Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The total population is 46,700 people. Schwerte is a short 5-minute drive from Dortmund.
Moisburg is a small town (population ~1.900) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It was first mentioned in ~1322. The closest big city is Hamburg, which is ~45km away. I was driving from Hamburg and stopped here for a coffee and a snack. Across the road I saw a lovely building, which I then discovered to be the local library (and city… Continue reading "Moisburg Town, Lower Saxony – Germany (March 2017)"
The Sorpe Dam (German: Sorpetalsperre) is a dam on the Sorpe river, near the small town of Sundern in the district of Hochsauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is a short 55km drive away from Dortmund (~40 minutes one-way). Together with the Biggesee, the Möhne Reservoir, and the Verse reservoir, the Sorpe Reservoir is one of the major artificial lakes… Continue reading "Sorpesee – The Sorpe Dam – NRW, Germany (March 2017)"
A tasting of Moldova wine was organized on February 19th at the beautiful wine-restaurant Der Weinadvokat in Dortmund, Germany. The event took place 30 days before the start of ProWein 2017. ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits, the largest industry meeting for professionals from viticulture, production, trade and gastronomy. These are the wines that were… Continue reading "Tasting of Moldovan Wine at Der Weinadvokat in Dortmund, Germany (February 2017)"
If you are a fan of cars then Automobil Museum is something for you. It is a large, private collection of cars, some of which are over 100 years old. It is located in the Southern part of Dortmund, between Wellinghofen and Bittermark. The full address is Brandisstraße 50, 44265 Dortmund (official website). Entry ticket costs 5 EUR, but I… Continue reading "Automuseum Dortmund – Private Collection of Old & Retro Cars"
The Möhne Reservoir – or Moehne Reservoir – is an artificial lake in North Rhine-Westphalia, some 45 km east of Dortmund, Germany. The lake is formed by the damming of two rivers, Möhne and Heve, and with its four basins stores as much as 135 million cubic meters of water. The Möhnetalsperre was then in 1908 to 1913 built at… Continue reading "Möhne Reservoir (Möhnesee), Germany – January 2017"
The Zoo in Dortmund is a good place to visit with the whole family. After visiting it once in 2015, we returned to it at the end of 2016, with our 2 years old son, now old enough to follow and identify most of the animals. Because of the cold weather that day the park was almost empty of visitors… Continue reading "Dortmund Zoo, Germany – December 2016"
Sénanque Abbey (Wikipedia / Official Website) (Occitan: abadiá de Senhanca, French: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque) is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in the département of the Vaucluse in Provence, France. It was founded in 1148 under the patronage of Alfant, bishop of Cavaillon, and Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona, Count of Provence, by Cistercian monks who… Continue reading "Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque near Gordes, Vaucluse – France"
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. It has a population of ~2,100 people. During World War II, Gordes was an active resistance village and was later awarded a medal, the Croix de guerre 1939–1945. Gordes was… Continue reading "Gordes Commune near Avignon, France"
Located in the village of Ménerbes, this 50 acre property consists of vineyards (Domaine de Marie) and a 15-room farmhouse (La Bastide de Marie). Out of all the wineries that I have visited in the past 3 years, big and small, Domaine de Marie left a weird and somewhat bitter impression. We came for a tasting on a Saturday morning… Continue reading "Le Domaine de Marie Winery, Luberon – France"