24 hrs in Stuttgart – What to do?

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With my husband´s birthday and also our wedding anniversary we are trying to find something great to do every year and most of the time we just go out for dinner which is nice, don´t get me wrong. This is a lot of fun for us cause we love people watching but it´s not that special. So for this year we decided to take a city trip, just the two of us. Spending quality time as a couple has become pretty hard since Emilia is here but at least we appreciate the little time we have.

It was our first night away from our little baby and it was so hard for the two of us. We kept busy so that we wouldn´t miss her that much but of course it didn´t work. 

But let´s get started on recaping our trip. We started driving on Saturday morning and got to Stuttgart around noon. It is a three hour drive so it´s totally manageable to get there without a break. 

24 hours in Stuttgart

Day 1

Our first stop was the Wilhelma. A HUGE zoo and botanical garden area and I mean huge. I am very sure you can spend an entire day and more there. They have everything from plants to desert animals to rainforest animals and bugs and fish. It is truly incredible and so neat.

After that we went to another famous for Stuttgart place. The Porsche Museum. The Porsche is designed and built in Stuttgart so that is definitely another must. My husband is not super interested in cars but he liked it as well. The history, the earlier cars and lots of modell drawings. 

Since it was already late afternoon we went to check-in to our hotel and have some coffee there while getting ready for our dinner reservation. We stayed at the Kongresshotel Europe in Stuttgart. It is a business hotel and not the newest anymore but the rooms are roomy and clean and the staff is very nice and helpful. But be warned since the Coronavirus is still very present the bar and café is still closed. This was very disappointing and we had to get our cup of coffee from the nearest gas staion. Other than that our stay was totally fine.

For dinner we went to Vale, an amazing Italian restaurant. I had the Parmesan noodles with truffle. Such a special dinner for a special night and my husband went with pizza but he loves pizza so everything all right.

To end the night really special we decided to go to the Spielbank Stuttgart, a very high-end casino and play some roulette. We had drinks at the bar – I had a Cosmopolitan and it was glorious and then we gambled the night away. Lost everything we changed into chips but had such a great time together. I think we even stayed out ´till after one which is huge for us.

Day 2

So the next day, after little sleep we got ready, checked-out and headed to brunch to one of our favorite spots – the Gardener´s Nosh. We had one here in Regensburg but it sadly closed. I ate the croffle and an eggwhite omelett and my husband the breakfast burrito and a waffle on a stick. Everyhing was delicous.

As full as we were we rented two e-scooter to do some sightseeing downtown Stuttgart. I have never been on an e-scooter before and it was so cool. Probably the best about our whole stay 😉 Just kidding.

We went to the castle district. This is where the castle is of course and a huge old library plus a so many cute cafés to sit outside. It is so nice to see that live has picked up where it left after Covid. People need normality. 

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My birthday spent in Vienna – Austria – Day 2 and 3 – what we did and where we ate…

^The Prater – Vienna´s amusement park with rollercoasters^

^the famous ferris wheel^

^Hundertwasser museum^

^Hundertwasser house^

^Vienna opera building^

^worlds famous Sacher cake^

^Sacher coffeehouse^

^Addicted to Rock – Restaurant^
^Cheeseburger^
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^Schönbrunn castle^

^Ronacher theatre where Dance of the Vampires is playing^

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Hi guys,

let´s move on with the travel guide for Vienna. You can read the first part here.
Day 2
On Monday our second day – and also my birthday – we went to see the Prater straight after breakfast. The Prater is like a small amusement park area with rollercoasters, candy stores and also a big ferris wheel with wooden cabins. It is famous for its old wooden cabins which makes it the real sight of the Prater. I wanted to take a ride on it but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance.
The Prater also had a Madame Tussauds but since we where at the London exhibition we didn´t want to spend so much time in there (altough they probably would have had Sissi).

After our pretty short stay at the Prater we took the Underground and went straigth to the Kärntnerstreet – one of the biggest shopping streets in Vienna. The buildings are all really old and beautiful so they had some shops like Douglas and also H&M in the most beautiful builidings I have ever seen. I got some lip products from MAC I wanted and also some pieces from the H&M store cause it was pretty cold and we didn´t bring any scarves, gloves or beanies with us.

Dressed like for a Canadian Winter we took the Underground and went a little outside of the old town to visit the Hundertwasserhaus and museum. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian architect and artist. He designed several buildings all over the world with his signature style including lots of colors and crooked floors and walls. Also his paintings are very famous.

Afterwards we went to the Sacher café to enjoy some of the traditional Sacher cake as my birthday cake. The location was beautiful and so traditional with old coffee grinders, red velvet sofas and seats and marble tables. The staff is really nice and attentive so there are no long waiting times. They also serve other delicious cakes and sweets but we sticked to a classic chocolate cake with cream.

On another note – Austria has its own drug store chain called Bippa. They do have their own make-up bruh line and I really love them. They are really affordable and in a good quality and also they are white and pink so there is nothing wrong about that. But they sell out fast so you might have to check different stores.

After our afternoon coffee we went to the opera of Vienna to take some photos of the beautfiul building but you can´t go in without a ticket at all.

So since it started snowing/raining afterwards and got really cold and uncomfortable we decided to go back to the hotel and to get ready for the evening.

