Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle - What Defines Us 13Hohenzollern CastleNow that I let the cat out of the bag and confessed that I’m not a Londoner anymore (At least not in the true sense of the word…I will always be a Londoner at heart) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to revisit my stay at my mum’s house in November, and tell you how I eventually knew I had to move back to Germany.

Hohenzollern CastleHohenzollern CastleHohenzollern CastleWhen I booked the flights to visit my mum and Klaus, I chose to stay for a week. The week passed, and as I was about to get ready for the airport, I realised something. I had really enjoyed my stay in Germany – I obviously enjoy quality time with my family, but I usually never enjoy being back in the country. I always wished my whole family was living in London. This time was different though. For the first time in eight years I didn’t want to fly back to London…and I mean I reeaaaaally didn’t want to fly back.

Hohenzollern CastleHohenzollern CastleAs I said before, there are many reasons why I wanted to return to Germany. To some extent, these have always been floating around in my head causing havoc with my feelings. They were never strong enough to seal the deal, though. But the moment I realised I didn’t want to fly back to London, I knew the decision was made. So I stayed another week, and took the chance to visit a few more beautiful places in the south of Germany before I’d go back to London one last time to start preparing my move.

Hohenzollern CastleHohenzollern CastleHohenzollern CastleOn the last day of that additional week I really wanted to drive down to Hohenzollern Castle. It was a beautiful and warm November day, so naturally loads of people decided to visit the castle. As the queue to go inside was super long, we just stayed outside, explored the castle grounds and enjoyed the beautiful weather before grabbing some lunch and dropping me off at the airport.

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The Look

Top – Zara

Jeans – Zara (similar here)

Coat – Zara (similar here)

Boots – Zara (similar here)

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

(Pics by Klaus and me)

  • La Nar
    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      It is indeed 🙂 xx

  • http://cvetybaby.com/ Cvetina Cekova

    Beautiful place Jasmin! I want to visit it some day!

    xx cvetybaby.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Cvetina! I really hope you will some day 🙂 xx

  • Elena Dal Maso

    I wish I could visit the castle, it should be wonderful :)))


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      It is indeed pretty grant! Hope you make it one day 🙂 xx

  • http://www.sugarpopfashion.com/ Stella

    Ist doch toll einfach mal zurück zu kommen und sich heimisch zu fühlen! Immer wieder neue Ziele im Leben stecken. Und wenn du nach Berlin kommst, treffen wir uns!!! Du siehst übrigens wieder ganz toll aus! Und schöne Bilder hast du da aufgenommen.


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Soo..bin jetzt in Berlin angekommen, aber so heimisch fühle ich mich leider noch gar nicht! Ich hab noch so viele Hürden zu überwinden…. Wer hätte gedacht, dass ein Neuanfang so unglaublich schwer sein kann…grr…

      Aber trotzdem vielen Dank und ich hoffe natürlich, dass man sich schon bald persönlich kennen lernt 🙂 xx

  • Beauty Follower

    Wonderful place!
    Hope you had a great time 🙂


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks sweetie! I had a great time indeed 🙂 xx

  • http://madeinmauve.com Made in Mauve

    Stunning photos and scenery! Love the coat

    Made in Mauve

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks sweetie! xx

  • http://www.theavantguardian.com/ the|avantguardian

    I always forget how gorgeous the German country side is. These will make for a stunning backdrop in your future pictures!

    As for London, London will stay right where it is. If at one point you do decide to go back again permanently, you always can!


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      It is indeed, although I didn’t move to the countryside. My backdrops will become a lot more urban in the future 😉 And you’re absolutely right about London. That’s what I keep telling myself as well. If I ever wanna go back, London will be there waiting for me 🙂 xx

  • Marta Purriños

    Love everything about this look and this magic place


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Marta! Glad you like it 🙂 xx

  • #byLily

    Hi sweety,
    How I love following your real life novel stories 🙂 I hope you are settled a little bit already.
    These photos are amazing! Never knew Germany had so many hidden gems 😉 Can’t wait to see more of these articles since you are full time in Germany now.

    X Lily

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks so much Lily! The southern part of Germany is full of beautiful scenery and magical nature! Now that I live in the north-east my pictures will definitely have a more urban vibe. Let’s see what the future brings 🙂 xx

  • Sweet Perdition
    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you :-* xx

  • http://www.felinecreatures.com Lena Chu

    The southern part of Germany looks so divine, I love the archaic architectural pieces glad to see such a lovely travel post! And also your outfit is super chic Jasmin! Take care and all the best to you in your travels! 🙂 xo~ Lena


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      It is indeed! Southern Germany is the perfect place for nature lovers 🙂 Thank you so much Lena! I really appreciate your sweet sweet words 🙂 xx

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    What an amazing castle



    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      It is indeed. Thanks Laura 🙂 xx

  • Rosa Mimmino

    Man weiss halt nie, was das Leben bringen wird, und was uns heute als gegeben und sicher erscheint, kann morgen schon anders sein – das betrifft auch Lebensfragen und Grundsätze. Man ändert sich ja schliesslich…… Und es ist doch gut, dass du imstande warst, eine Entscheidung zu treffen, statt irgendwie weiterzumachen. Ich hoffe, dass keine tiefer liegenden negativen Gründe vorhanden sind, und dass nun alles so geht, wie du es gewünscht hast…..


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Ja, da hast du vollkommen recht! Besser hätte ich es auch nicht ausdrücken können. Mir ging es in London sehr gut und ich hab mich echt wohl gefühlt, also nein, es gab keine negativen Gründe 🙂 Vielen Dank für deine aufbauenden Worte! Das bedeutet mir wirklich sehr viel! xx

      • Rosa Mimmino

        :))) nehme an es geht jetzt schon ein bisschen besser :)) Rosa

        • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

          Einige Hürden gibt es leider noch zu überwinden 😉 xx

  • Ivana Džidić

    you to let you know I illustrated this look and if you want you can check it out here….http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/2015/01/inspired-by-nadahnuta-sa.html

  • Rafaela

    You look great, life is always testing us I think… But changes are always good we can learn new things and meet new people!!


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      It is indeed! Thanks so much for your motivating words Rafaela 🙂 xx

  • Ivana Džidić

    It’s a good thing you had managed to read your own emotions so early on, that always saves time…sometimes what feels right is just right and that’s that.

    I definitely always feel dreadful when I’m leaving Split even if it is not my home anymore and I don’t regard it as such, I will always feel a part of this city. However, sometimes we must leave the places be love…and our true home is perhaps always with those we love.

    what a magnificent castle! It must be a great place to visit even if lines are dreadfully long.

    I also really love your outfit, it has such an interesting silhouette….and those ripped jeans are so perfect!

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Yeah that’s very true! Although I think I could have read my emotions even a little earlier. Oh well…better “late” than never 😉 I feel exactly the same way about London as you feel about Split. It will always be a huge part of me, but it’s just too far away from my brothers. I really can’t stand being away from them…xx

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    I’m glad you are back safe and sound in Germany even though you will forever be a Londoner at heart. It’s funny how these things work – one minute we know we’ve carved out a plan, and the next, something else completely off course takes over. Wherever life takes you, you will be alright, Jasmin! Thank you for sharing the lovely imagery of the castle – it looks so magnificent, I am awed! <3

    Shanaz | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Something like that, yeah 😉 Although I’m not so much of a planner…I usually just do whatever feels right in the moment. Hence my sudden move….Well I’m glad you like the castle. It is indeed rather magnificent! xx