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.

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

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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.