Bamberg was yet another place on my list that I managed to crossed out this summer, as a day trip from Nuremberg, and I couldn’t be happier. The reason I wanted to go there was because the whole Aldstadt (old city) has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, which Lonely Planet describes as “one of Bavaria’s unmissables”. Whilst most people go there for the architectural beauties – I do love pretty German towns – and the beer – nothing for me here -, we quickly realised that adventuring beyond the touristic sights in this very small town offered another, almost hilarious and creative, aspect of Bamberg.
Summer is officially over for me, even if it’s still over 27 degrees most days here in Ankara. Yes I am back in Ankara after a wonderful summer, which certainly had a rocky start. Alas my break – from real life and the blog – is over and I am back in Turkey about to start my second (and last!) year for my master’s degree. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and damn that feels good.
Those who follow me on Facebook and Instagram definitely saw snippets of my summer. The first half of my summer, as you all know, was spent in Mauritius after which I headed to Europe, most specifically Germany for my most amazing summers yet, mostly due to the company.
Some old and some new
Germany must be my favourite country ever. I fell in love with it the first time I was there back in 2010 and then again last year when I revisited. Since then, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been back. One of my most favourite places must be the English Gardens in Munich so of course that’s where I ended up when I was there.
After two years of promising one of the closest people to me to visit her, made it to Heidelberg and it did not disappoint!
However, most of my time was spent in some Bavarian cities. Eager to tick some other places from my list, we also went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Regensburg. I also finally went to Bamberg, where I’ve been wanting to go since last Christmas. We however did not make it till Passau so I’ll save that for next time!
Who wouldn’t say yes to being whisked away to a spa resort, especially in the middle of the winter? Exactly.
We didn’t have much planned for the actual New Year’s Day, other than recovering from the previous night and continuing our marathon of the Big Bang Theory. Since our time so far had been spent either wandering outside in the cold enduring wet freezing feet or lazing around the house, we thought it would be good to have a change of scenery. So over breakfast, we decided to go to Kristall Palm Beach (Albertus-Magnus-Straße 29, 90547 Stein), a spa resort which PC had been suggesting since I booked my flights to Nuremberg. I’m still not sure why I had been resisting the idea at the beginning but I certainly don’t regret giving in. Even if I had to wear my silk pyjama shorts as I hadn’t packed any swimwear and I certainly wasn’t going there wearing oversized man shorts – long story.