Backpacking through Europe Part 10: Salzburg

Backpacking through Europe Part 10: Salzburg

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
We left Germany, all merry and jolly and belly full of sausages. Now on our trail to Vienna, but before this major stop, let's stop over at Salzburg for lunch. Salzburg is the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famous composer of the 18th century. When we arrived Salzburg, I thought, no wonder this place produced Mozart. It is so beautiful and romantic.    [nk_awb awb_type="image" awb_stretch="true" awb_image="2602" awb_image_size="full" awb_image_background_size="cover" awb_image_background_position="50% 50%" awb_parallax_speed="0.5" awb_parallax_mobile="true" awb_mouse_parallax="true" awb_mouse_parallax_size="30" awb_mouse_parallax_speed="10000" awb_styles=" padding-top: 100px; padding-bottom: 100px;"] [/nk_awb] During our Europe trip, it was mainly a tour of architecture, here we took a slightly different turn and got to enjoy the natural scenery. The Salzach river runs through the city, with an iron bridge straddling across. On the bridge, many people have left their…
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Germany, what a sausage fest!

Germany, what a sausage fest!

Eat, Street Food, Travel
Confession, I didn't come up with this 'creative title'. Here we conclude the last post on Germany, so we thought it would be nice to have a summary of all the sausages of this beautiful country. After all, it is a land of sausages. 1. Frankfurters in Frankfurt These are small sausages smoked at low temperature. They are not cooked through, but only boiled in hot water for short period. They have distinctive smokey flavour, and often served with mustard and bread. Alternatively, you can have them in potato soup, just like how we did it. 2. Nünbergers in Nuremberg These are small grilled sausages from Nuremberg, typically served with sauerkraut and bread, with a squirt of mustard. They have a sweet taste, and go perfectly with a glass of…
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What to Eat in Munich

What to Eat in Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
If you haven't read our previous post on Munich, then head over to Backpacking through Europe Part 9. Here we tell you the food you must try before leaving Munich. 1. Weisswurst (white sausage) with Pretzel This is traditional Bavarian food, which is often served before noon, a perfect option for breakfast or brunch. The sausages usually do not have any preservatives and are white in appearance. They are typically served with sweet mustard, pretzel and a glass of beer. Yes, you read me right, in Germany it is normal to start drinking beer from morning. Perhaps we were not adventurous enough, we so just had coffee. 2. Bavarian sausage salad This cold dish can be eaten as brunch or a snack. Sausages are thinly sliced and served with fresh…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 9: Munich

Backpacking through Europe Part 9: Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Other, Travel
An Authentic Bavarian Experience Dusk of Munich A bit like London, in the evening, Munich comes to life. Little Oktoberfest We didn't plan it, but by chance we came to Munich during their spring festival. So what is this spring festival? Well, think Oktoberfest, then shrink it. This looks odd. There were not that many people there. It turned out, there were a lot of people, and they all gathered at the beer tents. I always had the impression that German people are always very serious. After all, Germany is the country that produces world class technology and architecture. Surely, to produce products to such a high level, you would need a stiff upper lip. Yet, at the festival, everyone we met were very nice and relaxed, recommending us food…
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Mid-autumn: a night of classic Chinese performing arts

Mid-autumn: a night of classic Chinese performing arts

Art, London, Travel
Today marks the The Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a very special occasion in China, with its importance being just behind the Chinese New Year. During this period, people celebrate with their families, eat moon cakes, and appreciate the full moon at night. on 27th September, in the name of Mid-Autumn Festival, the UK Han Culture Association  and UK China Performing Arts (UKCPA) collaborated with several London based Chinese artists,  and brought authentic oriental culture onto stage at London Hippodrome. Hippodrome was first opened in 1900, initially used for circus performances and variety shows, and later on became a popular spot for comedies, musicals, jazz shows and burlesque shows. This time, Chinese performance art came onto this stage. What an interesting combination! Classic Oriental culture meets Western glam! Drum Solo The night started…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 8: Nuremburg

