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A Day in Rodez

A Day in Rodez

Almost every year, we visit my family in Occitanie in France. It is a highly under-rated region.  As we get to know it bit by bit every year, we venture further out to explore its beautiful countryside and charming  towns. Rodez is little-known small city […]

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

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

February 1989: I’m  on an airplane journey for the first time in ten years. For the first time, too,  without my parents. It’s bitterly cold in Germany and in Moscow, where we spend one week practicing German-Soviet Friendship by visiting the great achievement of the […]

Two Days in Samarkand -what not to miss (Part Two)

Two Days in Samarkand -what not to miss (Part Two)

I had the opportunity to fulfill a big dream, thanks to an unexpected week off work and the end of the Uzbek visa rule in March.  And I had to act fast before this gift of extra time was to be booked up. Quickly I […]

Two Days in Samarkand – what not to miss (Part One)

Two Days in Samarkand – what not to miss (Part One)

My impromptu Silk Road trip to Samarkand and Bukhara lasted six days, including two long flights, and time was a bit of an issue. What to do if you have limited time, want to see everything, but don’t want to spend a ton of money […]

Travelling to Uzbekistan in 2019

Travelling to Uzbekistan in 2019

Uzbekistan has been a rather difficult country to travel in the past.  Most of us would need to apply for a visa, customs rules were extremely strict, immigration was difficult. And once there, you had to change currency at an unfavourable official rate in a […]

What to buy in Andalucia

What to buy in Andalucia

When I travel I  cannot resist a bit of shopping.  I’m in a holiday mood, that money just sits a little bit looser. And I like nice things to remind me of my trip. I even managed to find something in Moldova.  But there is […]

Our Andalucian Honeymoon

Our Andalucian Honeymoon

“Why forever roam and waver / see what is good lies so near thee!” That quote of Germany’s man of letters, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, should account for our wedding and honeymoon. After having lived in so many places, we wanted our honeymoon… a bit […]

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 […]

It’s Oh So Quiet (but March 2019 was rather happening)

It’s Oh So Quiet (but March 2019 was rather happening)

It’s been quiet here but in reality, March was rather busy. So, to not let things slump a bit round here, I try to catch up. So, what’s been happening in here while there was radio silence in the blog? I quit my job Well, I […]

My favourite honeymoon destination –  the dreamy and the realistic

My favourite honeymoon destination – the dreamy and the realistic

I found this in some leisurely after-work travel surfing session and it strangely spoke to me… Well! We are getting married in a few days time and while our honeymoon is all bottled up (just!), here is my bit on how we found our favourite […]

Florence: 10 bites of advice from the mad dog

Florence: 10 bites of advice from the mad dog

Yes, yes, listicles are so great, and lovely for SEO. So I am going to write one, too. It’s not gonna be great, but I promise it will be an easy read.  It might provide you with some useful inspiration about what to do and […]

European Union Cat Adoption Part Deux

European Union Cat Adoption Part Deux

  We have another cat! It was a long time in the making, but we were apprehensive having two cats in a rented place. But you only live once, and there are so many shelter kitties that really belong to a furrever home So, here’s […]

In the Florentine Pharmacy or: How to find a cruelty-free scent

In the Florentine Pharmacy or: How to find a cruelty-free scent

Hallo and Salve, let’s do something completely different today! Let’s go shopping! This blog is mainly about travel although the cats sometimes sneak in, but I do like to buy quality stuff every now and then, and we’re in a cosy round here, so, inspired […]

Buying a Caucasian Carpet 101

Buying a Caucasian Carpet 101

When you travel with a backpack and a limited amount of cash, buying a carpet it probably not very high on your list. Of course not! And neither may be shopping. But then, we are past the age of thirty, we have a home that […]