Guten Tag lovelies! As you can tell from the title, the second country in My Travel Journal is Germany! As opposed to London where we stayed for five days, we only stayed two full days in Germany. The main reason this country was on the list for Euroterm was because of Documenta 14. This is an art exhibition that took place in two separate countries with contemporary art as its focus. To be completely real with you guys, I was a little afraid to go to Germany. Maybe afraid isn’t quite the right word…maybe knowing its history threw me off a bit? Anyways, I now know these feelings were completely irrelevant because Germany is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The environment, the people, the architecture, the art; it was all amazing to experience and I can’t wait to share this post with you all!
Travel Days and Perfect Color
In order to get from London to Germany, we took the Chunnel through the Eurail system. The Chunnel goes under the English Channel, which separates the south of England from the north of France. This was quite the long train ride, but incredibly stunning. The views to Germany were filled with lush forests and cloud banks resting gently on the top branches. Completely different from the hustle and bustle of the heart of London, but beautiful in its own way. Our journey included a stop in Brussels, Belgium (which has chocolate I still crave today) to Frankfurt, Germany, then finally to the little city of Kassel.
Since Kassel wasn’t a huge tourist destination, it was very quaint and very authentically German. Germany had some of the most unique and lovely architecture I have ever seen. The bright colors on some major buildings had me wishing America would step up our game when it comes to choosing colors in cities. This gorgeous old church was the view from our hotel room and it was so refreshing to wake up to something that beautiful each morning.
Being Safe is Scary
Documenta 14 was quite interesting. Usually when I attend art exhibitions or go to museums, I am blown away by the art that is presented. However to be honest, I wasn’t super impressed with Documenta. One thing I learned from this trip was that it’s okay to question anything. Normally when I walk into museums I think, “Wow, this artist is amazing and what they stand for is totally right.” But now, I’ve learned that its okay to ask questions, to not agree with the artist, or not be the biggest fan of a collection. Art exists to bring happiness to people, to spread a message, or make a statement. Sometimes it may not accomplish any of those things to you personally, but what I realized is that its awesome to experience the good and the bad in order to form an educated opinion about something. And that goes for anything, not just art alone. I wanted to throw in a few photos of pieces that caught my eye though, since there were definitely a few things that I loved, for example the Parthenon of Books and a room full of bright pink and blue lights!
Small Finds and Big Memories
Simply walking around Germany was a delight in itself. Everything was so green and fresh and perfect for strolls. As for the food, I ate vegetarian, so I didn’t get a chance to try the bratwurst or classic German food, but I heard they were delicious! They sold loads of carbs like sandwiches and pastries, so I tried to expand my food options when I could. I’m a huge fan of bread, but I got a little tired of mozzarella and tomato sandwiches and pizza after a while, as delicious as they were. One of my favorite food items from Germany was their ice cream. Man, the Germans love their ice cream! And I don’t blame them, it is so darn delicious over there and I wish I could have it everyday!
Kassel, Germany is the perfect place to visit if you want to go somewhere very different yet so quaint and lovely. It was one of my favorite countries to walk around in simply because every corner of it is pleasing to the eye. It was a nice little break between London and the major city planned for after Germany. It’s good to wind down once in a while and enjoy some down time. Germany, you are so lovely and definitely not what I was expecting. Thank you for changing my perspectives and teaching me something new, especially when it comes to art which I love so much.
Hope you all enjoyed this post and the photos! If you’ve been to Germany, what city did you visit and what was your favorite part about it? I’d love to know! Until next time, have an amazing day! xx