Frankfurt 

A couple months ago, we went to Frankfurt for three days. What a neat city. A nice mixture of old and new. This time we stayed in hotel. We had to book two rooms for our family of five.


We were graceful that the breakfast was included. The hotel was also walking distance to the heart of the city. So we just left our car in the garage for the weekend.


Chipotle oh how I missed thee…

 Sehr schön

Shopping area


Yummy Schnitzel and Apfel Wein. There were so many restaurants to choose from. Also if you need a haircut there were a lot of salons here. I know very random.



Next time we will bring a lock too. Do you have any travel plans? Let me know:)

Photos: me

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2016 in review

My 2016 started with ending one travel assignment and starting a new one in Dallas, Texas. 

This assignment was great because I was able to do it with my bestie. The work was hard but we got through it together. On our days off we were able to travel around Texas. Here are a few pictures…


The first photo is of Austin. The art and the food. Amazing!! The second is of the stock yards in Fort Worth. We saw a rodeo , had Mexican food and bought cowgirl hats. The last picture is of San Antonio’s river walk. We also saw The Alamo while we were there. All of these places are must see places. 

The biggest thing that happened this year is moving overseas to Germany.  Whoa!!! Quite a change from living in the US my whole life. Also we have been to Europe before but never to live. I have to say we are still adjusting but it’s getting better. I’m currently in German classes. It’s hard but totally worth it. Germany is also great because of the location. We border so many countries. 


So far we have visited Switzerland, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, France, and of course local towns near us. 

Hohenzollern Castle


My first of many beers here.

More photos..

Tubingen 


Rothenberg ob der tauber


Amsterdam 


Prague 


Frankfurt 


Stuttgart- New Year’s Eve Eve


Can’t wait to see what this year has in store. What plans do everyone have 2017??

Photos taken by me and edited with Phonto.

Off to the Weihnachtsmarkt!

 

What Christmas Markets are…

~ Christmas Tree in Strasbourg ~

They’re basically alike to Flea Markets that a typical person may go to buy their groceries, except it’s only for Christmas! It all began back in the late middle ages and have been very popular since then. If you ever have the chance, you should definitely visit one and make it at the top of your bucket list. But as always, I’d love to share what I’ve gotten out of it.

Where To Go…

~ Street in Strasbourg ~

I know, there are so many Christmas Markets to visit: even just in Germany alone. Well, no fear! I have a Christmas Market or two that I recommend you should absolutely check out.

Strasbourg, France

~ Weihnachtsmarkt in Strasbourg ~

I can’t tell you how wonderful France is, let alone the Christmas Market. Not only do you get to see the beautiful decorations put on each street corner and drink hot chocolate that’ll surely warm every bone in your body, but you also get a taste of the French culture and it’s sense of history. (sidetone: if you speak little to no French, you’ll be just fine.)

Boblingen, Germany

~ Found some Christmas decor ~

It wasn’t as extravagant as the bigger Christmas Markets, but it was still just as pretty and enjoyable. Not only were there delicious sweets to snack on and cute little ornaments to pizzaz your house up a bit, there was also entertainment to stand and enjoy, such as a children’s choir and a band playing christmas carols for the crowd to enjoy whilst eating their crepes.

Esslingen, Germany

~ Yumm, Glühwein! ~

A great town filled with historic vibes! There were live performances, great to entertain the young ones and a carousel for the kids to enjoy while you drink a nice, hot glass of Glühwein. Appealing to hang around for the day and enjoy all there is to offer.

Make Sure To Go Next Year!

Something such as this may not be on the top of everyone’s ‘must-do’ list, but it’s such lovely experience to have with friends, family, loved ones. Just make sure to bundle up as temperatures tend to drop as the day comes to close and try not to go during the weekends as that’s when it tends to be most busy. All in all, just enjoy yourselves and all there is to see at the Weihnachtsmarkt!

 

Written by: Kiara Ali

Photos by: Adrienne Ali

Lake Constance,Germany

We traveled to Lake Constance this summer. We drove two hours to get there from home. It was a nice scenic drive, actually beautiful. We arrived at our hotel Truschwende4. This hotel had a modern feel to it although in the middle of the country. We were able to muddle through check in with my husband’s german and some english by the hotel front desk clerk. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and welcoming. After settling into our room, we drove to Lake Constance. Lake Constance is about one hour from our hotel. Poor planning on my part, I didn’t realize it was that far from our hotel. The hotel made up for the distance. The rooms were roomy and clean. There was also a restaurant and bar onsite. We had breakfast there the next morning which was not included in the price but good. Hot and cold items were served.

Lake Constance

How beautiful!!!! The walk along the lake were breathtaking. The border of Austria and Zurich was visible from the lake. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from in the area and shopping of course.

Island of Mainau


We took a car ferry to the island of Mainau. How awesome is that!! Ok so the lake was beautiful but this island…Whoa!!!! There are gardens, gorgeous landscaping and displays, a petting zoo and a butterfly house. There is even a castle!!! If your hungry there are places to grab a snack or a full meal at the beer garden. But there are other restaurants on the island. If you want souvenirs there are shops too.


Rheinfalls


Rheinfalls was out next stop after the island. Not a bad drive at all maybe 30 to 40 minutes from the island. We got to cross the Swiss border. Falls are another gorgeous place. What a day!!! There is a castle. Places to eat although quite pricey. The franc is killing it. Did you catch the rainbow?

We ended our day with dinner near Lake Constance at a Greek restaurant. I would definitely go back to each place and explore a little more. A good time was had by all, on to the next adventure.
Photos: yours truly

Graphics: Canva