Spring is in the Air

I’ve always admired people with a well groomed garden.

Healthy plants and bright coloured flowers are not only beautifying your backyard but are also serving as a balm for the soul. Beautiful greenery can make you feel serene and utterly at ease with yourself. Sitting in your personal enclosed space of nature during spring season let’s you enjoy a moment all by yourself, when the weather slowly starts getting warmer, flowers are in full bloom, bird chirps and bee humming fill the air and the scent of freshly cut lawn reach your nostrils.

But the garden upkeep does take effort and diligence on your part. To my mind, the meaning of “having a green thumb” just expresses the amount of care and knowledge one puts into gardening. The more love you put into your flowers, the more they will be able to grow and prosper.

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So if you decide on picking up a rewarding hobby that keeps you active, you should definitely consider to start nursing some bloomers…and spring is the perfect season to start!

-V.

Munich Events: Tegernseer Waldfeste

Every summer, many local clubs around Tegernsee lake are hosting the popular “Waldfeste”. These festivities are known for their heart-warming atmosphere, the local Tegernsee beer and the mesmerising view of the lake.

I’ve been to two of the merry forest festivals and enjoyed myself to my fullest! The Tegernseer Waldfeste 2017 are hosted from June until the end of July in different towns near and around the lake.

The journey from Munich is quite easy and takes usually around 30 to 40 minutes by car for any of the festivals. But if you want to travel to Tegernsee by train, I would recommend going to the Waldfest right in front of Tegernsee castle. The entrance to the forest festivals is usually for free but can be around € 1,-.

Waldfest in front of Tegernsee castle

Since these events have a life-long tradition, traditional German clothes like the Dirndl and the Lederhose are definitely welcome. The locals are very open and happy to share their all-day festivities with tourists or the infamous “Münchner Schickeria“. The celebrations usually last one whole day with different entertainment activities like the traditional folk dance or the Bavarian Blaskapelle.

 

-V.

Would you like a cup of tea?

Tea is such an essential part of my everyday life that I can’t imagine my mornings and evenings without it. Other people need their coffees to wake them up, I drink my regular green tea to start off the day.

 

Tea cup “Redoute Rose”, Roy Kirkham

 

I also prefer my tea without sugar. It is quite strange how I don’t seem to be affected by the bitterness, when it does bother me while drinking coffee. But I find that the better the quality of the tea the less bitter it usually tastes. A high-class tea brand I can truly recommend is MARIAGE FRÈRES from France. The last time I visited the shop in Paris and it was heaven on earth!

I also love having a relaxed afternoon tea with family and friends in elegant tea salons like Ladurée and Angelina or in cozy, local cafés or simply at home. A hot cup of a classic or unique flavour accompanied with a delicious piece of pastry or cake is pure delight!

 

Ladurée Champs-Elysée, Paris

 

An obsession of mine, and I think a lot of people can relate, is collecting beautiful porcelain tea cups. I admire the intricate craftsmanship and gorgeous designs of some tea services. Especially the English Fine Bone China from Roy Kirkham, which is mainly influenced by the Victorian Age, is a must-have for any tea lover.

Any other tea lovers out there?

 

-V.