Better than glass and masks: Shopping in Venice

Better than glass and masks: Shopping in Venice

Italy is a great place to shop for quality food and quality style.  And Shopping in Venice is no exception. But this time in Venice, my first trip for nearly a year, I wanted to see sights, visit restaurants, and shop things that cannot easily 

Great Cruelty-free French Pharmacy Brands: Aromatherapy issue

Great Cruelty-free French Pharmacy Brands: Aromatherapy issue

Another trip to France happened last summer and of course, I had to stock up on cruelty-free French Pharmacy brands. After two false starts and cancellations, we  managed to visit my parents-in-law in September. Apart from a very brief pharmacy visit for ten minutes before 

10 Great Places to Eat in Venice

10 Great Places to Eat in Venice

My recent Venice trip was my first respite not just after nearly ten months of lockdown, but also after an intense period where I worked a lot, mixed in with fear of picking up the virus. I had a little bit of money spare and 

The 5 best notebooks for your travel journal

The 5 best notebooks for your travel journal

Do you  keep a travel journal?  What are the best notebooks for your travel journal?    Or are they a thing of the past, now the cheapest smarthone has camera and video function?  Call me old-fashioned, but I have always loved to write my travel 

Bringing Big Aria home or: My Spanish cat adoption No. 3

Bringing Big Aria home or: My Spanish cat adoption No. 3

Happy International Cat Day! Last not least, after adopting our sweet Siamese Leia from Barcelona and our Moody Maite from Andalucia, here is the story of  my Spanish cat adoption No. 3,  a huge Siamese-tortie mix called Aria. First, a disclaimer: I know Barcelona is 

Charming Milazzo – the underrated Gateway to the Aeolian Islands

Charming Milazzo – the underrated Gateway to the Aeolian Islands

My Milazzo – the underrated Gateway to the Aeolian Islands post came about for practical reasons.  Not trusting our budget flight plus a 200km road/rail trip to take us to the Aeolian ferry port on time, we decided to have a short stopover in Milazzo. 

The healthiest bread yet? The genius Ezekiel x Life-Changing Loaf of Bread Mash-up

The healthiest bread yet? The genius Ezekiel x Life-Changing Loaf of Bread Mash-up

My bread baking journey has been brief so far. Only this spring did I start baking sourdough bread– a classic case of lockdown baking. Having an interest in creating good food at home with seasonal ingredients and staples,  I have been experimenting with ways to 

Silk Road Treasures – Souvenir Shopping in Samarkand and Bukhara

Silk Road Treasures – Souvenir Shopping in Samarkand and Bukhara

If you have read some of my posts, you may know that I love to back a souvenir or two.  They have to be either edible, useful, or of a high quality. Before I visited Uzbekistan pretty much on a whim, I wondered what Shopping 

On the wine train in Cricova – with some fine cut-price wine on board

On the wine train in Cricova – with some fine cut-price wine on board

Cricova is one of Moldova’s most famous wineries. Moldova –  a country that usually “only” features in travel blogs once in a blue moon, usually on people’s quest to visit every country of Europe. After an activity-packed week in Chisinau and Odessa I sat next 

Visiting graceful Venice after a long Lockdown

Visiting graceful Venice after a long Lockdown

After nine travel-free months this reluctant traveller stepped onto an airplane and visited a place outside home and work for the first time. I went to Venice after a long Lockdown!  I think the last time I had such a long gap of travel was 

The Beauty of Kakheti Winelands of Georgia

The Beauty of Kakheti Winelands of Georgia

Fresh off our minibus from Stepantsminda/Kazbegi and still shuddering a bit, we wanted to go somewhere warm and quiet. We had heard about  the beauty of Kakheti and despite having tried our best  and failed with the qvevri style “original Georgian Wine”,  we were curious 

Shopping in the Caucasus: great souvenirs from Armenia and Georgia

Shopping in the Caucasus: great souvenirs from Armenia and Georgia

Your guide to shopping in the Caucasus is here!  I am finally beginning to catch up during this period of not travelling very much. I mean, I could go, but due to the nature of my work, I am still somewhat more needed here in 

All Signs on Go? My 2021 travel plans- served up with cautious optimism

All Signs on Go? My 2021 travel plans- served up with cautious optimism

Do you have 2021 travel plans? Within the past two, weeks, coinciding with the warmer weather, our incidence rates dropped from close to a hundred to just over twenty here in Germany, and everything seems to be opening up at rapid speed. What does that 

A fun walk through Old Jaffa and Jaffa Flea Market

A fun walk through Old Jaffa and Jaffa Flea Market

One sunny Shabbat in November, I found myself in Tel Aviv.  A walk through Old Jaffa and a visit to the flea market is probably one of the best things you can do on the Jewish day of rest.  Aside from Haifa or a sea 

A fine Florentin Street Art walk, Tel Aviv

A fine Florentin Street Art walk, Tel Aviv

Forget Berlin, it’s Tel Aviv that has quirky, diverse and innovative Street Art!  Come on a Florentin Street Art walk with me. And quickly, because with the rapid gentrification that appear to be in the Florentin District, where  a lot of the art is located,