I was lucky to spend the last weekend at Lago di Garda, in Italy. The weather was perfectly sunny most of the time and I discovered a perfect Sea Food restaurant in the beautiful city of Salo. Since then I’m craving for Sea Food although I’m actually a Vegetarian even mostly vegan. But vacations are for exceptions. I’m already planning in my head to move to Italy, who else is coming with me? Only lying at the beach, visiting beautiful villages and eating every Italian dish that comes around.
Exactly in this moment Netflix does it again. Well, Netflix does it over and over again. Producing high quality series that keep me watching for hours and not having bought a TV for years.
They produced this show called “Chef’s Table” and it’s a symphony of food pictures, Italian landscape and lifestyle and cheese, cheese cheese. It’s an advanced talk about food. As well as on the level of language as on the level of the images:
”In my heart is Balsamico and vinegar and my muscles are made of parmigiano.”
Have a look for yourself:
The “Sunday-Castle” of this week was the amazing stronghold of Sirmione, Castello Scaligero.
I think Lazise is the coziest city around the lake! So many childhood memories!
The Lake Garda is just one of my favorite spots for vacation. Maybe that’s something I have in common with thousands of Germans.
Well, where to next? Any good suggestions? What are your plans? I’m looking for nice places all over Europe for my upcoming trip!
Last year just at the same time I was already off to Thailand to explore one more part of South-East Asia. Right now work is keeping my feet here in Germany, otherwise I would already have packed my bags and would enjoy some place more vivid, warm and humid.
A friend of mine leaves for Bangkok tonight so I looked up some places I stayed during my 1,5 months in Thailand. I stumbled over the pictures of the first place I stayed in Bangkok and felt really nostalgic and my wanderlust grew even more.
You are longing for a holiday as well? Then let’s get on a plane and we’re off to Bangkok!
Before arriving in Paradise, there are some hours to kill. So here’ also my favorite Spotify-Playlist for twelve-hours on a Jetplane. Emirates also provides games to play as well. You can use your remote like a controller – pretty cool.
Emirate’s planes are my favorite. There’s even a sky full of stars when the cabin lights are turned off.
Of course we haven’t had booked a hostel before our arrival in the late afternoon – planning in advance kills so much of the adventure-feeling!
Therefore we relied on Lonely Planet and tired to find this amazing place called “The Atlantis”.
We took the Sky Train into the center of Bangkok and then to the station where the Atlantis was supposed to be. At this point I need to share my love for the Sky Train.
This train is just the fastest, cleanest and really perfectly situated medium of transportation for a million-souls city like Bangkok. Excepts from the boats. They get you around fast and easy as well. But when you need to get farther away from the Chao Phraya the Sky Train is often faster that any cab or Tuk Tuk could ever be. Additionally from being faster as you won’t be stuck in Bangkok’s crazy traffic, it’s much cheaper. Even through rush hour you won’t have trouble catching your train. The system is easy as well. Unlike Tokyo for example, you only have two main lines which are getting you nearly everywhere you would like to go. The difficult part of finding your direction starts when you leave the platform and start to find your way through Bangkok’s busy streets.
After 2 hours of dirt, sweat and carrying our backpacks through the dusty streets of Bangkok this (pretty cool) sign greeted us. Felt a little bit ironic, especially because we rested just a square-street away from the hotel but it took us a plate of Pad Thai and at least three Ginger Ales and half a hour searching through Google Maps to finally recognize that.
Finally we just had to cross a small path to find this jewel of colonial charm. The whole hotel looks like no one changed a piece of furniture since the English and their East India Trading Company left.
And they even have a swimming-pool! That’s heaven when you come home after exploring the city in 40 degrees without resting for a minute!
There’s a restaurant connected to the hotel as well. For my taste they have some of the best curries there!
The Flower Market isn’t far from the Atlantis, so we took a cap and spend the night wandering through flowers of ever shape and color.
