Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart

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Other than a work out at Wasen our weekend in Stuttgart was filled with a museum, a squash festival and a walk around the town.

First up was the Mercedes Benz Museum. Stuttgart is home to two car giants, Mercedes and Porsche, both have museums in the city but we opted for Mercedes as it was closer to the beer festival site.

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Carl Benz’s first car built in 1886 is what the museum is celebrating with more than 160 vehicles on display. They range from some of the oldest built cars to new futuristic ones. There was a good supply of buses, trucks, cars and F1 cars to keep everyone happy.

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Cannstatter Volksfest – Stuttgart Beer Festival

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When the world thinks of beer festivals they think of the obvious choice Oktoberfest…but if you’re after a slightly less crazy but equally awesome option head a little further south to Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart is the home of Cannstatter Volksfest, or Wasen. A large beer fuelled festival that runs at the same time as Oktoberfest.

I’d say that Wasen has a slightly more family feel to the event, less stag do’s and more work parties. We saw everyone from teenagers to pensioners in the traditional clothing, stein in hand. The event is HUGE, with at least 7 beer tents seating approximately 5000 people per tent (based on some slightly tipsy calculations) and a fun fair to boot.

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Thought of the day

No matter who you are or how far you go, you’ll always be in someone’s heart. The world can seem vast and expansive but at the end of the day we are all the same. We all want to be loved and cared for. Your family may be far away or you may feel far from your friends but there is always someone who cares.

I travel because I don’t want to be scared of the world, of the unknown. I want understand that someone from the UK, Uzbekistan and Canada can all relate and interact with each other. We might not speak the same language or have the same beliefs but human interaction is a diverse and wonderful thing.

It might seem soppy or make me seem like a bit of a dreamer but what’s life without a bit of dreaming!?? *reopens closed tabs about Antarctic cruises*

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A weekend in the mountains

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For the French part of our weekend adventure we caught an Easy Bus from Geneva airport to Morzine in the French alps for a couple of days of fresh mountain air.

The drive was about an hour and a half with lots of twisty roads up into the mountains which made for some good window watching.

Morzine is a small village that revolves around skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. It’s a cute place but does feel like it was a home base for many native english speakers. I don’t have a problem with that, especially as we were a party of 3 english people, but I like my adventures to include at least some of the local lingo.

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Looking forward to 2017

It’s been a bit quiet round here recently, I’ve been feeling a bit apathetic towards writing down what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning to do going forward which is a bit of a shame. I don’t really know why, it’s been a busy time so I guess it’s just been my brain being a bit preoccupied.

I love to write down what we have experienced as a way to remember, a way to digest the trip and a way to share. Basically I just need to get back behind the key board and get on with it!!

So, I still have some content to catch up on, the French Alps, Tanzania and I’m going to attempt my first proper hotel review at the end of this month. I have also started looking forward to what we will be doing next year…did I hear you say Cuba!?

Stick with me I will have some more for you soon!!

Happy Travels!

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Tanzania 2017

We have returned from our 7 day safari in the northern circuit of Tanzania! Hence the radio silence over the last few weeks – it’s been a bit manic!

I’m currently shifting through the thousands of photo’s we took and experiences we had to create some posts (also still have content on our short stay in the French alps and the Stuttgart Wasen). We were extremely lucky and saw everything we wanted too plus more!

Stay tuned!!!

Thought of the day

Getting ready for a two trips this weekend. First is a trip to Stuttgart and the second biggest beer festival in the world for my birthday next weekend and then a trip we have been waiting for all year in 19 days!!!

For now here is my thought of the day.

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24 Hours In Geneva

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One of my sister-in-laws moved in Geneva 5 years ago but it has taken us until this year to make the journey to see her. Which is terrible if you ask me, especially considering it the flight was really quick! We spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Geneva and I can safely say it won’t be the last time!

Unlike 99% of our trips this was not one organised by myself which did leave me a little uneasy but I needn’t have worried as we had an amazing time.

Victoria has a lovely central apartment with high ceilings, white walls and sash windows – if I ever live in a city that’s the type of apartment I want! We stayed with her which meant we didn’t have to fork out for a hotel which I’d read could be pricey in Geneva (much like the rest of Switzerland.)

Our flight arrived late on Thursday evening so after a lie in and a leisurely breakfast Stuart, Victoria and I met up with her friend Ana to begin our tour.

First stop of the day – CERN.

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How to make the most of your money at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta

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We last went to the West Dean Chilli Fiesta in 2015 so we thought it was time to head back this year. What shocked me a little was how much the tickets had increased in price and how almost unaffordable it has become. Given that I wanted to look for ways to make the most out of your ticket price.

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The main jist of the festival is around chillis (obviously) so there are a hundred odd stalls selling everything from chilli chutney to beer, ice cream and plants. Most of these stalls offer free tasters of their wares so you can spend the day wandering round tasting chilli products without buying anything. It is done by lots of people but equally if you taste something amazing would you really be able to resist?

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