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Last weekend I visited my sister in Germany! Brussels is so great for travelling, there are so many amazing high speed train connections to everywhere! The pictures are mainly from an area in Düsseldorf, Flingern, where she works (they live in a town about 45minutes away). It has loads of great independent shops, nice cafes and funkily dressed people with kids. It’s a little bit like Prenzlauerberg in Berlin, except not quite so full on. German Wikipedia says that it’s a traditional working class area that is increasingly gentrified. It definitely has it’s own identity, they had two different ‘Greetings from Flingern’ postcards in the shops, showing such exciting sights as a bus stop and the Currywurst stand. They’re quite funny, I might scan them in if I can locate a colour scanner. I never did see Düsseldorf centre either, so this is all I know of the city!

We walked along the shops, then went for coffee and bagels and then immediately afterwards for ice cream in a place that can hold it’s own against the gelato places we went on on honeymoon. They don’t have that many flavours, but unusual ones. I had passion fruit, sour cherry and tonka bean (no, me neither. It tasted a bit like white chocolate), Sarah had passion fruit too, poppy seed and peanut. Then we wandered back, and I was going to buy a wallet from this shop, but randomly everything in that area closes at 4.30 on a Saturday, so I missed my chance. I’m getting Sarah to get one for me, but I don’t know if she has it yet. I do like to buy stuff while visting places, then whenever you use the thing it reminds you!

Outfit stats on me: * dress – h&m * cardie – new look * shoes – gift * shoulder bag – dave made it * foldawayable shopping bag – gift * elephant brooch – a Brussels vintage market *

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  • Trayci 2 April 2012, 8:31 am

    It looks amazing and you both look as if you had a whale of a time!

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  • sara 2 April 2012, 12:56 pm

    Oh you look so sweet & happy! How awesome to have a sister, you are so cute!
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  • Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys 2 April 2012, 1:01 pm

    I agree about buying the odd wearable souvenir (although if I did that every time I went somewhere I’d be broke). The town sounds lovely, the ice cream looks fantastic, and it looks like the weather was much better than Bonn, grrrr
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  • Lorena 2 April 2012, 2:25 pm

    I adore all that is going on around you in these pictures… the graffiti, the city, the streets .. and lets not forget the ice cream 🙂
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  • Rebecca 2 April 2012, 4:51 pm

    That is such a cute pin, and it looks like you had a fun trip.
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  • Bella Q 2 April 2012, 5:02 pm

    What a charming place, and what GORGEOUS PICTURES you are taking there. EVERYTIME I visit Oranges and Apples I am smitten with your photography France. And my fave pic? Well the one you didn’t take: the one of you with your fist pumping the air. Thanks for taking us traveling with you. I am enjoy the sights.
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    • Franca 2 April 2012, 6:32 pm

      Thank you!± I just really love taking pictures. though to be fair, my sis took half of these!

  • Terri 2 April 2012, 11:10 pm

    Oh, the two of you look a bit alike! I like the elephant pin.
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    • Franca 3 April 2012, 6:56 am

      Do you think? A few people have said that, but I’m always amazed how different we look. I look like my num, my sister like my dad!

  • eyeliah 3 April 2012, 6:00 am

    Great pictures! I loved Germany, it was my favorite stop in Europe. I wish I could have been there longer, next time I will travel around Germany more too.
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    • Franca 3 April 2012, 7:23 am

      So many great places in germany, and such difference between them. I want to visit more places too, given that that is my country of nationality!

  • Alexandra Thérèse 3 April 2012, 11:57 am

    Lovely shots of you and your sister, and also of the various form of artwork you saw! Love the green bicycle sitting happily on a corner. Your elephant brooch is really sweet and the ice cream looks scrumptious. We’ve had snow forecast for the North over here which is pretty ridiculous since it was 20 degrees last week!
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    • Franca 3 April 2012, 12:13 pm

      it’s snowing in Edinburgh right now!