Month: October 2016

My Favorite Places to Eat in Berlin

Destinations Europe Germany

My Favorite Places to Eat in Berlin

One thing about Berlin that pleasantly surprised me was all of the incredible food! I had never known Berlin to be a “foodie” capital, but I think it definitely should be. You can get anything there and no matter what it is, it’s going to be delicious. Here are a few of my favorite places to eat in Berlin, Germany:

Fraticelli

Fraticelli is an Italian restaurant located near Alexanderplatz. You can eat inside or outside and since it was a beautiful, breezy September morning, I decided to eat breakfast at one of the tables outside. One thing to keep in mind though, if you’re not already aware, is that Berlin is full of bees! This makes it a little difficult to enjoy eating outside, since they’ll constantly try to fly into your food and drinks, so next time I think I would eat inside. The service at Fraticelli is pretty slow (they seemed seriously understaffed), so this isn’t the place to grab a meal if you’re in a rush, but if you have some time to spare then the food is totally worth the wait. They even have blankets to put over yourself if you get cold!

I had a cappuccino with cream and a glass of prosecco to drink. To eat, I had the brunch plate for two (obviously I shared it, it was a lot of food). The brunch plate had all kinds of yummy breakfast foods, like fresh fruits, various sliced meats and cheeses, scrambled eggs, sausages, grilled chicken, salmon, granola, nutella, butter, jam, and a basket of bread rolls. It was really a breakfast to remember. This meal was so filling, but in a healthy way instead of the “I’m about to explode” fullness you feel when you eat a lot of fried or greasy foods.

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Il Buco Di Heidi

Il Buco Di Heidi is a little French cafe and another breakfast stop during my stay in Berlin. Once again, you can eat inside or outside and I chose to eat outside, which led to the same problem: bees everywhere. If you’re not a fan of bees, don’t eat outside in Berlin (obviously, something I kept forgetting). The service here was very quick, so it’s very easy to spend only about half an hour here and be on your way. The atmosphere is very much what a French cafe should be, cute and cozy.

To drink, I had a an elder and rhubarb German spritz drink. It was so refreshing and tasted amazing. Please don’t make the mistake of just getting a small glass like I did because it actually is really small! To eat, I had an omelette with smoked salmon. The portions here are generally not very big, but the food is healthy, fresh, and delicious while looking pretty, too!

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Alexanderplatz Sausage Cart

Okay this isn’t a restaurant, but if you eat anything in Berlin, please eat a sausage from one of the carts in Alexanderplatz! They’re always there, day and night (I would know because I had a sausage for dinner once and then again for breakfast another day, I couldn’t help myself). I’ve never really liked sausages, but German sausages are really the best ones in the world, by far. It might sound like I’m exaggerating, but trust me, you need to try a sausage in Berlin. They’re crispy and full of flavor, even the bread they’re served on is soft and tastes great. If I could get on a plane and go get one right now, I would.

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Burger Vision

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Burger Vision is the place to go if you’re craving a burger in Berlin. They have all kinds of burgers, from your classic double cheeseburger, to Hawaiian burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, and more. The staff was super friendly, they even took the time to explain what some of the German words around the restaurant mean in English.

The burgers are excellent, made fresh right in front of you and they’re huge, juicy, and full of flavor! The fries and onion rings are just as delicious as the burgers. I had a Hawaii burger, which is a cheeseburger with pineapple. I’d never had a burger with pineapple, but it actually tastes really good  and I’ve even started adding pineapples to burgers I have at home sometimes.

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From Lianna with Love Nominated for the Liebster Award

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From Lianna with Love Nominated for the Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0 ! I just wanted to start off by saying thank you so much for the nomination, it means so much to be recognized after only a couple months of blogging!

Cecile is a freelance translator from France traveling the world. She’s worked on a farm in Chile, been to an underwater village, and more! Check out her blog for some great stories.

What exactly is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an online award given to bloggers by bloggers, helping each other promote their sites and connect! You can find a post detailing the official rules here (this is also where you’ll submit a link to your post when you’re done).

The basics are:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site
  • Answer their questions about yourself (feel free to include photos!)
  • Write your own set of questions for your nominees

My answers to Nomadic Hippie 2.0’s questions:

  • How did you decide to become a travel blogger?

