V.KNOW – Queenstown/NZ

Mai 27th, 2013

OK, if I had to pick one of the best restaurants I had eaten at since I’ve been down under, it would be V.KNOW (also: Vknow – note the small little play on words and Italian pronunciation…), and interestingly I didn’t find this place in Australia but in New Zealand (recommended to me by lovely Shona). This place is almost unassuming, a walk up the hill on Fernhill Road on the outskirts of Queenstown, with an air of a neighbourhood restaurant about it. Our lovely hosts Danny and Lizzie helped us with the selection of dishes and accompanying wines, and the different courses created by Lizzie were simply divine (I highly recommend the venison mains).

http://www.vknow.co.nz/

A real discovery to me was the Italian restaurant ‘Carmen’s’, located in Muswellbrook in the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley itself is always worth a visit for its stunning scenery but primarily of course for its abundance of vineyards and wineries. On our way to the Hunter Valley we drove through the small town of Muswellbrook and decided to stop for dinner at Carmen’s. The restaurant is run by an Italian family and I was positively surprised at the quality of the food. This certainly is a hidden gem!

http://www.carmens.net.au/index.html

Hotel Urban St Kilda

Mai 27th, 2013

It’s about time to write another hotel review. Lately I have been staying at the Urban in Melbourne’s bustling suburb of St Kilda, located on Fitzroy Strreet, a short stroll away from Port Phillip Bay and St Kilda Pier. I love St Kilda for its eclectic mix of restaurants, cafés, design shops and wonderful examples of art deco architecture. I was lucky enough to get a room with a King-size bed and free Wi-Fi at a rate of $109/night. I would highly recommend this hotel if you don’t need or want to stay in Melbourne’s CBD.

https://www.hotelurban.com.au/melbourne

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This is a place like heaven on earth, tucked away in the rain forest, sitting on a slope of a hill overlooking the Coral Sea. It’s also the first place I have ever been to where I have seen a wild cassowary (this one foraging along the pathway up to the main lodge). Simple but tastefully furnished cabins with ensuite bathrooms and balcony or rainforest huts screened on all four sides provide accommodation suited to all budgets. If you want to cook your own meal, cooking facilities are available in the communal area;  the restaurant offers a cuisine which specialises in locally grown fresh food and especially caters for vegetarians.

http://www.sanctuaryretreat.com.au/

Schottland 2011

Juli 20th, 2011

Die Anfahrt

Donnerstag 14.7.2011

Um 19:15 Bahnverladung am Ostbahnhof in München. Der Autoreisezug ist nicht ausgebucht – wir werden aufs Oberdeck gelotst, was wesentlich angenehmer ist, da wir uns nicht geduckt in der unteren Etage vorarbeiten müssen. Monika und Hilde sind leider ausgefallen, aber sie sind zum Baghnhof gekommen, um uns eine gute Fahrt zu wünschen. Am Bahnsteig gibt es noch Aperol Spritz für alle. Diesen Beitrag weiterlesen… »