Crazy Town Dublin – St. Patrick’s Day, Phoenix Park & 770 Pubs!

Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and the largest city in the country. Located on the east coast, Dublin has a total area of 155 km² and thus occupies about 0.2% of the approximately 70,300 km² island. A little more than 550,00 people live in the capital, i.e. just under 12% of the total population of Ireland. Due to its proximity to the coast, the climate in Dublin is strongly maritime: winters are mild and summers cool, extreme temperatures are the absolute exception. As everywhere in Ireland, Dublin is also subject to a lot of rain – the rainy days are in August, while between March and April almost no rain falls. The city itself is divided by the Liffey into a northern and a southern part, whereby in the south mainly the somewhat more prosperous population of the city lives. Together with the main axis from the three streets O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and Harcourt Street, the structure of the city is cross-shaped from a bird’s eye view. There are many department stores and many more pubs in Dublin. The famous Trinity College – world-renowned for its extensive library – and the urban Saint Steven’s Green Park are also popular destinations for young and old.

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Discover Dublin – drone flight in sunshine!

From Celtic settlements and Viking graves

The first known mention of Dublin took place about 140 AD under the name “Eblana”. Originally, however, it was a small Celtic settlement called Áth Cliath: Hurdenfurt – a ford is the shallow part of a river that allows crossing and probably refers to the river Liffey, which flows from Wicklow via Kildare and Dublin into Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea. This aspect can still be found today in the Irish name of Dublin, because in the Irish language Dublin is called Baile Átha Cliath, which translates as “city at the hurdle ford”. Within the city, the Liffey is underpassed by the Liffey Service Tunnel. In addition to the Celtic roots, the Vikings also had a great influence on Dublin’s development. Not least with regard to the name of the town itself, because in the middle of the 9th century the Vikings built a small village in the immediate vicinity of the settlement Áth Cliath and they called it Duibhlinn, the black pond. As the Vikings gained power and influence, Duibhlinn became the Kingdom of Dublin, which lasted until the English conquered it in 1170. In and around Dublin, tourists can still visit the old Viking tombs today.

From British, Commonwealth and Easter Rising

At the beginning of the 13th century King John of England had a fortress built – now known as Dublin Castle – but it was not until 1801 that the city became the British administrative headquarters of the newly founded United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Ireland under the Act of Union. After the Great Famine in Ireland and the Irish uprising against the British in 1916, which went down in history as the Easter Uprising, and the Declaration of Independence a few years later, the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War, the city of Dublin was extensively destroyed and its population severely decimated. In 1949 Ireland left the British Commonwealth and became an independent Republic of Ireland. Since Ireland’s accession to the European Union in 1973, Dublin has flourished again and developed into a European metropolis. Today Dublin can look back on 1,040 years of existence with all its ups and downs.

All roads lead to Dublin

Ireland’s transport system is completely geared to Dublin. The city is thus the centre of the Irish road network – all major national roads run from Dublin to all parts of the country. The city’s port is connected by ferry to the cities of Liverpool in the northwest of England, Holyhead on Holy Island, a British island off the Welsh coast, and Cherbourg in northern France. Since 1940, air traffic has also been developed via Dublin’s international commercial airport, which is located just under 10 km north of the city centre – a service used by around 25 million passengers a year. Dublin Airport is one of the 20 largest airports in Europe and the home base for the airlines Aer Lingus, Ryanair and CityJet.

Kulturbrauerei Guinnes – Panoramic view over the roofs of the city

By the way: From a historical point of view the city of Dublin is the centre of brewing in Ireland, with a special focus on the Guinness brewery founded in 1759. The Guinness Store House is located at Sankt James’s Gate in Dublin and is now a seven-storey museum that illustrates over 250 years of history and the production of the beer. Samples are of course included in the entrance fee and can be enjoyed almost all year round and seven days a week in the Gravity Bar on the top floor of the museum – ironically, almost 90% of the Guinness in Ireland is sold exclusively to tourists. Many locals don’t like Irish strong beer at all! The 360° panoramic view over the roofs of the city is definitely worth a visit!

Late-Night Show Comedian Conan O’Brien at the Guinnes Store House

St. Patrick’s Day – Ireland’s most famous holiday

On 17 March, the Republic of Ireland celebrates the world-famous St. Patrick’s Day. It is synonymous with the national holiday and is celebrated in Ireland with great festivities and parades. St. Patrick’s Day is the commemoration day of the Irish bishop Patrick, who probably lived around the 5th century in Ireland. Patrick is historically known as Ireland’s first Christian missionary and the 17th of March each year is for him a high celebration and legal holiday in Ireland to commemorate. Also many tourists, who don’t know anything about the historical background or Patrick’s importance for the Republic of Ireland, like to be infected by the big parades and the exuberant atmosphere and celebrate with us.

Who’s Patrick?

Patrick is considered the first Christian missionary in Ireland. Within the Catholic Church, Patrick is venerated as a saint. Not much is known about his days of birth and death – his day of death is first mentioned in the 7th century, but his birth is a mystery. Also otherwise some details from his life are still unclear to historians even today. Some even go so far as to say that the person Patrick was composed of two – if not more – individuals, and today’s definition of Patrick is not actually a real person.

Celebrate in Dublin – hot coveted!

On St. Patrick’s Day Ireland is like one huge folk festival, including many activities, stalls and of course – how could it be any different? – also live music. Dublin in particular is often a hot spot – perhaps that is why the attraction for people outside Ireland is so great, as the city’s hotels are usually fully booked many, many years in advance! So it takes some luck, good connections or angelic patience to get a room in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day. In the rest of the republic, however, things don’t look much better, as many Irish living outside the island also come home for St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy the colourful hustle and bustle among their fellow countrymen.

Celebrate until the beer turns green

Green, as everyone knows, is the colour of Ireland – and for Irish from all over the world, St. Patrick’s Day Green is the predominant colour. In some cities even the rivers are dyed green – the beer anyway! By the way: in Munich/Germany and New York City/USA there is also a big celebration with colourful parades and loud music.

Other festivals in Ireland: film festivals, novel character and sheep

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is a 10 day marathon of celebrations and events held annually in February. On this occasion numerous international stars gather in Dublin and celebrate Irish and international film together with the Irish people. During the festivities, the audience chooses the best film from the presented possibilities – a great honour!

Bloomsday Festival – novel character creates holiday

The Bloomsday Festival is traditionally held on 16 June. The festival refers to “Ulysses” by James Joice, whose main character is Leopold Bloom. In the context of Leopold Bloom’s narratives, the Dublin of 1904 is often sketched as the setting, which is why on Bloomsday itself these same locations are also visited by fans similar to a pilgrimage in memory. 16 June will be accompanied by a week of celebrations, book readings, performances and drama performances, excursions to the novel venues and city tours of Dublin in the context of Leopold Bloom.

Fertility resistant – sheep thanks

The Irish are a very natural people and even today there are many farmers and shepherds in Ireland. Historically, the first milking of sheep after the long and hardscrabble winter break was of immense importance, which is why even today the 1st of February is still remembered by the Irish as a fertility festival.

Dublin Fashion Festival – Shopping & Fun

The Dublin Fashion Festival was created with the aim of bringing fun and theatre together with the shopping of fashion items. Fashion retailers and distributors of beauty products are invited to the centre of Dublin and there is a great mix of special offers, live fashion events and business promotions that nobody wants to miss. The Dublin Fashion Festival has existed since its inception in autumn 2010 and is held every year in September.

Dublin Fashion Festival 2017 – make-up, styling, catwalks, drinks

Dublin Fashion Festival 2016 – Merger with Galaxy Chocloate

Fashion in Ireland – the top 10 fashion brands in the country

Manley – trendy & feminin

Manley is the fashion brand of Emma Manley, a successful graduate of the Graftton Academy of Fashion Design. Manley is one of the most important contemporary fashion labels in Ireland and is characterised by “trendy femininity” and a combination of delicate frills, hard cuts and modern fabrics.

Danielle Romeril – funny & striking

Danielle Romeril designs her women’s clothing with inspiration from anywhere, anywhere in the world. This global perspective is what makes your brand so versatile and successful. Danielle Romeril’s designs are funny, but also striking and remain in the memory and are also very popular with fashion icons. The fact that Danielle makes her own fabrics fits seamlessly into the unique energy of her brand.

Edel Traynor – timeless & minimalist

Edel Traynor is a young designer and was awarded the “Future Maker Award” by the Design and Crafts Counsel of Ireland for her creative achievements. She started her label in Atelier 27, a program for young designers – now she works on her fashion creations from the Chocolate Factory Arts Center in the heart of Dublin. Due to her strong interest in the longevity of structures, Edels fashion line is characterized by elegance, pragmatism and minimalism and takes on a timeless character.

Petria Lenehan – simply & casual

Petria Lenehan’s designs are strongly influenced by the beauty of nature. The characteristics of the typical Irish landscape are reflected in the simple and modern fashion line – the high-quality everyday clothes impress with their simplicity and beauty.

Natalie B. Coleman – creative & breakout

Natalie B. Coleman is known for all kinds of innovative and wonderfully asymmetrical designs and is therefore worn and presented at all major fashion weeks. Natalie has already won several awards for her fashion brand, including the “Future Maker Award” by the Design and Crafts Counsel of Ireland in 2012.

Umit Kutluk – tailor-made & hand decorated

The Turkish-born Umit studied fashion design at the Grafton Academy before founding his own label in 2011. Since then he has worked in the Merrion Square studio and produces seasonal fashion. Umit also creates haute couture and is known for its dream wedding collections. The designer says about himself that he has the desire to redefine “minimal chic”. Umit Kutluk is characterised by tailor-made fabrics and delicate handcrafted decorations.

Fashion Feed: Umit Kutluk SS18 / FW Istanbul

Zoe Jordan – full of life & temperament

Zoe was born in Dublin, but has been at home almost everywhere in her life. Before she got involved with fashion, she worked in finance and travelled a lot due to her job. The fashion brand Zoe Jordan expresses the designer’s curiosity and zest for life as well as her adrenaline-charged lifestyle. Zoe herself describes the ideal “Zoe Jordan Girl” as an unobtrusive maturity embodying natural self-confidence, subtlety and temperament.

We Are Islanders

The designers at We Are Islanders prefer expensive fabrics from Ireland and around the world with the aim of creating sustainable and ethically produced women’s fashion. Your clothes should be worn, loved and not passed on or disposed of for decades. Premium quality is another aspect of their fashion line. We Are Islanders explore cultural narratives and combine the impressions of their surroundings with their work, which often manifests itself in signs of distant horizons or moving landscape motifs.

