All posts tagged: Culture

5 tips to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

We’ve talked about our approach to sightseeing before and while we don’t stress over visiting all the sights any more, there are a few places in the world that we simply cannot miss, even if we have visited them a few times before. St. Peter’s Basilica is one of them. We could be in Rome with friends, with family, rain or shine… but we always find a bit of time to visit this breathtaking, sumptuous building. It can be overwhelming, it can be terribly crowded and it can certainly feel soulless. But it is one of the most beautiful things built by men. So here you have a few tips to make the most of your visit: 1 – Get up early. It opens its doors at 7 o’clock, so be there as early as you can. It’s the best way to avoid the crowds and the faded morning light not only makes the atmosphere magical, but also creates fascinating effects over the marble.   2 – Cover yourself: this tip is ridiculous or at least …

11 things we love about London

We wanted to make a getaway this month and spend a nice long weekend in London. But as they say, life got in the way. So sadly, we won’t be able to visit this fantastic place this moth.  Nevertheless, we’ve decided to make a little hommage to London and share with you the 11 things we love about it.

Verona with a soundtrack

Hello there! How is your week going? We’re back in Germany, but just for a week before we head to Italy! We will be visiting our family in Veneto, my favourite Italian region. We’ve already told you about the little hidden gem that Vicenza is (click, click) but today we wanted to share with you our fascination for Verona and its magnificent Arena.

Mama Shelter, Marseille

Marseille has been declared European Capital of Culture this year and we think that’s a fantastic excuse to visit this lovely city with more than 2500 years of history. Located in the Southeast coast of France, Marseille is one of the largest commercial ports of the Mediterranean sea, as well as the main entrance to the fabulous Côte d’Azur.

Books!

This is how our bedside table looks like lately. Plenty of books to read! I absolutely love reading in bed, in my opinion it’s one of those simple pleasures that make life nicer :) This picture was taken last weekend and since then I have already read one of those books… Persepolis is an amazing graphic novel that I just couldn’t stop reading! I highly recommend it! Do you have any book recommendations? We’d love to know!

Berlinale

This weekend Berlin will be the place to be. The super cool cosmopolitan Berlinale Film Festival opens its doors this Thursday. There are other film festivals, but if you like cinema, this is THE festival. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections of the festival. While other festivals pay more attention to red carpets and advertising, the Berlinale lays the focus on films, new perspectives and the global film community. Unfortunately, this year we won’t be able to attend the Festival. We are really upset because one of our favourite directors, Isabel Coixet, will present her new film: Ayer no termina nunca. This film features also one of the best Spanish actresses: Candela Peña. So we need to watch it as soon as possible! Coixet’s scripts, photography and sensitivity are unique and her films have a honest yet  dreamlike atmosphere that fascinates us. Besides, she always wears super cute glasses and I love her for that. So, if you have nothing planned for this weekend you should pack some things and …

Die Große Messe

If you happen to be in Madrid next weekend (8th to 10th February), please buy a couple of tickets and take someone to admire the Leipziger Ballet . They are staging Die Große Messe and I’m sure you won’t regret it. If you love ballet like I do, you can’t miss it. I leave you with some pictures that are too beautiful not to post. All images via Teatros del Canal – ANDREAS BIRKIGT . Tickets here.

Gran Vía, Madrid

I love Madrid, I think it’s a fantastic city. I’ve spent the most amazing years there and I always love to come back. One of my favourite things to do in Madrid is walk all the way from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza de España, that is, enjoying the heart of Madrid: Gran Vía. I would like to share with you my favourite shops, restaurants and clubs along this wonderful street.