Bristol German Christmas Market

A Sunday afternoon I arranged to meet up my Bristolian friend Jenna and at the same time to go and wander around the Bristol German Christmas Market. Its about 45 minutes drive from Cheltenham to Cabot Circus where I decided to parked my car, and its centrally located and just a walking distance to the Christmas Market.

As soon as we arrived in Bristol we head off to the Market where we arranged to meet up. We
Stroll along the traditional German Chalets lovely decorated with blinking colourful lights, theres lots of Christmas nativity decor and gift ideas, lots of german bars and stalls including the infamous gluhwein, bratwurst, waffles, the heart shaped gingerbread and more, that completes the festive atmosphere in the heart of Bristol city’s shopping area.

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Dont forget to stop and have a drink either a german beer,mulled wine or hot chocolate with baileys ( my favourite )at the biggest German Bar with the festvity carousel. There’s a man playing live Bavarian music and dance along with it. This completes the atmosphere of german festivity, kids dancing along with each and every german song played and even adults dancing too, and me swaying on my seat.

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The temperature slightly dropped and getting cold for an outdoor activity, so we decided to go for a Japanese meal.
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The night ended with full up belly and a good time spent with good friends.

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Gloucester Victorian Christmas Market

Im not a morning person I always makes sure my alarm is set if I got appointment or important things to do in the morning. It’s Sunday morning and my alarm sets off at 9am and I’m headed to Gloucester for the Christmas Market. I’ve been warned about finding parking space and some roads where block and diverted for these event. So getting there early was a good idea.

This year Gloucester  is  hosting yet another spectacular and magical event that brings Christmas traditions to life in the most colourful ways. Victorian Christmas Market theme is a four-day event that features a bustling with more than 200 stalls from cakes to different sweets, wines, ciders and a whole lot more local produce.
As soon I got to the docks I searched for breakfast, the smell of sausage and onion in the air was so inviting,soon enough I was infront of a sausage stall I ordered sausage with onion in a bun plus hot chocolate with baileys its just perfect. Come along with me and lets Stroll along the different food stalls to fill up your appetites.

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As you stroll across the Victorian Market you can hear traditional live music and some entertainment at Victorian Tavern and Street Food corners. At the stage it showcase different performers from a wide range of Victorian musicians, artist, brass bands, choirs. On the day it’s the Victorian singing Christmas carols abit funny and hilarious,but some are good singer and have nice voice.

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A totally amazing experienced, I was transported for a day in Victorian time. There’s so many inquisitive people walking around each stall. A good day out highly recommended maybe next year again.

Have you been to a Victorian Christmas Market theme? Did you enjoy it? Let me know your experience and leave a comment.

Frankfurt German Christmas Market in Birmingham

Its my third consecutive year to visit German Christmas Market in Birmingham, and this year it has been its 12th year that  Birmingham offers a 5 weeks  German market festivity in the heart of the city center. It’s considered the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside Germany and Austria.

Me and Marie met up at the Cheltenham Spa train station and catched the 11:05 train to Birmingham. It’s less than an hour travel, as soon as we reached Birmingham High Street station we headed straight towards the Victoria Square where the german food stalls are. A good time for Bratwurst and gluhwein for lunch hmmm it was yummy.

Come and join me explores over 180 stalls selling christmas gifts, decorations, handmade toys,  delicious German sausage… Frankfurt? Bratwurst anyone  and of course the most ever popular Glühwein! Lets drink and be Merry!

My photo essay of my day in Birmingham German Christmas Market

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A good day out in Birmingham its abit crowded though. This is just the start of my UK Christmas Market wandering. My next destination is Gloucester and Bristol.

Do you like Christmas Market? Where’s the best place you’ve ever visit?

5 Things To Do in Budapest

Here’s the list of things to do in Budapest Hungary.

Join the Historical Walking Tour

The best way to see Budapest is on foot. Why not join the free historical walking tour. The meeting place is in Vörösmarty tér and starts from the Pest district and walked through Saint Stephens Basilica then crossed the infamous Chain Bridge towards the Buda district. Stroll along in Buda Castle, then towards St Mathias Church and have a pictorial at the Fisherman’s Bastion with the best view overlooking the Pest area.

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Join Free Communism Walking Tour

A very interesting type of tour. Its an eye opener for me learning the situation of people in communism era as I grew up in a Republican country.

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Cross the Chain Bridge

It’s the most iconic bridge in Hungary. The best way to enjoy the Chain Bridge is at night time when its lit up. Stroll along the bridge or by the riverbank with your love one’s and admire its granduer that comes to life in the dark.

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Night Photography

Budapest is pretty but the beauty comes out to life when its dark. The lit up Parliament building, the Buda Castle the Chain Bridge is just magnificently beautiful and a good opportunity to capture the picturesque view.

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Visit Thermal Baths

Why not pamper yourself and go at the Thermal Bath/Turkish Baths to relax and unwind, soaked up those acheing muscle from wandering around the city.

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Visit the Ruinbars

If your looking for a good time, Budapest is the place to be, with the sprouting ruinbars. Quirky places found in a derelict buildings converted into a funky bars, a good excused to enjoy a cocktail or two and enjoy the unusual night life experience.

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Have you been to Budapest? If not what are you waiting for? Book your holiday and pack your bag Budapest is waiting for you. Happy travels.

Baltic’s Autumn Adventure: Photo Essay

I have always challenged myself each time I looked for flights, for new places to discover and to explore. This time I booked myself to spend an autumn getaway to the Baltic Region Vilnius Lithuania, Riga Latvia and Tallin Estonia.  These beautiful countries full  of history , tucked away waiting to be explored. I have read lots of good things about these places and I want to explore and experience first hand. The culture, people, food and the history hiding behind the facade of those beautiful old buildings. Its not the usual tourist destination but I was impressed and had an amazing time. Let me take you to the Baltics through the beautiful photos I have captured. 

My Baltic’s Autumn Adventure Photo Essay

Vilnius Lithuania

Vilnius the capital city of Lithuania. It had been political and cultural centre of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Old Town is Vilnius was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 for the towns well preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting. Vilnius was voted the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and considered the city of churches. Whilst in Lithuania a day trip to Trakai is highly recommended, go and stroll along the quaint town and a visit to the Trakai Castle is a must.

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Riga Latvia

Enjoy the charmingly ancient Old Town by exploring  through its winding streets and its many tales and legends, dont forget to visit the markets and Riga’s wooden houses district, or jump from little boutiques and galleries to antique stores, funky little cafes   , and of course catch up on stories past  more than 800 years of history. It is considered the  pearl of the Baltic sea which awaits to be discovered.
No other city can boast such variety of exquisite examples from this amazing movement. It has been crowned one of the best cities in Europe to and it has by far the most varied styles with full illustration  of Art Nouveau architecture  buildings. Also known as Jugendstil, truly made its mark on Riga.

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Tallinn Estonia

Famous primarily for its 13th century walls and the Old Town, Tallinn still has more to offer than just medieval charm. The glassy modern centre melts into the industrial marina landscape, offering a contrast to the tower-ridden Old Town.  All those things result in a fascinating city full of sights, both famous and hidden, offering unique experiences for travellers like me whos eager to wander and explore the place and to discover its history.

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My Baltic Adventure is not complete yet not until I visit Poland, it’s on my bucketlist list and hopefully I will get there next year.
Have you been to the Baltics if not what are you waiting for go and disvover the beautiful historic Baltic Region.