Louis Vuitton Is Attacked …

... successfully by a brand called Goyard!

A Godard bag in grayish blue ...

THE MATERIAL IS MORE OR LESS THE SAME, but the design is different. The bags seem being simpler to me, also a bit more decent, which a lot of real ladies prefer. I discovered Goyard in a boutique in St Tropez – or not, since all the bags were sold out, I saw the displays only. But later in the day I found the one I show here and bought it. Not that Goyard is much cheaper: A bag like the one here costs roughly 1200 Euro in the licensed shops. But in the street they sell in for less, you have to deal for the best price – and 200 Euro is possible. How that’s possible, I don’t know and I don’t want to know. What I know for sure, is that Goyard is chic, has a vast variety of objects and it’s always worth to browse the internet – in the way one should browse the street markets …

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What A Hilarious Website!

It's like reading fully texted wanted posters ...

That's the head of the pretty – and entertaining – website ...

GO TO BANKNOTES.COM (yes, it’s an easy adress) AND LOOK FOR THE CROOKS! Go to the bottom of the first page, there you will find „Hall of Shame“, click it – and you will enter half an hour entertaining reading. The following individuals or companies are not just dishonest swappers, traders, collectors who do not send their share to their clients. Many of them are hardcore criminals, such as scammers, thieves, fraudsters, crooks, who are making a „living“ by cheating, scamming and defrauding collectors and dealers. On this page anyone is posted who will cheat, scam or defraud, including delivered but unpaid orders, credit card & check fraud, electronic shoplifting, other activity, such as unreasonable chargebacks, and chargeback-fraud etc. I have the feeling that to publish all those details concerning suspected individuals is highly illegal, but there is an enormous amount of careful research behind each story and the longer I browsed it, to more fun I had …

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Eating Out In Krakow …

... the Polish city has 26 Michelin restaurants!

Sterne-Koch Filipkiewicz ...

... und das schöne Krakau

WOW, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT, did you? Krakow is the gourmet center of Eastern Europe! In 2019 it will be awarded the title „European Capital of Gastronomy Culture“, and Marcin Filipkiewicz, the chef at the Hotel „Copernicus“, received the honor of being „Chef of the Future“ already. All in all, the town can boast about 26 restaurant, mentioned in the „Michelin Guide“ – that’s an enormous amount, it happened in secrecy and nobody really knows how. Beside the beauty and history of Krakow, her countryside and not to forget the native Gural people, this is another fine reason to travel there …

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The Traffic Lights Will Watch You …

... in London. But it's a clever idea!

Wie die Beatles in der Abbey Road ...

YOU KNOW THE SITUATION AND HATE IT: You are stopped by a red traffic light without need – there are no pedestrians crossing! Or the other way round: You can’t cross a street because of the red light – but there are no cars! So far traffic lights were stupid, exchanged their colors by a fixed time signal, not appraising the real demand. To alter this, the city council of London decided to install 200 smart traffic lights which recognize the real situation and adapt the duration and sequences of their colors accordingly. Thank you! But the United Nations should order all their member states to follow – it would safe time, energy, exaust fumes and frustration enormously around the globe …

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The „Astoria“ will be back!

Leipzig's famous hotel resurrects from the dead ...

... and the old luggage label

A postcard of the hotel ...

ONCE IT WAS THE HOTBED OF THE INTER- NATIO- NAL VIPs – even Enrico Caruso slept hier! Opened in 1915, the „Astoria“ stands close to the equally famous train station, both being fine examples of Imperial architecture and representing in splendor the former wealth of this Saxonian town. But the State ownership during the socialist reign of the GDR ruined it and even the unification of the two German states couldn’t save it – in closed in 1995 and became an empty shell. Now it will be restored with the original facade, with 250 rooms up to the latest hospitality standard, and the opening is scheduled for late 2020. Hurrah, cry the aficionados of hotel nostalgia!

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WITH JULES VERNE IN VIGO

The Spanish Port celebrates the French writer

So wirbt das Museum mit Jules Verne

HE WAS TWICE IN VIGO, and both times Jules Verne was passenger on a ship and something went wrong! First he had to take refuge in Vigo, after tremendous gales almost sank the vessel, the second time, some years later, the ship herself had a grave problem and had to be steered to the port. It maybe therefore, that Verne let his famous book „20.000 Leagues Under the Sea“ start in Vigo, an ideal setting for an adventure like that. And now the exhibition „The Limits of the Imagination“ at the „Marco Museum“ in this Spanish harbor covers the two stop-overs and joins the discussion about the French authors overflowing phantasy and his influence on the modern world. It’s open until September 16.

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Neanderthals were different …

... tell the latest findings: very early paintings in Spain!

