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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Santa Claus is right on the doorstep ūüėČ But wait, are you still looking for a unique Christmas present and can’t make it to the city or order something? No problem! With this gift, you can definitely surprise your loved one, and they will, for sure, not forget Christmas this year.

Did you know that you can now fly directly to New York from all major German airports for less than 300‚ā¨ (return flight)? For this unique surprise, you have to do the following steps!

  • Open the page Google Flights, enter your departure airport, and don’t forget the destination: New York. Then you can choose the travel period. The date display shows you directly when it is cheapest. I recommend flying for 4-5 days. For example, from Wednesday/Thursday to Sunday. So you don’t need to take so many holidays.
  • Flights booked? First, take a deep breath and be happy!!! Because it goes straight to New York!
  • Don’t forget your ESTA visa. It takes about 5 minutes online, and you‚Äôd need it for the entry.
  • Now you probably need a place to stay. I usually always book via Booking.com. It is important that you live in Manhattan. This will save you transportation costs. It is also not necessarily more expensive. You just have to find the offers on Booking. You can also check out holiday pirates or holiday gurus. They always pick out hotels that often have offers. You will pay about 350‚ā¨-650‚ā¨ for a double room for 2 persons in a 3 or 4-star hotel. More expensive options are, of course, always available. The NoMad Hotels often have special offers or the Hyatt Hotel on Times Square.
  • Now you already have a flight and a hotel. All you only need are tickets for Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building. New York is not a cheap city, and, therefore, you should be well prepared.
  • How you can save time & money? Just get your New York Pass from Attraction Tickets Direct. The Pass gives you access to over 100 top New York attractions. You get the tickets directly to your smartphone, and at many attractions, you have a fast track ticket and don’t have to queue. All the famous attractions are covered by the ticket. I also ordered it before one of my New York trips.
    • Some attractions included are:
      • Top of the Rock
      • Empire State Building
      • Statue of Liberty
      • Madame Tussauds
      • MoMa
      • NBC Studio Tour and much more!
  • After about 30 minutes, you will have booked your unforgettable Christmas present. Now you only have to wrap it. At Pinterest, you can even find instructions on how to make flight tickets, for example. Or get a nice card and be creative!

I wish you a Merry Christmas & a good trip!

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48 hours in Doha

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Countless times I have landed in Qatar Airways in Doha and have always said that I have to look at such a city with such an impressive airport! On our trip to Australia, I finally managed to spend two days in the capital of Qatar. Since I only had 2 days to explore the city, I was afraid that it would be too short to get a feel for the city and the people. But I was wrong!

If you’re not sure what to do in the magical city in the Middle East, take a look at what we’ve done in 48 hours.

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Where to stay

It was not so easy to make the right choice at the luxurious Doha hotel deal, but we chose the Sheraton Grand Doha!

Why?

It is one of the few hotels that also has a beach. If we are already in a warm country, we always want to spend some time on the water and of course in the sun! Also, from the beach you have direct views of Doha’s skyline and if that’s not enough, you can visit the Nusr-ET restaurant on the hotel grounds.

We did not make it locally, but I have seen many impressive moments from the Nusr-ET restaurants on Instagram. We had dinner in the restaurant “La Veranda” on the seafront overlooking the skyline. The Shearaton Grand Doha is a great place to relax before heading on the next trip! The central location is ideal for exploring the city and spending little time in the car.

The Sheraton Grand Doha won me directly when the airport shuttle had Wi-Fi. I also liked the modern equipment of the gym with sea view !

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What to do

Visit the Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art is an absolute must in Doha. It represents Islamic art from three continents and over 1,400 years. The building itself is also beautiful, with a downstairs café and a gorgeous upstairs gourmet restaurant with spectacular views of the Doha skyline.

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Visit Katara Cultural Village

Opened in 2010, Katara Cultural Village is not only a beautiful place, but also offers various workshops, exhibitions and celebrations throughout the year. Katara Masjid is one of the most beautiful masjids in Qatar and you should definitely see them! Also the way to the Katara Cultural Village is the exciting development of the city of Doha.

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Visit the famous Souq Waqif

We visited the Souq Waqif during the day, I can not recommend that to you!

Visit him in the evening when not only the tourists are there, but also the locals. In many shops you can see spices and crafts and, of course, take home as a gift.

