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.

2019/05/04

2 must-do day trips in New Zealand

Walking & wining on Waiheke Island – Cruising & walking Milford Sound

If I had to name the two day trips in New Zealand that left the most lasting impression on me when traveling the country on a month-long journey in Oceania together with my husband (see here my outline), then it must be these two: on the one hand Waiheke Island near Auckland on the North Island and Milford Sound in the vicinity of Te Anau on the South Island. While Waiheke Island boasts with its pristine beaches, gorgeous landscapes and many wineries, in Milford Sound it is all about this fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters along with majestic peaks and powerful waterfalls.

2019/04/26

2 gourmet hotspots in Oceania

2 hats restaurant LuMi in Sydney & 3 hats restaurant Kazuya in Auckland

When my husband and I travel the world, exploring the local culinary scene is always on our agenda. Our month-long journey in Oceania (see outline) was no exception to that. And if I had to name my two favorite high-end restaurants, I do not have to think long. Restaurant LuMi in Sydney and Restaurant Kazuya in Auckland are both places where culinary magic is performed. While LuMi boasts modern Italian food with a Japanese twist, Kazuya captivates with its European Japanese fusion cuisine.

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.