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TRAVEL What a hotspot Angola would be!

But it doesn’t appear on the touristic worldmap. Why not? I ASSURE YOU: ANGOLA HAS EVERYTHING – landscape beauties, beaches, wildlife, the vegetation, the weather, even some infrastructure, mineral wealth, nice people, a European language (Portuguese) – and she is a enormously rich country. And Angola is bigger than South Afrika, Tanzania and Namibia. But the … Continue reading »

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ARCHITECTURE The ingenious Italians …

Look, what I discovered on Udine’s rooftops! EVERYBODY WANTS A PENTHOUSE, YES? Or a roof terrace! Isn’t it so? But you can’t have it if the house is a 100 years old (or older), got 3 or 4 or 5 floors, the usual tile-covered roof and the high exits of the chimneys on top. End … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL Just A Quick Advice …

… if you want to see Udine, Trieste and the region I KNOW, TOURIST CARDS“ ARE COMMON ALL OVER THE WORLD. Many cities and regions issue them. But what convinced me of the value of the „Friuli Venezia Giulia Card“ (look at the map of this part of Italy), was its diversity: You can buy … Continue reading »

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POLITICS Let’s Phone the Minister …

Look, what I discovered in Botswana! I CAN’T IMAGINE ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AROUND THE GLOBE, who would dare to do something like that! To publish an advertisement in the paper with the largest circulation, announcing 1. the date, 2. the hour and 3. the phone numbers to all citizens, so they can call the  18 … Continue reading »

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ART Nobody Paints Africa Like Larry …

This Zimbabwean artist is the greatest, says me! I WROTE A POST ABOUT HIM SOME TIME AGO, but I just visited Larry Norton at home in Vic Falls – and was so deeply impressed by this man’s ability to depict Africa on canvas that I have to present some of his latest works! An remarkable … Continue reading »

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ART NOUVEAU A (Almost) Forgotten Cafe In Italy

Try to drink an espresso in Udine’s stunning „Contarena“ IT ISN’T MENTIONED IN THE GUIDES, I saw it by chance: the „Caffe Contarena“ in the Via Cavour, 1. Why hasn’t anybody mentioned to me, that Udine in Northneastern Italy houses an Art Nouveau/Art Deco treasure? A public one! An 19th century palace, a modern entrance … Continue reading »

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TRAVELS A Notebook In The Rain …!

I found the one we need so urgently I CONFESS THAT I DISCOVERED IT, while leaving through the wonderful „Explorer’s Sketchbook“ (hailed in another post). There I saw that the British adventurer Ranulph Fienness had used for years a rain- and fully water-proof proof notebook whose binding with rot-proof thread could withstand even dramatic humidity. … Continue reading »

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PEOPLE Who Got The Longest?

The British poet Lord Byron, so it seems … SECRETLY, THE WORLD IS VERY INTERESTED to get the answer to this indecent question. Yes, so it is, don’t deny it! Was it Rasputin, the Sibirean monk, or Don Ameche, the American actor, or Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria? Few would know for certain. The … Continue reading »

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FOOD Ever Heard Of The TRUESCHE?

It’s possibly the best tasting fish, but it’s rare like Caviar …I CONFESS, I DIDN’T KNOW IT! Nobobody I know had any idea that this sweet water delicacy existed so close – in the Swiss Lakes. And that there are still fishermen who go for the TRÜSCHE – and before they catch one, it’s sold … Continue reading »

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DRINKS Five o’clock With Nelson Mandela

Honor the South African legend with four different cups of tea!THERE IS AN SURPRISING, ALMOST SECRET STORY about South Africas first black President: When Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island after 28 years in prison and was shipped to Capetown, he went missing for over an hour. Where was he? Sipping tea with his … Continue reading »

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