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Simple DIY Easter Table Decoration

Colourful Easter eggs, sweet bunnies and lots of chocolate; I love Easter! It’s not only because my birthday is in April, but also because the family gets together again after Christmas.

Just so that your loved ones won’t forget the Easter brunch at your place, I have prepared a small Easter decoration for the first time this year. You can easily recreate it.

Do it yourself Easter decoration

If exhaustive and expensive Easter decor is not up your alley, then you’re at the right place.  You can pull this beauty within a few minutes before your family reunion. In any case, you’ll need white eggs, linen napkins (would be an advantage!) and a magic marker.

First of all, you’ll need to boil the eggs for about 8-10 minutes. And if they‘re only for decoration, put them aside. Afterwards, you can carefully paint a face on the eggs with the marker pen. Another idea is to write the names of your guests on the eggs!

My eggs got a little flower wreath on the “head” because we just had them in the garden. Maybe you will find a small wreath of flowers on your next walk or in the garden. Just in case, take two or three more with you, because it doesn’t always work out on the first try.

As soon as the eggs are painted, start folding the napkins!

Just fold the napkin to form a ribbon. Put this ribbon around the egg and tie it at the top with a cord or ribbon. The two ends of the napkin should look like rabbit ears.

That’s it for all deco lovers! If you still have time to buy napkins, you will find them here. I would choose their colour depending on the plates. Slight colour contrast actually works quite well. With white or beige dishes, I would use pink or green napkins for Easter. If you are also looking for a new set of dishes, I link you to my set here.

How do you like my table decoration for Easter? Have you already planned a decoration for the Easter holidays? If so, in which style and with which colors do you decorate this year?

10 Best Bachelorette Destinations in Europe

Your best friend is getting married soon, and you want to make the hen or stag party unforgettable? Now the only question is where to go, right? I have some ideas for you on how to combine the bachelorette party with a city trip. After all, the choice is a huge one and, of course, you want to find the right destination for your Bachelor or Bachelorette. It works for either of them.

But before you choose your favourite city, check which places are served by your airport and if they offer a flight out on Friday afternoon and a flight back on Sunday. You can easily check this on Google Flights. There you can also filter by flight times.

Now, a few inspirations for you!

1. Budapest

Majestic buildings like in Paris and trendy pubs, vintage shops, and street art like in Berlin are no rarity in Budapest. On the contrary, some European capitals should beware of the modern Hungarian capital. Above all, you will get great value for your money here. Chic and modern hotels, restaurants, and bars at affordable prices are found in abundance.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should have a budget of about 300€.

Recommended travel time: October to April

2. Warsaw

Spectacular malls, hip bars and chic restaurants are around every corner in this iconic capital of Poland. Tall skyscrapers remind one of those in Manhattan. Whoever visits Warsaw for the first time will be surprised how cool and modern the Polish capital is. Especially at Christmas time, the traditional Polish cuisine and the Christmassy decorated streets invite you to a humid and happy weekend trip!

For a weekend with flights (Ryanair), a nice Airbnb apartment, and complete catering you should expect to spend about 250€.

Recommended travel time: November to February

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3. Riga

Riga is a bargaining wonderland, even when you’re booking a flight for it! Ryanair and the airline AirBaltic will fly you from almost all German airports to the Capital of Culture. In Riga, you can live luxuriously and don’t have to worry about your wallet. In addition, you can always reach every place on foot. In springtime, the wonderful blossoming parks are a sight to behold. Here, you will also find very modern restaurants and bars. Karaoke bars are a MUST here!

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights) and complete catering you should calculate the total expense to be about 300€.

Recommended travel time: November to May

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4. Mallorca

Mallorca has, of course, many entertaining corners. You can fly to the Ballermann to celebrate for 48 hours just partying. Or you can go to Palma for shopping and party trip or to the quiet corners of Mallorca to relax with the group.

In the mountains of Mallorca, you will find the most beautiful city on the whole island. When you visit it, you will soon realize that Sóller is not only in my eyes the most perfect city on the island. Because of the many small streets, there is only some tourism ongoing during the main season.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should expect spending about 500€.

Recommended travel time: April to October

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5. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a classic for stag or hen parties! Here, you will definitely find lots of entertainment in a great setting. And to relax after a long night you can always go for a canal trip. From Cologne, for example, you can be there within 2-3 hours by car or even by train.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should have a budget of about 350€.

Recommended travel time: all year round

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6. Dublin

Dublin has so much to offer that it is almost impossible to see all the sights within 2 days, but, for sure, you can see the most beautiful pubs within 2 days, and you will always have a bombastic atmosphere! Only 20 minutes away from Dublin, you are already right near the sea and can enjoy a great view.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should calculate a total cost of about 350€.

