Blog Category: Here and there

On and off the beaten track in Lisbon

On and off the beaten track in Lisbon
Always a good season for visiting Lisbon. And if it is spring, even more – you won’t be bothered by crowds of tourists as in summer – a nuisance especially on the narrow streets, and it doesn’t rain that much. So grab your good walking shoes and get exploring! Alfama? Check! Bairro Alto? Check! Sweet ream ride? Also. Pastéis de nata? Mnom-mnom! Jardim da Estrela? Welcome to the chic-est park in Lisbon and relax! You already climbed up and >

A Berlin must: Kreuzberg street art tour

A Berlin must: Kreuzberg street art tour
What immediately comes to mind thinking of Germany’s capital city: the Berlin Wall, electronic music and street art! Loads of it! Berlin’s Kreuzberg district is teeming countless thought-provoking street murals, paste-ups, stencils, tags, and bombings. There are a lot of pieces  and projects by many famous artists such as Blu’s Leviathan,  Vhils’ controlled explosions carved portraits, ROA’s animals, It’s time to dance by SOBR, The >

Wanna step inside Salvador Dali’s dreams? Go to Cappadocia!

Wanna step inside Salvador Dali’s dreams? Go to Cappadocia!
  Cappadocia – a place long stood on a we need to go there! list. Fritzi’s and my expectations were far exceeded and we got blown away by the stunning surreal, landed-on-another-planet-like beauty of Cappadocia’s bizarre sandstone chimneys, spectacular rock formations and flowing valleys. The landscape appears like a painting gone wild. It always seemed to me that Salvador Dali’s paintings are haunted by some kind of dark-side part of the >

Colors of Istanbul (II)

Colors of Istanbul (II)
Istanbul simply fascinates, like any other huge metropole. But beyond the fascination it provokes by its immensity, by its history, and even politics and recent events, it also lends itself to a more downbeat, calm contemplation, should the visitor stay off the beaten track. Then a lot of it seems homey and inviting. So it seemed on my second Istanbul visit. Granted a local guide in Fritzi, we went out to explore the other side –  small >

Roundtripping: Bodrum, Mazı, Gümüşlük and Torba. And then Mazı again.

Roundtripping: Bodrum, Mazı, Gümüşlük and Torba. And then Mazı again.
This is what we do: wander around. No guide books and no guided tour. We don’t want to cheat ourselves out of the possibilities of an adventure, with its ups and downs. And usually, the less we know about the tourist attractions and hotspots beforehand, the better. It’s sure nice to discover, first hand experience. So as we wanted to escape the Istanbul frenzy for a while, flying to Bodrum thinking of giving us 4 days of strolling in the >

Colors of Istanbul (I)

Colors of Istanbul (I)
Twice I’ve been in Istanbul so far. Both times the feeling that there is too little time to explore everything around was more powerful than anywhere else I visited. First thing that comes to my mind when I think of Istanbul is the sheer size of it and immediately I remember the images of the city disheveling on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, gigantic, uncontainable to the view, even from the window-seat of an incoming plane. And then >