Thursday, 22 September 2016

Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle

If I have to be completely honest, my trip to Germany didn't go into overdrive until I came across a picture of the Neuschwanstein Castle, and then, everything else fell into place. This was my one big moment from the trip, the one thing I absolutely had to see no matter what, and it was just as magical as I expected.

I thought I would show you a little photo diary of our time in F├╝ssen and give you an overview on how to plan a visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle. Read more to see the rest!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

What to Pack for Germany in August

I have to start this post by saying that August is normally quite warm in Germany. We were expecting weather in the high 20's, but were surprised with some rain and chilly evenings! With this in mind, I recommend you always traveled prepared, and remember that layers are your best friends.

Here is what I brought with me on our 8-day trip to Germany (bear in mind, that I made sure these items were quite good to mix and match, and would dry easily if I needed to give them a quick wash):

Sweatshirt; arka (similar here); T-shirt dress (similar here); Denim shorts; Jeans; Sandals; Sneakers; A-line skirt; Tank top; T-shirt; Sweatshirt

1. SWEATSHIRT
This is the one thing I didn't actually pack, but had to purchase when I was there! You see, it was quite chilly in the evening in Germany, but not chilly enough for a parka. A sweatshirt was the perfect item to tie around my waist and put on top of my t-shirt once it got dark.

2. TANK TOP
The perfect top to wear with shorts, jeans, or skirts! I brought one black tank top and one grey tank top, which I just mixed and match when it was really warm.

3. A T-SHIRT DRESS
Dresses that are basically just an extra long t-shirt are great for many reasons. One, they oh so comfortable and loose, which means you can eat an apple strudel and ice cream every day and not feel like a whale. Two, they take up so little space and hardly wrinkle because they're made of cotton! Also, if you fancy a night out, they can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels and some accessories, which is what I would've done if I was the kind of cool girl that went out partying when travels. Alas, I wouldn't dare sacrificing my early wake up to take in the sights before the hordes of tourists arrive.

4. A-LINE SKIRT
I love a-line skirts because they're simple, feminine, and flirty. They look just as good with sandals or sneakers, and I can wear them with either a tank top or a sweatshirt (if it's a bit cold!) The one I brought it actually a navy blue number that I got in the Urban Outfitters sale, but I couldn't find it online anymore. This black one from ASOS would be a great addition to any packing list.

5. A TWO-LAYER PARKA
I recently bought this great parka from Gap that comes with a shearling lining that can be removed it need be. While I needed the lining on our first day in Munich because it was quite cold and windy, I was able to remove the lining when the weather perked up a bit.

6. DENIM SHORTS
A must for any summer holidays, let's be real!

7. SANDALS
I can't recommend enough getting a good pair of walking sandals, and my Birkenstocks fit just the bill. If you're in Germany, I'd even recommend buying them in Germany, where they originate from, as you'll be buying local and they will be much cheaper than back home! I remember longing for a pair of these back in Canada, where they cost up to $100, while you'll find them for about 40€ to 60€ in Germany. These were so comfortable, and I'll certainly be taking them on any summer holiday from now on.

8. SNEAKERS
You can't get me away from my Adidas Superstars, they're on my feet almost every weekend because they are so comfortable! Again, you'll be walking a lot while you're visiting Germany, so comfort is key. From cobbled streets to steep hill, these babies will do wonders for your feet. Plus, sneakers are a fashion essential these days, so long are the gays where only the tourists sported white sneakers!

9. T-SHIRT
A good t-shirt is always an essential, especially if you want to protect yourself a bit more from the sun. I love these ones from The Gap, because they're very breezy and never lose their colour after a wash.

10. JEANS
On the same note as the parka, sometimes the weather won't cooperate and you'll simply need a good pair of jeans to keep you going. I recommend going for a dark wash, something that can be dressed up or down. Recently, I bought some high-rise jeans from Hollister and they are a perfect fit!

What do you think of my Germany packing list?
Is there anything you would have brought with you?

Monday, 29 August 2016

24 Hours in Munich


Ah Germany, you were just as magical as I expected! I hope you're all prepared for a quite a few posts about my 8-day trip to Germany, because they're coming. First, let's talk about Munich.

I decided to call this post "24 Hours in Munich" although we did spend more like, a day and a half. if you take out the back and forth to our hotel, and the general "where are we going next?" confusion of it all, I think this is quite a good itinerary if you have a day to visit the Bavarian capital.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Escape to Portmeirion


We took a lovely long weekend trip to North Wales last weekend, as we had booked ourselves a glamping escape. I've never been glamping before this - but let's just say that going regular camping will be very hard now! We stayed at Hideaway in the Hills, in Snowdonia, and it was absolutely magical. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Mini Sunday Haul


Do you ever get that feeling where you just want to spend? You know what I mean, you just really fancy something new and shiny, for no other reason other than you feel like it?

Do you ever get that feeling?

That was me on Sunday, so I prompted the husband to take me to our local Boots and TK Maxx for a little browse and came back with this mini loot.