Villa Imperiale: the villa that is Florence’s treasure
You know you have an incredible set of family, friends and supporters when they all join together to send you to a luxurious dream trip to Florence!
Yes, indeed! My fambam, peeps, posse, tweeps, twiends, fans, followers — whatever you want to call them — have pulled through for me and voted by sharing my story, Mea Culpa! What NOT to do When Dining Overseas, which was shortlisted and eventually won LaCure’s Tell A Great Story contest.
And if you must, check out the luxury villa where I will be spending my days enjoying the Tuscan sun: The Villa That is Florence’s Treasure. Yes, you really must check it out! Fabulously stylish, isn’t it? I am really excited! Travel dates are yet to be set, so stay tuned for more info.
Frankfurter? Wiener? Vienna sausage? No, they're Bavarian sausages, Münchner Weißwurst!
Try to order a frankfurter in Frankfurt, and you’d most likely get a blank stare. But ask for a wiener or a Vienna sausage, and the Frankfurters — the residents, not the sausages — would know what you’re talking about.
Meanwhile, do the same in Vienna — ask for a Vienna sausage, instead of a frankfurter and you’d probably hear “was is das?” (what is that?). Yes, it happened to me.
Confused yet? Bear with me, as I confuse you even more.
Indeed, there is a real ‘Disney Castle’ once owned by a real king! It’s called the Neuschwanstein Castle, or Schloss Neuschwanstein in German, and it was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in California, and at Hong Kong Disneyland.
But instead of Princess Aurora, it was a real Bavarian King, Ludwig II, who occupied the place.
Walk slow and absorb the picturesque views of 18th century rococo buildings in pastel colors, with the backdrop of castles, then sip a cup of hot cocoa at a street corner cafe. Welcome to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
The city of München, Munich’s native name, is known for two things: B&Bs, and not of the bed & breakfast variety. If you didn’t know that BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or Bavarian Motor Works, well, now you do! Yes, my fast and furious friend, BMW is headquartered in Bavaria’s capital city. In fact, ‘Beemer’ even has an eye-popping museum with hundreds of sexy, sometimes topless cars (and in the summer, topless women as well at the park just across the building!) Enough ‘Bimmer’ motorcycles are also on display to make the Hells Angels say ‘hallelujah!’
But this blogzine is not called ‘CarTrips’, or ‘BikeTrips’, is it? So let’s talk about the other thing Bavarians are just as serious about: their beer, of course!