Stroll Through the Hood

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A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live (at the moment Hamburg, Germany). This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!

 

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Love this simple cute one -it would be a perfect postcard- and…the wall does indeed look like this- pink patina 😉

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Speaking of pink….hello…it is usually not my color- but ohh love. This is from the inside of my favorite flower store …you get a bunch of flowers- no big stuff around, 5 Bucks, and you are out. They open Wednesday till they sold all flowers…sometimes Friday your are out of luck. Then they are on their way to Holland again to stock up 😉  Awesome awesome- I know I will for sure miss this one.

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I love this in a little alley in the hood. I also love the background- I am not a brown color person- but this is intriguing with ll the dots and little hints of red.

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And how can you pass up this photo-op – in a site street around the corner – so much fun with Andreas Muhme– we did another photo shoot, this time outside and had fun strolling around looking for places.

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And another pussy cat…again love the simplicity of it- and yet so cool!

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This is the outside of a kindergarten – loooveee the colors! So much fun!

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Especially since I know we move I walk around my neighborhood with more open eyes than ever and explore little alley ways too. It is a lot of fun.

Hope you liked it- see you next month in the hood ;)

hugs

Nat

 

 

Artfusion 2013 Recap or…Going Dutch is fun!

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Birgit and I had so much fun with our Artfusion Mixed Media Weekend in Utrecht, The Netherlands this last weekend!

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We had students from The Netherlands, Finland, England, Israel and Spain in our classes – 33 girls – all super sweet and mega talented and with lot’s of fun. Lot’s of smiles this whole weekend! Even when the wind hit back and splashed paint into faces 😉

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Loved seeing all of them taking their own twist on the projects- like here in my Season Canvas Class – they did such beautiful canvases!

 

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And it was awesome seeing my stencils being used by my students – Loved that so much- can’t even tell- LOL

 

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We had a very artsy location and a good time during the classes, during lunch, dinner and at the saturday evening crop.

 

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Here is a couple of us girls- some are missing on the picture – I had a blast with you all – I hope so much I will see you some day again …maybe…maybe… at…mmh who knows 😉 (sorry Minna  – I had to steal this and the next photo from you 🙂 )

Thank you all for coming from far and close by to our event and make it truly awesome!!! You rocked !!! It was amazing to see so many of you again and to make new friends. As we had talked with a group – it is an unbelievable inspiring hobby that brings people from all countries together.

 

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And here is finally a picture of sweet Birgit and me- we totally forgot to have one taken  . I miss her already. Thank you Birgit for all your non-stop work to make our event happen! You are the best!

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Wishing you a wonderful day and huge hugs…from truly happy but exhausted Nat 🙂

Jersey City and New York City Short Trip

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Last week I went to the States to prepare some things for our move in September. We spent two days in Jersey City where we were looking at some apartments. On Wednesday I was strolling through Jersey City on my own and I have to say…I fell in Love with this city and now I am totally looking forward moving there!!!

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Jersey City lies right across Lower Manhattan and with the Path (kind of like a train-subway) or with the fairy (update: some call it also Ferry – hahahha) you are in 10-15 minutes in Manhattan – pretty pretty cool.

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Lot’s of old factory, warehouse and brown stones are part of the city and many are turned into amazing live or work or cultural areas. This power plant above is restored right now- I hope it will be a public space but who knows. Such an amazing building.

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Lot’s of street art around and I loved the edgeiness of this city which reminded me of my neighborhood here in Hamburg 20 years ago.

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And then in between those amazing amazing neighborhoods, just beautiful – did I mention I fell in Love with JC? LOL

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I can so see myself living in this city- and that makes me also looking forward even more. It was a bit of a back and forth as we didn’t know where we would in the end move in NJ and so some days I was excited and some days I was a bit sad to leave Germany, now I feel like – whoooo – this is going to be so cool and it is going to be the right place for us. We are not ready yet to move totally out of a city…gotta face it 😉

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The next day I took the path to Manhattan and strolled a bit around in the West Village. I found The Ink Pad – actually almost by accident- LOL.

