Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bremen Germany

Bremen is an extremely cosmopolitan city and though people here don't overdo it with friendliness, they are open-minded and totally relaxed. The most spoken languages here might be German and Turkish.

It has a lovely old town; probably one of the best old towns in Germany, a beautiful city centre, tons of parks and greenery and some cool hipster areas.

Bremen is at once a modern university town and a port city with more than 1200 years of history. Its Old Town reflects its medieval and Renaissance past, but many of the old merchant houses are now home to restaurants, and neighborhoods that once housed tradesmen have the same charming exteriors while boutiques and art galleries occupy their main floors. 

When the weather is nice, residents spill down the banks of the river at outdoor cafes and markets. Bremen is close enough to Hamburg that it’s easy to visit but far enough away to make it just off the main tourist route for many international visitors, which is one of the many things that makes it a great place to spend a couple of days. 

Bremen’s Marktplatz (Market Square) is the heart of the city’s Old Town. With its historic merchant houses now mostly transformed into shops and cafes, it is one of the most picturesque places we’ve ever seen to meet friends or have a cup of coffee. Or you may just lose yourself in staring at the beautiful buildings. During certain times of the year—namely late October, November, and December— Marktplatz is lit up with the lively Freimarkt, an ancient fair with a 1000-year history, and Bremen’s Christmas market.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 25 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 750 metres deep.