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh

Sorcha is an advanced designer whose fashion is typically characterized by strikingly heavy embellishments and embellishments. Well-known fans of the fashion brand include Lady Gaga and the Canadian musician Grimes, who appreciate Sorcha’s creations precisely because of their uniqueness. Visually, they would often fit into a museum exhibition rather than be worn, and in fact Sorcha mainly works on demand. The label Sorcha O’Raghallaigh is often seen on the pages of well-known fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. Recently, the designer also designed a jewellery collection, which was presented in London’s Stylist Magazine.

Richard Malone

Richard Malone was originally from Wexford and studied fashion design at Central St. Martin’s College in London. He has won numerous awards, including the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE Grand Prix Scholarship (LVMH), and was recently described by Vogue US as a “rule-breaker”. Three years ago, the BBC described him as one of the best young artists in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Fashion Feed: Richard Malone SS18 / FW London

Education in Dublin – Trinity College ranked number 1!

Dublin is home to several universities as well as scientific and cultural institutions. In 2018, 11 Dublin colleges will be among the top 15 within the county of Dublin, with Trinity College, which was founded in 1592 and has between 15,000 and 20,000 students and an annual tuition fee of 750.00 euros to 1,800.00 euros, naturally leading the way.

The 10 Best Colleges of Dublin County

  1. Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin (Ireland, Rank 1 – World Rank 219)
  2. University College Dublin (Ireland, rank 2 – world rank 261)
  3. Dublin City University (Ireland, rank 4 – world rank 488)
  4. Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland, rank 7)
  5. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ireland, Rank 9)
  6. Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Ireland, rank 18)
  7. National College of Ireland (Rank 19)
  8. Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (Ireland, rank 20)
  9. Institute of Technology Tallaght (Ireland, rank 21)
  10. National College of Art and Design (Ireland, Rank 25)

Important sights of the city

Temple Bar – Party & Nightlife in Dublin

Temple Bar is located on the southern bank of the Liffey River and is famous for its nightlife. It was named after the Temple family who lived in the area in the 17th century. The entire quarter is medieval in architecture and is home to numerous pubs, such as the Porterhouse or the Bad Ass Cafe, as well as many Irish cultural institutions, including the Irish Film Centre with the National Film Archive and the Central Bank of Ireland.

The Spire – “The Longest Toothpick in the World”

The word “Spire” comes from English and stands for a spire. In Ireland, however, “The Spire” refers to a 123 m high stainless steel column directly on O’Connel Street, designed by the British architect Ian Richie and declared a landmark of the Republic of Ireland in 2003. 3 m in diameter at its base, but only about 15 cm at its tip, the Spire’s tapering column is teasingly referred to by the Irish population as “the largest toothpick in the world”.

The Liffey Bridge – unofficial landmark of the city

The Liffey Bridge is one of many bridges in Dublin spanning the river Liffey. The 43 m long pedestrian bridge connects the cultural quarter Temple Bar with Bachelor’s Walk and is one of the most photographed sights of Dublin. It is popularly known as the Ha’Penny Bridge, the name comes from the pedestrian toll of half a penny (“Half Penny”), which in earlier times had to be paid when the bridge was used.

City Hall – the old town hall from stock market to museum

The historic town hall dates from the 18th century and is one of the best examples of the finest Georgian architecture. City Hall is located on Dame Street and was originally a meeting place for Dublin’s merchants and businessmen. The royal stock exchange also had its place here until the economic downturn in the 19th century. Throughout its history, City Hall has also hosted funerals and state funerals, including those of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. A small exhibition in the vaulted cellar tells the story of Dublin and gives interested visitors an insight into the development of the city.

Leinster House – Trendsetter of Nobility

The Leinster House is a former ducal palace and was the first official state residence on the south side of the river, while the rest of the nobility lived on the noble northern bank of the river. The Earl of Kildare thus set a trend which soon led to the south becoming the preferred area of the Irish aristocrats, while the houses in the north gradually perished. After several renovations, Leinster House is now the official parliament building for 166 MPs, 60 Senators, the press and staff, while the statue of Queen Victoria was relocated from the front of the house to Sydney.

Leinster House – inspired by the White House

The Irish National Library – beautiful and full of knowledge

The Irish National Library on Kildare Street is a pure reference library and does not allow the lending of its media. Books, maps, manuscripts, magazines and other materials may only be viewed on the premises of the library. At the same time, it is the venue of many exhibitions and houses a vast archive that houses the complete collection of all Irish newspapers.

Dublin Castle – Record Tower survives the time

Dublin Castle was built on a former fortress from the 10th century and is located on Dame Street, in the heart of Dublin’s old town. The only remnant from this period is the so-called Record Tower, all other parts of the building date from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Royal Chapel Royal was renamed the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in 1943 by the Roman Catholic Church and now serves as the cultural centre of Dublin.

Four Courts – Ireland’s main courthouse

The Four Courts is not only one of the most beautiful buildings of the city, but also the most important courthouse of the Republic. It consists of the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Central Criminal Court – before the restructuring of jurisdiction in the late 19th century, the Four Courts housed four different courts and was a silent witness to the Easter Uprising and the Irish Civil War.

Memory of Molly Malone and Phil Lynott

Dublin is home to a number of monuments to famous historical figures, including a statue of Molly Malone, a beautiful Dublin fishmonger from the famous Irish folk song “Cockles and Mussels”, the city’s unofficial anthem. Other monuments refer to the Irish politician Daniel O’Connell, also known as “The Liberator” and the Irish national hero Charles Steward Parnell. The ornately decorated tombstone of thoroughbred musician Philip Parris Lynott, founding member of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, is also one of the monuments of Dublin County and is located on the Howths Head peninsula.

Live: The Dubliners with Cockles and Mussels aka Molly Malone

The Great Cathedrals of Dublin

In Dublin there are two important cathedrals of the Church of Ireland, a member church of the Anglican Community with about 390,000 believers. On the one hand the National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick, Dublin, short: Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and on the other hand the somewhat smaller Christ Church Cathedral with the alleged tomb of the Welsh warlord Richard “Strongbow” de Clare.

Top recommendations for theatre and museum lovers

There are many good theatres in Dublin. The Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre and the 3-Arena are definitely worth a visit. The National Museum as well as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Wax Museum should be mentioned as museums. Special and unusual is the Kilmainham Gaol, a museum located in a former prison. Last but not least: the Dubliner and the Guinnes Store House!

The famous “Irish Pubs” – more than 10,000 in the country!

There is an endless number of pubs in Ireland. Even if you go to a different pub every day – or to several pubs on the same day as part of the popular and convivial Pub Crawls – it will be difficult, because there are almost 10,300 pubs in Ireland! Not for nothing the Irish like to say about themselves that their second living room is the pub. With an average pub density of 315 inhabitants per locality one can imagine the active pub culture of Ireland. In Dublin, the capital city, there were just under 770 pubs recently – a proud number for a single city! In addition, there is live music, which is so typical for Irish pubs and sounds from every corner. Everywhere in Dublin you can hear the traditional Irish folk music and partly also modern arrangements. By the way: the O’Donoghue’s Pub is a prime example of first-class live music and rousing performances.

The 5 best pubs in town

  • Sweeney’s Bar, Lady Street
  • The Mercantile Bar, Dame Street
  • The Living Room, O’Connell Street
  • Broxelles, Harry’s Street
  • The Globe, Great George’s Street

Enjoy nature in and around Dublin

The Irish island is sufficiently well-known for its breathtakingly beautiful nature, the endless intensively green meadows, the rugged coasts, the flower splendour. The closeness to nature is an important part of the Irish culture, therefore there are of course also numerous parks and green areas in the capital Dublin. Amongst others the St. Steven’s Green, the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland as well as the Iveagh Gardens, but the most beautiful park is by far the Phoenix Park.

Phoenix Park – between wildlife and presidential villa

Phoenix Park is probably the largest park in Dublin and consists of almost endless meadows and forest strips. It is the home of many wild animals such as deer, which can sometimes be quite trustful. By the way: the Irish President and the American Ambassador are both based in Phoenix Park and live in the midst of nature and in the immediate vicinity of Dublin Zoo, Ireland’s largest zoo!

The true size of Phoenix Park – from a lofty height in 4D!

Top sights in the surrounding area

  • Beach and golf course Portmarnock
  • Wicklow Mountains
  • Fishing village and peninsula of Howth
  • Seaside resort and Malahide castle
  • Killiney Hill
  • Hill of Slane
  • Passage Tomb of Fourknocks


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Sofia Tsakiridou aka Matiamu

Sofia Tsakiridou alias Matiamu is a blogger and infuencer with Greek roots. Since this professional field is no longer too rare, one wonders what exactly are the reasons why people like to share their private lives in such a public way. Now you can find out what Sofia’s motivation is, who her boyfriend is, what she is looking for at Germany’s Next Topmodel and why she chose the name “Matiamu” for her blog.

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Matiamu by Sofia Tsakiridou

Matia… what ?

“Matia mu” is Sofia Tsakiridou’s blog. The pretty brunette regularly fills her blog with new posts about the popular topics:

  • Beauty
  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Lifestyle
  • Models
  • Travel
  • Sport

“Matia mu” is Greek for “my eyes”. This is exactly what Sofia wants to communicate to the whole world – she wants to show what the world looks like for her. The concept is very well received by their readers. They like her enchanting, cheerful and honest manner, because the popular blogger doesn’t mince her words, instead she always clearly takes her personal position on the most diverse topics. This fascinates and motivates their fans.

Who is behind the blog ? (age, place of residence and home )

As you already know, the pretty brunette with Greek roots, Sofia Tsakiridou, is behind the blog. The family model was born on 01 June 1993 in Hamburg and lives after a short break in Cologne, again in the Hanseatic city.

Motivation and inspiration of the model

Read correctly – Sofia is not only a blogger, but also a model. She combines her passions and thus lives out her dream. She is allowed to travel a lot in her job, discover the world and get to know and love creative people. It quickly became clear to the model that the beauty of a country is carried into the world by the beauty of its inhabitants. For this reason she has set herself the goal of being a good role model, inspiring others and infecting them with her joie de vivre.

Saggy: What does the blogger say ?

Sofia is grateful for her success and happy to be inspired by others. Thanks to this attitude, the 25 year old has already gained some experience. As a result, she has found that life as a model is not always as unconditionally perfect and simple as it may seem on the outside. For this reason she would like to tell everyone that nobody has to look so unhealthy and skinny and should look like many models from fashion magazines.

Sofia’s definition of beauty

Of course it is important to look beautiful as a model, but here the question comes quickly: Who or what is beautiful at all? Sofia is sure that every person can be beautiful in their own way. It’s not about pleasing the majority or looking like someone else. No, it’s about feeling comfortable in your skin and bringing that happiness out. Because only those who are beautiful from the inside can do so from the outside.

