Guide to MALAGA – How to Enjoy the Ease of Being at the Hometown of Pablo Picasso

Grand heritage, a charming city center flanked by golden beaches – Malaga, the hometown of world-famous artist Pablo Picasso, is the best place in Andalusia to kick back and enjoy the ease of being

Renata Green at the Malaga Sign in Malaga, the Hometown of Picasso
Everyone gets the chance to become part of Málaga – literally.
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Guide to CADIZ – the oldest city in Europe

I’m so happy to guide you to Cadiz, according to archeological founds, not only the oldest city in Spain but in all of Europe.

However, it’s difficult to define the date of its founding as there were no written records at past times. According to historians, Phoenician traders founded Cádiz as their first settlement in Europe over 3,000 years ago.

Panoramic view of Cadiz, oldest city in Europe
A picturesque old town, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.

Yet, at the same time, it’s one of my personal favorites in modern Spain – due to its charming and laid-back atmosphere.

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Guide to JEREZ de la FRONTERA – Flamenco, Carthusians, And Sherry Wine

In this guide, I’m taking you on four different routes through Jerez to noble palaces, majestic Carthusians, and golden sherry wine – or where do you think the city got its name from?!

Training of a Carthusian in Jerez de la Frontera
Two of Jerez’s icons: Carthusians and one of the most famous Sherry Bodegas.
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Guide to SEVILLE – Three Days Right Where Andalusia’s Heart is Beating to the Rhythm of Flamenco

This is a guide to the enigmatic and sultry city of Seville where in three days, you’ll find out where Andalusia’s heart is beating to the rhythm of flamenco.

Flamenco Dancer in Seville seen during Three Days in Seville Andalusia
As fierce’n’fiery as legendary opera persona Carmen: Flamenco dancer at the Plaza de España.

No wonder that apart from Bizet’s Carmen more than 150 operas – like Verdi’s Don Carlos and – you probably guessed so – Rossini’s Barber of Seville – were set in scenic Seville.

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BASEL and the Rehberger-Trail – time to wonder, time to wander

Visiting Basel, you’re not only seeing Switzerland’s third-largest city – after Zurich and Geneva – but you also get to hike the amazing Rehberger Trail. It’s a route decorated with sculptures by German artist Tobias Rehberger. On this occasion, you can even cross the border to Germany walking.

View of the river Rhein at Basel
Cozy little Basel in the heart of Europe. There are a couple of art venues and many interesting buildings and places along the river Rhein.

That’s one of the things I absolutely love about Basel: It is located in the tri-border area of Switzerland, Germany, and France. Three totally different countries getting connected in harmony.

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BERLIN – a Guide to the Wild Wild East

A complete guide to Berlin ‘s Wild East – namely the part of Germany’s capital that used to be behind the proverbial Iron Curtain, obviously.

Mural at the East Side Gallery in Berlin
At the East Side Gallery, on this picture by street artist and wall painter Birgit Kinder you can also see a Trabant – aka Trabi. It was one of two types of cars that were manufactured in the former GDR and everyone in the west made fun of, obviously. The Trabi is crashing through a wall – guess which one that is. Also, its license plate reads Nov 9, 89 – the date the gates to the west were open and the wall – and finally the GDR – came down.

Formerly the capital of the GDR, Berlin’s Eastern neighborhoods actually changed really fast for the better and cooler and are more exciting than the full and settled West today.

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A Guide to the Capital of Europe: BRUSSELS is For Everyone

Let me guide you to Brussels, the vibrant capital of Belgium – and of Europe, for that matter. Historic buildings, wild street art, fantastic museums, beer, fries, and chocolate: This cosmopolitan city holds actually something for everyone in store.

Guide Capital Europe Brussels: Chocolaterie Manneken Pis
Different strokes for different folks: World’s most famous wee-er made of chocolate. Bon appetit.
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Guide to BOGOTÁ – Colombia’s hip ‘n’ artsy capital

Guide to Bogotá – Colombia’s hip ‘n’ artsy capital.
It’s the most energetic and vibrant Latin American city I’ve ever visited, indeed.

Bogota-Graffiti in Bogota
All the ingenious and powerful murales, colorful graffitis, are one of Bogotá’s strongest suits.

I’m still overwhelmed by the charm and the beauty of many neighborhoods. I’m also impressed by the environmental awareness, by the countless delightful little shops and vegetarian and vegan snack bars. The most amazing suit, however, is the eclectic, outstanding, creative art that can be found at every corner.

Totally unexpectedly, Bogotá took me by storm.

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