Beijing | Temple of Heaven – A Taoist Jewel

Created by the same Emperor responsible for the erection of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven is a beautiful example of Chinese Taoist temple architecture and not only worth visiting when shopping at the nearby Pearl Market. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Eight Personal Hot Spots for Architecture, Culture and Photography

There is one thing I get to learn every single time I return to Hong Kong: It never gets boring! Even though this layover was shattered with rain and wind, I found myself scouting for beautiful Urban Decay architecture in North Point and Causeway Bay, wandered underneath the shiny red lanterns of luxury shopping mile Lee Tung Avenue, took a peek at the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai Market and finally found peace and quiet at Pak Tai Temple. Continue reading

Visby | Gotland´s Jewel

Another European jewel that I got to experience by chance is the gorgeous little medieval town of Visby on the Swedish island called Gotland. Making halt there during a re-positioning cruise from Oslo to Stockholm a few years ago, I instantly fell in love with Scandinavia´s best-preserved historic contemporary witness. Continue reading

Iceland | From Geysers and Tectonic Plates

Before it was time to fly back home, I took part in one last full-day excursion out of Iceland´s capital towards the geysers of Bláskógabyggð, about 1 1/2 hours west of Reykjavik. The forecasted storm was not as heavy at we had expected it to be, but it brought tons and tons of rain and heavy winds with it. And if you had not seen a geyser in real life like me before, there was nothing more exhilarating than seeing it blow while being soaked from the rain.  Continue reading

Charlotte, NC | City Sightseeing by Camera

Charlotte in North Carolina combines all the amenities of a modern city with the hospitality and lifestyle of the Southern soul. In other words, it is so much more than simply a name on the map or the home to the mighty Bank of America.  Continue reading

San Francisco | City Hall Extravaganza

The “Palace of the People”. This is what city hall is nicknamed by San Franciscans, and it´s true! If you ever make your way to the “City by the Bay”, you will miss out if you do not pay visit to one of the most beautiful landmarks that Frisco has to offer! Continue reading

P&O Cruises | MV Aurora Ship Tour

With an overall length of 270 meters, MV Aurora is the sixth largest cruise vessel within the British P&O Cruises fleet. She entered service in 2000 and was the first ship to receive the updated company livery with the waving Union flag design on her bow in 2014 while receiving a major refurbishment. I recently had the opportunity to visit the ship in Hamburg and fell in love right from the moment I laid foot on her teak decks. Continue reading

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

Hong Kong | Building Porn, Ghosts & Hong Kong History

Being hot and humid during Typhoon season, I was looking for a mixture of out- and indoor activities during my latest trip to Asia´s world city. And found myself searching for the coolest Chinese cemetery, one of the most photographed buildings in the whole world and a trip back in time through Hong Kong´s varied history. Continue reading