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LUXURY, DESSERTS AND CHOCOLATES IN LONDON … AND ME!

If you know me, you know without a doubt that I can be a walking disaster, in many different ways. So obviously, it was only me to land on a guided tour of London in the rain (until then, all is well), late and running, without an umbrella, a big quechua backpack on the back and with a broken camera. Add to that that the theme of the guided tour of London was luxury and desserts through the neighborhoods of Soho and Mayfair and it started rather badly …

A guided tour of London: discover the city differently

In three years of living in London, I have never made a single guided tour of the city. It is often said that living in a city and being a tourist is very different and I can only agree. I explored South London, my little secret and unusual corners, I walked the city and the city center in all directions and I think I know the city well. But how do you really know a city of this size, which evolves at every moment? It’s impossible and it’s the work of a lifetime. And that’s why I finally decided to take a guided tour, to discover neighborhoods I know very little and from a different angle for me: a guided tour of London through Soho and Mayfair, and especially through luxury, desserts and chocolate. It is far from my usual items on museums, unusual neighborhoods, vantage points and pubs in London and that’s good! Because yes, we can eat well in London, I already told you about it, but I had not spoken to you about London in the form of a sweets paradise! And yet!

After the burnout of travel, the inspiration

My roots, I find them also in all those who inspire me every day. And among them, there are the travel bloggers. This funny and big dysfunctional family, those distant cousins ​​that I almost never see or once a year. We do not really know each other, we know each other by heart, we have never seen each other but we speak online every day. We have problems sometimes, we fight, we hate each other, we adore each other, we are the best friends in the world. As I grazed the burnout trip a month ago, they help me every day and support me.

I’ve thought a lot about these last few weeks, you can imagine. And it’s with travel bloggers, travelers, those people who inspire me every day and that I know or not that I found a strength, a desire to move forward, to surpass myself, a desire to to write and to embark on new projects of travel and work. It was by walking every day, thinking about what I really liked to do and listening to Allô La Planète that I knew where I wanted to go. It was by talking on the phone and emails to these bloggers and travelers that I found the smile and the inspiration. I even had the click for a book thanks to one of them. It’s by going to the Travel Bloggers Lounge, as every year, that I had all these new travel desires, that I found my desire to chew the world. The last evening of this show, we were more than fifty bloggers to chat and eat merrily at Les Voyageurs restaurant in Saint-Malo. I looked at these tables, I looked at all these people, I saw their projects, their passion, their smiles, their ambitions, their inspiration and I smiled too. I belong to this great family , I feel wonderful and I found inspiration and one of my small roots.

BETWEEN UPROOTING AND INSPIRATION

An uprooted nomad

Last week, I was walking in Brittany, between sea, forest and menhirs. Brittany is part of me, since I studied there for three years and it was there that I became an adult and I started to build my vision of the world. I had not been back for more than eight years.

Looking at the menhirs of Monteneuf , from top to bottom, I felt very small. I felt uprooted too. They are several meters tall, but they only need a few centimeters deep in the ground to stand for thousands of years. And I, meanwhile, unlike a tree or a megalith, I have no roots. Still, I’m standing, pretty much.

Since I was little, my family has moved. This is the lot of postman families and it never bothered me. I’m a nomad , my family is nomadic and my ancestors probably did not hold up either. My parents moved, my dad keeps coming and going, my sister moves, my aunt too, and for the first time since I was born, my grandma, at over 80, is moving too. I have never had a family home, a familiar place to come back after a long journey and the grandma’s house and her village was a bit of one of my only constants. And this year she leaves and it makes me weird. Looking at the Pyrenees from its window, I felt nostalgic, but also invigorated, inspired and ready to live each day more intensely. I hope she also sees a bit of that by looking off, the white peaks of mountains that have accompanied her every day for years. Nostalgia and inspiration.

Where to drink a coffee in Berlin?

Berlin is also a perfect city to explore the coffee culture . Unfortunately, I did not take the time to explore the best cafes in the city and I only have a good address for you:

  • Berliner Kaffeerösterei

This time it was Mathieu who took me to discover an extra tea room west of Berlin. The program includes teas and coffees from around the world and sugar in all its forms. In short, the perfect place for a greedy like me.