We reserved a table at the Addicted to Rock restaurant. Every city we visit there is always one day we eat burgers for dinner and which day would be a better cheat day than my birthday. The restaurant had a great atmosphere and a very modern touch. With a big bar as the centerpiece of the room with metall walls and bulbs on ropes hanging low. With wooden boxes as tables and brown armchairs and sofas. I have to admit although I liked it very much it is hard to eat properly by sitting so low and soft on a sofa.


Day 3
This was our last real day so we took a final stroll through the old town to have a last look at the tiny alleyways and the cute old shops. 

After that we took another ride on the Underground and went to the Schönbrunn castle. This is the castle where the imperial family including Franz and Sissi spent most of their time. The area really is huge so after walking around we went inside the castle and took the tour through the castle. 

To get a better impression of how big the city really is we decided to go on a hop-on-hop-off tour which was really great. The city is huge and has some really nice spots and some which you shouldn´t set a foot into. We had a closer look at the main train station which is super modern all made of glass and huge. There are so many shops in there it could be a shopping center too. 

There is lots of building going on in Vienna. Huge appartment and office complex are stamped out of the ground. Highly architectural and super modern. Everything built of concrete and/or glass. 

After riding around in the bus for over an hour we got of and took a ride back to our hotel cause we had to get ready for the musical. We watched The Dance of the Vampires. It was awesome. The music, the singers, the costumes and the scenery. 
 It took place at the Ronacher theatre which was a total match. A old building with marble floors, high and wide doors, beautiful wooden staircases and soft red armchairs.
 They offered a special service for the break between two sets to set up champagne for you cause the break is only about 15 minutes and you wouldn´t get ready in time by standing in line.  


The musical took about 2 1/2 hour but it was totally worth it. It wasn´t boring a minute.


We decided to go back to the hotel once the musical was over cause we still needed to pack and we wanted to leave as early as possible the next day cause the weather was about to be really bad.


Overall it was a really nice getaway. 4 days or 3 full days are enough if you aren´t as museum interested as other people might be (cause museums take a lot of time).


If your birthday isn´t in January you should go there a few months later in Spring I think it would be really pretty since there are so many parks. 


Wow this was one heck of a long post but I wanted to tell you as much as possible since anyone is interested. 
You can also mail me directly if there is anything else you want to knwo.


As always thanks for stopping by. Take care. see you.

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Day trip to Strassbourg – France – what to eat, what to see…

^psl^

^Notre Dame^

^maison Kammerzell – the oldest timbered house in France – now a restaurant and hotel^

^scenic bistro like straight out of a french movie^

^petite france^

^the docks where the boat rides start^
 ^found a year round christmas store^
^quiche lorraine – tastes so so good^

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Hi guys,

after our stay at the Europapark Rust we dediced to vistit Straßbourg for our last day. This really made sense because the city was only about 50 km away so it was a quick 30 minutes ride to this beautiful small french city. 

After being owned by the Germans and a short time as a free city, Straßbourg was earned back by the french people and still belongs to them until today. 

The city is famous for different european courts but also for tannery. This happened in petite france. A small quarter a little offside of the city centre. But this kind of work has been discontinued for a long time now and all that still remains are the buildings which where famous for it. 

If you enter the city from the car parks you are just a few corners away from a huge and impressive church called Notre Dame. It is really really big like if you are trying to get the whole building on one photo you would fall back. Before the church there is a huge place with lots of different cafe´s and bistro´s. We went for lunch to one of them after exploring the streets of Straßbourg. 

If you are planing on eating lunch be sure to try out the Quiche Lorraine – a famous french dish including eggs, bacon and onions. 
Right when we entered the city I found a souvenir shop that was right up my alley. Beautiful ceramic mugs, fluffy fleece lined christmas socks and gingerbread men all around. 
You can wander around and explore the city by foot but it you really want to see anything I would recommend a boat ride. We did one and it was really great. Do wouldn´t notice that Straßbourg has so many bridges until you go on a boat. 
Thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.
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Travelling with a dog – sharing my top products….

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Hi guys, 

about five weeks ago we got back from our south tirol trip and you may have noticed that we took
Chloe with us this time. Usually she stays at my parents’ house when we are
gone for a few days but we always miss her so much so this time she was with
us. And I have to admit that there can´t be so many more things for travelling
with a baby than with a dog. She almost had a bigger bag than me. 


We informed
us about dog friendly places upfront (hotels and restaurants) cause you can´t
take your dog everywhere with you but since she can´t stay alone in the hotel
room she had to be with us the whole time.
So here is
a list of all the things we took with us including Chloe

 – Car box
with a soft blanket inside (she loves to ride by car – she falls asleep the
minute after we start the engine)
– sleep
cushion
– feeding
cups
– water cup
for on-the-go (this is pretty cool)
 – water for
the car ride (we usually drink water with gas so I made sure to have a bottle
for Chloe without)
– blanket
– towels – we
went to lakes to get her refreshed
– different leashes
– I took a short one and a longer one with us (didn´t want to take her of the
leash as she doesn´t know the surroundings)
Food – I got
these small bowls for her. They are packed for one meal each so I can throw
them away and don´t have a big opened can in the hotel refrigerator

Feel free to ask me any other questions if there is something I forgot.


Thanks for stopping by.


Take care. See you.

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