Newly Discovered

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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CURIOSITIES Wow, Look At Vanuatu …

So small, not many people – and 110 languages … FOR THE LING- UISTS, it’s the hotspot on earth! Because Vanuatu, this archi- pelago of 83 isles in the centre of the Pacific Ocean, formerly known as the New Hebrides, has the highest concentration of linguistic diversity on earth. It’s unbelievable: 110 languages of just … Continue reading »

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MONEY Ever Seen A Zero Euro Banknote?

I got one – on the summit of a mythological mountain …I WONDER, WHY THIS IS NOT FORBIDDEN! This nonsense banknote looks so genuine, that you could just add a 1 to the 0 and go shopping with it. The paper is mor or less the same, the graphic design confusingly similar, a silver thread … Continue reading »

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ARCHITECTURE No Styrofoam In The Windows!

Don’t make a mistake when you visit very old churches … YES, I MADE THE MISTAKE! Visiting churches which were built between the years 500 and 1200 in Nor- thern Spain, Southern France and Italy, I couldn’t identify with what material the romanic and gothic windows were filled. Glass? Definitely not! Dirty or blind glass? … Continue reading »

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DISCOVERIES I Found An Oasis in Paris …

Well, it’s a cemetery – but a totally unexpected one! I TELL YOU: FOR HALF A CENTURY I VISIT PARIS, but I never came across the Cimetiere de Picpus. I didn’t hear anything about it, it was in none of my guidebooks, no Parisien ever told me about it (not even the all-knowing Mary Blume), I stumbled … Continue reading »

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NOBILITY 1000 Years In The Same Chateau …

Look & read what I discovered in Southern France! THIS STORY HAS TWO ASPECTS, and both are incredible! North of Nimes I came through the small town of Uzes, saw an enormous fortress with 60 m / 180 feet high towers in the center, noble flag flying from the top, went through the immense portal, … Continue reading »

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CURIOSITIES What Happens Around Llivia …

It’s an odd enclave, a very strange place in the middle of Europe! I KNOW, THERE ARE ENCLAVES ALL OVER THE GLOBE. But very few are a land-island, completely surrounded by another state or nation. Like Gibraltar, Melilla and Ceuta – they are harbors, open on one end, not in a „prison“. Well, I’v been … Continue reading »

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CITIES Discoveries in Skopje (Macedonia)

Follow Andreas Bender, The Master of the Lost Art of Travel … TO GET A MESSAGE FROM MY WONDERFUL FRIEND, the incomparable Swiss-German Andreas Bender, the man who (re-)visits up the 60 countries per year, is always a feast. He goes to places, other people don’t even know they exist, and he is probably of … Continue reading »

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ANIMALS Hunting The Seadragon …

Let’s follow Dr. Greg Rouse to the shores of Southern Australia! FIRST, THERE WAS AN UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY along the southern coast of Australia: A new form of a species, not seen for 150 years!!! A „Ruby Seadragon“ or Phyllopteryx deweysea, a Syngnathidae, belonging to the Seahorse family. A blood-red monster-like animal, which obviously sprang from … Continue reading »

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DISCOVERY The Viking’s Graffiti in Istanbul

The Norsemen couldn’t resist – not even in the Hagia Sophia! I CONFESS I HAD NO IDEA that the VIKINGS came to Istanbul/Konstantinople and left something (otherwise looting the town ruthlessly). But my dear old friend Hamit, the omniscient guide you can meet in the shadow of a plane tree in the garden of the … Continue reading »

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