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RESTAURANTS Eating Out – Since 803!

The St. Peter Stiftskeller in Salzburg is 1200 years old … WHAT HAPPENED IN THE YEAR 803? There were no cathedrals, Charles the Great ruled Central Europe and the Byzantine Empire the Mediterranian, the Maya blossomed in Central America and the earth was still a disc (the people believed). In in this year – unbelievable … Continue reading »

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TRAVELS In The Land Of The Catharists …

… from castle to castle, from fairytale to fairytale in France THEY WERE A CHRISTIAN SECT in the 12th and the 13th century, all over Europe but mainly in the Southwest of France. A purists order, who hated the catholic structures of the church and the papal Rome, preached the simple life and lived in … Continue reading »

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ART THEFT … And Then came George!

The amazing story of an (unsuccessful) American sculptor FIRST OF ALL – you might know The Cloisters in New York, this seeming- ly mispla- red roma- nic-gothic monas- tery on the nor- thern tip of Manha- ttan, overlooking the big city. Naturally, you called it a copy, as I did for years.Then you discover, that … Continue reading »

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MONEY Ever Seen A Zero Euro Banknote?

I got one – on the summit of a mythological mountain …I WONDER, WHY THIS IS NOT FORBIDDEN! This nonsense banknote looks so genuine, that you could just add a 1 to the 0 and go shopping with it. The paper is mor or less the same, the graphic design confusingly similar, a silver thread … Continue reading »

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HISTORY The Seal Of The „Fairy-Tale King“!

A personal souvenir of Ludwig II. of Bavaria was offered publicly … IF YOUR FIRST OR YOUR FAMILY NAME STARTS WITH AN L, this might be the appropriate present for you! Looking at the picture of what I’m talking bout, I think of Louis Lamour, or a Lawrence Ledbetter, or a Laura Livingston. Or just … Continue reading »

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EQUIPMENT The Knife, A Man Has to Have …

It’s terribly expensive, terribly nice – and made of a Meteorite! I HAVE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT MANY TIMES – but I didn’t realize it!  Because it was too strange to comprehend. A weapon forged with metal of which METEORITES are made? I probably even read the word „Meteorite“ but make the connection with the … Continue reading »

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SIGHTSEEING An Amazing Hotspot In Milan!

If you like Wes Anderson films, you will love his „Bar Luce“ I’M THE GREA- TEST FAN OF WES AN- DER- SON‘S MOVIE „Grand Buda- pest Hotel“. I can’t get those pictures of the picture out of my head and since I saw them, I’m on the search for places who look like the „Grand … Continue reading »

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HISTORY You Want A Field Marshal’s Baton?

One of the rarest items of vanity is for sale – very expensive! THEY EXIST, SINCE THE OLD ROMANS DECORATED THEIR IMPERATORES WITH IT: the Marshal’s Baton. The Prussians manufactured it into art, and the Nazis … – well, they went crazy about them and Hitler gave them to 25 „Generalfeldmarschällen“ and two „Großadmirälen“. Now … Continue reading »

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ART A Fabulous Look At The Refugee Problem

I think the Swiss sculptor Ruth Reiser created a masterpiece …WHAT A GREAT IDEA! Europe’s problem No 1. expressed in a unique work of art! Created by a Swiss star in certain connoisseur’s circles: Ruth Reiser from Zurich. A boat overloaded with anonymous black  refugees with empty white eyes. In the center a kind of … Continue reading »

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COLLECTING Stamps With A Funny Angle …

When frauds & phonies were discovered too late – interesting! OH, I LOVE IT! When governments (mostly) were so proud of certain countrymen that they honored them or their deeds with official stamps – and had to pull them back after a while (or destroy what was left of the stock) when it was discovered, … Continue reading »

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