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Without Sicily, Italy creates no image in the soul: here is the key to everything.

Make no mistake. Sicily gets under your skin. The largest island in the Mediterranean is a part of Italy but it has a unique character of its own. Sicily is where natural beauty meets humanity in an incredible melting pot of cultures, landscapes and cuisine.

Capo d'Orlando was my first solid introduction to "Sicilia" this summer, and it was fabulous. A week of exploring beaches, getting lost on the crumbling old side streets in the hot sun, trying local dishes and hanging out in the markets, it couldn’t have been more local and more special. 

The town itself enjoys a spectacular position, looking over the Tyrrhenian sea and facing the Aeolian Islands, with to the rear the imposing green backdrop of Nebrodi.

Our time in Sicily left us wanting to explore so much more. On the list: Catania, climb Etna and Trapani. And of course, a trip to Ortigia.

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Rom - Die ewige Stadt

Eng sitze ich beim besten affogato al caffè im Gespräch mit den schönen Römern.
Und verstehe wieder einmal, warum es so leichtfällt, sich in diese Stadt zu vergucken. Rom verzaubert, Rom nervt, Rom macht süchtig. Der Schlüssel zu allem versteckt im Stadtnamen. Roma liest sich rückwärts: Amor.
Rom ist altehrwürdig, bunt, chaotisch, spannend, grün, laut, still, arrogant, modisch, köstlich, wunderschön, nervenaufreibend, liebreizend, blau, beige, gold und vor allem so viel facettenreicher als manch ein Besucher der Ewigen Stadt vermuten mag. 
Euer perfektes Wochenende in Rom: Hier steht alles drin!

Mallorca Tipps

Gute Tipps kann man nicht genug bekommen, bevor es nach Mallorca geht!  Hier eine Auswahl:

El Neo, Palma

Beste Tapas und Cocktails in modernem Ambiente: Das "El Neo" gehört zu unseren neuesten Entdeckungen. Es gibt klassische und modern interpretiere Tapas-Variationen. Begeistern konnten uns zum Beispiel die Gambas mit Mango-Chutney oder das Lachs-Sashimi mit Avocado. Gute Cocktails runden das Angebot ab. Und der Service kann sich auch sehen lassen.

Carrer de la Boteria, 8, 07012 Palma, Mallorca, Tel. +34 656 77 99 71, www.el-neo.com

 

Bar Cuba, Palma

Auf der Suche nach der richtigen Bar für einen Sundowner in Palma? Dann ab in die "Bar Cuba" im "Hotel Hostal Cuba". Das Highlight? Eindeutig die Dachterrasse mit Blick auf den Hafen und die Kathedrale. Und die Cocktails und Longdrinks lohnen sich natürlich auch. Besonders beliebt sind hier die Caipirinha-Varianten. Schauen Sie sich auch das 1904 im Kolonialstil erbaute und jüngst renovierte Hotel an.

Carrer de Sant Magí, 1, 07013 Palma, Tel. +34 971 73 25 11www.hotelhostalcuba.com

 

El Naútico, Palma

Direkt am Hafen Palmas finden Sie das "El Naútico", das auch viele Einheimische regelmäßig aufsuchen. Das Ambiente ist lässig-modern, die Speisenkarte bietet – passend zur Lage – vor allem Fisch und Meeresfrüchte. Uns hat der gegrillte Pulpo und der Kabeljau gut geschmeckt. Tipp: Vorher einen Tisch reservieren. 

Muelle de San Pedro, 07012 Palma, Tel. +34 971 72 66 00, www.elnauticorestaurante.com

 

Ponderosa Beach, Playas de Muro

 

Das Restaurant "Ponderosa Beach" im Norden Mallorcas punktet nicht nur mit der direkten Strandlage. Die Küche ist mediterran und vertraut auf hochwertige Zutaten der Region. Unser Tipp: die Paella. Setzen Sie sich an den Strand, spüren Sie den Sand unter den Füßen und gönnen Sie sich nach dem Dinner noch einen der guten Cocktails. Auch den Sonnenuntergang können Sie hier bestens auf sich wirken lassen. Regelmäßig sorgen DJ's und Live-Musiker für die passende, musikalische Untermalung.

