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City in a Snapshot: Top Tips for Düsseldorf, Germany

I’m not going to lie, when I think of Germany, Düsseldorf is definitely not the first place that springs to mind. But last year I found myself in Düsseldorf for my first trip to Germany and it really was a lovely city! Here are some of my tips for making the most of your time there in my second instalment of City in a Snapshot. Accommodation: It took us a while to find, but it was totally worth it because the place we stayed was incredibly cute, very comfortable and super affordable! I got a special offer from Booking.com (they have regular deals, so it’s always the first place I look,) for a place called Hotel Sir & Lady Astor, which was a quick walk away from the S-Bahn (the subway) and a quick walk to the main shopping district. We stayed for three nights and were treated to complementary breakfast each morning which gave you the option of a continental buffet or a hot breakfast, which varied each day. Couldn’t have had a better stay if …

Food Photo Friday #10: Seafood Surprise

Food: Seafood Salad and Tiramisu/ Consumed: Vapiano, Düsseldorf, Germany/ Date: 2 July 2014 After an adventure in a foreign city, a much needed feed was definitely what we needed. This was a meal that Moana and I had in Düsseldorf after we’d had an little adventure out to Schloss Benrath. I had actually seen it recommended on Trip Advisor and thought it would be a cool place to go but wasn’t quite sure where it was. It was luck that led us there in the end. We were just having a look for somewhere to eat and spotted it! It was super busy and it did take a while for the food to be prepared (they prepared it right in front of you, which is quite exciting). I went for the seafood salad and a tiramisu for dessert which were both delicious! I loved the atmosphere at the restaurant, and all the staff were super friendly. They also had a cool way of paying, where you’re given a card, and every time you get something, …

Planes and Trains

3 July 2014 Today was a big travel day for us as we were leaving Germany by plane to go back to Paris and then taking a train down to Limoges. We woke up, had breakfast and then did last minute packing before checking out of our hotel. We still had a few hours to kill so off we trekked with our backpacks and suitcases to do some last minute shopping. We then headed to the big central station to catch the S-Bahn to the airport for our flight. After a bit of trouble checking in luggage, we had a wee bit of a rush (that’s an understatement) to our departure gate- which had changed last minute. The rush also included me forgetting my boarding pass at customs (that was one major freak out I had). Luckily one of the security found me before I had to do the quick sprint all the way back. We finally got on the plane safe and sound and had our super quick flight back to Paris where Catherine …

Did I really go to that? Oh yes I sure did!

2 July 2014 So I’m going to be very honest right now… The reason I actually went to Germany was to go to a concert. And not just any old concert, but a 5SOS/One Direction concert. Yes, yes, yes roll your eyes, go ahead. But yeah, that’s me being honest. And overall, apart from not being able to see too much (shortness is not your best friend while in General Admission at concerts,) it honestly was a tremendously good concert and the boys were genuinely really good (yup, they can actually sing). We took the S-Bahn again to ESPIRIT arena and queued for about three to four hours, thank goodness we didin’t go any later because already, the line was incredible. So long, but worth it in the end! Anyway that’s all, here’s some photos. Ciao.

Day Trip to Schloss Benrath

1 July 2014 [You can watch the vlog version here if it tickles your fancy] On our second full day in Dusseldorf we decided to try our luck with the public transport, so headed out to Schloss Benrath to have a lunch and a walk around the gardens. After embarrassingly missing the first tram we took the next one that came to the Schloss. It took us about 20 minutes by the S-Bahn to get there and we were greeted by cute pink buildings and hungry stomachs. We headed to the cafe for lunch, I had a broccoli soup and a caramel latte (my first, in quite a few days). Then Moana and I had a long walk around the grounds and found ourselves down by the river where we sat down for a snack of chips, bread and cheese. In the late afternoon we headed back into the city centre. We then had a walk around the Altstdat (the old part of Dusseldorf) and along the Ko (the street where all the high end …

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping

30 June 2014 [There’s a vlog version here if it tickles your fancy] First things first, shopping. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, we had arrived in Europe the day the big summer sales started and just like in France, Germany had just as many good sales to take advantage of. We woke up at about 9.30 and quickly headed down to the breakfast area for breakfast… funny that. The dining area was really nice. The tables were a very sophisticated black, with lovely furniture and there was also a deck that looked out onto the small yard that ended in a tall, old brick wall that was covered in vines. Breakfast was buffet style, with the typical cereals, pastries, fruits and yoghurts as well as different things like antipasto type foods. We were also asked whether we wanted some of the hot breakfast, which today was scrambled eggs. Manned with a map that the hotel had given us the night before, we headed out, trying to find the shopping area of Dusseldorf. After not really knowing …