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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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R.I.P. They Killed Tristan …

Folks, what’s going on right in the centre of Kenya? Are they crazy? TRISTAN VOORSPUY was a real warhorse! A British South-African, a great guy and friend, one of our best in the wilderness, an excellent horseman, fit with all available weapons and one of the bravest I event met. Excerpt from his biography: „Young … Continue reading »

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BOOKS This One Is Unbelievable …

If you are wise, order „Explorer’s Sketchbook“ immediately! I HAVEN’T SEEN A NICER BOOK, published in our days (2016)! 320 pages filled with over 400 illustrations, some never seen before. Taken from the sketchbook of the most famous explorers, adventurers and travel writers of the last 400 years! Title: „Explorer’s Sketchbook“. A large volume, measuring … Continue reading »

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HIDEAWAYS There Is One in Arizona …

It’s very romantic and not too expensive … THE „HACIENDA DEL SOL“ was once – secretly – very popular with Hollywood stars. Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy (both married otherwise) spent amorous week(end)s there and after a certain downslide, this historical hotel was restored and renovated recently and seems now much better than before. The … Continue reading »

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HIDE-AWAYS I’m Going To Tell You A Secret …

… and some people will hate me for doing it!   „ALBERGO DELL’ ANGELO“ is a historic mini-hotel in the southwestern Italian Town of Pieve di Teco. A forgotten settlement in the mountains above the Riviera, which lost 80 % of its inhabitants in the last 20 years, just 1000 are left. An old town, … Continue reading »

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COMMUNICATION The Selfie Pest – Amusing …!

Look at the small but great invention of Michael Käfer of Munich … NO, NOT A BAD WORD ABOUT SELFIES! I confess, I hate them but being tolerant enough, I just ignore this cosmopolitan desease. And then I came across the „Selfie Beer Mat“, an ingenious idea of the Oktoberfest host and owner of many … Continue reading »

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