As we wonder about the few miles left of our rental car, the employee wants to know if we intend to leave the country. No, not really. "Then I tell you, you will not get that far." From explorations across the country - and an involuntary excursion across the border.
Take a break from everyday life - and in the middle of the city? In a few places, this is as good as in Luxembourg.
Hardly a nation so connects its essence with a single river. A story about a people and many, about refuted stereotypes, lethargic masses of water and the last days of summer.
Ever heard of Tatarstan? Neither do I. "Wow, I always wanted to go to the Tartars!" Say Eastern European friends on request. "Still relatively unknown in this country," says Google. "What do you want there?", Say my parents.
How does a neighborhood actually get this artistic-alternative flair, which attracts both visitors and locals, so to speak, I wonder, as my first steps in Manchester lead me through the Northern Quarter.
Being by the sea, for me that screams for vacation. But how do people live who can not escape wind and waves all year long? A study in five chapters.
Malmö is known for design and sustainability - and at the same time for high unemployment and serious conflicts. How does it fit together? A little look behind the scenes of the city planning projects and a trip to the infamous Rosengard.
Figueira da Foz, I can not let this name melt on my tongue often enough. Here, in this time-lapsed city that looks like a movie set behind every corner, even I could get carried away for a beach vacation.
I am not surprised when I learn that tobacco grows on green mountain slopes in the middle of Europe. There, where the former was transported across the border, today you can wander wonderfully through the mountains.
The strength of Street Art is its surprise effect - and it gets even bigger when works by world-famous artists appear in Portuguese small towns. First stop on my Street Art road trip through the Centro de Portugal region: a journey through the village of Estarreja.