The eastern Netherlands trip

This week we are traveling to… The Netherlands!


Nijmegen

This dutch city is really different to the others in the country due to two important facts:

  • The city without channels: When people think about the Netherlands, they tend to imagine cities full of tulips and channels. Although there are no channels across the city, Nijmegen is located close to the Waal river (a tributary river of our beloved Rhein).
  • There are slopes: Yes, the visitor can go up- and downhill. Furthermore, the visitor can go to the top of the old tower to have a nice view from the whole city.

The old town maintain its charm, although the allied shelled it during the IIWW (it is said they did it accidentally). A good example of its charm is the Grote Markt, where it is easy to find a lot of people having a walk around. I recommend you to get lost in its narrow streets, to enjoy how the fishermen work and to try regional food (highly recommended if you like to eat fish).

Venlo

It is different from other cities I have already visited in the Netherlands. Its old buildings are mixed with new structures providing this place with an special atmosphere.

If you like shopping Venlo is the place to be. The old town is full of stores. Lots of well known brands have their own place here, that is the reason why it is  so common to see germans crossing the border just to go shopping to this town and to its famous outlet (located outside the city). A paradise for shopalcoholics!

I hope you enjoyed the trip!! 

#lifeisanamazingtrip

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!!! 

Luxembourg!!

The first time I visited Luxembourg I was surprised, since I was expecting a city, in fact a whole country, full of mansions and expensive cars. However, Luxembourg is not that at all. It is a small international country full of history, which you can feel in each single street. Do you want to know more? just keep reading!

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A bit of history…

Luxembourg is the 7th smallest country in Europe. It is bordered by Belgium, France and Germany and it has three official languages, although during our time there we only listened french. We all know it as a “tax heaven” country. But Luxembourg has more to show us.

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Grund

This historical area is the perfect place to get lost. Walking across its streets the visitor can enjoy a nice view and discover cute restaurants, where it is possible to enjoy a nice meal in front of the river.

Furthermore, the Neumünster Abbey and the National Museum are located in this charming area.

Downtown

In the city centre, surrounded by stores and restaurants the visitor can find the Place d´Armes, Nôtre           Dame Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace. Do not leave without trying the cakes of the patisserie               located in front of the palace, amazing!!

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Clausen

It is the place for the night life, as well as for Microsoft, Amazon and some other well known companies. It is easy to access to this part of the city through Grund or walking across the old bridges which set up the city.

What to eat?

And finally… I want to show you a pair of cute restaurants that we discovered and which I would                     recommend you.

 

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9, Avenue Monterey L-2163 Luxembourg

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Place d’Armes, 1136 Luxembourg

Have you ever been in Luxembourg? Did you like it? Did you also have different expectations before arriving to Luxembourg? Share your experience! 🙂

Luxemburgo Centro

Hamburg

Last weekend we drove a car direction north and we ended up in Hamburg, a city where antique and modernity coexist.

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Hafencity

It is the modern part of the city, here the visitor can find some warehouses reconverted in apartments and office buildings close to modern constructions, all of them connected by bridges. In front of the port it is easy to find some of the most well known companies of the world: Unilever, Der Spiegel…. Furthermore, there are some nice cafeterias and restaurants. As a curiosity, in this area it is located the Hamburg philharmonic, a modern construction which building costs where much more higher than the initial budget.

 

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Rathaus

This rebuilt building from 1897 is located in Altstadt in front of the Marktplatz and the stock market looking at the dock and the memorial of the World War I.

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Portugiesenviertel

It is a small neighborhood full of Portuguese (and some Spanish) restaurants and stores. This are area of the city was inhabited by portuguese fishermen many years ago, therefore we could enjoy traditional portuguese food and fresh fishes.

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St.Pauli y Reeperbahn

After a short walk starting in the Portugieseviertel we arrived to the most known district of the city: St.Pauli. Once there the visitor feels like in a different city.

During the day this neighborhood is full of alternative and open minded people, where it is possible to find different types of street art in the facade of the buildings. However, during the night this district becomes into an illuminated area full of lights coming from the different discos, sex shops and pubs. Moreover, there is a street similar to the red light district in Amsterdam (sadly I was not allow to enter and visit it because I am a girl).

I am sure that most of you have heard about this district for different reasons. On the one hand, St.Pauli is really known due to its football team, whose fans declare themselves anti-fascists and anti-racists. On the other hand, in Reeperbahn is located the “Indra” pub, where the Beatles played and recorded the demo which got the attention of their first producer in the 60´s.

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Altona

At the end of St.Pauli we can find this residential area full of stores and cafeterias, where it is nice to drink a regional beer as well as to eat some traditional sweets of Hamburg.

 

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Fischmarkt

Finally a plan not advisable for non morning people: the Fischmarkt. It is recommendable to go there early in the morning to try fresh fish. It is only opened from 5am to 10 am. However, there is another alternative for non morning people: to walk along the dock until the Hafencity and to try some fish & chips or some fresh fish sandwiches while watching the different ships berthed in the port.

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Bremen

And to finish off a nice weekend there is nothing better than coming back to the charming city of Bremen, to get lost among its streets and to end up eating Waffles in a cute cafeteria located in the old district of Schnoor

 

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                   “I was born in Liverpool but raised in Hamburg.”- John Lennon