New Design + Blogiversary + GIVEAWAY!


You may have noticed a few new things around here like my fab new blog design that I am so excited to talk about.  I feel like it's a more accurate reflection of who I am rather than my previous design.  It happens to be my blogs 1 year anniversary.  One year ago in April I decided to come up with The Rococo Roamer, which I hope is a catchy title, but what does it mean?  Well, my goals for the blog were to document my travels (Roamer) and living in Germany and even previous to that I loved the look of Rococo architecture and interiors (Rococo).  I thought it was the most extravagant/gaudy/grandiose thing I'd ever seen so I loved the idea of merging the two ideas together and voila, my blog baby was born. 
 
Now if you've been a long time reader or if you simply peruse the contents of my archive you will actually see that my blog is technically 2 years old.  My first post was posted in May of 2012.  But, I don't consider this the beginning of The Rococo Roamer.  Why?  Well, because it wasn't called that, it was just my name.  I had the most basic blogger template design.  I only posted once in a while and really just for my mom I think (And you should really go back and check out some of those travel posts on Prague, Amsterdam, Poland, Brussels, and Cologne!).  And lastly, I knew nothing about social media, so I'm pretty sure no one knew my blog existed and I didn't know there was a huge community of bloggers out there.  April of last year was when I decided to come up with a real blog name, pay for a custom header (the designer of the header, I actually found through Reddit), and actually customize the original template myself.
 
While the design that I created served it's purpose for a year, I felt it was time to actually pay someone who knew what they were doing.  Cue Rekita Nicole.  I'm pretty sure I'd been a follower of her blog HerandNicole.com since I began blogging and absolutely loved her designs.  She had such a fun, clean look in designing that I loved.  Plus you can tell that she genuinely loves designing and creating.  She has come up with tons of great blog designs and ready to buy templates.  So I decided to contact her about her design services and I can honestly say that she turned it out!  She took the ideas in my head and made them better. Also she was so patient with how picky I tend to be. I'd definitely recommend her blog designing services!

You may have also noticed that I revamped my About Me page and Contact page.  I also made the switch from www.therococoroamer.blogspot.com to www.therococoroamer.com.  I was worried about the switch, but I was able to figure out how to do it in 15 minutes so if you are thinking about getting a custom domain name (.com) and want someone else to do it for you, you can send me an email.  I've been pondering if I should get Disqus for my commenting system but the verdict is still out on that. 
 
I'm thankful to all the readers I've had over the year that have been loyal commenters and followers.  And also thanks for all the new readers.  My vision for the blog is growing. I'll be graduating from my graduate program this summer so that will free up a lot more time to work on other projects.  Right now I'm pretty swamped with reading textbooks and writing papers, but I can't wait to see what other endeavors I may begin after I graduate.  Plus if you have any suggestions on what your favorite types of posts are that I write about let me know in the comments.  Are your favorite posts of mine when I write about travel, antiques, occasional DIY projects, or the very rare occasions when I reveal a bit about myself?
 
And now on to my little giveaway I have going on for my blogiversary. I decided that I'd give away some of my favorite German treats.  I am a chocoholic and German chocolate is on point.  You'll win everything in the picture so you can eat it all yourself or share it with a friend. (If we are getting technical here, some of them like the Chupa Chups and Forrero Rocher aren't actually German but they are delicious).
 
How to Enter
 
1) Follow The Rococo Roamer by bloglovin' or GFC
2) Leave a comment telling me which way you followed and what treat you are most excited about trying
 
Bonus Entry: You can also follow my new Instagram account, but leave a separate comment for that one too.
 
That's it!
 
*The giveaway ends on April 29 by 11:59 pm CET.   A winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day in a post and also contacted via email.  If you don't have a blog make sure you leave an email. You will have 72 hours to respond or the next winner will be chosen.  The contest is open internationally.  All entries will be verified.
Good Luck!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Link Goodies #4


1) I just discovered this blog and I love all the destinations this travel blogger has been going to.  I've already been to Amsterdam and I've been wanting to go to Colmar and Czesky Crumlov so this confirms my wanderlust for those places.  Also, Greenland?  Never really gave it a thought, but I am going to Iceland this year.

2) Speaking of travel destinations, here is a compilation of the best castles to see in Germany. These are amazing. On the list I've been to Heidelburg Castle, Neuschwanstein and Hohenscwangau Castles but there are so many more on this list that I haven't even heard about.

3) Is Munich about to get a whole lot more naked?

4) I've traveled all over Europe and still haven't stayed in a hostel yet.  But these 35 cool hostels from around the world are making me want to reconsider.

5) Does your child ever complain that they don't have enough?  Show them this article of children's bedrooms from across the world.  It's amazing how some go with so little and are still essentially happy.

6) I'm excited to hear news about some of my favorite shows.  American Horror Story has revealed the theme of their season 4 that premiers October 4.  And here is a trailer for season 2 of Orange is the New Black which premiers on June 6!

7) Are you a basic bitch?

8) This coffee mug had me cracking up.  Although I don't think this would be appropriate for work.

9) Here's an adorable video of a bulldog rolling down a hill. He just can't get enough!

10) And last, I won a blog giveaway in December for a wooden sign created by Linen and Lace via Liz Marie Blog.  The sign turned out lovely and I asked her to create me a "Willkommen" sign that I have hung over my guestroom bed!  Check out Brittani's Etsy shop to see all of her work!


*As a side note, I'll be moving from therococoroamer.blogspot.com to therococoroamer.com in the next few days so hopefully you will get an automatic redirect, but if not then you know what happened and you can just save all of your feeds to the new link.  Thanks!
  
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10 Modern Accent Chairs You're Going to Love

For this installation of Furniture Fashion, I get to show off my love for chairs.  The article features 10 modern accent chairs and I can honestly say that I want every one of them.  My favorite was the one pictured below, but I also loved the peacock hanging chair, the Arper Leaf chair and the Amsterdam Bucket chair.  Check out the full article to see what I mean and tell us what your favorites are. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Roxy Chair
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Metz Wine and Gastronomy Exhibition

The last part of my trip to Metz, France took me to a Wine and Gatronomy Exhibition.  Flea market shopping and then my pick of French foods?  Yes, please.  It just so happened that the same day as the flea market, they were also having the food expo.  It was in the same building and entry is free.  This is a place where you can sample the finest French and worldly foods, such as beef, cheeses, beers, wines, macarons, quiches, and so on.  Everything was excellent and the people were very friendly.  Mostly everyone there spoke English.  Check out the foods below.

Metz Wine and Gastronomy Exhibition
Metz Wine and Gastronomy Exhibition
French Nougat

Even though I found a lot of cheap scores at the flea market, the food expo was crazy expensive.  You find yourself enjoying a sample of nougat, buying a slice, and then finding out it's 15 Euro! We did buy a quite a few items above.  Here's a list and prices:
  • French Macarons- 10 Euro
  • French Wine- 10 Euro
  • French Beer- I think 20 Euro?
  • French Nougat 15 Euro
  • Swiss Cheese- 17 Euro
  • Greek Olive Tapenade- 8 Euro
Though the food expo was expensive the food was top quality so you get what you pay for.  I'm just glad I could sample such tasty foods. If you'd like to go to the Wine and Gastronomy Exhibition, it's usually held once a year and if you time it right, it's on a Flea Market day.  You can check out the website here

There are also two other parts to this trip.
What would you like to try?

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