Well, it started with a project for one of my college classes where we had to research our career of choice in depth throughout the whole semester. Weirdly enough, the career I chose at the moment had absolutely nothing to do with travel or blogging. I had actually chosen to research forensic psychology! I was okay with this for awhile, even though it didn’t feel quite right (I often jumped from one career choice to another). Towards the end of the project, we had to make a list of all of our future goals and then pick the top 5 most important goals and rearrange them in order of importance. As I did this, I began to realize that the most important thing to me was to travel. I didn’t care what career I had or even how much money I had, as long as I was able to travel the world, every corner of it. By the time the project was over, I realized my heart wasn’t really in forensic psychology and that my heart had always been in two things: writing and traveling. Long story short, I did some research on my own time and realized that being a travel writer was an actual career choice. Why not get started towards it now? That’s how From Lianna with Love was born.

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  • Where’s your favourite place in the world (so far)?

This is really such a difficult question because I’ve fallen in love with so many places already. Almost every time I see a new place I end up thinking this is my new favorite place in the whole world! One place I will always want to come back to over and over is definitely New York City. It’s not necessarily that I think New York City is better than any other place I’ve been because I love different things about different places, but New York City will always fill me with excitement and nostalgia whenever I set foot in it.

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  • What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten and where did you eat it?

I can’t name one specific food as the best food I’ve ever eaten (sorry, I just can’t do it!), but the place where I’ve eaten the best food is definitely Berlin, Germany. It’s such a melting pot of so many different cultures and I was able to enjoy everything from Italian to Lebanese to Vietnamese to obviously, German. I loved absolutely every meal I had there.

  • What’s the most incredible thing you’ve done while travelling?

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a really indecisive person, so I’ll list three. One was walking around New Orleans’ most haunted neighborhoods and cemeteries at night, another was seeing all of London’s city lights from the top of the London Eye for the first time, and another was my first canal boat ride in Copenhagen.

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  • Who would you choose as your travel companion, if you could pick absolutely anyone (dead or alive, real or fictional character)?

I’d love to travel with Anthony Bourdain. He always eats the best food and I’m a huge fan of trying new foods. Plus, he just looks like a really fun time in general and he has experience, so I bet we’d have no problem finding amazing things to do in new places.

  • Who would you say inspires you the most (in your travels or life in general)?

As cliche as it is, I don’t think anyone has inspired me more than a few of my close family members (parents, aunt, and grandmother) and boyfriend, especially when it comes to travel (life too, of course). Not only have they all actually given me the opportunity to see so many incredible places in and out of my country, but they’ve always supported my passions in writing and traveling. I wouldn’t have seen so many places and had the motivation to actually start and keep up with this blog without each of them. I’m forever grateful.

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  • What’s your favourite travel quote?

My favorite travel quote is “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher. I love it because I relate to it so well. Every time I travel, I feel myself grow in the best way possible and I don’t think I ever come back home as the same when I left.

  • Name 3 items that you cannot travel without (passport doesn’t count!)?

I never travel without a camera of some kind (usually phone, but recently my Polaroid has come along too), headphones, and if it’s a plane trip, gum.

  • What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone who wants to become a travel blogger?

Remember that travel doesn’t have to be expensive! Someone who loves travel may not start a blog because they think they don’t have the money to do it a lot. That’s where you’re wrong. Traveling is simply leaving where you live. This means you can go to the next city over and still be traveling. You can make a whole blog based on the area you live if you can’t afford to go anywhere else. Don’t let money stop you from following your dreams.
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  • Apart from travelling (and blogging about it), what is your biggest passion?

My biggest passions besides traveling are writing and animals. I’ve been a writer since I had the ability to write and even went to an arts high school for it. My major now involves writing. It’s been a constant in my life. Same thing with animals, I’ve always had pets (cats, dogs, fish, hermit crabs) and I love animals of all kinds. If there was a way to combine writing, traveling, and helping animals for a living that would be my dream! For now, I think one day being a full time travel writer and then eventually retiring and opening up my own animal shelter is close enough.

  • What’s your next destination?

My very next destination is Gatlinburg, Tennessee to stay by the Smoky Mountains. Then I’m planning a trip to California to see Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the summer, I’m making a brief stop in Ireland and then going on a cruise to Spain, Italy, France, and Montenegro. That’s all I have planned out right now, but hopefully some more destinations will be coming up in between!


My nominees for the Liebster Award are…

The Coddiwomplers – “A travel blog aimed at millennials written by two Gen Y gals who are skipping the typical American dream in order to travel the world.”

Pebble Walks – “Pebblewalks is a travel blog for all lovers of time travel. Through photo stories you will see changing landscapes, cultures, yum eats & experience tales of people, from familiar & not so familiar lands. It hopes to make us more welcoming of all that makes us different, even uncomfortably so.”