Goal of your blog

So Sofia, as mentioned before, uses her blog to share this message with the world. Their readers should be able to see the world through their eyes, be inspired by it and then see how the world looks perfect for everyone personally. Everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of their life, to love themselves and to follow their dreams.

Fans and feedback

The feedback from her fans, which the brunette receives daily, is Sofia’s biggest motivation. She realizes that it’s really worth the effort and time to put into both her blog and her Instagram account.

The Blogger now also as YouTube-Star ?

Sofia doesn’t really produce her own videos for YouTube, but she often stands for the format Fashion & Lifestyle by OTTO in front of the camera, as for example in the following video. Sofia and fashion blogger Kira Bejaoui have teamed up to create a feel-good outfit for cosy evenings.

Sofia Tsakiridou in GNTM

Yes, Sofia already had her big appearance in the casting show Germany’s Next Topmodel (GNTM) but not as a participant, but as guest juror in this year’s season. In retrospect, the blogger even openly admitted that the winner of last season’s season (2018) had already been her absolute favourite at Sofia’s guest appearance. She would also like to be part of the show again in the upcoming season and get to know the candidates personally.

What agency is the model under contract with ?

As a professional model Sofia is of course also under contract with a model agency. To be exact, the Hamburg agency PMA, which gives Sofia’s exact measurements on its website.

  • Size: 175 cm
  • breast: 82 cm
  • waist: 61 cm
  • Hip: 89 cm
  • Fabrication: 36
  • Shoes: 39

Who’s Sofia’s friend?

The man at Sofia’s side is the Swiss men’s model Jérôme Palaz. Although both like to post photos of themselves together, the couple keeps questions about their relationship rather closed. The two look happy nevertheless or maybe just because of that.

The face for Betty Barclay

Since the beginning of March this year, fashion blogger Sofia Tsakiridou has been the face of the new Betty Barclay fragrance Beautiful Eden.


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Slovenia – a dreamlike journey into nature

Romantic towns, mountains, beaches – Slovenia offers about everything you could want for your summer holiday. The small country bordering Croatia is nevertheless not yet besieged by mass tourism! That’s why it’s the perfect place to just switch off. The best way to explore the idyll of the country is with a motorhome or tent, and above all you are always flexible. Doesn’t one like it in that place right now or wants to see something new? No problem, you pack your things together, sit down in your car and the tour continues. Since the distance to Slovenia is very long depending on where you start in Germany, it is advisable to make a stop in between.

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The highlights of Slovenia

Romantic moments in Bled

This sweet and romantic village, just in the north of the country, is characterized by its beautiful alpine lake. But not only that, in the middle of the lake there is a small island with a church. The village is very small and manageable, but that’s exactly what it is. Everyone in this place simply enjoys the lake with the beautiful church in the middle of the island. Take a stroll and then have dinner in one of the sweet restaurants and the day is perfect.

Absolute nature at Bohinj Lake

Not far from Bled is Lake Bohinj. Unlike Lake Bled, this lake is crystal clear and surrounded by the Julian Alps. Once in the cold water you don’t really want to go out anymore, the lake is so fresh and pure.
But not only swimming in the lake is a popular activity in Bohinj, it is also very worthwhile to unpack your hiking boots and explore the nature, respectively the Triglav National Park.

Ljubljana: The beautiful capital of Slovenia

Don’t forget anything on a trip to Slovenia: Ljubljana.
Slovenia’s capital is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. A small and sweet city, with small streets, canals and bridges where the eye reaches. Just pure romance.
At every corner you will find cute cafés or restaurants and beautiful, modern shops. In Ljubljana you can walk through the city without a plan and simply enjoy the ambience, drink a glass of wine and explore the student quarter. But one does not need to plan many days for this, Ljubljana is manageable and after a day trip one already knows best about it. Important for campers: Here, it is best to book a hotel or an AirBnb apartment. The prices in Slovenia are very reasonable and especially for short stays it is worthwhile to start directly from the centre.

Discover the caves of Škocjan

There are several caves in Slovenia that can be visited. My favourite are the Škocjan Caves. Since 1986 these have also been UNESCO World Heritage Sites and attract almost 100,000 visitors annually. Reason: The Cerkvenik Bridge over the Canyon. The biggest Eurpoas and third biggest in the world! The cave also has some stalactites to offer.

Small but fine: the coast of Slovenia

From the cave you can immediately continue to the coast of Slovenia. This one is small and there are only three cities: Koper, Piran and Izola.


Koper is the largest city on the Slovenian coast and is only 10 kilometres from the border with Italy. This can be seen not only in the bilingual street signs and the like, but also in the design of the old town. The picturesque little alleys often remind one of small coastal towns in Italy. In Koper there is the biggest port of Slovenia, and every year there is a jazz festival, “MareziJazz”. For 13 years musicians from all over Europe have come for the musical experience.


Piran is unique with its small and winding streets in the Venetian style. The village is largely car-free and can therefore best be explored on foot. This place is a must for all Slovenia travellers. The sweet old town attracts tourists every year, but is not overcrowded.

You won’t find a sandy beach in Slovenia, but on hot summer days people only romp around at Piran’s headland. Colourful towels and air mattresses wherever you look – right next to the pedestrian zone. In July the Piraner music evenings are particularly popular. Every Thursday in July, soloists and chamber music ensembles perform in the Minorite Monastery. In general, the city comes alive in summer: the Summer Festival and the Tartini Festival are just two of Piran’s top summer events.


Izola is located directly between Piran and Koper, so it is a good idea to stay in this small town to get to know the three coastal towns best. It’s more quiet here. A stroll through the old town, a view of the harbour – there is not much more here. Nevertheless, Izola is definitely worth a visit. The fishermen can still be watched at the harbour and especially the water sports attract the people to Izola.

National Park Triglav

At 2,846 metres, Triglav is the largest mountain in Slovenia. Even the Slovenian 50-cent coins depict the peak of Triglav, but Narional Park has so much more to offer. Particularly impressive: the Soca, which stretches through the Julian Alps. A river you can’t imagine turquoise, therefore untouched nature far and wide. A true paradise for fishermen and hikers. The Valley of the Soca has so much to offer: Peace and relaxation with waterfalls, mountains, tributaries, gorges and troughs. But the valley is particularly famous for activities such as hiking, cycling and water sports. Rafting, kayaking, canyoning, fishing, fly-fishing and even winter sports can be practised here.

For those who are not so keen on sports: just grab your bike and explore the area, in the Triglav National Park there is really something to see and discover everywhere.

Very recommendable: with a cable car you can reach the top of the mountain. In good weather you have a beautiful view of the valley, but beware: in bad weather you prefer to stay down because you can’t see through the clouds.


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Travel tips Amsterdam + Outfitspecial

Hello, my Dears, I hope you had a happy Easter! I spent mine with my family in Holland. Although I’m not really a fan of Holland, I let myself be convinced to go with them again. We lived in a small house near Zandvoort. Advantage? It was situated directly by the sea and between the dunes, so it felt like a real holiday + It is only half an hour away from Amsterdam. Disadvantage? It was very cold and windy, so the summer feeling was lost as soon as he left home.

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Our journey began on Friday morning when my stepbrothers gathered me here in Cologne and we drove on to Zandvoort. That’s where the whole patchwork family arrived, waiting for us. A walk on the beach at icy temperatures was of course the order of the day. It is not necessarily my highlight of the trip, but apart from the temperature and the very nice wind. On Saturday we spent the day in Amsterdam. The city is very beautiful and I fell in love a little with the old houses with big windows, but also here it was very cold and there was a lot of wind. But what I have to leave to the Dutch, nowhere else does the pancake taste as good as there. Of course we also enjoy one of them directly in a ‘Pannkokenhus’. I don’t know what the Dutch do differently, but somehow they manage to make the pancakes delicious and yet taste completely different. Of course, I couldn’t go shopping. For a day full of shopping, sightseeing and endurance running, you must first find the right clothes. I’ve been waiting for a capital alternative or two for you.

Black and White – Chic yet hot!

This outfit looks elegant and chic, but is also very practical because it keeps you warm at the same time. Zara’s sweater is super warm and super comfortable. Due to its white color and the zipper on the back it has a very elegant look. For this I have combined a black basic trousers from Reserved. Since you go a lot on a shopping tour, I have left my high heels at home for a change and my Adidas superstar to light up. The outfit is completed with my Fashion Drug Bag, which is not too big, but big enough to take everything with you. If it is still too cold for you, you can also combine a white leather jacket with a sweater (picture 2).


PINK! The new trend color of spring

This suit is definitely not suitable for freezing between you, but you can combine it very well in summer. It is particularly suitable for trips into the city, since it can achieve a lot with little effort. Sober watet, it’s just a top, a leather jacket and jeans, but the use of colors and accessories makes it look much more. Because it remains so simple, this equipment is also super comfortable and uncomplicated. I really fell in love with the color of the cover. Pink is very fashionable this summer and goes particularly well with brown hair. If you like color, you can find more pieces of this color in Zara. Just like this blouse. You can also buy Zara’s jacket, which is definitely my favorite item this spring. These pants are again reserved by Reserved and the bag is reserved by Fashion Drug.

All black – Outfit Inspiration

As you’ve probably noticed, this bag is my favorite right now. It simply has the perfect shape and size that you can wear every day. Also with this set the whole look is upgraded. The T-shirt is also one of my new achievements from my new favorite online store Fashion Drug, of which it is also the bag. It is super comfortable and looks great on its own due to the cut and the pressure. Black pants with Zara’s tears and your suit are perfect, too. Since the temperatures are a bit too cool for such a suit, I recommend the leather jacket Edgy Look or a torn denim jacket. So you complete this look perfectly and have simply created a great outfit.


Perfect waves for a perfect set

Finally, I’ll show you something of the Beauty Zone, where you can add a special touch to your look. The perfect beach waves, like the catwalks of Victoria’s secret, who doesn’t dream of it? It’s so easy to get the perfect waves. The be-all and end-all is the curling iron. It must be neither too thin nor too thick and must already correspond to a certain quality. It is also important that you don’t get the perfect beach waves with a flat iron, as a curling iron is always necessary.

Once you find your perfect curling iron, there won’t be much left. All you have to do is divide your hair into two parts (I always split them from one ear to the other) and keep the top half. Then spray your hair with a heat protection spray, I use Schwarzkopf got2b guardian angel. When your curler is preheated (with my hair 180 degrees), take a 5 cm thick strand and wrap it around your curler. After about 20-30 seconds you can release it and continue with the next one. You do it with all your hair and make sure you turn it in the same direction. When you’re done, simply spray your hair with hair spray over your head (to give it more volume) and place it in place. If you wish, you can also comb your hair carefully with a comb. Your beach waves are ready. He’ll look like me.

