Saturday, January 13, 2018

24 hours in...Vienna

On my last flight to Vienna, I was surprised how many passengers were on their way to farther destinations, i.e. in Austria's capital only on a layover. Therefore, after having already publish an extended article on my stay, I put together my best tips in this "24 hours in..."-post.

Majestic Vienna: At the Imperial Apartments of the "Albertina"

As usual, it's meant as an itinerary for just a layover or a short stop on a road-trip through Europe: Austria has eight(!) neighboring countries*!


If you have more time to enjoy Vienna, don't miss my recent post!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

THAILAND

I wasn't crazy about going to Thailand. I knew that it has been an average holiday destination for everybody who wanted to stew on a beach.
Especially the disgusting sex tourism to some Thai destination made the country repulsive.


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Wat Arun, one of Bangkok's most important temple complexes on the west bank of River Chao Phraya.

But man, was I wrong! It obviously only depends strongly which route you travel and where you're going. I fell in deep, lasting love with Thailand.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

VIENNA - a visit by streetcar

Austria's capital Vienna is one of the European cities full of history, stories and myths.

View from the Museum Leopold
Isn't that a beautiful picture?
God and some very talented architects made it: It's the view from a window at the Museum Leopold at the Museum's Quarter.

Whether it is the Congress of Vienna where after the napoleonic wars Europe's layout and further history were determined, Empress Sisi and her tragic story or the gilded years around the turn of the century when Vienna - next to Berlin and Paris - was the center of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

CAMBODIA

"...now you can go where people are one
Now you can go where they get things done
What you need my son:
Is a holiday in Cambodia
Where people dress in black
A holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll kiss ass or crack..."

This is an excerpt from the song "Holiday in Cambodia" by the US band "The Dead Kennedys". Being a punk band, the lyrics are ment to grate on you in their very cynical way; and as a matter of fact, Cambodia has always been synonym of murder and destruction and by no means a holiday destination; apart from Angkor, Asia's most important sanctuary, that has been a World Heritage Cultural site since 1992.

Dancers Angkor Wat
While Angkor Wat was always an admired historical and cultural site, the rest of the country was considered a grave yard filled with the victims of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Four years that pushed the country back into the Stone Age.

Only when my friend Philippe told me about his plans of travelling to Cambodia, I took into consideration that it might be an interesting destination and a country worth exploring. I decided following his example.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

24 hours in...Bangkok

After my stopover in Bangkok on the way back from my travels through Cambodia, I'm now ready to share my best tips in this brand-new "24 hours in..."-post. As usual, it's ment for just a layover or a very short break on a trip through Thailand.

Wat Phra Keo Bangkok
Bangkok's most important sight Wat Phra Keo, part of the Royal Palace, is a must-see - whether rain or shine.

Of course in 24 hours you'll see just a fraction of all the attractions this bustling mega-city has to offer. So if you're staying longer or want to try out more, check out the Bangkok-section in my Thailand-post.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CAMBODIAN DIARY - 8th CHAPTER - Conclusion in Siem Reap

So this is the final chapter of my Cambodian Diary and I intended to call it 'Climax in Siem Reap' since I expected this stop to be this journey's highlight - and because I was counting on the sexual connotation to rocket me up the search engines.

Angkor Wat
The world famous reflection can be captured as well at 7 a. m.

But as a matter of fact, Siem Reap was not this trip's most memorable part; and even Angkor was only one of the highlights. But that's definitely a personal story. Here's a roundup of four days in Cambodia's tourist hot spot.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

CAMBODIAN DIARY - 7th CHAPTER - Couth on Thansur Bokor

It's almost spooky: In my last post I've complained about too many options, too little time - and today I got stuck since noon at a wonderful place in a luxurious hotel room with oodles of time to get a lot of pleasurable things done.

Wat Sampov Pram - golden Buddha
The golden Buddha at Wat Sampov Pram. One of the many sights we were not able to see on the first day in the mist.