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Cadaqués, the home of Salvador Dali

Cadaqués, the home of Salvador Dali

No matter if you are an art or nature lover, Cadaqués is one of the villages you should not miss out on if you are visiting Barcelona, and even Catalonia. Located close to the French border, in the middle of the breathtaking natural reserve of Cap de Creus, this village stole the heart of the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who built his house here, that served as his main residence. He had his reasons to choose this picturesque village,…

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Nature Retreat – Sant Ponç, Catalonia

Nature Retreat – Sant Ponç, Catalonia

Back in late spring of 2015, I had a free weekend without any particular plans, and was yarning for some stillness and nature – and this is where I ended up… Actually,  I found this place by pure luck – or coincidence, whatever we want to call it. Sitting in the office, brainstorming where to take off to, I was looking around on the map of Catalonia for interesting places that aren’t too far away from my hometown of Barcelona…

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Secrets of the Costa Brava – Begur

Secrets of the Costa Brava – Begur

Many people know Costa Brava as a place for mass tourism, crowded beaches and all-in hotels with food of dubious quality. To be very honest, this was also the image I had until about 6 years ago, when I first came to Barcelona to study. Luckily, the only people I knew before arriving there, lived in a precious little village in the Costa Brava, called Peratallada. That time I didn’t have the chance to visit this beautiful, hidden gem – but when I came back to Barcelona…

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Nature Retreat: Lake Seliger, Russia

Nature Retreat: Lake Seliger, Russia

All of us need a retreat from this hectic worls from time to time, and most of us have their own secret places to go to where we can find inner peace and reconnect with ourselves. Maybe some of us might be looking for a new place, sheltered from the outer world and inside nature’s womb, and that’s why I wanted to share my little treasure with you… It’s far, but it’s beautiful – and if you ever want to disappear from…

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Nice, the pearl of the Côte d’Azur

Nice, the pearl of the Côte d’Azur

The Côte d’Azur has always been a favourite destination of many tourists world wide. It is famous for being one of the most luxurious places in France, crowded by tourists and the French bourgeosie – so at first sight, this was definetely not one of my most wanted destinations, but boy, was I wrong. There is so much more about Nice – this gorgeous mix of Mediterranean food, the talkative locals with their “Nissard” dialect of French, the winding alleys…

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Paradisos Mallorquins – Mallorcan Paradises

Paradisos Mallorquins – Mallorcan Paradises

Mallorca (or Majorca, in Catalan, the language spoken in this region of Spain) is the biggest sister of the Balearic islands. Her little sister Ibiza is famous for the night long parties, the even smaller sister Menorca is home to amazing turquoise beaches – and my absolute favourite of the Baleares – but, I have to admit that Mallorca gives you the chance to combine culture, beaches and great food alltogether in one trip.  I have had the chance to…

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Venezia and Gondolas

Venezia and Gondolas

I am sure lots of you have dreamed at least once of wandering through Venice and and its winding streets, maybe hiding yourself behind a mysterious carnival mask, and of course as a cherry on top… taking a ride in one of the traditional gondola’s! Not without reason has this beautiful city served as the decor for movies like The Italian Job, Casino Royale, The Tourist, and many more… Nobody can resist Venice’s charm and beauty, and the mysterious atmosphere that is hanging there,…

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Oporto, bacalhau and wine

Oporto, bacalhau and wine

If you’re looking for a nice place to sneak away over the weekend – not too small to get you bored, but not too big to be able to say you’ve seen most of it in a couple of days – Porto is your city! Get ready for lots of delicious food, wine tastings – Porto wine has been famous for centuries, not without a reason! – and wandering around a colourful city with ceramic tiled walls. As I already…

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Sevilla, the Kingdom of Oranges

Sevilla, the Kingdom of Oranges

Visiting Sevilla in spring couldn’t be a better timing… Temperatures are slowly starting to rise, the sun is caressing our faces and it’time to go more South to discover new destinations … like the beautiful Kingdom of the Oranges in the middle of Andalusia – Sevilla! It might sound silly to call it the Kingdom of Oranges, but the first thing that enchants any human being that sets foot here, are definetely the orange trees. No matter if it’s winter or…

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Malta and Gozo on a shoestring

Malta and Gozo on a shoestring

  A couple of years ago, when I just settled down in Barcelona, I did a trip with a couple of friends to Malta – which ’till then sounded to me just like one of the unimportant countries of the list we had to memoriwe at school of the European Union. Boy, was I wrong about this little island country! Malta actually consists of 3 islands: the bigger ones are Malta and Gozo, and in between these two, you have…

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