Backpacking through Europe Part 8: Nuremburg

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Nuremberg: a city full of history and colours Nuremberg was not in the plan. Since I liked Frankfurt so much, boyfriend suggested Nuremberg as a detour, which is another city heavily influence by Franconian culture. Also, Nuremberg has a castle! Somewhere along this Europe trip, it seems to became a tour of German cathedrals and churches. Nuremberg also has a church of gothic style, St. Lorenz. Hospice of the Holy Spirit Going up the castle Panoramic view from top of the castle Weißgerbergasse This little street is probably one of the most colourful streets I have ever set my foot on. White Castle Street is full of beautiful medieval half-timbered houses. There are several restaurants and bars here, perfect for a bite to eat.   Remember to grab a gelato (or…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 7: Frankfurt

Backpacking through Europe Part 7: Frankfurt

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Frankfurt is the financial centre of Germany, if not, of Europe. It is the fifth largest German city, and the site of many global corporate head quarters. Well, many things happen in this city: book fair, trade show, stock exchange... In a way, it is like Canary Wharf, only many times bigger. The Altstadt Yet, the city centre of Frankfurt, known as the altstadt (literally means old district). It has architectures quite the contrary to those shiny sky scrappers often portrayed by the typical financial centres. When I saw the square, surrounded by the colourful buildings, I fell in love with Frankfurt immediately. How cool is this. The door knock is in the shape of a pretzel. I guess, that makes the door handle resembling to a frankfurter sausage. The…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 6: Cologne

Backpacking through Europe Part 6: Cologne

Art, Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Place Boyfriend was very excited about Germany, or what he calls, the 'Land of Sausages'.  I was rather neutral about it. They are just sausages. For that, I was told, 'whoever says they are just sausages, never had the proper ones.' Out of our backpacking trip, we stayed in Germany the longest period. The first stop was Cologne, the cultural capital and fourth largest city of Germany. Upon our arrival at the Cologne main station, or the 'Köln Hauptbahnhof', the first thing that appeared in front us was the Cologne Cathedral, the Medieval Gothic Architecture. It is the tallest twin spired church in the world, at 157m.Its magnificence can only be felt if you are there physically. Looking up from the bottom, I felt rather small. Even as a non-religious…
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Asian Food of The Hague

Asian Food of The Hague

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Indonesian Food: Istana Indonesia was once the largest Dutch colony, and therefore, has significant cultural influence on the Netherlands. This influence extends to food.Drawing similarities to the UK again, Indonesian cuisine to the Netherlands is like Indian food to the UK. There were many Indonesian restaurants in The Hague, probably more than European restaurants. So we were spoilt for choices. We visited the Indonesian restaurant Istana, located in the city centre. The food was very nice, and perfect for the cold weather at the time. I do recommend this restaurant. However, do explore in your own time too. There are simply Indonesian restaurants in every corner. It was the first time I have ever tasted Indonesian food, now I am rather inspired to visit Indonesia.   Japanese Food All-You-Can-Eat: Shibuya To…
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Food of The Hague, Have it Slowly…

Food of The Hague, Have it Slowly…

Eat, Travel
National Food Soused herring On many aspects, Dutch food shares similarities to the British cuisine. It, too, has fish and chips, but instead of having the fish covered in batter and deep fried, they love their soused herring, which is raw fish preserved in brine and seasoning. Caramelised waffle Friets: Frietwinkle The chips, known as 'friets' are another national dish. At Frietwinkle, chips are cut using a press, then blanched, followed by frying. Step 1: Cut Step 2: Blanch Step 3: deep fry, then toss with salt  Step 4: Enjoy, yum yum There are different sauces to go with the fries, we had the satay sauce. Can you guess what the hole on the arm of the chair for? I am sure you already guessed it. It acts as a holder…
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