Tag: travel

Only mad dogs do Florence in July?

Only mad dogs do Florence in July?

Ooooh yes, dear friends, me, who’ll waffle on endlessly about preferring independent travel without crowds, is going to Florence for a weekend in July. It sounds a bit bonkers. Especially since I always try to take my holidays outside main season and school holidays. But then 

New Year, New Travel – what will 2018 have in store?

New Year, New Travel – what will 2018 have in store?

Yeah yeah, typical, writing this thing about travel plans when half the year is almost over. And I have no excuse. Does this happen to you, when your plans, great and totally practicable in January, become a bit woozy in February, then change again later, 

Haiku No. 5

Haiku No. 5

It’s been 5 months since I last posted Haiku, and 1 month since I last posted anything here. I am so sorry! This is not how I planned it. I returned form Armenia and Georgia with a notebook and a card full of pictures. Every 

Athens without the Crowds: 10 Tips to enjoy the Classic City

Athens without the Crowds: 10 Tips to enjoy the Classic City

Athens is great! Almost year-round sunshine, close to the Mediterranean Sea, safe, brimming with ancient history and museums full of artefacts. The food is excellent, and many people speak English. But this means it is extremely popular, and do not let the recent Greek economy 

Aegina Island, the Sleeping Beauty

Aegina Island, the Sleeping Beauty

If you’re in Athens and want to spend some time at the beach, you could take a tram down to Glyfada – it’s a decent option. Better though, take a ferry from Piraeus to Aegina. This is a decent sized island in the Saronic gulf 

An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok

An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel, Bangkok

The Atlanta Hotel in Bangkok is one of the oldest hotels and one of the quirkiest places to stay in this thriving and expanding city. Set deeply back in the 1950’s, lacking the ultramodern comforts that have become standards in city hotels, and applying a 

Haiku No.3

Haiku No.3

  This is not a very traditional Haiku (the second line has eight syllables) but since I already butchered Line One and Three. Also, I wondered for some time whether I can love a place that belongs to a country that has such a poor 

Greece in Autumn? Yes, please!

Greece in Autumn? Yes, please!

Greece is a wonderful place to visit out of season. Autumn in Greece is still warm You know, that time when for us Northern European it is time to dig out the winter coats, boots and moan that it is already dark by the time 

What to do when the trains leave you stranded

What to do when the trains leave you stranded

I am back at home! And never been more happy to be home! This is a Europe/Germany-specific post, as we have had the second major episode of widespread train disruption (nearly half the country) within four weeks thanks to weather here in Germany, and this 

Kailua-Kona: More than Beach Life

Kailua-Kona: More than Beach Life

It’s nearly the end of our time in Hawaii, and since we felt a bit worried we might miss our flight (and with it, two connecting flights) , we decided to spend our last day in Kailua-Kona. I had done the beachfront strip a few 

Haiku No.1: My first travel haiku

Haiku No.1: My first travel haiku

My first travel haiku! I often write haiku, usually when I am slightly bored or distracted… so why not write little travel Haiku? They are fun, short and sweet and I like how effortless they can be written down sometimes, yet at other times, it 

Abydos: Visit an underrated jewel in the Nile Valley

Abydos: Visit an underrated jewel in the Nile Valley

As previously reported, I was lucky to meet a German woman in one of the minor sites on the West Bank on my short trip to Luxor, we started talking, and before I knew it I had a neat individual itinerary of Nile Valley sights 

Volcano to Kailua-Kona… back round the other side of Big Island

Volcano to Kailua-Kona… back round the other side of Big Island

We’re halfway round the island, and just another three days until we return hone to very early nights and frost, and yet  we’re just been away from home a week. We better explore as much as much as possible of this beautiful island, which is 

Big Island: Kona Coast to Volcano – a leisurely Hawaii Road trip

Big Island: Kona Coast to Volcano – a leisurely Hawaii Road trip

If you make your own itinerary, and want to go off the beaten track, a car is essential on Big Island. We had booked ours online in Germany, picked it up at the airport (and even though you are in America, a small car is 

An Ode to Lucy’s, the best restaurant in Hilo (and other money-saving tips for Hawaii)

An Ode to Lucy’s, the best restaurant in Hilo (and other money-saving tips for Hawaii)

I wonder whether a post about a single restaurant is ever appropriate. But who cares? This is a fun blog, I write about what I loved, and if I want to swoon over a plate of refried beans, I will. So, here is my honest