Travel Great Britain. Murals in London’s East End - Free Self-Guided Tour

London's East End (and with it Shoreditch), is the perfect area to explore the history of English homes from 1600 to the present day at the Geffyre Museum, have dinner and something sweet at Ottolenghi, have an extensive browse for local designers (among other things) at the Spitalfields Market, browse all things cheap on Petticoat Lane Market around Middlesex Street, eat at the food hall in the Old Truman Brewery, have a drink and marvel at the interior decoration of The Ten Bells Pub (especially at the 19th century mural) or to visit Brick Lane (have you read that book by Monica Ali?). That street is as busy as it was ten years ago and people still love visiting this area, especially on weekends.

One thing that makes it exciting for many is the street art in this area.


Travel Germany and celebrate Nikolaus on 6th December

Today Germany celebrates Saint Nicholas aka Nikolaos of Myra aka Bishop of Myra. This is a really popular tradition in Germany, where the Saint is called Nikolaus. He was famous for his secret gift-giving until he died on 6th December 343 (the year of his death is not known exactly). When his parents died of the plague, Saint Nicholas inherited money and donated it to the poor. He saved several young people from poverty in his hometown of Patara in Lycia on the coast of Turkey, by secretly throwing money through their window and he helped sailors in trouble and carried out lots of good deeds.

On the evening of December 5th, people celebrate Saint Nicholas eve, with sitting together, singing Christmas carols, and merrily eating delicacies like roast apples with raisins and marzipan. Children (and grown-ups too) leave their boots in front of their door overnight, and parents, relatives, or partners place a treat, usually chocolate, in it. On the morning of the December 6th, everyone is getting a lovely surprise. The lucky ones get enough spicy Christmas chocolate and walnuts which will last, till they get more of it on Christmas Eve.

I met these happy Santa Clauses in Melbourne, Australia (I hope this is the plural of Santa Claus). They didn't mind to end up on a travel blog at all.

From Berlin with love


Travel South Africa. Eyewitness Megan Richards talks about Cape Town

Cape Town, the metropolis at the foot of the grandiose Table Mountain is one of the sexiest towns on earth. The cultural mix and laid back lifestyle make the town a hot spot for literally everybody who loves travelling. The Mother City, that is great coffee, fabulous local design and shopping, trendy bars, world-class restaurants, a gruesome recent history, traditional and modern wineries and last but not least, a breathtakingly beautiful scenery. This ideal combination is a recipe for success and attracts tourists from all over the world.

Sun lovers flock to Camps Bay and Clifton. Kite surfers make their way to Sunset Beach or Big Bay. The urge for shopping can perfectly be cured at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cavendish Square or on everybody's darlings Bree and Kloof Street. History fans go on a boat tour to Robben Island and everybody should visit District Six museum (at least once) to learn what happened in Cape Town and South Africa during apartheid.

You can visit Cape Town over and over, the excitement and wonder you feel will surely never cease. As with every popular vacation spot, it is obviously busy during the summer from November till February and especially so around Christmas (hey, everybody loves it as much as you do), but you can still find places where you will be blissfully alone.

Megan Richards calls Cape town home, she describes herself on her blog The Authentic Girl as a Curvy woman on a mission to save the world from body shaming. She started blogging in 2014 and ever since promotes body positivity and covers food, beauty and fashion. The Capetonian wants to empower women to be who they are and not to be too scared to just be the one they are. She is adventurous and never shy to try something new. Here she tells us what she loves in Cape Town.