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Ireland: the dramatic Cliffs of Moher (2)

October 12, 2013 • Category: Destinations, Gardens, Parks, Nature, Ireland

There is absolutely no indication, while driving down a narrow country lane in County Clare, that you are about to come upon Ireland’s Nr. 1 natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher.  So narrow is the lane, that oncoming traffic has to squeeze by.  But no matter, once you arrive, the natural grandeur of the scenery [...]

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London: At the Hermès Festival des Métiers – how luxury gets made (1)

Hermès …. synonym for luxury scarves, bags, porcelain, saddles.  You might or might not like their style, but there is no doubt about it:  as far as craftsmanship is concerned, they are tops.  When I saw that a traveling show of meeting their craftspeople was on at the Saatchi Gallery, I made a point to [...]

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Ireland: the dramatic Cliffs of Moher (2)

There is absolutely no indication, while driving down a narrow country lane in County Clare, that you are about to come upon Ireland’s Nr. 1 natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher.  So narrow is the lane, that oncoming traffic has to squeeze by.  But no matter, once you arrive, the natural grandeur of the scenery [...]

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Estonia: a frightening experience in Tallinn’s KUMU museum (1)

The KUMU contemporary art museum in Tallinn, Estonia, is one of those iconic buildings you don’t forget:  clean lines, generous spaces, windows that catch as much light as possible.  No wonder Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori’s design won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award in 2008.  So whenever I visit Tallinn, I always make [...]

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Japan: Delicious white strawberries! (2)

Ever on the lookout for new gourmet taste sensations, I found these white strawberries in Tokyo’s famous wholesale Tsukiji food market.  Beautifully packaged, as they should be for the price of 800 Yen for 6 strawberries in early February (that’s about $10 or 8 Euro).  Amazingly, they really tasted like strawberries, as did the red [...]

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Kanazawa, Japan: A city devoted to ART (0)

Where else but in Kanazawa is there a giant brass teakettle to greet your arrival at the super modern train station? ART is written in capital letters everywhere you look in the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture.  In fact, I compare it to Florence, Italy, where ART is also part of its historical heritage and daily [...]

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Bangkok to Penang: 24 hour International Express Train (17)

Nowadays, the internet is the source of instant information and this is especially true for travel news.  I forget how I found www.seat61.com but in no time, I was intrigued by the very detailed account of how to get from Bangkok to Butterworth, which is the railway station to get to Georgetown on Penang Island [...]

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Ode to a department store – Tokyu Hands (0)

„When you visit, you find what you want“ is the motto of the Tokyu Hands department store in Japan.  And so it is:  whether you are looking for sushi making gadgets; shoe insoles made of anything from fur to cork to leather with and without magnets; cookie stamping forms; stickers, ribbons or anything crazy to [...]