I love to be beside the seaside – a visit to Brighton

Brighton – a dream come true. This town had been on my „must visit“ list for a long time. There is simply so much to see! Little shops, cafés, photography shops, the Pier, the seaside, seagulls… And of course: friends! Who were so kind and invited me to stay at their place for a few days. Because I was already in London, I simply took the train from London Victoria to Brighton (BTN). Travel time is about one hour and a return ticket costs around £ 34.50. I arrived in the late afternoon hours so we did not have much time to do a quick walk around the town. Instead, we had delicious bagels at Bagelman first before we headed over to the Duke of York’s picture house to see a National Theatre Live screening of „The Deep Blue Sea“, starring Helen McCrory. In case you’ve never seen one of the NTA’s live screenings: I recommend it to anyone with an interest in theatre but not enough money to travel to London every week to see the productions live on stage. It’s a great experience! But that’s only one reason why I came to Brighton. The next day we explored the […]

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London: Canary Wharf

Sadly, every journey has to come to an end at some point. Our three day London adventure ended with a visit to Canary Wharf – London’s financial district that is located on the West India Docks. Once this area had been the world’s busiest dock but after the second World War the area suffered from the decline of the port industry and by 1980 all docks were closed. If you visit Canary Wharf today there is no trace of the old docklands. Instead it feels as if you’ve travelled to New York City by tube. A few of Europe’s highest buildings were erected on the Isle of Dogs from the early 1990s to the 2010s. And there are still some building sites all around the area. After its long history as a busy port, Canary Wharf is now one of the two financial centres of the United Kingdom’s along with the City of London. But don’t let that scare you away from the place because this part of London has some nice areas that want to be explored. For once, there are the stunning escalators that lead from the tube station into the underground shopping mall and up to Canada Square (the station itself was designed […]

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London: of craft stores, stately homes and an English summer – part II

Day one in London was reserved for our little shopping tour and a nice walk from our hotel near Waterloo station to Fitzrovia and Soho. Sadly, we didn’t find the time to explore the Marylebone area. Our feet were too tired and we needed a good night’s rest for the second day of our London trip. Day 2 – a visit to the countryside, Sushi and the Great British Bake Off The first night in an unfamiliar bed is always a bit restless. So what we needed at the begining of day 2 of our journey was a good breakfast and some coffee! Close to our hotel was the Fire Station Waterloo, a former Fire Station that now serves as a bar & restaurant. The atmosphere in there is stunning because they kept the open structure (heigh ceiling and floor length windows at the front) and a few items that remind the visitor of the former use of the building. The breakfast menu is small but offers a bit of everything – from avocado toast to a full English breakfast. And their coffee is amazing! A very mild taste but definitely strong enough to wake you up. Make sure you get there early […]

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London: of craft stores, stately homes and an English summer – part I

London! Europe’s biggest city. Always busy, always worth a journey. My first trip to London was back in 1999. Back then, my English class from grammar school (Gymnasium) decided to go by bus to London for the weekend (when Rainbow Tours still did their bustours to various towns across Europe). It was the funniest journey ever but we didn’t see much of the city. Since then I’ve come back to London several times. On my own, with friends, to visit friends. There are always places I haven’t been to yet, or a play I want to see. This time it was a visit to Highclere Castle in Newbury (an hour or so by train outside of London) that led to the three day short trip to London. Day 1 – arrival, sunshine and craft stores: From Berlin you can take multiple airlines to fly into London. I decided to book a British Airways flight this time because they fly from Berlin Tegel (which is close to where I live) to Heathrow. And Heathrow is super easy to reach by tube (Picadilly Line). For me, this is the easiest and most comfortable way to travel to London. BA also allows you to take two […]

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Getting ready for London

Tomorrow I’m leaving for a short trip to London (and Brighton). Over the past four years, London has become a town I never grow tired of visiting. I usually plan at least one trip every year. Sometimes I meet up with friends who live in and around London. Sometimes I simply go on my own. Because the city is so huge there’s always some places I haven’t been before. Needless to say: each trip requires a bit of planning so I do not end up trying to see too many things at once. (Didn’t do that in May and it ruined my trip a bit because I constantly felt I had done too much and not taken the time to simply relax and enjoy.) For this particular trip – I am travelling with a friend – we have created a pinterest board where we pinned every place, restaurant, sight, shop we would like to visit. Since both of us have been to London several times, we ignore the big sights completely this time. But somehow our pinterest board ended up being overloaded with a lot of ideas! And there is no chance we will actually tick off every single item on our list. So here is what I […]