Summer holidays

It is almost one year since My Expat World started this adventure. Thanks to you guys my previous small, familiar blog turned into a platform where we could share our experiences, learn more about Germany and the German way of life, as well as to travel the world.

Thanks to the blog I got to know different kind of people from all around the world who have extraordinary lives which inspire others not only to keep enjoying every single second but to share all those experiences with us.

You are my motivation to keep blogging.

Every time I receive some questions regarding Germany, every time you comment my social posts, every time you contact me to get some advice for you expat adventure… Those moments make me keep writing and developing amazing content for you. However, life had other plans for me the past few months and I was no able to write and develop quality content.

Sometimes life has other plans and people need to stop. However, I would like to keep in contact with you via Instagram with #SummerTheWorld

This lack of time made me realize that I need to take some time off to re-discover my blog, to write quality posts which answer all your questions, to put all my travel experiences together and to build up an amazing story which can be shared with you (and of course which be useful for you). In conclusion, I need to take some holidays to recharge my energy and provide you with better posts.

What does it mean?

It means that My Expat World is going on summer holidays, although it would be better to call it “creative holidays”.

During this weeks I am going to produce new content for the blog, in fact, I would like to start answering all  of your questions regarding Germany, the expat life and some of my trips before creating new content (If you still  have any question do not hesitate to contact me through the social networks or just by sending me an E-mail to expattheworld@gmail.com, I will be truly happy to help you J ).

#SummerTheWorld

I would also like to inform you that this is just a creative break on the blog, which does not mean that I will be offline and disconnected from you. Quite the opposite!

In fact, I would like to be connected with you via Instagram.

As I previously mentioned, your stories are motivating and inspiring, as well as a way to keep in touch. That is the reason why I would like to invite you to use the #SummerTheWorld so that we can be connected during this period of “creative holidays”.

No matter is you tag a selfie, a picture on the beach or just a picture of the coffee machine of your company, the important thing is to keep in touch during the summer time. Do you want to join this game? I am super exited and looking forward to see all your pictures 🙂

Furthermore, if you want to remember all the good things we lived together this past year you can always follow me on Facebook and Twitter, where I will keep posting information about Germany and other countries such as Greece, Spain, The Netherlands and more. And, of course, I will try to keep recommend you places for our traditional #SundayBrunch on Twitter (if you have never heard about it you can always follow my twitter account to join this tradition).

When am I posting new content again?

My idea is to come back to you in the middle of September (what a great idea to celebrate the first year of this blog, isn´t it?) so that I have time enough to put all your questions together, to organize my ideas and to create interesting content for you.

Once again, before I go on holidays, I would like to thank you for being part of this project, for sharing your experiences with me, for being curious and for contacting me. Thank you for making this blog possible! Thank you for being there!

I hope we read us again after the summer. In the meanwhile let´s #SummerTheWorld together!

Have a nice summer!!! Tons of love and gratitude for you!!

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Sunset and Food in Düseldorf

And once again September arrived…

Some of you have to come back to the office, some others are still enjoying the holidays… and for those of you who still want to enjoy this german sunny days I would like to introduce you some cute places which I recently discovered in Düsseldorf.

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Zur Sennhütte 

Located close to the railroads, this small bar is a unique place to have a drink under the sun while enjoying a good conversation .

The place has two terraces, a shadowed one just in front of the main entrance (Rethelst. 96) and sunny one located next to the railroads.

Although it sounds incredible, the place is quite relax and charming. The small wooden tables and benches are distributed all around the terrace decorated with colored cushions. In the menu it is easy to find all kind of drinks and different kind of dishes.  Inside the bar the ambiance is charming and rustic at the same time.

It is a high appealing place to enjoy a nice sunset.

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Strandbar Tropicana

 

Opened from middle April bis October this bar is located at Meerbusch Camping, just in front of Keiserswerth.

Highly recommended to relax after spending the day at the beach. Its looks like a typical spanish “chiringuito”; sand floor, hammock, chill out area, tables protected form the sun by  beach umbrellas…

Furthermore it is easy to find some “aperó” as well as different kind of food and drinks. You have to try it! 🙂

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Happy September!!!

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.

 

Le Puy en Velay

Walking around Le Puy

There is always a good reason to go to France. This time the destination was the charming village of “Le Puy en Velay”, located 135km from Lyon. This place is a great enclave to enjoy the nature and, at the same time, to feel surrounded by french architecture.

Walking around the city it is easy to find different crêperies, pâtisseries… Lots of terraces pack out the city providing it with a special charm.

