2020 was a very challenging year. The corona pandemic makes traveling difficult to plan or even impossible. The holiday destination therefore had to be accessible by car and bookable at short notice. A small fishing village caught my eye. Caorle. And Caorle did not disappoint. On the contrary. Caorle belongs to the region of Veneto […]
Galicia? That’s there somewhere in Poland? Two (almost identical) names cause confusion. The “other” Galicia with “z” actually belongs half to Poland and half to Ukraine and was once closely connected to Austria. But why are the lands (almost) the same? The Spanish Galicia goes back to the Celtic Gallaeker (Latin Gallaeci), a Celto-Iberian people, who settled in the region in ancient times. And Polish Galicia is based on Galich (Latin Galicia), a small town in western Ukraine.
So, let’s go to Spain: Continue reading
A pretty nice piece of earth with fantastic wine and fantastic company. I always wanted to go there, but it took me more than one year to take this short distance. But what I found there was lot more than I expected.
Palma’s a tonic for any traveller. With an old-world charm, a laid-back island pace and three-hundred days of sun a year, it’ll refresh even the most frazzled of souls. Add an array of cutesy coves, classy eateries and buzzing bars to that heady mix and you’ve got a top battery-recharger.
Let’s start the journey clockwise, starting at its capital: Palma! Continue reading
Via Mala – welcome to the South
The warm light of Tuscany and the gentle splendour of Venice: in culture-historical terms, southern Europe is often associated with aspiration and beauty. The Via Mala leads into this southern region, but it doesn’t yet reach the sea; it must first wind its way between rock faces. Flowing downhill, on the other hand, is the Hinterrhein River – although in reality, this flows into the high northern regions. And so, the Via Mala joins northern and southern Europe, forming a giant open-air museum of the region’s transportation history. Here, the gorge is presented in detail, with appropriate information on orientation. the Association of the Via Mala Cultural Region (‘Verein Kulturraum Viamala’) wishes you all the best in your discoveries, with experiences to treasure.
This is the general information written on a board directly at the main point of the Viamala Canyon. Viamala or Via Mala refers to a previously infamous, approximately eight-kilometer stretch along the Hinterrhein between Thusis and Zillis-Reischen in the Swiss canton of Grisons (or as we call it: Graubünden). The deep gorge forms the most difficult obstacle in the course of the lower road from Chur to the Alpine passes Splügen and San Bernardino.
And this is how we got there (A):
We arrived at the Sayak Airport in Siargao and there was a driver waiting for us with a table with our names on it. The driver was very friendly and took us about 40 minutes south-east of the island to General Luna. The drive was beautiful through green palm forests and little villages with children […]
The palms extend on two sides of the route and tint the landscape in a sea of green color. The leaves of the banana trees bow in the wind and in the shadows under the trees are some buffaloes and cows around. In part, you can see the typical picture of a bird sitting on the back of an animal. Just as it is known only from films or documentations. Partly on the street, there are pigs tied on branches which are taking a bath in the mud. Everywhere dogs are lying on the street. They look completely different. There are well-fed dogs with a collar and also you can see many poor destinies, who are struggling with eczema. You learn quickly here, to not cry for every sad fate you see. Continue reading
What I had expected when we booked the Philippines? Probably not much, except that it would be quite similar to Thailand. I was looking forward for many weeks, and the long journey was really worth it!
“There’s too much risk in loving.” the young boy said. “No,” said the old man, “there’s too much risk in not!” (Atticus)
The real journey of discovery is not to explore new landscapes, but to see old ones with new eyes.
I still remember my idea of London when I have never been there before. Gray, rainy and just as shitty as the job that sends me there. Continue reading
Barcelona, the wonderful capital of Catalonia, has a lot to offer its visitors – I’ll tell you what you can not miss there! I have been there for two times and I was never diasppointed! I would like to begin with the most famous attraction – La Sagrada Familia! It is a beautiful church that […]
Budapest bewitches every visitor. Houdini’s hometown is a Rubik’s cube of grand-scale monuments and unfading beauty that holds you captive. A gentle soul emanates from within this city built on imperial strength, and people engage in a high-stakes hustle to claim their own piece of happiness. Continue reading
When I flew to Mauritius, I had no expectations of this vacation spot. I knew that there are beautiful beaches and warm weather. That was enough for me to attract myself. If I had known earlier that Mauritius is so versatile and offers so many different things, I would have gone there a long time before.
