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Rowing boats during Vogalonga race 2019 in Venice June 14th, 2019 | Landgänge

Venice going nuts with Vogalonga

Venice is almost like coming home. I was here already so often to go aboard with my dearest captain. This time he picked me up on a Sunday morning in June on the shuttle bus from Treviso airport, and took me almost immediately in a “quiet, idyllic restaurant right on the canal with food as at home in a Venetian family.” The food was indeed as promised. The atmosphere… quite different…

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Skulptur in Wachenheim, Pfalz June 10th, 2019 | Landgänge

The Palatinate: pure pleasure – Part 2

The Palatinate – a region of superlatives! The largest wine barrel in the world, the largest wine festival in the world, the oldest wine route, the oldest wine bottle and last but not least about 100 million vines and fantastic wine… Not to mention Saumagen [stuffed pig’s stomach], liver dumplings and the beautiful landscape…

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Facade in Weisenheim am Berg, Palatinate May 29th, 2019 | Landgänge

The Palatinate: pure pleasure – Part 1

A model railway idyll, pretty half-timbered houses like a string of pearls, vineyards as far as the eye can see, here and there a castle, a climate like velvet and silk, culinary delicacies from hearty regional cuisine to fine dining, excellent wines and hospitality that is unparalleled… That‘s the Palatinate. We were there again.

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Wine fair "Wein am Dom" winners of "Discovery of the Year" award April 18th, 2019 | on the road

Wine fair „Wein am Dom“ – Palatine Rose 2019

Almost one thousand wines could be tasted at the Palatinate wine fair “Wein am Dom” in Speyer, if one wanted. We were there and learned to know and appreciate two friendly wine queens, a number of interesting winemakers and seven very different rosé wines.

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Lueneburg Heath, break at Heidschnucken trail, flowers and hiking boots April 11th, 2019 | on the road

„Heidschnucken“ Trail – 120 kilometers on foot

Almost a year has passed since we hiked the first 120 kilometers of the „Heidschnucken“ Trail in the Lüneburg Heath. It tingles in the feet to tackle the second half…

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Restaurant Haebel, recommended by Beef! "Best Cuts in Town" April 6th, 2019 | on the road

Restaurant Haebel and Heimatjuwel – our Beef! favorites

The men (cook) magazine BEEF! presented 15 different Hamburg restaurants and bars in their restaurant guide “Best Cuts in Town”. For the past 15 months, we have had our very own “Best Cuts Tour” through Hamburg with the book and visited eleven of the 15 recommended locations. The restaurants “Haebel” and “Heimatjuwel” were our absolute favorites.

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Slow baking at the bread sommelier Heyderich in Stade March 2nd, 2019 | on the road

Slow Baking at the bread sommelier

Bread is the staple food number 1 in Germany, over 3,200 different types of bread are supposed to exist. Bread is literally on everyone’s lips – but hardly anyone knows what it looks like in a bakery and how much time and effort is in a good bread – let alone what a bread sommelier and slow baking is. To find out, we were a guest at Wolfgang Heyderich’s in the Stader Backstube.

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Sea service fitness, the teddy collection at seaman's outpatient clinic in Hamburg January 13th, 2019 | on the road

Sea service fitness and the doctor with the teddies

You might think you are in the waiting room of a pediatrician practice. But no. At the latest when we enter the room with the hundreds of teddies in sailor suits, I know: “Now, it starts again.” We are in the seaman’s outpatient clinic with Doctor Jan-Gerd Hagelstein. In a few days my dearest captain will leave to sign on his next ship.

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Tokaj wine at Árpád-hegy Pince vineyard in Szerencs/Ungarn October 19th, 2018 | Landgänge

Tokaj wine tasting with Adam Varkoly

Our trip to Budapest also took us to Hungary’s most famous wine-growing region, the Tokaj region. There we met a young Hungarian winemaker full of esprit, Ádám Varkoly. If you think Tokaj wines have to be sweet and full-bodied, Ádám will quickly teach you a lesson. His winery Árpád-hegy Pince in Szerencs also produces wonderful, dry wines from Furmint.

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Gin Calamansi Fruits October 16th, 2018 | Landgänge

Gin & Calamansi from the Philippines

A small bottle of gin, brought by a very, very dear colleague on board set this story in motion: The petite Filipino lady handed my dearest captain a farewell bottle of Philippine gin. “We’ll drink it in the Philippines with calamansi fruit, never with lemon, Captain!”, she said with a smile.

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