Saturday, August 11, 2018

BREMEN - BIG and small. A complete city guide.

Bremen, located in the northwest, is definitely not Germany's most famous city. However, visitors who find their way here, will certainly be surprised - and even rewarded: The historic old town - partly a UNESCO world heritage site - deems like the capital of a fairyland; and you'll actually run into some fabulous creatures and fairy tale figures.

Mr. Roland in front of the town hall: As long as he stands tall, Bremen remains free and independent.

But there is far more to discover in this Free Hanseatic City.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

DÜSSELDORF - guided by locals

Alone in Düsseldorf's old town are about 260 bars and restaurants - which makes the city the self-proclaimed "longest bar of the world".

Father Rhine and His Daughters - living on a fountain in front of the Ständehaus that houses the K21 gallery for contemporary art.

But this jovial city is far more than a bender- and stag party location. I've asked five very special locals to guide you to the most interesting and beautiful places.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

BERLIN - a complete guide to the Wild Wild East

A couple of weeks ago, I took you on a smooth ride across Berlin, Germany's exciting capital, by bus #100. We started at the Alexanderplatz in the east and went westwards all the way to the former main train station Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Berlin Wild East
At the East Side Gallery, on this picture by street artist and wall painter Birgit Kinder you can see a Trabant - aka Trabi - one of two types of cars that were manufactured in the former GDR and everyone in the west made fun of. The Trabi is crashing through a wall - guess which one - and its license plate reads Nov 9, 89 - the date the gates to the west were open and the wall - and finally the GDR - came down. 

In today's post, let's discover what you get to see and experience when you turn east at the Alexanderplatz - and walk right into the heart of the ex-capital of the former GDR - the German Democratic Republic.

You'll see: It's the Wild Wild East!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

PORTUGAL - the complete guide to a rail- road -trip

As in many other European countries, too, in Portugal, travelling by rail is easy-peasy, cheap, and fun. Do you hear the whistle blow?

Picturesque Portugal: The beauty of everyday life.

Quick: Jump on the train and let me guide you from mesmerizing Porto to Lisbon, the city that has been elected World's Leading City Break Destination 2017 for a reason.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

travelling in style - with hand luggage only

Summer breaks are here - and I'd like to inspire you travelling light - yet in style.

I just came back from a trip along Portugal's west coast. More than a week of visiting cities, hanging out on beaches, and travelling by train.

Does this picture look familiar to you?
Wearing my favorite travel dress at the Singapore Art Museum, becoming one with the art.
(Photo: Mimi Green)

Guess what - I did all this with only hand luggage! Not only because my cheapie-cheap flights did not include checking baggage. It seemed also more convenient travelling with a small, handy, and manageable carry on; after all, at some places, I spent only one night.

Friday, July 6, 2018

travelling all bye:myself - five PROs and CONs

(Last Update July 2018)

When I've started my blog a bit over a year ago, it was mainly because I got asked so often about my solo travelling that I decided to share my experience not only with my friends but with everyone who might get inspired, informed, and benefit from it.

Museu Oscar Niemeyer in Curitiba
This picture was just too congruent to illustrate solo travel - you do not always walk alone!

Since then, I've been reading so many posts on solo travel, on how to do it, on where to go, on what to consider.
Over the past decades travelling solo, I've never noticed that hitting the road solo is such a complicated process with so many aspects to consider.
I picked a destination, I packed my bag, and off I went.
What a daredevil I seemed to be.

The other day, someone even contacted me since they want to 'raise awareness' for solo travel.
Raising awareness for solo travel - wow.
Has it really come to that? Is solo travel a disease? Are there awareness walks (which would nicely match with the cause 'travelling')?
Are you given sea blue awareness ribbons to stick to the lapel of your explorer vest?
Or is it just a disability, so you better travel to countries accessible for the impaired?

To me, solo travel was nothing more than buying a ticket for one.