Ses Casetes des Capellans, Playas de Muro, Mallorca, Tel. +34 971 184 118, www.ponderosabeach.com/de

 

Santi Taura, Lloseta

 

Wer es gern mal exklusiver mag, ist im "Santi Taura" in Lloseta am Rande des Tramuntana-Gebirges (Nordwesten Mallorcas) richtig. Der kleine Ort gehört nicht zu den bekanntesten der Insel, zieht aber viele Inselbesucher aufgrund dieses Spitzenrestaurants an. Es gibt ein wöchentlich wechselndes Menü für 40 Euro, das drei Vorspeisen, Fisch, Fleisch und Desserts umfasst. Wichtiger Hinweis: Hier sollte man sich unbedingt rechtzeitig um eine Reservierung kümmern.  

Juan Carlos I, 48, 07360 Lloseta, Tel. +34 656 738 214, www.restaurantsantitaura.com

 

Escorat, Cala Ratjada

Am Hafen von Cala Ratjada liegt das Restaurant "Escorat" mit guten Fisch- und Meeresfrüchte-Gerichten. Der Blick auf das Meer und die Boote ist hier inklusive; so lässt es sich gleich noch schöner speisen. 

Avenida Gabriel Roca, 6, 07590 Cala Rajada, Tel. +34 971 81 86 89, www.escorat.es oder Facebook

 

Streetfood Market "Mercado Gastronómico San Juan"

 

Extra-Tipp: Foodies sollten unbedingt dem "Mercado Gastronómico San Juan" einen Besuch abstatten. Zu finden ist der Streetfood Market mitten in Palma im ehemaligen Schlachthof "S'Escorxador". Im Innern der Hallen warten modernes Design und rund 17 Food-Stände auf knapp 1300 Quadratmetern Fläche. Hier sollte man sich als Besucher einfach durchprobieren, überall nur eine Kleinigkeit kosten – und zur Not noch einmal wiederkommen. Neben Tapas gibt es zum Beispiel auch Mini-Burger, Sushi oder Pizza. Es lohnt sich!

 

Infos: Carrer de l'Emperadriu Eugènia, 6, 07010 Palma, Tel. +34 971 78 10 04www.mercadosanjuanpalma.es

Travel -Tips! DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT 'EM.

7 UNEXPECTED THINGS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PACK

Ginger

It's one of our very favorite things. Ginger teabags and fresh ginger can be a lifesaver.  It’s been used for centuries to treat all kinds of ailments, including the common cold or a nervous stomach.  Sucking on a piece of ginger can help fight off nausea caused by a rocky boat or a stuffy bus traveling too fast down a dirt road.

Carabiners

They have a cool name, and they hold stuff together.  When you’re not using them, you can leave them hanging on your backpack or suitcase.

Braided Leather Belt

The braided belt may not be the coolest accessory, but it’s among the most useful for the simple fact that you can make it as tight as you want.  Besides holding your pants up, it can be used to secure bags or other items, make a tourniquet or fashion a handle.

Drain Stopper

You never know when you might need to bathe somewhere not meant for bathing.  A drain stopper doesn’t take up much packing space and it’s really useful if you need to bathe in a public sink. 

A hoodie

Take a hoodie in case you get cold on a train or in an airport.  Even if you’re going somewhere tropical, a hoodie is useful for stuffing with laundry to create a makeshift pillow.  There’s also something really comforting about having your favorite hoody around.

A scarf

A light scarf can be a fashion accessory to distract from the fact that you’ve been wearing the same thing for several days.  But it can be so much more.  A bathing suit cover.  A makeshift towel.  It can also be used to cover your head or shoulders if you want to enter a religious building that requires modest dress.  In really hot climates, get the scarf wet and wrap it loosely around your neck to keep you cool.  A scarf can also be used as a sling if you get injured, or a mask if you find yourself in a dust storm.

