Review of Mercer Hotel, Barcelona


One of several great luxury boutique hotels in Catalonia’s capital

The beautiful city of Barcelona is one of our family’s most popular city breaks in Europe. We like to stay at luxury boutique hotels and Catalonia’s capital has a lot to offer in this segment. Last time, we opted for Alma Barcelona, a minimal and modern hotel just off the city’s shopping district, Passeig de Gracia. Find my review of it here. This time, we chose another one, the Mercer Hotel, in the Gothic Quarter. This not because we were not satisfied with the Alma Barcelona but because we love to try out other places and wished a change of location, too. We wanted to be in one of


Review of Restaurant Tiefmatt, Holderbank near Olten


Mountain restaurant becomes to a foodies’ destination

At the beginning of this year, the reopening of mountain restaurant Tiefmatt as a part of the Thommen Gastronomie AG – a family-owned company that runs several restaurants in the region of Olten and Aarau – was announced as from March 2017. At the same time, a new concept was presented for this eatery. Instead of an a la carte menu there


Review of China-Restaurant zum Alpenroesli, Olten/Switzerland


Traditional restaurant becomes to Chinese restaurant with a twist

Restaurant Alpenroesli, an old-established restaurant in the center of Olten, reopened under new management and under the name of China-Restaurant zum Alpenroesli. Whereas Caribbean cuisine was served here before, it is now a restaurant offering Chinese-Asian cuisine. Apart from classic Chinese dishes other Asian creations are available,


COMO The Halkin Hotel & Texture Restaurant, two long-time favorites in London

A luxury boutique hotel & an urban modern restaurant

London is one of our family’s favorite cities to visit and we did this three times in the past eight years and every time we stayed at COMO The Halkin and had dinner at Texture restaurant, which is not exactly next door but not too far away. This is quite unusual for us because we like to try out new


Review of Restaurant The Ledbury, London


Outstanding culinary experience in Britain's capital

My husband and I together with our son and his finance had been looking for a high-end restaurant in London to celebrate a special occasion. The Ledbury had been on top of our list and luckily enough we got the last table on a Sunday evening at 19:30 a bit more than two months prior to the date in question. I think we were quite fortunate because


One day as a cruise passenger aboard Silver Galapagos

The most luxurious way to see the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Island, a unique archipelago just a two hours’ flight west of Ecuador’s mainland, is home to species found nowhere else in the world. Think for example of the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant or the marine iguana. And the best about the Galapagos animals is their reaction to humans