2020/01/19

Review of Restaurant Zur Gedult, Burgdorf near Bern/Switzerland

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Refined fine dining in a historic restaurant in the Emmental region

Yet again my husband and I went on tour to explore the best fine dining spots in my home region, the triangle of Basel, Bern and Zurich in Switzerland. This time, we ended up in Burgdorf, a medival town in the Emmental region – where the original Emmental cheese comes from –, not far from Bern. Here, a talented young chef is at work, and these in the historic restaurant of Zur Gedult, where he celebrates a sophisticated cuisine.

2020/01/07

Restaurant Stadtbad, Olten/Switzerland with tapas pop-up

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Chef Ranchal Expósito in action until summer 2020

Since this May the culinary scene in my home town of Olten in the Swiss Mittelland between Zurich, Basel and Bern has grown by a refined tapas pop-up restaurant called Expósito’s House. The chef, Ranchal Expósito, is known as having helmed one of the fine dining establishments in town. He is now in charge at Restaurant Stadtbad, the oldest tavern in Olten, and this – how it appears – until next summer.

2019/12/22

(Super) short trip to Milan & staying at Park Hyatt

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The most perfectly located 5 star hotel in Italy’s second largest city

After my recent visit to Turin (see here my posts), I got the chance to get to know another city in north Italy, Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world. I was asked to accompany a friend who was invited to visit a jewelry manufactory, which booked us into the Park Hyatt with its best location among all 5 star hotels in town. Although I had not ample chance for explorations, I caught some glimpses of this city, considered by many Italy’s up-and-coming city, not only as to fashion but in other sectors, too.

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 and 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.