Picture this

I finally caved and started a public Instagram account. Apparently I was the only person left out there with a private account, but since I've rarely used it in the last year or so I decided to utilise it for the blog. I don't do selfies and it's mostly museums and buildings, food and drink, … Continue reading Picture this

Forchheim Christmas Market

Heard of Forchheim? Probably not, if you haven't lived in Franconia, and even then lots of people overlook this lovely little town. This is one of my favourite Christmas markets, it’s small, but perfectly formed, great for an hour or two before settling in to one of the towns warm and inviting breweries for dinner. The Christmas … Continue reading Forchheim Christmas Market

Tis the season

One thing Germany does well is Christmas. It’s not so much about the presents, but the presence of family and friends. It’s not about shop ’til you drop, but maintaining an appropriately warming level of Glühwein in your system. It’s not so much rain and (hopefully) some snow. The magic that you felt as a child … Continue reading Tis the season

A lantern procession

November 11th is the feast day of St Martin or Martinstag here in Germany. Don't worry it's not one of those mid week shop shutting feast days, but you might just run into a horse being ridden through your town followed by a trail of children singing whilst carrying paper lanterns which contain a naked flame. … Continue reading A lantern procession


Visiting a Besenwirtschaft (Besen) was top of my list for Baden Württemberg cultural exploration when we moved here, and being new in town (and therefore friendless and in need of a decent night out) it seemed like a good way to find some decent wine ease into a new social scene. What is a Besenwirtschaft? … Continue reading Besenwirtschaft?

Loves lately #2

Autumn is here and so is four seasons in one day kind of weather. It's neigh on impossible to dress appropriately so you're warm enough to leave the house in the morning and not boiling to death in the sunshine later. Layers, it's all about the layers, bag lady chic. Media Orphan Black is back, somehow … Continue reading Loves lately #2

How Germany changed me #2

I'm a sensitive person, I always have been, other peoples words and actions have wounded me more than any physical contact has ever done. They shouldn't, but they have. I don't sound like the right kind of person to pick up and move to another country do I? I did though (and survived). If you don't … Continue reading How Germany changed me #2

Young wine time

In Germany at this time of year, suddenly wine starts appearing on the fruit and veg stalls at the market and in the food chiller section of the supermarket, signs go up at vineyards and a new Kuchen appears in the bakery. The bottle looks like wine but it may be labelled as Neuer Sußer, Junger wein, Sauser, Bremser, … Continue reading Young wine time