Now, unless I’m traveling stateside, I usually shy away from booking stays at the big hotel chains and opt for boutique stays instead. I’m a sucker for boutique hotels – so much so that in part, I’m building my business around promoting discounted boutique hotel stays. I won’t go into all of the reasons I love boutique hotels in this post, but let’s just say that boutique hotels perfectly align with my travel style. More
While I try to visit a museum or two wherever I travel, I definitely wouldn’t call myself a museum connoisseur. The way I see it, museums are just a great way to soak up a bunch of details about the history and/or culture of a place in one convenient location. When traveling, I tend to treat museums as a nice place to take a break between sightseeing and more active pursuits, and when backyard touristing (I made that word up – feel free to use it) here in L.A., I treat museum visits as a way to break up our usual dates at the beach, movie theatre, or restaurants. More
Standing at just over 1,200 feet, when in Berlin, it’s impossible to overlook Fernsehturm, more commonly known as the Berlin TV Tower. Considering that it’s the tallest building in Germany, the Berlin TV Tower dominates the city’s skyline and offers 360-degree views below. With a design inspired by the Stuttgart TV Tower and Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite, the tower was built not only for broadcasting purposes, but also to symbolize East Germany’s strength. Today, the Berlin TV Tower remains an iconic symbol of the country as a whole. So of course a visit to tower was on our short list of things to do in Berlin. More
Echt (adjective of Germanic origin)
: true, genuine
I expected to hate Berlin. In complete contrast to my expectations of Budapest, I went to Berlin hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. The thing is, during my first trip to Germany several years ago, my travel mates and I encountered a blatantly racist German tour guide (of all people), and though it’s unfair, that experience left a sour taste in my mouth about Germany and Germans in general. More
By the time this post goes live, it’ll almost be Thursday night in Berlin. And that makes me jealous.
Because I’m missing out on Street Food Thursday, by far the most truly local experience we had in Berlin. You see, every Thursday evening, Berliners gather at Markthalle (Market Hall) in Kreuzberg to eat their fill of food made by street food vendors who don’t have the financial means to open their own brick and mortar restaurants. Trust me when I say that these vendors give restaurants in Berlin a run for their money. More