2019/08/24

Which areas & what hotels to choose on a luxury stay in Bali

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Final evaluation after 3 visits to this tropical island in 5 years

As fate would have it (our son is currently yet again in Singapore for study purposes, more on this city later on), my husband and I were stranded once again in Bali, after visiting it already in 2014 and 2016. This gave us ample chance to explore two more areas – the lesser visited east of Bali and Nusa Dua, a planned resort community in the island’s south, in addition to the ones we knew from our previous stays. In such a way, I was able to get an almost complete image of “the Island of Gods”, as Bali is also called, at least in terms of which areas and hotels to choose when appreciating the finer things in life.

2019/08/10

What to do on a 3-night stay in Turin/North Italy

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How to walk & explore the capital city of Piedmont

Turin, the Piedmontese metropolis, does not get the hype it really deserves in terms of hot Italian tourist spots! When looking for a city trip in Italy, most travelers think of Rome, Florence or Venice, but not of this striking place in the northern part of this country. What a mistake, this city just oozes charm, history and culture and is not overtouristed as the mentioned more popular siblings further south.

2019/07/28

Where to eat as a fine food lover in Turin/North Italy

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Culinary delights - fine dining & ice cream - in Italy's fourth largest city

Turin, the destination of a short trip to the nearby northern Italy, undertaken with my husband a short time ago, surprised me extremely positively. Not only is this baroque city an absolute jewel from an urban planning point of view but also a foodie heaven, both for dining obsessives and for ice cream (here of course called gelato) afficionados.

2019/07/11

Oman’s far south of Salalah - Coastal bliss off the beaten track

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Where to stay in style & what to do on a four-night stay

Salalah, Oman’s second-largest city not very far from the Yemeni border, is quite different from the capital of Muscat. It is much quieter, relatively unspoilt by tourism and boasts some kind of micro-climate. And it is usually not the place you visit on your first visit to Oman as it is best reached by a domestic flight from Muscat. My husband and I did not make it here until our fourth stay in the Sultanate but were glad that we finally did it!

2019/06/28

Oman’s Jabal Akhdar – Spectacular mountain experience

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Where to stay in style & what to do on three-night stay

As indicated in my overview of Oman – where I informed of all major places to go, tasteful lodging options and when to visit –, I would like to report in more detail on two regions where I stayed for the first time on my recent visit together with my husband and friends, the mountain area of Jabal Akhdar near Nizwa and the far south around Oman’s second-largest city of Salalah. Topics will be recommendations where to stay in style and what to do. In this post, I will cover Jabal Akhdar, my next one will be dedicated to Salalah.

2019/06/16

Oman – the perfect destination for seekers of Arabian Nights

Where to go, where to stay in style & best time to visit

 Do you feel like immersing in a world out of One Thousand and One Nights? One of the best places to this is unquestionably Oman, or officially the Sultanate of Oman, an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman has everything to be a perfect travel destination. Its landscape is surprisingly varied, it is safe, peaceful and open, and it has a lot to offer for the discerning traveler. When planning my fourth stay here together with my husband and friends, I decided that it was high time exploring the country further than “just” Muscat or Nizwa and heading to the far south in Salalah and to the rugged fold-mountains in the massif of Jabal Akhdar.

2019/06/04

Restaurant Storchen, Aarau-Schoenenwerd/ Switzerland with new chef

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La cuisine by Daniel Sladek – His first degustation menu

When eating out in my home region of Olten/Aarau in the Swiss Mittelland between Zurich, Basel and Bern, Restaurant Hotel Storchen in Schoenenwerd is always a safe choice for my husband and me, be it for a quick bite in the casual eatery Bistro-Lounge or for excellent fine dining in the more upscale restaurant la cuisine, awarded 14 points by Gault-Millau. The reason for a recent visit to the latter was the fact that a new head chef has been in charge here since mid-May and I wanted to check out his first degustation menu.

2019/05/26

Southeast Australia & New Zealand in style – A detailed itinerary

2 Google Maps: all hotels, restaurants, cafes & activities

In my first post about an epic trip that my husband and I made in Southeast Australia and New Zealand at the end of 2018 I informed on our itinerary (Adelaide to Sydney in 15 days and New Zealand North and South Island in 15 days) and on our travel style (road-trip, first-class hotels offering value for money, foodie experiences and moderate active travel). This was followed by eight more posts (Australia/New Zealand) detailing on journey highlights. And now I have a comprehensive itinerary ready complete with all the hotels, restaurants, cafes and activities of our journey, and this accompanied by pictures and short descriptions!

2019/05/13

2 stunning lakes to walk around in New Zealand

Lake Rotopounamu Track & Lake Matheson Walk

When traveling, my husband and I always look for opportunities to go for a short to medium-length walk as we consider it a good way to get a sense of the place. That was no different on our month-long Australia and New Zealand trip (see outline). Circling a lake is always a rewarding thing to do as you get a feeling of achievement and you are always by the water. In New Zealand, we discovered two nice and easy lake circuits, Lake Rotopounamu Track, a less known on the North Island, and Lake Matheson Walk, a very popular one on the South Island.