French Riviera, the pearl chain on the Mediterranean

21 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General

© Markus Bernet -

© Markus Bernet –

The French Riviera is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and diverse areas in Europe. This is where the sophisticated charm of St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo meet the original and rural life in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. The incomparable play of color on the beaches and in the landscape meet the Maritime Alps. You simply have to experience it oon your own. Off the main tourist track even today there still can be found refuges at acceptable prices. Some of this places are included in this article. The names of the villages and cities are linked with the local tourist sites.   read more…

Carcassonne is one of the best preserved fortified cities in Europe

20 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Panorama Carcassonne © Benh LIEU SONG

Panorama Carcassonne © Benh LIEU SONG

La Cité, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the beautiful old part of the City of Carcassonne with its medieval walls on the banks of the Aude. Many restaurants, shops, domes and towers are located in the winding cobblestone streets. At the other bank of the Aude the La Bastide district offers the charm of an old French country town. Every Saturday a market is held here. You can explore La Bastide perfectly with the car, but it is recommended to take the free shuttle service to the Cité and then walk around by foot. Do not miss to visit the castle, the Château de Peyreperteuse. You can find hotel and restaurant recommendations:   read more…

Copenhagen, much more than just the Little Mermaid

19 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture

Danish Parliament - Christiansborg Palace ©

Danish Parliament – Christiansborg Palace ©

Copenhagen (in Danish København) is the most visited northern European city, located on the largest Danish island of Zealand (Sjælland), home to Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen is not only the capital of Denmark, but also the most diverse city in Scandinavia. A quarter of all Danes live in the greater Copenhagen area. With the huge bridge link across the Sound (Øresund) over to Sweden Copenhagen grew in the new millennium to even greater importance as a hub in Scandinavia.   read more…

Theme Week Brussels, the city with two faces

18 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, Theme Weeks

© Emilio García

© Emilio García

Visitors are very quickly attracted by the very special atmosphere of Brussels. The city clearly shows serenity and joy in the small, beautiful things of life. Enjoy the typical Belgian way of life in Europe’s capital!   read more…

Theme Week Venice – La Dolce Vita

15 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Environment, General



What looks like a somewhat bizarre fashion show is actually the Carnevale di Venezia with its over 900 years old history. Today however, is almost exclusively only for the entertainment of the countless tourists from all over the world and takes place in the historic city centre.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Currywurst & Co.

14 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, Design & Products, General

© umami

© umami

Berlin has a lot of culinary delights to offer. The traditional Berlin dishes are distinguished by the fact that they are more hardy and hearty to give hard-working workers the necessary calories back. It looks as if some Berliners eat in anticipation of hard work upfront. The little dishes for inbetween got a truly national and international boast.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt

13 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General




The Alex to Berliners, a cattle market in the Middle Ages, a military parade square and an exercise ground for nearby barracks until the mid 19th century – Alexanderplatz is the square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It was here that Alfred Döblin took the pulse of the cosmopolitan metropolis portrayed in his 1929 novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz” filmed by Fassbinder for a TV series as a portrait of the bustling city in the 1920s before the imminent Nazi takeover. Fast forward to more recent times, one million people congregated here, on 4 November 1989 to demonstrate against the GDR regime shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the largest anti-government demonstration in its history.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Galeries Lafayette

11 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General

© Stefan Jo Fuchs

© Stefan Jo Fuchs

It was as though a spaceship had landed in Berlin. The outside was entirely made of glass. Inside, elegant scarves were offered alongside typical French escargot. The Galeries Lafayette ushered in a new love for everything French in 1996.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Sony Center

10 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General

© Joaquin Casares

© Joaquin Casares

At Potsdamer Platz, the originally bustling heart of old Berlin, the Sony Center and the buildings in the surrounding brought the district back to life. Events, concerts, film premieres and lots more are great reasons to revisit and rediscover the Sony Center over and over again.   read more…

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