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Drifting through Fez

With living so close, I have come to be a regular Morocco traveller by now. Hardly any other destination can put one into a whole new setting within not even a 2-hour-flight. It’s this compelling chaos that takes me back again and again. Fez is often recommended as a first stop in Morocco and yet it took me some Marrakech and Tangier as well as Essaouira trips to come here. Once the country’s capital and with one of the biggest medinas in the world, Fez has a lot to offer. Yet it has kept in my opinion more of its original tradition and pace. It’s less touristy, less entertaining than Marrakech and at the same time less rough than the coastal cities Tangier and Essaouira. The 2017 edition of Lonely Planet Morocco describes its medina as rather rundown and ragged. Arriving in Fez, I experienced quite the contrary: Initiatives to let the medina shine in new splendour have already brought out a visible effect. I arrived in Fez late in the evening and was directly …

Canary Escape: A Car-free Road Trip through Lanzarote

To be frank: Lanzarote and the Canary Islands in general had long been a destination I didn’t exactly consider for my bucket list. Horseback-riding, all-inclusive holidays and monotony were what came to my mind. But how wrong I was! An amazing thing about travelling is staying open and being surprised now and then by a new place. Even though you can’t deny Lanzarote with its black lava stones and cacti has indeed some monotony to it, it proved to be an exciting island full of rich nature, idyllic villages and excellent food. And against all my beach-hotel-resort-associations I found a lovely casa right at the coast to call my home for almost a week. After relaxing in the almost cave-like house, I went out to explore Punta Mujeres, a tranquil village in the very north of Lanzarote. I had decided not to rent a car on Lanzarote and do everything by bike or public transport. As my week on the island brought a lot of strong winds (and I might tend to be rather unathletic), …

When in Paris

Sometimes in life I am prone to looking back to those good times. Past periods we tend to romanticize. With me, it is my study years. When there was hardly any money to pay rent but always enough to invest in decent red wine, theatre tickets and museum visits. When I dreamt of all those distant places I couldn’t afford to go to. Some few years later I happily find myself occasionally travelling the world and satisfying my insatiable sense of wanderlust. It was Paris that evoke that feeling of boheme inside me again. Living for the moment. This is why I spent a rather casual long weekend in Paris over New Year’s Eve, which means no sore feet but also no cliché Eiffeltower captures (sorry). What evoked that boheme feeling? My Airbnb apartment in the artists’ quarter Montmartre did. A time-worn wooden floor, imposing pieces of art and oh so beautiful vintage furniture is all I need say. Beside excellent coffee from the french press in the apartment I tried the one or other coffee place …