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Neanderthals were different …

… tell the latest findings: very early paintings in Spain! DUMB, BRU- TISH CREA- TURES THEY WERE, SO EVERY- BODY BELIE- VED – but then arche- ologists discovered remarkable paintings in three Spanish caves: a red linear motif in La Pasiega (Cantabria), a hand stencil in Maltravieso (Estremadura) and red-painted speleothems (mineral layers) in Areales … Continue reading »

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Honors For The Red Heroes?

Try to find stamps with portraits of the great Chiefs … YOU WON’T SUCCEED, at least not in the USA! There the Red Indians didn’t even have voting rights in most states far into the 70s, and after they got back some of the privileges the Whites had stolen from them, they are still recognized … Continue reading »

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Ever Heard Of Daniil Granin?

He was a Soviet Party lackey, but what a great travel writer!   I DISCOVERED HIM MUCH TO LATE, in the year of his death, this Daniil Granin (1919-2017). He was for ages the president of the Soviet Writers Union, responsible for the ostracism of his colleague Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. And he enjoyed such a privileged … Continue reading »

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You Will Always Be Winning …

… with this miracle coin from the Internet! YOU KNOW THE GAME: „Pitch-and-toss“ or „Head or Tail“ – football/soc- cer games start with this throw of a coin, you are cheated out of your money in shady bars by artistic crooks and in Western movies professional gamblers are shot when they discover that their coins … Continue reading »

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CHRISTMAS Are The Japanese Christians?

No, but clever businessmen – and great copyists … JUST LOOK AT THIS PHOTO, I just got from my friend Hans and his Japanese wife Yoko: Tokyo, exploding in christmas decorations. My god, the Shopping Mall close to the Ginza looking like the „Christkindlmarkt“ in Nuremberg! Everything is artificial, no tree had to die for … Continue reading »

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Travel To East-Germany – Without Visa!

It’s very small nowadays, but very nostalgic – and worth a visit … THE AUTHENTIC REMAINS OF THE ONCE PROUD COMMUNIST PART OF GERMANY are … – a bar-saloon-restaurant, called „Koni’s Center“ in the town of Neubrandenburg. It’s a private museum for the nostalgic hungry and thirsty curiosity-seekers, run by a guy with a strange humour … Continue reading »

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HOTSPOTS The Stalowa in Warsaw …

I say: Go there! Some say: Oh no, it’s bloody dangerous!! THE STALOWA IS NOT A SMALL STREET IN POLAND’S CAPITAL. It was an ugly thing in communist times, the center of the steel district (stalow = steel). But – the Germans didn’t destroy the Stalowa in World War II, therefore Roman Polanski filmed „The … Continue reading »

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MONEY Absolutely, definitely worthless …

… but very beautiful: The Somaliland Shilling! YES, YOU KNOW, THAT I GOT A KNACK FOR STRANGE BANKNOTES … – and the one I’m showing you here, is the strangest of all. Because it was issued by the government of a country, SOMALILAND, which doesn’t exist (officially). Is not recognized by any other state. But … Continue reading »

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CAFES When in Warsaw, snack in Wilenska 3!

For breakfast, I would go there every day … THIS QUARTER OF WARSAW IS NOTHING SPECIAL, the street, Wilenska, is without clear and welcoming identity. Just remember: Poland’s capital was razed in World War II. Therefore go straight to No. 3, there you’ll find the Cafe „Wilenska 3“. A strange place: Wall decorations from the … 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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