Düsseldorf Sommer

 

After the heat wave we can say again that german summer is back so it is time to enjoy it! :).

Parookaville

 

Last weekend took place the Parookaville festival en Weeze (yes, close to the airport). During two days Dj´s like Armin van Buuren, Aoki, Robin Schulz, Alesso and some others played in front of a huge crowd of fans congregated in this small german city. In the enclosure we could also find some other attractions like a bungee jumping area, a swimming pool, an amusement park and many stands where to enjoy food and bier. If you like House, Techno and Trance music I would recommend you to come to enjoy this successful festival next year.

Rheinkirmes

 

This is the most beloved time of the year in Düsseldorf. The reason is called “Rheinkirmes”.

The Kirmes is an amusement park located at the bank of the Rhein. Among its roller-coasters the visitor can also find different food and beer stands. For me it is really impressive the huge stands assembled by the breweries. There, you can enjoy a good beer at the Biergarten while enjoying a life concert as well as while dancing in the brewery´s disco. It is worthy to have a walk around and, of course!, to enjoy the night fireworks which take place the last weekend of the Kirmes.

 

To say goodbye (until next week) I leave you here a  Martin Solveig live session at Parookaville festival.

 

Sommerzeit in Düsseldorf

The summer arrived to Düsseldorf! and of course the city is ready to celebrate it. Last weekend we could enjoy different outdoor activities not only in the city but also in the surrounding areas. Furthermore the beach season already started!! And if you cannot believe it because you think the words Germany and Beach do not fix at all just keep reading.

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ADFC Fahrrad NRW

 

Under the motto: Am Stau vorbei, wir sind so frei! (something like: traffic jams are over, we are free!) thousand of cyclists got together to show the increasing importance of the bicycle in daily. After riding around the city all the cyclists met in front of the Rhein. Many different stands were waiting for them.

It was easy to find bikes´ stands where people could find all the newness, food stands, concerts and many other activities. This event will take place in others cities of the region during the rest of the month.

 

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Kiesgrube Open Air Neuss

 

If you wanna enjoy a good time under the sun I recommend you to go to Kiesgrube. It is open every Sunday since April.

This enclosure located in Neuss was a nice discovery. Its special decoration and its sandy floor give charm to this place.

Once inside you can enjoy from some drinks and chill out in the hammock while listening the last trends in electro music. In the center of the place there is a dance floor where people can dance following the rhythm of the live music. The entrance ticket costs 20€.

 

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Seaside Beach Baldeney

 

If you prefer something more relax I would recommend you to go to the south of Essen. The Seaside Beach Baldeney is a cute sandy place nearby a lake. The entrance costs 3€ and inside the facilities it is possible to carry out many activities: volley ball, canoeing, football games and sail. There are also some places where to have meal and some chill out areas. It is a nice place which opens everyday from 10.00 am.

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Let´s enjoy this pre-summer time!!!

Das Haus der Geschichte and more

This week we come back to a place where we have already been and we will talk about a well known annual event. Are you ready?

 

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Bonn – Das Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

This museum explains the history of the German Republic from 1945 until 2010. While walking among its corridors, the visitor improves his knowledge about Germany.

The exhibition starts at the end of the IIWW, in 1945. Each hall talks about different moments in history. Its walls are decorated with photos and videos, which show testimonies of people. Furthermore, it is easy to find lot of digital screens which allow the visitor to play with.

 

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Something curious, that I really liked was the way they separated both parts of Germany. Every moment the visitor can experience the difference between living in the East and the West of Germany.

 

 

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Düsseldorf – die Nacht der Museen

 

Last weekend took place in Düsseldorf the Night of Museums. As you already heard  about it last year here I upload some random pictures to share with you the art we enjoyed this time.

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Bonn –  Das Haus der Geschichte: Free Entrance
Düsseldorf – Die Nacht der Museen: 14€ 

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History never looks like history when you are living through it. ~John W. Gardner

 

 

Schloss Benrath

A bit of history

The Benrath Palace was erected in 1755 by Nicolás Pigage. The Elector Palantine Charl Theodor and his wife decided to built it in the XVIII century. However, the prince spent only one night in it.

The rosy tone of the facade has a simple meaning: formerly pink color was associated to men meanwhile blue color was associated to women.

The garden

The most impressive part of the palace is its outside. Surrounded by gardens, which come to an end in the bank of the Rhein, the palace welcome not only foreign visitors but also everybody who wants to enjoy a peaceful open space.

Furthermore, it is possible to find a huge variety of trees and fountains, all of this created created for royals´ shootings. Visitors can easily transport themselves to the XVIII century during his tour around this huge open space.

Visits

Inside the Baroque maison the visitors can find the Museum for European Garden Art and the Museum of Natural History. As well as different halls where the visitor can figure out the life-style of the royalty.  The ticket costs 14€ and the museums are open from Tuesday until Friday from 11.00 to 17.00h.

