Yorkshire Dales, Cologne and ‘Lundin’ town!

Spring Time - On the Road - North Yorkshire, Cologne, London

What a week! After spending some quality time in the Yorkshire dales and arriving for a splendid sunny day in London today, I’m off to Cologne on Friday.

But let’s start with Cologne, which will be interesting to many people outside of (and maybe even inside but not in Cologne) of Germany. You might have heard of the incidences that happened last New Years Eve (2015/2016), where hundreds of women were assaulted and even raped(!) in Cologne’s central station. There were many different opinions on that. Let’s not relive that now. I want to have a look at Cologne’s beauty.

The famous Cologne cathedral “Der Kölner Dom”, the remainings of a Jewish community and a neat chocolate museum

Okay, I admit, the reason I will be there is the trade fair “FIBO”, that covers everything around health, fitness and wellness. But that can’t be it.

Now for the shoppers and fashion fans, I will say right away, Cologne has got an own style and lots of cool bloggers. Cologne also has a big gay community, no offense guys, but you are just known to have a real good taste. I know that because many of you have made me look like a fairy in this life.

“Glitter Heels, Why Not?” is up on the blog! ||

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The Cologne cathedral is probably Cologne’s most well-known emblem and needs to be paid a visit. Apart from that, I find that churches have something very relaxing, so I like to spend my time in them.

Cologne’s once 19,500 people counting Jewish community has reestablished to now 4,500 members and they go back to the year 321 AD. Reason enough for the Jewish synagogue to proudly call itself “The Oldest Jewish Congregation north of the Alps”. Cheers to that!


Not that I’ve covered some history, culture and religion (big time!), let me give you, all the sweeties. A chocolate museum. For those of you who like chocolate a lot, here you can make your own bar, taste chocolate or dine from the allegedly yummy menu. Former visitors seem very pleased, so I will give it a try.

Taking long walks with the sun tickling your nose, cream tea in Grassington and la dolce vita de Yorkshire

Sure enough, the Yorkshire dales are very popular with cyclists and people who love dangerous mountain biking, since the Tour de France had taken place there in 2014. Enthusiasts get the chance to be part of the Tour de Yorkshire every year.

Yorkshire Dales - Barn

But more than just cycling and probably the major reason for so many people doing it are a natural beauty, glimpsed over unique dry stone walls, cute holiday cottages (some of the houses around there are 350 years old and beautiful!) and it’s all listed and secured. (Remember, we are talking about a national park.)

Hope you had a good Easter. #daffodils #drystonewall #yorkshiredales #dales #thedales #nationalpark #yorkshire

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What I especially like about this place is, there are actual human beings living there (some of them since generations), farmer, cute lil’ lammies (best to look at in Spring) and live just seems a little bit more easy and real.

Stylish outfits of the day and hip Thai food for lunch – sounds like London

As soon as I got out of the tube today, hungry, tired, nauseous (I’m pregnant), I saw the sun. And lots of stylish people. Hello London, I’m back. This city has the unique

This city has the unique attribute to make me feel like I need to change and get into “London mode” before anything else can happen here.

To fuel the day with some goodness, I chose and warmly recommend the dish Rosa’s green curry at Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Chelsea.


So that’s it then. Spring is here. And I am working on my London events section on TRVL BTQ, so that all you wonderful people who are looking to pay us a visit know that we’ve got more than crown jewels, the Buckingham palace, and the river Thames (Do try a little cruise on it though).

Me at @officialrandl and @bestival 😂😂 #readingandleeds #bestival #festivalseasoniscoming #summer

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Thinking more of calm, laid back summer festivals, street feasts with food and drinks, and much more.

…Still wondering if it’s possible to StandUpPaddel anywhere in London. Does anyone have an idea, out there? If so please leave me a comment or shoot me a virtual letter. Very appreciated.




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The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair - www.trvlbtq.co.uk

This is your chance to bargain some real jewels and support one of over 100 chosen emerging artists or just have a look around at chosen pieces of contemporary art and many of the other eras.

Apart from the art fair, something like the affordable art fair that has established an enormous presence throughout the world, ‘The Other Art Fair’ has more to offer.

Whilst there will be film screenings, interesting panel discussions, live music and performance art during four days, a corner of the fair will be turned into an artsy cafeteria that will make your mouth melt (surprise!) , not only because of Chef Ellen Parr (Moro), who is going to be playing with flavours, spices, and the rules of cooking.

Price: 8£, 6£ concs.


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London Coffee Festival

LCF returns for another round of beautiful coffee indulgence

The London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest event for coffee and artisan food. Expected the finest products and barista performances, live music and the ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate you in coffee affairs, how to brew a proper cuppa at home, learn about new tastes and explore fashion, design and food in the Milk & Sugar area. After two industry days on April 7-8, the festival kicks off its public events on the evening of April 8 along with an ‘Espresso Martini Launch Party’ (8-10pm). On Sat 9  and Sun 10, tickets are available for three-hour sessions: brunch (10am-1pm), lunch (1-4pm) and tea (4-7pm).

If you’re not a coffee industrial, don’t worry. There will be a special public ‘Espresso Martini Launch’ kick-off party on the evening of April 8 from 8-10pm.

On Sat 9  and Sun 10, tickets are available for three-hour sessions: brunch (10am-1pm), lunch (1-4pm) and tea (4-7pm).

Keep an eye out for Rachel’s Organic Milk Bar, which will be running live latte art masterclasses. The Scandinavian Embassy’s pop-up restaurant is serving delicious food that I’m sure, Scandy-lovers won’t want to miss out on.


Some Facts:


There will be two industry days held on 07 April and 08 April from 10am- 5pm.


Friday 08 April

The event will  launch to the public from 5:00pm with the session running from 5pm-8pm and then an Espresso Martini Launch Party from 8pm-10pm(please note some festival zones will be closed during the launch party).

Saturday 09 April and Sunday 10April

Three sessions will be held per day over the weekend:

Brunch session

Lunch session

Teatime session

Regular: £14.50 adv, £20 on the door

10-16s:   £4.50 adv, £5.50 on the door 10-16s

free under 10s,

VIP tickets available, view ticket details on website: londoncoffeefestival.com/tickets

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Beyond Borders

Counterpoints Arts/Platforma and the Young Vic invite you to a free event looking at theatre and performance with and by refugees and migrants.

A chance to hear about the Young Vic’s work with refugees and and asylum seekers and their future plans.

And an opportunity to discuss themes including:
– How participatory work can link to main house production
– Connections between work in the UK and overseas
– Pathways for artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds, from their first engagement to career development.

The half-day session builds on an event held by Counterpoints Arts/Platforma and The Tricycle theatre July 2015, bringing together organisations, artists and others working in this field.

To reserve a place email Sharon Kanolik: sharonkanolik@youngvic.org
If you have any questions please contact Tom Green: tom@counterpointsarts.org.uk

– See more at: http://www.platforma.org.uk/pf_events/beyond-borders/#sthash.x3DK54Ah.dpuf

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