Travels with my Godmother: Our wonderful Old-School Bangkok Soujourn

Travels with my Godmother: Our wonderful Old-School Bangkok Soujourn

This post will stray from my usual “square and practical” travel posts because looking for old-school Bangkok… happened about ten years ago. Because, let’s be fair, there is little opportunity to travel now. Being firmly stuck at home or at work, I find nothing better 

Bread Interlude:  Super Sourdough bread for non-bakers

Bread Interlude: Super Sourdough bread for non-bakers

As we are about to enter the fourth month of lockdown, with infection numbers still not under control and a nationwide vaccination campaign stuttering along, I feel very little enthusiasm for posting much travel content. About time for a sourdough bread for non-bakers. Instead of 

How to visit Petra with limited mobility and gently walk this ancient city

How to visit Petra with limited mobility and gently walk this ancient city

The ancient Nabataean city of Petra is by far the famous and  most visited place in Jordan. But can you visit and enjoy Petra with limited mobility? When I read about Jordan, I read that the area is really hilly.  And the village of Wadi 

How I bought less in 2020 – and loved it

How I bought less in 2020 – and loved it

As the year comes to a close, I am starting to… prepare my tax return. As part of the tidying and sorting out business side of Christmastide that I felt too mundane to mention. How does that lead to the very last post of the 

Home and Dry and Optimistic: My 2020 travel review

Home and Dry and Optimistic: My 2020 travel review

“A good traveller was the traveller who stayed home. ” This or similar is the tenor of many  travel bloggers I follow. I agree. My 2020 travel review seems a bit out of time. At some point I wondered whether I should bother writing my 

My 8 easy no nonsense Christmastide Traditions for the busy and not overly spiritual

My 8 easy no nonsense Christmastide Traditions for the busy and not overly spiritual

This year, celebrating the “Rauhnaechte” spiritual practice appears to be massive all over the net and social media. Call me a bit cynical, but who actually has time for all this?  So, here are some  no nonsense Christmastide traditions you can follow even if you 

Where can I travel right now under current restrictions?

Where can I travel right now under current restrictions?

The Holidays are coming – and where will you be going this year?  Where can I travel right now? Until this year, millions of people left for the ski resorts or warm beaches over the holidays, and the holidays were high season for foreign travel. 

Organic French Wine of Gaillac: The Plateau Cordais

Organic French Wine of Gaillac: The Plateau Cordais

More Wine Touring! More organic French wine that you won’t find in your bio shop!  Last year, I visited some organic vineyards in the Gaillac wine region of South-Western France. When we finally managed to see my parents in law this year, we did not 

The best Eastern German Christmas Goodies

The best Eastern German Christmas Goodies

Some amazing things come from Eastern Germany but are below many people’s radar.  Eastern German Christmas goodies are one such thing, and it is a real shame they are not celebrated worldwide. And as a proud Eastern German, I see it as my job to 

Souvenirs from Sicily: Easy Pasta alla Norma

Souvenirs from Sicily: Easy Pasta alla Norma

Here is my version of an easy pasta alla Norma that you can cook in under 30 minutes.  My way to make my Sicily holiday last longer.  Or put it on repeat a couple days a week! A real  Sicilian classic Pasta alla Norma is 

Buying quality sustainable gifts in 2020

Buying quality sustainable gifts in 2020

With the holidays coming closer, and Germany going into another lockdown for the month of November, gift shopping has suddenly become a pleasant pastime here. Never have I thought about gifts this early. But quality sustainable gifts aren’t just restricted to the holidays. Normally, when 

Is Filicudi the hottest Sicilian Island?

Is Filicudi the hottest Sicilian Island?

Looks like we  just visited a real  a hotspot, with Filicudi the hottest Sicilian Island or at least a contender,  travel restrictions and all. This year, we were happy to realise just the one holiday, a week in Sicily. A few days after returning from 

Turkey Aegean road trip: Akyaka to Fethiye

Turkey Aegean road trip: Akyaka to Fethiye

Our Turkey Aegean  road trip continues! After a day of alternating long drives through mountainous scenery and two major archaeological sites, we decided to move  a little slower this time. We only had 100 km from the “slow city” of Akyaka to Fethiye, our next 

What I learned about face masks

What I learned about face masks

Not a stranger to the surgical  mask, the last six months have been pretty taxing in terms of extreme caution. Throughout this time, I have used medical-grade FFP3, FFP2 and surgical face masks as well as made  homemade masks. From my first feeble attempts of 

Thank You Japan Airlines! Japan Airlines refunds due to COVID-19

Thank You Japan Airlines! Japan Airlines refunds due to COVID-19

Japan Airlines refunds due to COVID-19 are, in my experience straightforward, fair and don’t take long to process.  I would like  to thank Japan Airlines for their responsible handling of the Coronavirus travel restrictions and flight cancellations. This goes to show that with so many