Recommended travel time: September-April

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7. Munich

That Munich is an expensive place is nothing new for many people. Nevertheless, one can also get a lot out of a trip to Munich with a smaller budget, especially the brewery culture invites to an entertaining party. Maybe you can have the bachelor party at the Oktoberfest? Just don’t forget that many shops in Munich close early on weekends.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should calculate an expense of about 350€.

Recommended travel time: all year round

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8. Milan

Milan is known to many for its noble design boutiques and as Italy’s fashion capital. But there is much more to discover here. Most importantly, you can fly with Ryanair to Bergamo for just under 10€ and from there, you can be in Milan within 40 minutes by bus for about 5€! A day in the student city of Bergamo is definitely worth it.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should have a budget of about 300€.

Recommended travel time: April-October

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9. Paris

Paris, the city of love. For a more “stylish” stag/hen party, I recommend the capital of France. Maybe you could combine the city trip with a day trip to Disneyland?

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you should not need more than 500€.

Recommended travel time: April-October

10. Manchester

Besides the English capital, London, Manchester is one of the most interesting places to have a mind-blowing bachelor or bachelorette party. In the English city, there is always something going on, and there is a lot to see. Maybe you are lucky, and there is a big concert planned in the football stadium.

Ryanair offers very cheap flights to Manchester.

For a weekend with flights, a 4-star hotel (2 nights), and complete catering you’d need about 350€.

Recommended travel time: October-April

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Winter Escape – Falkensteiner Sport & Wellness Hotel in Kärnten

Maybe it would be nice to see snow again this winter after all? Or I could enjoy a tasty Kaiserschmarrn (pancake with raisins) instead of being exposed to the dreary weather at home, right?

How’d you feel if I tell that you can go snowshoeing, snowboarding, and skiing in a matter of minutes? But it gets even better with a 1530m high gondola right in front of the door. Lazing around and being pampered is the dream that gets fulfilled here.

If it weren’t for the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia with all its great offers, nothing would’ve been possible. The four-star hotel in Tröpolach is only a good 50 minutes’ drive from Klagenfurt airport at an altitude of 600 metres.

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The Hotel

As soon as you arrive at the hotel, you have to admire the modern and spacious reception hall. We were accommodated in a junior suite with a view of the village. The room had the usual sleeping area and bathroom, but there was also a spacious lounge and a walk-in closet. 

From the first floor we could go directly to the ski and snowboard rental, which is located in the hotel, and also had direct access to the wellness area.

The wellness area is an exciting experience from both exterior and interior with its floor to ceiling windows and a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains. In addition, you can enjoy the heated indoor and outdoor pool and a variety of saunas with a separate pool area. Twice a day there is even a free sauna infusion, to let the long ski day come to a relaxing end. And if that’s not enough, you can also relax completely with a body massage.

For those who want to get even more exercise, the modern cardio-fitness centre with yoga and workout room is a must.

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Falkensteiner Hotel, Fasten Ur Seatbelts,

Culinary Experience

I am a big fan of Austrian cuisine. With it, you could start the day at a breakfast buffet! Everything that one could desire for a snack was there along with a variety of egg dishes, porridge, fruits, muesli, and so much more with it.

At dinner, you can look forward to a fusion of Carinzian specialities: South Tyrolean delicacies and Mediterranean influences.

A Kaiserschmarrn is of course not missing from the buffet!

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Outdoor Activities

Outside of the hotel, you shouldn’t be without Ulli and Marco from the Sportfabrik! Together with the hotel, they‘d created a unique program for us. Whether it was ski trips, snow yoga, snowmobile driving, helicopter flying or snowshoe hiking, everything was included.

The ski slopes are less than a minutes‘ walk from the hotel, as well as the gondola.

From there, you have numerous downhill runs for every level of experience. Ski passes and ski equipment are available at the hotel, of course.

For the romantics among us, a carriage ride was also offered. On this trip, I have experienced so much fun & action in 2 ½ days as I haven’t for a long time.

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Falkensteiner Hotel, Fasten Ur Seatbelts,

Good to know

  • Try the Kaiserschmarrn on the Kofel Alm.
  • Dine at the “Bärenwirt” in Hermagor.
  • Après-Ski is a great way to celebrate at the Kristallalm!
  • You can celebrate until late at night in the bar “Zum Alois” right next to the hotel
  • The Klagenfurt airport is small and fine, but flies directly to Cologne, for example.
  • In the meantime, you can also travel to Villach by train from Bonn or Frankfurt at low cost,   sometimes even for 29,90€!
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Kofel Alm
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Bärenwirt
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Bedroom at our hotel
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Suite with the village view
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TOP 10 things to do in Budapest

I never thought that I could experience the beauty of two unique cities in one place. 48 hours in Budapest felt like Paris and Berlin at the same time. Majestic buildings like in Paris and hip pubs, vintage shops and street art like in Berlin are no rarity in Budapest. Honestly, some European capitals should beware of this modern Hungarian capital. The wide avenues, the coffee house culture and the wonderful Danube entices one to take a city trip!

