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Need A Nice Hotel in Venice?

I got one! The „Bucintoro“ – personally tested by me … THERE ARE MANY POSITIVA WHICH CONVINCED ME. First: The location opposite San Giorgio, 10 minutes walk from Piazza San Marco and the Giardini, 5 minutes walk to the Arsenale – and it’s right on the shore of the big Canale, the Giudecca. Second: The „Bucintoro“ … 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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SOUVENIRS Ever Heard Of The Cycladic Idols?

These figurines impressed the greatest painters and sculptors … … AND I CAN’T THINK OF A MORE BEAUTIFUL SOUVENIR FROM GREECE! Delicate, mostly marble figurines, carved between 5000 and 1600 B. C. Simple beauties, from 7 to 40 cm high, used in today mysterious cults on the Cycladic islands (in the Agean Sea, but not … 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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MONEY 2 Only Clean Dollar Bills, please!

The strange monetary rules in some countries … I’VE JUST BEEN TO SOUTHERN AFRICA, with a pocket full of US-Dollars (well, as much as I could afford). But I wasn’t able to use all of them, in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa they would not accept all the banknotes I offered. As readers of my … 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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WILDLIFE The Most Deadly National Park!

Why so many people are killed by animals in an protected area … IN NORTHEASTERN INDIA, IN ASSAM! It’s called KAZIRANGA and naturally you can’t find any information about the deadly dangers lurking in this tiger, elephant and buffalo N. P. Informations would scare tourists away and the authorities depend on as many visitors as … 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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