Time to take to the seas! Sailing in Germany…
One of the things I have always loved about living in Germany—and one of the things that attracted me to living in Europe in the first place—is the ease of travel. In comparison to the United States, everything is so close together. In the time it takes to watch an episode of Dexter I could be in England! Or Spain! Or Portugal! It feels like half of the world is right at my finger tips, and because of cheap flights, it really is.
With a heat wave just behind us here in Mainz, I’ve had water on the brain. So this week’s Wordless Wednesday post covers more German beaches. Behold the North Sea!
It’s funny, I’ve traveled hundreds of miles to check out the landmarks of other cities, but I’ve barely seen all the gems of the place in which I live. The feeling is that, living in Mainz, the city’s sights will always be around, so I’ve never been in a hurry to see them. Then, POP, you find yourself moving without having viewed the place’s most well-known landmarks. Well, I’m going to be moving soon, and I was not going to leave without having seen St. Stephen’s church, well known for its blue stained glass Chagall windows.
“Life is a book and those who have not travelled have read only a page.” I couldn’t unfold this saying of Saint Augustine unless I stepped out to the foreign soil. I knew my country and my culture—it was a part of my life—but I never really knew how enormous and diverse the cultures in the world are!
We travel these days mostly for business, family events, or to relax. And what do we do? Visit famous spots/landmarks and tell others that we have been to such historic, beautiful places. This is not the kind of traveling that I am talking about here. Real traveling in my opinion is all about Wanderlust.
Did you know that the city of Lübeck, Germany (founded in 1143 aka a billion times older than Vancouver) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? I totally did. Okay, maybe not, but as of last weekend I learned that. Also, it’s the marzipan capital of Germany, possibly the world. You can learn about and eat all things marzipan at the famous marzipan chain called Niederreger Lübeck. They even have a museum.
Here comes another post from our newest YG guest blogger, Kristi Fuoco.
Great music, great beer, soccer mania and ridiculously old buildings. It doesn’t get much more European than that. My first venture outside of Hamburg made for a true German weekend away. The quaint city of Bremen is just one lovely hour train ride away via Hamburg’s Haupbahnhof (main train station.) Here’s my tip – travel in a group if you can and you will cut your train travel costs down significantly. Make friends with scary looking people in the train station if you must and your single fare will go from around €21 down to €10 if you can travel with a group of three or more. Or, you can opt in for a Probe BahnCard through the Deutsche Bahn (German train) system and buy a discount card for 25% or 50% off train travel around Germany.