 

 

Do not miss the dessert

One of the annexed building was reconverted in a cute cafeteria where people can find a wide variety of cakes (including the famous Sacher Torte of Vienna).

So my recommendation for your next holidays is to come and enjoy this charming place, to have a walk around its gardens and to have a tasty afternoon snack in its cafeteria.

Latzenbier

 

Three times per year the Schumacher brewery produces a different kind of Altbier. It is the renowned : Latzenbier.

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Alt- oder Latzenbier?

The main differences between both beers is the taste and the volume of alcohol. The Altbier alcohol level by volume is 4.8% and it has a mild and spicy pleasant aroma. In comparison, Latzenbier has a balanced flavor between bitterness and malty sweetness, with some roasted malt notes. Its alcohol level by volume is 5.5%, a bit higher that the regular Altbier.

When and where? 

This production takes place in both Schumacher brewery only three times per year: March, September and November. During that day both places are full of people who enjoy live music and the taste of a darker beer.

In the Schumacher located in Oststraße the queue occupy the whole street and they open the Biergarten even in winter time. In the brauerei located in the Altstadt the probability to find a place to stay is barely possible.

A bit of history 

This beer, produced with mysterious ingredients, is supposed to appear before 1838 obtaining its name from the “Latten” or “Latzen” (wooden slats) where beers were served.

Last week, I got the chance to enjoy this famous day. The ambiance, the music, the joy of the people… Everything was really German and really charming at the same time. And the Latzenbier… I really enjoyed it!!! The taste was a balanced between sweet and sour, with a roasted malt end. It was the first time of the year, so you guys still have time to enjoy the next Latzenbier productions :).

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Prost!! 

Karneval 2015: The 5th season of the year

 

imageDüsseldorf and Köln get back to reality after the end of the 5th season of the year. After five days dressed
up, drinking beer and enjoying parades the cities get slowly back to calm. Then, after five funny days we
have to work and wake up early again… So, like if this was a time after summer holidays (including a post-Carnaval depression) I would like to share with you all my Carnaval memories (in this way maybe those who do not know it  yet would like to join us next year).

Weiberfastnacht

imageAll this madness started on Thursday at 11.11. That day we went dressed up to the office and worked only until that time. From that moment we started drinking beer and eating frikadelle while listening to music. In the meanwhile, we could see through the window how many dressed up people
where dancing and drinking beer in the street. In that moment the girls had a huge goal: to cut the ties of our colleagues and, after it, to leave the office and go partying. (This plan was only for the girls, because the guys should stay working at the office during the whole day).

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In our case we decided to join the EigelStein party in Haffen so we spent hours dancing, singing  and drinking beer while listening carnival german songs.

Friday and Saturday

Those were normal carnival days, the people were dressed up in the streets and they were drinking beer and eating bratwurst in the different Brauerei´s stands in the Altstadt.

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Sunday

That days was the Straßeenkarneval which means that it was the ideal day to have a walk around the Kö to see people walking and groups of friends showing their disguise and dancing german music (carnival music which everybody could enjoy because the city hall placed speakers all around the city)

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Rosenmontag

And here comes the most popular day of the carnival: the Rosenmontag. We decided to enjoy it in Köln, but to spend the day in Düsseldorf is also a good idea. The Rosenmontag is a parade,which starts very early in the morning, and walks around the whole city. Every troupe has its own disguise and carriage, each of them focus in a concrete theme. The men give flowers as a present while the crowd ask the people on the top of the carriage to throw them Kamele (candies). Here, unlike in Spain, the sweets are not only for the children, however, the “fight” to get a chocolate or a candy involve all kind of people.The view from the parade with the Köln Dom behind it is really cute, as well as the good mood surrounding the city and it citizens.

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I hope I convinced you to join us next year. For the moment, I show you some german songs so you can start training.

Helau! Alaf!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-WPMARn3qU

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New discoveries in Düsseldorf

Last weekend my friends and I could enjoy interesting places in Düsseldorf which I would like to share with you.

Nooij

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This cafeteria located in Hoffeld straße 37 has a varied menu. I find interesting having lunch in this place and not only in winter but also during the summer time, when they move some tables out to the street creating a nice atmosphere to enjoy a peaceful lunch. Its brunch offer is really varied because on the menu we can find many kind of national and international options: eggs & bacon, german brunch, french brunch, pancakes…  For vegans, lactose allergic people or just those people who do not drink regular milk they also have a wide variety of milk.

 

Café Petit Papillon

Le petit papillon

 

 

This cute cafeteria is located in Ackersraße 115. I have never heard about it until we found it on the internet. The local is really small and it is hard to notice it when walking on the street. However, the inside is really cute and its sofas are so comfortable that we could feel like at home. Furthermore, its tea and coffee offer (also the milk one) is really interesting as well as its well known sweets: its cupcakes and cheesecakes.

 

 

Cubanitos

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Let´s finish this tour in the well known Kurzer straße. This time we are gonna go to a small pub whose presence never caught my attention before. The local is divided in two floors. In the first one there is a bar and a dance floor, however, the second one is full with tables where people can sit and enjoy a tasty cocktail.

