‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

As you know, a few weeks ago, I went to Austria.

And of course, I didn’t just go to Austria, but I decided to visit Vienna!

Visiting Vienna is exciting!

Having a hotdog and beer, on a rainy day in Vienna, is more exciting than you think!

If you’re just joining, and obviously, you’re not, ‘cos you would be following my blog so that you can get weekly updates of what The British Berliner is up to, wouldn’t you?

Wouldn’t you!

However, let’s not quibble, just look to the side of the page and you’ll see a few ways which you can follow this wonderful blog. You can either click on You are following this blog or if you’re a WordPress nerd, just clink on the WordPress symbol followed by Following the British Berliner.

At the Vienna Opera Ball.
@ WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud/Couture Vivienne Westwood

Meanwhile, here’s what you missed:

Phew!

Make sure that you get travel insurance before you actually travel!

Now, to be frank, I hate being out of the loop, and I generally prefer to be in the centre of things, and that usually includes staying in the Old Town, or the trendier part of town!

And Vienna didn’t disappoint.

We stayed at a brilliant place called the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, which I found with the help of the Vienna Tourist Board.

We stayed at a brilliant place in Vienna – the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.
Photograph ©Frank Böster

Thanks so much everyone!

Book your hotel here!

Vienna is an imperial beauty. You’re welcome!

I’ve already written about the history of Vienna, but it really does bear to be repeated.

Vienna is an imperial beauty!

It’s the capital of Austria and the cultural. economic, and political centre of Austria.

With a population of just 1.8 million, Vienna is the second (2nd) largest German-speaking city in the world, after Berlin!

Vienna is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In fact, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest, are but a few cheap hours away!

TAKE ME THERE?

Myself looking glum at the airport. Leaving Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

As you know, I’m a great believer in train travel, but Vienna is rather far from Berlin, so we flew!

Our non-stop journey from Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) to Vienna (VIE) took just 1 hour and 25 minutes via EasyJet, but of course, you can easily fly into Vienna International Airport, otherwise known as the Flughafen Wien, a destination flown by many major airlines, from many parts of the world!

If you’re flying from Europe, it usually takes between 1 to 2 hours, and is pretty much an easy ride!

IS IT GOING TO BE CROWDED?

I didn’t find it crowded in Vienna. And neither did they!

It depends!

I didn’t find it to be necessarily so, as we went in March.

It’s been some time since I had last been to Vienna, so we booked a walking tour. But the tour guide didn’t show up!

We were all sort of hanging around, and (ahem), I’m quite bossy and so at one point, everyone thought that I was the tour guide.

If only!

Mind you, if we were in Berlin and that happened, I would happily take the tourists with me, and do the tour myself!

Me in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall & Street Art!

However, Vienna is a place that everyone would like to go to at least once, as it’s rather nice and serene!

Who wouldn’t want to visit?

‘Best to book early!

WHAT IS VIENNA LIKE?

Mozart & Vienna are adorable!

It’s adorable!

I’ve been there a few times over the years!

Having said that, the last time that I was in Vienna, “The Tall Young Gentleman” had just been born twelve (12) months prior!

My mother-in-law had decided to give me a weekend break, so I was in Vienna and literally, still breast-feeding!!!

A Viennese speciality of a glass of beer mixed with fanta orange, was not a very good idea!

I had tried a Viennese speciality of a glass of beer mixed with fanta orange. A sort of shandy.

It was a mistake.

We went to the Prater.

The Prater is one of Vienna’s most popular amusement park, and it’s star is the Giant Ferris Wheel!

The Prater is one of Vienna’s most popular leisure areas with a world-famous amusement park opened in 1766!

One of the highlights of the Prater is the Giant Ferris Wheel – a masterpiece of 19th century technology – and one of the largest wheels in the world!

Did we go on the Giant Ferris Wheel back in 2003?

Nope!

We went on the wheel called the Blumenrad, otherwise known as the Flower Wheel!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

We went on the wheel called the Blumenrad, otherwise known as the Flower Wheel!

The seats are shaped like huge teacups which were twirled around.

And around.

And around.

I turned a ghastly shade of green!

I turned a ghastly shade of green.

Let’s just say that it took a huge amount of effort for me to keep things together.

We got off the Blumenrad, and I vomited the wheat beer and fanta orange concoction.

Everywhere!

We went on the Blumenrad / Flower Wheel, but we really should have gone on the Giant Ferris Wheel instead!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

I’ve never had a mixed beer since!

I DON’T SPEAK AUSTRIAN GERMAN or GERMAN AT ALL.

Singing will do just as well!
©WienTourismus Lukas Beck: Vienna Boys’ Choir

Not. A. Problem.

Lots of people speak English. Or High German, otherwise known as Hochdeutsche!

AM I GOING TO LIVE IN A HUT?

Living in a hut, is not at all the done thing. In Vienna!

Ha! Ha! Not unless you want to!

I’M ON A BUDGET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you’re on a budget in Vienna. Let them eat cake!

I’ll be honest with you. Vienna isn’t known as a cheap destination.

Quite the opposite in fact!

I can’t give you any details but for the more budget conscious traveller, there are plenty of hostels and other moderately priced accommodation to be had. Book ahead to get good prices.

Book your hotel here!

I’M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT. ANY IDEAS?

I got into contact with a quirky boutique hotel group called 25 Hours Hotels!

Certainly!

You know how much I like boutique  or art design hotels.

Well, on doing some research, I got into contact with a quirky boutique hotel group called 25hours Hotels.

The 25hours Hotels is a young hotel concept which seeks contemporary answers to the requirements of an urban, cosmopolitan clientele, boasting an unconventional mix of contemporary services, coupled with dynamism, surprise and a touch of adventure!

The 25hours brand is currently focused on Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

We went to the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.

The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, is an art design circus-themed boutique hotel!

Just like the hotel in Amsterdam Zaandam, the 25hours Hotels’ quirkiness is plain to see.

Practically every single room had some sort of association with the circus!

And with one of the hotel motto’s being – We Are All Mad Here – is it any wonder that it was pretty much my type of place!

And surely, there wouldn’t be any looking at the ceiling in boredom, here!

We Are All Mad Here!
The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.
©Stephan Lemke for 25hours Hotels

As we were in Vienna to celebrate my husband – The Music Producers’ – birthday, we were upgraded to one of the xl rooms, with a colourful circus theme on the wall!

The room was huge!

It also had a flat screen TV, a free-standing closet place to hang up clothes with long shelves, an imac workstation writing table, a cool vintage sound system bluetooth speaker, an iPod docking station, some leather pouffles, a private terrace with a wooden garden table and chairs, and lots of plug outlets.

My husband was very pleased!

We were upgraded to one of the xl rooms, with a colourful circus theme on the wall!

There was a small fridge, and an extra toilet, so that I could do my make up in peace. Yay!

The bathroom was a sort of internal interior space with a huge sink, a really nice rainshower compartment that had a glass panel, which also had a curtain that could be drawn.

If you so wished!

I very much liked the orange and lemon infused sustainable organic bath gels, shampoo, conditioner and body moisturiser, which all had hilarious save-the-environment instructions on the bottles! And at the end of a long day were awfully welcoming, as well as plenty of fluffy towels, and free hi-speed WiFi!

I did miss my fluffy dressing gowns and fluffy slippers though!

‘Notice the save-the-environment inscription on the bottle at the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier!
©Stephan Lemke for 25hours Hotels

The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier also had a “mermaid’s cave” which consisted of a sauna, a spa centre, and fitness equipment, free of charge to guests.

You could also have access to a free mini car and bike rental, as well as free bottled water and towels, if you wanted to go jogging!

The view on the rooftop bar of the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, is pretty amazing!
©Stephan Lemke for 25hours Hotels

The lobby was very nice with comfy leather sofas, crisp daily newspapers and glossy magazines. There was also a hotel food truck in the garden.

Being that the hotel is actually located in the Museum Quartier part of the city, the view on the rooftop bar, was pretty amazing!

Breakfast in Vienna was quite marvellous!

For breakfast, we had marvellous cold cuts, bacon, sausages, eggs, and baked beans, a variety of sea-food, vegetables, sauces, and cream. As well as a wide stock of cereal, fruit, cake, pastries, pots of tea, coffee local champagne, and juices.

They also had a wonderful array of crunchy Germanic and French home-made bread, and a variety of jams and pickles! Yum!

It was very nice indeed!

The Music Producer helping himself to morning refreshment, at the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.

The 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier (depending on the room), can be booked from €97.00 per night, which for two (2) people would be €48.50 a pop, and an absolute Vienna bargain!

The buffet breakfast is €21.00 per person. Children up to 6 years old are free of charge. Children from 7 to 11 years old get a 50% discount. Guests can also buy a Grab & Go breakfast from the lobby for €7.00 per person.

Book your hotel here!

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT POSSIBILITIES?

Take the tram in Vienna!

Transport in Vienna is excellent.

The trams and horses are romantic, and the trains are easy to use, and very efficient.

You can also walk around quite easily, as Vienna is pretty small!

Once again, don’t forget to buy a public transport Vienna card. However, for ease of transport and discounts to attractions, museums, and restaurants, we used the Vienna City Card for 72 hours. Tickets can be bought everywhere that tourists go to, tourist information  points, and on-line!

However, just like in Berlin, and in many European cities, there are no barriers, and we all want to keep it that way, so please buy your ticket!

ANYTHING ELSE?

Apple strudel is a very important part of Viennese coffee culture!

Apple strudel is king!

MY VERDICT:

Vienna Tourist Board. Now. Forever.

I absolutely adore Vienna.

It’s classy.

It’s European.

It’s got art and culture and has a vibrant history.

And even though Vienna is considered to be expensive. It’s not as expensive as you think!

WOULD I COME AGAIN?

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

You bet!

Vienna is charming.

I really can’t wait to visit again.

Let’s do it!

JUST BECAUSE I DON’T DRINK COFFEE. ‘DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T HAVE COFFEE CULTURE WITH HOT CHOCOLATE, IN VIENNA!

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

This article is part – sponsored by the Vienna Tourist Board and I received a press discount from the 25 Hours Hotels but all opinions and the wonderful hot chocolate and delightful Austrian food I happily consumed, are my very own! Thanks so much!

It’s almost Easter!

In April & May, I’ll be visiting Croatia, Sweden & Finland!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in April, you won’t get any Easter eggs!

'Just because I don't drink coffee. 'Doesn't mean I can't have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!
‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

Watch this space!

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I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

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‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

Are you a coffee drinker? Or are you like me, a person who can’t bear the sight of it! Spill the beans!

See you in Berlin.

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Have you ever been to Bristol – Let’s eat & drink ’till the cows come home!

An English breakfast at Brooks GuestHouse in Bristol.

Heigh Ho. I went to Bristol!

And what a marvellous time I had. If you recall, a few weeks ago, I told you that I was going on an independent press trip.

In England.

Yes, I was the guest of Visit Bristol who were incredible as were the very people of Bristol themselves and as a result, my press trip was personally designed with my interests and passions in mind.

Thank you so much for your generosity and allowing me press access to various sights and venues.

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO BRISTOL?

At Bristol Planetarium & Bristol Cathedral. @Bristol
At Bristol Planetarium & Bristol Cathedral.
@Bristol

When tourists and travellers think of England, they think of destinations such as London and Big Ben, Manchester (yay!) and textile powerhouses. They think of OxBridge and a history of intellectual minds. They think of Avon and Shakespeare, the Beatles and Liverpool. But do they ever think of places such as the Lake District, the Peak Districts, the Yorkshire Dales, the Isle of Wight or the Cotswolds?

Do they ever think of Bristol?

Ah. Bristol?

But where is it?

The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.
The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.

Well, Bristol is a county in South West England. It is England’s sixth (6th) most populous city and has a population of about 400,000 people. It began life as a village Brycgstow in Anglo-Saxon times and changed to Brigg stow – Bristol sometime in the 10th century.

Bristol’s history as a trading and important river location stretches back to 1051 when it was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. By the 14th century, Bristol was trading with Spain, Portugal and Iceland, and ships were leaving Bristol to find colonies in the New World and for sadly, that awful blot, that was to become known as the slave trade. In the last two hundred (200) years, Bristol has transformed and grown into a busy commercial port and in modern times, a striving destination to visit due to the Harbourside’s renaissance with contemporary art, theatre performances, literature, history and heritage of the local people. It has also begun to fuse it’s historically elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture with contemporary modernity.

England, UK.

My goal was to visit and introduce a new destination that perhaps many of you have never heard of, so in the next few weeks, I will be introducing you to the delights of an English weekend and how to have it all, and some, in just 48 hours!

I wanted to see for myself if indeed, Bristol would burst with character and charm. If Bristol would be enveloped within the home of a historical harbour as well as the modern setting of a young university city. If Bristol would be able to offer fascinating attractions, interesting culture, as well as impressive shopping, so I’m going to go backwards and start with the food and then next week, I’m going to tell you what to do in Bristol and where to stay. Get ready for surprises!

©VisitBritain Joanna Henderson
©VisitBritain
Joanna Henderson

So back to food.

Yum! Yum! Yum!

One of the reasons that I wanted to go to Bristol was to try out the food.

If you recall, I live in Germany and yes, Germany has a reputation for stodge and yes, even though Berlin is a continental hot-spot, crammed with international restaurants over-flowing with cosmopolitan flair, we hardly have anything British at all!

We only have a single restaurant called East London.

A single restaurant!!

I know!

It’s a scandal!

It’s no surprise that I was desperate for some English nosh and Bristol is where I got it!

Here we go:

GO FORTH AND HAVE AN ENGLISH BREAKFAST!

Jams and preserves at breakfast. In Bristol.

I stayed at a rather exciting boutique B&B called Brooks Guest House and I slept in a stylish rooftop caravan rocket. Yep! I went glamping, but more about that next week!

Part of what made my visit a success was the breakfast that I had every morning.

It was lovely.

The breakfast staff took some time to warm up to me but by the evening, we were the best of friends, and they were eager to accommodate changes in the breakfast delivery!

And what did I have?

More to the point what should you have whenever you’re in England or anywhere else in Ireland or the British Isles? A Full English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish. That’s what?

A full English breakfast in Bristol!

How about a plate of crispy smoked streaky bacon, sausages, fried mushrooms, fried tomatoes and fried eggs?

 An English breakfast in Bristol.

Perhaps smoked streaky bacon with scrambled eggs on sour dough bread?

An English breakfast in Bristol.

What say you to a steaming bowl of porridge dribbled over with honey, slices of strawberries, raspberries and blue berries? Mmm!

A healthy breakfast in Bristol.

And if that doesn’t take your fancy, how about a refreshing glass of Scottish Cranacha – a mixture of whipped cream or yoghurt, jam, honey, toasted oatmeal or home-made muesli with fruit and a little bit of whisky! Since I don’t eat nuts, I had the cream, with jam, cornflakes and fruit.

I left out the whisky LOL!

LUNCH TIME SNACKS

A Marks & Spencers prawn and cocktail sandwich!

Whenever I’m in England, I like to have a lunchtime snack of prawn and cocktail sandwiches, so I went to the High Street on Broadmead and bought some at Marks & Spencers (M&S).

Oh, I do love my sarnies!

A portion of chips in Bristol.

And if I’m being particularly naughty, I go ahead and get myself a portion of chips. I found a pretty good ration on the Harbourside at a local place called Brunel’s Buttery. Let me tell you, chips (not fries!) are best eaten with salt and vinegar and if I’m lucky, wrapped up in newspaper LOL!

Fresh sausage rolls. ©VisitBritain Joanna Henderson
Fresh sausage rolls.
©VisitBritain Joanna Henderson

My highlight however, were not “real” chips but actually, a sausage roll. Yes, a bit of pork rolled up in pastry and served warmly. A sausage roll with the crumbs gently rolling into my mouth! Heeeeeaven!

AFTERNOON TEA

The Avon Gorge © Walter-Dirks
The Avon Gorge
© Walter-Dirks

On my last afternoon in Bristol, I decided to walk to Bristol’s most exclusive suburb – Clifton Village. Now I didn’t actually plan to walk all the way there originally. It sort of just happened and well, you know how I like a good walk! Clifton Village features pretty streets, fine boutiques, vintage shopping and the University of Bristol. It was raining but I still spent quite an energetic afternoon darting in and out of second-hand book shops whilst, looking for gifts, trying to avoid getting too wet, and wheezing my way all the way up to (ironically) The Downs!

Cliftonwood © Andy Maybury
Cliftonwood
© Andy Maybury

The Downs has amazing views over the Avon Gorge and a few minutes away was the Avon Gorge Hotel where a reservation had been made on my behalf!

Now I don’t know about you but when having a meal in a classy hotel, one of the things that makes it so, is the sight perspective that it affords whether of the people, or it’s surroundings. The Avon Gorge Hotel has one of the best settings in the UK as it offers unparalleled views of Brunel’s grade-one-listed Clifton Suspension Bridge. A bridge said to be one of the greatest bridges in the world!

A glass of champagne at the Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol.

I was here to indulge in the luxury of Afternoon Tea in a historic setting.

I was given a really good table and even though it was pouring down, I still had a marvellous view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. There were a wide variety of Afternoon Teas to choose from starting from toasted Clifton tea cake, butter & jam, to the luxurious Bridge Café Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea at the Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol.

The Afternoon Tea was brilliant.

I chose the Champagne Afternoon Tea.

No surprises there!!

There was a selection of finger sandwiches filled with ham, cheese, salmon and cucumber. I also had two huge home-made scones, a pot of strawberry jam, a huge pot of yummy clotted cream, cream cheese and watercress leaves stuffed in a ball, a slice of chocolate, a slice of orange polenta and a delicious fruit pavlova.

A pot of tea at the Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol.

And of course, your choice of a pot of tea.

The selection was presented on a wooden board (certainly different!) and the combination of sandwiches, scones and little cake slices was pleasurable.

Afternoon Tea at the Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol.

I loved it and was utterly stuffed, so much so, that I had to discreetly ask the hotel staff to arrange half of the stuff as a bit of a take-away! They happily obliged. The Afternoon Tea was everything I expected and more.

The premises were in a lovely hotel and was reasonably priced. All around were tables of groups, friends and couples and the staff were attentive and friendly, constantly checking that I was OK, as I was dining alone.

Cost – £21.95 or €31.15 per person.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely!

EVENING DINNER

The Cowshed restaurant in Bristol

I was going to the theatre at the Bristol Old Vic to see an outstanding performance of The Crucible so it was imperative that I had an early pre-theatre dinner. I chose to chomp some excellent nosh at a restaurant called The Cowshed.

The Cowshed is a restaurant whose motto is plain and simple – to serve good, British food with an emphasis on quality, locally sourced ingredients, in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

I arrived at 18:00 by taxi, and reserved another one to take me to the theatre after dinner…!

The Cowshed Restaurant in Bristol.

The Cowshed was in a really nice area not far from Bristol University in Clifton! The restaurant was very nicely furnished with distressed brick walls, attractive staff, an open kitchen and their partner – Ruby & White Butchers – next door.

I was given a window seat so I used my seating optimisation to observe others around me.

It’s a cool trendy place with a mixed clientele. On the one hand, I saw a hipster father with his two teenaged children and on the other hand, I saw a group of young professionals who came in straight from work and various couples in their mid-20’s!

By 18:30, the restaurant began to fill up and I took the time to look outside the window as well.

British elves in Bristol!
British elves in Bristol!

Honestly! You know you’re in England when you see about ten (10) girls dressed up as elves disembark from a taxi, or about twenty (20) young people wearing ponchos and sombrero hats, and walking calmly down the street LOL!

My wood pigeon breast served with pigeon leg, scotched egg, beetroot with a bacon crumb, at the Cowshed Restaurant in Bristol.

I’m so sorry about the awful picture. I hope to find another one. Perhaps the description below would better suffice!

I had the wood pigeon breast served with pigeon leg, scotched egg, beetroot with a bacon crumb. It was served on a wooden board and decorated stretched across with dollops of cream in two places, the beetroot cut into triangles like an ancient sundial, the pigeon breast served delicate and tender, with a scotch egg.

I have absolutely no idea the last time I actually had a scotch egg!

For the British food virgins among you, a scotch egg is a (usually) hard-boiled egg wrapped in pork sausage meat mixed with herbs and spices, coated and rolled in breadcrumbs and baked or deeply fried. It used to be the bane of my childhood but here I was actually enjoying it!

My starter also had the bacon crumbs sprinkled with freshly cut herbs.

Deeeeelish!

Cost – £6.50 or €9.21.

The Cowshed is best known for it’s locally reared, hand-picked organic meat and for those of you who like steak, you’ll be in heaven! I’m not a vegetarian of course, but I’m not big on beef either, lamb on the other hand…

I digress.

My Roasted Guinea Fowl Breast 19.50 Served with a Confit Leg Dumpling, Salt Baked Beetroot, Thyme Potatoes, Mirabelle Plum and topped. Without Truffled Hazelnuts at the Cowshed restaurant in Bristol.

For my main dish, I had the roasted guinea fowl breast served with a confit leg dumpling, salt baked beetroot, thyme potatoes, and mirabelle plum. Without the truffled hazelnuts! The guinea fowl was softly firm and tasted nice and sweet with chunks of beetroot, square-cubed potatoes, a stuffed cabbage ball, with a swirling of plum sauce and gravy!

The floor manager was a laugh and had me in stitches such that I spent most of the time chatting away rather than eating, and ended up having to rush my way through the main course and dessert as I had a booked taxi waiting! I made it though, with 10 minutes to spare!

 

Cost – £19.50 or €27.55.

My Lemon & Raspberry Parfait served in a White Chocolate Pyramid with Meringue Tears and Lemon Gel, at the Cowshed in Bristol.

For my dessert, I had the lemon and raspberry parfait served in a white chocolate pyramid with meringue tears and lemon gel. I don’t like chocolate but this, I could absolutely live with!

Just look at that delicate swirl of raspberry and the bite of white chocolate ice-cream with a raspberry centre crunch!

Cost – £6.50 or €9.21.

Nom! Nom! Nom!

Would I recommend it?

OMG. What!!?

That’s it for now.

p.s. My thoughts and condolences to the people of France over the horrors that took place in Paris. On Friday.

St. Nicholas Market Board. © Graham-Flack
St. Nicholas Market Board.
© Graham-Flack

Even though I was invited on this trip as a guest of Visit Bristol, all opinions and the exquisite delicate pigeon breast that I devoured, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you so I will be writing more about Bristol next week!

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

November is beginning to be another summer!

Watch this space!

Oysters and stout on a wooden table outside a pub, England UK - ©VisitBritain Daniel Bosworth
Oysters and stout on a wooden table outside a pub, England UK –
©VisitBritain Daniel Bosworth

Have you ever had an English Breakfast? Would you like some Afternoon Tea?

See you in Berlin.

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The secret to surviving Berlin Fashion Week is to sip champagne, quaff on cocktails and drink lots and lots of water – Part I!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Last week, I wrote to you all about what Berlin Fashion Week was all about and not only that, but Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in particular. I’m such a fashionista, how could I not?

This week, I’d like to go into a bit more detail about the social aspects of Berlin Fashion Week and the fashion shows that I actually went to, so that if you ever decided to try it out for yourself, you would know what to expect.

And most importantly, the after-party scene because honestly, what’s a show without a party LOL!

Panorama Flyer Summer Party - Berlin Fashion Week

Here we go.

I received press invitations and passes to thirty-five (35) exclusive fashion houses and fashion trade shows, and seventeen (17) after-shows functions and parties.

Seventeen (17)!

Of course, after what happened last season, there was absolutely no way that I would even attempt to go to them all, so I decided to be smart and be selective. There’s always the next fashion season…!

WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?

I actually went to:

DAY ONE (1)!

  • BRACHMANN
A model poses at the Brachmann show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Stage at me Collectors Room on July 7, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Spring/Summer 2016

My first (1st) show of the season started at, for the  very first time, a new contemporary venue – “the Stage” at me Collectors Room.

It was such a sunny day that by the time that I got there, I was sweating like a sauna addict. Ha! You know what I think about saunas! Needless to say, I arrived in plenty of time before the show was due to start.

The label BRACHMANN POST-CLASSICAL MENSWEAR modernizes menswear classics by  looking for inspiration in menswear staples as well as architecture, popular culture, and modern art. BRACHMANN synthesizes progressive design, perfect fit, exquisite materials of natural fibres, and a luxury finishing made in Germany, into a cohesive men’s apparel line of urban chic and minimalistic elegance.

Phew!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The lines were sleek, clean, and classical with lots of linen and leather shoes. My son “The Tall Young Gentleman” does a bit of modelling every now and then….. so I know that it’s pretty hard to keep a straight face!

I loved the colours of grey, blue, brown, dark green and cream, and the coolness of the fabric if only I could afford them for my boy.

I think he might actually like the long shorts and the fact that they’re not wearing socks LOL!

Before I could actually start concentrating on the next showing, I took a car and decided to visit the Sponsors Lounge at “the Tent” aka Berlin’s most historic landmark – Brandenburg Gate!

Champagne & Asian titbits!
Champagne & Asian titbits!

I had a variety of tiny Asian dishes, two (2) glasses of champagne, two (2) bottles of water, a huge cup of Earl Grey tea (of course!), had my make-up done free of charge, at the Maybelline stand and my nails prettied.

Pink!

I had also planned to go to their AfterShow Party at the Steigenberger Hotel Bar. I didn’t go in the end, as it’s all about pacing myself this time around, because if you’re going to dance the night away where better than in Berlin.