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Shopping

An absolute shopping highlight is the Venetian-style Mall. As in Venice, you can take the ferries through the mall. At shops you will not miss a big name here!

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Things to know

  • In the summer months it can be up to 50 degrees. In November it is between 25 degrees and 30 degrees. We found it very pleasant!
  • Qatar is a Muslim country. Especially as a woman you should always try to cover his shoulders and knees. This makes you feel safer and avoids unpleasant situations.
  • During Ramadan in Doha you can not eat in public places from sunrise to sunset.
  • No alcohol may be brought into the country. Alcohol on the spot is not necessarily cheap.
  • In Doha there are taxis but also UBER, which you can order via the app.
  • Doha is also preparing to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, for which the country will build 12 eco-friendly stadiums, some of which can accommodate up to 80,000 people.
  • If you’re flying with Qatar Airways, you can enjoy a 5-star Doha hotel stay for only $ 23 offered by Qatar Airways and the Qatar Tourism Authority as part of their Qatar stopover program. This applies to both economy and business class tickets. Find out more here: Experience Qatar during your stopover.
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So do not forget to check Qatar Airways on your next long-haul flight to see if you can make a quick stopover in Doha.

RIGA CITY GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT, DRINK SHOP AND STAY

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Are you craving to experience something much different than those typical travel destinations in Europe like Paris or London? Then I recommend you to visit the Baltic cities, which I assure are not one of those that are overflowing with people. Just recently, I was in the diverse capital of Latvia and enjoyed my time endlessly in that beautiful and serene city.

Travel & Accommodation in Riga

Not only is Riga a goldmine for travel enthusiasts but a good flight booking became a cherry on top for me. Ryanair and airBaltic can fly you from almost all German airports to the Capital of Culture. We flew from Dusseldorf with airBaltic to Riga and, fortunately, I got an upgrade to the business class. After the delicious meals and many drinks, I did not want to leave the plane.

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From the airport, we took an UBER to the hotel. It usually costs around 13 ‚ā¨ -15 ‚ā¨ for a 15-20 minute drive; the bus can take around 30 minutes.

In Riga, live the luxurious life of your dreams and don’t worry at all about your wallet. We chose the Radisson Blu Latvija for our stay because it was very close to the Old Town and you do not need a car for a short trip. Radisson Blu is, of course, the perfect choice if you are looking for a gorgeous view over the whole city once on their upper floor.

What to do?

  • Begin your city trip with a delicious coffee in the park around the “Basteiberg.” This park is just one of the countless beautiful parks in Riga. It is worthwhile to stay a little longer and to enjoy nature and the environment.
  • Not far from here is, of course, the well-known ‚Äď Old Town. The beauty of it is that you can hardly ever feel lost once you are in it. Just take some side road and immerse yourself in the small streets with the historic houses. The lanes also by chance took us to the well-known blue house, also known as restaurant “1221”. It is not only picture perfect but also wonderful for a wine on the roof terrace. This spot is known by only a few. The wine tastes heavenly.Riga City Guide, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
  • The central market is always recommended by many so, naturally, we did go there. I also got a classic pastry for myself. However, in my opinion, it is not a “must see.”
  • If you want to see Riga from above, you should drive to St. Peter’s Church for just 9 ‚ā¨. You can see the city from a 360-degree angle, and the best part is that it is not crowded at all. For motivation, I previously treated myself to the Bremen Town Musicians and Aperol ūüôā Riga City Guide, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
  • Another reason why Riga is breathtaking is that, in the evening light, the houses of the Blackheads on the Town Hall Square look even more beautiful and are definitely must see.
  • Stroll along Albert Street. Here you will find architectural masterpieces.Riga City Guide, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
  • The Birth Cathedral, with its golden roof, is worth a look and not far from the city center.

Restaurant Recommendations

The selection of exquisite restaurants is gigantic in Riga. I particularly liked that you can eat very stylish and inexpensive meals here, and they are all so modern and unusual.

On our first evening, we ended up in the St. Peter’s restaurant, which impressed me, on the spot, with its open kitchen, right as we entered. I still dream of the chocolate caramel dessert that I ate there.

Traditional and exclusive cuisine is served in the restaurant “Entresol.” The design of the dishes amazed me, almost immediately, and also the taste blew me away. Not only is the food impressive here, but also the great service. You feel right at home and welcome.

