Love em or hate em their here to stay


Having never taken a sel!e myself it’s hard to see the attraction, maybe it’s my age, but everywhere you go you see the “youngsters” sticks in hand, so they would probably want the latest product. 


Sories, the high-tech French accessories brand, has announced the launch of the new Me-Shot Deluxe, a super handy extendable telescopic device to use in conjunction with your smartphone or compact camera to live, capture and share all of your favourite moments. 


Ideal for reaching above crowds at festivals and tourists at holiday hot-spots, taking that all important perfect ‘sel!e’.By cradling your smartphone or camera with its secure and sturdy grip, the Me-Shot Deluxe allows you to go ‘hands-free’ thanks to its clever Bluetooth XSmart Remote, offering complete control of your device even at a distance.


The Me-Shot is practical too, collapsing  to pocket-size  and weighs  105g, and can hold loads of  up to 500g.It comes complete with XSories’ unique ‘Pholder 2.0’, a mounting device compatible with both smartphones and compact cameras that is usually available to purchase separately.  £63.99.




Beer Festivals

The Annafest in Forchheim from July 24th to August 3rd has its origin in a holy pilgrimage. Situated in the atmospheric Kellerwald Forest, there are more than 20 beer cellars offering culinary treats, plus entertainment rides and live music ranging from traditional to modern.

Kulmbach celebrates its 2015 Beer Week from July 25th to August 2nd.


The Bamberg Sandkirchweih August 20th – 24thtakes place in the middle of Bamberg’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Spalt, another great event is the “Beer Night” on the 17th October, at the so-called Fasswichs, Spalt Community Brewery in the town centre the only community brew house left in Germany. 



Wine Festivals

The wine festival season in Franconia lasts until September and provides an opportunity to sample a huge variety of local wines in beautiful, historical settings, with entertaining live music and delicious local fare.


Enjoy a ‘royal’ atmosphere at the Castell Castlewine festival from 17th to 20th July and 24th – 27th July.


One of the biggest is the Annual Wine Festival (Weindorf) in Rothenburg ob der Tauber from 12th - 16th August 2015.  Imagine a warm summer’s evening, a glass of superb Franconian wine and a plate of tasty of finger food what more could anyone want? 

There’s no such thing as too much beer and wine, is there? 

A full summer of wine and beer festivals and traditional celebrations will take place in the Bavarian region of Franconia this summer – events known and loved by locals and just waiting to be discovered by visitors from the UK from now until September and beyond.

As a region, Franconia offers a very special fusion of medieval towns and villages, scenic beauty and an almost Mediterranean climate, with centuries-old traditions of wine and beer making - today with a modern twist. Easily reached from the UK via Nuremberg, Munich or Frankfurt airports. Franconia is known as the ‘land of wine and beauty’ but not just wine!