Thai people also make amazing bouquets for any religious occasion. They are amazingly beautiful and I bought one made of amazingly purple flowers, unfortunately I couldn’t understand the meaning of it. Hand and feed communication might work for every-day matters but when it comes to advanced spiritual matters it’s just not enough, Well, from the vendors gestures I think the flowers had something to do with the heart. If they help you find love or prevent you from a stroke…well I will never know 🙂
On the markets one also finds any plant related to the tradition of Ayurveda medicine or traditional Asian healing methods. Such as Aloe Vera and things I can’t even name.
Just one street away from the Atlantis you find FinsFins Bar. A place looking like a surfers retreat, The Japanese owning the place make perfect Japanese Breakfast! It’s the best I ever had outside Japan.
Pad Thai we ate while still searching for the Atlantis. Funny fact is that even the owners of the Bar couldn’t tell us where the Atlantis was- even though they spoke perfectly English and are just neighbors to the hotel. The best things are obviously hard to find!
Living in Germany, and especially in a car-enthusiastic city, I was used to see grey, back or maybe some white cars. In Bangkok cabs are pink. And that’s what makes looking at traffic from some bridge or from the platforms of the Sky Train an amazing diversion.
Welcome to one of the most amazing cities on this planet!
Maybe your toes are as cold as mine these days. The season of Karneval is over for this year here in Germany and everyone is finally starting with their new years resolutions. Somehow this time of the year is my absolute favorite. Winter is still lingering over the word but fresh cut flowers, melting snow and some glimpse of sunshine are already marking the beginning of spring. “Aschermittwoch”, “Askonsdag” might as well be one of my most loved days of the year because it’s such a quiet day after all the celebrations, the dancing and loud music playing everywhere. People are getting a little more serious again.
Today we’ll be eating some fish and vegetables again – the start into the fasting period before Easter.
I hope some of you could enjoy some free days and the celebrations on the weekend!
Because it’s still so cold outside (at least for southern-Germany) I thought about a trip I took when I was near Washington earlier this year. I went to see the “Potomac-Falls” a beautiful wild running river just so close to the capital. It was freezing and I couldn’t even feel my feet anymore..but the view! Such a beautiful place.
The admission to the Falls is free during the winter month and first I thought we would be the only ones visiting the reservoir because of the cold. But actually some people use this place for walking their dog or even for a run.
The way to the falls is made of wooden bridges so it’s more of a walk then a hike.
How many water is flowing through this river in a minute? Being from Europe it was fantastic to see that this river could just go wild and free without being disturbed by any artificial riverbed.
Ice on the water. I think those lakes must be frozen by now as there are around -24 degrees in this area now.
I’ll spend the next days and NYE in New York. Time to get a closer look at the city. I’ve already seen Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, so we had time to walk around and just to stop wherever we wanted to.
The weather was awesome and one wouldn’t think it’s December in New York. No snow, only warm sunshine.
Of course I needed to see the Central Station and took a Serena-like picture. Of course.
i always dreamt about seeing the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center. Well this year’s tree might not be a beauty but I was still amazed by all those people admiring the decoration and waiting for a spot on the ice-ring.
Sun goes down around 5pm these days and we watched it from New Yorks one and only castle. The “Belvedere”on a hill in the Central Park. We also went to the Strawberry Fields and guessed about the spot where John Lennon was shot.
Saturday Night ended with some american foodporn. And it was finally a real Date Night. Without the movie but with dinner and Margaritas.
We made our way through little Italy and China Town. Buying Polaroid films at Urban Outfitters and having lunch at Ramen Takumi, near NYU.
Finally we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and watched the Skyline.
Keith Richards celebrated his 71 birthday yesterday. Well I’m not sure if be celebrated, but we spend his jubilee having a late breakfast, walking downtown, visiting the record store and talking for hours in a small coffee house full of books and the smell of chocolate flavored coffee.