Munich | Art & Antiques 2017

We all love museums. But isn´t it sometimes frustrating that all that you can take home with you  from the visit is either an overpriced picture postcard or simply your memories? Well, at the Kunst & Antiquitätenmesse (Art & Antiques) in Munich you can not only marvel at extraordinary contemporary and antique art and furnitures, you can actually do take it home. If you wanted to. Continue reading

Machu Picchu | A Walk with the Gods

There are places on this planet that have touched my heart so intensely and deeply that I actually had to cry because it felt so unreal to really be there. Like Machu Picchu, the legendary Inca ruins high in the Peruvian Andes. But like a lot of things in life, you will have to pay a certain price to be able to experience something most amazing… Continue reading

Cusco | Gateway to the Incas

If you ever had Machu Picchu on your bucket list schedule, you probably will not get past the historic capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco. Located at the foot of the Urubamba Valley, the city is today´s capital of the Cusco Region and Province and counts over 430,000 inhabitants. Not mentioning the annual two million visitors that find their way either via plane or foot to the mountain area. While most of the romance and adventure of foregoing ancient times may have passed, Cusco still remains exciting and different and is a great gateway to the Andes and the magical ruins of Machu Picchu. Continue reading

Cusco | Quinta San Blas by Ananay

When I did the planning for our post-cruise visit to the beautiful Peruvian highlands in December 2015, I was looking for an intimate, cosy and yet somehow stylish place to stay at. It should fulfill my minimum expectations in terms of comfort and convenience, should be excellently located for exploring the city and offer the peace and tranquility that I prefer for a restful night. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Oranjestad, Aruba

When it comes to travel planning these days, there is one thing that has become more and more difficult to predict: The weather. While some time ago, November had been the perfect month for any Caribbean getaway, in 2016 the hurricane season did finally come to an end that month with Otto. A category 3 storm that formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea close to Nicaragua and which strength very much impacted our highly anticipated visit to the last of the ABC-islands, Aruba. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Willemstad, Curacao

Lively and colorful. This was the first impression that I got from the capital of Curacao, the largest and most populus of the three islands belonging to the ABC-Archipelago. Discovered in 1499, the name Curacao is adapted from the Portuguese term for “heart”. And along with the positive and friendly vibes of the local´s lifestyle, the colorful city Willemstad will swiftly put its spell onto everyone who is visiting. Continue reading

Koningsdam | 10 Days Southern Caribbean – Kralendijk, Bonaire

Crystal clear waters. A rich and colorful underwater world. If any island in the Caribbean has it, it is Bonaire. Belonging to the so-called ABC Islands, Bonaire bursts with popularity among scuba divers and snorkelers for amazing reefs and a most wonderful marine life. The island is greatly accessible by car and therefore can be easily explored on your own. It was one of these places in the Caribbean that had long time been on my bucket list and that I was highly anticipating to finally lay foot on during this Southern Caribbean cruise. Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro | 24 Hours in Brasil´s World City

Rio de Janeiro is so much more than just a city. It is a lifestyle. Breaking down my latest 24 hours stay in the 2016 Summer Olympics hosting city, I can only describe it as a life enhancing experience. Continue reading

Lufthansa B747-8i Business Class | Sao Paulo – Frankfurt

What a treat to end my 24 hours adventure time in Rio de Janeiro with a luxurious flight in the Upper Deck of the real Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental of German national carrier Lufthansa. Continue reading