I’ve been visiting Germany for most of my life. My half brother (my dads first marriage) was born and lives there, so I guess you could say my family is split over two countries. So for as long as I can remember, we’ve always driven there (or on rare occasions flew!), and it’s one of my favourite places to be.
Two years ago, my big brother got married to a beautiful and amazing lady called Lisa. It was a beautiful day, an incredible wedding and they’re so happy. And it got even better when Lisa got pregnant last year!
My dads first Grandchild, my first niece/nephew, so it’s so exciting. My parents got time off immediately, as did I and my other brother, and it was all systems go.
I went down for the first week, which meant a long drive down to Dover at 2am! But I love road trips, so it’s fine for me! My dad and I sang the entire way down (while my mum snoozed in the back seat!) and the time flew. We stopped at service stations, got coffee and bagels, and just had so much fun the entire way!
Here are a couple of pictures from the journey down! I’ll also add some pictures from the actual trip and continue chatting on, so hope you don’t get lost in the pictures!
Breakfast at Cafe & Bar Celona
There’s nothing better than a european breakfast. It’s one of my favourite parts of visiting Germany – the variety, the fresh food, the bakeries – everything!
Most people don’t associate Germany with fresh baking, but there is literally a bakery on every corner. Fresh bread every morning, baked to perfection, smelling amazing and amazingly cheap. So when dad suggested we got to an all you can eat breakfast buffet, my anti-dairy diet was out of the window and I made sure to wear my stretchy pants. Yes, I just said that. Preparation is key, kids.
You can’t imagine how amazing a soy iced mocha is when it’s made completely fresh. And with orange juice, freshly baked croissants, jam, scrambled eggs and bacon – what more could you need? There was also a huge selection of fruit, vegetables and cheeses – because what’s a european breakfast without cheese? (And oddly, chocolate and vanilla pudding. I didn’t have any, but I wish I did!)
The croissants were the softest I have ever, ever had. Moist in the middle, flaky on the outside and I covered mine in jam. The pastry did nothing for my poor stomach, but it was worth it, so, so worth it.
Food at the in-laws!
My sister in laws mum (not even sure what relation that makes her to me!) is an amazing cook. A-maze-ing. My dad has cooked for many years and he adores her cooking, which is a huge thumbs up! I was so excited to have some more of her cooking, because for the wedding we had so much of it and it was always mind blowing!
We had soup, garlic butter, fresh bread, currywurst (my favourite), beer, espresso and iced coffees! It was amazing. Then we all had a lively EU Referendum debate, which is always exciting to do! Although it was part in English and part in German, which was getting a little confusion! But it was me and my brother VS my dad, which is always interesting, considering how stubborn my dad can be!
Sunday – day of rest
German’s do Sunday’s very well. You’re not supposed to do anything on these days. All the shops are closed, you don’t mow your lawn, you don’t hoover – nothing noisy. All rest, all day. The only things that are open are small markets and restaurants/bakeries!
We started our Sunday with breakfast at home – bakery bread, salami, fruit, the works.
Then we went into the small town of Hemer where you can go into a small gated garden/venue. They had cars that had been altered and done up, it was random, but they were so cute! There’s also a music venue and fountain there, restaurants and so many beautiful gardens.
These gardens are something to really marvel at. Small gardens are allocated to certain groups, work places or schools etc, and they create and maintain their own gardens. They were so beautiful and the sun even made an appearance for the pictures!
This is going to be photo heavy, but I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking these beautiful pictures.
Ah! Just looking at them again is making me miss Germany already.
The last few pictures are our last few days in Germany – the pets, the Italian food, shopping and more. It really is such a beautiful place to be.
When there, I was in Apricke, Hemer, Iserlohn & Dortmund. There are so many beautiful places in this country, amazing food, great shopping – I cannot recommend enough to visit. It’s a change from a beach holiday, it’s not crazy expensive (my flight home was £49!) and the people are incredibly friendly.
Whether it’s a stag do, hen do, relaxing holiday or just a weekend away – explore Germany!