Tagged With: Desert

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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GOLF A Conversation Piece … (No. 45)

As a golfer I know the situation: Everybody has played all the good golf courses around the world. Talking about a club you think you have discovered, regularly ends in comments like: „Yes, we know!“ or „We totally disagree!“ The 19th hole is full of stories nobody wants to hear. And now listen – I … Weiterlesen »

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LITERATURE The Book(s) To Look … (No. 32)

Sir Wil- fred, my cher- ished idol, was a mys- teri- ous person. A recluse who loved the desert and the nomads who never molested the public with his homosexuality (he was too well educated in the best British schools, universities and services) – and is. I think, the only men able to help us … Weiterlesen »

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ART Moments You Never Forget … (No. 35)

I love rock carvings, the oldest art form. I travel from continent to continent to see them, to compare them, to store the images of these paintings and scratchings in my memory. Because they are the source of everything, artists did since … – well, 30 000 B. C. Maybe a little less. Some people … Weiterlesen »

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PARADISE The Nice Advice (No. 72)

One attraction, especially for explorers, has always been the desert. The Wahiba Sands, now also called the Sharqiyah Sands, of the Sultanate of Oman, are a geological and ecological wonder that burst onto the international knowledge in 1986 after the Royal Geographical Society led an expedition to the region. There they found a 12,500 sqkm carpet … Weiterlesen »

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NAMIBIA I Got A Strange Message … (No. 42)

You find them all over the country, in the ten-thousands, but mostly in the semi-deserts, the arid savannas or sandy plains where there grows a bit of grass without rain. But who produces them? It’s an unexplained mystery. Their size? From 10 m (or more than 30 ft.) in the North (especially in the Hartmann’s … Weiterlesen »

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DREAMS A Story Of Glory … (No. 33)

A rest in the Algerian desert. Pillows in the sand. They brewed coffee and tea. No cloud on the sky, no sound of the earth. Whatever you hear, you produce yourself. Peace reigns from horizon to horizon. No sorrows in sight. The wind being the only communication system. The dunes being the mirror of the … Weiterlesen »

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CLIMATE Moments You Never Forget … (No. 28)

When I drove with Ibrahim from Sabha to Ghat in the Libyan desert, he warned me to go further south. „In Niger“, he said, „you won’t be able to survive. Only we can.“ I looked at him, a Tuareg, in disbelief: „Me? You must be joking!“ I survived, but it was hard. Because since we … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL Interesting People … (No. 13)

Salad is … yeah, what is he? Camel herder, guide to antiquities, crook, leader of caravans through Central Asia, lover of women, always hungry, moslem, Turkmenian. I met him in Merv, the desert town, half buried in sand, older than the equator and the Bible, with ruins equipped with strong narrations about Alexander the Great, … Weiterlesen »

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