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Bonus Tip

Fly to Riga during the restaurant week. All restaurants offer a “get to know” menu between 15 ‚ā¨ and 20 ‚ā¨. It is well worth it & so much fun! The dates can be found on the website of the city of Riga.

Let me know if you liked my tips and when are you planning to come to Riga!

Best things to do in Warsaw

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Do you dream of a place where there are spectacular malls, trendy bars and chic restaurants around every corner? Do, you know that such a heavenly place does exist. But where? Warsaw is every tourist’s dream destination. Tall skyscrapers line this little Manhattan in Poland. Anyone visiting Warsaw for the first time will be surprised at how cool and modern the Polish capital is.

Old town

A visit to Warsaw without visiting the Old Town is not possible. The pastel-colored houses in its market invite you to take a leisurely stroll. You cannot miss the Royal Castle in the Old Town and from here, you should take the Royal Route which is shrouded with impressive buildings and then continue onto the first shopping street. You can hardly miss it if you keep following the Royal Route. At some point, you will see numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops.

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Shopping

Nowy Swiat is a famous and beautiful shopping street in Warsaw. You can get here directly from the Royal Route. Here you can find something for everyone! For all Zara, Mango and H&M lovers I recommend the 5 minutes‚Äô walk to the street “MarszaŇākowska”.

In case of bad weather, a visit to the attractive “Zlote Tarasy” mall is also worthwhile, as there are about 200 shops in the huge “space station”.

Buildings

Of course, while writing about a fancy and futuristic mall, I must also mention the traditional buildings worth seeing along the Royal Route. From the beautiful Technical University, or the Warsaw Landmark, to the Palace of Culture you will find wondrous beauty here. On the 30th floor, you can admire the city from above through the panoramic terrace. But what about a panoramic view with a closer look at the Palace of Culture, and a drink? Better? Then make sure to visit the Panorama Sky Bar at the Marriott Hotel.

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Food

Here I do not know where to start. Culinary Warsaw has so much to offer. Everyone definitely finds something of their liking here. Here you will find a tantalizing culinary experience.

Traditional Cuisine

At Zapiecek restaurant you can find pierogi of any kind, as well as traditional Polish cuisine. We were in the cozy room in the Old Town and went there were early, as it is in great demand!

Foodporn

In the food hall “Hala Koszyki” many different caf√©s/restaurants offer a variety of dishes. There is even a vegan restaurant there. The cool bar in the factory-like hall will invite you to drink. We had a “low calorie” breakfast in the “Kreperia” and really feasted well over there.

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Unforgettable dinner:

Opasly Tom is a restaurant that stands in the middle of Warsaw which was also recently renovated. In it, you will be surprised with how fine, and innovative their Polish food and drinks are. Every dish is exciting and tastes fantastic. If you want to experience Polish cuisine differently with a personal service, this is the place for you and also make sure to try a Polish wine.

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10 minutes from the center, you will find the restaurant “Belvedere in the impressive Lazienki Park. As soon as you enter the building, you will be amazed by the interior design. Large arched windows surrounded by many shrubs and trees will make your dinner very cozy with an atmosphere of privacy. The exquisite classic dishes and ambiance are a dream.

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Spektakuläre Malls, angesagte Bars und schicke Restaurants findet ihr hier an jeder Ecke!

Wo? In Warschau! Hohe Wolkenkratzer zeichnen das kleine Manhattan in Polen. Wer Warschau zum ersten Mal besucht wird √ľberrascht sein wie cool und modern die polnische Hauptstadt ist.

Altstadt

Ein Besuch in Warschau ohne die Altstadt zu besichtigen, ist nicht m√∂glich! Die pastellfarbenen H√§user auf dem Altstadtmarkt laden nur zu einem gem√ľtlichen Spaziergang ein. Das K√∂nigsschloss k√∂nnt ihr auf keinen Fall in der Altstadt verpassen und von hier aus, solltet ihr den K√∂nigsweg mit den imponierenden Geb√§uden entlang gehen bis zur ersten Einkaufsstra√üe. Ihr k√∂nnt sie kaum verfehlen, wenn ihr immer weiter dem K√∂nigsweg folgt. Irgendwann seht ihr zahlreiche Caf√©s, Restaurants und Gesch√§fte.