This hairstyle enhances your outfit and makes you look super elegant. I hope that you enjoyed my blog this week and that you can take some new and fantastic outfit ideas / beauty tips with you. If you also want to go to Amsterdam, I can only recommend a boat trip through the canals and in any case a Pannkokenhus. I wish you a good week and a good start into the day! If you have any suggestions / improvement suggestions or ideas for a blog entry, please write me in the comments!

Tu Iva ❤


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Monaco – beautiful light at the playground of the rich

Anyone who earns a lot of money has to pay high taxes – at least that is the case in most countries. For this reason rich actors, singers, sportsmen and other stars have repeatedly moved their residence to the Mediterranean in the past decades. There, the small Principality of Monaco offers them a refuge in which almost no taxes are due on the income they earn – practically for many VIPs and the super-rich. To do this, of course, you have to meet certain conditions, but they are not particularly strict, and you also have to adapt to the lifestyle of the Principality. Due to the many rich and beautiful people who live here, however, it is relatively expensive, even if it is often more about appearance than being. Not for nothing, for example, the rapper Money Boy has already posed in front of the Monaco skyline in the video to his song “Monte Carlo” to underline his wealth – of course it is not clear whether all the expensive apartments have already been paid for. Also the Prince, Prince of Albert, can be seen more often at parties in Monaco.

Games of chance are very popular

The much money that has flowed towards Monaco over the last decades has of course also ensured that gambling is very popular in the small principality. The Monaco Casino is therefore one of the most popular destinations for fans of cultivated gambling. But if you don’t necessarily want to make your way to the Côte d’Azur to place your bets at such games, you can now also do so on the Internet. There are a whole range of online casinos that offer many alternatives from classic table games to slot machines. If you have never tried it before, it is best to register on a comparison page in a Test Online Casino and use the free trial versions of the individual games there. You don’t take any risks, but first you can get to know the process exactly. Those who have then convinced themselves of gambling on the Internet can transfer a first balance to their account in the online casino and risk a little money.

Casino has shaped Monaco

If you take a look into the casino of the Principality on a trip to Monaco, you will find a game temple with a long history. The house was opened as early as 1863 and was supposed to boost the economy at that time. Only five years later, a railway line was opened to the then still very modest fishing village – thus began the upswing. Already in the 19th century many nobles and celebrities came to Monaco, many of the visitors also wanted to try their luck at the game tables. Of course there were always cheaters among the visitors, but all in all you can look forward to well-groomed games and a unique atmosphere at the tables. It’s not for nothing that the casino has served as a backdrop in many films, just like the rest of Monaco. Finally, the impression of almost unlimited wealth is created here.

Attraction for black money

Not only the low taxes, but also the very lax supervision has in the past caused high sums to flow into Monaco year after year. Not every euro spent here has been legally earned. How high the share of black money on the real estate market is, can hardly be said with certainty. However, even the Spanish ex-king Juan Carlos I. has already been associated with corruption and money laundering – among other things he is said to have bought land in Monaco on behalf of a woman with whom he had an affair. Nevertheless, Monaco is sure to attract many people in the coming years who want to see the fascination of life in luxury for themselves. With a bit of luck, you can even improve your travel cash for the trip by winning at the casino – locally or online.

The Bikini Trends 2018 – These are the beach highlights this year

This summer, women in this world will once again be able to attract attention at all costs! After our travel reports from Tokyo to Milan, today we look at the Bikini Trends 2018 and your must-haves for your holidays!

This year’s beachwear follows last year’s bikini trends and offers the right bikini for every woman. Most women are looking for a bikini that optimally underlines the figure and is a real eye-catcher. From the retro look of a high waisted bikini to brightly colored, hip-tight bikinis, the designers have a broad portfolio on offer to ensure that you conquer the beach this year. Most women go shopping again before a holiday or the bathing season. But especially when looking for a suitable bikini it is difficult to find the right model. The many colours, cuts and patterns do not make the selection easier. That’s why we’ve made it easier for you to choose and have compiled the 2018 bikini trends for you.

Trend #1 – The High Waisted Bikini

The High Waisted Bikini is one of the trends for the beach in 2018. The bikini panties, which reach to the waist, are particularly well suited to cover the problem zones at the hip and abdomen. If the High Waisted Bikini Panties is combined with a sexy and playful top, you get a real eye-catcher on the beach. Many other bikini trends this year can be combined with the High Waisted bikini panties to create a wonderful look for the beach. Even a belt on a high waisted bikini panty can highlight a playful and sexy bikini outfit.

Trend #2 – The color trends this year

A real trend of Fashion Designers are bright colors. Here it is said: The more conspicuous the better. But also fashion bloggers like Kim Kardashian contrast with colors like pastel, olive, nude or metallic and show the direction of bikini trends this year (German). Here it depends primarily on one’s own taste. If you just want a bikini to look sexy and graceful, dull colours like pastel or nude are more suitable, but if you want to attract all eyes, bright colours are exactly the right thing. Also retro-look stripes or flower patterns and fruits are totally IN this year.

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Trend #3 – The Baywatch look is back

The 90s celebrate their comeback on the beach this year. The Frong, which consists of a one-piece with a particularly high leg neckline, is becoming more and more popular with designers and fashion bloggers this year. The simple swimsuit looks particularly sexy when lacings, patterns and cut outs come into play.


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Colourful Kyoto – sake, shopping & imperial palace in the heart of Japan

Kyoto is located in the Kansai conurbation on the main island of Honshu in Japan. The city is located about 400 km from today’s capital Tokyo and 40 km from Osaka. About 1.5 million people live in Kyoto on an area of about 830 km². The former capital is surrounded on three sides by mountains, only the south is accessible – this area is also called Rakunan, the traditional access area of the city. Besides its wealth of temples and shrines, and numerous educational establishments, Kyoto is known for its sake production, silk textiles, the special Kyo-Yuzen dyeing technique and its outstanding cuisine.

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Kyoto is the sister city of many world-famous cities, such as Prague, Paris, Florence, Zagreb, Kiev and Cologne. It also maintains an official partnership with Istanbul, Qingdao and Viantiane, among others. Read more about Japan’s metropolises Tokyo and Kobe.

The highlights of Kyoto in 4D

Kyoto is Japan’s number 1 destination for tourists from all over the world. The former capital offers so many different impressions and experiences, something new, exciting or unusual can be discovered in every corner of the city. From a bird’s eye view Kyoto is breathtakingly beautiful – Fushimi-Momomiya Castle and the paradisiacal mountain village Miyama are a real insider tip! Arashiyama has been a popular excursion destination since the 8th century and has lost nothing of its beauty to this day. The Zen Buddhist temple Tenryuji, for example, impresses with its beautiful gardens, designed by the famous Japanese Muso Soseki, who was the first abbot of the temple. At least as worth seeing is the small temple Senkoji. The river Hozu invites you to extensive sightseeing from a boat, while the Togetsukyo bridge may be familiar to some from historical Japanese films. Simply beautiful!

From Miyama to Senkoji – the enchanting Arashiyama in the West of Kyoto

Kyoto 794 – the imperial residence

As “Heian-kyo” Kyoto was the second permanent capital of the country since 794. At that time, Japan’s political power essentially originated there, which is why it also served as the imperial capital. When the emperor moved to Tokyo 400 kilometres away in 1185, Kyoto lost its position of power and the slow and gradual decline of the city began. 1568 came with the first Christian place of prayer, Namban-ji, then also the Christian influence to Kyoto. Only in 1580 did the reconstruction of the city begin and the first temples were built within the city – this had previously been strictly forbidden. Kyoto recovered and flourished and was one of the few cities in Japan to be spared from nuclear bombs and air strikes during the Second World War due to its cultural importance.

Kyoto Cultural Center – nearly 1,600 temples and more

Today Kyoto is the best preserved city in the country and is known as the cultural centre of Japan. Inside the city there are about 1,600 Buddhist temples and another 400 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens. Many of these shrines and temples are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Kyoto” and are therefore particularly protected. This is one of the reasons why many of the country’s most famous buildings are located in Kyoto. The most important sights are in the east, north and west of the city – the majority of the temples are a bit remote in the north and on the surrounding mountain slopes. Every year Kyoto hosts the “Gozan no Okuribi” festival – large fires are lit on the mountain tops in the north whose flames simulate Japanese characters seen from a distance.

Ghostworld & Beacon – how to celebrate Gozan no Okuribi in Kyoto

Excessively polite in dialect

In Kyoto dialect is spoken, especially by the older inhabitants of the city. What distinguishes the Kyoto dialect from other language variants of Japanese is its strong historical influence, because here the old courtly culture is reflected in a form that cannot be found anywhere else but within the former capital. That is why the Kyoto dialect is also regarded as the higher variant of the generally regionally widespread Kansai dialect.

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The most beautiful buildings in the 11 districts

The city of Kyoto is divided into 11 districts, all of which are worth a visit. – Because in every district there are beautiful temples and shrines and many other attractions and tourist destinations.

Fushimi – the best water of the country

The district of Fushimi is known for its particularly soft and clear water, which is of great importance for sake production. That’s why this is also where sake producer Gekkeikan is based. Also worth seeing are the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi Castle, Teradaya Inn, Gokogu Shrine and the ruins of Yodo Castle.

Kamigyo – from Imperial Palace to University Campus

The high-quality silk textile Nishijin-Ori has been produced in the district of Kamigyo for centuries. The old architecture of the Imperial Palace as well as various temples and shrines, including the temple of Shokoku-ji and the shrines of Kitano Tenman-gu and Seimei, meet modern structures such as the Imadegawa Campus of Doshisha University.

Kita – golden pavilion and oldest shrine in Japan

Kita belonged to the district of Kamikyo until 1955 and is rich in sights. Here is the Daitoku-ji and the Imamiya Shrine with its famous Yasurai Festival and Japan’s oldest shrine, the Kamo Shrine. There is also the golden pavilion Kinkaku-ji, the mountain Funaokayama and four large universities.

Higashiyama – National Museum Kyoto

The entertainment district of Gion is located in the heart of Higashiyama. There are numerous temples including Kiyomizu-dera, Tofuku-ji, Kennin-ji, Kodai-ji, Imakumano Kannon-ji and Sanjusangen-ji.

Minami – the southern city entrance

Until 1955 the municipality was still part of the Shimogyo district. Minami is located in the south of Kyoto, the only area of the city that is not bordered by mountains. Here is the former southern entrance to the city, Rajomon, as well as the famous temple complex To-Ji, where monk Kukai taught. By the way: Minami is home to the Zainichi, a population group with Korean roots.

