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Tagged With: Travel

SERVICE In Praise of … (No. 50)

You don’t like your baggage and you dream of a butler who carries it for you? Because it is too heavy and it consumes too much time to pick it up yourself. The solution’s name is www.maketraveleasier.com! It’s an organization which offers a baggage service on 250 airports. They wait at the coveyor belt for … 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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TRAVEL In Praise of … Kishi Island (No. 37)

Kizhi or Kishi Island is located on this lake in Karelia (near Finland). There you find two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. The island is only 4 m or 12 feet above the water and the buildings are not heated (for a good reason!) and … Weiterlesen »

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HEALTH The News To Use … (No. 3)

Well, Monzezuma reigned Mexico in the 15th century, then came the Spanisch conquistadores and … – sad storty! Even sadder is, that later generations of tourists, in all parts of the world, named their dysentery, even their diarrhoa, after  the unlucky king. Who probably never suffered from „unformed stool“, as the doctors say. Now read … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Book To Look … (No. 30)

From time to time I reach for „Complete Books of Marvels“, a volume of 640 pages, read it again and again and still discover secrets, Richard Halliburton tells me. But don’t we know everything about Taj Mahal, Cheops Pyramide, Lhasa, Isfahan, Mekka and Angkor? No. Halliburton, an American adventurer and travel writer, had not only … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Nice Advice … (No. 50)

The man is a travel guide, a TV editor, a journalist – and a bloddy good writer! His name: Mikka Bender, a German. He has just published his book „Is Nebensaison, da wird nicht mehr geputzt“ (which means: „In the off-season we don’t clean anymore“). It’s hilarious reading, a mix of adventures & advice. Like … 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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HOTELS If You Ever Come To … (No. 45)

It’s called the „Ariyasomvilla“ and it is one of the traditional Palais, built in 1942 and still owned by the original family. 25 great rooms & suites with antique furniture, a swimmingpool in the tropical garden, the first class „Na Aroon“ Restaurant, a library and „Meditation Hall“ and the best „Singapore Sling“ outside of Singepore. … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Book to Look … (No. 11)

… but worth visiting! They are representations of the Pop Culture: offices, monuments, streets, stadiums, shopping malls, private houses and so on. I will just mention a few: Times Square in New York, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, the Elvis Mansion in Mephis or the iron fist of the … Weiterlesen »

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WETHER I Got A Strange Message … (13)

That’s a small French island (diameter: 50 to 70 km or ca. 35 miles) in the Indian Ocean, 500 miles (or 800 km) east of Madagascar. Despite its size, La Reunion is remarkable: It has the Piton de la Fournaises, one of the most active vulcanoes, a recent prime minister of France (Raymond Barre) and … Weiterlesen »

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