Adventure In Neuchwanstein

If you’re in Salzburg, you have to, and I mean HAVE TO, visit Neuchwanstein. I mean how can you not?

Neuchwanstein castle has been on my bucket list for so long, and it’s definitely worth seeing at least one.

Built in the 19th century, Neuschwanstein Castle is a Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The castle was built by King Ludwig II, who is known as the fairytale King. Neuchwanstein Castle is one of the many castles that Ludwig II built.

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With the rugged view of mountains and snow, Neuchwanstein oozes romance all around. Personally, I feel that Marien Brücke has an amazing view of the castle, however it’s closed during winter. The best time to trek up will be summer to get that awesome shot.

Nevertheless, I still had a pretty awesome view of the castle.

Side note, there are horse carriages for people who aren’t willing or able to trek up to the castle. There have been cases where animal activists head to Neuchwanstein to protest against the horses being overworked. Personally, when I was there, the horses do look like they are overworked. The carriages are carrying too many people for each trip, approximately 20 people at each time. If you can, please just trek up to the castle. These poor animals deserve some compassion. Plus, you get a better view while trekking up. So there’s my two-cent worth.

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A Day In Mainz

Mainz is a German city on the Rhine River. It’s known for its old town, with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares.

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One thing you must do for sure when visiting this beautiful little town is to enjoy the weekly’s Farmer’s Fair. You will not regret it! You get to enjoy the freshest product such as big ripe strawberries, which I have never seen one so big in my life! Some other fresh produce include vegetables of all kinds as well as honey of different flavours.

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If you’re hungry, you can purchase some tantalising fish & chips, soup or even a basket of assorted cheese and bread.

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I assure you, you will have so much fun exploring Mainz as I did!

 

Xx,

Nic

 

Frankfurt Travel Guide (Part 2)

I love visiting markets in other countries, and Frankfurt is no exception. We visited Kleinmarkthale, a 1500 sq/m indoor market hall. It is basically a food paradise!

With over 156 stalls that sell all kinds of fresh foods, produce and flowers, you will be spoilt with choices. Not only are there local food choices, but international ones as well!

Kleinmarkthale is a two-storey market. The first storey has all the fresh produce, while the second level is where all the eateries are located. The eateries mostly serve Italian food but I managed to find one Turkish stall and got myself two boxes of Turkish dates and sweets. I have officially become obsessed with Turkish dates, satisfying my sweet tooth!

For lunch, I had gnocchi covered with cheese and cream. Paired with a glass of Scavi & Ray Moscato, it was one of the best meals I had during my Europe trip! Even better, it doesn’t cost a bomb compared to high-end restaurants.

We ended the day by visiting the Archaeological Museum. I have to admit, I’m not a museum kinda person, so I was quite bored during the visit.

But all in all, it was a good day!

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Xx,

Nic

Rhine Valley Travel Guide

We decided to be a little ‘brave’ by taking a day tour to Rhine Valley on the second day upon arriving in Europe, despite ‘battling’ the not-so-friendly jet lag.

We visited this little town called Rüdesheim. I love how the locals there pronounce it. The “R” is silent and instead it sounds like “hoo-de-sheim”. I tried my best to have a German accent when saying the word, and not to brag, but I think I said it pretty well.

Once we arrived in Rüdesheim, the first thing we did was look for food. I tend to get hungry easier when I’m in a cold country. I guess I burn off calories faster when I’m hungry?

We had lunch at this quaint little eatery called Hannefore International. I ordered cheese with bread and holy moly (!!!) it’s so good, I was like “where have you been all my life?!!”

Paired it with a bottle of Moscato, it’s the perfect combination!

I was actually ‘fighting’ with dad over the cheese. He was taking too much of it and ya know, Nicole DON’T SHARE food!!

After all that cheese, bread and wine, we decided to trek up to visit the famous Niederwalddenkmal, which represents the spirit and unification of Germany.

Funnily enough, we didn’t plan on trekking. We wanted to take the cablecar up, but it was close (shops close really early in Europe).

So imagine my ‘delight’ when I found out we were gonna trek nearly 2km!

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Xx,

Nic

Frankfurt Travel Guide (Part 1)

Our 3-week adventure (20th March – 9th April) in Europe began at Frankfurt.

I have to say, I was definitely not prepared for the cold. Even though it was Spring, temperatures fell as low as 2 degrees when I was there. And if you know me, I can’t stand cold. Uh uh! That’s why I’m always at the beach. So the cold was definitely a shock to my whole body system as you can imagine.

We took it easy on the first day upon arrival, due to jet lag and I repeat, the cold. Ok we TRIED to take it easy but there were so many things to see and places to go.

