and you can get yourself clicked with your fav celeb.It has a taxi ride,which is an indoor ride.It takes you through various phases of London history-the great London fire,the kings and queens and so on.Lastly,they have a 4D movie with Marvel heroes.I was eagerly waiting for something else.I had come out of it earlier,and on my wishlist was the Sherlock Holmes museum.

There is a statue of him on Baker street and museum dedicated to him.I was delighted to find it as it wasn’t in our itenary and I so much longed to see it.It has a shop with souvenirs and the museum is upstairs.

We ended our Day 3 with a ride on London Eye and a 4D movie associated with it.It is a 30 min ride and is a must.It is a wonderful observatory through which you can see the entire panorama of London.On our way to catch our ferry,we had a chance with the London bridge or Kensington bridge.The iconic arch and the structure welcomed us and we couldn’t help but sing along the nursery rhymes that reminded us of London bridge.

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Kensington bridge

Our next stop was in DJ world or let’s say the XXX world of Amsterdam.We had boarded a ferry/cruise from the UK port to reach the next day.There’s more to Amsterdam seriously.To read about my journey in Amsterdam,please wait for another week.Enough for today I guess. 😛

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Travel essentials-Tips and tricks

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A girl needs to have her entire vanity with her always. Yep! It’s true but not practical. 😛 I travel every year, or at least I try to. Not that I go for those Instagram picturesque locales but yes, definitely, wander about here & there with my parents. Me and my parents, share the same travel bug and try to cover places mostly during summers.

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Travel light has been my main aim. So when I went to Gwalior last month, I had packed all the essentials strictly and no wonder, my trolley felt so light. 😀 So here are my tips to travel safely and lightly.

  1. Carry samples or travel sizes of skincare.I specifically bought 2 thermal spring water bottles in 50 ml for this purpose,one by Avene and another by Vichy.It acts as a toner,soothing water and calms the skin after sun exposure.I also took samples with me sent to me from different brands for review.Otherwise also,you can ask for small sizes in any store or from these brands.
  2. Also have small water bottle.No matter what,have it with you while travelling within or outside India.If you are lucky,you can find water bottles easily in India but that gives rise to added travel costs or plastic pollution.Fill them at your hotel beforehand. Abroad,you have water taps everywhere,so you can fill your bottle easily or fill them at your hotel also.
  3. Carry your emergency medical kit everywhere.It should be small in size and should only contain emergency medicines like for fever,flu,cuts,heartattack( yes! There is a medicine for this too which if taken during the attack gives more time for you to survive on the way to hospital.Consult your doctor for this.),indigestion etc.I have a simple plastic box in which I literally throw all the medicines I know I require while travelling.
  4. Travel light.I know,while travelling,you love showing yourself off.You want to flaunt those dresses and coats.Trust me! You will regret this until unless you have a porter with you.I always go with the worst case scenario and pack clothes which can be worn in many ways.Stoles can do wonders as in headwrap,protection from Sun,accessory etc. Maxi skirts can be worn as skirts as well as tops. 😉 Boots protect you from cold and can also be worn with floral dresses.Backpacks look trendy with every attire so does satchel.I carry a messenger bag with me which can accommodate small bottle,lipbalm and handcream,an umbrella and obviously wallet.If you have a party,then you can pack a separate dress ,purse and shoes.
  5. Always tag your bags with your name,address and contact number.Many times during transfer flights,you reach your destination but find your baggage is still stuck in the previous inbetween airport.Happened with my Dad who reached London,only to find that his bag is at Dubai airport.His flight was from New Delhi-London via Dubai.His baggage reached at his hotel safe and sound.
  6. Carry extra batteries or powerbanks for your electronics.You know why. 😉
  7. Carry an adapter for charging while travelling abroad,You never know what type of plug-socket system lies in the hotel.We usually find that out from before and pack the adapters.
  8. Now comes the makeup. 😉 I carry only 1 brush set which has all my face-eye brushes and a makeup sponge.Real techniques already provides its brushes in a bag style in which you can put extra 4 brushes as well. Carry neutral eyeshadow palette instead of glitters and other palettes.You can use it for everyday or create smokey eye for that glam night.I take a nude and red lipstick with me as these 2 are sufficient.Eyebrow pencils are better always.Takes less space.1 foundation and 1 compact are good to go.
  9. Haircare needs your shampoo and conditioner.That should do it.
  10. Roll your clothes instead of layering.Gives more space to fit your shopping stuffs. 😀
  11. Tickets and cash.Anything else? 😛

I will be travelling and by the time this post comes up,I will be somewhere else.I  thought to share my travel style with you. Hope this benefits you all. To know where I am going, follow me on Instagram .It is more of a surprise to me and to you all. Maybe if time permits,I can meet you too. 😉

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