A Day Out in the Eifel Park, Germany

Day out eifel

A Day Out in the Eifel Park – Erlebniswelt Eifeltor Are you visiting or living in the area around Cologne or Dusseldorf?  Looking for an exciting family day out for young children, big kids or difficult fathers?  Do you want some fresh air without having to spend a fortune visiting a theme park?  What you need is a day out in the Eifel Park!  This beautiful wilderness of hills and cute little villages is barely 30 minutes drive south of Cologne.  One of our favourite places is the gorgeous village…

Things to do Near Cologne and Dusseldorf – Zollverein Industrial Complex

Zollverien

Picture the scene.  It’s a lovely Saturday morning and the sun is shining.  Thanks to the thoughtful people in our local church, the melodic (and only slightly annoying) sound of bell-ringing woke us up at 7 in the morning.  They certainly weren’t making any friends that day I can tell you!  With a traditional German bread roll breakfast eaten, it quickly became obvious that lounging round the house wasn’t going to tolerated by the rest of the family on such a fine day. Decisions, Decisions…..What to do? My wife and…

Something Different Near Amsterdam – Lelystad and Flevoland

Aviodrome Visit

So how did we end up discovering the lovely city of Lelystad not far from Amsterdam?  Well, a few weeks ago I found myself in the somewhat new situation of having nothing to do at the weekend.  My wife Trudy was back in Scotland visiting her family while Lucy, our youngest daughter, was visiting her boyfriend in London.  This meant that for the first time in forever it was just me and our oldest daughter Chloe.  We don’t get the chance for some quality father/ daughter time very often so…

Trip To Bruges – The Venice of Belgium

In Bruges

I’m really excited to tell you all about our recent trip to Bruges.  It’s a beautiful city famous for canals, beer and chocolate, what more could you want from a holiday.  As a huge fan of independent businesses, we spent a while hunting for somewhere interesting to stay.   After a bit of research on the internet, we stumbled across a great little bed and breakfast that looked right up our street.  Every review I read about B&B Emma was full of praise for it’s owners.  The mystical Jimmy and…

Tebay Services – An Oasis in the Motorway Desert

Tebay Ducks

The journey on the M6 motorway from the North of England gets prettier the further towards Scotland you drive.  With Preston and the M55 junction to Blackpool behind you, the Lancashire countryside starts to make the drive a little more interesting.  Before you know it, the fells of Cumbria and the Lake District start providing you with some stunning scenery that helps the miles pass more quickly.  At some point you need to take a break and stop at one of the many motorway services.  So where do you usually stop?  If…

Cafe Flottenheimer – A Great Independent Restaurant in Copenhagen

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We recently had a fantastic trip to Copenhagen.  I always love visiting new places and trying different food.  From amazing breakfast roll selections, smørrebrød open rye bread sandwiches and a huge selection of fish, we really were spoilt for choice.  When I first started this blog, the biggest motivation was to tell the stories of the amazing people running independent businesses.  It inspires me so much to see people putting their heart and soul into what they do and this post introduces you to a DJ who risked everything to…

The Amazing Insiders Guide to the Cologne Christmas Markets

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The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of a German Christmas Market. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 4: Awesome Tasty Pasties

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We have reached the final part of the Cologne expat quest.  This time it’s Cornish Pasties!  Not only will you get to meet Dan and hear all about his Tasty Pasties but you will also get to hear about the German tradition that is “Dinner for One”.  First, it’s perhaps worth having a quick recap of the what we’ve found so far in the quest.  We started off by finding a great cafe that served something other than coffee and cake .  We followed this up with the joy of…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 3: Finally! Fish and Chips

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It’s time for the 3rd phase of the Cologne Expat Quest.  We have had a lot of success recently in our search to find some of our favourite things from back home in the UK.  First we managed to expand our weekend cafe routine beyond just the normal Coffee and Cake.  Then we finally found somewhere to have a decent curry, which you can read about here.  The quest is hopefully useful for both expats and visitors to Cologne who might be looking for a little taste something different.  What…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 2: Hunting for a Decent Curry

ginti curryhouse

Welcome to the second part of the Expat Quest Series.  Having been a British expat family in Germany for over 5 years we have had a great adventure learning about life in a new country.  In the first part of the series, I wrote about the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen.  Finally, we found a cafe where we could get something different on a Saturday afternoon.  It was such an exciting find in a little town to the west of Cologne that I felt obliged to write about our…