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Shopping

Nowy Swiat, die bekannte und wundersch√∂ne Einkaufsstra√üe in Warschau. Hierhin gelangt man direkt vom K√∂nigsweg und es ist f√ľr jeden etwas dabei! F√ľr alle Zara, Mango und H&M Liebhaber empfehle ich die 5 Minuten bis zur Stra√üe ‚ÄěMarszaŇākowska‚Äú zu gehen.

Bei schlechtem Wetter lohnt sich auch ein Besuch in der sehenswerten Mall ‚Äě Zlote Tarasy”. In der riesigen ‚ÄěWeltraumstation‚Äú befinden sich ca. 200 Gesch√§fte.

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Buildings

Wo ich gerade schon von einer ausgefallenen und futuristischen Mall schreibe, gibt es nat√ľrlich auch noch traditionelle sehenswerte Geb√§ude entlang des K√∂nigswegs, die wundersch√∂ne technische Universit√§t oder aber auch das Warschauer Wahrzeichen, der Kulturpalast. Im 30. Stock k√∂nnt ihr von der Panoramaterrasse die Stadt von oben bewundern! Wie w√§re aber ein Panoramablick mit einem Drink und Sicht auf den Kulturpalast? Besser? Dann auf zur Panorama Sky Bar im Marriott Hotel!

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Food

Hier weiß ich gar nicht, wo ich anfangen soll. Kulinarisch hat Warschau so einiges zu bieten. Hier findet auf jeden Fall jeder etwas!

Traditionelle K√ľche:

Pirogge in jeder Art, sowie traditionelle polnische K√ľche, bekommt ihr im Restaurant Zapiecek. Wir waren direkt in der gem√ľtlichen Stube am Altstadtmarkt und waren schon fr√ľh da, da sie hei√ü begehrt ist!

Foodporn:

In der Foodhall ‚ÄěHala Koszyki‚Äú werden in vielen kleinen Caf√©s/Restaurants unterschiedliche Speisen angeboten! Sogar ein Restaurant nur f√ľr Veganer! Die coole Bar in der Fabrik √§hnlichen Halle n√∂tigt einen fast zum trinken! Wir waren zum ‚Äěkalorienarmen‚Äú Fr√ľhst√ľck in der ‚ÄěKreperia‚Äú und haben richtig geschlemmt.

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Unforgettable Dinner

Mitten in Warschau und gerade neu renoviert werdet ihr im Restaurant ‚ÄěOpasly Tom‚Äú mit feinen, innovativen polnischen Speisen und Drinks immer wieder aufs neue √ľberrascht! Jedes Gericht ist spannend aufgemacht und schmeckt fantastisch! Wer die polnische K√ľche anders erleben m√∂chte mit einem pers√∂nlichen Service, ist hier genau richtig! Probiert auch Mal einen polnischen Wein!

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10 Minuten vom Zentrum entfernt, findet ihr im eindrucksvolle Lazienki-Park das Restaurant ‚ÄěBelvedere‚Äú. Schon beim betreten des Geb√§udes kommt man aus dem Staunen nicht mehr heraus! Gro√üe Bogenfenster umgeben von vielen Str√§uchern und B√§umen lassen einen das Abendessen in privater Atmosphere. Die exquisiten klassischen Gerichte und das Ambiente sind ein Traum!

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Things to be Considered When Going to Amalfi Coast

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The beautiful pictures of Positano and the Amalfi Coast have seduced me, too to take a trip to the Amalfi Coast. However, I was previously unaware of some things that could have made the trip much more enjoyable. Therefore, I have summarized for you things which you should better not do and also the places where you should pay a visit.

Avoid Driving a Car

The roads in the Amalfi Coast are so narrow that you should not drive a car there yourself. You can either travel with a tour operator like Sunland for example or drive by public bus from one coastal town to another. We drove both by car and by scooter along the coast. I would always prefer the Jollyrent Vespa as my go to ride. You rarely get stuck in a traffic jam and never or rarely get alarmed by the narrow streets.

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Do Not Park

Parking on the Amalfi coast is unbelievably expensive. Mostly you pay 25 ‚ā¨-30 ‚ā¨ for 24 hours or about 3 ‚ā¨ per hour. In some suburbs, you can also park for 1 ‚ā¨ per hour but these parking lots, of course, are much sought after by the locals.