Nakagyo – the tourist center of the city

The district of Nakagyo is located in the city centre of Kyoto and is therefore also the hub for administration, consumption, tourism and entertainment. Three of the city’s most famous festivals are held annually in Nakagyo: the Aoi-Matsuri, the Gion-Matsuri and the Jidai-Matsuri. Of particular note in Nakagyo are Nijo-jo Castle, Tokugawa’s former seat of the Shogunate, the Rokaku-do Temple, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1877, and the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Nishikyo – the Imperial Katsura Villa

The district of Nishikyo is of particular importance because of the imperial Katsura Villa, which was built over the Katsura river of the same name. The old moss temple Saiho-ji and the Yoshimine-dera are also located here.

An ode to Katsura Rikyu

Sakyo – rice fields and botanical garden

The district of Sakyo is very close to nature. It is the only district of Kyoto that has been able to preserve its rice fields and prevent new development areas and high-rise buildings due to urban planning restrictions. The wood industry has also been a constant in Sakyo for many years. Besides temples and shrines like Ginkaku-ji, Nanzen-ji, Kamo Shrine, Heian-Jingu Shrine, Kurama-dera, Kifune-jinja, Sanzen-ji and Manshuin Temple there is the Imperial Villa Shugakuin and the botanical garden of Kyoto. The Kyoto International Conference Center, in which the famous Kyoto Protocol to the climate protection agreement was adopted, and the Kyoto University for Art and Design are also located here.

Shimogyo – Shopping, Travel, Rivers

Shimogyo is home to the large Kyoto railway station and the city’s largest shopping district at the corner of Shijo Street and Kawaramachi Street. Three rivers flow through the district and the famous Kyoto Tower rises far beyond the city.
Ukyo – Bridge to the Moon

The temple complex Ninna-ji, the Zen temple Ryoan-ji, Daikaku-ji as well as Koryu-ji and the bridge with the mystical name “Bridge to the Moon”, Togetsu-kyo are located in this district. The Kyoto Prefecture University is also located here. By the way: Ukyo is also seen as the centre of the Japanese film industry and is home to one of the two film studios Toeis.

With Kenny Lee in Arashiyama: from the bamboo grove to the “bridge to the moon”

Yamashina – the oldest imperial tomb of Kyoto

Yamashina station is only one stop from Kyoto station in Shimogyo. As a former imperial residence, a number of emperors have of course also been buried in Kyoto. In fact, the oldest imperial tomb in the city, the tomb of Emperor Tenji, together with that of General Sakanoue no Tamuramaro and other important historical figures are located in the Yamashina district. The famous Oishi Shrine is also located here.

The Top 10 City Attractions

  1. Fushimi Inari Shrine
  2. The golden pavilion Kinkaku-ji
  3. Kiyomizu-dera
  4. Eikan-do
  5. Sanjuzangdo Temple
  6. Shoren-in Temple
  7. Emperor Shugakuin Villa
  8. Imperial Katsura Villa
  9. Ninna-ji Temple
  10. Sanzen-in Temple

With Shan Axe in Kyoto – 11 recommendations in less than 3 minutes!

University City Kyoto – Studying at the highest level

Due to its status as a university city, Kyoto is home to many young people, but in fact the students are not only city residents and regional residents, they come from all parts of the country to study at one of the approximately 40 universities and colleges in the city. Since the opening of the first Shinkansen line in 1964, Kyoto can also be reached by high-speed trains, which makes commuting much more pleasant. The main station in Shimogyo was completely rebuilt and modernised in 1997, which makes it more attractive to the young population, but in the eyes of many it is too much in contrast to the traditional Kyoto architectural style.

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Japan’s Top 5 Universities & Colleges

According to a foreign ranking of Japanese universities and colleges from April 2018, the national universities of Tokyo, also known as Todai, and Kyoto, aka Kyodai, ranked first for the first time together; until now, the national university of the capital was considered Japan’s undefeated top university. In the 2018 global ranking, however, Todai is still one step ahead; with 46th place on the world list of universities, it is 28 places ahead of Kyodai (74th). By the way: the universities of Oxford, Cambrige and Stanford occupy places 1-3 in the worldwide ranking.

  • 1st Tokyo University & Kyoto University
  • 3rd University of Tohoku
  • 4th Tokyo Institute for Technology
  • 5th Kyushu University

Catch your dream! Studying at Kyoto University

The three pillars of Kyoto – Tourism, Tradition & Modernity

1. tourism

Its long-lasting architecture and the many historical sites of Kyoto make the city Japan’s most popular tourist destination. In fact, tourism is the city’s main source of income and the tourist infrastructure is well developed here.

2. traditional handicraft

There are also many small businesses and family businesses dedicated to traditional Japanese crafts, for example Kyoto is famous for its silk manufacture and the production of kimonos, which are often worn here for festive occasions, but also in everyday life. A very special dyeing technique, called Kyo-Yuzen, was passed down from the 17th century and was developed many years ago by Yuzen Miyazaki in Kyoto. Outside Kyoto there are few practitioners, most of them in Kanazawa – but even within the city, Kyo-Yuzen is only used by a few.

3. electronics

The third pillar, besides sake production of course, is electronics. The headquarters of renowned companies such as Nintendo, Murata Eletronics, OMRON, Wacoal, Kyocera and many others are located in Kyoto. Nevertheless, many of the working population have to commute daily to Osaka, 40 km away, since the jobs in the city centre are no longer sufficient.

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Eating in Kyoto – a culinary feast for all the senses

Kyoto is also famous for its excellent cuisine. The stylish, often simple dishes focus on mainly vegetable ingredients such as pickled vegetables, called tsukemono. Many vegetables, which are seasonally found in the city’s specialities, come from the immediate vicinity of Kyoto and are known for being somewhat smaller in growth, but also significantly more intense in taste than in the rest of Japan, thus giving Kyoto cuisine a very special touch. By the way: a popular souvenir from Kyoto is the candy Yatsuhashi.
Most poular: Nama Yatsuhashi

Kaiseki Ryori – luxury dinner in several courses

Kaiseki Ryori is a multi-course and often expensive menu whose origins lie in the traditional tea ceremony. In the course of time it enjoyed great popularity at the Imperial Court and became increasingly pompous and extravagant. A variant of Kaiseki Ryori is Kyo Kaiseki, which is primarily based on seasonal vegetables from the Kyoto region.
Shojin Ryori – pleasurable modesty

The Shojin Ryori comes from the abstinent monks in Buddhist temples. The simple dishes consist exclusively of vegetarian ingredients, but are still rich and filling. A popular example of Shoji Ryori is a vegetable broth with tofu, called yudofu.

Obanzai Ryori – Food like Mum

The Obanzai Ryori is originally traditional cooking at home. Typically it consists of several small dishes that are not very complex to prepare. Restaurants that specialize in Kyoto cuisine often create a homely atmosphere to create a sense of home and togetherness among their guests.

Kawayuka – Food above the water

Kawayuka or Kawadoko refers to food in nature. But not somewhere, but on wooden platforms floating above rivers! These platforms are built by restaurants all over Kyoto during the summer season as a kind of terrace over rivers and streams, offering a refreshing alternative to stuffy restaurants and oppressive heat. The culinary district of Pontocho in the city centre is particularly suitable due to its proximity to the Kamogawa River, but also the two mountain villages Kibune and Takao in the mountains north of Kyoto invite you to Kawadoko from May to September – an absolute recommendation!

Streetfood in Kyoto: Yakitori, Okonomiyaki & Dango

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Kobe Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Fashion Week & Lifestyle in Kansai

Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan. It is located north of Osaka Bay and about 30 km west of Osaka itself. With a population of 1.5 million and as part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, Kobe is one of the most important cities in the Kansai region. The severe earthquake of 1995 changed the appearance of the city considerably, but Kobe has not lost its character and continues to enchant with its surprising versatility and the fusion of old and new, tradition and progress, prefabricated housing and green spaces such as Sorakuen Garden or Zuihoji Park, so typical of all major Japanese cities. Read more about Japan’s metropolises Tokyo and Kyoto.

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At dizzying heights above Kobe

Built close to the water

The city of Kobe is long and narrow, which is due to its location between the coast and mountainous country. As everywhere in Japan, the lack of usable land can be felt in Kobe – but thanks to its proximity to the coast and the sea, the Japanese have managed to build two artificial islands between Kobe and Osaka to expand the base of the Japanese island complex, namely Port Island and Rokkō Island.

Without snow through the winter

The weather in Kobe is characterized by hot summers and cool winters. With an average annual temperature of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, it can be tolerated here all year round. The hottest phase is in August with an outside temperature of up to 32 degrees – in winter the temperatures rarely go below 0 degrees, so that it hardly ever snows in Kobe.

Melting Pot Kobe: internationally popular

Incidentally, about 13% of the city’s population is made up of people under 14, 67% of people up to the age of 64 and 20% of people over 65. 44,000 non-Japanese are registered in Kobe, with South Korea and China as the most common foreign nationalities, and Vietnam and America by far.

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The nine faces of Kobe – all municipalities at a glance

International ME: Angela with over 15 destinations in just one day!

Nishi – fresh fish from Akashi

Nishi is the westernmost district of Kobes and with almost 250,000 inhabitants the most populous district of the city. Nishi borders the town of Akashi known for its fresh fish – the temple Gessho-ji is located on the 135th meridian east of Greenwitch, which determines the Japanese normal time JST. That is why the JST is also simply called Akashi time in Japan.

Kita – Natural paradise on the mountain Rokko

Due to its mountainous structure, Kita is the most suitable area for hiking in Kobes. The two mountains Rokkō and Maya invite you to take long walks – the Rokkō Alpine Garden, for example, offers an impressive array of colours and plant diversity especially in autumn and is the perfect place for a day out in nature. If you are looking for relaxation, Arima Onsen is the place for you. The hot spring is an absolute insider tip and lies well protected behind the mountain Rokkō By the way, it is one of the oldest sources at all and is already mentioned several times in historical texts from the 8th century. By the way: Rokkō towers above the whole city with a proud 931 meters height!

Arima Onsen – hot spring, footbath & Mouchi with Allan tea

Tarumi – over the bridge to Awajji

The area around Tarumi was originally not part of the city and was only incorporated in 1946. Tarumi is mainly a residential area and offers few attractions for tourists. However, the AkashiKaikyō bridge, which connects the main island Honshū via Tarumi with southern Awaji on Awajishima, is worth a visit. With a span of 1,991 metres, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world – its actual length is as much as 3,911 metres!

