Namibia, Sossusvlei, Desert Dunes

NAMIBIA – The Desert Dunes of Sossusvlei (Namib Desert)

********* Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert remains to this day among the most stunningly beautiful experiences in all my travels! It was breathtaking, stunning, magnificent and also incredibly quiet. There is a stillness about the desert – and the Namib in particular. Time just stands still, you can hear the silence – and the colors….. The […]

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TUGU HOTEL BALI – An Art Collector’s Dream in a Romantic Surfers’ Paradise

********* What do Donna Karan, Kate Moss and Roman Polanski have in common? well….they all stayed at Tugu Hotel Bali, one of the premier luxury hotels on the island – and often listed among the 100 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World. I recently had the opportunity to stay at this beautiful gem and what an amazing […]

Beach Villa at the Menjangan

THE MENJANGAN – Luxury Beach Villas in the West Bali National Park

********* In the most remote corner of Bali – the West Bali National Park – one very special place recently captured my heart: THE MENJANGAN,  a Luxury Resort with Beach Villas so quiet and secluded you easily forget busy civilization and all the stresses that come with it. A haven of peace, surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife […]

Puri Bagus Lovina magnificent pool

PURI BAGUS LOVINA – Luxury Ocean Villas and a Magnificent Pool

********* “Beautiful Palace” that is the meaning of the Balinese word Puri Bagus – and it is indeed a fitting name! This well known luxury resort on the Northern Coast of Bali near Lovina features 40 Balinese style villas and a spectacular pool – right on the ocean. Green, palm tree lined pathways invite to leisurely strolls along […]

Scuba Diving in Amed

BALI Adventures – My First Scuba Dive in Amed

********* My first Scuba Dive! That one had been on my bucket list for a long time – and what better place to do it than a famous diving paradise like Amed on the Bali East Coast. Amed is a small village – quiet and chill – the only tourists you’ll find here are divers – and not […]

SUARA AIR Luxury Villas: Exquisite Solitude in the Ubud Countryside

********* It was my first visit to Ubud, the lovely artist town in the Bali heartland, and I knew it would be beautiful. I did, however, not expect to be so charmed by the lovely accommodation I found along the way: Suara Air Luxury Villas in the picturesque village of Benjar Melayang. Blissfully untouched by modern […]

Dubai Yacht Cruise with Atlantis Hotel

DUBAI Yacht Cruise – The Ultimate Dubai Experience!

********* A Yacht Cruise had not been the first thing on my mind when I visited Dubai for the first time this past September. There is so much to see and explore – and of course, there is the desert with all its adventures and fun. Fortunately, someone invited me aboard a small yacht and it […]

Dubai Day Trips: UAE East Coast & Mountains

DUBAI Day Trips: UAE East Coast & Mountains

********* What a different vision of this fascinating region! A Dubai Day Trip to the beautiful UAE East Coast and the Emirate of Fujairah via stunning mountain scenery! Here is a video of the whole trip: A Dubai Day Trip through 4 Emirates This Dubai Day Trip passes through 4 Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah – […]

Dhow Dinner Cruise Dubai

Dhow Dinner Cruise in the Spectacular DUBAI MARINA

********* A Dhow Dinner Cruise through the Dubai Marina Canal was another wonderful discovery during my first stay in Dubai! Dhow boats are the old (historic) wooden boats that can be seen everywhere in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They are floating restaurants, very comfy – and a night time, a dinner cruise through the Dubai […]

Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque

DUBAI Day Trips: Abu Dhabi

********* Among Dubai Day Trips, Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular options. While the city is much smaller and doesn’t have the liveliness and extravagance of Dubai, it still has much too offer. Abu Dhabi Emirate is by far the largest and richest in the union. Unlike Dubai, whose oil reserves are running […]

Human Charger, jet lag

The Ultimate JETLAG Cure!

