“Fernweh” is a word in German that loosely translates to wanderlust or yearning for a far-off place. As summer briefly departs Düsseldorf this week and is replaced by drizzly days I find myself with itchy feet and dreaming of holidays in warm locales. With a five-week trip booked back home to New Zealand in the … More Provence revisited
A few weeks ago we were finally able to redeem a wedding present of ours which was a hot air balloon ride in the Düsseldorf area. We’d tried on multiple occasions last summer season to book our trip, but every time due to bad weather it was cancelled. Finally, a few weeks ago the weather … More Sunday at Schloss Dyck
I’d heard good things about Utrecht, so when we decided we wanted to head away for the weekend we decided to go; after all, it’s just a short two-hour drive from Düsseldorf. As I expected Utrecht had a really cool vibe, largely due to the fact that it is a student city. It is filled … More Weekend in Utrecht
I was absolutely enchanted with St Malo, I think it was a combination of the waves crashing into the city walls, the wind that blew my hair into tangled mess and the attractive walled old town. Also, whenever I am beside the ocean (especially in stormy weather) I am always reminded of New Zealand. The … More A short break in St Malo
Just before Easter this year we found ourselves in the positive predicament of having to use up two weeks of Chris’ annual leave that was about to expire. Germany is very generous with annual leave with most companies providing at least 30 days leave per year. Late March is really not the optimal time for … More Road tripping in Normandy
Back at the end of February we took a little trip to Barcelona. Chris had to go there for work, so we decided to go a few days earlier before his trade fair started and enjoy the city and the sunshine! I’d been to Barcelona for a few days with my mother in 2006 and we’d … More Barcelona Baby!
Back in March we took our first little family holiday with Julian. We wanted to fly somewhere to see how he coped with flying. As I would be flying to New Zealand a few months later it would give us a chance to see how the logistics of travelling with a baby go. We decided … More Our First Family Holiday