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➸ "The Birthplace of America" : Lexington & Concord, MA USA

Dienstag, 4. Juli 2017

Happy 4th of July everybody! For all the people who don't know what I am talking about: today is better known as the Independence Day in the US. 

For this especial occasion I have cool post for you: last year I've been to dragged by my boyfriend (he's a history and English major) to a little town called Lexington. But why is this town so special to the US history and why does it make to a special post on the 4th of July? Let me tell you ... 

The towns Lexington and Concord are famous for nothing less than being the "Birthplace of America". A pretty big burden right? But why is that? 

In Lexington took place the first fight in the American Revolutionary War between the British and the Patriots - "the Minutemen"on the 19th April 1775. You can still visit the battle field today - the "Battle Green". Of course nowadays it's a beautiful well-groomed field with a statue of Captain Parker in the middle of the town. For everybody who's wondering: Captain Parker was the leader of the Minutemen in this battle. The first shot in this battle is known as the "shot heard 'round the world" (Ralph Waldo Emerson in his "Concord Hymn"). After this first battle, the British went on to the town of Concord. The road they took is called today "the Battle Road". 

When you walk through Lexington you will discover a lot of old (some more than 200 years!) and beautiful houses from the colonial era. For example the visit center is located in one of these houses. Also the oldest tavern in Lexington: the Buckman Tavern, which is open for tours from spring to fall. The interior today is pretty much the same as back in the days when the tavern was the headquarters of the Patriots. Another beautiful house is the Lexington Depot (the picture right after this section), which was built in 1847 and was once the social center of Lexington.

Are interested in a tour around the Battle Green? Than it's your lucky day! There are FREE tours on the weekends from April and May, and also daily from Memorial Day until the 30th October. For more information visit the website of the visitor center in Lexington

➸ Explore the Big Sur National Park, California USA

Freitag, 30. Juni 2017
Julia Pfeiffer National Park Big Sur California

When you spend some time on Instagram or Pinterest, you have probably come across a picture with the wonderful view like the picture above. 
Did you ever wonder where that picture was taken? The answer is very simple: at the very instagramable Julia Pfeiffer Beach at the Big Sur State Park in the middle of CaliforniaThe Big Sur is located right at the famous Highway No. 1 in the middle of Cali - THE road to take, when you're off to an road trip through California. 

What else can you explore at the Big Sur? 

Let's talk about the Highway No.1 at first. You're driving right next to the seaside at have the most stunning view at the breath taking colours of the ocean, the cliffs and just the nature. For all the drivers: don't be worry - you're not gonna miss something, there are plenty of lookout points with parking space, where you can enjoy the view, too. 

Big Sur California Highway No 1

Big Sur California Highway No 1

One gorgeous lookout is right behind the Bixby Creek Bridge. The bridge was built in 1932 and is 79m high. The bridge fits perfectly in the landscape and makes the view even more stunning. ... and of course it's a perfect spot to take breathtaking pictures. 

When you don't just want to be at the cliffs, but also down at the beach, I have a few options for you:
At the Jade Cove you can take a steep trail down to a nice bay. You wonder why the bay is called "Jade Cove"? That's because you can actually find jade down there - BUT unfortunately it is forbidden to take it home. 
At the Andrew Molera State Park you will not only find a lot of different hiking trails, but also sandy beaches which are 4 km long. 

Where to watch a good old sunset? 

Watching the sun saying goodbye is never getting boring, right? We watched a pretty one at the Pfeiffer Beach. The road down the is kind of adventures, but totally worth it. ( I have the feeling that I have a thing for beaches hidden like that :D ) It's not a big beach, but the sand is white and there are a huge rocks in the water. It's a cool vibe down there, so perfect to end the day with a pretty sunset.  

Big Sur California Highway No 1

Where to sleep at the Big Sur?

This is also a very simple answer: at the Big Sur Campground & Cabins  - it's a beautiful camping side in the woods, some grounds are located right by the river. A little path will take you to the little "village" and with little I mean little. There are literally one store and a bar. 

