Posts made in August, 2014

Photos from the Harz of Germany

Posted by on 26 Aug, 2014 in Blog, Germany, Photography | 5 comments

Photos from the Harz of Germany

Last week I spent four days exploring another of Germany’s hidden gems, visiting some of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever seen. This time, I was in the Harz region – a mostly mountainous area in the centre of Germany. Though well-known for its natural scenery and various peaks, its cultural treasures aren’t as well documented. Even so, the area is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: St. Michael’s Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hildesheim The old town of Goslar and the Mines of Rammelsberg Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg Martin Luther’s Birthplace and Death House, Eisleben I will be writing a lot...

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My summer travel plans: update

Posted by on 17 Aug, 2014 in Blog, Travel planning | 4 comments

My summer travel plans: update

Though it might only seem like yesterday, it’s now three months since my last travel plan update, so I thought I’d share what you can expect in the upcoming weeks. I’ll be travelling a lot more than usual over the next 6-8 weeks, so be sure to follow me on instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with where I am. Harz Region, Germany Earlier this year I was invited by Harz Tourismusverband to come and see this beautiful area of Northern Germany, and tomorrow is the day I set off! I really can’t wait to explore another of Germany’s hidden gems. And if there’s one thing I love it’s a picturesque old town – and it looks like the Harz region has plenty on offer. We’ll be...

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Hometown glory: my guide to Worksop

Posted by on 13 Aug, 2014 in Blog, England, UK | 13 comments

Hometown glory: my guide to Worksop

This entry marks a small but significant milestone for Continental Breakfast Travel: my 100th post! So first-off, I would like to thank anyone who has supported, contributed to, tweeted, shared or simply read any of the first 99 posts – it means a lot. To celebrate the significance of this momentous occasion, I wanted to do something a little different, so I thought I would finally get around to talking about something I haven’t got round to before: my home town. Since I left Worksop at the age of 18, I’ve lived in a fair few places (Manchester, Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, Leipzig, Manchester again, Düsseldorf…) but much like Jenny from the block, no matter where I...

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Border lines: the curious case of Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau

Posted by on 7 Aug, 2014 in Belgium, Blog, The Netherlands | 10 comments

Border lines: the curious case of Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau

Since the early planning stages of my London-Düsseldorf road trip, there was one place that got me particularly excited: Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau. And here’s why. Ready? On the face of it, the Belgian town of Baarle-Hertog is a just Belgian exclave in the Netherlands, meaning it’s basically a little slice of Belgium located 5km away from the rest of the country. So far, so simple. But somewhere around the end of the 12th century, the Belgian Duke (or ‘Hertog’) who owned the land, started giving parts of the area to the Dutch counts of Nassau, creating Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau. Still with me? But instead of giving away logical chunks of his area, he seemingly...

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15 things I learned from my first road trip

Posted by on 3 Aug, 2014 in Belgium, Blog, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Travel philosophy, Travel planning | 6 comments

15 things I learned from my first road trip

Last week I embarked on my very first road trip, driving from London to Düsseldorf with two friends. We covered five countries in five days, during the course of which we: got lost, stumbled across one of Europe’s biggest festivals, camped in a storm, got lost again and drove an hour out of our way to visit a German village called Titz. All in all – it was brilliant. But with any new experience, there are lessons to be learned – both good and bad. So here 15 things I learned on my first road trip, which I will hopefully be putting to good use on the road again soon. Distances are much bigger in real life than on maps It sounds laughably simple, but the most important...

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Photos from the road

Posted by on 2 Aug, 2014 in Belgium, Blog, France, Germany, Photography, The Netherlands | 3 comments

Photos from the road

Good news! I’ve finally found some time to upload some photos from my road trip. We arrived in Düsseldorf on Monday evening but since then I’ve been caught up this week with waterskiing, a lovely meal at a Mexican restaurant and a BBQ with an open bar which lasted until 2am (you know, the usual…) But as (another) storm rages in Düsseldorf this afternoon, I thought I would share some snaps from my five days on the road. There will be plenty more to come on the road trip in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Very cool stained glass window in Cologne cathedral Beautiful Antwerp Expect more on Bruges soon Picture-perfect Bruges Etaples military cemetery...

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