Friday, June 22, 2018

Rail Trip Portugal - 4th Whistle Stop: LISBON

So I got back to Lisbon - meanwhile, I'm an expert on trains and train stations in Portugal, I definitely know the drill.

Iconic view of river Tejo.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Rail Trip Portugal - 3rd Whistle Stop: COIMBRA

Coming to Coimbra, climbing up the extremely steep, narrow alleys covered with - partly slippery.... - cobblestones, you'll feel like walking through some movie set for a dark, scary movie on some cleric or academic mystery. The ancient buildings and walls - massive, majestic, eternal - deem totally surreal; and are absolutely stunning.

Dom João III overlooking his empire of wisdom

But what's this? A rumble, the noise of a thousand hoves trampling, swirling up the fine white sand covering the university's court.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Rail Trip Portugal - 2nd Whistle Stop: FIGUEIRA da FOZ

It's been about ten years that I haven't been to a European beach. I was thinking that e. g. Asia and Latin America are the places to be(ach). Arriving at Figueira da Foz, about two hours south of Porto and the second stop on my rail-trip along the Portuguese west coast, I stand so corrected: This place is the epitome of a South European vacation destination.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels / Figueira da Foz Portugal
As if the beach wasn't desert-like enough, they have these makeshift shelters that remind me of Beduin tents.

Mundane palaces, loads of cafés, bars, and restaurants - and a beach of the size of a desert!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rail Trip Portugal - 1st Whistle Stop: PORTO

I'm very much into road trips. Mainly railroad trips that are. Since I'm not driving, I don't have too many alternatives for tripping, anyway. Well, sometimes I also take buses.  When there are no trains. Or when taking a bus is far cheaper.

Red roofs of Porto - to be seen from a wide range of elevated spots.

It's nice, too, but there are certain disadvantages to it. Like I'm writing on a fast train from Lisbon to Porto right now - I could not do that on a bus. I couldn't even read a book or flip through a magazine: I tend to get unpleasantly motion sick when reading or writing on a bus.

So for me, preferably trains.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Picture This: 7th Triennial of Photography in Hamburg

For the 7th time, a major exhibition of photography is being shown in Hamburg - and all the significant museums have chipped in with thoroughly conceptualized exhibitions, all wrapped around the central motto [BREAKING POINT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE]

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Triennial of Photography
One of the containers from the section [ENTER] - presenting 15 artists with a strong social, political, and most of all ecological focus.

Monday, June 4, 2018

POTSDAM - how Frederick made a small town great

Potsdam, located about 40 km / 25 miles South-West of Germany's capital, is often considered Berlin's suburb. As a matter of fact, it can be reached by regional or urban train in more or less half an hour. Potsdam has barely 175,000 inhabitants but is still the most densely populated city of the federal country Brandenburg - and also its capital.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Potsdam Sanssouci
Sanssouci Palace is Potsdam's highlight, no matter what.

All this might make it sound like a cute, drowsy hamlet, but you'll be amazed to see it's rich heritage - and how Frederick made this small town great.

Monday, May 28, 2018

BERLIN guide: get the most for less on bus number 100

Who needs an expensive hop on hop off-bus when you get to see Berlin's most important sights and sites right from the city bus number 100. Buy a cheap Welcome Card that allows you to explore Germany's capital on your own and get the most for less.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Berlin
Pariser Platz on the Eastern side of the Brandenburger Tor - where the gate used to divide East and West Germany.
Today it's the busiest touristy spot in all Berlin.

Talking 'bout getting the most: If you actually get off at every attraction that I am introducing, you won't be able to do the tour, that in one go actually doesn't take much longer than half an hour, in one day - the Museum of German History alone is worth a visit of a couple of hours. But take it as a golden thread and follow the route in legs depending on how many days you have and what's most interesting for you.

By the way - you'll get important general info on visiting Berlin at the end of this post, so just scroll down.