Hot chicks, cold noodles and a rocket haircut in North Korea

Even after the US embargo forbidding it's own citizens from travelling to North Korea, there are currently three travel agencies that offer entry to North Korea: Koryo Group, Juche Tours and Young Pioneer Tours. Booking and visa procedures are simple. Entry is either by daily plane from Beijing, or two planes a week from Vladivostok, … Continue reading Hot chicks, cold noodles and a rocket haircut in North Korea

Tarawa Battle for the South Pacific (Country Collecting)

The Battle of Tarawa (9. -10. December 1941) was a fierce battle between the attacking US-Americans and the defending Japanese, just 2 days after the Pearl Harbour incident (but 4.000 km away ...), where US bombardments killed as many as 750 innocent Tarawa islander civilians, 90% of the Korean forced laborers (1.071) and 99.9% of … Continue reading Tarawa Battle for the South Pacific (Country Collecting)

Best airport stopover: Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park

  I'm surprised that Air Kenya does not market this world-unique opportunity at all, despite the graphic displays at Nairobi Airport. Ololo Lodge's friendly driver Sylvester picked me up punctually and in true Safari style at the airport gate. As usual in Nairobbery he couldn't keep such a beautiful car for long ... The drive … Continue reading Best airport stopover: Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park

Libertalia: the Pirates’ Free Republic in Madagascar

Libertalia was a legendary free colony forged by pirates and the pirate Captain Misson, although some historians have expressed doubts over its existence outside of literature. (Wikipedia) There is an annual Libertalia Festival in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. The Pirate Republic itself was most likely located at Ile Sainte-Marie where a pirate graveyard nowadays attracts visitors. … Continue reading Libertalia: the Pirates’ Free Republic in Madagascar

Moroni, Comores: Bob Denard’s Putsch Capital

Because of a scheduled flight change, I had only a short night in Moroni, the capital of the Comores. The island has reached international attention twice: through French mercenary Bob Denard's exploits, and when a hijacked Ethiopian Airways Boeing 767 crash landed right in front of the Galawa Hotel (which was owned by Bob Denard). … Continue reading Moroni, Comores: Bob Denard’s Putsch Capital

The Lovelace, World’s loveliest Pop-Up-Hotel, in Munich

06.11.2017 The Lovelace - A Hotel Happening , a temporary hotel, for 3 years, in the building of former Bayerische Landesbank. Located right in the center of Munich in Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse 1 The beautiful turn-of-century facade An unusual entrance hall The Lovelace is member of Brave Hotels of the World, a collection of unusual places, not … Continue reading The Lovelace, World’s loveliest Pop-Up-Hotel, in Munich