The French Alps are a relatively young mountain range, and therefore offer some of the most breathtaking vistas - sheer, angular snow-capped peaks, with secluded valleys nestled between them. As a holiday destination, the Alps are most often associated with ski-resorts and over-priced chalets. Increasingly people are now flocking to the French Alps during the summer months thanks to numerous eco-lodges which have sprung up in the region over the last few years.
As the holiday season is getting closer, cities light up their streets and open their Christmas markets. This custom finds its roots in Middle Age Germany and is becoming ever more popular in many cities worldwide. During the 4 weeks of the advent, the period preceding Christmas day, Christmas markets are sprouting around the globe. These ephemeral islands of Christmas magic are enlivening the cities with scents of roasted nuts, bratwurst and mulled wine. The accent is set on artisanal, hand-made products as well as traditional ornaments and gifts from around the world.
The Cologne Carnival, the biggest street festival of Germany’s fourth largest city, opens on 11 November at 11.11. Up to 70000 carnival enthusiasts meet today on the Heumarkt square in the city centre of Cologne and will celebrate the beginning of the so-called “fifth season of the year”, the carnival. Get fancy dressed to welcome the traditional Dreigestirn, trio leading the carnival festivities, as well as numerous bands who will entertain the crowd until the little hours in the morning.
Little know about this incredible travel story, it is telling us about how a little adventure can turn into a lifestyle.
In 1989 a couple from Germany, Christine and Gunther Holtlorf, decided to go on a road trip to Africa. They set off with their new Mercedes G Wagen, a sturdy 4-wheel drive, for what was to become a 26-year long trip covering over 885000km and 177 countries.