Sunday, November 11, 2018

24 hours in...MUNICH

Last Summer, I actually travelled the old fashioned way: I went by train. This way, I was able to throw in a little extra-vacation, a long weekend in Munich.

Mary overlooking the Marienplatz from her column. In the backdrop Munich's most iconic symbol, the Frauenkirche, Church of Our Lady - it cannot get more Bavarian.
(Photo: Nicknicknick97, München Marienplatz , CC BY-SA 4.0)

So strictly speaking, this time I multiplied the 24 hours frame a bit.
However, this allows me to put together an itinerary for one day - whether you are on the road to somewhere or have a layover at Germany's second largest airport.

With about 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich is Germany's third largest city - after Berlin and Hamburg. It is Bavaria's capital and a great gateway for trips to many idyllic lakes and mountains. But even the city center has a rather cozy feel to it - with parks and greeneries, the river Isar, many historic buildings and fantastic museums - and, of course, the famous/infamous Oktoberfest where the good Bavarian beer is practically cascading.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Coming to America: From Northern Germany to the "New World"

In the 19th and 20th century, millions of people left Europe via the North German ports of Hamburg and Bremen respectively Bremerhaven in search of a better life in the "New World", mostly the USA.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Bremerhaven Statue Die Auswanderer
This sculpture called Die Auswanderer, emigrants, is standing on the shore of the river Weser and remembers the seven million passing through the port of Bremerhaven. Actually, this statue by Frank Varga was donated by the German-American Memorial Association.

As a counterpart to the arrival halls in Ellis Island, several museums in German cities remember the adventurous journeys of the emigrants in transit.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Vietnamese Contradictions - the contradictory dealing with history and politic related matters

Coming from Europe and remembering how things were back in the socialist days, the way Vietnamese are dealing with history and politics baffles me.

Uncle Ho's Cabin - and Uncle Ho's Statue in Ho Chi Minh City.

In Eastern Europe, politics were a serious, serious thing. No cracks about the government, no doubts, and certainly no marketing schemes with the emblems. One wrong remark and you were in big trouble.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

VIET NAM - Complete Travel Guide

(Updated October 2018)

Sadly, sometimes I cannot cherish a place enough - because there are some negative points that have a too strong impact or I'm not ready for the place or I simply need something different the moment I'm there. And it's only afterward that I reminisce and realize how cool it actually was.
Viet Nam is a place like this.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Viet Nam - Vietnam

Before I went there, I've heard from so many people how great it was and that it was even much nicer than Thailand, so I really looked forward going there, yet I was quite disappointed. Maybe my expectations were so high because of all the tales.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Great Cuba Robbery

I got robbed.

And eventually, I unveiled an even bigger theft.

These crimes happened in a quite and at the same time quite touristy place in Cuba.

Establishing my private witness protection program, I will neither specify the place nor giving you real names.

Still, this story will let your blood run cold!

For some crimes, it's really complicated to file charges.

Monday, October 8, 2018

CUBA - the complete travel guide

(Update October 2018)

Sharing info on a trip across Cuba is particularly challenging since things were changing so fast. After Barack Obama and the Rolling Stones had left, between us travellers it was consent that Cuba was standing at the dawning of a new era and that we were witnessing the last days of an expiring epoch.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Cuba Cienfuegos
Child of the Revolution.