Bremen City Guide – Discovering the City like a Local

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Hey Guys

Hope you enjoy your weekend! I really do, I finished my course work, went shopping in Roermond and today, I just relax in the sun… Last weekend, I spent some time with my family in Bremen and discovered some parts of the city, therefore I prepared a little guide about my go-to area(s) and some inspirational pics. Let’s go!

The „Viertel“ (Quarter)

We started our little city trip at the central station, where we arrived by train. My family lives quite outside of the center – so it took us around 30 minutes to get into the city…

Our first stop – the „Viertel“. What is this, you’re asking now? The quarter is very close to the city center and one of the color fullest, diverse and bohemian quarter in Bremen. Here, vintage shopping, bohemian and interior shops, vinyl stores and the most individual and extraordinary bars, cafés and restaurants are found at every corner. The two longest streets – Ostertorsteinweg and Vor dem Steintor – mark the end and beginning of the quarter. So if you’re a lover of individual boutiques for fashion, interior, music or just enjoy drinking a coffee or beer, you’re absolutely right.

The Old Town

Next up, we walked all the way to the old center of town. Along the theater, art gallery right into the heart of the city. What can you expect here? The historic market square with buildings standing under the UNESCO World Heritage protection, with medieval and Renaissance architecture. Especially the Dome, Town Hall and Roland Statue (the symbol of freedom and trading) caught my attention! After our short cruise along the market, we turnt left into the direction of the Weser, on our minds was the next extraordinary quarter in Bremen: The Schnoor.

The Schnoor

The Schnoor – the tiniest and oldest area of Bremen, built in the 14th and 15th century. What I loved the most were the little, half-timbered houses sloping slightly to the right or left…. Everywhere, you find cute, petite boutiques with souvenirs, handmade porcelain, arts or jewelry – I couldn’t resist and bought a really pretty, silver ring! As well, the area has twisted and narrow lanes along the house line that hide secret walks or cute restaurants. Definitely look for a cute, smaller restaurant with home cooking food, they are one of the best there!

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An Alley in the Schnoor

So that was actually everything we discovered and saw, lastly we enjoyed a fresh drink at the Weser in one of the many restaurants along the bank… I hope this helped and inspired you and tell me where you went last weekend and which place you’d love to visit next!

Stay sparkling!

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Hallo ihr Lieben!

Ich hoffe, ihr genießt alle euer Wochenende, so wie ich. Ich habe endlich meine letzte Kursarbeit fertig, war gestern in Roermond ein wenig shoppen und heute genieße ich einfach nur die Sonne… Letztes Wochenende war ich bei meiner Familie in Bremen und habe einige coole Hotspots in Bremen entdeckt, deswegen kommt heute ein kleiner Guide über meine Lieblingsviertel und ein paar Inspirationen und Bilder. Also, los geht’s!

Das Viertel

Unser kleiner Städtetrip begann am Hauptbahnhof. Meine Familie wohnt etwas weiter außerhalb von Bremen, also mussten wir ca. 30 Minuten mit dem Zug in die Stadt fahren…

Unser erstes Ziel – das „Viertel“. Ooook, was genau ist das? Das Viertel befindet sich sehr nah am eigentlichen Stadtzentrum und ist eins der buntesten, vielfältigsten und bohemian Viertel in Bremen. Hier findet ihr alles, was das Herz begehrt, Vintage Läden, Interior und Indie/Bohemian Boutiquen, Schallplattenläden und ganz individuelle, kleine und außergewöhnliche Bars, Cafés und Restaurants. Die zwei langen Straßen – Ostertorsteinweg und Vor dem Steintor – sind im Prinzip Anfang und Ende dieses Viertels. Wenn ihr also alles Einzigartige und Bunte, von Fashion und Interior Läden über Musik liebt, oder einfach nur einen Kaffee oder ein Bier genießen wollt, hier seid ihr richtig aufgehoben.

Die Altstadt

Als nächstes liefen wir gemütlich in Richtung des alten Zentrums der Stadt. Vorbei am Theater, der Kunsthalle direkt ins Herz der Stadt. Hört sich langweilig an? Aber hier ist so viel zu sehen! Zum Beispiel der historische Marktplatz mit Gebäuden, die unter dem UNESCO Weltkulturerbe stehen, in mittelalterlicher oder Renaissance Architektur. Gerade der Dom, das Rathaus und die Roland Statue (das Symbol des Friedens und des Handels) haben es mir angetan! Nach unserem kleinen Rundgang auf dem Marktplatz ging es für uns links herum in Richtung der Weser. In Gedanken hatten wir bereits das nächste, außergewöhnliche Viertel in Bremen: Den Schnoor.

Der Schnoor

Der Schnoor – der kleinste und älteste Teil von Bremen wurde im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert gebaut. Am Liebsten mag ich hier die leicht schräg stehenden Fachwerkhäuser… Überall könnt ihr kleine, süße Mädchen mit Souvenirs, handgemachtem Porzellan, Kunst oder Schmuck finden – ich konnte mal wieder nicht widerstehen und kaufte mir einen wirklich schönen, silbernen Ring! Außerdem hat das Viertel die wohl verwinkeltsten und engsten Sträßchen entlang der Häuser und versteckt den ein oder anderen Gang oder auch Restaurant hinter diesen verwinkelten Gassen. Haltet am besten Ausschau nach kleinen, süßen Restaurant mit Hausmannskost, das sind die besten!

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Also, das war im Prinzip alles, was wir entdeckt und gesehen haben, am Schluss haben wir uns noch eine kleine Erfrischung am Flussufer der Weser gegönnt… Ich hoffe euch hat dieser kleine Post geholfen und inspiriert. Was habt ihr letztes Wochenende so gemacht und welchen Ort werdet ihr als nächstes besuchen?

