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

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.

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

2019/01/15

An epic trip to Oceania – Southeast Australia & New Zealand

Outline of one month on the road on the other side of the world

Oceania has been out of reach for my husband and me so far. There were plenty of reasons for that: too far away, too extensive, the unwillingness of using the annual vacation entitlement on one destination, business obligations … But the day came when I persuaded my husband to use a gift for his length of service for his employer in the form of additional four weeks of vacation. Once the decision had been made, a long planning period followed until we could set off to Oceania. We decided to explore only one small part of Australia, the southeastern one, and both islands of New Zealand, and we had exactly 15 days for each country!

2019/01/13

Photo gallery of restaurants in the region of Olten/Switzerland

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New dishes of reviewed restaurants on return visits

Here I will add photos of dishes that I or my fellow dinner have had for the first time or are new on the menu in a restaurant of my home region that I already reviewed on an earlier occasion. The link brings you to the review in question.


2019/01/07

Where to eat in Davos in the Swiss Alps as a food lover (v.2.0)

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12 restaurants from Michelin starred places to mountain huts

Davos in the eastern Swiss Alps is not only Europe’s highest town but also home of one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts. It is known for hosting the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, too. Last but not least Davos offers numerous restaurant choices, also for demanding guests, which is very appreciated by me as quite frequent visitor to this Swiss Alpine town.