Big Sur California Highway No 1

Big Sur California Highway No 1

If you want to read more about California, you will find here a post about the lovely town Carmel-by-the-Sea in Northern California. Feel free to leave any tipps for the Big Sur in the comments! 

➸ How to save money on flights

Montag, 26. Juni 2017
How to save money on flights

The other day I helped a friend finding a cheap flight to Los Angeles. And with a few hacks he saved about 400€ !! And today I wanna share these hacks with you guys - because saving money on flights is easier than you think! 

- Never book on the weekends -

My first rule is NEVER to book on the weekends, especially on a Sunday. The prices are higher on the weekend, because more people have the time to book their holidays. The best days to book flights are on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

- The thing about cookies -

My second tip is to delete your cookies before checking out the final price. On a lot of websites your searching history is tracked and the more you looking for something, the higher the prices are. I especially noticed that on websites for rental cars. 

- The seasons -

Know the seasons! When you can, always go right before or right after the high season. The prices are way lower and there often are special deals from several companies. And most times the weather is just fine. Or sometimes another season like spring or fall can be wonderful, too. For example, when you're heading to New England you should do it in the fall to experience the beautiful fall foliage.   

- Special Deal Websites -

There are a lot of cool websites, where you can find special deals. They collect error fares and other special prices on flights and hotels, even whole holiday packages. 
When you're from Europe or heading to it, you should definitely check these ones out:

- Look around -

My next tip to save money is to look up the different low-budget airlines in the area you travel to. When you travel around in a certain area it can be cheaper to book them separately from your long-haul flight. What brings me to my next point: 

Sometimes long-haul flights departing from another country, are cheaper than departing from the nearest airport. So check the flights departing from the countries around you and book a separate flight from a budget airline to get there. Like you wanna travel to Los Angeles, you can travel with Eurowings to London and from there with Virgin Atlantic to LA. 
Of course this also apply for the other way around: the long-haul flight to one country with a separately booked connection flight is cheaper than flights booked with one airline. For example: if you wanna travel to Australia book a flight to Asia and from there with an low-budget airline like jetstar to Australia. 


When you book directly on airline page keep your eyes peeled for "Zug-zum-Flug" tickets ("with the train to the airport") - you get your train ticket for free and don't need to drive with the car to the airport. So you can save gas and the parking fee. But I don't know if these tickets are available in other countries than Germany. Here in Germany a lot of airlines have a cooperation with the German railroad company "DeutscheBahn". 

I really hope you can use some of these tips! They are all tested in real life by me :) If you have any further tips please leave them in the comments. 

➸ Beach recommendation in PORTUGAL - Praia da Cordoama 🌊

Montag, 19. Juni 2017

Hey guys :) How are ya doing?? In the first time in forever i haven't booked or planned a holiday! Because I will graduate within the next months from university I have sooo much stuff to do and there are so many things I cannot plan, because I just don't know how my future will turn out - definitely terrifying, but also exciting!!! 

But just because I don't go on holiday anytime soon, it doesn't mean you will stay at home, too! And I know in many countries the summer break will began very soon - YEAH for that! So, I thought, maybe you need a little beach inspiration. Life is better at the beach, right?! Therefore, I wanna share with you one of my favourite beaches in Portugal: Praia da Cordoama. 

This beauty you will find at the Atlantic coast, 5km away from Vila do Bispo (in the south of Portugal) and only 13km away from Sagres. So when you wanna combine the beach with some culture, like the Fortaleza de Sagres - it's a perfect day trip. 

The beach is a surfers' paradise, so keep your eyes peeled for some hot surfers ;) ... or try surfing yourself, there are many surf schools around! When you're not up to surf, then bring a blanket, a picnic and some other fun stuff to have the perfect beach day (... please don't forget to bring your sunscreen!). And when you're tired of chilling in the sun, you can climb up the cliff to have a beautiful view or even watch the sunset from there! 

The only drawback: you can reach the beach only by car and be prepared, it's an adventurous road with a beautiful outlook! But totally worth it. 

➸ Grand Canyon, Arizona

Montag, 1. Mai 2017
Grand Canyon Sightseeing

Have you ever been to a place which didn't even look real in reality? When I've visited the Grand Canyon i exactly felt like this. Till today I can't believe it wasn't a reeeeaally big wallpaper! 