When it comes to Bruges little indulgences, there’s no need to waffle. Take your pick of soft-centred seashells at Katelijnestraat’s chocolatiers, try the light-as-air pancakes at Café au Lait, then let a beer and the evening sun warm you at the terraced taverns on Eiermarkt. Continue reading
Belgiums second largest city is the first in line for glittering rings, haute couture catwalks, and contemporary art. From its cobbled medieval centre to its ultra-modern harbour, Antwerp is a handsome mix of architecture, culture, and fabulous Flemish food. Continue reading
A diet of waffles, frites, beer and Godiva chocolates: sounds rich – and not just for your arteries. Known for its comics, peeing statues, NATO headquarters, blonde and brown pints, steaming mussels, and Art Nouveau, the “capital” of the European Union has a little bit for a lot of people. The first thing I saw […]
If I buy myself some clothes or other material things, my pleasure is not for very long time. You buy it, you wear it, you take it for granted. But if you invest your money in travelling, you live on this for longtime. Memories arise and you gain pictures in your head from moments nobody could give you […]
Baiyoke Sky Hotel is the highest hotel in Bangkok and was the most luxury accomodation I had during this vacancy. 5.022 Baht for two person and two nights. It is clean and we got a free upgrade which was wonderful. The hotel has 83 floors and I lived on the 49th. The view was stunning […]
I received a wonderful Bamboo Tattoo made by great artists from Koh Tao Bamboo Tattoo. First I was sceptical, but after having spoken with another tourist I knew that they would do a good job. The stuff is very friendly and there’s only one thing to say: A tattoo made bamboo art is ART! For […]
Koh Tao Tropicana Resort was my favorite place to be in Thailand. It’s on the island Koh Tao and an absolute origin island. There are a lot of diving schools and I already have regrets that I did not make my free diver there. You should do it there. The resort is pretty clean and […]
Shark Bay is a pretty spot where you are able to see a lot of colored fish and little sharks. Unfortunately I saw none of the sharks, but I saw a large turtle instead and this was stunning. There is a nice restaurant on top of the hill and you see down to shark bay […]
Malibu Beach Bungalows are pretty little Bungalows with a hammock on each veranda. They look pretty nice, but they are very small and simple inside. You got a mini fridge and the bathroom is like all the bungalows in Thailand only one room where you flood the whole room by taking a shower. I will […]
This lodge is absolutely extraordinary! I booked three nights for 1.950 Baht and what I got for this was much more than I expected! Let’s start from the beginning: I took the fairy from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan which took me about one hour. They said it would take 30 minutes, but I was […]
Staying in a bungalow in Chaweng Chalet is very good. They are so friendly and the beach is very beautiful. The little bungalow is clean and offers a big, big bed. The shower works good and the wifi does even work at the beach. It is nice like a little home: You should like cats […]
This night was an adventure to me. I bought a ticket for the train to move from Bangkok to Surat Thani. It wasn’t expensive at all and I was so excited what would expect me. At first, I thought I would be in the wrong train because of the seats there. I expected to see […]
If you have some time left in Bangkok, you can also take a ride on the Chao Phraia river with the boat. It took me one hour of time and around 650 Bath to do this. Adventure lies just around the riverbend. The winding Chao Phraya River is Bangkoks arterial waterway and main thoroughfare for […]
This elaborate temple doubles as the national headquarters for the education and preservation of traditional Thai medicine, and is also the site of one of the first Thai massage schools. If you’re not here to study, wander through the galleries filled with gilded images of Buddha, relax respectfully next to the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha, or […]
I am lying in the little coye of the night train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. This is my third night without sleep. I am lying awake and my eyes don’t want to do me the favor to close themselves. Since today I did not know why I couldn’t sleep at all, but perhaps I […]
Every traveler needs to go to Khao San Road. It’s slightly touristy reputation is preceded only by its avalanche of sights and smells, essential for getting into the groove of Bangkok’s rhythm. Swing over to Santichaiprakarn Park for river views and buildings that dot the coast. Stick around at night for the unique shophouse eateries. […]
There are several floating markets near Bangkok and for me it definitely was a highlight. The one I went on is about one and a half hour away, so the one or the other would perhaps prefer a nearer one. You get there by taxi or car and after that I was brought to the […]
First night in Bangkok and I am very happy with our hostel which is called Glur Hostel and Coffee Bar. It is very pretty inside, but you have to be aware that it is only a hostel. There’s no special extra and you immediately get the feeling of being a real traveller. This is our […]
This was one of the most beautiful holidays I ever made and this was not because of the city itself.
This accomodation is clean, pretty, made with love and has a special flair I can’t describe. The owner was very friendly and uncomplicated. He gave us two bikes to visit the city which is about 5 to 10 minutes away to cycle. The accomodation Continue reading
I visited Zadar in 2015 and it was one of my most beautiful holidays. The accomodation I already recommended was perfect: Villa Karma Zadar; and the city offers so much to see although it is very small and originally. From the accomodation to the city was a nice way along the waterfront which was gave […]