I’ve compiled, just for you, the best tips when in Budapest:

– Visit Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion is located in the older part of Budapest, also known as Buda. On one side of the Danube is Buda, and on the other side is Pest. The Fisherman’s Bastion, however, cannot be overlooked by the sights of Pest!

From the seven fabulous white towers, you can take a panoramic view of the whole city. This historical monument was my personal highlight of the trip, as the place is simply picturesque. For unique pictures, you should be there before the first tourist buses arrive at 9 am. Otherwise, you can visit Fisherman’s Bastion 24 hours except for the towers, which close at the 21st hour.

Many ways lead to the Fisherman’s Bastion, of course, but I recommend you to walk from the city to the castle hill if the weather is good.

– Cross Széchenyi Chain Bridge

On the way to the Fisherman’s Bastion, you’ll definitely cross the Chain Bridge. On foot, you have the opportunity to make several stops, take a deep breath, and simply enjoy the view over the Danube.

– Danube River Cruise

Another highlight was the evening cruise over the Danube. A boat trip there is best done in the evening after dusk. The illuminated panorama can be especially enjoyed with a romantic glass of wine or even beer.

Usually, the 48h ticket costs between 8€ and 10€ per person. So, you could also take a day trip the next day with the same ticket.

– Discover the Third Biggest Parliament Building in the World

The impressive parliament building in Budapest is definitely a must-watch. The gargantuan structure can be seen from far away. You can see it particularly well from the Fisherman’s Bastion or while on a tour of the Danube. Of course, you can also take a tour inside the third largest parliament in the world.

– On the Top of St. Stephen’s Basilica

From the highest church of Budapest, 96 meters above, you can get a scenic, bird’s-eye view of the city for just 200 HUF. The domes inside the St. Stephen’s Basilica reminded me a little bit of the Vatican City in Rome.

– Watch the Sunset at a Rooftop Bar

A very special and unique rooftop bar can be found on the luxurious shopping street, Andrássy út, in the middle of the city centre. From a transparent igloo, you can watch the sunset with a delicious drink in hand or Swiss cheese fondue.

The 360 Bar really offers a 360-degree view of Budapest.

– Vintage Shopping in Budapest

Almost everywhere in Budapest, you can find vintage design and second-hand shops. Many are located in the Jewish quarter. Be sure to check out Retrock and Szputnyik D20. Don’t forget (!) the shops are also open on Sundays.

– Explore the Jewish Quarter

Speaking of the Jewish quarter, don’t just explore the vintage shops, but also the street art, trendy cafes, and delicious restaurants. It’s the place to be in for hipsters! The restaurant Mazel Tov or Twenty Six is remarkably delectable.

– Eat Local Food

I still remember eating the mouth-watering goulash dishes with pleasure. The hearty Hungarian cuisine is a MUST during your time in Budapest. Langos with garlic cream and cheese can be found on almost every corner. For the sweet hunger, I recommend Kürtőskalács – a chimney cake made from sweet yeast and then spun around a truncated cone-shaped baking material.

– Stay at Radisson Blu in Budapest

Right in the middle of it all, you’ll be staying at the newly renovated and modern Radisson Blu Béke Hotel. The main train station is only 300m away, and only 500m away is the famous Boulevard Andrássy with all the famous shops!

In the spacious rooms, we could relax wonderfully after a long day in the city. The beds are super comfortable.

The Nespresso machine in the room and the extensive breakfast buffet are not the only things we can eat in the morning. My tip? An omelette with everything and cheese!

How to Get Around?

In Budapest, you can reach all the tourist hot spots on foot. So, you can see more, of course! If you need to go faster, I recommend the taxi app “Bolt” or the app “Lime” for the e-scooters.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Santa Claus is right on the doorstep 😉 But wait, are you still looking for a unique Christmas present and can’t make it to the city or order something? No problem! With this gift, you can definitely surprise your loved one, and they will, for sure, not forget Christmas this year.

Did you know that you can now fly directly to New York from all major German airports for less than 300€ (return flight)? For this unique surprise, you have to do the following steps!

