Posts in Germany
6 reasons you absolutely need to visit Baden Baden in Germany

Baden Baden is a beautiful spa town located at the foot of the Black Forest mountains in South Germany, not very far away from Germany's border to France. It is famous for its curative waters and healing baths and has attracted the likes of Queen Victoria, Barrack Obama and many more celebrities over the years. I spent a few days there recently and totally fell in love with the place! Here is why I think you absolutely need to make a visit to Baden Baden!

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First class train travel in Europe: 5 things to expect on board the Deutsche Bahn ICE, the German high-speed train

Some of the most precious moments in my life have been spent in solo travel through Europe on long distance trains. It's my retreat from the world, an almost Zen-like experience when I can be alone like this, silently concentrated on the beauty of the picture-perfect quaint European villages as they roll dreamily past...Recently I was traveling in Germany by the German high-speed train ICE (Inter City Express) and for those of you who want to know more about the Deutsch Bahn first class compartment and service aboard the ICE train, here are some pictures and some information from my very recent visit.

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#VisitBerlin with me: 15 pictures from my trip to #Berlin

A couple of years ago I was in Berlin for the first time and took the hop-on-hop-off Berlin bus tour to see Berlin's top tourist attractions. The weather was cloudy but I still managed to take pictures of anything and everything as the bus driver took us to the most important places to see in Berlin. The guide did a good job of explaining to us the historical significance of the places we visited, even though his accent was a bit difficult to get at first. What I understood was that most of Berlin had been destroyed by the war and then build again exactly the way it was before war. For those of you who are interested in art, culture, history and DDR, you will really enjoy your visit here.

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Why the #BadPyrmont #SpaResort in Germany makes for an ideal #vacation spot!

Bad Pyrmont is a famous spa resort located in North Germany close to the city of Hannover. I was there for fall and was completely blown out by the sheer beauty of the place! To begin with, I stayed at the 5 star Steigenberger Hotel and Spa, located right on the world famous Kurpark, voted as Germany's most beautiful park in 2005 and Europe's most beautiful park in 2006. The Steigenberger hotel with it's perfect location (Bad Pyrmont castle and its museum are only around seven minutes walk away, and the historic center is only one minute away)...

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A pilgrimage to Konnersreuth Germany--visiting the village of Saint Therese Neumann

It was the month of February and even though it had been snowing heavily in Germany, I decided to make a pilgrimage to Konnersreuth in Bavaria, Germany to visit the house of Saint Therese Neumann, which had been a long cherished desire in my heart after I had first read about her in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. 

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#South #Germany by train: 10 inspiring photos

A couple of summers ago I took a train from Munich to a little village called Bermersbach in Black Forest in South Germany. I present my train journey in the form of ten photos I clicked from the train. Germany is beautiful and I strongly recommend train-travel in Europe to enjoy the beauty of the passing picturesque landscapes as one looks out of the window. P.S. The photos may have a reflection of the glass window of the train. 

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5 reasons to love Ingolstadt shopping outlet!

Ingolstadt Village is a chic shopping outlet conveniently located about 80km north of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Since I have been there twice, I wanted to share with you why this shopping outlet is definitely worth a visit. Ofcourse it cannot be compared to the Desert Hill Shopping Outlet in California as far as brands are concerned, but it has it's own unique European charm and a quaint atmosphere that makes it very attractive. 

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Getting around in #Munich-5 things to do

Munich is very well connected through it's excellent public transport system (öffentliche Verkehrsmittel) called the MVV consisting of underground metros, trains, buses and trams. You don't need a car  to get around the city because in Munich you are never more than a few minutes away from an underground, bus or a tram stop. It is good to know that the S Bahn is the regional train service in Munich and the U Bahn is the underground metro. 

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Arriving in #Munich:some useful tips!

It was the middle of May and my first ever break abroad after quitting my job. I flew Lufthansa as always reaching Munich airport in the early afternoon. I followed the signs at the airport to the Lufthansa Shuttle, an inexpensive and comfortable way to get to the center of Munich. One way ticket costs €10.50 but if you want to take the shuttle back, it is better to buy a return ticket at a reduced price of €17. You can either book the ticket online or get it on the bus itself. The bus leaves every 20 minutes and passing through Munich-Schwabing...

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Munich when it snows!

It was October 2012 and I was in the middle of my German course B2.3 at the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany. Some friends had planned a photography workshop for the weekend and I was really looking forward to it all week long. Imagine, what joy was ours when on the day of the workshop, we woke up to a white morning-it had snowed all night long and was still snowing, the first snow of the winters heralding the arrival of an early winter!

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I quit my job and learn German :)

In February 2011 I quit my very successful job as Creative Head of a design firm. It was a huge decision for me as I had unknowingly become part of a corporate rat-race and got invariably attached to position, a nice salary and 5-star travel to Europe. But the more I worked, the more meaningless life seemed. I could be in Paris and not have the time to go to the Champs Élysées or I could be in Frankfurt and hang out just at the Frankfurt-Flughafen to change planes or be in Barcelona and not visit the beach.

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Studying German in style at Goethe

GI_weltweit. I was in #Munich, Germany where I had enrolled myself for a #GermanLanguageCourse at the #GoetheInstitute,Sonnenstrasse25 fabulously located in walking distance from #Marienplatz and #Kaufingerstrasse–one of Germany's busiest and most expensive '#Einkaufszentrum' (as they say in German) or Shopping Center in the heart of Munich. I was wondering at the co-incidence of having three Hallhuber shops (two at Kaufingerstrasse and the third one at Stachus Passagen...

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A retreat in Black Forest, South Germany.

Today 21st June is the first ever UN International #YogaDay and I wanted to share an experience from a #spiritualretreat I attended in Bermersbach, Black Forest Germany, two years ago. This retreat is only for students and members of #SelfRealizationFellowship (Selbstverwirklichung) with it's international headquarters in Los Angeles, Califorina, European Headquarters at Nürnberg in Germany and Indian Headquarters in Ranchi, India.

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