The quiet town of Ocean Grove is located on the Jersey Shore, the no.1 destination in the State of New Jersey. Visitors are welcomed with blue skies, a refreshing breeze and 204 kilometers of white sandy beaches. An American holiday vacation that is mainly one thing: truly American.
“Salam!” It’s just one single word and yet I have heard it so many times last May when traveling as a Western Woman in Iran. Or Hello, hey, hi, good Morning! When in Persia, it seems like everybody welcomes you to the country. I mean everybody! I am not completely certain, if this is the famous persian kindness or pure pleasure about the fact to spot a tourist that are rarely seen in a country of a very old high culture, but also a country that unfortunately is often mixed up with taliban boot camps.
A Bucket List is en vogue these days. And when it comes to bucket list destinations, there are many countries that rank high on my imaginary wish list. Most of them are far far away – either geographically or just beyond my pocket book. Here are my Top 5 dream destinations, that definitely no one should miss.
Stockholm, the capital of Scandinavia, has a wide range of places of interest – especially some really good museums. This article gives you a small selection of worthy Stockholm Museums or exhibitions for cold or rainy days. And believe me, Sweden has a lot of it.
The Golestan Palace in Tehran (Persian: کاخ گلستان, pronounced “Kakheh Golestan”) is definitely top of the list when it comes to must-sees in Iran.
The “Palace of flowers”, a true masterpiece of the Qajar era, belongs to a group of buildings that once belonged to the Persian ruling family, the ancient citadel of Tehran. It is one the oldest of all historic monuments in the capitol of the Islamic Republic of Iran – and since mid 2013 listed as UNESCO world heritage site.
And believe me, from all the enchanting places that I visited on my recent travels through the beautiful country of Iran (and there are tons!), this place is definitely one, that really deserves this title.
Summer, sun and long party nights: Bulgaria is well-known as a cheap holiday destination for sun lovers and party crowds, for long days at the beach and even longer nights of partying in the clubs and pubs of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
But listen up! Bulgaria has much more to offer. Those who avoid the tourist hotspots such as Golden Sands, Sunny Beach or Albena, will be overwhelmed by a magical Bulgaria, which surprises in many ways. Examples? Here are 12 photos and facts proving that Bulgaria is more than the perfect destination for a beach party and holiday. Read more
My visit to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris was one of the absolute highlights of all my trips to the city of love. It’s not only that you can visit the famous graves of such renowned personalities like Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin or Colette, it is just beautiful to take a walk in the huge park and breath in the smell of centuries.
However, without proper preparation, it is easy to lose yourself in the extensive grounds. To make sure that this won’t happen to you, here are my top 10 tips for a visit to the Pere Lachaise cemetery (or in french: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise)
Aegean at it’s best! We snake along a zigzag road that brings us through forests, past brooks and up the mountain, while Turunç, a former fishing village on the eastern coast of the Bozburun Peninsula at the Turkish Aegean gets smaller and smaller.
On top there is the Viverde Hotel Loryma, 200 meters above sea level, surrounded by olive and pine trees, far secluded from the bustling port city of Marmaris.
Those who come here look for peace and solitude, away from the noise of the access roads, but just close enough to the surf, to be woken by the sound of the sea.
The bars in Barcelona are loud, messy and simply wonderful. The Champañerias, the famous ones of the city, are certainly not what one would commonly understand by a champagne bar. And yet they are the right bohemian rooms, a mixture of snack bar, chic restaurant and lots of Catalan socializing. If you want to immerse yourself in the spirit of this city, this is the right place, the narrow Champañerias of Barcelona. Here you will find succulent jamón, cheep (and very drinkable!) Cava and perhaps one or the other new friend.
But which one is the best Xampanyeria Barcelona? Opinions differ on this question. I put the best-known title contenders to the test. With loads of Jamón, Tapas and Cava. Vamos!
I recently spent some sunny days in Turin, a surprisingly diverse city in northern Italy, where I discovered something most visitors simply run past: the beautiful doors. Whether in the palace, government buildings, or at private homes, I was quickly reminded of the picturesque doors of Rome: heavy, wooden and colorful. True true storytellers of bygone centuries – finally, most have survived times of war, diseases and poverty.
While wandering through the narrow alleyways and huge boulevards of Turin, I was able to portrait some of the most remarkable doors of the city. Come in!