The longest suspension bridge in the world – the crowning glory of bridge construction

Suma – Summer, Sun, Beach and more!

This municipality is located in the western part of the city along the coast and Osaka Bay. Formerly a picturesque district with beautiful small wooden houses, Suma has not been the same since the strong earthquake in Kobe at the end of the 1990s. But the famous beach complex in Suma Kaihin Kōen Park continues to inspire many visitors all year round, but especially during the summer months of course, and invites them to extensive walks and beach parties.

Nagata – the best shoes in Japan

According to figures, Nagata is the smallest district of the city and the least populated compared to the other eight districts. Nevertheless, with almost 9,000 inhabitants per km² it has the highest population density – the majority of the people here are among Kobes with the lowest income. Nagata is known for its shoe production and is still the leader in Japan. Also worth mentioning is the Nagata Shrine, one of the largest shrines in the city.

Hyōgo – drawn by time

Hyōgo is the historical heart of the city and has been run under various names throughout history. Once the core of Kobe’s business, Hyōgo has never fully recovered since the severe damage caused to the area by the Second World War. In 2004, the municipality was further affected by devastating floods. Nowadays people live here at a population density of 655 inhabitants per km² – a faint reflection of the past.

Chūō – from Motomachi to Harborland and Chinatown

The current business and entertainment centre of the city is clearly Chūō – the city centre Sannomiya, the office and business district Motomachi as well as the popular shopping district Harborland directly at the harbour form the character of the area. The artificial islands Port Island and Kobe Airport are also part of Chūō. Along with Nagasaki and Yokohama, Cobes own Chinatown Ninkanmachi is one of the most important conurbations for residents of Chinese descent in Japan – among Chinese, the term “Tangren Jie” is preferred because of its historically negative use of words.

Harborland Tour: Tiger in the shopping area of Kobe

Nada – Uni, Zoo and Sake Production

Nada is home to Oji Zoo, Oji Stadium and Kobe University. Together with the neighbouring district of Higashinada, Nada is best known for its sake. Adding the annual production rate of rice wine to that of Fushimi in Kyoto, as much as 45% of the country’s total production of sake is produced here!

Higashinada – celebrate in Kobe for the wagon festival

Higashinada district is located in the eastern part of the city. A large part of the area is the artificial island Rokkō, which was completed in the early 1990s. The Kōnan University and the Canadian Academy, an international university, are located in Higashinada as well as numerous museums, not least of course the Hakutsuru Gallery, named after the great sake producer Hakutsuru. The Okamoto plum garden makes botanists’ hearts beat faster and in May the whole town comes together to celebrate at the Danjiri-Matsuri.

Economic centre Kobe – upswing of the city

Economically, Kobe is an important hub on Japan’s main island Honshu. Large and well-known companies such as UCC have their headquarters in Kobe, but also various companies of the Kawasaki Group and the Mitsubishi Group can be found here. Some Japanese companies have moved to Tokyo over the years, but the city has not lost its appeal for international companies and is home to many successful companies such as the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Company, the consumer goods group Procter & Gamble, Boehringer Ingelheim – the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in Germany – and the Swiss food group Nestlé.

Teamwork with partners & sister cities worldwide

In addition to official city partnerships with Tianjin in China, Philadelphia, USA, and Daegu in South Korea as well as numerous sister cities, the port of Kobe Sister Port is linked to the ports in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Seattle, USA.

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Research in Kobe: High-End Technology & Supercomputers

Furthermore, many research institutes are present in Kobe, above all the RIKEN Kobe Institute Center for Development Biology and Medical Imaging Ttechniques. An example for the work on RIKEN – short for “Rikagaku “Rikagaku”, which means physical-chemical institute – is the K-computer, which RIKEN developed together with Fijutsu. With a computing power of 10.51 petaflops, the K-Computer took first place among the fastest computer systems in the world in 2011!

The history of the K-Computer from 2006 to 2012

Attractions and Culture: Luxury Meat, Golf and Kobe Fashion Week

Apart from rice wine, the famous Kobe Beef has its origin in Kobe and is named after cattle of the Japanese breed of Tajima cattle from the region around Kobe. It’s the most expensive beef in the world. The meat impresses with its strong marbling and the low content of saturated fatty acids. Market prices range from 400.00 euros to 600.00 euros per kilogram – Kobe Beef’s EU import has only been possible since summer 2014!

Food Guide Kobe: from Akashiyaki to Kobe Beef with Lyz Kelly

From jazz to wrestling and futsal – music & sports in Kobe

Every year in October the music event “Kobe Jazz Street” takes place, but not only culturally the city near Osaka has a lot to offer. Kobe is home to Japan’s first mosque, inaugurated in 1935, and the country’s first golf club, founded in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. In general, sport is very important in Kobe – it has a rich tradition in baseball, football, rugby, volleyball and wrestling as well as futsal, a variant of indoor football internationally recognised by the World Football Association FIFA, where flying changes in the team’s own area are possible and the ball may not be controlled for more than four seconds when at rest.

Kobe Fashion Centre: Kobe Fashion Week

In Kobe there is a saying: “If you can’t go to Paris, go to Kobe”, because cosmopolitan and fashion are particularly important here. Kobe Fashion Week is held twice a year and brings together the country’s most important designers and numerous international guests. The Kobe Collection was launched in 2002 and was one of the most important fashion shows in the region until it was discontinued in 2007. The Kobe Fashion Museum was chosen by CNN as one of the top 10 museums in the world!

CSE TV News: Interview with fashion god Keitaro Takada

Impressions: Kobe Collection x Tokyo Girls Collection

Read more about Japan’s metropolises Tokyo and Kyoto.


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Experience Tokyo: Travel tips & experience reports from Adachi to Taitō

As one of the best-known metropolises in eastern Asia, Japan’s capital Tokyo is well known to almost everyone. But how many different faces Tokyo has, one learns only if one has been there once. In the city centre, the city is brightly lit – the view from the many billboards, billboards, company logos and lights is almost impossible to turn away – and lively. People are everywhere, determined on their way to work, school, university or happily dancing to the current charts in the subway shaft. Tai Chi in one of the city’s numerous parks, street artists, men and women in kimonos, small children in panda costumes – the people in Tokyo are as multifaceted as their city. Read more about Japan’s metropolises Kyoto and Kobe.

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Tokyo through the ages

Today, more than 9.5 million people live in Tokyo, but if you look back only a few centuries, there was nothing but a small settlement with a fishing port called Edo. By the way: its roots even go back to the Stone Age! In the 15th century a castle was built near the settlement, but the present world metropolis only gained historical importance at the end of the 16th century, when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu took possession of the settlement and castle and a few years later in 1603 became the capital of his shogunate. As the seat of the Shogunate, the city of Edo underwent numerous changes and changes until Emperor Mitsuhito moved from Kyoto in the middle of the 19th century and renamed the city – now home to around 1 million inhabitants – the “imperial residence city in the east”, i.e. Tokyo. Tokyo is now a real cultural metropolis with numerous theatres, museums and parks, yet it has never forgotten its origins. Thus, in addition to the numerous modern blocks of buildings that tower up into the sky, historic buildings and temples are also lined up everywhere. It is an unusual and unique harmony between modernity and antiquity, so typical of Tokyo, and is also reflected in the two largest and most important sights of the city: the old Imperial Palace and the Tokyo Tower with a height of 333 meters.

Drone flight – sight seeing over the rooftops of Tokyo

Tokyo’s 23 boroughs and their special features

Adachi – impressed with large Senju bridge

A small district in the north of Tokyo. An important sight is the large Senju Bridge, which connects the individual areas within the district.

Arakawa – directly on the banks of the Arakawa River

This district is named after the river of the same name.

Bunkyō – Location of the World-class University of Tokyo

The educational district of Tokyo with numerous educational institutions and sights, including the University of Tokyo and the Tokyo Dome.

Chiyoda – from Imperial Palace to Sega World

The administrative district and headquarters of numerous large companies. Here you will find the imperial palace, the old castle Edo and many other historical buildings. Chiyoda also has the famous Akihabara entertainment district, the heart of the Japanese electronics trade and THE place to go for all fans of video games, anime and manga – the eight-story Sega World is just one example of many. Cosplay cafés and fan meetings are the order of the day here and the last celebrants often leave Akihabara only the next morning. Chiyoda is one of Tokyo’s least populated districts, but during the day there are 20 times as many workers and commuters here!

Chūō – extensive shopping in Ginza

One of Tokyo’s main business centres, including Ginza (THE shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo!) and the famous Tsukiji fish market.

Edogawa – birthplace of trend musician Kazuya Kamenashi

Named after the nearby river and hometown of Kazuya Kamenashi, member of the successful J-pop band KAT-TUN.

Itabashi – medical pioneer of Nihon University

Tokyo’s industrial district with business district in the north and four large universities, including the medical faculty of Nihon University

Katsushika – Residence of over 400,000 Japanese

This district was originally a union of several villages and small towns and now provides mainly housing for the population of Tokyo.

Kita – attractive for young & old: Asukayama Park

Although this is one of Tokyo’s smallest districts, it is also one of the most populous with 80% of the population. Next to Akabane railway station is Tokyo’s first public park, Asukayama Park.

Kōtō – world important exhibitions in the Tokyo Big Sight

The Tokyo Big Sight international exhibition hall and the Toyko Gate Bridge are located in this district, which was largely built by reclaiming new land.

Meguro – full of diplomats & embassies

A combination of a residential area and diplomatic quarter. It is the seat of numerous international embassies, especially of the West Asian countries and Africa, but also of the Honorary Consulate General of Iceland.

Minato – Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Midtown & Roppongi

In addition to a large number of educational institutions, some sights such as the Tokyo Tower and the Toyko Midtown high-rise complex with the highest skyscrapers in the city as well as the luxury district of Roppongi can be found here. Minato is also home to the tech companies Sony, Toshiba and NEC Corporation.

Nakano – divided into 18 individual districts

This district consists of 18 districts and is divided by several rivers. Nakano is connected to the subway network, but has no motorway of its own.

Nerima – over a hundred years of carousel

In this district there are mainly residential buildings and individual parks. In the Toshima-en amusement park you can marvel at the oldest still operated carousel in the world – it was put into operation for the first time in New York in 1910!

Ōta – Temple complex Homon-ji from the 13th century

This is the largest district in Tokyo and the third largest in terms of population. Here you will also find the famous Homon-ji, a Buddhist temple from the 13th century.

Setagaya – Luxury district with over 800,000 inhabitants

This is by far the most populous district of the city. Of Tokyo’s more than 9 million inhabitants, over 800,000 live here in Setagaya. It is one of the more expensive residential areas with about 60% pure residential development. The Carrott Tower with a height of 124 meters is also here.

