Odessa the Beautiful

Odessa the Beautiful

Odessa is closer than you think if you live in Central Europe now! When looking for flights elsewhere, my beady eyes spotted some very cheap flights from Berlin Tegel to Odessa on Ryanair, starting in November 2019. So unless you are in Ukraine already or 

Why not visit Turkey this year? Here is what you need for a wonderful trip!

Why not visit Turkey this year? Here is what you need for a wonderful trip!

Turkey has recently been one of the places to escape the madness, the overtime and the ever changing sets of rules that have dictated life in the past two years. Have you considered to visit Turkey this year? And while I am making more vague 

A taste of Totalitarianism: My Day Trip to Transnistria

A taste of Totalitarianism: My Day Trip to Transnistria

On the occasion of current events, I am giving you a flashback of something I never wanted to report on on this travel blog, because it is something I did not particularly like.  A Day Trip to Transnistria. Having a taste of Soviet-Union-like vibes might 

Hotel Review: M-Hotel St. Petersburg, Russia – the perfect mid-range sightseeing hotel

Hotel Review: M-Hotel St. Petersburg, Russia – the perfect mid-range sightseeing hotel

Update 26. February 2022 +++ Do not travel On 24 February, Russian troops invaded Ukraine and started an unprovoked war. I therefore advise you not to visit Russia while this war is going on. With further sanctions against Russia looming, you may be unable to 

My Visa-free Russia Trip

My Visa-free Russia Trip

Now that I have returned from Russia, I cannot wait to give you the full report on my visa-free Russia trip! I booked this a few months ago when I figured out I can visit Russia without a visa, if only for a relatively short 

To Russia with Love or: How to visit Russia Visa-free

To Russia with Love or: How to visit Russia Visa-free

Update 26. February 2022 +++ Do not travel On 24 February, Russian troops invaded Ukraine and started an unprovoked war. I therefore advise you not to visit Russia while this war is going on. With further sanctions against Russia looming, you may be unable to 

What to buy in St Petersburg, Russia

What to buy in St Petersburg, Russia

Update 26. February 2022 +++ Do not travel On 24 February, Russian troops invaded Ukraine and started an unprovoked war. I therefore advise you not to visit Russia while this war is going on. With further sanctions against Russia looming, you may be unable to 

Which Airline  in Turkey is better – Pegasus or Turkish Airlines?

Which Airline in Turkey is better – Pegasus or Turkish Airlines?

We recently flew on airlines which both get consistently poor reviews on Skytrax.  At the time of writing, Pegasus gets 3 stars (low cost) and Turkish Airlines gets 3 stars also (full service). But does the experience fit the reputation?  Whether Pegasus or Turkish Airlines 

Travelling to Germany / Berlin this year? Here is what you need to know

Travelling to Germany / Berlin this year? Here is what you need to know

This post was updated on 5. December 2021  Will you travel to Germany or to Berlin this year? Here is a short service post for those wishing to visit our capital, or Germany in general. With many restrictions for travel, entertainment and education eased, Germany 

How to travel through Berlin Brandenburg Airport stress-free

How to travel through Berlin Brandenburg Airport stress-free

In light of recent events, my little guide on how negotiating the Berlin Brandenburg Airport stress-free. With your nerves and purse intact. The autumn holidays have started in Berlin, and for the first time since its opening, the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) sees anything near 

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) – the worst new airport?

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) – the worst new airport?

A few weeks ago, I was excited to travel again.  Also, I would fly from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) for the very first time. Berlin Brandenburg Airport is the airport that we have waited for nearly ten years. Which, when it was finally 

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 

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