Just before we moved away from the UK this past Spring we visited Strasbourg, France with my dad and stepmom. This area is known for its Riesling wines, which, at first, I wasn’t sure about, as I am not a huge fan of sweeter wine. But after wine tasting from local vineyards in the small villages scattered along the Grand Est region, I quickly got on board! We stayed in an Airbnb that looked to be straight out of the Beauty and the Beast! Each of the little villages are surrounded by ancient walls, and in the middle of each one there is an adorable town square with pubs and cafes all serving local cuisine. While a very wet trip, we wandered, walked and drove for days around the many castles, vistas, villages and vineyards all along the valley and surrounding mountains. Unbelievably beautiful!
This past January we visited our dear friends in Berlin. As far as our time with our friends goes, it was one for the books! Great conversations, yummy food and endless laughs. However. Berlin was probably my least favorite European city I have ever visited. Admittedly it could have been due to the dreary January weather, but even with that consideration, I can’t say I would go back. That said, it is the third time we have visited Germany and the rest of the country is stunning, it is just Berlin that felt so monochromatic. We are grateful for the wonderful visit we had with our friends, but overall, I would say there are better places in Europe to visit. Here are a few shots of the city, Checkpoint Charlie, the Wall, and a few of the historical buildings. We did enjoy some great German beers!