Walking with the Lord Incredible India. From Vadodara to Nalanda. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Our experience started in Vadodara. We visited Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara. On our way to explore the ancient Maharaja Palaces we stopped in Vadodara, Gujarat. This building the Lukshmi Vilas Palace, an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. Nowadays it has 127 rooms. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the…Continue Reading “Incredible India – From Vadodara to Nalanda”

Japan is full of contrasts Visiting the Shima Kanko Bay Suites Hotel Contributed by Jens Hoffmann A press trip brought me to Japan. Landing in Nagoya is different. The city is located in the Chubu region, easy to reach, but far enough away to present something exotic for a trvel writer. It is not without reason that Nagoya, the birthplace of Toyota, is called a place of contrasts. Here you will find Buddhist traditions, magnificent shrines and pagodas and pioneering technology. Where do I stay?…Continue Reading “Sayonara – Shima Kanko Bay Suites Hotel”

Destination Vietnam Contributed by Jens Hoffmann My hotel is straight into the heart of Hanoi. A charming joyful place in a lovely area. It is a French colonial-style hotel, built in 1901, it retains charm with green shutters, wood panelling and lush courtyard lawn. The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is located in Hoàn Kiếm area. The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a 5 star historic luxury hotel in the French colonial style. After Vietnamese independence it became a place for ambassadors, chancellors, writers. With Graham Greene…Continue Reading “Rest in style – Sofitel Metropole Hanoi”

Contributed by Melissa Richter When it comes to Thailand, wine appreciation is often viewed as a cottage industry, but it does not have to be this way. French, German, Australian, and wines from South America are all on the map, yet Italian wines remain a bitelusive. While it is not uncommon to find them prominently featured at Italian restaurants and Prosecco is commonly used as a more economical alternative to Champagne on buffets, generally Italian wines are often not as well represented as the aforementioned…Continue Reading “Thai cuisine meets Italian Moscato”

Contributed by Mr. Homolka Sure, Sun, Sea and Beach, that’s what Greece is known for, that’s why everyone loves to spend their holidays in Hellas. Maybe a bit of classical culture, if you manage to fit it in while waiting for your flight in or out in Athens, right? Well, that’s only the obvious and mass-touristic part of the game, in order to stay at the top of travelers to-do-lists you need to show more. And that’s exactly what Greece is working hard to achieve,…Continue Reading “Greece – Get out of Athens”

Donnafugata – a woman in flight. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann The 5-star luxury Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa is a heavenly place for anyone wishing to play golf and to experience a great time in one of the most enchanting places in Sicily. Located close to Archeological Park of Kamarina and possesses a unique ambience and charm and has been host for the Sicilian Open on two occasions on the European PGA Tour. “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for…Continue Reading “Donnafugata – A woman in flight – Italy (Sicily & Tuscany)”

Contributed by Mario Masciullo A new itinerary in the land of gods and heroes deepens visitors’ knowledge of the land’s nectar. It was a trip proposed by the Tourist Organization of the Attica Region to members of the tourist press and Italian travel agents and from other European countries who were given the opportunity to experience a different view. This tourist route includes the deepening of food and wine products and immersion into the history of Attica, the capital of Greece – Athens, and the…Continue Reading “Gastronomic Tourism in Attica”

Indonesia Contributed by Jens Hoffmann In places like Sumatra the locals love to say hello, and they’ll really be tickled when you can reply back in their own language. The smiles are worth the effort to learn a few words in Bahasa Indonesia. I love this country and enjoyed the Chedi – hidden among the lush undulating hills of Bali’s culture-rich highlands, this most private of resorts sits among thriving rice fields as far as the eye can see. Just outside the artists’ village of…Continue Reading “Bahasa Indonesia – The Chedi Club”

GASAG supports the eat! Berlin Gourmet Festival 2019 Berlin has earned a reputation as gastronomic food hotspot and eat!Berlin is a worldwide well-known gourmetfestival. Eating and food in Berlin is truly a joyful and serious matter. Time to talk with Bernhard Moser, the founder and festival director of the gourmet festival and Rainer Knauber, Head of Group Communication and Marketing at GASAG. An amuse gueule or amuse-bouche signatures the style of a kitchen. Which “Berlin Amuse Gueule” would you serve in Berlin City? Rainer Knauber:…Continue Reading “GASAG supports the eat! Berlin Gourmet Festival 2019”

Wine & Gatronomic Tourism in Attica (“Traveling in Europe”) Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann I love Greece. Ideally you read this article during a break from exploring Attica, the region around the Greek capital Athens. It offers wonderful wines e.g. from Gikas winery (Photo) and many culinary delights. The country’s most famous region spoils its guests with a successful blend of wines, international gourmet cuisine and local specialties. Everywhere your palate will be well pampered. Whether, fine dining or basic meze Greek cuisine offered…Continue Reading “Wine & Food experience in Attica – In a Class of its Own”

Moscato d’Asti welcomes wine writers from around the world Contributed by Jeremy Parzen In November a group of 100 wine writers, wine bloggers, lifestyle writers, and “opinion leaders” (as they call them in Italy) were welcomed in the land of Moscato by the Moscato d’Asti growers and bottlers consortium. It was a really impressive gathering, with people from all over the world: China, Germany, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, England, and America. And those are just the people I interacted and traded notes with. I…Continue Reading “Welcome! Bonjour! Ciao! Let’s explore together Piemont & Moscato d’Asti”

Cities we love – Berlin Contributed by Jens Hoffmann The german capital one of the most exciting cities with amazing hotels in the world. One of my favourite hotels you will find in Berlin-Mitte. A architectural gem. In the ground floor you will find the italian restaurant La Banca The Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Rome is located in Berlin Mitte (Bebelplatz, Unter den Linden) It is a conversion of an existing building constructed in 1889 by architect Ludwig Heim who was the appointed master builder…Continue Reading “Hotel of the year 2019 – Hotel de Rome”