Category: Southern Europe

In 2011, there was no question that I would go on my first visit to the African continent. Not because I already knew all the other continents, I didn’t, but because I wanted to explore Africa most of all. I had a very enjoyable three-and-a-half months getting from Cape Town to the island of Zanzibar. Africa was wonderful. The landscapes were fantastic, the people friendly, I fell deeply in love with Africa’s wildlife and travelling was easy enough. Communication in the (bar Mozambique) English-speaking countries was a breeze. After leaving beautiful and interesting South Africa behind […]

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Barcelona’s Basílica de la Sagrada Família, the Basilica of the Holy Family, has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site without even being finished. Construction began in 1882 as a conventional church building but just one year later the famous Antoni Gaudí took charge and transformed the project into a personal fantasy. A church unlike any other church building you have ever seen. The architect devoted the rest of his life to the project but when he died in 1926 less than a quarter was complete. Construction, solely relying on private donations, has been slow and ongoing ever since. […]

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The world is fighting Covid-19 in 2020. In spring the unthinkable had happened and borders sprung up even between members of the European Union. A visit which was so easy just a month earlier, was suddenly impossible. Over the summer restrictions were relaxed and travelling became possible again. The Portuguese handled the situation well, cases of the new disease remained relatively low and that spared the country an extreme lockdown like in neighbouring Spain. By September the number of new cases was picking up all across Europe. Risk areas were determined, some travel restrictions returned and at least in Germany there was a possible catch. […]

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