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The Art Of Fumiko & Hiroshi

Bonsai and pottery on the highest level ,,, MY FRIEND HANS, whom an unexpected and unjustified stroke of fate (because he didn’t cause it by doing anything wrong) shackles to his bed forever, told me the following story from his second fatherland Japan (his wife Yoko is Japanese and he has written most valuable books … Continue reading »

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You Look For A Nice Hotel in Munich?

Try the „Olympic“ – it’s small, nostalgic and ideally situated … IT’S MY LIFELONG EXPERIENCE: Homosexuals guarantee good service. In the air and on land. Leave them an almost dead part of town and some month later it becomes an entertaining, lively (and suddenly expensive) quarter. The hotel „Olympic“ is not run by gays – … Continue reading »

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SPICES I Break The Boycott for Iranian Saffron!

A friend from Tehran always smuggles the floral gold … OH, IT’S SO INCREDIBLE EXPENSIVE! Well, they harvest cheaper Saffron nowadays in Spain, there is even an international „Fake Trade“, but by far the best still comes from the Iranian province of Khorasan. Saffron from there will cost you ca. 5000 Euro or US$ 5500 per … Continue reading »

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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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