At the turn of the 20th century, Glasgow, Scotland was undergoing a change. The economic boom of the United Kingdom’s second most important city afforded them a chance to indulge in the arts. Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is a new exhibition touring the United States that explores this innovative time in the city’s history.
The exhibit puts a focus on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the movement’s most important contributor (and perhaps the city’s most well-known). But there are also much deserved bright lights on Mackintosh’s colleagues. The exhibition is making the rounds and will be on display in the United States through 2021.
If there is one thing that I have learned over the last couple of years it is that Waldlaufer makes great boots. Sure, they make nice sneakers, too, and no matter what the style it’s comfortable and well-made in a way that’s difficult to find these days. But for the perfect winter travel boots, Waldlaufer is my go-to. The German shoe brand sent me a pair of their Jordy Hadessa and, quite frankly, I don’t want to take them off. These Waldlaufer boots are the most versatile for winter travel.
Spring is in the air and summer travel plans are quickly coming together! So, of course, I turned to the new spring/summer line of Waldlaufer shoes to find some comfortable walking shoes that also have personality and style. I was lucky enough that Waldlaufer sent me a pair of their knit India sneakers to try. For their first spin, I took the sneakers out to a tulip festival.
Finding the right shoes for winter travel can be challenging but I’ve found the answer is Waldlaufer‘s new Camile patent leather booties. I became a big fan of Waldlaufer after trying their sneakers and booties. Not only are they comfortable but they’re also extremely well made. I was lucky enough to take the German brand’s Camile booties with me on a long weekend getaway in November to Montreal, Canada. Not only did the booties keep my toes warm and dry in five inches of snow, but I was comfortable for a full day out and about exploring the waterfront at the Port of Montreal and Old Montreal, the city’s historic old city.
After partnering with Waldlaufer last year, I wore those cute red Dede Holma boots all fall and winter. I wore them to run errands. I wore them on weekend day trips. They kept my toes comfy, dry and warm as I spent a March week in Munich that saw snow every single day and sub-zero temperatures. And they got me quite a few compliments in the process! So when the folks at Waldlaufer reached out again, I knew I couldn’t say no. I was excited to see what the brand had lined up in terms of styles for spring and summer. And I wasn’t disappointed. This time I tried the casual and versatile Mica Herne style.
Thanks to the Mobile Passport app I was asleep in the final hours of my flight from Reykjavik, Iceland to Newark, New Jersey. While my fellow passengers were filling out customs forms, I wasn’t thinking about paperwork. I had seen the app advertised online before leaving home and had convinced my husband that we should give it a try. The app promises a quick trip through U.S. Customs and Border Protection on arrival back in the good ol’ USA from abroad. It seemed too good to be true, I thought. But it was worth a try. What did I have to lose? The Mobile Passport app didn’t disappoint.
After using Lufthansa almost exclusively to fly to Germany over the last decade, my husband and I decided to mix things up for our latest German adventure and fly from Newark to Munich with Icelandair. The island nation’s no frills carrier has been growing in popularity due to their reasonable rates where your ticket includes your seat and you can pay for add-ons like luggage and food. While we saved some money with Icelandair’s economy standard ticket, it did come at a price.
If you’re searching for a comfortable, affordable hotel in Munich, Germany that is just outside the downtown area, the Holiday Inn Express Munich City West, Munich is worth checking out. I recently spent a week staying at the hotel with my husband. From its convenient location a stone’s throw from public transportation to its inclusive breakfast buffet, it just might be my new Munich go-to hotel.
On a rainy and snowy late winter day, a date for afternoon tea and a meal at A Taste of Britain is the perfect way to spend a day. Or, really, any day if you ask me. While cities are known for having restaurants and shops that cater to all tastes, it’s actually Philadelphia‘s nearby suburb of Wayne where you’ll find this charming tea room. And be assured that A Taste of Britain is more than “just” a place for tea.
The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia has officially made my husband and me into opera fans. When the Academy of Vocal Arts kindly offered tickets to see one of their two upcoming operas in German I was instantly excited. When it comes to language learning I’m willing to try just about anything. Soap operas, romantic comedies — even if I don’t enjoy it in English, I’m willing to try. But this sounded like a lot of fun. And it also happened to coincide with our anniversary and made the perfect date. In the end, it was the Academy of Vocal Arts’ production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold that really wowed us.
Smartphones have made so many aspects of travel easier. In our pockets, we hold a device with maps, transportation schedules, a way to call a taxi, order food, book a hotel room, pay for things — the list is seemingly endless. But as we depend more on our smartphones, we depend on having access to the internet. The easy way is using Google Fi wireless service. Or, you can research and buy a SIM card or a personal wifi device.
I’ve been a Google Fi subscriber for several years and taken my Fi phone with me. While you can always seem to find free wifi when out and about at restaurants and hotels, I’ve depended solely on Google Fi on the rest of my adventures in Germany and Austria.
When is a tote bag more than just a tote bag? Until the folks at Keokee Travel Gear sent me their tote bag to try out, I thought all tote bags were the same. Wrong! While high tech travel luggage has lots of bells and whistles (that, after you spent all that money to buy them, may or may not be allowed on airplanes), Keokee Travel Gear are making an old stand-by a little more modern, a little more fun and a little easier to use.