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A visit to the design king of Ascona Bird of paradise, genius, cosmopolitan, free spirit and optimist. All of these perfectly describe Carlo Rampazzi. I meet the Ticino architect and designer in his palazzo in a sleepy side street close to Ascona&…
On the road in a vast and quiet land We had been looking forward to Namibia for quite some time. Two and a half times the size of Germany, but with only 2.3 million inhabitants. Peace and quiet! Namib, the oldest desert in the world. Cheetahs, ele…
The fashion designer shows his favorite spots The US fashion creator with Cuban roots stands for architectural, elegant and unfussy design. Born in New Jersey  Narciso Rodriguez studied against the will of his parents at the Parsons’ School of Des…
Without Rosamunde Pilcher, but with genuine English weather Attention! Spoiler ahead – there is no such thing as an aristocratic land- and manor owner in disguise whom you will meet in a pub introducing himself as a struggling artist. Nor are ther…
Home of vetiver and vanilla To be honest, Reunion (French: La RĂ©union), France’s overseas island located in the Indian Ocean, would not have been on my list of travel destinations. If it wasn’t for Marie Le Febvre. Over the years, the …
Why the Oriental Hotel is Worth the Long Journey If a hotel can be something like a second home, that’s what the Mandarin Oriental“ in Bangkok is for me. And what it has been for many years. Time and again, I am drawn back to the house by the Chao…
A city that’s always good for a surprise When you think of Hong Kong, the first things that come to mind are old junks, street canyons, Dim Sum and the lively hustle and bustle of the streets. Reasons enough to pay a visit to this old Crown colony…
A cool guy sporting a lustrous head of hair, make up and quirky accessories For seven years Riccardo Simonetti has been working as influencer. Running his own blog The Fabulous Life of  Ricci, and with 143.200 followers on Instagram (@riccardosimo…
Diary of a Conversion Ayurveda – a word that I, as avowedly non-esoteric, had initially filed away in that drawer. I listened benevolently to reports of the many wonderful experiences, but it never occurred to me to try it myself. Until one …
How a new nature retreat celebrates „Moments of Calm“ South Tyrol (in Italian: Alto Adige) stands for Mediterranean joie de vivre, good wine, fantastic landscapes and an idyllic mountain atmosphere. We won‘t mention here that the northern and sout…