Berlin, Germany

27 Nov

Beautiful Berlin. For a location that I was only semi-convinced to add to the itinerary during our trip to Europe in 2013, this city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. The simple, yet delicious, cuisine. The well-preserved historical sights and sites. The efficiency of the transportation network and infrastructure in general. The modernity of the city despite (or perhaps because of) its scars from WWII and time spent behind the Iron Curtain. All combined to enthrall and leave us yearning for more as we left for Hamburg after 3 days of experiencing Berlin.

The Brandenburg Tor (Gate)

The Brandenburg Tor (Gate)

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Adelboden, Switzerland

20 Oct

We visited Adelboden on a whim. I was looking for a place that was roughly in between Zurich and Lausanne, so that we could enjoy both Lake Zurich and Lake Geneva. Randomly, I saw an ad for the Hotel Cambrian in a Travel Magazine and the die was cast. The views of the Bernese Oberland Alps and the village setting combined to convince me that Adelboden (and Hotel Cambrian) was going to be our next unearthed gem.

View of the Bernese Oberland from the Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden

View of the Alps from the Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden

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Övelgönne Beach, Hamburg, Germany

23 Feb

During our time in Hamburg in the summer of 2013, we took a ferry on the River Elbe. We rode past the industrial port and stopped at Övelgönne.

I was surprised to see a few people in beach gear strolling along on the gray sand with all of the industrial ships going by. It was definitely not my picture of an ideal beach.. The locals definitely seemed to enjoy it, though. There was quite a lot of sand to lay out on and there were a few restaurants nearby that made it a good hang out spot when the weather is nice.

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Èze, France

4 Jan

Eze was the last major stop on our honeymoon trip in 2012. We would still spend a night in each of London and Paris, but those were pit stops more than anything else. I chose Eze by default, the hotel we were staying at – Chateau Eza – being the main attraction. The Chateau is generally considered to be one of the best hotels in Europe, not just for its appointments but because of its stunning location on the hilltop of Eze village and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. We were excited to end the major part of our trip with this stay – and to explore the nearby cities of Monaco and Nice while we were there.

View of the Mediterranean from Eze Jardin Exotique.

View of the Mediterranean from Eze Jardin Exotique.

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Venice, Italy

3 Jan

Our honeymoon trip in 2012 was divided into lengthy stays at three main locations – Salzburg, Venice and Eze (French Riviera) – interspersed with overnights in Zurich, Geneva, Paris and London. I knew the Beach Snob was interested in visiting either Venice or Florence, due to their unique architecture and renowned museums. I ended up settling on Venice for three reasons – the originality of its canals, its iconic red-tiled roofs and the logistical fact that it was a much shorter drive from Salzburg. We were not disappointed at all.

The dock at the famous Piazza San Marco.

The dock at the famous Piazza San Marco.

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Salzburg, Austria

2 Jan

The Beach Snob and I had an epic honeymoon trip in September 2012 (planned and executed by me!). Our multi-city European tour included overnights in London, Geneva and Zurich; a 2-hour pit stop in Lausanne and multi-night stays in Salzburg, Venice and Eze (French Riviera). During our stay in Salzburg, we spent two days touring the town and another day touring the Salzkammergut, also informally as the Lakes and Mountains region. This post is specific to Salzburg. In separate posts, we will cover the Salzkammergut in general as well dedicate a separate post to the UNESCO heritage town of Halstatt.

View of Salzburg from Festung Hohensalzburg (the Fortress)

View of Salzburg from Festung Hohensalzburg (the Fortress)

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Hamburg, Germany

18 Jan

We visited Hamburg on our way from Berlin (subject of a future post) as part of our Summer 2013 Europe trip. Hamburg was leg 3 – and the shortest leg – of the trip, having already been in Vienna, which we have posted about. There were a couple of reasons for making a stop over in Hamburg. For one thing, the Beach Snob has family there and her aunt expected her to make up for us not including Hamburg on our honeymoon tour through Europe in 2012. For another, I have developed a deep interest in German culture and history. Hamburg is also one of the major industrial centers of Germany, fodder for a mechanical geek like myself.

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