A wristwatch

Having a cheap watch that has no sentimental value can be really useful if you ever find yourself without cash and in need of a ride or assistance.  You can trade it or give it away as a gift.  You can also use a wristwatch to tell time if your phone dies, and an analog watch can double as a compass.

Capri - Travel - Tips

A DAY IN CAPRI: BEACHES, RESTAURANTS AND PLACES TO SEE


What to see. Capri is an island with a lot of caves, coves and steep cliffs that can be admired in all their beauty, especially in the sunlight. If you have just a few hours, in fact, you cannot miss the chance of taking the classic (yet always charming) photo in front of the Faraglioni. Then move towards the Giardini di Augusto: a very well-kept true botanic garden dating back to the early 1900’s from where to enjoy an incomparable panoramic view of Capri. Another un missable place is Villa San Michele, a house that belonged to a Swedish doctor who made a place filled with Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian ruins and remains livable . Till this day, the villa preserves this remains which are enriched by a garden of Mediterrean flora. Tradition has it that if you place your left hand in the Sphinx that you’ll find inside the garden and make a wish looking at the sea, your wish will come true. Finally, you wouldn’t want to miss what is considered to be the island’s biggest attraction, the Grotta Azzurra! You can reach it with a small rowboat and just going through the entrance is an experience: to get in you will have to completely lay down  because the opening is just 1m high. Once in, a sea of an almost unnatural color.

Beach life. Besides the into the blue of the Grotta Azzurra, we suggest some of the most beautiful and well equipped beaches in the island.  A little street that starts at the Hotel Punta Tragara leads to La Fontelina a beach complex right next to the Faraglioni, with a  restaurant to enjoy local dishes with an incomparable view. Then the famous  La Canzone del Mare in Marina Piccola, the favorite beach of international celebrities that features an amazing infinity pool  overlooking the sea

Eating Mediterranean. In Capri you can eat really well and not necessarily spending a fortune. Try Aldo, a small shop by the marina: here you’ll have the panini alla caprese (buffalo mozzarella, tomato and oregano) the best of the area at a super good price. In the afternoon, while at the beach, stop by Buonocore (via Roma 36) for a very delicious ice cream. Our favorite flavors? O’ Sarracino and Caprilù…discover the ingredients! You wish to have dinner in enchanting surroundings? Then reserve a table at Paolino: seafood cuisine to enjoy right in the middle of a lemon garden. A small luxury that is worth indulge in at least once!

Cocktails and nightlife. Not just sea and sun, Capri is beautiful and alive even at night. For a true Mediterranean cocktail head to Tiberio (piazza Umberto I): Spritz or iced wine, accompanied by a quite unusual buffet: caprese salad, Naepolitan small pizzas and frisellona stuffed with fresh cherry tomatoes. Not very cheap but it will have you breathe the air of the Capri dolce vita. At night, letting loose at Anema e Core, the most famous tavern of the island, is a must, here it’s not unlikely to run into world famous celebrities like Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Naomi Campbell. After the restaurant service, the place transforms into a club: everyone dances on the tables, even to traditional Neapolitan music!

München -Tipp

Mein Lieblingscafè Living Room ist eine Café im Retro-Style und Living-Showrooom gleichzeitig.

Da könnt ihr Kaffee mit Kuchen genießen und danach Wohnaccessoires und Möbelstücke im "Shabby Chic" shoppen. Living Room, Wiener Platz 2, www.livingroom.la

Berlin -Tipp

Creme Guides Berlin - die schönsten Geheimtipps!

creme guides berlin ist eine Plattform für die ganz persönlichen Highlights in Berlin. Eine Auswahl an ungewöhnlich schönen Orten, ästhetischen Dingen und interessanten Menschen. In der Rubrik Living zeigen wir unsere Geheimtipps und Highlights für Berlin rund um das Thema Freizeit. Das sind unter anderem die besten Restaurants, die schönsten Bars, die schönsten Cafés und die leckersten Snacks. In der Rubrik Interiors zeigen wir unsere Geheimtipps und Highlights für Berlin rund um das Thema Wohnen. Wir zeigen wo sich in Berlin die spannendsten Einrichter verstecken und wer dabei hilft, eigene Ideen um zu setzen. Wir stellen die besten Dienstleister und interessante neue Produkte vor. In der Rubrik Food zeigen wir unsere Geheimtipps und Highlights für Berlin rund um das Thema Essen. 

