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HOTELS Thanks God, The „Oloffson“ Has Survived!

POOR HAITI! Hit by unavoidable mischiefs like earthquakes and man-made disasters like corruption and inefficiency. But there its still an island of tranquility and colonial charm in the capital of Port-au-Prince: the hotel „Oloffson“. A house of unique Carribean architecture and literary fame, since Graham Greene lived and wrote „The Comedians“ there, Kurt Vonnegut mentioned … 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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LEGENDS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 16)

Look at the picture! Is it a poor black & white photograph or a bad pencil drawing? In my family it was regarded as a real photo, taken by my father Harald Thorer in the 1930s on a hunting safari in Tanganyika (today Tanzania) – in a moment of gravest danger to his life! He had a … Weiterlesen »

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