We first headed to the Kaiserdom Imperial Cathedral. I think we were the only idiots who decided to climb up 328 steps (!!!) up to the top of the cathedral, when we were suffering from jet lag. No joke guys, I was literally wheezing. At the top, you’ll get the beautiful view of Frankfurt’s skyline.

But of course, me being in as rotten bitch mood after suffering the way up, just said, “That’s it?! I suffered through all that shit for this?!” Sorry guys, I can be a bitch when I’m in a foul mood.

Next, we headed to Römer, which is is a medieval building in the Altstadt of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and one of the city’s most important landmarks.  We had lunch at this place called Haus Wertheym and got to try the apple wine. I didn’t like it that much as it tasted diluted to me.

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Before we called it a day, we visited the Palmengarten, which I thoroughly enjoyed! Why? Because it was a green house, so the whole place was warm!

My thoughts for this place? If you live in a humid country like Singapore and do not need to rely on green houses to grow beautiful flowers? You can give the Palmengarten a miss. But if you’re there for the photos, Palmengarten is a good place for that.

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During our time in Frankfurt, we stayed in an Airbnb located in a village named Geinsheim, which is near to the city Trebur. We relied heavily on public transportation daily. Now if you’re travelling to Frankfurt, I would suggest you get a pass which was a saviour for us. We bought the two-day pass, allowing us to travel anywhere within the city.

It is important to note that if you get caught without a ticket or pass for public transport, you’ll get a fine of 60 Euros PER PERSON!! That was what happened to us during one of our day out in Frankfurt. We were very lucky as the officer was kind enough to only fine my dad.

So don’t try your luck like we did!

 

Till the next post

Xx,

Nic

 

 

Lookbook

With the arrival of spring, I’ve decided to create a lookbook perfect for the new season. 

When I was living in Shanghai for a few years, spring was my favourite season. It wasn’t too hot or too cold. And I enjoyed the fact that beautiful flowers started blooming again. It’s like a scene out of a movie where the character just lies on the grass to admire the beautiful just bloomed flowers everywhere.

So let’s get creative, shall we?

Lately, I’m obsessed with outfits that has some floral designs or that gives a boho vibe. Reminds me of the time I spent in Byron Bay. A very laid back and effortlessly chic look. Maybe my inner bohemian is trying to rise?

Look 1: 

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Funny enough, this pair of heels were not my first choice. However, Demon had destroyed the other pair of heels that morning so I decided to go with Plan B, which now that I look at it, is a better choice that the pair I was planning to wear.

Look 2:

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Look 3:

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One of my fave dresses by Neonmello. Sadly, they don’t sell it anymore.

Look 4:

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Another one of my fave dresses at the moment. I got this in JB’s Cotton On.

Like I said, super boho.

Look 5:

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Got my bubba to join me! 

There were so many people shooting there that day and Snow was the main attention!

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An impromptu trip to the Botanic Gardens.

Hope you guys enjoyed this lookbook!

Xx,

Nic

2017 in a nutshell

Hello again,

It’s been some time since my last post and that’s not just because I’ve been really busy, but I guess also due to me losing inspiration for writing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing but so much has happened that I just needed to take some time away for myself.

I did some travelling in 2017, not as much as I wished due to me going back to studying. Nevertheless, the trips I took were heart-warming and no less an adventure.

I went to Byron Bay, Sydney, Bintan, and twice to Maldives.

Byron Bay & Sydney

My fave place in the world. Sydney holds a special place in my heart. I can’t explain why. Maybe it’s the vibes and people there. I feel so at ease and at home whenever I visit Sydney.

If I can move to Sydney tomorrow, I will do so in a heartbeat. And I’m so glad I got to take my mum along for this visit. I hope I’ll be able to go back to this beautiful city soon.

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Bintan

A short but still meaningful trip with the family. It’s been years since we took a family trip so when everyone was finally free, off we go!

I wished we had more time in Bintan but reality awaits. Our next family trip will be in 2020. We’re planning a two-month road trip across Canada and Alaska, so I’m really excited about it!

Maldives

Another place I’ve been wanting to revisit for far too long. Maldives is just so beautiful with its islands and beaches. I went there to heal and it was definitely a great trip after 10 freaking long years. I’m so happy to have met new friends there who made my stay a joy.

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School

In March, I will have completed my Freshman year. Honestly, I can’t wait for it to be over and move on to become a Junior. So much has been happening but I just hope that I’ll stay focus on my goals and objectives.

With that said, here’s to 2018 being a better year and lots and lots of new adventures!

Xx,

Nic