2019/04/09

2 fabulous national parks in Oceania

Walking Ben Boyd N.P. in AUS & boating Abel Tasman N.P. in NZL

There is no shortage of stunning nature in southeastern Australia and New Zealand, this much can be said for sure! When my husband and I toured this area on our month-long journey (see outline), we were awestruck by so much natural beauty! Two of our favorite national parks were Ben Boyd National Park about half way between Melbourne and Sydney and Abel Tasman National Park at the north end of the New Zealand’s South Island. While the former is best explored by foot, you might profit most from the latter by
doing this (mostly) on the water.

2019/04/02

Staying in style in Australia’s metropolises of Sydney & Melbourne

2 quirky design hotels of the innovative hotel group QT

When my husband and I look for hotels in metropolises, we often opt for such ones that are a bit different from your traditional, old world property. We like staying at luxury boutique accommodations marrying comfort with design. On our month-long Australia and Zealand trip (see outline) we were lucky enough to come across a hotel brand of our liking, the QT Hotels & Resorts. In less than ten years, they have become Australia’s hippest hotel group with nine properties in their home country and in New Zealand. There was no question about it, we did not ponder long but booked two days each at their Sydney and Melbourne branches!

2019/03/26

Review of Restaurant EquiTable in Zurich/Switzerland

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Fine dining that surprises & delights at every turn

Yet another visit to one of Zurich’s elite chefs was undertaken by my family comprised of my husband, our adult son and myself, together with other extended family members. This time, it went to Langstrasse, Zurich’s nightlife hotspot. Here, Fabian Fuchs, one of the “young wild chefs” have been at work since 2012 at the former neighborhood restaurant of Sankt Meinrad, now under the name of EquiTable.

2019/03/19

Review of Restaurant Gustav in Zurich/Switzerland

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Foodie paradise directly by the central train station

Chef Antonio Colaianni had been on my radar for some time now. He is a known person in Zurich’s culinary scene, but I have never managed to try out his high-end cuisine so far. When I dined at Restaurants Clouds years ago, he had already moved on. The same is true for Restaurant Mesa that I visited before and after his being the chef here (see my review of Mesa). Finally, I succeeded to dine in a place where he is still at work, Restaurant Gustav.

2019/03/12

Review of Restaurant Steinhalle, Bern/Switzerland

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Culinary magic in a casual ambiance

Bern, Switzerland’s capital and one of the country’s most beautiful cities, is always worth a visit. Not for nothing it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old town is a real gem, with many well-preserved medieval buildings. Though the main goal of my recent trip to Bern together with my husband and friends was to explore further its vibrant dining scene. This time, dining with one of the city’s most accomplished chefs, Markus Arnold, was on the agenda at his Restaurant Steinhalle.

2019/03/04

Staying in style when exploring the Great Ocean Road/Australia

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Great luxury boutique accommodation in Port Fairy

No trip to the southeast of Australia is complete without cruising the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives! Of course, my husband and I did not miss this beautiful stretch of road on our one-month long Australia and New Zealand journey (see our outline here), although we did not have the time to do the whole route. Of course, Port Campbell National Park, home of the glorious sights as the Twelve Apostles or the London Bridge, was on our schedule before heading to Port Fairy to spend the night in one

2019/02/20

Nature experiences in style in the Grampians/Australia

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Hiking & viewing the landscape plus luxury lodging

My husband and I made on our one-month-long Australia/New Zealand trip (see here outline) also a two-day stop in the central Grampians, a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. As one of Victoria’s most popular vacation destinations it offers a great choice of walking tracks to enjoy the beautiful nature here and many lookouts for panoramic views of the area. While sights here are numerous, the same

2019/02/10

Where to eat in style on the slopes in Zermatt/Switzerland

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8 mountain restaurants for a discerning epicure

Zermatt, in the western Swiss Alps, is not only one of the world’s best and biggest ski resorts, but also a haven for skiers looking for gourmet delights on the slopes. It has most probably the highest concentration of foodie’s mountain restaurants in Switzerland if not in the Alps! And from almost all the places you have a fantastic view of Zermatt’s iconic

2019/01/23

Two days of absolute bliss on Kangaroo Island/Australia

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Where to stay/eat in style & what to do

Kangaroo Island near Adelaide in the southeast of Australia is known for its abundant wildlife, sea lions, fur seals, koalas and – of course –, kangaroos in their natural environment. Due to its label as “zoo without fences” it is also marketed as Australia’s answer to the Galapagos. This is an exaggeration – as I can confirm at first hand, I visited the Galapagos last year – but nonetheless it is a great place to visit to undertake