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Candy makes the world go round

So, you’re in Berlin and it’s raining a bit. Not the best weather to go sightseeing or do anything at all. And then you hit the jackpot. Close to the Alexandersquare and the TV-tower you find this hidden treasure. A candy store. An actual candy store. With cookies, chocolate, lollypops, nougat and so much more. You just have to go in and then they offer you things to taste… heaven for little and big people. Unnecessary to say I tried myself through the cookies and chocolate. It all tasted so good. Next thing you know, you’re walking around with a shopping basket 🙂
Besides all the sweet stuff, they also have the cutest little cans to save all the food in. They would even look good in your house, when they were empty.

La Cure Gourmande, worth a visit. They also have stores in other countries. But this one in Berlin will see me again, very soon!

 

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Nhow Berlin

One of my all-time favorite hotels is also in Berlin: the Nhow! As part of the NH Hotel Group, but then so different from a ‘standard’ NH hotel. Nhow Berlin has a theme: music! That’s what attracted me a couple of years ago to this hotel. Being in Berlin a few times a year, you always look for a good hotel, a home away from home. And while music is often the reason for my travels to the capital of Germany, a hotel with a music theme seemed only fitting.

Now, a few years and several stays at this hotel later, I have to laugh at my shocked feeling at the question: “Do you want a pink/yellow room or a pink/blue?” Yeah, while this hotel is not only a music hotel, it’s also pink. Very very pink. But stylish and cool.

Getting curious now? It’s time for pictures. First of all the room.

One side of the hotel looks over the Spree, the canal that goes straight through the city. From there you might have a wonderful view of the OberbaumbrĂĽcke.

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Then: why is this a music hotel? Well, first of all, it has a stage in the lobby, where you can just walk into a concert or other ways of live music.

And then this: room service. Not only do they bring you food or drinks. This hotel also delivers guitars, piano or a whole dj-set in your room!

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Last but not least I do have to mention the elevators. 5 in total, all in a different color, all with different kind of elevator music. Classical, Jazz, Pop, you can choose your ride up to your room. Try them all, but warning for the orange one: being locked up in this orange box, even if it’s a short ride, makes you go a little crazy 🙂

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Watching too many crime shows…

It’s december 2013 and we’ve been driving for a few hours. On the way to a concert in Prenzlau, northeast Germany. Practically in the middle of nowhere. But we are happy. First of all we’re looking forward to the concert, but also because our hotel is a castle. Sometimes you just want to stay overnight feeling like a princess 🙂

The navigation system says we have to exit in 10 kilometer. And then all of a sudden it goes black. And we feel lost. Both coming from the past (read: traveling with a map in your lap, driving around searching for a while) we just laughed. Okay, it can’t be that hard. We’re really in the middle of nowhere, the castle/hotel will be on signs. Wrong! Still we’re laughing… we have iPhones! So we look at the digital map and find that the street we’re looking for exists several times. Hmmm. Okay, just a little bump. We just choose one and drive in that direction. Very small roads, but nothing that looks like our castle. So we drive around a little more. But our castle stays hidden. We have to admit: we’re lost.

Only one thing left to do. Find someone to ask. Even that proves to be difficult. Remember: middle of nowhere. There are no people on these small streets. After a few rounds we finally see somebody. A guy loading groceries out of his car. I park my car and walk up to the guy. If he knows where my castle is? He does and points me in the right direction. We should have gone to the other side of the freeway. It won’t be hard to find there. Then he looks at my car. My friend is out of sight. He looks at me and says: “But if you want to be sure, you can come inside, I have a map there.” And then all 100 or so episodes of Criminal Minds get to me. The middle of nowhere, me alone, this guy and then going into his house? NO WAY. I’m not gonna die here!

I thank him, he asks me to wait. He goes inside, getting his map and showing me how to drive. I thank him again. Yes, I panicked and overreacted, but still I just want to leave. Back in the car we laughed about it and drove of. To our castle and to the concert.