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Berlin, Germany | Travel Guide

Berlin, Germany | Travel Guide

Historic, fun, quirky, and sometimes a little bit odd. That’s Berlin. Since living in Germany I’ve visited Berlin 3 times and each time was very different than the last. Because we live in “small town Nuremberg”, going to Berlin was like a visit to “the BIG CITY”. So many more restaurant options, so many new cocktail bars to try, and oh-so-many interesting shops to see!

Here are a few of my personal favorite bits of Berlin

Our Must Haves List: Things we import from America

Our Must Haves List: Things we import from America

Andrew and I have been living in Germany for just about two years. And within those two years we have almost mastered the grocery shopping.

Can't find the cinnamon? Look for zimt. It's April and you're craving Kale? Be patient, it'll be back in 6 months. Need Patron Tequila? Pick it up the next time you're going through the airport dutyfree shop. 

But there are just some things... that you'd rather buy from the comfort of a Target, stop & shop or Trader Joes. (or it is just 1/4 the price to buy it in the US).

The Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt (Romantic Christmas Market) in Regensburg, Germany

The Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt (Romantic Christmas Market) in Regensburg, Germany

Wanting to explore Christmas markets outside of our hometown & very popular Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, we drove 1 hour to Regensburg and their Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt. The pine-roofed stalls with homemade gifts were wrapped around the palace as well as inside the courtyard. With all of the quaint Christmas charm & open fires to stay warm, this became our favorite Christmas market. 

Our 1st Year in Germany - Favorites from around the World

Our 1st Year in Germany - Favorites from around the World

Only one year after packing up our lives in Boston, US to move to Nuremberg, Germany we have checked quite a bit off of our bucket list so far. Now if anyone knows us, they know that we LOVE trying new foods, new restaurants, new drinks, new food markets... can you see a trend here? So I thought the next best "Year in Review" post should be all about our favorite restaurants, bars and food markets.

Living in Germany - Our 1st Year in Review

Living in Germany - Our 1st Year in Review

As of February 16th 2016, we have hit our 1 year German-iversary! And with this big milestone, I am hoping to write a few blog posts reviewing some of our favorite moments. (favorite travel destinations, favorite restaurants, etc).

But for today, I'm going to start with some of our learning experiences.

The Pares Family European Tour

The Pares Family European Tour

In October my amazing family (minus Jeffrey, Kristen, Ryan and Talia) came to visit us in Europe. As they've only visited Italy in the past, they decided to do an extensive European tour (in just two weeks!). My parents started in London, then onto Amsterdam, Brussels, Brugges, and then ended their guided tour in Paris where the rest of us "kids" came to join. 

Klassik Open Air Nuremberg

Klassik Open Air Nuremberg

One of the wonderful things about living in Nuremberg, is that there always seems to be some sort of an event going on in the city.  80% of the time... its a beer festival, or a street festival with a lot of beer, or a music festival... with more beer than music.  Which, the first few times.. is fun, but then you start to feel the effects of it and you look for events that still allow you to experience the culture AND be healthy!

The Klassik Open Air Nuremberg is a free outdoor classical concert where thousands of people come together and bring their own picnics to this massive park and listen to music under the stars. It takes place in Luitpoldhain Park... which this place has quite a history.