21 Amazing Places in Germany

​This is a comprehensive collection of unusual places to visit around Germany. I haven’t been to a single one.

London in March

We stopped by Southwark Cathedral (formerly St. Saviour’s parish), where Shakespeare’s younger brother, Edmond, is buried. His burial place is marked by a ledger stone in the choir area.

Church

From the Thames River looking at the Gherkin.

London and the Gherkin

 

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Tower Bridge, London

Around Camden

Chalk Farm Road in Camden

Dressed for cool days in London, we came in winter clothing. We had sunny days, and after the first afternoon, we left our warm clothing in the suitcase. The young man in the photo was the reason for our visit.

On the London Bridge

September Notes from Istanbul

From the Eminönü Port at the southern end of the Galata Bridge (which crosses the Golden Horn), we took the ferry to the other side, Kadiköy, on the Asian side.

This was a split-second decision as the ferry was just about to leave and so we just hopped on. I did not even take the time to check the balance left on our very handy Istanbulkard.

It was about a 20-minute ride crossing the Bosporus into the Sea of Marmara, and once we arrived we checked our guide book to see how often the ferryboats run, which is about every 20 minutes. Beware, there is no time table at the port.

Ferry ride to Kadiköy

We arrived in Kadıköy and walked towards the main road and some side streets. The only thing we had in mind was finding a place which serves fish (for my companion). After an hour of just walking around, we decided to take the ferry back and have dinner in the ‘Bazaar Quarter’.

Wish we had read Istanbul’s Lesser Known Wonder: ‘The Asian Side’ by Enigma on TripAdvisor beforehand.

Kadiköy

Coming off the ferry at Kadiköy Port

Here we are just about to pull out from Kadıköy Port. The return was on a very modern ferry with a big TV screen in front, with youngsters taking at least ten selfies before the ferry even took off.

Kadiköy Port

It was about 6:40pm when everything looked so blue.

Bosporus

Ferry rides are relatively cheap and very pleasant.  And a great way to relax your tired feet.

Things to Do In and Around Stuttgart

Our stateside nephew, who is coming to Germany for his honeymoon this month, asked us for some suggestions what to do when he and his wife spend their week in and around the Stuttgart area.

If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share them here.

This might be THE fest in Stuttgart you are looking for.  See cannstatter-volksfest.de/en/landing-page/.
It starts on 25 September 2015 and is in the Top 10 of Germany’s biggest Bierfests.

There’s the Porsche museum www.porsche.com/museum/en/ and the Mercedes museum www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/classic/museum/.

 TripAdvisor lists both museums among a number of other attractions: www.tripadvisor.ie/Attractions-g187291-Activities-Stuttgart_Baden_Wurttemberg.html.
Other websites offer more suggestions: www.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/stuttgart-itinerary and www.traveldudes.org/travel-tips/10-beaten-track-tips-do-stuttgart/13615.
 
If you like wine, there are tours and tastings on offer: www.weinstube-muz.de/weinproben/weinproben.en.html.
There’s also a wine festival in nearby Untertuerkheim that ends on the 20th.  More info on wine in Stuttgart:  presse.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/wine-wine-growers-and-wine-festivals.

Notes from Co. Cork, Ireland

During our one-week stay on the Sheep’s Head peninsula, we encountered ten minutes of dark skies and rain. The rest of the time was sunny, windy, and dry, with regular overnight rain though.

These standing stones were mentioned in the tour guide book, so we took this little walk from our cottage  further up the hill.  With the clouds hanging so low, it made for an eerie feeling.

Standing stone

Old barns gracing the wayside.

barn roof

That’s how peat is sold at grocery stores.

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A sign in Kilcrohane advertising Sunday’s carnival got us curious. For some reason, I did not expect a sports competition. One local had mumbled ‘Yeah, they try to outdo each other….’, but I had associated carnival with a parade. It was worth it – alone for the people watching. This little guy on the right (sitting on the pole) was a real fighter.

Irish carnival  Carnival in Kilcrohane

Somewhere along the shore, of which there is plenty. Based on the World Resources Institute, Ireland’s coastline measures 6.437 km.

Maria at the shore