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SPICES I Break The Boycott for Iranian Saffron!

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 kilo (= 1000 grams). They produce 3 different kinds, called … Weiterlesen »

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SOUVENIRS Ever Heard Of The Cycladic Idols?

… 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 the ones along the Turkish coast). There were thousands … Weiterlesen »

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ART NOUVEAU A (Almost) Forgotten Cafe In Italy

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 with sliding glass doors – and inside a stunning … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVELS A Notebook In The Rain …!

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. The question was: Is there a modern version … Weiterlesen »

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MONEY 2 Only Clean Dollar Bills, please!

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 Blog you are informed about the strange behavior … Weiterlesen »

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HIDEAWAYS There Is One in Arizona …

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 „Hacienda“ was founded in 1929, got 10 rooms/suites … Weiterlesen »

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WILDLIFE The Most Deadly National Park!

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 possible. I found the information in the monthly bulletin of the „Explorers Club“ … Weiterlesen »

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

  „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, and wonderfully quiet – and so is the Albergo, at … Weiterlesen »

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DIET The Recipe Of A Great Clown

HE WAS THE GREATEST, the most famous and richest clown of the 20th century: GROCK (1880-1959). A Swiss artists, who – being an almost uncontrollable gourmet, and when not performing his not only hilarious but very arduous gymnastic acts – gained tremendous weight. „It could be 16 kilos in ten weeks“, he complained, „from 68 … Weiterlesen »

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FASHION A Burqa Is Not Always A Burqa …

EVERYTIME I SAW A VEILED MUSLIM WOMAN, I thought: „Hey, another one in a Burqa!“ I was mistaken by 80 %. Because muslim women are forced to wear (but some hide their beauty voluntarily) five different outfits, depending on the grade of religiosity of their husbands (well, and their own, I guess). I present them … Weiterlesen »

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