Do Not Go With the Flow

Get up early and start your coastal tour in the early morning. The small mountain villages are mostly still empty and you avoid getting stuck in a traffic jam with the other tourists. Also, in the afternoon on the way back you will have the roads for you.

Eat With a View

While we dined royally in the restaurant L’Antica Cartiera, we could hear the waves beat against the cliffs and of course the sea. L’Antica Cartiera is one of the few hotel restaurants in the Amalfi Coast, right on the water. The attentive service fulfills every culinary desire.

My Tip: Treat yourself with the lobster along with the black noodles.

Do not forget to book a place with a sea view.

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Visit Ravello

The well-known city of Positano attracts most tourists to the Amalfi Coast. Try either visiting it early in the morning or admire the small colorful houses from a distance. Because when tourists squeeze through the narrow streets, even a visit to Positano is no fun. A great view, shops, beautiful gardens, and culinary delights can be found in the small hill town of Ravello.

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Visit the Beach in Minori

You want to relax for a day and let your mind wander? Then just drive to the beach promenade to Minori or Maiori.

These two places are only a few minutes’ drives from the Amalfi Coast.

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Die wundersch√∂nen Bilder von Positano und der Amalfi K√ľste haben auch mich zu einer Reise an die Amalfik√ľste verf√ľhrt. Allerdings war mir vorher einige Dinge nicht bewusst, die die Reise h√§tten angenehmer machen k√∂nnen. Daher habe ich f√ľr euch zusammengefasst, was ihr besser nicht machen solltet und welchen Orten ihr einen Besuch abstatten solltet.

Avoid driving a car

Die Stra√üen in der Amalfik√ľste sind so eng, dass ihr nicht selbst mit einem Auto fahren solltet! Ihr k√∂nnt entweder mit einem Reiseveranstalter wie Sunland z.B. die Reise planen oder mit dem √∂ffentlichen Bus von K√ľstenstadt zu K√ľstenstadt kommen. Wir sind sowohl mit dem Auto als auch mit dem Roller an der K√ľste entlang gefahren. Ich w√ľrde immer die Vespa von Jollyrent bevorzugen! Man steht selten im Stau und bekommt keine bzw. seltener Panik auf den engen Stra√üen.

Don’t park

Parken an der Amalfik√ľste ist unhemlich teuer! Meistens zahlt ihr 25‚ā¨ – 30‚ā¨ f√ľr 24 Stunden oder ca. 3‚ā¨ die Stunde. In manchen Vororten kann man auch f√ľr 1‚ā¨ die Stunde parken aber diese Parkpl√§tze von einheimischen sind nat√ľrlich hei√ü begehrt!

Don’t go with the flow

Steht fr√ľh auf und beginnt eure Tour an der K√ľste am fr√ľhen Morgen! Die kleinen Bergd√∂rfer sind meistens noch leer und ihr vermeidet mit den anderen Touristen im Stau zu stehen. Auch am Nachmittag auf dem R√ľckweg werdet ihr die Stra√üen f√ľr euch haben!

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Eat with a view

W√§hrend wir in dem Restaurant L‚ÄôAntica Cartiera f√ľrstlich diniert haben, konnten wir die Wellen gegen die Klippen schlagen h√∂ren und nat√ľrlich auch sehen! L‚ÄôAntica Cartiera ist eins der wenigen Hotelrestaurants, das an der Amalfik√ľste direkt am Wasser liegt! Der aufmerksame Service erf√ľllt euch jeden kulinarischen Wunsch!¬† Mein Tipp: G√∂nnt euch den Hummer mit den schwarzen Nudeln.

Nicht vergessen einen Platz mit Meerblick zu reservieren!

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Visit Ravello

Die bekannte Stadt Positano zieht die meisten Touristen an die Amalfik√ľste. Versucht sie entweder fr√ľh morgens zu besuchen oder die kleinen bunten H√§uschen von weitem zu bewundern. Denn wenn sich die Touristen durch die engen Gassen quetschen, macht auch ein Besuch in Positano keinen Spa√ü mehr! Einen tollen Ausblick, Gesch√§fte, wundersch√∂ne G√§rten und kulinarische K√∂stlichkeiten findet ihr in der kleinen H√ľgelstadt Ravello!

Visit the Beach in Minori

Ihr wollt einen Tag entspannen und die Seele baumeln lassen? Dann fahrt einfach zur Strandpromenade nach Minori oder Maiori. Die beiden Orte sind nur wenige Fahrminuten von Amalfi entfernt!