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Lago di Garda - Hotel Tipp

Das schöne Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort liegt inmitten eines traumhaft schönen Parks direkt am Ufer des Gardasees – der ideale Ort für ein entspanntes Wochenende .

Vom Komfort des Hotel Du Lac, über den Luxus in den Suiten der La Villa und im Murialdo bis hin zu einem Weekend  in engem Kontakt mit der Natur in den Bungalows ganz Nah am See. Wählen Sie zwischen ganz viel Sport, einer Gourmetküche und oder süßem Nichtstun. Und Shopping in Riva ist ein Must!

www.dulacetduparc.com

Hamburg - Tipp

Creme guides Hamburg - Die Highlights!

creme guides hamburg ist eine Auswahl an ungewöhnlich schönen Orten und ästhetischen Dingen.

In der Rubrik Living zeigen wir unsere Geheimtipps und Highlights für Hamburg rund um das Thema Freizeit. Das sind unter anderem die besten Restaurants, die schönsten Bars und die leckersten Snacks sowie die schönsten Cafés, herausragende Hotels und Freizeit Angebote. In der Rubrik Interiors zeigen wir unsere Geheimtipps und Highlights für Hamburg rund um das Thema Wohnen. Wir zeigen wo sich die spannendsten Einrichter verstecken und welche Maler, Tapezierer und Polsterer helfen, die eigenen Ideen um zu setzen. In der Kategorie Food zeigen wir unsere Geheimtipps für Hamburg rund um das Thema Essen. Das sind unter anderem die besten Restaurants der Stadt, die schönsten Cafés und Läden mit Spezialitäten. Einfach unten den Link anklicken..

www.cremeguides.com/hamburg/

 

Milano -Travel - Tips

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN IN MILAN! 5 RESTAURANTS WE LOVE

Milan fashion week just started today! Italy is not just pizza and pasta, bolognese and lasagna, there are also some vegan and vegetarian restaurants in town. Discover a selection of our 5 very favorite ones.



Mudra
Nice and cozy, what we appreciate the most is the friendly staff.  There is a wide selection of vegan dishes and desserts, the atmosphere is cozy and it has a pleasant outdoor seating.
Address: Via Parenzo, 7, Milan, 20123
TBS ♥ Enjoy your breakfast with a vegappuccio (vegan cappuccino) and croissant.

Mantra Raw Vegan
It’s the first raw vegan restaurant and cold pressed juicery in Italy. It offers elaborate dishes prepared in an open kitchen using quality ingredients.
Address: Via Panfilo Castaldi, 21, Milan, 20121
TBS ♥ Best cold pressed juices and raw cakes! Their bRAWnch is lovely too.

Joia Kitchen
First vegetarian restaurant in Europe to be starred by Michelin. The chef Pietro Leemann doesn’t have a fixed menu, it’s based on seasonal availability. And it’s delicious.
Address: Via Panfilo Castaldi, 18 (at Corso Buenos Aires), Milan, Italy
TBS ♥ There are private dining rooms and the dishes are beautifully presented. It’s very expensive though.

Radicetonda
Provides organic and vegan food including hot and cold soups, sweets and ice cream. The ambience is really young and natural, it’s free wi-fi provided and it has a nice outdoor seating.
Address: Via Spallanzani 16, Milan, 2012
TBS ♥ Great vegan burgers and sausages, and absolutely the best mayonnaise.