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Lovely store, wonderful products and…ehem…..I got a bit of a joy infusion when I saw my crackle stencil hanging in the store :)))

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The best part of my trip was that I was meeting Michelle Hernandez. We had a blast – well I had- hehehehe 😉 We went to a cuban restaurant and had a really good time, lot’s of chatting, lot’s of laughing and good discussions.

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Michelle then took me on a little fun tour – and I saw some areas of the Village and Soho that I hadn’t been to before. And of course there was some street art spotting 😉

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And this one made me laugh so hard…LOL – so I leave you with this 😉

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It was a great and necessary trip, besides getting a lot of things done, it made me feel so much better about moving and we also saw an apartment that we fell in love with. Cross your fingers we get it…It would be the icing on the cake 🙂

And now off to prepare the next trip to  Art Fusion next weekend for my workshops with Birgit in the Netherlands 🙂

huge hugs

nat

Stroll Through the Hood

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A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live (at the moment Hamburg, Germany). This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!

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I love these pillars that some of the houses have around here- this one is my favorite as it has also so much texture – ahhh – I want to create a background that looks like this

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This is outer wall to a garden of a kindergarten in the hood. I love this – it is funny and I am sure the kids love it too.

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I was rushing to go out with some friends when I passed by this clothes stores and the decoration made me stop. Love the clothespins lamps-  such a cool idea – it is formed chicken wire and attached to it are the clothes pins

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Love this view out of the window of the train right before you roll into my neighbor hood train station. BTW…notice T-Shirts ? Yes…the ONLY day so far in this spring there it was warm enough and I spent it in train….LOL

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I thought this was such a fun idea – in this shop which sells things from local designers and artists you step up from the shop into the window display and you can walk around the display and check the things out in the window. Great idea to make it part of the shopping experience.

Hope you liked it- see you next month in the hood ;)

hugs

Nat

 

 

Baltic Sea / Ostsee Scrap Event – Photos

What a beautiful weekend teaching at the Ostsee Scrap Event (Baltic Sea Event). The location was awesome – just a 15 minute walk from the beach, wonderful room with our own private terrace, wonderful students, great organiser and co-teacher and filling yummie food. What more can you ask for?

Here are some pictures of my morning stroll to the beach – it was awesome -almost no one at the beach – sun shining already – calm and relaxing. I walked for two hours and it totally relaxed me – good way to start then off the workshops 🙂

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It was awesome to meet my sweet friend Andrea again and to meet Barbara for the first time. Here is Andrea in action teaching

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and here I am with  Dani, the organiser and Barbara

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We had lot’s of fun all together during a photo shooting session that Andrea had during her workshop – with some nice accessories- LOL

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After that we had to eat the biggest, yummiest home-made oven fresh cream puffs with a cherry sauce filling I have ever seen in my entire life…went right on the hips 😉

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It might have been the sugar high that made me pulls some pretty hilarious faces while teaching…I have no other excuse actually 😉

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We used lot’s of yummie Liquitex Products and thank you Liquitex for sending me some of the Liquitex Professional Spray Paints and Professional Markers – they found some happy winners 🙂

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and here are some canvases from my Season Texture Class

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and of the Be Awesome Be a Book Nut class. Of course I forgot to take pictures of my layout class (I will never learn-  LOL)

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And last but not least a picture of our wonderful group!

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Danke Mädels- es hat super großen Spaß mit Euch gemacht!!!!

There is nothing better when a great relaxed creative workshop weekend!

Huge hugs

Nat

 

 

Stroll Through the Hood

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A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live (Hamburg, Germany). This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!

While walking to the grocery store I caught sight of this awesome graffiti car- how fun!

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This house is getting torn down right now. Very sad- I always loved this house. I used to live for many years right next to it.

 

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my subway stop…love the old water tower. I saw this when I came home from a trip in the train, passing fast by – made me happy to be home soon.

 

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Saturday Flea Market – love strolling there after grocery shopping – It is always inspiring and you find lot’s of stuff…like a letterpress cabinet 😉

 

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This made my friend Sandra and me laugh forever, we nearly wet our pants. Taken in clothing store here -in the changing area. On the right it says “Please do not hang anything on the lightbulbs, thanks”.

