Sydney from the skies

Today is my birthday! Turning 30; same procedure as every year. Now you would expect a pirate to celebrate her birthday at sea or with a bottle of rum. But this year there was a big birthday surprise in store for me..! A helicopter tour over Sydney! Quite […]

Walking through Sydney

It’s been two years since we first got the idea to visit Australia and now we’re finally there. Yesterday evening we arrived in the Sydney Kirketon Hotel after more than 20 hours of travel. The jet lag could have been worse; but at 6.30 in the morning we […]

Hermann the conqueror

At the beginning of time (or at least the moment we started counting after a certain special baby was born) many different ‘barbarian’ tribes lived in Germany. Like in most parts of Europe during these days, there was also a Roman presence. These legions in the northern parts […]

Magical Externsteine

Dan Brown, search no more: I have found the perfect place for the next Da Vinci Code! A truly magical place where ley lines come together and the devil sleeps. Where the Japanese come to lie in an empty grave to re-energize and mighty treasures were hidden.. Today […]

Drinking wine in Saint-Émilion

A little south of Bordeaux you can find this little place called Saint-Émilion. A small town with only 200 people left living there. It reminded me a bit of the ghost town I visited in California two years ago: Calico once housed hundreds of people, but since all […]

Drop dead royalty

This may seem a bit macabre but on the other hand: the Viennese are typically a bit macabre. So if you have a weak stomach I suggest you quit reading now. If not: welcome to the world of the dead! Who says Austria (or Vienna) says Habsburger. The […]