Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Trip to COLOMBIA - a complete guide

(Updated December 2018)

Colombia, still suffering from the stigma of being a dangerous place torn between drug barons and guerillas, is actually a beautiful and interesting place - with wonderful, honest people. On just one visit, it became one of my favorite countries on earth.

Treasures at the Gold Museum in Bogotà - by far not Colombia's only treasure...

I travelled with my adult daughter to a dozen places - mostly by bus, sometimes we flew - and felt perfectly safe.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

24 hours in...MIAMI

I know it must sound totally out of line putting together an itinerary for only 24 hours for a city as big'n'busy as Miami.

Welcome to Miami - bienvenidos en Miami.

Fact is that Miami is a pivot point when it comes to travelling to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands. Therefore, chances are that you have to spend a couple of hours or even one night her.

This is where my guide - for a sunny and for a rainy day - comes into the picture.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CROATIA - Complete Guide to a Bus Road Trip

Everybody who has been to Croatia is just raving - about the food in general and the special treats such as extra virgin olive oil and big, aromatic truffles in particular. About the beautiful sceneries and the clear waters that are one of Europes last dolphin refuge. But I was stubborn. When everybody tries to talk me into one direction, I turn my head and walk the other way. My mental age is 13.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Croatia - Split

Thank God I knew that Autumn would be stressful with my flat being remodeled. Therefore I renounced from my plans of going around half the globe to Japan. Instead, I bit the bullet: I decided to spend September in Croatia. Since it's much closer. Since it's much cheaper. And a teeny tiny bit since everybody who has been there is just raving about it.

Guess what - now I'm one of them! I'm one of those who are raving about Croatia's food and sceneries and clear waters - and I wrote a complete guide about my trip from Porec in Istria to Dubrovnik, the pearl of Dalmatia as well as all the mesmerizing stops on the way; and I urge you: Don't turn your head - go to Croatia!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

My liebster Liebster - and some ventilation

I've been nominated. For the Liebster award; an award that is given by bloggers to their peers. I guess there is no moment not convenient for being nominated for an award. My moment was pretty perfect: I was a bit frustrated and fed up with this whole blogging business - which for me doesn't even have to be a business.

But, of course, when you spend every day for many hours on something, you want results. Recognition. Rewards.

However, after one reward and eighteen months of blogging, some ventilation seems appropriate.

Wednesday, November 14, 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.