IMPRESSIONS OF MUNICH – OKTOBERFEST 2015

Oans, zwoa… O’zapft is!

Last Sunday we decided to go to Munich to visit the Oktoberfest. From the Olympic Park, by the Marienplatz we arrived at the Oktoberfest in fullest splendor.
Have fun watching!

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The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk Festival (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese)themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

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Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, with a population of around 1.5 million.

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How do you like Munich ?
Were you ever at the Oktoberfest ?

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In Ulm, around Ulm, and in Ulm around…

Where are you all? This time I made a stop in Ulm.

Ulm is on the Danube at the southeastern edge of the Swabian Alb on the border with Bavaria, the university town in Baden-Württemberg. The city has about 119.000 inhabitants.

The city is known for its gothic cathedral, whose bell tower with 161.53 meters is the highest in the world. But that’s not all…

See by yourself!

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One autumn day in Meersburg

This weekend we have decided to go to Meersburg. Meersburg is a town of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany at the Lake of Constance. It is famous for its charming medieval city.

We love to drive around, always looking for great designs. Especially in autumn the colors are just amazing!

Pleasant weather, warm sunset and a lot of people.

This was the result…

Have fun watching!

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TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS: SOUTH ITALY

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS: SOUTH ITALY

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Hello my dears,

After a short summer break, I’m back. Hope you’re doing well. Did you have a great summer? In this post I want to share some impressions from my holiday with you.

As many of you know, I am originally from Italy. From the region Basilicata in southern Italy. Since I have a great attachment to my nation, I take every opportunity to drive home 🙂

I’ll show you a few pictures from my homeland and other places we visited.
Have fun watching!

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Where did you spend the summer?

MY EXPERIENCE OF EXPO MILANO 2015

MY EXPERIENCE OF EXPO MILANO 2015

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Hello dears,

Today I want to tell you something about my weekend at the expo 2015 in Milan.

But first of all; what is Expo about and why I decided to visit Expo.

Expo 2015 Milano is the universal exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from 1 May to 31 October 2015. 140 participating countries show the best of their technology, food, healthy, safe while respecting the planet and its equilibrium.

It wants to give a message about the problems of nutrition and the resources of our planet. That’s why Expo choose the theme

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“Feeding the planet.  Energy for Life”.

I decided to visit Expo for several reasons. One of them is my passion for travel and photography. One place. 140 countries. The perfect opportunity to exchange ideas, food, stimulating each country’s creativity.

TICKETS

I bought my ticket via Internet for 34 € in conjunction to a parking ticket. (additionally 12,20 €)

The ticket came easily via email, I had to just print.

WHERE DO I START

Expo is open every day from 10:00 to 23:00.

You should know that it is impossible to visit the Expo completely in one day. Unfortunately I had just one day so I tried to see as much as possible. A little preparation can help.

Therefore I’ve compiled a few tips for you:

  • The Expo has several entrances, so I recommend you first to pick a plan. You get them from the volunteers on the whole exhibition and they’re available in different languages. The staff is really friendly so do not hesitate to ask,
  • as a starting point I took the country Italy because it’s very central and easily accessible from the other countries,
  • Expo offers a fun way to document your visit. It’s a kind of passport called Expo Passport. You get a stamp in each country you visited. I loved this idea so much.  You get an overview of the visited countries and it’s just fun to collect the different stamps. It’s also a great souvenir of Expo.  I have bought the pass at the expo shop Excelsoir, inside of “Ovs” for 5 €. This purchase I can only recommend . You will have lots of fun.

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PARTICIPANT COUNTRIES 

Many of you have asked me about my favorites. Honestly, I have also asked people who already visited. But I find it very difficult to answer this question briefly. As already mentioned, I had only one day and couldn’t spend much time at each country.  Despite the time, I must admit that I am very satisfied with my visit. I couldn’t see everything in detail but I still got a general survey.

MY TOP 10 OF EXPO 2015

1. UNITED KINGDOM
“Grown in Britain; Shared Globally”

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2. BRAZIL
“Feeding the world with solutions”

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3. KAZAKHSTAN
“The land of opportunities”

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4. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
„Food for Thought—Shaping and Sharing the Future“

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5. CHINA
“Land of hope – food for life”

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6. ITALY
“The nursery of Italy”

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7. VIETNAM
“Water and lotus“

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8. GERMANY
“Fields of ideas“

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9. SPAIN
“Cultivating the future”

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10. CZECH REPUBLIC
 “Laboratory of life”

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 THE TREE OF LIFE 

The Tree of Life is the symbol of the Italian pavilion and was designed by the the creative director Marco Balich, representative of one of the most extraordinary periods of human genius: the Renaissance period. It represents the importance of participating, sharing and generosity between the various populations and culture.

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Sponsors: Coldiretti, Orgoglio Brescia and Pirelli

FOOD AND BEVERAGE 

Expo offers a wide selection of food and beverage. From Paella to hot dogs, you will find everything your heart desires. Restaurants, self-service , bar, kiosk and street food are just waiting for you. The prices are slightly higher as usual but still in the normal frame. I paid 8 € for a wrap (piadina) at Eataly.

Eataly is an area of 20 italian regional restaurants, where you can find food and wine from the diverse regions of Italy.  In addition, there are available various free water dispenser on the whole Expo.

MY PERSONAL IMPRESSION

Sincerely I was very overwhelmed by the many impressions at the Expo. You see so much in one day that you need time to process everything. I have imagined it could be boring – rather the contrary. I’ve never seen something enormous like this. Great respect to everyone who worked for it. It was a great experience that I would do at any time again.  It’s absolutely worth the price!

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By the way the next Expo (2017) will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan with the theme “Energy of the future”.

Was any of you at the Expo 2015, too?

I would like to hear your opinion. Let me know!