 

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I recognized the bird from a different place when I posted some street art photos from the hood a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Taken in the park around the corner. It is called “Planten un Bloomen” – which is the name in a regional language called Plattdeutsch (a kind of Low German not often spoken anymore – if someone here once in a while really starts talking in Plattdeutsch- I understand ZERO). English and Plattdeutsch have a lot of similarities since they come from the same language origin. So you can probably get the sense of the name “Planten un Bloomen” 🙂

 

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Wonderful treasure store …unbelievable what you can find there! I got some really cool old stamps there.

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Since we are not getting too much sun here …as soon as the sun is out and even if it is freezing cold- everyone sits outside for lunch or for coffee, to watch what is going on outside …in the hood.

 

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Hope you liked it- see you next month in the hood 😉

hugs

Nat

Definitely not Germany’s Next Top Model or…Photoshoot

About a month ago, I had a photo shoot with Andreas Muhme, a great photographer from Hamburg. I wanted to have some new photos for my website since the one that is staring at you right now at the right hand side is a bit outdated and it also feels as if I am the most serious person in the world…which I am not …;) I picked Andreas because I loved his portraits of artists and also his apparent liking in 50s style photos, which as some of you know is something that appeals to me as well. Andreas took a lot of time talking with me ahead of time to get to know me better and I also showed him my studio since we were going to shoot some photos here.

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Then we had a whole day where he shot some photos first in my studio and later in his studio. We had a lot of fun! I also learned a lot about me this day.

First of all…since I never really do make up…well at least not a lot…it is actually not a good idea trying to change that on the day of a photo shoot. I am no exception with minimalistic makeup in Germany…but I might be an exception that even putting on foundation is a big task for me 😉 After the shoot I actually plunged in and took a little make up course…but I wanted a natural look…which strikes me in retrospective weird..because why all this effort to look natural instead of just being natural…LOL. We women are funny creatures 😉

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Second, kudos to Andreas who did an awesome job with that.: I had this weird thing in my head going on between what I wanted the photo show of me… but also I wanted the photo to be me. Well…you know…that is sometimes not easy to get – hahahahaha. Because I am no Germany’s Next Top Model with a natural posing flow in her favorite 50s dress, looking smashing hot without make up but still looking fun and approachable and just like her 😉

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Third, what my friends and I would say is typically me…is not what you my readers and students say is me 😉 I posted the above picture – which is of course an outtake  but I actually really like this picture just as a snapshot and it made Andreas and me laugh a lot. It was a look I gave him after a lot of shots and commands like : “smile  but don’t squint your eyes”, turn your head a bit”, “can you change your expression?”… – LOL – yes I can! . I showed this picture on facebook jokingly and my friends that know me very well were saying, “This is so you !” and they were laughing with me. But some of my students and readers were saying, what a terrible picture this is and that this is so not me. Maybe because you never saw me frown…also known as Nat’s Thinking-Wrinkle Face…and come one Dudes…you gotta be able to make fun of yourself and laugh a bit too!

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Besides my studio shot which is on the top of this post- these are my three favorite photos from that day. I know of course already which one is going to be my new professional headshot…but let me know…which one of the three do you think portraits me the way I am the best?

Thank you again to Andreas for a wonderful day and awesome photos and all your patience – LOL- looking forward to our outside photo shoot 😉

Hugs

Nat

Stockholm Scrap & Pearl Event- Photos

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I had such a wonderful time in Sweden, Stockholm last weekend at the Scrap & Pearl Event. Sofia and Peter organized this amazing event where about 1000 people came to crop, craft and have a good time. 21 stores were also making sure the shopping fun got included. Here is a photo of the place before the event – add some table lines to the left and you might get a little feel of how big it was ;).

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It was massive and I have the biggest respect for Sofia and Peter putting this event together. They did an AWESOME job organizing it! I have never seen such a huge amount of goodie bags and since I am used to packing kits which takes FOREVER – I can only imagine how much time went just into packing these – well actually I know how long it took the two of them plus their kids to pack them…you don’t even wanna know!

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I taught 3 classes that were all sold out – and I had so much fun with my super talented and fun Swedish students. We laughed a lot. Here are some pictures of my Be Awesome, Be a Book Nut Class which I taught two times.

