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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

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Rachel Carr

For regular readers of my blog, you will know that I currently live in Germany with my husband who is stationed here with the British Army. As is the way of a military life/wife, our time here is nearing its end and we currently expect to move away in August. Bearing this in mind, I thought I would also make a German hit list to ensure I make the most of living on the continent, something which, if I am honest, I have not done so. As yet.

1) Cologne

Technically, I have already been to Cologne. I never consider seeing the inside of a train station as having visited a city however, and though upon leaving said train station on a choo choo, I gleaned a wonderful view of the city's magnificent cathedral, I would like to return to get know it a whole lot better. I obviously want to see the cathedral up close, but also visit Museum Ludwig with its excellent collection of modern art, in particular its Pop Art. The city is well serviced by its own airport, so it makes for a great weekend away - especially over Christmas with its world famous quintessential Christmas Markets. 

Luxury Stay: Hyatt Regency Cologne

Budget Stay: Hotel Lint 

2) Dusseldorf

This industrial town may sound like a strange place to want to see, especially for someone like me who likes things to 'be pretty'. But I have heard nothing but good things about Dusseldorf (please do contact me if you would like to correct me!), in particular its Altstadt (the old town) and its bars. It also has a plethora of museums that I'd like to frequent like the Kunstpalast and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Luxury Stay: Breidenbacher Hof

Budget Stay: Sir and Lady Astor Hotel

3) Lubeck

This northern shore getaway is incredibly picturesque and an UNESCO World Heritage site. It also makes for a great year round destination. In the summer, it is warm with quaint streets to amble along with an ice cream and sandy beaches to lie on. In the winter, the frosty weather kisses pretty buildings with a spattering of the white stuff to make for idyllic surroundings to eat some typical German fodder and drink some of its finest beer. Nearby Travemunde is also attractive and popular with cyclists and MAMILs.

Luxury Stay: Grand Hotel Seeschlössen and SPA

Budget Stay: Hotel Maris

4) Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

This fairy talesque town on Germany's Romantic Road is full of cobbled streets and timber clad medieval buildings that make it look like a film set. Whilst it may fall prey to being slightly touristy and perhaps even twee, I can't wait to visit the town to have a cold stein and a warm salty pretzel. Again, this is a place that is perfect to see during the Christmas months with its markets, but during the warmer seasons, it is also a great starting point for long walks in the Bavarian hills.

Luxury Stay: HerrnSchlossen Hotel 

Budget Stay: Zur Zilbernen Kanne

5) The Harz Mountains

The Harz Mountains are not well known anywhere outside of Germany. Yet these pretty hills house two more chocolate box villages of Quedlinburg and Goslar as well as the famous Brocken and its steam train. Wernigerode Castle is also a must see along with its corresponding town and well preserved streets. This is an area that you could have a fleeting visit to, or indeed stay a great deal longer and make use of all the outdoor activities on offer, as well as spas that Germans do so well.

Luxury Stay: Hotel Ambruehl

Budget Stay: Am Hoken Hotel. 

Whilst I do not have pictures yet of these places, I hope they will follow shortly. In the mean time, check out this store I found whilst doing some travel research. It sells fab shots of Northern Germany and makes one wonder why Germany is so often overlooked as a holiday destination.

My own store is here.



PS if you want to read my worldwide Hit List, it is here





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