But let's start from the beginning. I definitely need to share a little bit of advice I wish I had back than! My friend and I booked a typical touristy bus tour departing from Las Vegas. And let me tell you: PLEASE never ever book a bus tour to the Grand Canyon. Except from the Grand Canyon itself it was a horrible experience. Just rent a car and drive out there. 

We were picked up at 6am and we were really excited because we got two front row seats at the upper deck of a double-decker bus. Unfortunately this excitement didn't last long. Half an hour later everybody had to get out of the bus and had to walk into a big storage building, where we were sorted into different groups. There were a lot people coming from different hotels - it was nuts and nobody knew what was going on. Nobody told us, that we just needed to change bus. But happily we got a really nice and funny bus driver. 

Our first stop was the Hoover Dam - a really big dam - but nothing too special. We didn't really catch the excitement about it.

Hoover Damm

After a 4 hours long drive and 2 wee-wee breaks we stopped at the National Geographic Center. Where we had 1 hours to get lunch and to wait for some people who were watching a 3D movie at the National Geographic Center. It was 2pm and we still haven't seen anything of the Grand Canyon. It was a little bit frustrating.
Half an hour later we finally arrived at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center (South Rim). We had 2 hours to explore this little area. Despite from people being everywhere it was wonderful! The view is just incredible, no words needed. We walked around, took a lot pictures, had a picnic and just enjoyed this stunning landscape. 

Grand Canyon Sightseeing

Grand Canyon Sightseeing

Grand Canyon Sightseeing

Unfortunately, I can't give you any advice on different places around the Grand Canyon, because we've just been to the South Rim. 

After the 2 hours we all got back on the bus and were dropped off at our hotel in Las Vegas at half past 10pm.

So if you don't want to feel like a cow pushed around by so many other cows, just rent a car. And explore the Great Canyon by yourself. It is really worth it! 
Actually I can't remember the name of the company we went with, maybe there are some which are really good  - but ours wasn't. I know it's along drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, but this whole trip was so unorganised and chaotic. The view was worth the money, but the journey really wasn't (I think we payed around 80$ each).

Grand Canyon Sightseeing

Grand Canyon Sightseeing

➸ Hotel Review: Mount Liberty Lodging, Lincoln - New Hampshire, USA

Freitag, 28. April 2017

During our road trip through the White Mountains last fall, we really wanted to stay at a little cabin in the woods. After a little research we decided to go with the Mount Liberty Lodging, located in Lincoln New Hampshire. 

We rented the smallest cabin (No. 3 "Carter Notch"). And it was perfectly fine. It's a really simple little cabin with everything you need: a bathroom, a little kitchen area, a very comfortable bed and even a little porch. But the Highlight: the river behind the little cabins. You can sit on the porch and have a beautiful view or you can take an 1 minute walk down to the river and sit at one of the big rocks in the water (perfect sun bathing place;)). 

The "motel" offers also a heated outdoor pool, a playground and a camp fire pit. What else can I say? It was clean, cozy and we had a really good time.

From the first moment on you will feel very welcomed, because the owners are really really nice. They turned on the heating in the cabin before we got there and gave us a tone of information about the region and some insider tips. 

Here are some of so many things you can do while you in this area: 
Take a drive along the Kancamagus Highway 
Visit Flume Gorge 
Just go hiking, but mind the bears! 
Visit the famous Mount Washington Hotel
Take the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway to have a really amazing view 

If you want to see more of our adventures around the White Mountains you will a little video about it over hereMore information about the White Mountains you will find here

➸ New Video Wednesday: Boston, Massachusetts

Mittwoch, 26. April 2017
Hellooo to all the lovely people out there! (Can you tell I am in a good mood? 😋) If you've read this blogpost, you already know how much I fell in love with Boston last fall. Today I wanna show you a little video about our days in Boston. You will spot the famous Freedom Trail, the Boston Public Garden, beautiful red houses and a lot more cool places! 

Have fun, xx Steffi