Better to take it slow!

  • IVANMAN
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Just look at those cheek-bones!

Phowar!

The avant-garde menswear designer label IVANMAN is one of the European nominees for the coveted International Woolmark Prize 2015/16 for outstanding emerging designers from around the world.

The inspiration behind this season’s style is the non-specific but elegant element of sport.

I was on the front row.

Again.

Yay!

The rooms are much smaller this year so the seating is stricter.

Ah well.

I used the system that I used last season.

Complete and utter bragging, bravado and downright enthusiasm!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The clothes were colourful and bright in pink, pale blue and yellow shirts. Very slim trousers, soft suede and crocheted tops. Very 1950’s Teddy Boy with a more vibrant but very thin, anorexic look!

  • VEKTOR
Don't mess with this guy! He might be a model, but he's tough and can catwalk you down!
Don’t mess with this guy! He might be a model, but he’s tough and can catwalk you down!

Vektor was founded by a German – Croatian duo and is a Berlin-based fashion label for womanswear, menswear and unisex styles. It’s inspired by urban everyday life, street style and subcultural living, and focuses on functionality and soft extravagance.

I was sitting one seat away from a German Casting Director (Germany’s Next Top Model) and a current TV entertainer on Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! or “I’m a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here!” I didn’t know him myself but with the amount of whispering, twittering and pointing of fingers going on behind me, I made it my business to find out who he was. After all, I was literally sitting next to him..!

Rolf Scheider and Frank "Froonck“ Matthée at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Rolf Scheider and Frank “Froonck“ Matthée at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

His name was Rolf Scheider and he was rather nice, chatty and friendly.

Anyway, the clothes were sort of see-through-ish net-like material. Very sporty and sort of like a spartan soldier uniform, in my opinion! Lots of bulky shoulders for boys, plaits in hair for girls. Nylon, white, cream and denim material. Very strong eyebrows, white pumps.

Tattoos totally accepted LOL!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

On leaving, I bumped into a really famous German D.J. but I forgot his name. He tends to do dance rave type of music and has short blond hair!

PARTY ONE (1)!

  • i-D OPENING COCKTAIL / ZALANDO FASHION HOUSE / BOLD / NOT JUST A LABEL

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I then went to a fashion showing / drink cocktails / party organised by BOLD promoting i-D – a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture and Zalando Fashion House – a Berlin based-online-platform-for-fashion-brand and staged at the iconic department store, Warenhaus am Weinberg.

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It’s great to discover and experience exciting fashion workshops, talks, films, exclusive previews, Zalando fashion and new talent curated by Not Just A Label, all under one roof!

I only dropped in for about 30 minutes and surprised everyone by arriving in a fancy Mercedes-Benz car! I did a little networking with Niccolò Montanari who is the Co-Founder of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival & Head of Marketing, and took in some of the street wear fashion whilst quaffing on Pimms and a bottle of water!

At Zalando Fashion House/ i.D /Not Just a Label - Berlin Fashion Week.

There was a female D.J. and along with a live musical performance, were models with strange scrawlings on their faces presenting fashion pieces of print in a bold, interesting and contemporary way!

PARTY TWO (2)!

  • BREAD & BUTTER

Bread & Butter Get Together - Berlin Fashion Week

Even though I didn’t make it to the Brachmann AfterShow Party, I made it a point of duty to go to the Bread & Butter Get Together.

Bread & Butter is truly one of my favourite places and the fashion darling of Berlin. It’s a trade show for selected brands and stands for all aspects of Modern Urban Lifestyle, unparalleled inspiration and youthful energy and style.  It’s had a few problems over the years but you can’t pull a good fashion brand down!

 Even though it wasn't sunny Brazil this time around, we love Bread & Butter anyway! - Berlin Fashion Week

I arrived at about 19:45 and was given two (2) chips for refreshments and food as press. I’m not a fan of beef at restaurants so I ordered an organic burger at the food market. It came with bacon and cheese. I also ordered a schnitzel burger later on too, and really dug in!

There were a couple of fridges scattered around and you helped yourself to beer which was completely and utterly free for everybody which was preeeeety good! The water wasn’t free but thankfully, I had loads with me and was able to slow down!

Outddors at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

One of the reasons that I didn’t move on, was because of the weather. We were all outside sitting on bean bags and deck chairs with a live DJ banging away when it began to spit, rain and thunder.