That's how they looked ...

... und that's a stencil of their hands!

DUMB, BRU- TISH CREA- TURES THEY WERE, SO EVERY- BODY BELIE- VED – but then arche- ologists discovered remarkable paintings in three Spanish caves: a red linear motif in La Pasiega (Cantabria), a hand stencil in Maltravieso (Estremadura) and red-painted speleothems (mineral layers) in Areales (Andalucia). When the results of the uranium-thorium dating came back, it was a total surprise – they were at least 68 000 years old, made 20 000 years before the arrival of modern humans in Europe! Which means: These painting were definitely done by the dumb and brutish Neanderthals! Until now, it was thought that their artistic expressions was – if there wer any – limited to body ornamentations. Now the gap between Neanderthals and modern human beings is closed, the scientists are jubilant.

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When near the Moselle River (Germany) …

... don't miss the Art Nouveau hotel „Bellevue“ in Traben-Trabach!

The hotel on the Moselle river ...

... the authentic restaurant ...

... and the fabulous bar ...

ART NOUVEAU WAS FASHIONABLE BEFORE THE FIRST WOLD WAR (1914-1918), and there are many great examples left around the globe (Barcelona, Vienna, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Lüderitz, Udine). But a hotel, completely preserved in Art Nouveau is very rare and therefore the  „Bellevue“ in Traben-Trarbach, situated directly on the shores of the Moselle river, is unique! Wherever you move in this turreted, castle-like building, you encounter the original, more than 110 years old architecture, decorations and even tools – from the painted-glass windows to the  upholstery of the chairs in the restaurants, from the frescoes in the bar to to carpets in the lounge, from the lamps in the leisure rooms to the cutlery in the restaurant. The door frames? Wow! The champagne coolers? Another Wow! The hundreds of examples of elaborate woodcarving? Astonishing! The bedrooms? Museum-like and the owners still managed to combine their precious heritage with the utmost modern comfort. Just have a look at the two picture I show here! Room rates: More than US$ 100, less than US$ 200 (it depends on many factors). Conclusion: You have to see it, to believe it! Adress: An der Mosel 11. Phone: (0049) 65 / 41 70 30. Email: info@bellevue-hotel.de Internet: www.beevue-gotel.de

 

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When in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) …

... and you are hungry, go straight to the restaurant „Embassy“!

The 80 years old facade of the restaurant ...

... and the general view of the interior

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESTAURANTS in this once spectacular Bohemian spa, trying to lure you inside. I can’t say I tried them all, but I got a gourmet friend in this town of a thousand traditi- ons, followed his advise and was not disappoin- ted: The „Embassy“, in 1938 built by the architect Mewes and on the righthand side of the Hotel „Embassy“, is cosy, authentic, full off „Gemüt- lichkeit“, has very good food, cooked in the best Bohemian Style, the service reminds you with its humor of the world famous „Good Soldier Svejk“, and it is almost impossible, to spend more than US$ 30 for a full menu. The wines are local, much better than expected (even excellent), but don’t drink the reds, there is not enough sun in his part of Europe. You find the „Embassy“ more or less opposite the „Grandhotel Pupp“, but on the other side of the river (look for the nearest bridge). Conclusion: Highly recommended, no tricks involved! Adress: Nova Look, 21. Pone: (00420) 353 / 221 161. Email: info@embassy.cz

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Why The Houses Look Down Into the Grachten …

Here I explain an oddity in Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

See, how they are leaning forward?

Amsterdam 2

... and that's the boom for the furniture

WHEN I VISITED THE FABULOUS FLUTIST FRANS BRÜGGEN in his many century old palais in the center of Amsterdam, I wondered why all the historical houses in the centre are leaning forward! The top of their facades were often over-hanging by ca. 45°, compared with the groundfloor! Was it a tribute to old age? Or is it due to the shaky ground with all that water and mud? Some house bow in a way, that the owners or architects had to implant iron clamps to keep the front from falling over. Then I discovered the reason: Land was so precious in Amsterdam and along the Grachten (= channels), most houses could only be just a few yards wide and therefore have four floors as a minimum.  Doors and especially staircases are traditionally very narrow. To move large pieces of furniture into the houses was/is almost impossible. Therefore they all have an in-built gallows or boom at a high point of the facade – to pull up things which can not be transported through the doors and staircases! And if the facades would be straight, in a 90° angle, the loads will bump against the front wall, causing damage to both. With the ropes being in free fall, because of the 45° facade, any object, even a Grand Piano, can be lifted to any desired opening. The bowing faces of Amsterdam’ old houses are no optical illusion but a clever trick, born out of necessity …

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