Posts Tagged With: France

TRAVELS A Nice Discovery In Alsace

It’s a one-room-accomodation only – but better than some posh suites … MY ADVENTUROUS FRIEND JÜRGEN* FOUND IT (well, he finds a lot all over the globe, from Slovakia to Sichuan, Galicia to Gilgit), and as always I don’t hesitate to use his informations, they are always to the point for the modern traveller (but … Continue reading »

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ART THEFT … And Then came George!

The amazing story of an (unsuccessful) American sculptor FIRST OF ALL – you might know The Cloisters in New York, this seeming- ly mispla- red roma- nic-gothic monas- tery on the nor- thern tip of Manha- ttan, overlooking the big city. Naturally, you called it a copy, as I did for years.Then you discover, that … 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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PEOPLE Yes, There Are Men With 12 Fingers …

… and you know, what their traditional profession is – waiters! WITH MY OWN EYES I HAVE SEEN TWO OF THIS SPECIES! One in a restaurant in Girona (Catalunya) and one on a plane to Tirana (Albania). Both were waiters, but when I met them, I didn’t see anything unusual. They had indeed six fingers … 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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POLITICS Let’s Hate The „Caucasus Emirate“

That’s a very ghastly menace, looming very near us … THERE IS SOMETHING SO MEAN AROUND THE CORNER – and the world isn’t aware of it! The CAUCASIAN EMIRATE!!!! A ghost state, existing only in the heads and on the maps of the most brutal terrorists of our time. With flag and constitution, recognized (so … Continue reading »

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ISLANDS Never Heard Of Cavallo? Read This!

Here is an almost forgotten piece of land in the Mediterranean …In the 1970s Cavallo was a hotspot – but not for long. You know how the Jetset is: easily bored, because they are egocentrics, not really interested in where they land. Cavallo, a tiny island between Corsica (France) and Sardegna (Italy) was lost again … Continue reading »

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POSTCARDS Lost & Found (No. 74)

They made an astonishing discovery in the South of France!Yes, the postcard was dead! Yes, there are some old fashioned tourist who still write nonsense home, like „Greetings from …“ or „The weather is fine, the food lousy …“. But 99 % of the travellers make people at home envious by sending something through electronical … Continue reading »

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MONEY Oh, What A Shame … (No. 19)

Let’s talk about the threats of the Eiffel Tower in ParisEverybody loves it, this 324 m high iron tower in the centre of the French capital, and especially since it got illuminated from the Champ de Mars up to the TV antenna. Up to almost 7 million visitors are lifted to the various platforms every … Continue reading »

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