Where I’ve been, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia, 2007

Part 3 of the 10-Days-Special on Australia will be on another part of Sydney: The Rocks. I’ve been there many times and took several people sightseeing when they came and visited. If you only have a few days in Sydney you should spend at least half a day at The Rocks, preferably on the weekend. You could either spend half of the day shopping in the CBD, walking through the Botanic Garden or taking a guided tour in the opera. Or you head to the other side, to Darling Harbour and the explore that part. But maybe you just start with the Rocks and see what the day brings. Continue reading

Where I’ve been – Barcelona’s museums

I’ve lived in Barcelona and I loved it. But it’s been years (nearly 10 to be precise) and yes I went their afterwards again in 2006 and 2009 but it’s about time to go again. Therefore here my Barcelona museum highlights, for you and as a guide for myself to check them out again soon:

Museums: want some culture? Get some culture!

  • Are you a fan of Picasso? Here is his museum, based in some old town houses from the 13th till 15th century in the quarter Born.
  • Like Miró? His house is on the hill next to the Montjuic. Only the free audio guide made me nearly running out of the museum. Miro wrote the texts himself and I liked the pictures and statues but with his commentary they were rather disgusting. Sometimes it might be better not to understand what an artist wants to say with his Art.
  • History is your favourite? The Museu d’Història de Catalunya has it all. And you can touch, hold, try and otherwise get deep into the old times with you own hands.

There are even more museums, for design, art or football. But these three were the ones that got a special place in my memory.

Lich and surrounding – Middle Hassia on a Spring Sunday

Yesterday my cousin had his confirmation. For all of you who are not Protestant Christians: this is a specific event on which 14 year olds confirm the christian believe their parents “gave” them with their baptism. And with that they turn “of age” in a church sense, meaning they are now old enough to vote in church and receive the holy communion, but that just as a side note.

I went to Langsdorf, a little village in my home state of Hassia and we had lunch in the nearby little Town of Lich. After having eaten too much, to be honest, I went for a little walk, as Lich has a nice historical center.

While there have been finds dating back as far as 100,000 BC, what you can visit today is a historical city center with its timber frame houses dating back to the 17th century, the old defensive city walls with towers dating back to the 13th century and they have a palace as well. Here you can only visit the park but finding the entrance only when driving past on my way back home I was too lazy to look for a spot to park my car and walk through it too. The timber frame houses are amazing. Some are rather bend to some side, but they are all finely restored and magnificently painted and best of all, normal people still live in them. It is not just a museum part but a normal living quarter. Continue reading

Angkor by bike

Yesterday we started late, having had a long breakfast, then picking up our laundry and getting bikes.

Angkor Wat in the sun

Angkor Wat in the sun

We managed to be at Angkor Wat, this time in full sunshine and really beautiful, at the others tourists’ lunch time. It was really good with only a few other people around.

All in all we rode about 20km with our bikes, not getting as far as we wanted. But we saw a new temple and being free to go just where we wanted and being back for sunset at Angkor Wat again was worth it. Continue reading