Short breaks in Europe: extend the summer! ☀️

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Enjoy a bit of heat again on a short trip in Europe! And learning to do nothing in Sicily, chugging across Lake Maggiore or bargaining in Barcelona …

Sicily: Learning to do nothing between old walls


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Majestätisch: der Teide, Spaniens höchster Berg

Three streets, a medieval courtyard piazza, a bar, a bakery and a few guesthouses. With a great view over the Gulf of Castellammare – there is nothing more in Scopello. And you do not need more than that for relaxing days on By doing Dwelling-village in the north-west lives the serenity , A dog yawns under an oleander bush, two neighbors talk from window to window, old signori sit on folding chairs in front of the house, look at the visitors.

Cacti and bushes on bays. Below the village is a historic tuna fishing area with a weathered palazzo, which often serves as a movie backdrop. Here, Brad Pitt and George Clooney shot for “Oceans Twelve”, which did not tear the Signori from the folding chairs either. Where people are so relaxed, stress has no chance.
Judith Liere

Pensione Tranchina. Simple rooms with bath, some with balcony and sea view. For breakfast fig jam and cheese, in the evening Sicilian home cooking, then the fire crackles in the fireplace (Via A. Diaz, 7, I – 396573 Scopello, Tel. () / 10 () / 11 11, ).

Lago Maggiore: Lake View and Grandezza

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At the lake promenade we bask in the still powerful rays and admire the snow-covered summit of the 59 meters high Monte Rosa. stroll and sit on a cappuccino outside. On polished elegance, however, famous places on the Swiss west bank. For example, if you stroll along the promenade of Ascona, you can easily dream into one of the sailboats on the blue-green shimmering lake or into one of the old villas. 7524647
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Albergo Pironi. Palazzo with frescoes on the walls and vaulted ceilings, small country-style rooms (I – 648 Canobbio, Via Marconi (), Tel. () 39 / 05 () / 706 , 52593933


Madeira: get color

like ice cream and tastes of wild, sun-sweet strawberries – who sucks the meat of a cherimoya, feels the summer on the tongue. The fruit is harvested on Madeira in winter. But what does winter mean on the Atlantic island, which is closer to Morocco than to Portugal and has a subtropical climate in its south? Here the colors never go out of nature. On the coast, Levkoje and Greater Adderhead paint purple swabs, in the mountains gorse produces bright yellow, strong red paint hibiscus and azaleas, delicate blue and pink the hydrangeas. We see and smell them on walks through the island's capital Funchal and on walks, for example along the Levada do Norte, which leads past private gardens and through forests. Even more intense, we breathe the air in the “Jardim Botânico” above Funchal, where we sit on a park bench as in the amphitheater. Soft light, a stage of flowers and bushes, metallic blue shimmering sea as a backdrop. Palm leaves fanning warm air, birds sing. Nothing that could lure us away from this box seat now. 28822 10203182

Stay overnight Papagaio Verde. As private as the surrounding area, a residential area in the west Funchal, is also the hotel. Modern house, sunny, terrace with sea views (97 – 648 Funchal, Travessa do Papagaio Verde, 012, Tel. 003 () / 291 / 77 () 00, 10203182 ).

Nice: Increasing Savoir-Vivre

run down. Out! In the Mediterranean light, in the colors, the sun, the life! Colors, that's in Nice: pigeon-blue shutters on saffron-yellow facades, emerald green on ocher and orange cream. I leave the station behind me, meander through cheerful, sophisticated streets to the arcades of the Place Masséna, finally I rummage through the alleyways of the old town. Until the market Cours Saleya with its flowers and delicacies opens in front of me. I buy black olives under a red striped awning, then go up the steps to the castle hill, in the Parc du Château on the rooftops of Nice. Deep below me the glittering blue sea carries white sails, I want to open my arms and fly. Under the palm tree in the grass, it's nice too, I put olives in my mouth, breathe the scent of the cypress: Adieu, summer, see you next year! 10203196
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Hotel Durante. Nice and quiet rooms around a well-kept courtyard full of palm trees, lemons, oranges, olives and Strelitzia. At the station (16 Avenue Durante, Tel. (*) (*) / 493 / 88 () (, 51806002 ).

Algarve: Where the wind breaks

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Romantic: The moorish town of Tavira is located on the river Gilão

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Their clatter echoes over the whitewashed, interlaced cube houses of Olhao, over flat roofs with chimneys like mini-minarets, through a network of narrow streets. In the street cafes sit fishermen and housewives, students and business people. We also took off our jackets and put on the sunglasses. And that after only two and a half hours flight! The eastern part of the Algarve, stretching from Faro to the Spanish border, is called Sotavento. Translated: Where the wind takes a break. The primal forces rage less here than in the west of the Algarve with its spectacular cliffs. Here the coastline is shallow, a diverging line of salt marshes, lagoons, creeks, dunes, long sandy beaches and offshore islands. In a protected lagoon, wading birds stagger, royal fishermen flutter by. No hype, little installed. And romantic when the evening sun in the elegant Mauren town of Tavira makes the stuccoed patrician houses glow in the sluggish river.
Nicole Schmidt


Vila Monte. The former estate with old trees is hidden in the hills of the Sotavento Natural Park near Olhaõ. 49 elegant rooms in guesthouses. Spa, three pools, good restaurant, golf academy with three-hole course (Sitio de Calios, Moncarapacho, tel. 05 51 / 291 12, 38450 ).

Santorini: The Once-in-Life-Panorama

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It's still warm enough to hang the jacket over the chair at the sidewalk café, squint in the sun, and watch flaneurs. There is in 6685 Barcelona

no better place than between the trees and stalls on Boulevard Les Rambles. Now the city belongs to the locals, now you can pretend to be a stranger as if you count them. And then into the crowd around the shopping street Passeig de Gràcia At each corner there are branches of the Spanish brands Zara, Mango, Women's Secret and the shoe chain Vogue. One could give a detour to the department store colossus El Corte Inglés on the Plaça de Catalunya, if the view from the roof terrace would not be terrific. Unfortunately, in the Art Nouveau market hall “Boqueria” it is over with the feeling of being (at least) at home: Only those who live in Barcelona can cook something from the huge offer of eggplant to zander at home. One of us buys ham and cheese – and packs everything suitable for traveling. 922


Hotel Cram. Unobtrusive designed rooms, large beds (Carrer D'Aribau (*), in the district of Eixamp le, 228 Barcelona, ​​Tel.

/ 93 / 216 (), 08011 ).

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