Shibuya – Shopping & Fun in Shibuya

The Shibuya entertainment district is part of the district of the same name. The shopping street Senta-gai is one of the most popular shopping opportunities for Tokyo’s young population. The world famous statue of Shiba Inu Hachiko stands directly in front of Shibuya station. By the way: due to the mass of information technology companies Shibuya is often called Bit Valley!

Shinagawa – 6,000 hotel rooms near the station

A variety of universities and offices are located here in Shinagawa. However, due to the highest concentration of hotels and accommodation in Tokyo, the district attracts special attention with 6,000 rooms around Shinagawa station alone!

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Shinjuku – bigger, nicer, better

Shinjuku station in Tokyo is one of the stations with the highest passenger volume in the world! But everything else in Shinjuku is bigger, better or more successful: Japan’s most important commercial and administrative centre is here, as is the largest shopping district in the whole of Japan, Japan’s largest and oldest entertainment district… Yayoi Kusama, one of the most important Japanese artists of the post-war period, had her own Yayoi Kusama Museum built here. By the way: Shinjuku maintains a partnership with the Dongcheng district in Beijing and the Mitte district in Berlin.

Suginami – Education in over 100 institutions

This district is mainly a residential area with only a few industrial settlements. There are 47 primary schools, 32 secondary schools, 21 secondary schools, 6 universities and 11 libraries!
Sumida – Sumo & Sumida Hokusai
Sumida is also mainly populated by people. There are several museums here, including the architectural Sumida Hokusai Museum and Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall.

Toshima – International in Tokyo

About 47% of this district consists of a residential area, in addition there are public places and some commercial enterprises. With a non-Japanese population of about 15,500 people, Toshima is one of Tokyo’s international districts. Here, too, there are several educational institutions, including the Tokyo Conservatory of Music.

Taitō – Sumidagawa-Hanabi, the biggest fireworks festival

In Taito there are the entertainment districts Asakusa and Ueno. The National Museum of Western Art, the Daimyo Clock Museum and the Ueno-Zoo are just some of the places to visit for culture and entertainment. Taito is also a popular place to celebrate Sumidagawa-Hanabi, Japan’s largest fireworks festival, and Sanja-Matsuri are both held here every year.

The travel guide for Tokyo

Holidays Extras Travel Guides explains the easiest and most convenient way to travel to Japan and what sights and attractions you should not miss on your first visit to Tokyo.

The Tokyo Metro – immortalized on a Nike sports shoe

Nike has drawn inspiration from the world’s major cities in creating the new Air Max series. The Tokyo Metro’s labyrinth-like rail network is reflected in the “Tokyo Maze” model and also gives its name to the new sports shoe.

Luxury life Tokyo – the most expensive apartments in the world

Living in Tokyo is a costly thing – especially the house prices are horrendous, one is not satisfied with the absolute minimum. In Ginza, for example, for a 13m² apartment you can expect about 800,00 Euro per month, for 50m² in Shibuya even between 2.500,00 Euro and 3.000,00 Euro per month and in Akihabara a monthly rent of 1.200,00 Euro for a 35m² apartment is a real bargain!

Between pressure to perform and late pension

That is perhaps why the people of Tokyo are particularly ambitious. Demands on academic and professional performance are high, which is particularly noticeable to the children time and again. You have to be diligent and work hard later so that your own children will have a better time. Only the factor of public school or private institute has a decisive influence on future careers. The pressure of expectations to which people here are exposed – both in their private lives and in society – means that everyone works late from morning to night, a 40-hour week plus 40 hours of overtime per month is the standard here and an after-work time after 11 p.m. is not uncommon. This is very harmful to Japanese health, and people are retiring very late – at 67 years of age – but on average the Japanese are getting much older than anywhere else in the world.

Creative outburst of opposites

In this context, it is understandable that the people in Tokyo sometimes seem a little chilly – like ants driving them from one place to another, always purposefully, always focused – like little wheels in a gear. There is no time for a nice smile or an apology and the necessary energy for it is better spent on more work. Nevertheless, the lifestyle in Tokyo in particular is rich in contrast, colourful, loud and shrill. There is nothing that does not exist – and what does not exist is probably invented here! This principle is reflected in music, art and, of course, fashion. From elegant women and men in kimonos to doll-like Lolitas with lace umbrellas to young men in flashy designer suits and colourful streetfashion – the main thing is to stand out. But of course there are also the normal suit and costume wearers as well as the students in their uniform uniforms – a surreal mix, especially if Spiderman and Sailor Moon are walking around the corner, closely followed by an adult in a Pikachu costume.

Impressions from Style ID: Tokyo Fashion Week A/W 18/19

A short impression of the last Fashion Week in Tokyo with designs for the autumn-winter collection of the year.

Designer Tokyo

Dice-K with its GlamHate brand is a prime example of a young Tokyo designer who once again redefines the term fashion for himself and takes up elements from GlamRock, vampirism and Lady Gaga’s stage outfits. His current collection VAMPYRE has been running for several weeks and is aimed specifically at Japan’s youth scene.

Tokyo – overwhelming and beautiful

All in all, Tokyo is definitely worth a trip – one should only plan enough time to take in all the different impressions. In seven days, not even a 100th of what the world metropolis has to offer! Fortunately, there is a sophisticated and 100% reliable rail network that transports you from one district to another in the shortest possible time. Only during rush hour it is hard to stand in the Tokyo Metro, so you shouldn’t have any fear of contact and claustrophobia. As an alternative to the subway’s local trains, there are also the Shinkansen, the famous Japanese high-speed trains with a network across Japan and an impressive top speed of up to 320km per hour. Aomori, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama and Sapporo and many other cities are only a stone’s throw away.

Read more about Japan’s metropolises Kyoto and Kobe.


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Your holiday can start while packing your suitcase: So everything fits and remains wrinkle-free

The beginning of the annual holiday is approaching. Just the right time to deal with travel preparations such as packing a suitcase. Two questions are in the foreground: What belongs in the suitcase? How do I store the luggage as effectively as gently? We want to give you tips and suggestions on the most important aspects and reveal a trick on how textiles with light wrinkles become smooth again even without an iron.

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Basically, the luggage can be divided into five categories:

  • Documents / Key
  • first aid kit
  • Personal Care and Cosmetics
  • Clothing
  • Accessories / Technology

It is important to make copies of all documents and place them in different pieces of luggage. Thus, in case of loss, an emergency replacement is always available. In addition, important medicines should be in hand luggage when traveling by air. Otherwise, all jars, tubes and vials above the 100 milliliter limit are in the suitcase.

So much clothes should be there

The choice of clothing depends largely on individual factors such as personal needs, travel needs and local circumstances. A few basic structures have also proven themselves in very different situations:

  • On underwear and socks / stockings, at least one set should be included per day of travel.
  • Also the stock of t-shirts, polo shirts and shirts for men respectively Tops and blouses for the women should allow a daily change.
  • Trousers, skirts and dresses can usually be worn multiple times with a break of one day for airing. Does not mind, is sufficient for short trips every two days and for longer stays every three days a part.
  • Blazers, jackets and other jackets are packed according to personal needs. This also applies to headgear.
  • Depending on the nature of your trip, shoes for beach, city strolls, Outdoor activities, party, special occasions and of course needed for the room.
  • There are also sports and swimwear. Again, make sure that there is always at least one spare set in your luggage.
  • In addition to sleepwear, washcloths and towels round off the travel range of textiles.

By the way: Especially with connecting flights, it can happen that the suitcase arrives with a slight delay. So that the stay then does not have to start with an emergency shopping, it makes sense to pack at least a complete clothing set in the on-board case.

Pack the suitcase properly

So that everything fits into the suitcase, you can use some tricks when packing . All clothing that is not susceptible to creases will be rolled up. Socks and / or stockings can be stuffed into the mirrored opposite shoes. The lower portion of the case is filled with these heavier or insensitive parts. A strong pressure to compress is quite allowed. In addition, gaps can be filled with small parts. On top come pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, blazers and similar textiles. They are placed in the suitcase so that they protrude alternately right and left beyond its limits. After that, they are placed one inside the other from top to bottom. At the top, best in a separate area come the neatly folded blouses and shirts. Here are the best non-iron or easy to iron models chosen to be placed between the tissue paper or fine towels. It is important to unpack the suitcase immediately upon arrival and to hang delicate textiles on a stirrup.

Conclusion: With a little preparation and the right packing technology, everything arrives safely

So it is not that difficult to get everything you need in your suitcase and to bring it to the destination with care. If there are a few wrinkles, that’s no problem. Tip: A shower after the exhausting journey not only refreshes. It can also help to eliminate slight wrinkles in the jacket, blazer and the like when they are briefly suspended in the bathroom.


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Bonjour Paris! Fashion Week Paris – the latest trends of the new season

The fashion month is almost over and finds its conclusion and climax in the capital of France. The cream of the fashion industry is gathering this week to see the trends of the new season A / W 2018/19. Of course FIV Magazine is right in the middle and reports on the trends for the coming season!

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Fashion Week Paris – my personal experiences

My journey started early Wednesday morning when I boarded the train from Cologne to Paris. With full anticipation in the luggage, I arrived in Paris and checked in first in my hotel. At the reception the first invitation to the show on Friday awaited me, which was deposited there for me. After unpacking and sorting after a small suitcase, we went straight to the city of love.

For my short trip, I was allowed to make a little stopover on Reservations before the departure on Tuesday and equip myself with some parts for the Fashion Week, because especially at a fashion event, the matching outfit is of course crucial. The new collection from Reserved is very trendy and characterized by eye-catching color accents, elegant fabrics and modern influences. Which parts I have chosen and how I combined them for the special event you can see in the videos + photos in this article.

In the following days a wild mix of typical Touri sightseeing, Fashion Week feeling, and great insider spots awaited me – you’ll learn more about that at the end of the article. Of course it is very important to have the right footwear for such an eventful trip. Personally, I am a human being, I wear almost always high shoes in everyday life, but I can not recommend this even for high-heels lover in a city trip, because you are running but more than you think and of course thank the feet the flat shoes. My luck – at Reserved I found quite a few super comfortable sneakers that proved to be perfect travel companions. Because they are not only comfortable, but also visually a highlight and something very special.

Paris is so much variety and variety that you would probably need weeks to look at all the highlights there. But my absolute favorite spots in the city have a special wow factor. The small island in the Seine, on which Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle are located, because especially in summer this small patch of earth is surrounded by so much magic. Small markets with an incredible selection of flowers and food, stroll along the banks of the Seine and just let your mind wander. This peace in a city that is still so big radiates from the Eifel tower. Strolling through the park or sitting in a small café and enjoying the sun on your skin makes Paris something special.

