The Royal Monastery of Brou
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  From afar, we spotted the glitter of the Royal Monastery of Brou’s glazed patterned roof tiles. Its burgundy, terracotta and emerald mosaic gleaming in the July sunshine.   I pulled over at the next intersection and found an empty … Read More

From Venice with Love
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  Oh no! Nooooo! I can’t believe I just said “Venice”! Noooo!!! Never had I wished so hard to be able to turn back time! Just one minute. Or maybe even 2 seconds would have been enough. Suddenly, tears rolled … Read More

Exploring the Bingling Caves
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  Leaving Xi‘an after only 3 days, we felt like betraying the capital of ancient China. When our guide Rocky waved us goodbye at the train station, I almost regretted not having extended our time in Xi’an for a few … Read More

Things to Do in Los Angeles
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  Why are you going to Los Angeles again? I let my friend’s question linger a bit in my mind. Then, I cleared my throat. I’m going to L.A. to run away from wintery Europe. To watch the sunset while … Read More

Visiting Xi’an: A Journey through Chinese History
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As our bullet train approached the outskirts of Xi’an, we sped past hundreds of modern high-rise buildings still under construction. Lined up like gigantic dominos, identical in height and design, these skyscrapers reminded us of towering Tetris tiles.   At … Read More

Exploring London’s East End
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  It was raining cats and dogs outside when I told Kerstin that we should spend our Twixmas in London. She was standing behind me, so I couldn’t see her eyes. But I was almost sure that she was rolling … Read More

Turpan and the Bezeklik Caves
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  Legend has it that it never rains in Turpan in summertime. And yet, the courtyard of hotel the Silk Road Lodges was sodden when we left our oriental-style room.   Oh yes! Finally, a few drops to cool down … Read More

Traveling along the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan
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  “In Yunnan, girls wear flowers in all four seasons. And toes are exposed all year round.” These are two of the famous Eighteen Oddities of Yunnan Province. Located in southwestern China at an average altitude of 1,900 meters above sea … Read More

Trekking the Ancient Silk Road in China
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A trip always starts with a dream. A perfume, a promise and a thirst to discover different cultures and customs. The ancient Silk Road has always intrigued us. A trade route that connected Europe and China via Central Asia, and … Read More

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