Our short summer trip to Germany.

We are since couple of weeks in Europe, we could not miss to visit our other part of the family.

I am always happy to come back to my beloved Germany, we lived here for some time in Königstein am Taunus, near by Frankfurt am Main. I have fantastic memories from there.

Now is the most important reason why we flying to Düsseldorf to visit our german part of family. We haven’t seen Marcus mother and sister since last summer.

We had a great time, weather was not much on our side, it rained most of the time, but what to expect in Nordrhein-Westfalen, there is always raining. But we made the most out of it. See our video.

The countryside is beautiful. I am every time impressed about the lifestyle of the Nordrhein-Westfalen people living here. It is unbelievable clean, the houses are very well maintained with love and passion for the detail. It is inspiring to see how people putting such effort in garden and home decoration. I simply love it here.

Yours two and half women.

 

Konstanz short trip 31. Mai 2016

We love Konstanz, not only because you can shop much cheaper here, many swiss people come here for this reason, we simply like its atmosphere with historical influence. We have been in Konstanz many times, this time we had a special reason, Marcus has a very good dentist here, and it was a time to visit him for check up.

Konstanz is a university city with approximately 80,000 inhabitants located at the western end of Lake Bodensee in the south-west corner of Germany, bordering Switzerland.

Constance is a town of great historical relevance. For the most part it wasn’t affected by the wars of the last century and was to be of historical significance throughout a certain period of time. From the 6th century until the year 1827, Constance was the bishop’s see of the largest German diocese. Located at the intersection of main routes of commerce between Italy, France and Eastern Europe, the city became an important emporium for the trade with fur, linen and spices from the 10th to the 14th century. In the 15th century, a four-year long council took place in Constance that attracted 72.000 visitors, among them 3000 prostitutes. A walk through town is an encounter with many traces of past centuries of prosperity.

I used to learn at school about Master Jan Hus  (born 1372 – 6 July 1415 ),  a Czech priest, philosopher, early Christian reformer and Master at Charles University in Prague. Hus is considered as the first Church reformer, as he lived before Martin Luther, Calvin and Zwingli. Hus was a key predecessor to Protestantism, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Western Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself. He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, and that here in Konstanz. We czechs are proud of Master Jan Hus and until today we celebrate his execution in 1415 every year on 6th of July with a bank holiday. For us czechs is Jan Hus important part of our history. A century later after his execution, as many as 90% of inhabitants of the Czech lands were non-Catholic and some still followed the teachings of Hus and his successors. Amazing!

OK enough of the past, what about shopping! The city of Constance has become shopper’s heaven. Citizens and guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of old town that doesn’t stand still. Neighboring Switzerland and the mutual fascination is definitely of importance to the aspiring economic and commercial centre. The shopping mall Lago has made a great contribution to the city’s reputation beyond its frontiers. In the meantime the initial worry that retail business in Constance will suffer because of the implantation of one major mall has disappeared. In the contrary: gastronomy, shops and all other businesses have profited from the numbers of shoppers who come to shop at Lago Mall, and who continue to stroll through town to discover lovely little shops and fantastic restaurants. Quality of life also means to have a liberty of choice and honestly there is a great variety of everything.

So pack your bags and come to visit Konstanz, take your boat, Bodensee is huge, take your money, there is lots to buy, and take your glasses, there is much to see!

Trip to Follonica, Toscana, Italy

This week we decided to visit a wonderful city Follonica. Me and my mum, we were very excited about this trip. Already many years ago my  grandmother stayed here for holiday with my uncle. She loved this place, she said that she felt like back in France, where she was born. So in memory of her we could not skip this place.

Follonica is very beautiful historic city, but also an amazing place to shop. My very favorit shop is near by the beach, I visited this boutique every day and I always discovered a new beautiful pieces. This shop is in normal price range, amazing dresses around 130 €, lovely summer shoes from 30 € to 50 €. So you can imagine how I got crazy about all the summer inspired fashion.

Here some info about Follonica, Toscana in Italy:

From Switzerland – Zürich it is around 660km. We drove by car, we spend 3 Weeks in Toscana and had our dog Ortega, he is too old to travel by plane.

Follonica is a town of province of Grosseto in the Italian region of Tuscany, on the Gulf of Follonica (Golfo di Follonica), about 40 kilometers northwest of the city of Grosseto.

Follonica is a tourist site during the summer, mostly visited by the Italians themselves. The city has been awarded every year from 2000 to 2007 for the cleanliness of its beaches and seawater. I have to say, the beaches are beautiful with perfect sand.

The average Temperature from April to October from 20°C to 27°C. We visited Follonica end of April – beginning Mai and we had everyday sunny and around 22°C – 25°C.

We enjoyed our trip and are pleased to visit a place which my grandmother so liked.