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Curiosities about Le Puy

  • It is part of the french “St. Jame´s path”.
  • Among its traditional activities we can find the production of green lentils.
  • It receives 800000 visitors per year.
  • The image of Notre Dame de France was built by Napoleon by using metal of Russian cannons.

 

Haute ville: What to visit Le Puy en Valey

Notre-Dame de France 

 

Beautiful statue built in 1860 by Napoleon III. Up on the top the visitor can have a nice sight of the whole city. The entrance ticket costs 4€.

 

Capilla de Saint-Michel de Aiguilhe Le Puy en Valey

Construction built on the top of a 85m volcanic rock. It is possible to get there across the stairs built on the rock.

Catedral de Notre-Dame de Puy

Catholic cathedral which contains architecture of all the different periods. It is center of pilgrimage and it is located in the highest point of the city. One of its famous pilgrims was Carlomagno.

Why Le Puy

I could never imagine I would ever visit a place like this one: charmed, full of vitality, where you can be relax and enjoy different plans at the same time. However, I had the opportunity to travel to Le Puy thanks to two people, to whom I wish all the best. Lot of happiness!! You both deserve only good things!!

And for all of you, do not miss the chance to visit this village and to try its lentils. You will be surprised!

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!!!

Maastricht

Probably most of you have already heard something about this city due to its well known University or because of the European Maastricht Treaty, however, this place has more to offer beyond politics and campus. Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Its charming streets are surrounded by antique buildings and cafés full of nice people.

 

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What to see

Vrijthof Square 

In this square was beheaded William de la Marck. T

he visitor can enjoy a nice waffle while visiting the St. Servatius Basilica which is nowadays surrounded by cute cafés .

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Nolenspark

A huge park close to the old wall who surrounded the city in the ancient times. It is nice to have a walk in it or even to have a noon picnic.

 

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Heelport (The door of hell)

Located at the old city walls it is the oldest city gate in the Netherlands. If the weather is good I would recommend you to walk from Nolenspark to the Heelport. The path is really nice and peaceful.

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The antique buildings,the people, the parks, the terraces… It reminded me to the city of Amsterdam. Furthermore I would recommend you to have a walk among the old city and to try some tasty waffles!!

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Bisschopsmolen

Finally I would like to talk about a charming place. This mill was created in the VII century and, although it is still working, it belongs now to the city of Maastricht and it harbors a brewery and a bakery. Sitting in front of the mill in the small street where it is located could be a peaceful moment for the tourist.

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Do not miss the chance to visit this historical place!!

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The old city of Trier

Trier at a glance

  • It is known as the oldest city in Germany
  • A legend says that the city was set up 1300 years before the arrival of the Romans
  • It is surrounded by forests and vineyards
  • The city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage


What to visit in Trier?

Porta nigra

The largest city gate of the world. This old Roman fortification was built in the 180 AD and it received its name around 1060 do to its black color produced by the pollution.

 

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Hauptmarkt 

In the center of the square, surrounded by historic buildings, the visitor can find St. Peters fountain. This antique square is now full of cafeterias and restaurants ready to let the visitor enjoy the classic german specialities.

 

St. Peters Cathedral

Built between the S.X and S.XI, this cathedral preserves it original walls.

 

Electoral Palace

Although now it is a local government office, it is always nice and relaxing to walk around its beautiful gardens.

 

I hope you come to visit this charmed place!!! 

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

 

 

Schwarzwald – The Black Forest

 

Some years ago, during a summer trip in Germany, I met some people who told me how amazing the Black Forest was. So, a few days ago I decided to see it with my own eyes.

 

Heidelberg

Let´s start with this gorgeous University town of Heidelberg, whose old town is visited every year by thousand of tourists. One of the first humans evidence in Europe was found in this beautiful place.

Furthermore, it is located in a valley under the attentive glance of its Castle. Its baroque buildings and its churches provide the city with a charm which can be enjoyed  from both sides of the river.

 

Baden Baden

 

Famous due to its casino and its therms this small but charming city is located in the foothills of the black forest. Its cute cafeterias and its colorful gardens invite the visitor to have a nice walk around the city. Furthermore, it is easy to find  the well-known “black forest cake” in any place.

 

 

The Black Forest

Although no one knows exactly why this place receives this name, if it is due to the color of the fir trees or due to the Romans, it is an amazing area. Not only because of its size but also because of the nice things that the visitor can find on it. Going up hills the visitor can contemplate waterfalls and huge lakes. The views are gorgeous and the possibility to disconnect walking around the forest is always a nice idea.

Have you ever been in the Black Forest? Do you like it?

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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