Last but not least, I still have some restaurant recommendations, as they have me so excited, of course, it is not difficult to find great restaurants in Paris, because they are there like sand on the sea, but these three I can for personal tests only recommend. Very close to the hotel I found by chance the pizzeria Lucky Luciano. The pizzas are a dream come true. I tasted the pizza with buffalo mozzarella and rucula – just great (and not overcrowded).
In a completely different corner, it was me for lunch. Directly at the Sacre Coeur is a great and above all local restaurant with traditional French food. There you get a menu (3 courses) already for 16 euros – and that is really a bargain for Parisian prices. I tasted French onion soup, traditional potato casserole and – how could it be otherwise – Crepe.

Fashion Week Paris – shows & the trends of the new season

Of course, the shows were the highlight of the trip, because in Paris means Fashion Week again something different, as in Berlin. Fancy outfits, special celebrities everywhere cameras and everything according to the motto: ‘See and be seen’. Not only the so-called “Buyers” visited the special events, but also a lot of press, special personalities, like Blogger and of course the fashionistas and real Parisienne of the city. With lots of kisses, old well-known people were greeted before the show and then, of course, the main topic of conversation was first of all the designer and guesses about the new collection. The collections were especially staged and thus presented the trends of the new season.

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Uma Wang Show A / W 2018/19 – Warm Colors, Oversized & Unisex

The Uma Wang Show took place on the 1st of March in an impressive presentation. An old library in a still active school. The parts of the Asian designer were very unusual. Particularly eye-catching, the warm colors stung. Many red, beige and brown tones. Many parts were oversized, such as giant bags, coats, blazers and dresses. The women’s fashion was characterized by many masculine influences. Jackets, trousers and thick wool coats. The designer interprets the trends of the new season in a very own and creative way, thus keeping to her style.

Andrew Gn Fashion Show AW 2018/19 – Velvet Boots, Ruffles & Timeless Elegance

The Andrew Gn Fashion Show took place on the 2nd of March in a beautiful ballroom of a classic Parisian hotel. The pink catwalk matched the elegant parts of the collection as well as the beatiful music. The designer’s collection was reflected in the versatility and influence of different cultures. Concise stitched out embroidery, which emphasized both garments tone on tone and in contrasting colors. From the special collection, the designer sets trends for the next season. Velvet Boots both over – and Underknee in colors such as dark green or magenta, but also ruffles, which the designer put oversized scene.

Travel Tips & Tricks in Paris – Restaurants, Attractions & The Best Photo Spots

A weekend in Paris can quickly get stressful. There is a lot to see in the city of love and of course you want to take as much as you can. But what are the Places To Be and which sights can one also save?

Restaurants Paris – something for every taste

Paris is teeming with cafés and restaurants. My personal recommendation (after careful consideration) is definitely the ‘Le Comptoir de Pantheon’, where you can enjoy not only delicious coffee and desserts, but also the traditional French Croque Madame – a crusty bread topped with ham, cheese and an egg French fries and salad – and of course Mamma Primi, an Italian restaurant that offers incredibly tasty buffalo mozzarella pizza and the ‘Gnocchi Gnocchi on Heaven’s Door’ (gnocchi with tomato sauce baked with cheese). Two real insider tips for the Schlemmer among us.

Sights & Photo Spots – the most beautiful places Paris

Nobody can deny that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but as a tourist it is important to plan well and be prepared. To save you some work here are the tips for the best sights and photo spots:

Arc de Triumph – Champs Elysee – Pont Alexandre III – Grand Palais – Tour Eifel

You can plan these sights for a day, because once you have reached the rest on foot. Starting at the Grand Palais (where, among others, the Chanel + Louis Vuitton Show took place) a beautiful palace, which is also great for photos, you walk only about 100-200m until you are in the middle of the Pont Alexandre III. A stunning bridge with golden ornaments, from which you can also take a look at the Eifel tower – this is also a popular spot for beautiful photos. From there, it’s a 5-minute walk to Avenue Montaigne. Nothing for Shoppaholics, because there are the most luxurious fashion houses housed. From Chanel to Dior, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent you will find everything your luxury heart desires. If you run this to the end, you are already in the middle of the Champs Elysee with the Arc de Triumphe, which drifts at the end of the road. Also, this one is great for pictures but watch out – goes to the opposite side of the Arc de Triumph (not where he goes to the Champs Elysee) because there is much less bustle and your pictures are all the more beautiful! Not to forget, of course, the Eiffel tower, the spot of spots in Paris for great pictures!


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The Swedish Nomad: A Innovative explorer

Alex, who is better known as ‘Swedish Nomad’ on Instagram, is a passionated full-time traveller and blogger. He made travel into his business. We interviewed the Swedish Nomad and he told us what you need, to be a traveller blogger, why it is easier to fall in love on the road and what he wants to achieve in his life.

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Innovative explorer with a neverending wanderlust

Fiv: Hello Alex, hope you are good. For everybody who does not know you till now, would you please introduce yourself.

Hi everyone, I’m Alex. You may know me as Swedish Nomad, and as you might be able to tell, I’m originally from Sweden. I might not be so typical Swedish though, as I don’t live that ordinary Swedish everyday life. For the last 1,5 years, I’ve been traveling around the world with my girlfriend, and we made travel into our business. Some people refer to me as a digital nomad since I make my living through internet. But I would rather describe myself as an innovative explorer with a neverending wanderlust who loves to showcase the world through photography.

Fiv: You are a full time traveller and my first question is which country/city do you call your home?

Sweden will always be my home, more specifically Helsingborg, and I’m very thankful for having the luck of being raised and born there. But since leaving Sweden to explore the world I have found quite a few places that I like. Gran Canaria was my first long-trip abroad and will always have a very special place in my heart and soul. Another place that I always feel welcomed and home is Greece. No matter where I go in Greece, it’s always the same warm feelings that arise just as soon as I walk out of the airplane.

However, home is where your heart as, and it’s not as much about the place as the people around you that makes you feel like home.

Fiv: Why and when did you start traveling? What made you fall in love with it?

Ever since I was a little boy I have dreamt of traveling the world. My passion for it was awakened by National Geographic and various tv-shows about dinosaurs, nature and old temples. It was just so mesmerizing to see, so I always knew that I had to get out there and see it for myself. 2010 was the year when I left Sweden for the first time, but it wasn’t until 2015 I decided to travel full-time.

I’m a curious adventurer. I want answers, I enjoy other cultures, and there is just so much out there. I want to go where others haven’t been and tell stories, but also inspire others to explore and go beyond their comfort zone.

Travel, family and friends

Fiv: As a full time traveller, we can imagine you are not home a lot. Do you have a family/children at home. If yes how do you handle it?

I actually have the luck to travel full-time with my girlfriend, who shares my passion for traveling, animals and photography. That make things a lot easier, but of course I do miss my parents and my little brother Adam, who I wish I could spend more time with.

I try to talk with them as often as I can, but it’s hard as we’re traveling all the time, and on top of that we also need to update on social media and our blogs. But there’s also a positive aspect of this. When I actually do travel back home to Sweden, the time spent is more valuable and appreciated.

Fiv: Asides the basics (passport, ATM card, backpack), which 3 items are must-have things for you on your trip?

My Camera bag with camera, lenses and such. Other than being a necessity for my work, it’s also one of my biggest passions and I would never travel without it.

Besides that I would never travel without my eye-mask for sleeping. Having my 7-8 hours of sleep is vital, and to be disturbed by light is definitely a big no-no.

On top of that I always bring a Spork, which gives me a fork, knife and a spoon, all in one. It’s a handy travel gadget and very inexpensive, costing less than 2 dollars. It can save a lot of money since it enables you to buy food from supermarkets on the go, and not have to worry on how to eat it.

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Fiv: With over 40k followers you are a successful travel blogger and impress the people with your breathtaking pictures. Do you have any advice for one who would like to start a travel blog or any blog for that matter?

Enjoy writing or photography? go for it, and follow your passion. That will give you the best possible motivation. And if you’re serious about blogging, make sure you see it as a business from day 1. If you do that, people will take you more seriously, thus giving you more opportunities and followers.

Love at first sight truly exist

Fiv: Sometimes, we all know travelling is very stressful. Do you as an expert, have a trick for stressful situations?

Take a deep-breath, think about a person that inspires you and ask yourself “what would he/she do in this situation”?

Another good trick is to come prepared. Sure it’s more fun to go with the flow, but if you take the time to read about your destination and other people’s experiences you might notice things before they actually do happen, e.g common scams and such, which could be very stressful.

Fiv: It looks like you travel since a long time and you might have met a lot of people from all over the world. Have you ever fallen in love on the roads? Tell me about it.

I actually met my girlfriend on the road, while I was working on Rhodes island in Greece. I was selling tickets for one of the clubs, and there she was, on the beach, and her smile instantly caught my attention. It was almost like in a movie, and if it were I’m sure the background music would be the famous song “happy together” by the turtles. Love at first sight truly exist. With that said, it’s actually a lot easier to fall in love while traveling as you won’t experience everyday problems in the same way.

Fiv: Every country has its own culture and rituals, some countries has animals we never seen before. every country is special. Have you ever come face to face with some extra-ordinary experience? What was it ?

Yes, quite a few. One animal that was very special to meet was the tarsier, who lives only in a certain part of the Philippines. They are so small and super cute with their big eyes! The size of a tarsier is like a normal palm of a human.

“My biggest success so far has been that I’ve found myself and my passion”.

Fiv: You as a professional traveller, do you have some traveling hacks, which is generally not known by people?

Pack everything you think you need and remove half of it, or even better 2/3.

Another travel hack if you’re not a morning person and like to visit famous landmarks. Go there after the tour groups have gone to the next stop.

Most tours begin between 9 and 11, and finish around 1-3 pm. If you go there after that time you’re likely to avoid the biggest crowds But, of course the best thing is to go there by sunrise, as you’ll have it to yourself.

Fiv: Looks like you are very successful in what you do. What has been your biggest success in your opinion so far?

Few people know that the first time I picked up a camera was in November 2015. So, just in one year I have gone from knowing nothing about photography to be a self-taught professional photographer. Now I sell my photos to magazines and have been featured by some of the largest travel magazines out there.
Besides that I must say that my biggest success so far has been that I’ve found myself and my passion. Now I know what I want in life and who I really am and want to be.

Fiv: My last question is. What is your biggest dream, what do you want to achieve in your life?

I want to raise awareness of animal rights. Far too many think of animals as lesser beings than humans, and that’s something I want to change. My biggest dream is to open up big rescue and release centers for endangered animals

Thank you Alex, for the great Interview and your breathtaking pictures!


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