Countryside

The best wine tasting in Finger Lakes Wine Country

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It's noon on a Saturday and I am celebrating happy hour somewhere as I languidly sip on a Pinot Noir and take in the view around me. My surroundings are reminiscent of that old Windows screen saver; you know the one with the rolling green hills, fluffy clouds and idyllic sky. It's funny how coming from New York City I seem to find this perfect vista unnatura[...]

Borneo - Where the Wild Things are

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Back when I started diving in March my friend who had accompanied me to Koh Tao was amazed by my sudden interest in the marine life. Apparently I have a short attention span in all other things so the idea that I would stare at fish for hours at a time and not get bored was beyond her. And while diving takes a bit more than just staring at fish, I guess it w[...]

Falling in Love with Fethiye

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The first real glimpse we have of Fethiye, during our trip to Turkey, is from above. A patchwork blanket of terracotta-coloured rooftops spreads out before us, the high-shine domes of mosques and the odd satellite dish winking in the dazzling sun. In the distance, the glittering sea provides a suitably epic backdrop, dotted with picturesque islands rising up[...]

A Cruise on the Dalyan River

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Last month, I was lucky enough to go on a wonderful honeymoon. Even though I’m not married. Now, before you start thinking I crashed some poor, hapless soul's first few weeks of wedded bliss, ("Hi guys, where are we sleeping?") let me quickly explain! A dear friend of mine has had a pretty crap year and to cut a long story short, her honeymoon to Turkey was [...]

A pleasantly wet weekend in England

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Yes, you have read correctly - the words 'wet' and 'pleasant' are both in that title. Now, before you dismiss me as crazy defector who has run over to the dark side of weather appreciation, let me assure you, that we're not talking about wet-by-rain here. I forgive you that mistake though - after all, I'm talking about my recent weekend spree to Northern Eng[...]

Exploring the Hills of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales

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What do you do if you fancy a quick, cheap and little travel in the winter that will help you burn those calories and revitalise that tired winter skin? Well, it must involve a lot of walking, some stunning landscapes, cosy fires and perhaps a splash of red wine. Somewhere in the countryside with a car and great company is pretty much all you need if you fan[...]

The Vienna Woods: 5 Day Trips from Vienna

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin As you know I grew up in the western part of the fantastic city Vienna in Austria. Due to its infrastructure and cool vibe its standard of living is incredibly high. My by far favourite thing about the city is that whether I boarded the tram towards the centre or the outskirts, I would reach either in about 20 minutes. Therefor[...]

Wellness holidays in Ladis, Austria

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If you start researching the region Serfaus - Fiss - Ladis in the south of Tyrol in Austria, you will inevitably find out that it is a year-round paradise for families with young children. There are regional child-care clubs, family-friendly activities, amusement rides, kids hotels and so on. When I accepted an invitation to visit the area and typed the name[...]

Hotels we love: Settecento in Presezzo, Italy

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Ever dreamed of staying at a place that combines modern comfort, a historic building and an art gallery at the same time? Well, then here’s the one to go for: Hotel Settecento in Presezzo, Italy! I recently picked this hotel by pure chance when I was looking for accommodation for a few days in northern Italy – more precisely the region of Bergamo and [...]

Western Germany by Bicycle

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Have you ever heard about the Germanic heroic poem The Song of the Nibelungs? It tells the story of a hero (Siegfried) who tricks a mighty queen into marrying his brother-in-law and successively gets entangled in a web of jealousy, backstabbing and revenge. But that's not what actually fascinated me about these stories. I was much more intrigued by Siegfried[...]

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