Daily Diaries #35

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Daily Diaries is a link up for bloggers of all shapes and sizes. As a blogger, it’s so easy to consider what content is “shareworthy” and what will bring in traffic, that sometimes we forget what the purpose of a blog is. A blog is a web log. So, every Friday I will be sharing what’s been going on with me and encouraging you to do the same, then share your post in the link up area below. Feel free to link up at any point today or over the weekend, and don’t forget about the #dailydiaries hashtag on Instagram to share your latest snapshots!

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This week has been a week of many firsts. Not only was it my first week back in Frankfurt in almost two weeks, but it was my first week of being fully self employed and our first week of apartment decoration planning. All of this has left me feeling pretty reflective as the week is drawing to an end.

My first “official” week of working for myself should have been two weeks ago, but as I had an emergency back in England, this got delayed. In some ways, I feel a lot less pressure on myself due to this delay, but in other ways I feel frustrated as I had big plans. A lot of which did not get completed. However, Relokate.eu was part of the “big plans”, so at least I managed to get that done! I am slowly working my way through the content on this site and Kate Jordan Design to bring it up to a level I am happy with. So far Relokate.eu features a travel guides section which I would love some feedback on!

The much more exciting part of my week has been beginning to plan the interior for our new apartment. We are renting it pretty much ‘bare bones’, which means there is a lot of work to be done! We’ve changed our move in date to the beginning of December to give ourselves a little more room for preparations and I’ve already begun to pin all the things!

Follow Kate Jordan’s board KITCHEN on Pinterest.

Follow Kate Jordan’s board LIVING ROOM on Pinterest.



So far I am pretty set on having some kind of brick wall feature in our hallway and an olive coloured feature wall with dark grey furniture in our living room. Eeeek, this is all too exciting!

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Five Things To Do On Your Trip To Frankfurt

I recently read that Frankfurt tourism is on the up and that it’s becoming an increasingly popular destination for weekend getaways. I’m not surprised, especially seeing as Frankfurt is serviced by two airports (Frankfurt Main & Frankfurt Hahn), which connects us to so many places around the world.

Some people may think Frankfurt is all sky scrapers and suits but that is simply not the case. Frankfurt has a lot more to offer than that. Today, I want to share with you fives things to do on your trip to Frankfurt that will smash all preconceptions!

Döm Romer

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I talk about this area a lot because it’s one of my favourite parts of the city. It’s where Dan and I got married and the first place I take friends to who are visiting the city.

If you are looking to pick up souvenirs, quench your thirst with a tasty German beer and grab typical German snacks (or ice cream!), you should make this area a stop on your tour around the city. For the best pictures of the area, you are best off to head towards the Schirn Kunsthalle, an art museum in the corner of the area that offers a great viewpoint.

The closest U-Bahn station to this area is Döm/Romer.

Main Tower

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This is one of the first places Dan took me to when I came to visit him in Frankfurt way back in the day. You can see the whole of the city and even farther afield from the Main Tower and it makes for some fantastic picture opportunities.

I don’t advise visiting the Main Tower in colder months, due to wind and generally freezing temperatures, but in the summer it’s fantastic!

Admission for the Main Tower is 6.50 EUR

The closest S-Bahn station to the tower is Taunusanlage.

Grüneburg Park

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I used to live around the corner from Grünburg park when I first arrived in Frankfurt and I absolutely loved it. If I was ever bored, feeling uninspired or needed to kill a couple of hours during work (I was an Au Pair), Grüneburg park was the place to be. Even during colder months, it’s such a beautiful area to explore.

In the summer, watch out for nudists (just try to keep your eyes at head level!) and make sure you take a picnic blanket, as it is the perfect place to relax for a few hours.

In colder months, head towards the back of the park to check out the Chinese Garden, some of which is featured in the above picture.

The closest U-Bahn station to this park is Westend.

Taunus Therme

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Technically, Taunus Therme is in Bad Homburg, which is a suburb just outside of Frankfurt, but as you can reach it by S-Bahn from the city, I am counting it in! For anyone who has been reading my Germany tales so far, Taunus Therme is the “naked spa” that Dan and I visited for my birthday this year.

You don’t have to be naked in the spa, so don’t fret! The Taunus Therme has a naked area and a bathing suit area, so you can choose where you want to be and what you want to see. I recommend going naked though because the sauna area is naked only and absolutely gorgeous!

The closest U-Bahn station to Taunus Therme is Bad Homburg.

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Bockenheimer Warte

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This one is a quick stop that you should make in order to see something mega awesome. What I am sitting on in the picture above is actually an entrance to an U-Bahn station. Yep. These wonderful and creative Germans have decided to have an U-Bahn, crashed into the ground, as a station entrance. Seriously, I feel like this city was made for me with all of it’s weird and wonderful treats.

Bockenheimer Warte is a central U-Bahn station, accessed via the U4, U6 and U7.

So, when do you arrive? ;)

Relokate.eu

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Friends, I’ve moved my blog. I probably said this when I moved to The Lotus Creative originally but this time I feel like I really mean it, this blog is what I want it to be. It’s not that TLC didn’t represent me, but I steered myself down a path that I wasn’t 100% committed to going down, only to find it wasn’t what I wanted.

It’s like buying a new pair of shoes and they don’t quite fit but you think after a while you will wear them in. TLC didn’t fit exactly where I was when I made the switch, but I figured that given enough time it would all come together. It didn’t.

Once I began writing my ebook, it made me realise how much I still love to write about travel and that I want that to be my blog’s main focus.

Of course I still love designing. Designing has helped me take the leap from working as an Au Pair, something I never wanted to do long term, and plunge into self employment head first. It’s something I am hugely passionate about and want to continue doing, but it’s not something I want to blog about regularly. Doing it as my main day job is enough!

The problem is that my travel writing and opportunities slowed down after I rebranded. Nobody could make the connection between TLC and travelling, which sucked. In a nutshell, this made me a very unhappy bunny and so I decided I needed to do something to fix it.

Relokate is something that was actually part of my initial brainstorming process when I decided to switch from Diaries of an Essex Girl, but because the .com version wasn’t available I discarded the idea quickly.

When I looked into it again and found relokate.eu was available, it seemed like an obvious choice seeing as I am European and I relocated within Europe. This doesn’t mean our travels will stick to solely Europe and hopefully I will be obtaining relokate.com in the near future, but for now, this is where I am at.

I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that relokate.eu is the perfect home for this blog of mine! Please bare with me whilst I work out all the kinks going on at the moment.

Have a lovely week! x