Monday, August 31, 2015

Bath Upper Town Shopping: Elegant Milsom Street

The main shopping street of Bath is Southgate Street but if you are looking for the chicer boutiques and shops, you can better head off to  Milsom Street in Bath's Upper Town. Here you will find a shopping thoroughfare dressed in beautiful Georgian architecture.Many of the buildings here are listed.

Milsom Street was voted "Britain's Best Fashion Street".

I really liked this street. Elegant is the word I would like to describe Milsom Street.

The exact location of Milsom Street:

Milsom Street is connected to pedestrian shopping streets, Burton Street, Union Street and Stall Street.

Travel Period: March 2015
Destination: Bath, Somerset (South West - England), United Kingdom

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kolsch Beer and a Flammkuchen (Tarte Flambee) in Cologne, Germany

Would you believe that this dinner is under 10 Euros? 9 Euros to be exact =)

I was not in the mood to eat something heavy. I also did not fancy eating any German-style meat dish. I want to eat something light. Additionally, I didn’t want to eat in a busy or noisy place. I just want to eat a simple, light and quick dinner and be back at the hotel as I need to work on some stuff before going to bed.

So I passed by this bar-bistro restaurant called HOF 18 Bar-Bistro located beside the famous Brauhaus Früh and the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen (Little house gnome statues). I was quite tempted to go in the brewery and dine there, but got turned off at the noise. I quickly read through the menu placed outside the door of HOF 18 Bar-Bistro and the flammkuchen caught my eye. That sure is something light I thought.

This version of flammkuchen (the classic) is really good. Thin crust, crunchy and the spread of the cheese, bacon and onions were just even to the taste. Fresh actually. Light.

I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing but this is definitely one of the value for money dinners I have ever had in a long time.

I kind of like the Kolsch beer, I can definitely taste some malt sweetness to it. This bistro offer small glasses of beer as well which is just perfect for me.

Crunchy, cheesy, oniony and bacony.

The flammkuchen is a popular dish in Germany and many say its origins can be traced to the Elsass (present day Alsace, France) which used to be part of Germany before. Although I have read as well that other parts in the south of Germany such as the Baden and Palatinate areas have been baking these for centuries already.

Travel Period: August 2015
Destination: Cologne (North Rhine Westphalia), Germany

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Cologne, Germany: Sleeping in a Former Monastery | Breakfast in a Chapel (Hopper Hotel St. Josef)

I found this hotel from a colleague who suggested it to me. It is just near the office, about a 5-minute walk, the building has some interesting history, the hotel is modern in design and facilities, price includes breakfast and they have a promo. Just perfect.

It’s a very comfortable design hotel. I quite liked my stay here. The interior is designed based on function, simplicity and neatness. Every little amount of space is used and you will see that in the pictures below. I have a degree in Interior Design (which these days I do not do anything about) so I am always amused when I see a well thought of design of a space.

Hopper Hotel St. Josef is a former monastery and charity house for impoverished children run by sisters from the Schwestern der Christlichen Liebe order from Paderborn. They called this place before—Josefhaus. They used to run nurseries here and feed poor schoolchildren. It is also a needlework school for young girls, as well as home for young women. It was in 2009 when the charity foundation building was turned into a hotel. The designers managed to preserve the main architectural details of the building as well as the beautiful little chapel with neo Gothic vaulted ceilings where breakfasts are served.

I am remembered of my stay in the southern part of the Netherlands in Bosschenhoofd a few years ago where Dutchman and I had breakfast in a beautiful chapel.

At the lobby reception and bar.

At the little yet stunning library-reading corner of the hotel.

I really like this room, so modern, clean and airy.

Functional design at its finest. The iron, ironing board, fridge and garbage are hidden inside the cabinets. The same thing goes in the bathroom as well.

The wooden thing beside the TV is actually a working desk. You just pull it out and then turn on the light inside. You use the end of the bed as your chair.

I love hotels that have figure-length mirrors. I think they should be a must. 

In the bathroom, the tissues are built-in, as well as the soap and the hairdryer. It just gives the room a very neat look when all the attributes are placed back in their compartments.

The toilet on the other hand offers some interesting scenery =)

View down to the outdoor terrace of the restaurant from my balcony early in the morning.

Even if you are drunk, you will never miss your room. Your room number is at your doorstep. Cool huh!

A peek into the chapel from the loft bridge.

 Beautiful golden staircase.

A holy breakfast in the chapel =)

Normally I eat only fruits in the morning, but when I am travelling for work, I tend to eat breakfasts and skip lunch, then I just eat a fruit and cracker snack in the afternoon.

Pretty hotel is it not?

Travel Period: August 2015
Destination: Cologne (North Rhine Westphalia), Germany

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