The Backpacking Mama – “The Backpacking Mama is a blog about the travel adventures of Mohit and Pooja who used to be backpackers till their kids arrived. They choose to continue traveling with the kids who are now 5yo and 2yo. Together the family has been to over 30 countries with the kids. They hope to inspire young parents to travel and share their stories and travel hacks through the blog.”

Glamour Granny Travels – “My name is Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, a free lance travel writer and photographer. I have created this blog with a view to encourage female baby boomers who, in theory, love to travel but do not yet really dare to go out and actually DO it.”

Curious Jessie – “I’m Jessie and you guessed it, I’m pretty curious, curious about Blogging, Design and Travel. I’m a Media and Journalism Graduate turned Digital Marketer from Liverpool.In August 2015 I finally took the plunge and left the comfort of my home town to travel the world with my Girlfriend.”


My 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. How many languages do you know?
  2. What’s your favorite method of travel (plane, boat, car, etc.)?
  3. Who is your favorite person to travel with (or do you prefer to travel solo)?
  4. What is your most memorable travel experience?
  5. How do you save money while traveling?
  6. What’s your favorite destination?
  7. Least favorite destination?
  8. Three things you’ve learned from traveling?
  9. What blogs do you read regularly?
  10. Where are you going next?
  11. One interesting fact about yourself (travel related or not)?

Now it’s your turn to pass the award on to bloggers who you think deserve it!

GPSMyCity Travel Guide Articles + App Giveaway

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GPSMyCity Travel Guide Articles + App Giveaway

What is a GPSMyCity travel article?

Many people have limited internet access when traveling abroad, which makes it difficult to research places to go while you’re there. On top of that, you’d have to spend extra time figuring out how to get to your desired location. What if you could have access to informative and easy to understand articles with GPS coordinates built in? Well, you can with the GPSMyCity app!

Through the GPSMyCity app you can download numerous travel articles covering different places of interest throughout over 700 cities around the world. Each article is its own individual app located within the GPSMyCity app, which you can use without internet access (no roaming or data plan needed!) once download. Every article has a built in offline map that you can use to get around once you’re in the city. Basically, with this app you’ll be able to be your own tour guide! The articles are free to download and read wherever you go and you have the option to upgrade your article to access the GPS guided version complete with travel routes, a high resolution map, and no ads for just $1.99! Not only are you paying a tiny fraction of what it would cost to go on a guided group tour of a city, you’re also paying for peace of mind since the upgraded GPS version will easily save you from getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

Upgraded App Giveaway!

For a limited time (October 17th, 2016 to October 24th, 2016), you can access the upgraded version of my article app “Mini Travel Guide: Belfast, Northern Ireland” on GPSMyCity for FREE! That means you can check out how this app works for yourself for absolutely no cost. To access the article app, click the link below:

GPSMyCity: Mini Travel Guide: Belfast, Northern Ireland (Links directly to iTunes. If you haven’t downloaded GPSMyCity you will be prompted to do so. Once you download the app you will be redirected to the article and will see an option to upgrade it.)

You can also download the GPSMyCity app through the app store and browse or search cities. Click on or search for the city of your choice, then click the guide you’d like to download. Once the guide downloads, you will see an option to upgrade it. For example, if you wanted to find my Belfast article you would download GPSMyCity, search for “Belfast, Northern Ireland” and scroll down until you see the article titled “Mini Travel Guide: Belfast, Northern Ireland”.

Don’t forget to use GPSMyCity for your next trip!

GPSMyCity article apps are currently on available for iOS devices, Android versions are still being developed.

Seven Places You Should Visit in Berlin, Germany

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Seven Places You Should Visit in Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany’s capital city, merges a rich history with a modern, artistic edge and has an endless amount of things to do. I never once felt bored during my stay here, far from it in fact. Here are seven places I went to in Berlin that you should definitely check out during your visit!

 

Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is a major square and and transportation hub in Berlin, as well as one of its most famous sights. If you’re in Berlin, you’ll probably end up at Alexanderplatz whether you planned to or not, since its a convenient central place for shopping and getting around. I was there every day during my time in Berlin, whether it was to exchange currency, shop for new clothes (the H&M there is amazing), transfer trains, or even grab one of those delicious German sausages. It may not seem like it, since Alexanderplatz appears very commercial now, but it is also a place that holds a lot of history. Alexanderplatz was actually a market during the Middle Ages and most of it was destroyed as a result of a bombing in World War 2. The square was rebuilt and Berlin’s famous TV-tower, Fernsehturm, was one of the results.

