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I lived in Portugal 20 years ago and Lisbon was a city of which I have many fun memories. I'm FINALLY getting back for a visit in a few months, so I'm trying to remember the old (like CENTURIES old) faves, as well as check out all the new things which have appeared in recent years (hello vegan sushi and drag queen cooking classes!). Staying in a 5th floor walkup with no elevator, so I'll be sure to work up an appetite for eleventy million pastéis de nata.
This place is special to me because I have moved to Trier from Moscow 2 years ago and i have totally fallen in love with this place. Trier is over 2,000 years old – making it the oldest city in Germany with an astonishing 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is a lot to see in downtown Trier with traces of the Roman times almost everywhere you look. The city is often referred to as the “Rome of the North” because it served as the key city of the Roman northern territories. There are many beautiful vineyards located around Trier which are perfect for taking walks. But there’s plenty of nature inside the city of Trier as well. Old trees rise among the historic buildings, casting welcome shade in the summertime. Trier has a special atmosphere all of its own. It is an ancient city but young at heart.
This place is special to me because I love art. Paris has everything for the art lover. I mapped down the top beautiful museums that feature the works of famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and more. Impressionism, which is my favorite art movement, found its origins in Paris.
Over the last few years I visited all these places in beautiful Switzerland. I felt in love with the lakes, gorgeous mountains and historic towns. This little country has everything what I fancy: chocolate, cheese, stunning nature and maybe the happiest cows in the world.
Discover Mullion. Situated on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula this village is surrounded by beautiful Cornish landscape and abundant wildlife. Seeing that the main demographic is over 60 it's not a surprise that garden safaris, scarecrow trails and coffee mornings feature prominently in village life. However, that's not to say Mullion hasn't anything else to offer, on the contrary! Alongside these activities you can get out and walk the coastal paths, taking in the magnificent views from the cliffs and harbour, go surfing and kayaking from the popular beaches of Poldhu and Polurrian, visit a chocolate factory at Trenance, get in a round of golf at Mullion club before treating yourself to a lovely cooked breakfast at Colroger Deli and then perhaps a quick pint pulled for you at the Old Inn. If after all that you'd like a quiet sit down why not visit the historic 15th Century church St.Mellanus, and be inspired by the craftsmanship you'll find in the carved wooden pews.
The map shows all my favourite spots to walk dogs in the North of the city of Oldenburg in Germany. There are forests, lakes, moorlands, and little villages. I added shopping facilities or cafés where you could warm up after a long walk, use the toilet, or get some water for the dog(s). You can also see my home on this map.
This place is special to me because of the magical feeling you get when you visit Inverness. I travelled there this month with my boyfriend and we loved it. The wild nature is magical itself with lots of trees of different kind everywhere. It’s easy to understand why they have so many stories about magical creatures. Although I didn’t see the Loch Ness monster it wasn’t disappointing, the lake is beautiful and so it was the Ness Islands and all the old buildings like the Chanonry Point Lighthouse or the ancient stones of Clava Cairns. My favourite story was the one about two men who spent the night in Tomnahurich partying with two fairies, the next morning they found out that a fairy’s day was equivalent to a hundred human’s years as they turned into dust when they stepped out of Tomnahurich.
This place is special to me because I used to live in Hamburg as an art student and St Pauli is the area where we used to hang out (and still do when I visit). I am particularly fond of the so called curtain pubs (Gardinenkneipen). Their windows are usually obscured by nicotine stained doilies, hence their name, they are ruled by grumpy chain smoking barmaids (but with a heart of gold) and frequented by a mix of colorful characters from the local red light millieu who drunkenly play melancholic music on the jukebox whilst telling the barmaid their woes, or might have a little dance to the Macarena. The map shows my favorites curtain pubs, and a couple of places to have a cheap (but good) snack inbetween to soak up all the Astra and Korn. Top insider tips are: Discreetly (=make sure the grumpy barmaid doesn’t notice) ring the landline of the Nordlicht whilst sitting at its' bar and make sure you don’t tipsily ring any bells mounted over bartops, as this means you are volunteering to buy everyone in the establishment a drink! When you find yourself sitting at the bar of the Lehmitz, the bar that NEVER closes, at 10am trying to solve the mystery of when and how on earth they clean the place, it’s probably time to go home….
Kew Gardens is one of the most special places in London. It is huge and beautiful with all kind of plants and magical gardens. My favourite places are the waterlily house, the Pagoda and the Palm house where you forget that you are in a big city. In this map you can see some of the buildings and gardens but it is much more, it’s great place to explore and discover.
My husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary exploring Stockholm's island of Gamla Stan (Old Town) This map shows all the places that we look back fondly on. The coolest bookstore we've ever been to, the best Swedish Meatballs we had on our whole trip, the church courtyard where we enjoy some afternoon fika, the studio we got matching tattoos. Gamla Stan holds a very special place in our hearts.