Going to Barfleur, Normandy for the Sea Climate, and Sea Food

What attracted me first to Normandy was its summer climate. The forecast for July promised 17-19°C on most days. I claim any temperature past 23°C to be a total waste on me.

After an 11-hour drive from Oberursel near Frankfurt, passing the periphery of Paris in 42°C (108F) weather, we finally arrived. The French are knows for having late dinners, but just like last year in Cancale, we had to look around a bit to find an open restaurant at 9pm.

As usual, we rent a vacation home for privacy. I don’t like hotels, and I don’t care how many stars they have. I want space and time to visit myself. Our rental sat on the main road in Barfleur, but sat back a bit, so it was perfect. This view from the house shows some part of the outdoor seating possibilities. Every morning, I got to watch the sun rise sitting in that spot.

Vacation rental in Barfleur
Barfleur on a summer evening

There weren’t as many tourists as in Cancale last summer, and the sea food selection, in general, is a bit smaller as well, but just as good.

This is an old boat launch for life boats. The building now houses some kind of museum, and the launch now serves as a means for having some water fun.

What to Do in Tallinn, Estonia in November

Tallinn is known to experience its second-wettest month of the year in November (after June). Well, we were in luck. It was a bit rainy in the mornings, but it usually cleared up towards noon.

We had flown from Frankfurt via Stockholm to Tallinn. When we arrived at the Tallinn Airport, I learned my suitcase was still in Stockholm. Oh well. This was nothing a good local beer could not fix.

This was the first sight we saw entering Old Tallinn.

Old Tallinn entrance

We stayed at the Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru, where they have a very fine restaurant. More about that and Estonian food in a different post.

By midnight, we checked into our hotel, and then went to a pub. By the time we got back, my suitcase had arrived at the hotel too. It was a bit damp from having been out on the tarmac for a while, I’d suppose.

The next day, we hit the Christmas Market several times. Old Tallinn is not that big, so you are bound to cross the market again and again on your way around. We tried different sorts of Glögg (the Baltic version of mulled wine). Interestingly enough, it was often offered in three content levels: 0% alcohol, 11% alcohol, and 21% alcohol.

Glögg’s the word!

 

Christmas market tree in Tallinn

There are many tourist shops selling their knickknacks, shops featuring amber in any possible form, and there are many cafés, pubs, and restaurants.

Amber jewelry tree

This amber jewelry tree would set you back by € 4950 – in case you were wondering.

I had read somewhere Tallinn would not be so crowded in November. It seems they still have their fair share of tourists during that time of month, especially with the start of the Christmas market.

 

In my opinion, a full day in Old Tallinn is enough. We had one and a half days, which was plenty. Well, and then, there is always more Glögg.

September Notes from Istanbul: Old Greek Quarter

We stayed at a friend’s place in Fatih, which was only a ten-minute-walk from the old Greek quarter of Istanbul. Some parts are really run down, while some buildings show a lot of potential for a revival. We walked around there in the morning hours, and hardly anybody was around.

Istanbul-Greek quarter -1

View down to the water.

Istanbul - Greek quarter

Some buildings need love and funds.

Istanbul-Greek quarter corner house

This building showed more life, and we ended up talking to the residents, Turkish-Greek-Germans who live in Rosenheim/Germany during the year.

Istanbul - Greek quarter -2

Old and New - in Istanbul

Istanbul-GQ up the street

With few people living in that part of the Greek quarter, it also lacked shops and restaurants. The few working people I saw were rebuilding homes. This is a good start.

A Good Reason to Travel

What an old man sees sitting down, a young man cannot see standing up.

– Ibo Ethnic Group, Nigeria –

Seagull on Mallorca

Note: Sitting down or walking while holding your camera about hip high (so-called hip shots) could help you take more interesting photos.

Guided Tour in Oberursel

New to Oberursel? Then you might enjoy a guided tour around the old town (Altstadt), which is being offered on Saturday, 5th November, 2011.

The tour starts in front of the Vordertaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz at 2pm and costs €3 per person.

Oberursel Altstadt

In this photo, the Vordertaunusmuseum is the corner building on the left.

For more events in and around Oberursel, visit AllThingsGerman-events.

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