Where I’ve been: Hamburg, 2011

I’ve been in Hamburg several times but not as often as you might think with several friends and my brother living there. But before I go there again in early June to celebrate Eva’s birthday I would like to give you a short overview of what there is to see in Hamburg.

Hamburg-an-der-AlsterStart with the City Center or rather the shopping district that streches from the main station down to one of Hamburgs many places with water, the Alster. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Day trips and outings from Geneva

When visiting my Dad in Geneva we did some outings on the weekends so I got to see a bit of the nearby France and Switzerland. So if you’ve visited Geneva’s city center and took a stroll along the lake and are now looking for something else to do, here are options for your trip. To give you a feeling of what you can do I tried to sort the different options by season: Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Geneva’s waterfront, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. Here is the one on the lakeside, especially the right shore because I spend far more time here than on the left side.Geneva-the-Jet-D-eauThe city is known to be the city of the United Nations, a city of peace. It has two main highlights: its amazing buildings and even more the location on the Lake Geneva. Continue reading

Summer sun in Vienna

Eeva looking at our breakfast at Neni's at the Naschmarkt, ViennaSaturday was just so amazing. Not only did Vienna prove to be as beautiful as we had figured it would be on Friday, it was also t-shirt weather: just so warm!

We started with a lovely breakfast at Neni’s at the Naschmarkt. The Naschmarkt is a big market that streches for at least 500m between the streets “Linke Wienzeile” and “Rechte Wienzeile” and has not only market stands where you can get vegetables and fruits (from the normal stuff to very exotic fruits that other than in Thailand I have never seen before) but also many small restaurants. Our breakfast e.g. included not only nice views of the market but also scrambled eggs, fresh cream cheese and homemade bread and also some tea and (we thought we deserved this) a glass of champagne. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Cairns and surrounding, Australia, 1999

View from the QuicksilverPart 5 of the 10-Days-Special on Australia is more of a step back in time. As you can see, it’s been ages since I was in Cairns but I just wanted to include some 13 year old pictures: I went to Cairns in 1999 as part of a school exchange group. 40 Highschool students aged 15 to 17 went to Australia for six weeks in their summer holidays to live four weeks in a guest family and to do a trip from Brisbane up to Cairns and back. In return the Australians had been to Germany already in their summer holiday, so in December 1998 and January of 1999. Continue reading

Bike Trip Part 2: Zandvoort to Haarlem

After our one hour sunbathing we follow the route from The Hague to Zandvoort on to Haarlem which was closer than we thought. On our way we not only saw a water castle but also water buffalos (what ever they were doing there). It was a bit confusing to see these creatures standing next to a small lake in the dune landscape in the Netherlands just as if they had always been there (which I very much doubt. As far as I know they are not originally from there, but please correct me if I’m wrong). Continue reading

Bike Trip Part 1: The Hague to Zandvoort

I know, It’s been ages since I last posted something and I still want to blog about my trip to Kassel and the Documenta last month, a trip to Kaiserswerth with my parents some weeks ago and the review about the Lonely planet magazine that I got a subscription for isn’t finished yet either. But now I’m on a bike trip from Den Hague to Amsterdam so I decided to be up to date first and blog about things a little past later. Continue reading