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From Sicily to Naples within 7 days

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Those who travel from the southernmost point of Italy to the third largest city in Italy, get on the trip of the most varied impressions. From architectural beauties and decay, natural wonders for the eye and exotic smells for the nose is all there you will find everything there. It was a fascinating journey that has allowed me to experience Italy from a completely different perspective.

Catania – our outward flight went from Cologne directly to Catania. Thanks to EconomyBookings.com, we easily got our rental car, which took us safely to every destination during the week. From the airport, we drove around for 40 minutes to our accommodation Path House. Attention! If you miss an exit, you will have to drive extra for about 20 minutes. Our rooftop apartment was the perfect base from which we explored the three highlights in the area:

– The volcano Etna

– The tourist and hill town of Taormina

– Isola Bella

All the activities have pleased me, but unfortunately, there was not much to see on this side of Sicily except tourists, chaotic traffic and dirty, scary narrow streets, which would probably be all blocked in Germany by the public order office. I flew to Sicily with such high expectations, as I was always told of a “European Caribbean”, but when we took the ferry from Messina to the mainland, I was rather relieved.

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Amalfi Coast – The five-hour drive to the Amalfi Coast is an experience in itself. You drive through several national parks, which are sprinkled with natural beauty and then sometimes you cross a city that looks like it could urgently need a refurbishment. In my opinion, it is an experience that should not be missed.

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Half an hour before you reach the Amalfi coast and the small hill town of Ravello, you will once again experience a breathtaking mountain scenery. I was completely amazed by them. Although, those who cannot ride well curvy and narrow routes, should first take a tranquilizer.

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Later we arrived in Ravello, and thanks to Sunland, we could experience an accommodation with a view that is simply made for advertising. A dream! In Minori, you can park cheaply and conveniently enjoy a beachfront with Martini Bianco. Ravello, a must place to be visited on the Amalfi Coast, offers not only a gigantic view but also many shops for small accessory shopping tour and cafes with Italian delicacies. You should do the coastal drive with a scooter or a bus. For insecure drivers, the narrow streets can be exhausting. We drove with a Vespa rented from Jollyrent, from Ravello to Positano. Try to drive against the current if possible. Also, try to go back early and sooner than the others. The small tourist crowded downtown in Positano should be avoided. Remember the unique view of Positano.

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Ravello and the Amalfi Coast were the highlights of our journey because we had no idea what we would come across next – Naples. Since the ferries in Salerno, Sorrento, etc. only go to Capri on a calm sea, we opted for a safe crossing with SNAV from Naples. The streets in Naples are filled with garbage, dark shapes, and dirt. Sure, I first felt at the harbor again.

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After arriving in Capri it seemed to me again like I was on another planet. There was no sign of crime here. It‚Äôs a wonderful island in the daytime for many tourists in Capri. That’s why we fled to Anacapri and were warmly welcomed at the Hotel Al Mulino. The peaceful atmosphere in the whole hotel let me first process all my travel experiences. Try to visit Anacapri in the morning and Capri in the afternoon, otherwise, you will find many “day tourists”. You can relax here especially well on the trails with a view of the sea.

After two days in Capri, our eventful week was unfortunately over.

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Wer vom s√ľdlichsten Punkt Italiens bis zur drittgr√∂√üten Stadt Italiens reist, bekommt auf der Reise die unterschiedlichsten Eindr√ľcke geboten! Von baulichen Sch√∂nheiten und Verfall, Naturwunder f√ľrs Auge und exotische Ger√ľche f√ľr die Nase ist alles dabei! Eine faszinierende Reise, die mich Italien aus einem ganz anderen Blickwinkel erleben lassen hat!