  • Open the page Google Flights, enter your departure airport, and don’t forget the destination: New York. Then you can choose the travel period. The date display shows you directly when it is cheapest. I recommend flying for 4-5 days. For example, from Wednesday/Thursday to Sunday. So you don’t need to take so many holidays.
  • Flights booked? First, take a deep breath and be happy!!! Because it goes straight to New York!
  • Don’t forget your ESTA visa. It takes about 5 minutes online, and you’d need it for the entry.
  • Now you probably need a place to stay. I usually always book via Booking.com. It is important that you live in Manhattan. This will save you transportation costs. It is also not necessarily more expensive. You just have to find the offers on Booking. You can also check out holiday pirates or holiday gurus. They always pick out hotels that often have offers. You will pay about 350€-650€ for a double room for 2 persons in a 3 or 4-star hotel. More expensive options are, of course, always available. The NoMad Hotels often have special offers or the Hyatt Hotel on Times Square.
  • Now you already have a flight and a hotel. All you only need are tickets for Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building. New York is not a cheap city, and, therefore, you should be well prepared.
  • How you can save time & money? Just get your New York Pass from Attraction Tickets Direct. The Pass gives you access to over 100 top New York attractions. You get the tickets directly to your smartphone, and at many attractions, you have a fast track ticket and don’t have to queue. All the famous attractions are covered by the ticket. I also ordered it before one of my New York trips.
    • Some attractions included are:
      • Top of the Rock
      • Empire State Building
      • Statue of Liberty
      • Madame Tussauds
      • MoMa
      • NBC Studio Tour and much more!
  • After about 30 minutes, you will have booked your unforgettable Christmas present. Now you only have to wrap it. At Pinterest, you can even find instructions on how to make flight tickets, for example. Or get a nice card and be creative!

I wish you a Merry Christmas & a good trip!

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The Best Christmas Gifts for Travelers

Only a few days until Christmas and quite possibly you must be missing a gift for your loved ones. There is nothing more beautiful than to make someone happy. The feeling is almost more beautiful than being given a gift yourself.

Just like every year, you wonder what you can give to your friends or family. I have put together a small list of gift ideas for those who enjoy traveling with your loved ones. Maybe someone of you is going to travel next year, so this might come in handy.

First Class Organization

A simple gift that I have been using for years is – cable bag. Finally, I no longer have to look for the mobile phone charging cable, the headphones or the USB charging cable in my pocket. At first, I thought I didn’t need this bag anyway. But now I don’t go on a journey without it.

In addition, I can only recommend a memory card case. It’s an important gift, after all, for the travelers who shoot countless pictures.

You can get both the cable bag and memory card case under 10€ and can be sure that nobody has this gift yet.

A Photo says More than a Thousand Words!

Every Christmas, my friends and family get a photo calendar from me with our best travel moments from the past year. Meanwhile, I am reminded weeks before Christmas that everyone would be very happy about the personalized gift again.

At the end of the year, I always give myself a calendar with the most beautiful moments I have experienced in the year.

If you don’t want to give away a calendar as a gift, you can, of course, also use other photo products. How about a photo book or your favourite skyline on a canvas? You will find a great selection of photo gifts at MEINFOTO.

Sweet Dreams

This year I forgot my inflatable neck pillow on a plane during a trip. An absolute nightmare! I don’t fly long distances without my neck pillow. Make your loved ones happy and give them pure relaxation on the way to your dream destination.

Recharge

How often have you forgotten a travel adapter in the past or haven’t had the right one with you? It has happened to me countless times in the past until I was given the travel adapter that works in 150 countries. An inconspicuous gift that brings a lot of joy and a little bit of carelessness. The recipient does not have to worry about enough electricity in the future.

Unless he needs several battery charges at the same time.

But often, there is only one socket or only one travel adapter. What then? No problem! Because I have the solution: A USB charger with several ports. With my USB charger, I charge my smartphone, headphones, camera and iPad at the same time, so that I can fully start the next day on my journey again.

Special Travel Gifts

Of course, there is no upper limit on giving them! If you want to have a “big” joy, every travel enthusiast will be happy about having headphones, luggage or, undoubtedly, a camera for capturing those unforgettable moments.

A journey always begins with a flight, car or train. To reduce the time, almost everyone listens to music, podcast or watches a film. Without headphones, you won’t get far, because you don’t want to disturb your fellow travellers.

My faithful companions are my Apple Earpods because they don’t weigh much, are handy and small. Not to forget, of course, the great sound.

My Earpods have their own compartment in my stylish and unique Douchebags backpack! I never travel without it. The best part is that they really go with everything.

If you are going on an adventure trip, I recommend the Hook Up System from Douchebags. In the Hugger 30L and the Big Bastard 90L, you can easily take everything with you on a journey and still look cool.

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If your destination is a bit fancy, I would always consider a RIMOWA suitcase. I tried 2x a different brand, and they only kept me for 2 months. With my RIMOWA suitcases, I have been travelling for years and am always very satisfied.

The great equipment and the unique moments should, of course, be captured with a camera and its usage always depends on the purpose. For many people, a small, user-friendly digital camera is enough. If you are interested in my photographic equipment, you can have a look at my article about my equipment.

I hope that there is something in it for some of you and that you or your loved ones can enjoy it. Enjoy the holidays and come well into the New Year!