Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers at Gendarmenmarkt

Having spent a day largely exploring the confronting history side of Berlin, we stopped by a local chocolatier to indulge in a much sweeter side.  Any Chocolate lover, who happens to be in the city of Berlin should not miss the opportunity to visit the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatier. Let me repeat this again, should not! Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers is located south of unter den Linden in a beautiful and ...

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Staying in Chamonix, 6 steps away from a Patisserie

We were holidaying in the French Alp town of Chamonix and our apartment was located on the main strip of Rue Du Docteur Paccard above retail store, it was the perfect spot as across from us was a little patisserie called Richard. I could count 6 steps from our apartment to the shopfront window, I do not think I have ever lived so close to a patisserie before. I wanted to ...

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Bye Bye Chamonix, Paris Bound

Leaving Chamonix and heading to Paris was an adventure in itself and despite a delayed train the journey seemed to work out to our favour. I pre-booked the first train from St Gervais to Paris through the French website of SNCF . On the rather useful The Man in Seat 61 website I learnt that tickets are substantially cheaper if booked on the French SNCF website than that of the English website, ...

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48 Hours in Geneva, Switzerland

On the way to Chamonix, our soon to be French ski destination, we stopped by Geneva for two nights to recoup after a rather long haul flight from Perth, Western Australia. In the middle of winter, Geneva is a quiet but charming city. The Old Town of Geneva Orientation Geneva is a small town located in Switzerland and nestled around the stunning Lake Geneva. The city is expensive to transit however as we ...

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An Australian in Chamonix – We hit the ski slopes

Our first day in the French ski village of Chamonix we were itching to venture up into the mountains but before we could hop into a cable car we had to go about arranging the needful. It was a rather expensive morning indeed involving purchasing a ski pass, hiring equipment, buying some mountain clothes and booking a ski lesson for myself. Having never skied before it was unavoidable really, compulsory ...

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Latin Quartier, Paris

After visiting the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral we crossed the river Seine (also known as the left bank) to the Latin Quartier, if you are arriving via the metro simply stop at the 'St Michel' stop. The two streets to explore in the former Bohemia area are Boulevard St. Germain and the Boulevard St. Michel. We found an array of restaurants in small alleyways and each restaurateur tried their very best ...

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An Australian in Chamonix – we arrive

'There can be no beautiful landscape without a horizon of mountains’ – Chateaubriand 1805 Chamonix is a mountainous valley town in the Haute-Savoie region of France and our destination for a ski holiday, also my very trip to the snow. Chamonix, rich in mountain history dating back to 1741 has 108 km’s of patrolled ski and snowboard trails and ski season is from mid December to May. Surrounded by some of ...

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