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A Conversation Piece …

Wow, there is a new record …

UNBELIEVABLE! I report from time to time the development of the value of hotel luggage labels. So far US$ 1000 was a unsurmountable barrier – as an asking price! I was never aware that any collector bought at this price. But today (March 9, 2019) a very trustworthy dealer in Berlin, offering the best labels … Weiterlesen »

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I discovered the most expensive banknote!

YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME? Have a look at the pictures: The front and the back of the 10 Dollar in the paper money of Mongolia! Printed in 1920 in the short-lived dictatorship of the German-Russian nobleman Roman Ungern-von Sternberg, called „The Bloody White Baron“. That’s why the 14 750 banknotes which were produced (only) on simple … Weiterlesen »

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Ever seen the rarest car plate?

I SAW IT YESTERDAY, on the Spanish island of Mallorca! A huge black Porsche Convertible had it, parked in the harbor town of Portocolom: The license very very rare plate of the PRINCIPAT D’ANDORRA. A tiny but independent state between France and Spain, high up in the Pyrenees mountains. A country a bit larger than Barbados, … Weiterlesen »

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Not Just Arabian Oil & Gas …

I SAT IN A RESTAU- RANT ON THE IS- LAND OF MAJORCA, turned my (empty) plate and got a surprise: It came from U. A. E. and said: „Make sure it’s RAK“. Good heavens, could it really by, that this china originated in the United Arab Emirates? And what is RAK? It’s the tiny sheikdom … Weiterlesen »

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Stay In A Cave Hotel!

THE AMAZING FACT IS: There are so many caves in the Guadix and Altiplano de Granada region, (some say, there are more than 5000), that some bold entrepreneurs came up with the idea to transform them into luxurious underground villas – and spectacular hotels! In the moment there are more than 60 guesthouses, not one … Weiterlesen »

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I Got My Own Stamps Now …

  IS IT AN EXAGGERATED EGO-TRIP? Or an excusable vanity? Well, the German postmaster made in possible and I jump onto the occasion: My own stamps! It’s so easy: Three clicks and you got them. Just get the pictures ready – and you are (on) an official stamp! I decided on six motives, me in … Weiterlesen »

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I Met A Warrior From North Sentinel …

WHAT UTTER NONSENSE IS WRITTEN NOW ABOUT THIS LAST UNKNOWN TRIBE ON EARTH! Just because this American idiot, the missionary John Allen Chau, was speared to death on North Sentinel. My sympathies are with the warrior who did this – defending his world against an unwelcome intruder. What did this Mr. Chau want of these … Weiterlesen »

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Discover The Gaudy Dublin Doors!

WELL, WELL, WELL – I WAS IN DUBLIN MORE THAN ONCE, but these gayly painted doors never made an impression on me! But a few weeks ago I visited the Irish capital just for them, stimulated by the poster I show you here (issued by the city of Dublin as a tourist lure). Pretty views … Weiterlesen »

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Ever Heard Of Dimitri Berea?

I FOUND THE OFFER ON EBAY – and couldn’t believe my eyes: US$ 22 000 for a not so good painting by an obscure artist, plus US$ 195 for the shipping! A Romanian called Dimitri Berea did it, named it „Palma de Mallorca“ and while he lived (from 1908 to 1975) could only dream of … Weiterlesen »

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No, That’s Not True, „Sobrino“ …

IT’S WRITTEN AGAIN AND AGAIN! That Madrid’s „Sobrino de Botin“ on Calle Cuchilleros in the La Latina district was founded in 1725, never closed, and is older than any other restaurant around the globe! People believe it, go there for exactly this assumption, the food is excellent, no reason to regret the visit – and … Weiterlesen »

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