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~ What’s New Around Town

Metal is hot. More furniture comes in gold, silver, platinum, brass or copper colors. We have already in recent years mixed gold and silver in our jewelry. Now you can do it also in your furniture and furnishings, , never fear, it's in! You can have a coffee table...

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~ Munich, A Culture Spree

Arriving in Munich after being on the road six and a half weeks was coming home. I arrived at night. Getting home from the airport with my monstrous luggage wasn't quite easy. But Munich's public transport is excellent, so I really did manage well. Next day I spent...

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~ Munich, Furniture to Buy

In Munich I took a morning and visited a well respected and frequented furniture store in the heart of the city. There was not a single traditional piece of furniture to be seen. Or even a transitional one. It was all very - very - contemporary. Would you believe me...

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~ Beirut, Retracing Old Paths

Landing in Beirut was very emotional for me. I had lived there for 14 years in my early adulthood and had my children there. I have always loved it there but had to leave because of the war, which then turned out to last for 15 years. Nowadays, from your seat in the...

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~ Dubai, City Of The Future

Leaving India, flying over the Arabian Sea, then over the desert - it was very exciting. I took pictures out of the window, watching the desert getting sprinkled with a little green, more green, and MORE GREEN. Overflying fabulous freeways looking sparkling new like a...

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~ Day Ten, Leaving Delhi for Dubai

When I woke up and opened the drapes, I saw absolutely nothing. Fog so dense I couldn't see a single thing out of the window, the world was opaque white. Immediately I worried about the departure of my plane. Because about 10 days before that, for several days in a...

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~ Delhi, Day Nine and Last Day

My last day in Delhi started with the tragic news of the Charlie Hebdo bombings in Paris. The only western TV channel I could get was CNN, they brought nothing but..... It is horrible to see what human beings are capable of. I was shaken like the whole world was....

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~ Delhi, Day Seven, Spice Market, Safdarjung’s Tomb

It was a beautiful morning. The Spice Market was on my list. It was a "Soukh" the way I know it from Arabia, very familiar to me. Not only many stalls with spices, but wonderfully fresh vegetables, fresh fish and freshly cooked, deep fried, boiled or grilled food...

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~ Delhi, Day Six, Crafts Museum

Indian people are very colorful. They wear all kinds of colors and patterns mixed. Some look elegant, often have a beautiful walk, probably resulting from carrying loads on their heads, but what they all have in common is very beautiful hair. Especially the ladies,...

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~ Day Five, Agra Fort, Mirza Beg’s Tomb

Lunch in Agra. The guide and driver took me to an Indian restaurant, where they usually take their tour groups. I ordered a dish with lamb and sauce, rice and butter naan. First bite I took, was bone. Second bite I took, was bone. Third bite was sinew. So I called the...

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~ Day Five, Taj Mahal, The Big Day Has Arrived

How many times have I dreamed to see the Taj Mahal? We learned about it in school, as it was one of the seven world wonders. Up at five, get ready, breakfast at 6, pick-up by tour bus at 6:30. I had booked a tour this time, instead of having my own private driver, I...

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~ Delhi, Day Four, Humayun’s Tomb

  I have been happily spending money since Sydney, Singapore and Delhi, drawing from a cash machine. Cash machines have a lot of money, right? But when I checked my bank account, I found out that every time I used the cash machine, I was charged 5$, sometimes 9$....

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~ Delhi, Day Three, Part 2, Red Fort

After the Sikh Temple I decided to go and see the Red Fort. It is a vast compound and more than a little intimidating. It was a cool and foggy morning and we drove through the traffic to a parking lot near the Red Fort. There the driver passed me on to a ricksha...

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~ Delhi, Day Three, Sikh Temple

It's fun to wake up, enjoy the view, get ready and go downstairs to get breakfast. There is Indian food, British/American food and even cold cuts and stuff for the Germans. Breads for each taste. I have stopped eating egg dishes, because I discovered that the...

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~ Delhi, Day Two, National Museum, Santushti Market

When I woke up the second morning, I felt a lot more refreshed and decided to get some real culture. I planned to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art as well as the National Museum. At the National Gallery I found out that the entry tickets were 10 Rupees for...

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~ Delhi, Day One, Khan Market

When I woke up the first morning and opened the drapes, I was surprised by a sweeping view of Delhi. Of course it's not all of Delhi, but it is as far as the eye can see. Which these days, I am learning, is not that far, because of the 'fog', whatever it is. I was...

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~ Arrival in India

I arrived in Delhi at 11pm my time (Singapore time), so it was a long long day. I was whisked through immigration and walked straight out, where my hotel's "Executive/Airport Services" waited with a driver to pick me up. They were so very kind, polite and helpful,...

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~ Leaving Singapore

Got up at 5am,  was at the airport at 6:15, only to be told by Air India that the flight to Delhi has been postponed for 17 (seventeen) hours. What to do? Other passengers were re-booked on a 4:30pm Singapore Airlines flight, but they didn't book me, because I...

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~ The Cultural Melting Pot of Singapore

At first, I am going to list the most important tourist attractions, so that you don't get bored. After that I am going to tell you what I think of Singapore. Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the PHANTASTIC building with "the ship on top" Art Science museum, shaped like the...

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~ From Sydney to Singapore

As we all know, flying is absolutely no more fun. I checked in at Sydney airport with my heavy, HEAVY suitcase and one roller suitcase to take into the plane. The carrier was Virgin Australia. All went well until Brisbane, where I had to change planes. I don't know...

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~ A Sunday in Sydney and Queen Victoria Building

On a beautiful Sunday my family and I went downtown to the Market at The Rocks. I visited several galleries selling Aboriginal art. It is so interesting to me. Colorful and very intricate in design. Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories: even...

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~ Helga’s Trip to Australia

Sydney, Australia Arrival in Sydney, the city of sunshine, beaches and the most famous Opera House in the world. Did you know that the Opera House was designed by a relatively unknown (at the time) Danish Architect named Yorn Utzon? He won a worldwide architectural...

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