Someone just sent me a link to their blog and this article:

Here are the 100 best things to do in Germany that will show you the charm, beauty and cultural diversity of this country.

Germany is rich with surprises and contrasts just waiting to be discovered by the discerning tourist. A country of enchanting little villages nestling between lofty and imposing mountains, fairytale castles and churches and lush vineyards rolling down towards the banks of the Rhine or the Mosel, Germany also boasts of the more rumbustious Munich Beer Festival and the Cologne Carnival, a very fine choice of gateaux, sausages and beer and a powerful and somewhat spooky folkloric tradition.

Read more here.

The blog is called “Jen Reviews” and has some interesting content.

Beatrice in 2015Hi everyone!  We are wondering if anyone would like to volunteer to set up the table at the European Festival this year.  The event takes place one weekend on May 28th and 29th (Saturday and Sunday) and we will have one table and 20 minutes of entertainment on the main stage, sponsored by the Black Forest Deli. ( in Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC.

Kecia, who is organizing everything, had a bad accident that has kept her home since Christmas.  She will not be able to do much heavy lifting or anything that is too strenuous and would really appreciate some help. Please share with your school, club, organization or charity! Even family/friends.


What exactly do we need help with?

Wine display European Festivala.  Event Decorations Committee – my idea was to have 3 areas highlighted that have to do with German culture: three Mini Displays
-Wine & Beer display
-Soccer display
-Green display (passive house, mercedes full cell battery etc.)
b.  Volunteer Committee – Strong volunteers to help with:
-set up
-clean up
Volunteers to sit in 3-hour shifts in the tent to talk to EuroFest Visitors.
If you have a van/truck, that would be particularly helpful.
c.  Flag Carry Person – hopefully with the German Consul Josef Beck
-carry the flag Saturday around 1 pm (exact details not known at this time) while wearing traditional German clothes
Entertainment:  there will be a lottery run on Monday, April 4th, where all the participating countries will compete for times to sing on Saturday/Sunday. At this point, we are not sure who will be performing on behalf of Germany and what time this will be.

Beer & Bratwurst:  The German Canadian Business Association will be offering a Beer & Bratwurst event at around 5:30 pm on Saturday. Members have to pay for their own entrance fee (unless they volunteer and receive a ticket from Kecia) and have to RSVP, if interested in going.
Torwand + European FestivalFussball:  Apparently Axel will be bringing in his “Soccer Torwand” (with 3 holes to shoot goals), which will go into the children’s area – we could use some volunteers in this area.
IMPORTANT/WICHTIG – it is possible for students 16+ to volunteer on their own, and younger ones to volunteer with their families – this should be a consideration for the German Schools of the Lower Mainland! Most Grade 10 to 12 students need to have at least 30 volunteer hours a year.  We also encourage new young people to get involved, as it is a great way to meet people and to work in a team.
Thank you!  Danke!  Wunderbar!  You are amazing!
Please contact me:
a.  If you have any questions
b.  If you can help in any way
c.  If you want on our mailing list!

“Globalia Corporación Empresarial” S.A. is a large Spanish tourism group. Its founder and chairman is Juan José Higaldo, a self-made businessman who started out in the industry at the beginning of the 1970s

Globalia’s activities now extend across Europe, America, the Caribbean & North Africa.

Travelplan is one of the leading tour operators in the Spanish market in terms of number of destinations and number of passengers. In 2009 it sold almost one and a half million package holidays. Its programme is supported by Air Europa’s network of scheduled and charter flights, but also covers all manner of products and destinations. Tours programmed on the Spanish and European rail network are managed through Iberrail, a tour operator that specialises in high speed trains. In 2003 Travelplan took over the company Iberotours, with its commercial brand, Touring Club. In 2007 it acquired 50% of MK Tour, a North American tour operator based in Miami.

It is connected to KLM and Air France.

By the end of the 2006 the company had 37 aircraft, which had carried more than 9 million passengers. Operating revenues were around one billion euros.

Their office in FRANKFURT is located in:

Hochstraße 17 EG
D-60313 Frankfurt am Main
Travel Agencies: +49 (0)69-13384545-0
Call Center: +49 (0)30 2238 5436

They also have an office in Canada:

1030 West Georgia Street, Suite 1214
Vancouver, BC Canada V6E 2Y3
Phone: +18 55 413 1928
Travel agencies phone : + 1-855-838-7672


Travel Agencies: + 49 (0)69 133 845450
Call Center:+43 12675436

And France, among others:

58-A rue du Dessous des Berges
75013 Paris
Adress: 0033-1 42 65 08 00

17 Aug 2015
August 17, 2015

Rental Cars in Germany!

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Worldwide Car Rentals

For over 60 years, Auto Europe has been a leader in worldwide car rental services. Through their relationships with suppliers like Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, National, Budget, Dollar, Buchbinder and Peugeot they offer travellers the best rates at 20,000 pickup locations in over 180 countries worldwide.

