Lost & Found

HOTELS Some People Are Crazy in Beyrouth!

GOSH, WE ONCE HAD TO DRESS UP FOR THE „ST. GEORGES“ IN BEYROUTH! Now? A ruin, a strange sight on the posh Corniche of Lebanon’s capital. A tragic shell, strangely enough with stores in the otherwise empty windows and a relic of a once red carpet, leading from the portal without door wings down the … Weiterlesen »

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ISLANDS Never Heard Of Cavallo? Read This!

In the 1970s Cavallo was a hotspot – but not for long. You know how the Jetset is: easily bored, because they are egocentrics, not really interested in where they land. Cavallo, a tiny island between Corsica (France) and Sardegna (Italy) was lost again and the few inhabitants cheered. There were French movistars who bought … Weiterlesen »

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PEOPLE Lost & Found (No. 71)

They killed a lot of them, indeed! It was a horrendous genocide in the 15th century. But some Aztecs survived, went into hiding all over the country and are still a strong group, speaking their original language, celebrating their rich heritage and tending to their culture. Anthropologists estimate that there are still about 1,7 million … Weiterlesen »

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COMFORT Lost & Found … (No. 72)

Nobody knows who had the idea: the Dutch when they ruled Indonesia and couldn’t sleep at night because it was so hot, oder the Malays for the same reason. „Guling“ is a Malayan word, meaning „pillow“, so let’s come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter who invented it – but let’s get one! A … Weiterlesen »

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HOTEL Lost & Found … (No. 71)

The adventure begins with a superlative: The hotel „Maltahöhe“ in Namibia is the oldest outside of the capital Windhoek! It opened 1907 and never closed. And the interior, for good and for bad, also remained more or less unchanged. With farm implements, decorating the walls, old postcards, long forgotten flags, antique stickers („This is not the end … Weiterlesen »

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SHOES Lost & Found … (No. 73)

50 years ago only, you didn’t see a native without these shoes: a sole of straw, the top dark blue cotton cloth and all stitched together with a strong rope-like string. Beautiful shoes who were adopted by the Jetset in the 1960s, were transformed into caricatures of the originals (with rubber and leather, ornaments and … Weiterlesen »

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MEMORIALS Lost & Found … (No. 72)

Basically, there is not much to report. Except the style of this house – more than decent! The world famous author Bertold Brecht (1898-1956) who changed the course of theatrical entertainment with plays like „Baal“, „In the Jungle of Cities“, The Threepenny Opera“, „The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny“, „Sant Joan of … Weiterlesen »

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POSTCARDS Lost & Found (No. 74)

Yes, the postcard was dead! Yes, there are some old fashioned tourist who still write nonsense home, like „Greetings from …“ or „The weather is fine, the food lousy …“. But 99 % of the travellers make people at home envious by sending something through electronical channels. Just remember the occasion when you had bought … Weiterlesen »

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ART Lost & Found … (No. 73)

I say so, because Namibia was a German Colony from 1884 to 1915, and this was the hightime of Art Nouveau in Deutsch-Südwestafrika (German Southwest-Africa), as the territory was called. Therefore every building was, quite naturally, planned in „Jugendstil“, the German variation of the European style Art Nouveau. There are still dozends of building in … Weiterlesen »

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CARS Lost & Found (No. 70)

I have never seen one of those cars on the road, and I doubt very much, that there are more than half a dozen like these in Oldtimer collections or museums. The advertisements of the Brennabor and the Stoewer, both produced in Germany,  I discovered in a German magazine, published in 1910, more than a … Weiterlesen »

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