As you guys know, a few weeks ago we took a much needed family vacation to the German* Spanish island of Mallorca. While Germany got drenched in wind and rain, we enjoyed ten sunny days on the beaches of Alcudia. We explored Alcudia's gorgeous old town and spent a day in Palma, the island's capital. The World Cup was in full swing, so we watched a LOT of soccer (but if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know this). I'll give you my thoughts on our hotel in another post, but overall, we had a wonderful time. Check out some of our pictures! ...continue reading →
Here are a few pictures from a little daytrip we took in April. I'd had Sealife Hannover on my to-visit list for quite a while, and one Sunday afternoon, we finally made our way over there. I can't say that it was the most impressive aquarium I've ever visited (I think I'll save that designation for the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans), but it was a nice place to spend an afternoon. ...continue reading →
The Man and I spent a few days in Cologne last week. Of all the German cities I've been to so far, Cologne is definitely the friendliest. It's a beautiful city, especially during Christmas: we spent one day trying to go to all of its Christmas markets. We made it to five of them. And I have to say: even though I love Berlin, I have a sneaking feeling that Cologne might become my new "weekend escape" city of choice. It's one of those rare big cities that manages to feel "in the moment" as opposed to "of the moment." Bis die nachstest mal, Koln.
Of all the destinations on my 30 Before 30 list, Paris is the place I was most looking forward to going. How cruelly ironic, then, that after returning from dinner on the evening of our arrival Easter weekend I fell ill with a flu-induced fever. Most of my first night was spent in a fitful sleep next to my husband. Most of his night was spent putting cool towels on my forehead and generally being too worried to sleep. ...continue reading →
Whew! That sound is me being tired after the last few weeks, which have brought my birthday, the first few weeks of Kindergarten for Babycakes, his birthday and subsequent birthday party. Hence my neglecting the blog. My apologies! The next time life gets in the way, get your Flux fix on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Now--back to work!
If you follow me on Instagram (@TatianaInFlux), you'll know that the Babycakes is in an all dino everything phase at the moment. It's serious y'all--dinosaur books, dinosaur pajamas, and even little plastic dinosaur toys. In the course of Googling stuff about dinosaurs, I came across Dinosaurier Park Münchehagen, a dinosaur park that's only a couple hours away from us. It's like Jurassic Park, but safe. Also, the dinosaurs are made from plastic, not mosquito DNA. We decided to surprise the Babycakes and let me tell ya--it was the best day of his life! He kept saying "Mommy, look!" and singing (literally singing) "Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs!" It took us two hours to walk through the park, and though he normally asks to be put in the stroller after a while, he ran and walked on his own the entire time. Which is to say: This was a good idea.
TAT’S TIP: Some of the dinosaurs on display were in the middle of dinner, and it was rather graphic. Just something to be mindful of. Also worth mentioning: there were a lot of activities for older kids, too. Stuff like dino ranger missions, "excavations" and more.
On our last day in Sylt, my father-in-law mentioned that there were some interesting statues in front of the rathaus (city hall), so we decided to check them out. I'm not sure what I expected, but it certainly wasn't this: a gigantic green family of travelers, towering over everyone and leaning backward (and forward!) due to an imaginary wind. Surreal.
Our first official family vacation was a five-day stay in Sylt, a picturesque German island in the North Sea. Not gonna lie--the first day there, I had second thoughts, because it was ridiculously windy and cold! However, after that, the weather was mild and pretty. Not warm enough for cold-natured me to get into the water, but definitely nice enough for my in-laws to lay out and tan. Between the beaches and playgrounds, the Babycakes had a blast, The Man definitely caught the relaxing vibe that all beach communities seem to posess, and I ate far too much seafood (one word: Gosch).
WHERE: Sylt, Germany
WHAT: Family vacation by the beach
TAT'S TIP: If you love seafood, eat at Gosch! Plus, all of the Gosch restaurants are great places for people watching.
A cool, nautical-themed playground in Sylt.
One of the locals.
Many buildings in Sylt are topped with distinctive thatched roofs made of reeds...