Explore the German town of Bernkastel-Kues along the Mosel river

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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018

Last Sunday I wandered around the charming streets of German town Bernkastel-Kues for the very first time. Despite knowing the German Mosel valley relatively well, I have never visited this twin town called the heart of the Middle Mosel and one of the most popular places to visit in the area.

Located nearly 75 km away from Luxembourg City, Bernkastel-Kues is most famous for its vineyards, amongst the oldest in Germany, and boasts a truly rich history spanning over several centuries.

Its colourful half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages, the historic market square or the Landshut castle ruins overlooking the town give you the perfect excuse to stroll around and explore their history.

While winter can be cold and windy, also due to the proximy of the Mosel river, summer is the perfect season to try over 40 hiking trails around the town and across the region.

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The Advent Calendar on the Market Square / © Roxana Mironescu December 2018

But if you do love winter and enjoy the weeks running up to Christmas, it might be worth visiting Bernkastel-Kues in December. The town is home to the largest Advent calendar in the region , which is displayed on the windows of a beautiful medieval building housing the Adler pharmany, located on the market square. Every evening, at 17:30, marks the opening of one door (or rather window), leading to the exhibit of both classic and more recent Disney cartoon characters alike.

Without further ado, I would like to present you the charming town of Bernkastel-Kues with a series of pictures taken by me on 16 December 2018. Enjoy and thanks for reaching this point. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂

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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018
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© Roxana Mironescu December 2018

Day-trip to Saarburg (Germany)

image This week I managed to tick off yet another must-see destination from my list of close-by hotspots so now I am sharing with you some of the pictures I took in Sarreburg, which is a small rural town in western Germany, located some 40 km from the Luxembourgish border.

I highly recommend it for a short day-trip in summer when you can stroll along the Saar river, have lunch at one of the cosy-terraces and visit the ruins of what used to be Saarburg’s glorious castle. If you still have time, you can take a boat tour around the region, exploring the beautiful nature and picturesque hills surrounding the town. The biggest surprise was brunching at a super nice terrace just by the Saarburger castle where the delicatessen on offer are simply mouth-watering.

On a final note, pay attention when you enter any of the shops in Saarburg, as many of the quite old store owners have very strict rules, such as forbidding customers to touch any of the garments on sale. If you don’t respect this, they will ask you quite aggressively to leave the store. Nonetheless, Sarreburg is a great destination for a short excursion and doesn’t need a lot of planning in advance.

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International Bazar

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December is that time of the year when people start reflecting on how much life has given them compared to others. Well, it is at this time that many people feel the urge to help others around, making the life of the less fortunate a bit easier in a way or another.

Luxembourg makes no exception really, and it shouldn’t, by all means. Every year, just weeks before Christmas a large group of compassionate people organise the ‘International Bazar’, a charity event aimed at raising funds for those who face all sorts of hardship across the world.
As you may know, Luxembourg is a small country where many cultures and languages alike come together to form an internationally-oriented and culturally enriched place. This small country may not be the place of birth of many individuals, but has certainly become a second home for a considerably large population.

Therefore, when it comes to the ‘International Bazar’ the initiative is valuable for everyone in Luxembourg, both locals and expatriates.

Romanian traditional dish 'Sarmale' was served at the event Romanian traditional dish ‘Sarmale’ was served at the event.

Here’s the deal, over two days – this year it took place on the 1th and 2nd of December – members of the international community, people of many ethnicities and cultures prepare traditional food recipes and sell goods produced in their native countries. For the locals, it is a great opportunity to explore the authentic culture and cuisine of countries such as Turkey, Japan, Romania, Hungary, El Salvador, Kenya or Brazil, while still being 10 minutes away from home. On the other side, people originating from these countries who have settled down in Luxembourg finally get the chance to portray and promote their ethnic/cultural identity.

On display at the German stand.

On display at the German stand.

At the end of the 2 days, the success of the event was achieved through the cultural exchange that took place, but most importantly by raising valuable amounts of money later allocated to registered charities in all participating countries.

The ‘International Bazar’ now at its 52nd edition brought together over 50 countries and it surely promises to grew larger and larger every year. And by far, the highlight of this year’s edition was the performance of a belly dancer from Azerbaijan 🙂

If you read these words, thank you very much for getting this far. Also, if I aroused your curiosity, find out the full story of the ‘International Bazar’ here.

Belly dancer from Azerbaijan.

Belly dancer from Azerbaijan.

Indian hand painting was also on offer.

Indian hand painting was also on offer.

 Lichtenstein's stand

Lichtenstein’s stand

Home-made delicatessens from Cyprus

Home-made delicatessens from Cyprus

France set up a large stand.

France set up a large stand.

Christmas gifts on sale!

Christmas gifts on sale!