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Catania ‚Äď Unser Hinflug ging von K√∂ln direkt nach Catania. √úber den kleinen Flughafen, kann ich absolut nichts kommen lassen! Dank EconomyBookings.com haben wir problemlos unseren Leihwagen bekommen, der uns in der einen Woche sicher an jedes Ziel gebracht hat. Von hier aus sind wir 40 Minuten zu unserer Unterkunft PathHouse gefahren. Vorsicht! Wenn man eine Ausfahrt verpasst, darf man ca. 20 Minuten extra fahren. Unsere Wohnung mit der Dachterrasse war der perfekte Ausgangspunkt, um die drei Highlights in der Umgebung zu erkunden:

  • Den Vulkan √Ątna
  • Die Touristen- und H√ľgelstadt Taormina
  • Isola Bella

Alle Aktivit√§ten haben mir schon zugesagt, aber leider war ansonsten auf der Seite von Sizilien nicht viel zu sehen au√üer Touristen, chaotischer Verkehr und schmutzige, be√§ngstigend enge Stra√üen, die in Deutschland wahrscheinlich alle vom Stra√üenverkehrs- oder Ordnungsamt gesperrt w√§ren.¬† Ich bin mit so hohen Erwartungen nach Sizilien geflogen, da mir immer von einer ‚Äěeurop√§ischen Karibik‚Äú erz√§hlt wurde, aber als wir die F√§hre von Messina aufs Festland genommen haben, war ich doch eher erleichtert!

Amalfik√ľste ‚Äď Die f√ľnfst√ľndige Fahrt zur Amalfik√ľste vergeht wie im Flug! Man f√§hrt durch mehrer Nationalparks , wird von der Natur berieselt und durchquert ab und zu eine Stadt, die aussieht als k√∂nnte sie dringend eine Kernsanierung gebrauchen! Meiner Meinung nach eine Erfahrung, die man gemacht haben sollte!

Eine halbe Stunde bevor man die Amalfik√ľste und die kleine H√ľgelstadt Ravello erreicht, erlebt man nochmal eine atemberaubende Bergkulisse! Ich kam aus dem Staunen gar nicht mehr heraus! Diejenigen, die nicht gut kurvige und enge Strecken fahren k√∂nnen, sollten vorher eine Beruhigungspille zu sich nehmen!

Angekommen in Ravello d√ľrfen wir dank Sunland eine Unterkunft mit Ausblick erleben, die einfach nur gemacht ist f√ľr Werbebilder! Ein Traum! In Minori k√∂nnt ihr preiswert parken und g√ľnstig direkt am Strand einen Martini Biancho genie√üen! Ravello, ein Muss an der Amalfi K√ľste, bietet nicht nur einen gigantischen Blick, sondern auch viele Gesch√§fte f√ľr eine kleine Accessoire-Shoppingtour und Caf√©s mit italienischen K√∂stlichkeiten! Die K√ľstenfahrt solltet ihr mit einem Roller oder einem Bus machen. F√ľr unsichere Fahrer k√∂nnen die engen Stra√üen anstrengend werden! Wir sind mit einer Vespa von Jollyrent von Ravello bis nach Positano gefahren. Versucht m√∂glichst gegen den Strom zu fahren! Fr√ľh los und fr√ľher als die anderen zur√ľck! Die kleine von Touristen √ľberf√ľllte Innenstadt in Positano sollte man eher meiden! Erinnert euch lieber an den einmaligen Blick auf Positano!

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Ravello und die Amalfik√ľsten waren das Licht auf unserer Reise, denn wir hatten nicht ann√§hernd geahnt, was auf uns als n√§chstes zukommt ‚Äď Neapel. Da die F√§hren in Salerno, Sorrento etc. nur bei ruhiger See nach Capri fahren haben wir uns f√ľr eine sichere √úberfahrt entschieden mit SNAV von Neapel aus. Die Stra√üen in Neapel sind von M√ľll, d√ľsteren Gestalten und Dreck gef√ľllt. Sicher habe ich mich erst wieder am Hafen gef√ľhlt!

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Angekommen auf Capri schien es mir schon wieder wie auf einem anderen Planeten! Keine Spur von Kriminalit√§t! Eine wunderbare Insel mit tags√ľber zu vielen Touristen in Capri. Deswegen sind wir auch nach Anacapri geflohen und wurden sehr herzlich im Hotel Al Mulino aufgenommen! Die friedliche Atmosph√§re im¬† ganzen Hotel hat mich erstmal all meine Reiseerlebnisse verarbeiten lassen. Versucht Anacapri vormittags zu besichtigen und Capri erst gegen Nachmittag, da ihr sonst auf viele ‚ÄěTagestouristen‚Äú antrefft.¬† Entspannen kann man hier besonders gut auf den Wanderwegen mit Blick aufs Meer!

Nach 2 Tagen Capri war unsere erlebnisreiche Woche auch schon leider wieder zu Ende.

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