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And here are a few ladies I caught to take a picture off after my Portrait of a Lady class, I still have to get better at taking photos at workshops 😉

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Another highlight was as always meeting many wonderful new and also some people I know. Here is one of my most loyal online students Anne Kristin. It was so wonderful to finally meet her in person!

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And Sara, who shared her beautiful book with me where she played along with our The Whatevers! So much fun to see this !

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Kattiz from K-Designs who creates wonderful paper- lovveeee it- and I will actually teach a layout class with some of her paper soon at the Ostsee Scrap Event. Wonderful personality too! I will share some work with her papers soon 🙂

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Anna Björklund who was one of my super talented Jumpstarters in this year’s Creative JumpStart. She is wonderful and I am so happy I had the chance to spent some time with her at breakfast!

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And Sofia of course who rocked organizing the event and who makes me laugh a lot 🙂

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Many many other amazing people I loved to meet- including my sweet Danish Friends and Mia and Per- too bad we didn’t take a photo! It was wonderful to see you again!

And here is a picture of the yummiest sweetest gift I have EVER received by a student. This cake is to die for and my husband agrees…I have to hide it from him – LOL – Thank you so much Ulrika- you are AWESoME and I still think you should open a cafe with homemade cake…maybe with a little craft area? !

Also thank you Gerd for the wonderful book you gave me and Tammy for the yummy Chocolate! I am sooo spoiled – I have the best students EVER!

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And I know by now you might be tired of my pictures…but I cannot leave you without showing you this picture of my loved ones while talking to them online from Stockholm….the look at our cat makes me laugh soooo much. Poor guy- he could just not comprehend where the voice was coming from -LOL

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Wishing you a gorgeous day

huge hugs

nat

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A Stroll Through the Neighborhood or…Love Streetart

Wait and see 😉

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This one is so very detailed – amazing!

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The dove is one of my favorites

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This sculpture in front of the building makes me happy

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this is so simple and yet so effective

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best satellite dish design ever!

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lots of individual I’s

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does that necessary mean We?

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and I just want to have this on my studio wall

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Hope you had fun strolling around in my neighborhoods 😉

nat

 

15 minutes plane rides, fairy tales and shadows or…Luxembourg Sightseeing

As promised I show some pictures of my half day sightseeing tour with Lydia in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is the 7 smallest country in the European Union – but oh it is a beauty. From Hamburg I flew in a small airplane, landed in Saarbrücken (still in Germany) after 1 hour and 10 minutes, when about two-thirds of the passengers left and we flew for 15 minutes (no kidding) with five people to Luxembourg. LuxembourgTour01_NatKalbach

Official languages are French, German and Luxembourgish – making it interesting to read street and shop signs, as there seems to be no consistency as to how languages are displayed. Sometimes you have all three, sometimes you have a street sign warning you in french that there is a curve ahead, just to be followed by a german sign telling you to slow down.

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The first sightseeing stop on monday was Echternach where we went to the Abbey of Echternach which was founded around 700.

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This sculpture fascinated me- especially with the shadow !

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I fell in Love with the windows- I love the pattern – I am sure you will see it somewhere again 😉

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Echternach is located at the River Sauer, you walk over a bridge and you are in Germany- so I went for two seconds 😉 (note the entry sign with the unofficial abbreviation of Germany…very outdated)

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From here we went to Luxembourg City. This is a fortification also called Three Acorns in front of the Museum of Modern Art. Actually this is almost all that is left of the fortification. It was super pretty- and each of the towers had an acorn on top.

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This is the Gëlle Fra – luxembourgish for the golden lady which is a war memorial.

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Very fairy tale like are some of the views- I was amazed at all the old buildings, some built into the rocks- and it was wonderful having Lydia as a tour guide as she knew so much about the city and history.

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Loved this old tower called hollow tooth

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And there is a last view of the old part of Luxembourg before I head out to my weird bus-stop-like flight back to Hamburg 😉

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And the moral of the story…Luxembourg is definitely worth a trip. I am so happy Lydia talked me into staying a day longer after the workshops to do some sightseeing!

Hope you enjoyed the little journey with me .

huge hugs

nat