  You know the feeling….. You are excited about your trip. You can’t wait to see see Paris, London or Rome, but once you get there…..you are dead tired, completely exhausted, not good for anything. Travel from the US East Coast to Europe seems to be especially challenging – I always found the 9 hours from California […]

LUXURY TRAIN Reviews

INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN Review – Luxury Train Travel with Great Southern Rail, Australia

 ********* The experience of a lifetime… A luxury train journey across Australia aboard the iconic Indian Pacific Train, traversing the continent all the way from Perth on the West Coast to Sydney in the East. The raw beauty of the Australian Outback, the lovely valleys of Avon and Barossa, sprawling gold rush towns as rare signs of life, […]

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A Walk with Lions in VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

********* My first visit to Victoria Falls included 3 amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are still among the greatest travel experiences of my journeys so far: The magnificent Victoria Falls themselves A stay at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel – and – A Walk with Lions! A Word of Warning Before I get into the article I […]

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Magnificent VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL in ZIMBABWE – Luxury Hotels in Africa

********* Victoria Falls, the awe-inspiring nature spectacle in the heart of Africa had been on my travel list for many years, and I was excited to finally make the journey in March of 2016. A few weeks before, I had received an invitation as a travel writer from the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe – one of the oldest […]

Addo Elephant Park, Garden Route, South Africa

Addo Elephant Park – Garden Route, South Africa

If you love elephants you’ve got to see Addo Elephant Park in South Africa (Garden Route)! It is absolutely amazing! Much smaller than Kruger, but all the more special because of its HUGE elephant population! While Addo also houses zebras, buffalo, rhinos, ostriches and many other animals, the dominant feature at this National Park near Port Elizabeth are definitely […]

Monkeyland & Birds of Eden – Garden Route, South Africa

Monkeyland and Birds of Eden were two wonderful new discoveries for me along the Garden Route! Just like with Addo Elephant Park you really miss out if you don’t see them! I admit, the name “Monkeyland“ didn’t sound very inviting at first – more like a theme park with petting zoo, not the kind of […]

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ROAD TRIPS NEW ZEALAND: Akaroa (Banks Peninsula)

Day 1 of my Epic May 2016 Road Trip around New Zealand – 159km/98mi – 3h 24min RT The day started with a bang – literally – as I incurred my first punctured tire – ever! – This ain’t my first rodeo……I had been road tripping for years: all over the US, even up to Alaska and the […]

Durban Skyline

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Other Side of Durban

    ********* Durban is awesome! I actually found it to be the most beautiful and interesting city in South Africa – definitely more interesting than Cape Town (though that’s almost sacrilegious to say….;-) Cape Town is nice, don’t get me wrong. And the scenery around it, the Cape Peninsula and the beaches are breath […]

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Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Garden Route

    ********* Extensive volumes have been written on the Garden Route with all the many things you can do and see, so I will focus on the highlights that I very much enjoyed and hopefully it will give you some inspiration for your own planning. Lets start with a map: We ended the last leg […]

Cape L'Agulhas

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – Whale Coast Route to Garden Route

    ********* The Garden Route had been on my bucket list for many years – and I was excited to finally embark on this awesome adventure! While enjoying a lovely house sit in Simon’s Town on the Cape Peninsula with stunning views of the bay…. ….I planned my epic road trip all over South Africa: Garden Route to […]

Timbavati Safari Lodge

An Oasis in the Bush….

Timbavati Safari Lodge at Kruger National Park I was lucky…. My first introduction to Africa was a beautiful place called Timbavati Safari Lodge near Kruger National Park. After reading many excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and several pleasant e-mail exchanges with managers Kylie and Rob, I decided to make Timbavati my starting point for my first African […]

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My Encounter with Tembo, the Elephant

Elephants….. Giants of the wild, beloved all around the world – an aura of mystique and wonder, and somehow of everything that is good in the world. Even little children smile when they see an elephant – and most of us are mezmerized whenever we come across the gentle giants…. Recently I had the good […]

Kruger National Park, South Africa - on safari

SOUTH AFRICA – Safari at Kruger National Park (part 1)

The big day had arrived! December 1, 2015… I was finally embarking on my indefinite journey around the world and had reached my first destination South Africa after a 15 hour flight from New York. This was to be my itinerary for the next 2 months: Kruger National Park, the Namib Desert & Swakopmund in Namibia, […]