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Berlin Zoological Garden

I’m an animal lover, so of course I was excited to check out the Berlin Zoological Garden and I highly recommend it! It’s the oldest zoo in Germany and like many buildings in Berlin, had been destroyed during World War 2, but completely rebuilt again. It’s a unique zoo because of its wide open spaces, beautiful scenery, and an impressive variety of animals. They probably have your favorite animal at this zoo since they have nearly everything, from elephants and lions to penguins and pandas, a petting zoo and even an aquarium. So many baby animals too! I couldn’t get enough of watching all of these amazing animals, many of which had huge habitats that were an accurate replica of their natural habitats. If you love animals, this zoo a must.

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

I actually went here out of curiosity without knowing exactly what it was and I’m glad I did. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church has been preserved as an anti-war memorial representing peace. It has a damaged appearance as a result of being heavily bombed in World War 2. Inside is a mini museum, taking you through the church’s history. I didn’t know anything about this place before going inside and was in awe that I was standing in yet another piece of history. Right next to the ruins is the new church where services take place. It’s a modern style building with blue shimmering light coming from the inside. A service was going to take place shortly after we stumbled upon the church, so we decided it wouldn’t hurt to experience it. Everyone is welcome to join in. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s just one of those experiences that make you feel like you’re witnessing something meaningful. The service took place completely in German and since I know very little of it, I didn’t stay for the entire thing, but it’s worth at least a peek inside.

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Berlin Wall East Side Gallery

How can you go to Berlin without seeing the Berlin Wall? This was one of the places I had looked forward to seeing most and it did not disappoint. Art has always fascinated me and the street art on the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is incredible. So many ideas are represented on these walls, from pop culture inspired pieces to political statements. The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is much more than an art gallery though, it’s an important piece of history (can you tell that this is the case with pretty much everything in Berlin?). The Berlin Wall once served as a barrier that divided the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic (West Germany) from 1961 to 1989. Its purpose was to prevent East Germans from fleeing to West Berlin, but more than 5,000 people were able to cross anyway. About 3,200 were arrested at the border and more than 160 were killed. The wall was taken down in 1989 to symbolize Germany’s unification and the East Side Gallery is what has been preserved from it.

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Museum Island

This was one of my favorite places in all of Berlin! Museum Island is what it sounds like; the northern part of an island in the Spree river located in central Berlin, home to five world famous museums, plus the Berlin Cathedral and a gigantic bookstore. The five museums are the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum. The Berlin Cathedral is a stunning church building both inside and out. If you pay to go inside (don’t forget your student ID for a discount), you can walk all the way up to the top for a stunning view of Berlin. Also in Museum Island is Buchhandlung Walther Konig, a bookstore that’s much bigger than it looks on the surface. You can’t tell as soon as you walk in, but if you simply keep walking further and further into the store you’ll realize that it’s actually huge with an overwhelming amount of books. Many are in German, but there are plenty in English and even some in other languages like Japanese. They cover a vast amount of topics such as art, photography, politics, different countries, and even just life advice. Museum Island is a breath of fresh air for any artist or art lover.

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of Berlin. From gift shops to designs shaped like the Brandenburg Gate decorating the trains, it’s pretty obvious that this is an important part of what makes up Berlin. The gate was erected between 1788 and 1791 as a masterpiece inspired by the Propylaea in Athens. The gate has taken on many meanings from when it was originally commissioned as a symbol of peace to being used as a political party symbol to today being used as one of Berlin’s symbols of unification. Of course, like all great landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate is usually incredibly crowded. Tourists from all over the world come to see it, so odds are you’ll end up with either a crowd of people in any pictures you take or you’ll have to wait around for a long time for the crowds to start dissipating. Regardless, this is a must-see in Berlin.

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Last Cathedral Horror Rock Bar

Last but certainly not least is a much more local place to go to in Berlin, The Last Cathedral Horror Rock Bar. I noticed it because it just happened to be right next to the apartment I was staying in during my visit (which was super exciting for me). Loud rock and heavy metal music blasts from the bar every night until about four in the morning and all types of alternative fashioned (leather jackets, piercings, dyed hair and all) Berliners spend their time there, dancing and drinking. The inside of the bar is full of skulls, creepy old fashioned art, and even tables shaped like coffins. Even the bathrooms are edgy and filled with graffiti. All of the drinks are horror themed, like the one pictured below called The Zombie. I never thought that a rock horror bar was a real thing, but it’s the coolest bar I’ve been to and if I lived in Berlin, this would be my number one hangout spot. This isn’t a typical tourist stop though, so don’t expect the people going to the bar or the bartenders to understand you unless you speak German!

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