To learn more and go for a coffee in Berlin, I also let you discover the article in English by Julika .

Urban exploration and local walks in Berlin

The good weather was not at the rendezvous during my Berlin week and I had little opportunity to walk outside. I just had time to enjoy a sunny Sunday walk along the canal near my apartment, to see the impressive Olympic stadium during a frenzied treasure hunt and to do some urban exploration. in the company of passionate bloggers. The urbex is indeed very practiced by the Berliners and it must be said that the city is a particularly favorable ground for this kind of exploration. Aline of Nowmadnow has a lot to say on the subject.

My first urban exploration session is not very authentic, but took us to a beautiful place. It was during a treasure hunt organized by Visit Berlin that I took a liking to this type of exploration. Using a photographic index, we first had to find a place in Berlin: this led us to the beautiful Art Deco swimming pool in Charlottenburg. Our reward? A visit to Teufelsberg , an abandoned place responsible for the history of the Second World War and the Cold War. The place can now be visited during organized visits or paying the entrance to a very uncomfortable guard. The view of Berlin is magical (you can get a similar view while climbing up the Grunewald hillnext door) and the place is great for photography and street art lovers .

VISIT BERLIN AS A BERLINER


Visit Berlin as a local

I already had the chance to visit Berlin as a tourist a few years ago for long weekends. Result: I know the tourist areas well. By cons, I had never really tasted the local life . I was able to catch up a little over a month ago, when I was in town for a blogging workshop, followed by ITB, a huge tourism and travel fair. On the program, work, work, networking and work.

It was an intense week, spent at the show and in transport, interspersed with some outings and adventures between bloggers. Finally, sleeping 5 hours a night, I had time to do a lot of things and investigate for you on local addresses that all Berlin knows or has yet to discover. Let’s go!

Where to eat like a local in Berlin?

In Berlin, we eat well and for cheap . My Berlin blogger friends (or not) took me on a tour of their gourmet addresses, so I share with you their finds. Watch out for extra pounds!

  • Max and Moritz , Wirthaus und Bühne

Without doubt the most tourist address of this article, because we met many French, but the locals come to feast too. A good and average budget place to sample typical German food. I let myself be conquered by goulash, bread and homemade beer.

  • Gozleme Restaurant

One snowy day in Finland , I met a couple of Brazilian bloggers living in Berlin. We became friends and since then they have made me discover real culinary delights in their neighborhood, Neukölln and Berlin. This small restaurant does not look, but Turkish food is inexpensive and fall. The Gozleme are filled breads and those with cheese will undoubtedly conquer you. But if you go to this restaurant, do not forget to try the manti , a traditional Turkish dish made of dumplingsstuffed with yogurt, garlic and spices. Yum!

SHORT TOUR IN SOUTHERN GERMANY: MUNICH, ULM, BAVARIA AND CO.

Berlin , Berlin, Berlin. This is the only thing travelers have in mind when planning a trip to Germany . It was also my case, until this year. After my week as a local in Berlin , I decided to visit friends in the south for a week. A carpool ride later (it became one of my favorite means of travel), I found myself in Bavaria in Munich , in a world very different from the one I had left.

A bright sun had replaced the cold and drizzle. The atmosphere so special to the capital had of course disappeared, replaced by a good-natured atmosphere, a little snobbery and a lot of money. Instead of Berlin’s almost incoherent architecture, there were pretty buildings straight out of a Disney fairy tale. Finish the Döner, hello Knödel and other festivities. On the other hand the beer remains universally German … I really liked my short stay in Bavaria, enlivened by walks in the sun and on snowy lakes, restaurants outings and afternoons with friends. One thing is certain, it will certainly not be my last trip to Germany …

After that, head for the Baden-Württemberg countryside to visit another friend, Sarah , my faithful traveling companion. In the program snow, cold and total immersion in the life of a German family. Lots of food, card games, billiards, walks in the countryside, fireside parties and company. The best I think is that I let you discover all this in pictures …

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