A Visit to the Chateau De Fontainebleau

"Chateau de Fontainebleau near Paris"

Day Trip from Paris The Chateau de Fontainebleau Located approximately 30 miles south of Paris, the Chateau de Fontainebleau is probably the second most famous castle in France.

The contrast to the undisputed champion, however, could not be starker: Versailles is so famous because it perfectly captures the personality of its “first owner”, the essence of an age and of baroque kingship, preserving all of them in the “amber of

A Visit to the Chateau De Fontainebleau

The City of the Future

"Relics of Germany's industrial heartland"

What to See in Germany While I don’t think it is slanderous to call most, perhaps all, of its cities ugly, Germany’s old industrial heartland of the Ruhrgebiet is still a great place to visit. Mainly for two reasons:

– One, the Ruhrgebiet landscapes are nearly always interesting and can, occasionally, be downright idyllic – something that people who only know the Ruhrgebiet from its bad reputation find impossible to believe.

The City of the Future

The Hiking Boots Mini Guide

"Hikers on stony terrain"

A Hiking Boots Mini Guide When you are planning a hike, you want to make every fragment of it easier and enjoyable – choosing your equipment is part of that.

The right jackets, socks, tents and backpacks are all important – but the proper footwear is the one thing you need to get dead right. A blister free hike is one thing but a quality pair of boots can help you climb

The Hiking Boots Mini Guide

Blood, Meat and Beer in a German Culinary Institution

"Koelsch from Paeffgen Brauerei"

Where to Eat in Germany German Culinary Institutions part II, and today, we’ll take you one notch up to a proper restaurant. (No offence, Profi-Grill, I still love you.) This one is a few kilometres down south from Wattenscheid to Cologne, hub for many a trip to hiking trails in Western Germany. German Culinary Institution of Päffgen

is a brewery, and, as every visitor to Germany knows (or should know), brewery-restaurants are as

Blood, Meat and Beer in a German Culinary Institution

German Currywurst Like No Other

Where to Eat in Germany Treat Yourself to German Currywurst One great joy of hiking in countries (or regions) other than your own is that it gives you the opportunity of sampling the delicacies of the various local cuisines.

And of establishing that one man’s “greasy spoon snack” is another man’s national dish.

National dishes, incidentally, say a lot about their respective countries. The Anglo-Indian fusion dish Chicken

German Currywurst Like No Other

Comparing Two Budget Hotels In Germany

"Ibis Koeln City in Germany"

When we hike in Germany, we generally make it a point to stay in small, family-run B&B-style hotels. This is Germany as in “countryside”, mind you, where B&B-style hotels are plentiful and good value for money (cheap and cheerful) and where you generally don’t have much of an alternative anyway.

Cities, however, are a different story: for every good family-run hotel, there is a rotten one, too, so your best choice

Comparing Two Budget Hotels In Germany

Bricks Won’t Break Your Bones

"Die Alte Post brick building in Hamburg Germany"

Bricks Architects in most European countries have always considered bricks second rate material, i.e. inferior to stone.

As a consequence, there are fairly few “prestige buildings” across Europe – churches, palaces of the high aristocracy – that are made of bricks.

The exception to this rule is the extreme North of Germany (and to a lesser extent the rest of the Baltic region), where natural

Bricks Won’t Break Your Bones

Hiking 101: What Is A Forest?

Hands up everybody who spontaneously said “Something with a lot of trees in it.”

What is a Forest?

Strange, isn’t it, how much we take certain things for granted without ever thinking much about them. Forests are there – because they have always been there, haven’t they?

This is an idea that probably still lurks around in many people’s heads: that forests are the land that

Hiking 101: What Is A Forest?

Hiking Trips To Remember

"Oregon Trail by glennwilliamspdx @ flickr"

Guest Post by Chris Rowlands This post is brought to you by MoneySupermarket.com where Chris Rowlands works. He regularly writes content for a variety of travel related blogs and dreams of travelling to far off shores to give him new experiences to write about.

For those who love to go hiking, the good news is that there are plenty of great choices of places to go. In fact, there are some superb hiking

Hiking Trips To Remember

The Fab Four Of The Brooks Bridge Of Hamburg

"Statue of Barbarossa in Hamburg"

What to See in Germany

Something we saw in Hamburg on our recent return from the Mecklenburger Seenplatte:

The Fab 4 of Brooks Bridge The Brooks Bridge of Hamburg (Brooksbrücke) leading into the Speicherstadt is adorned by four statues, one at each of its corners. These statues represent a rather eclectic mix of characters who were all chosen to be honoured in this way, presumably, because they have some sort of connection to

The Fab Four Of The Brooks Bridge Of Hamburg