Stay sparkling!

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Upcoming Spring Trends & Inspirations – His and Hers

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland!

So girls, you’re looking for fashionable couple looks this spring? You want to give your boyfriend’s wardrobe a little upgrade? Then stay tuned for today’s post for which I collaborated with Bonobos.com, they sell stunning menswear!

I created three couple looks including some of my favorite spring trends and without further notice – check out your next couple looks…

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Pastell colors are on the way – I really love the colors nude and sand (also rose tones are another hit this season), they fit with everything! Also new shapes arise, this time ruches and romantic ornaments show up in every store. For accessories I chose flats to tie around your ankles (I especially love the ones with decoration on the laces) and a comfy bag with fringes.

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This time I went for a casual denim look combined with a rosy-nude lipstick. Boots are perfect for spring as it is not too hot to wear them and they look so pretty worn with a dress. The satchel bag and leather jacket complete this folksy look.

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Actually I am the kind of personal to wear elegant and romantic looks however I also like some sporty looks – occasionally 😉 The bomber jacket with patches is one of the trend pieces of spring and of course the new Puma Basket Heart sneaker with XXL laces! I combined this with some very basic pieces every wardrobe should possess and a trendy handbag with flowers…

So, guys, that was it… I hope I could inspire you and your boyfriend for some trendy spring looks. What is your it piece this season? Let me know in the comments down below!

Stay sparkling!

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Styles created with Polyvore. Featured image via H&M Magazine.

Throwback to Italy – Traveling through Ravenna and San Marino

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland. Better late then never they say, today I finally finished preparing my travel diary of our two last stops in Italy – Ravenna and San Marino.

I hope you enjoy this little flashback and let’s jump right into it!

Ravenna

One day we realized we kind of suffered from a sunburn so we decided to spend the whole day in Ravenna, also doing a little sightseeing tour. We bought our tickets, got a map and then walked through whole Ravenna to see all the old churches and monuments. Most of these are officially part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

We started at the entrance to Basilica di San Vitale and visited the old church with its beautiful ceiling, all the paintings and mosaics still from the Roman era make this basilica famous. I have to admit, it was really impressive. Next up we walked through the old town and came across the grave of Dante, a well-known philosopher and poet in the Middle Age. 

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After seeing almost every cathedral and basilica in Ravenna we came to our last stop – the dome of Ravenna. The Cattedrale della Risurrezione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo is the main church in Ravenna and also the seat of the bishop of this area. The present church’s architecture is of the 18th century – Baroque.

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San Marino

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As well in our two weeks of holiday, we visited the Republic of San Marino which is surrounded completely by Italy and since 2008, the historic center is a world heritage. Actually, we just strolled around the historic center and visited the old fortress and experience an amazing view but see yourself!

I really liked their old center and all the little boutiques and restaurants in every corner. Still, be aware when you’re shopping – I found out that some fragrance shops sell fake perfume…

So I hope you liked this little travel review and I’m looking forward to hear about your recent travel destinations.

Stay Sparkling!

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Flashback to Summer – Venice Look

Hey Guys!

It’s been a while that I’ve published my travel diary about Venice, if you haven’t read it yet, here it is!

Today, as it’s turning colder and colder outside, I wanna share with you the outfit I wore in Venice. So let’s go!

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Off-Shoulder Top – Pull&Bear

Shorts – Zara

Shoes – Les Tropeziennes

Sunglasses – Dior

To be honest, this was one of my favorite outfits during my vacation in Italy, it was just too comfy and still looks great…

If you’re interested, here are the looks I wore in Florence, Ravenna, Nice and Saint Tropez!

How do you like my look, guys?

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Stay sparkling!

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„Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.“ – Christopher Moore

Welcome back everyone!

Today I prepared a travel post about my trip to Venice and San Marino during holidays. I hope you enjoy the pictures and travel diary…

Let’s start with Venice & Murano!

It’s such a beautiful island, we decided to start to walk to the Piazza San Marco and went along the quarter Canareggio. We kind of found out that we walked longer than we could have but anyway, we wanted to go round the island as well…

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What I liked were the little Italian houses mixed with different architectural styles such as the Gothic or Romantic architecture where famous architects such as Mauro Codussi left their marks. If you leave the normal ‚tourist route‘ it turns out to by less crowded but still very beautiful. Also I love all the little canals and small bridges in Venice – it actually consists of 118 different, little island!

We decided to go to the Ponte di Rialto first – unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of it, they were refurbishing it –  and then along the canal finally into the direction of the Piazza San Marco. And it was so impressive! The architecture is amazing! However it was really crowded so we just strolled along the little shops around the place where I found a really nice leather bag from a Florentine leather manufacturer…

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Our next stop was the Ponte dei Sospiri – a short historical insight, it used to be the place where the prisoners had the last chance to look into the lagune and feel some kind of freedom before they were imprisoned. I found it to be very small and little but still hundreds of people gathered in front of it…

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From there we took the public transport to Murano – an island close to Venice known for its glass creation. I loved the ride with the boat although it was quite expensive (15€ for one person) but the surrounding looked so pretty and it was nice to get some fresh air and have a shady place to sit – it was really warm that day!

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Arrived at Murano, we visited one of the many glass manufacturers and in a very touristic show they showed how they manufacture Murano glass with its special patterns. We then decided to discover the island a little and strolled around the streets, visited some churches and ate the best ice cream ever – mine was coconut and tasted amazing!

After a little while – and some shopping in the many Murano glass shops – we went back to Venice and made our way to the place we parked our car. I really enjoyed our day in Venice and Murano and I’m looking forward to visiting these islands and later also Burano again.

Hope you liked my little travel diary!

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