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Holiday revelations

Christmas Markets Stuttgart

The festive season is finally done and dusted and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Right now, this is involving aching all over from the revived exercise regime and reviewing all my recent extravagant eBay purchases and Christmas DIYs, oh, and working out exactly what to do with my growing stash in 2015. As with any New Year, there’s a hint of sadness, based largely around …

Flying with a sewing machine (Fliegen mit Nähmaschinen)

Pfaff Expression 4.0 flying

Besides the shaky arms (a painful reminder of why I just bought gym membership), this process was entirely, almost disappointingly, uneventful. Given the amount of personal interaction I ended up having (which began with ‘I’m sorry, I’m travelling with a sewing machine’ and ended with a variety of comments ranging from a clueless ‘Oh. Have you removed the needle?’ (Yes, but what kind of havoc …

A flea market marathon: Braderie de Lille 2014

Sledges at the Braderie de Lille

Flea market, garage sale, car boot sale … Magical words that usually come just after ‘food’ on my to-do list when travelling. As such, I’m steadily building up my international vocabulary and my eyes are now well-trained at spotting signs of upcoming flohmärkte, trödelmärkte, rastros, brocantes, marchés aux puces and vides greniers. So, when I heard about the Grande Braderie de Lille and its fabled 100km of …