Ice Cream Parlor Corona in Oberursel

You know you have been living in one place for a long time, when you no longer think about place names and their meanings.

But yes, our ice cream parlor on Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel, is really named Corona (which is Italian for crown), and is run by the Franceschet family.

While I’m at it – if you live in the area, the Eiscafé does offer delivery within Oberursel during these restricted times. Minimum purchase is € 15, and deliveries are made between 12:00 – 19:00. Handling etiquette requires you to leave the money in front of the door for social distancing.

Order yourself some delicious ice cream such as the famous Spaghetti Eis. Guten Appetit!

Contact information for Eiscafé Corona on Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel:

  • WhatsApp: 01771690560
  • Tel: 06171 – 21430 (landline)

Best Wellness Hotel in Germany is Kisssalis-Therme

Based on a ranking by the online travel portal, Travelbook readers have chosen the wellness hotel Kisssalis in Bad Kissingen to be the best one in Germany.

Bad Kissingen, a spa town located in Franconia (northern Bavaria), can be reached from Frankfurt by car in 1 hr 40 Min (150km).

To find out more about the hotel, visit Kisssalis.

Happy New Year 2020

My new year started off by receiving this traditional Korean ‘Luck Pocket’ called Bokjumeoni (복주머니). There is no better way than starting it off with something so bright and promising.

Lucky Bag Korean style (복주머니)

Happy New Year to everyone out there!

Hard work puts you there where good luck can find you.

Eating and Drinking in Bari, Italy

I had the chance to tick off every item from my personal list of things to eat and drink while in Bari.

Panzerotti are a popular street food, and the light filling of some tomato/light cream mix surprised me. What looks like a calzone is actually a deep-fried turnover.

Panzerotti

Passing through the market area on any day was a colorful feast for the eyes.

artichokes

I also got to try the region’s famous Arancini (stuffed rice balls, coated with bread crumbs, and then deep fried).

arancini

This drink, Negroni, was a recommendation by a contributing editor of The New York Times. Negroni is a concoction of Gin, Vermouth, and Campari. We had it with our lunch, and afterwards I felt as if the sun shone a bit brighter. 🙂

Bari, we had mostly blue skies and sunshine in late November.

Our rickshaw tour guide had recommended this Espressino freddo, which is a combination of espresso, cocoa powder, and milk. This was very nice.

Espressino freddo

Last, but not least, I tried the famous Focaccia Barese, which is like a slice of pizza, but without any cheese. This is a great snack!

Focaccia

Rickshaw Tour in Bari, Italy

On our second day, we got to see more of the city by taking a rickshaw tour. Some of the sights, we had stumbled onto ourselves while walking around, but having a local rickshaw rider explain the significance of each sight, and also share some interesting tidbits, made the tour much more memorable.

We stopped to see the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, Bari Cathedral, the outside of the Swabian Castle, etc.

Basilica of Saint Nicolas

Another interesting point, high-lighted by Teresa, our rickshaw rider, were the black tiles (among the regular light tiles) around the old town. These are actually markers, meant for the pilgrims, and they connect all the holy places around town. This is to make sure that souls do not get lost. You will always find your way to another church, basilica, etc. There are 28 churches in Bari.

Then there is the Pillar of Shame, and Teresa demonstrated how a thief would be tied to the pillar. For three days, he had to sit there without food or water, and being near the market, he got rotten tomatoes thrown at him too.

San Nicola/Saint Nicolas is everywhere. The city is permeated by his presence, ranging from today’s pilgrims to kitsch replica in souvenir shops.

President Putin presented the city of Bari with this San Nicola sculpture in 2003.

The old town of Bari is the most charming place. Be warned though, it is a complete labyrinth.

Old Town of Bari

This is a typical Old Town alley. There is laundry to dry, homemade Oriecchette for sale, a scooter parked for a short stop, and people’s conversations are definitely not private.

We used this Velo Service Bike Rental and Tours website for our booking:

http://www.veloservice.org/en/home-3/

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