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Visit Germany this fall and enjoy the Frankfurt Rheingau Wine Festival 2015 on September 2 – 11, 2015, the Oktoberfest celebration starting September 25th, or the National Harvest Festival on Sunday, the 4th of October 2015, or the Hamburg Winter Beer Festival on from the Nov 6 – Dec 6, 2015.  Travel in a car, a truck or even a motorhome!

You could simply follow the The Rheingau Riesling Route and travel 70 km from Lorchhausen to Florsheim to check out the medieval castles, monasteries, churches and established estates – cultural and architectural wonders that you may have never seen before.

Here is the link to the Route:

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For those of my friends who are in Berlin right now – check this out!

Berlin Pass is pleased to announce that there is a sale starting on Sunday. Please find all details below:-

Promotion – 10% off all passes
Starts – Sunday 09th August @ 10am
Ends – Thursday 13th August @10am
Link –

The following discount code is also valid for August:

Code – AUG6
Promotion – 6% off all passes
Expires – 31/08/2015

The pass includes the following:

Berlin Museum Pass which grants you free entry into 45 of Berlin’s top art galleries, museums and monuments
Berlin Attractions Pass to get you into a further 10 attractions and experiences for free
Free travelcard included in the price of the pass, to cover zones ABC in central Berlin
Free guidebook to help plan your sightseeing adventure
Money Back Guarantee free with every order to cover non-used passes

The Berlin Pass - Save on sightseeing

31 Jul 2015
July 31, 2015

German Tourism on the West Coast

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The German Tourist on the Westcoast Coast – Let the Journey Begin

Germans (Swiss, Austrians included) love travelling. Vancouver is a good starting place, where they either head East towards Ontario and Quebec, or South to Oregon and California. There is also the “Canadian Working Holiday Visa programme called International Experience Canada or IEC. Each year, they agree to a certaon quota of visa with each country that holds a working holiday agreement with Canada. This visa permits you to work, live and travel in Canada for 12 months.

Austria now has a Young Professionals category and an International Co-op (Internship) category, Germany has a Working Holiday, Young Professionals category and an International Co-op (Internship) category and finally, Switzerland has the Young Professionals category and an International Co-op (Internship) category. This means there are also a growing number of young professionals and students spending time in North America. They also love to travel while they are here.

Just for fun, I thought we could bring up some travel and tourism specialties that take people down South from Vancouver to Washington, Oregon and California. We could share some travel ideas that would suit the average couple spending time in North America, who have a love for the spectacular beauty and wild nature found on the west coast of Canada and the US.  Comments and Feedback are welcome.


Third Beach in Stanley ParkLet’s start with your arrival in Vancouver. If you don’t have family or friends to stay with, you will most likely spend a couple of days in a hotel. Of course, there are so many options, so I will only list 3 boutique, independent hotels that I personally like. These are all hotels that I have eaten in (their restaurants), but never stayed in. But they all seem to have pretty good Yelp reviews, so I am sure tourists love them.

1. Listel Hotel – According to their website, they are considered Vancouver’s “most art-full hotel” and are in downtown Vancouver’s shopping & restaurant district.
Directions: You can take the Canada Line Direct from the airport directly to the City Centre Station where you would get off at Granville & Georgia Street. From there it is a five-block walk to Robson Street and Jervis Street.
Address: 1300 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5
1-800 663 5491 or 604 684-8461

2. Sylvia Hotel – According to their website Sylvia is a “city landmark since 1912 and one of Vancouver’s greatest treasures.” They are located right at English Bay and offer a beachside dining experience.
Directions: Take the Canada Line to the Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. There you get off and either walk 20 minutes up hill towards English Bay or take the #6 Davie Bus and get off at Denman.
1154 Gilford Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6
+1 604 681-9321


3. Granville Island Hotel – According to their website, they are “Vancouver Island’s Oasis” and located in the middle of a living, breathing urban oasis filled with waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes, and a fresh food market.
Directions: Take the Canada Line to the Olympic Village Station on West 6th Avenue at Cambie Street and take the #50 Bus directly to Granville Island. Turn right onto Cartwright Street at the Kids Market. Keep walking until you reach Johnston Street.
1253 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
1800-663-1840 or 604 683-7373

While you are in Vancouver, you may want to consider car-sharing, rather than just riding in a taxi or rental car.

Business: Zipcar For Business. Less Cost and Hassle. Low Weekday Rates. Gas & Insurance Included!

Finally, I don’t want to leave out any budget travellers, so I will also mention the:

1. Hostel Vancouver at Jericho Beach: According to their website, they are the “only beach retreat hostel in Vancouver” and are surrounded by parkland and sandy beaches, with cycling, kayaking, beach volleyball, wind-surfing and hiking within easy reach. (They haven’t yet added paddle boarding and sailing, which are available at the Jericho Sailing Centre, close by).
Directions: This is a little trickier to get to, but the easiest way is to take the Canada Line to Olympic Village, take the #84 bus to MacDonald. Get off and wait for a #4 (not #44). Take the bus to the hostel.
1515 Discovery Street
Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5
+1 778-328-2220 or 1-866 762-4122

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