Govinda
Just a couple of minutes walking from Duomo Square, this delicate vegetarian Hare-Krishna restaurant has a gorgeous interior and atmosphere. There is no menu but a huge selection of typical indian but no meat and organic dishes.
Address: Via Valpetrosa 3/5, Milan, 20123
TBS ♥ Lunch is cheap and it’s such an experience. Everyone needs to escape from time to time.

London -Travel -Tips

LONDON TO EAT: 5 RESTAURANTS WE LOVE

London Fashion Week is over! So, finally it’s time to relax, enjoy the moment and sit down for a taste of the best plates in town. Check out 5 of our favourite restaurants.

Raoul’s Gourmet
The restaurant has a very long menu, you’ll be amused by the interiors, the lighting and the cozy and warm walls will make you feel at ease.
Address: 105 – 107 Talbot Road
TBS ♥: A mediterranean touch  in the heart of London, that’s all you need.

Chiltern Firehouse
This is one of those places thats always leaves you with good memories, you can enjoy some hot dishes or a really great smoked steak surrounded by a unique and sensational interiors, and the vintage touch is just perfect. But be careful, the check is pretty high.
Address: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone
TBS ♥: They say it’s a must also for the Royal Family, another reason to feel like a princess.

Ottolenghi
It’s known that if you want to be one of the bests where you’re located is very important, and Ottolenghi really knows this: Nothing Hill is one the most loved streets both by locals and tourists. If you’re into tea this is the perfect spot, and don’t be picky, all the cakes are lovely.
Address: 63 Ledbury Road
TBS ♥: We like it because it’s delicious, elegant and very healthy!

Hakkasan
London is for sure the most multi ethnic metropoli of Europe and this is one of the best chinese restaurants in town. Once you’re in you’ll find a warm, elegant, refined ambient illuminated by the softest lights. You’ll never forget this experience.
Address: 17 Bruton Street,
TBS ♥: Not the usual asian restaurant, but a vibrant and different experience.

Berners Tavern
Not only a place to eat, the interiors look like a museum, rooms full of paintings recreate a unique and romantic atmosphere. So, you go in to dine but when you see this place you’ll definitely forget why you walked in.
Address: 10 Berners Street,
TBS ♥: We love it because it’s a 360 gustatory, visual and cultural experience.

New York -Travel - Tips

Are you planning a trip to New York and you don’t know where to eat? We selected for you 5 of the best restaurants in town. Enjoy!

ABC Kitchen 

This is the perfect place to stay if you are in New York and also one of the coolest: it’s situated in the middle of the town and offers you good service and organic food in a great ambience and decor.

Address35 east 18th streetTBS ♥: fashion is not only clothes, shoes and bags…but also healthy life!

Soho is probably the most inspirational area in New York. There, you can find art galleries, trendy clubs and vintage shops.. and also a place with a  great french cousine nearby Broadway.
Address: 80 Spring StreetTBS ♥: if you have the chance to have a bit of Paris in New York, what are you waiting for?

 CATCH NYC
It is situated in the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. It’s strange but so original to find a contemporary seafood restaurant in the neighborhood where many years ago all the butchers were located.
Address: 121 Ninth Avenue
TBS ♥: it’s quite easy to find a good meat plate in NYC, but if you have a restaurant dedicated to seafood, don’t hesitate let yourself throw into it.


 La Esquina
You are walking down the street, a bit hungry but you don’t know exactly what do you want to eat? La Esquina with its typical Mexican food is the answer! Its looks like a classical fastfood, but when you have the chance to go in… you’ll be catapulted in an other dimension… or in another country!
Address: 114 Kenmare
TBS ♥: you always need tapas, tequila and margarita in your life. Latin-American atmosphere, is always a good idea.

The Waverly Inn
This place is kinda magic. The Waverly Inn counts models, movie stars and singers as regulars. Here you can find American food: we recommend you the brunch menu! Also, the internals of the restaurant are real art. You can get delicious food watching Edward Sorel works, the famous and well-knowed New York illustrator.
Address: 16 Bank St
TBS ♥: it’s time now to get some typical New York style food, not junk food. So, brunch menu for me, please!

 

 

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