Cunard Line | MS Queen Victoria Ship Tour

Being my secret favorite of the three Queens, it was a long-awaited short trip to Southampton for private pleasure as well as a chance to check out the newest refurbishment that had just taken place in 2017. Continue reading

Hong Kong | From Fishes, Flowers and Birds – A Day on the Mongkok Markets

A place where I find the soul of Hong Kong most evident is on one of the historic markets. Join me on a tour through the Northern borders of the Mongkok district in Kowloon and explore the true nature of Chinese trademan´s culture. Continue reading

Lake Ammer | Cruise Control on a Paddle Wheeler

Taking a full-day excursion to one of the many lakes surrounding Munich is a relaxing and fun thing to do during the Summer months, especially if you can sit back on one of the many steamboats while enjoying the marvelous views from the lake (check out this post about a tour of Lake Starnberg). And it is even more fun if you can experience it on an old-style paddle wheeler. Continue reading

Beijing | Summer Palace

While most people coming to China´s capital leave the city with a visit to the Forbidden City only, I recently found out that missing out on the beautiful Summer Palace a bit outside of the downtown borders could be best described as a sightseeing deficit. Even if you happen to go on one of China´s biggest public holidays with ten thousands of other keen visitors… Continue reading

One Night in Budapest | The Perfect Guide for an Overnight Stay

Mondays are truly awful for celebrating birthdays. Especially, when you actually have a romantic weekend planned and there is no chance to extend the stay over Sunday. But when two nights is all you have, there still is a chance of making the best out of it. Join me on this fast-forward weekend escape to beautiful Budapest and learn how 24 hours can sometimes be enough for a perfect stay. Continue reading

Kirkwall | A Scottish Taste of the Orkneys

Have you ever heard of the Orkney Islands? Sounds a bit intimidating at first once those ugly and frightening mythical creatures “Orcs” come to one´s mind that have sprung from the “Lord of the Rings” blockbuster saga. But luckily, this Scottish archipelago has nothing to do with murderous creatures. It rather is a well-kept secret in natural beauty and seclusion. A “Garden of Eden” at the Northern end of the British main isle. 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 | Grundarfjörður – Gateway to the Center of the Earth

After having left Isafjördur the night before, the night at sea had been a little rougher then during the other nights. One of the reasons may have been, that we had reached the Western shores of Iceland and therefore were more exposed to the changing weather conditions. Strong winds and lows that had formed over the Atlantic Ocean had nothing better to do than hitting the West coast without mercy. Continue reading

Iceland | Akureyri – Gateway to the Wonders of the North

The morning we arrived into Akureyri forecasted that a long day would lie ahead of us. Still being exhausted by the hike up to Hengifoss waterfall the day before in Seydisfjordur (read about it here), this time even more breathtaking sights were awaiting me. But the excitement had its price: 10 hours in a coach. For someone energetic as me a huge challenge. But in the end, it proved being well worth the wait. Continue reading