Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The Monopol is a restaurant and bar in the city Hamelin.

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It has a nice atmosphere and very good food. You can order small dishes, salads, burger or steaks for reasonable prices. If you don't want to eat anything you can also go there for cocktails.

In summer you can sit outside on the roof terrace but you have a great view over Hamelin from inside as well. The interior is stylish and everywhere are nice details like the gold and black candle holders on the tables.

The restaurant has a culinary calendar with different events during the year. In summer they have regular BBQ buffets or culinary world tour buffets which can be quite spectacular. It's better to reserve a table on one of these event days.

There's the possibility to rent the historic hall for weddings, birthday parties or other events.

You can find more information on their site:
Monopol (German)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare in Ireland.

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The cliffs are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. There's a Visitor Centre built into a hillside close to the cliffs. You have to pay a fee to enter the Visitor Centre and see the exhibitions in there. If you only want to see the cliffs, there's the possibility to visit after the opening hours of the Visitor Centre and you won't have to pay a fee.

At the highest point the cliffs are 214 meters high. Many different species of birds live in the cliffs, so it's also a good place for bird spotters. If you like hiking, there's the Cliff Walk which you can use to walk along the cliffs.
As a photographer you have many opportunities to take great pictures, depending on the light and the Irish weather. You can also just enjoy the view over the cliffs, the Aran islands and Galway Bay.

The Cliffs of Moher are a spectacular sight for nature lovers and everyone else.

You can find more information here:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Way Down South

The Way Down South is a Barbecue restaurant in Oslo's quarter Grünerløkka.

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Topped Sweet Potato Fries

It's a small and cosy restaurant and in summer you can sit outside on the sidewalk as well. They serve southern BBQ dishes and desserts made from local products. There's an early bird menu beside the normal one when you arrive in the restaurant before 6 pm. It's a bit cheaper than the dishes from the normal menu.
The food tastes great and I can especially recommend the St. Louis Pork Ribs and Topped Sweet Potato Fries. If you want to have something crazy, you can order a Freak Shake and be surprised what you'll get.

More information on the website:
Way Down South

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hamelin (Hameln)

Hamelin (or Hameln in German) is a town in Lower Saxony, which is famous for the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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Picture: Hochzeitshaus (foreground) and Marktkirche St. Nicolai

Hamelin is situated at the banks of the river Weser. From here you can start boat tours to Bodenwerder or other cities along the Weser during the summer months.
The city started with a monastery and became a fortified town later on. You can still see some parts of the city wall but it's not a lot left of it. When you are walking in the pedestrian area of Hamelin you can see many half-timbered and stone houses, which are in the stile of the Weser Renaissance.
In and around Hamelin are many places to go for a walk. Along the Weser you can also find hiking or cycling trails, which give you a beautiful view of the landscape around you.
When you are in the city, it can happen that you meet the Pied Piper on the street. He can be hired for guided tours of the city through the tourist information. During the summer months, you can watch a performance of the story of the Pied Piper every Sunday on the stage you can see on the picture above.
You can visit different churches, the museum and other parts if you want to get to know Hamelin better. It's also a nice place for shopping with a big shopping mall and different shops in the pedestrian zone. If your feet are tired from walking, you can find many cafés or restaurants to have a rest. Some nice places in summer are the beer garden and restaurant on the Werder, the island in the river Weser. If you ask someone for it, they can sure point you into the right direction.
Hamelin is a nice town with a lot of history and great architecture, which is really worth a visit.

You can find more information here:
Stadt Hameln (German and English)

Monday, April 1, 2013


Boltenhagen is a small seaside resort on the Baltic Sea in Germany. It is close to Lübeck and Wismar.

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Boltenhagen is a holiday town and there are many tourists there, especially in the summer months. You can choose if you want to stay in a hotel or a holiday flat. That's up to you.
As everywhere in Germany you have to pay visitor's tax when you want to be at the beach but there is a pier as well and it's free to go onto it.

You can either be at the beach the whole day when you are in Boltenhagen or you can hire a bike and take a tour along the coast or into the country. There are many scenic streets that are great for cycling. When you don't want to cycle you can step into the small train "Carolinchen" and go onto a trip to the steep coast or other destinations.
If you have enough of the beach and nature you can visit one of the castles or churches which you can find around Boltenhagen. A great place to go to on rainy days is the butterfly park in Klütz. There you can watch different butterflies and it's nice and warm in the rainforest-like glass dome.
It is no problem to find a nice restaurant or café after a day on the beach and you have supermarkets and bakeries at hand, too. Close to the town centre you can find a shop called "My Choc" where you can decide what you want to have in your chocolate (i.e. cranberries, walnuts or coffee) and you can pick up your special chocolate the next day. Very good.
In the town are also many little shops where you can buy clothes, different products made out of sallow thorn or the typical tourist stuff. If you want some bigger shops, you have to visit Wismar, which is not so far away.

You can find more information here: