2019/12/09

My Google Map of how to travel in style between Porto & Lisbon in 7 days

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What to do and where to stay & dine in Portugal’s core as demanding traveler

After having been to Portugal’s capital Lisbon three times (see my post) and having done a round trip in the country’s south quite a few years ago, my husband and I thought it was high time to go to the area between Porto & Lisbon as well. Above all, we were keen on visiting Portugal’s second largest city of Porto and the adjoining Douro Valley yet wanted to check out the area north of Lisbon just as the coastal town of Cascais or Sintra’s famed historic monuments.

2019/11/26

Park Hotel Vitznau, a staycation in one of Switzerland’s most prestigious resorts

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A culinary weekend in the country’s core, central Switzerland

Yet another chance to indulge in one of the best hotels (and restaurants) in my home country for my husband and me; this time we were invited by friends who celebrated a special birthday! They had chosen Park Hotel Vitznau on Lake Lucerne for this purpose, and we could not be more delighted to spend a weekend at this hotel jewel, that had opened 2013 after an extensive renovation.

2019/11/11

Short trip to Lausanne in the western part of Switzerland

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Checking in to Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne-Ouchy

As my husband attended an executive education event in Lausanne, I had the chance to spend some time in Lausanne too, the second largest city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland after Geneva. Like the latter it is located on Lake Geneva and it is a great place to spend a weekend in style in the most beautiful vineyard region in Switzerland, the Lavaux. The choice as to lodging was made by the organizer of the event mentioned (special rate), but I could not have made a better one myself as Hotel Royal Savoy proved to be a true gem.

2019/10/14

Short trip to Alsace/France incl. dinner by a 2-star Michelin chef

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A great stay at Hotel Le Chambard in picturesque Kaysersberg

A luxury getaway to France is always a good idea, or at least I think so! After many years not visiting the Alsace region in northeastern France, bordering Germany and Switzerland, my husband and I set out to explore a place not yet known to us, Kaysersberg near Colmar. It is considered to be one of the most charming places in the area and also home to a fine hotel with a restaurant catering to fine food lovers. And if you want to go for a walk, enjoying the beautiful scenery with lots of vineyards, this is possible as well.

2019/09/29

Singapore for (repeat) visitors being into staying & dining in style

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New hot spot hotel & some tips for serious fine dining

As fate wills my husband and I happen to visit Singapore for the third time in four years and this not only for a stopover but for several days each time. So, we had ample opportunity for checking out what this global finance and commerce hub has to offer in terms of staying and dining in style. And you will not be disappointed in this regard!

2019/09/14

What to see & to do in east Bali

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How to tour this off-the-path part of the island

Bali’s east is less developed in terms of tourist facilities than its south, at least if you look for beautiful white beaches to swim and surf, plenty of hotels or opportunities to "party". Nonetheless it is a worthwhile part of the island to visit because of its natural beauty, sacred temples and water palaces. In addition, it allows you to escape the crowds of more popular places in central and southern Bali. While staying at the Amankila of the famed Aman hotel brand near Manggis – see my last post with a review of it –, my husband and I toured the area after having visited it already on an earlier vacation. In case you are generally interested which parts of the island including hotels to choose for upscale travel, check out my next to last post.

2019/09/04

Review of Hotel Amankila, East Bali

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First stay at a property of the famed Aman Group

On our third visit to the tropical paradise of Bali, my husband and I decided to visit the lesser travelled eastern part of the island and to combine this with a stay at Amankila, a property of the much talked about Aman hotel group, an experience that we had had on our bucket list for some time. And, so much can be said, we had a great time here! Regarding all the areas we have visited in Bali so far including hotel recommendations for those like the finer things in life, have a look at my last post. My next one will be about things to do in Bali’s east where also Amankila, the hotel I am going to review, is located.

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.