 

 

 

Have a nice Carnival time!!!

 

Cute places in Düsseldorf

Finally the real German winter weather has arrived, and I am not talking only about the rain but about something that did not appear until a few days ago: the snow.

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And to fight against the cold I decided to show you some places to eat and drink something warm and nice
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Bar Cherie
It is a small bar/restaurant located in Kurzerstr.2 where it is posible to drink tasty coffees as well as to eat the well known Flammkuchen while drinking a glass of french wine. The place has a semi-vintage ambiance that gives it a special charm which invites people to have a quiet and nice coffee inside.

Sugarbird
For greedy people this is the ideal place. Here it is possible to enjoy really nice cupcakes and original coffees: latte caramel, expreso oreo… It is the best place to eat the dessert  as they have lot of different cupcakes and macarons. The café is located in Heinrich-Heine-Allee 37 (in Altstadt) and there is another one in Rethelstr.153.
Sattgrün
For those ones who are vegans or vegetarians, and also for those who are not, this buffet offers all kind of vegetables, pasta and salads.
I heard that it is easy to find vegetarian things here in Germany, but in Düsseldorf it is not so true…. This is why this place is a good alternative when someone wants healthy food.
The buffet allows you to eat really tasty vegetables and soups, really needed with this cold weather. There are three Sattgrün restaurants in the city, but the one which is open every day is located in Hoffeldstr. 18.
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And now that we have strength enough… let´s continue playing with the snow…!!!
Have a nice week!
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The fifth season of the year: Carnival is back!

This german adventure started  in Carnival almost one year ago, so after 10 months we are back at the fifth season of the year .
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Let´s start from the beginning…
Although Carnival officially started the 11th of November at 11:11, it is now when you can really feel the carnival spirit all around the region, specially in the city of Köln, where I was lucky to be invited to a Karnevalssitzung under the theme Social Jeck.
Of course, all the guests had to wear a Carnival costume.  This Carnival party is celebrated in different places from the city every two days  since last week until the Rosenmontag.
How do German people celebrate the Karnevalssitzung?
This tradition date from 1823 when the first Carnival committee was founded and the first Rosenmontag was celebrated.
The celebration consists in a non-stop party which takes place during 5 hours one normal night during the week. On a huge scenario the Köln Carnival committee (the guard of the prince) share space with different artists: a band, monologuists, well known singers from the region and, also, a Funkegarde (a group of dancers similar to the USA cheerleaders who dance and jump), who act while the audience enjoy drinking Kölsch bier.
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But there are not only Carnival plans these days
Last week I also attended to a Poesieschlacht, which is the same as a Poetry Slam, better isn´t it?
For those who have never heard about it, a Poetry Slam is a contest celebrated in small halls where people compete by reading poetry written by themselves in front of the audience, who vote to chose the winner.
However, in this kind of events you won´t hear Pablo Neruda´ s poetry, but a modern, funny and protest one ;).
And after an intensive course about German traditions I say good bye until next week.

Japantag: Sushi, espargel & flowers!!!

Today I am gonna start saying thank you.

Last Saturday was the official “Japantag” here in Düsseldorf

Thanks to the ones who were here, thank you for remember it, thank you for my new garden, for taking the train to stay here with me, for the surprises, for the dinners and for this last-minute super present. Thanx for being there (here or in the distance), thanks to you I can say I am a lucky person. Thank you for this month (it did not finish yet) and for these last four days.

Four amazing days which revolved around flowers and sushi. Because, although we started our japanese party earlier, last Saturday was the official “Japantag” here in Düsseldorf.

 

The largest Japanese community of Europe is settled in Düsseldorf, since 11.000 japanese citizens live in this city. The most known Japanese area, located between Oststrasse and Immerstrasse, is called “Little Tokyo”.

This quarter is full of japanese restaurants where you can eat sushi, miso soup, sashimi… All the specialities from the Land of the Rising Sun. So, I find quite appropriate that germans dedicate a day for them and its culture.

11.000 japanese citizens live in this city

Manga is part of Japanese culture, so it was also easy to find people wearing japanese costumes during the whole day all around the city.

The Altstadt was full of stands where it was possible to buy japanese products, to check how to do “Origami” o to learn how to write Japanese characters.

There was also a scenario where they played traditional japanese music, and another one where some people did different Sumo, Judo and Karate exhibitions. And, of course, there were many stands where it was possible to buy traditional japanese food.

At 23.00 the “Japantag” ended with some spectacular fireworks.

 

But sushi was not the only dish we ate last weekend.

During this time of the year it is traditional, in this part of Germany, to eat asparagus. Therefore, we also had time to finish the weekend enjoying a delicious traditional German dinner.

 

And with my stomach full of food and grateful to all of you, I say good bye until next week. And don´t forget:

“Celebrate the people in your life who are there because they love you for no other reason than because you are YOU.”