I then met some Italians who called me over to join them. They owned a start-up shoe company called Lerews and were looking to take up some of the German business space. They were a warm bunch of three (3) men and one (1) woman – all Italian. And they kept trying to pile me with (paid-for) cocktails and more beer!

An organic burger and a beer at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

I declined the cocktails.

Ha!

And sipped the beer.

Slowly!

LOL!

By 23:00, everyone was looking rather flushed and the rain refused to subside, so I decided to make a run for it and go home!

DAY TWO (2)!

  • ANJA GOCKEL
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Anja’s Gockel’s collection is called “Amelia” after the 1920’s American aviation pioneer – Amelia Earhart – the first (1st) woman to fly over the ocean. This collection is inspired by boldness and courage.

I once again found myself on the front row but this time I brought my fascinator with me and black and silver kitten heels!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The clothes were colourful and sort of African-like patterns, prints and jodhpurs. Lots of orange and very cool-down-the-weather fabric. Burnt orange, glittery dresses and nude or silver high-heeled shoes. Huge glasses and very long hair.

I loved the clothes and could quite see myself wearing them with no problems at all!

  • LOUISE FRIEDLAENDER
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The show was billed as Louise Friedlaender @The Apartment. I then took a car and indeed, the show really was at an apartment. In West Berlin!

Anja Gockel at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

I hadn’t really realised that the venue was off-site and ended up back at Brandenburg Gate! Luckily, the organisation was so efficient that the Mercedes-Benz transport hosts were immediately able to put me into another car LOL!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The catwalk was in a living room accompanied by a classical musician and a live singer. This was the first collection for Louise Friedlaender.

The clothes were focused on tailoring and timeless silhouettes and a sort of modernistic sci-fi style dresses and tops with ra-ra tassels on the bottom edges! Light soft tweed, long grey knits and coral, glass, shell necklaces. Colours were grey, brown, cream and olive-green with felt or suede slippers and slip-ons of various colours.

  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ – THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF FASHION.

Fashion Tech Berlin - Berlin Fashion Week

Leaving @The Apartment proved more difficult than I had anticipated as the cars weren’t taking us back, just dropping us. It’s a good thing that I actually live in Berlin so I know how to get about.

I took off my kitten heels and prepared to take the bus to the next underground station which was just one (1) bus-stop away! I was going to attend a fashion technology conference.

Wearable technology by Maartje Dijkstra: Intimacy - Fashion Technology

The fashion technology conference is the platform for all up-coming ideas and business models that influence the way fashion is designed, produced, distributed, marketed and sold.

FASHIONTECH BERLIN 08.07.2015 © NILS KRÜGER - Berlin Fashion Week

I would have loved to have spent more time there but there wasn’t any, so I picked the 13:30 session on “Technology as a fashion statement: Style vs Sensors.”  It was really interesting and focused on “glowing technology,” light sensors in clothing and whether in the future clothes could be intelligent and think.

Who knows, but that’s fashion baby!

Stay tuned!

p.s. Even though like the very lovely Adventurous Kate, I’m a great lover of pimms and champagne, you  should always drink responsibly so that you can be all fabulous and partake in the festivities and events that bizarre Berlin and gorgeous Europe has to offer, and have a jolly good time  and dance the night away, while doing it!

  • Photographs of Vektor ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
  • Photographs of Anja Gockel ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG).
  • Photographs of Louise Friedlaender ©Joern Pollex/Getty Images for IMG).
  • Photograph of Maartje Dijkstra: Intimacy ©Robert Lunak.
  • Other photographs ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner.
  • Last photograph of Fashion Tech Berlin ©Nils Krüger.
  • Photographs of the Impuls Graduate Show 2015 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG).

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the various titbits and tasty organic burgers, are my very own!

I wholeheartedly have so much to share with you and I haven’t even told you about the evening stuff yet so I’m splitting this post into two parts. Part I now and Part II in a fortnight (two weeks).

Next week, I’ll finally be revealing three (3) travel destinations I will be travelling to in August!

Fingers at the ready!

July is going to be quite enjoyable!

Watch this space!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

I quite fancy some of these clothes. What about you? Could you see yourself wearing these fashion items down your street? Are you brave enough to wear shocking pink and vibrant yellow? Do you like my new it-took-me-a-few-hours-to-do-all-by-myself-blog-look? Comments on my logo?

See you in Berlin.

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