Category Archives: Travel

Merci Mont St Odile

Merci Mont St Odile

for the superb view over the Alsacian plain, colored by Autumn in all of its splendor, 

an unique artefact, a sundial built in the 18th century,

The 3 legendary limetrees – a favourite picture place for visitors, some taking time to meditate inside its trunk 

A walk in the forest dressed in Autumn colours

A travel in time to the taste of my grandmother’s bread

A moment of gratitude prayer 

An out-door lunch in great strangers company 


Family time: a walk in the park


Pourtales Park is at 10 minute bus ride from my home. Yet, our busyness kept it miles away. So one Sunday morning on a beautiful September day, we made it. What a lovely discovery! 

The Palace made it through wars and was reinvented and rescued with private investment by Dr. Leibrecht and his family. It is a hotel and an events venue today. 

The Park’s trails take you to places with surprises. Thanks to my kid’s previous school trip, we knwe what to look for. But it is also fun if you just walk and let the Park reveal itself. Portales: a place where nature meets art. 

Multumesc Chisinau


for the most amazing welcome, with wide open arms of people i know and worked with years ago. They still recognise Oxana-redhead-blond- redhead again :). 

For my dearest friends always close by and who filled my home with the smell of home-made bread for me to take home (my other home).  

The change i saw and the admiration i took with me for what brave people do, in spite of lots of adversities. 

Precious time with a dear friend in recovery. She tought me to slow down right when i needed it most. 

Your Autumn mornings colours and my slight sense of envy to sleeping pidgeons on my way to early morning meetings. 

The fun of carousel meetings from eight to eight and the plea of my brain to keep going to learn more. With a deepest sense of gratitude to the best interpreters, who went above and beyond their regular duties. 

The most amazing, kind and intelligent team of consultants on a mission. And the out-of-meetings moments we shared when i could show them bits of my city. 

Fulfilling my need to see sunrises from my window while sipping my coffee. 

Witnessing my brave cleaning lady taking her faith into her hands and going into entrepreneurship. She is my hero. 

The most efficient and discrete plumber who came at 10pm to fix my water hitting. It was perhaps my team members little prayer, as they risked sharing their hotel bathroom with me 😉

Thank you Munich

Thank you Munich

for your rainy-sunny late August days,

a pleasant walk in your zoo

the wonders of the Deutsches Museum, where we learned by playing about science and progress, from mining to astronomy:

your biggest public park in Europe: the English Gartden of Munchen where you can watch surfers, have a beer next to a Chinese Tour, enjoy a ride in a 100 year old carousel or just enjoy a walk

Thank you Salzburg


for your warm and sunny August days, a perfect picture frame for my birthday,

for the feeling of humbleness in front of your magnificent views from the 1000 year old Hohensalzburg Fortress,

a renewed feeling of romance in the splendid Mirabell Gardens

your special Makartsteg reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists, flanked by talented musicians, who offered me a splendid piece of music on my birthday! Thank you!

a gorgeous hand embroidered pillow case and table-cloth from Salzburg Heimatwerk, where you can purchase both finished pieces as well as folkwear fabrics,

the taste of Italy in cafes and ice cream stands,

the unique and absolutely gorgeous Hellbrunn Palace and its Trick Fountains, built by ingenious minds. And the fun we had with surprise water jets!

the fun and educational Haus der Natur, where small and big get to become scientists 

1525 kg – that’s my weight on Sun, if you are wondering. Big time lady! 🙂

and, last but by far not least your wonderful Hellbrunn zoo, where we reconneced with our animal world friends:

Thank you Graz

Thank you Graz

for your warm August days,

a fabulous view from your 376 m high Schlossberg after a successful ascend

a proud and filled with history Clock Tower embelished by a beautiful garden

a spectacular way down in a glass lift inside the mountain, putting to test my claustrophobic limits.

wonderful architecture, 

your many fun children playgrounds in Stadtischer Augarten,  

a stroll along Mur,

ice cream and espresso at Roma cafe,

celebrating young Austrian designers in many of specialises shops with very chic dressing rooms

a new discovery – the Chic and Ethic store,

an evening walk with ducks in Burggarten,

a well located Hotel zum Dom where past meets present,

lunch at Kusthauscafe 

yout many rooftop views

a designer island on Mur where you can shop in a small designer shop and have a drink in a cafe while enjoying the Sun on an open terace

Magnificent Landhaus – one of most well preserved Italian Renaissance monuments of architecture 

your talenterted street musicians. “Dad, mom is having again the Ah! moment looking at the blue-eyed musician” :),

your gems hidden in courtyards 

Dinner at L’Osteria served by the Greeck waitress Eleni with the warmth of her helenic smile and Italian language lessons on loud speakers in the ladies room. Combining pleasure with necessities,

hours of fun at Frida und Fred Kindermuseum, where we got to live circus artists lives and to create our own decoration: as i did for my bag:

and humble moments of urban walk reconnected with Mother nature

Thank you Wien


for a wonderful and sweet time with friends and family,

staying true to kids-friendliness and all the fun which goes together,

creating royal experiences at Kinder Museum in Schönbrunn with lots of fun for both kids and adults,

your tour train to keep us dry on a rainy morning in the Schönbrunn Park,

gorgeous Gloriette, where Maria Theresa – the only female ruler of Habsburgs, used to have breakfast,

the Sunny afternoon for the Zoo visit and all the delights of meeting cute koala, panda, a baby elephant, baby zebra, my fave pink flamingos and the rest of the rich animal world in the oldest zoo in the world,

a brief hide and seek moment under generous tree branches,

the treasures of the Natural History museum: the 29500 old statue of Venus, huge dinosaur skeletons, largest turtle in the world and many other interactive and child friendly features. And for getting a dinosaur roaring  to my face. Scared of nothing now 🙂

the gorgeous Belvedere and coffee&cake with friends to celebrate Sofia and friendship

and a small pink print for Vienna – street art by Sofia: