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March 2017

Denmark

Villa Provence, Aarhus

The train journey from Hamburg to Aarhus, in Denmark, is long. The scenery does not change much and neither does the weather: when I arrive, it is still raining. This is why instead of walking, I am happy to hop on a taxi, and whizz myself to Villa Provence.

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Germany, Travels

Apartment040, Hamburg

My most loyal readers have by now observed my interest in historic hotels and buildings. This is why, a few weeks ago in Hamburg, I was particularly delighted to receive an invitation to spend a night in a former telecommunication office.

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Germany, Travels

Palais Esplanade, Hamburg

When I think of Germany, I think of Bach’s piano music, the sorrowful books of Goethe, and the epochs of Mann. When I think of a traveller’s Germany, I do not think of the Untergrundbahns, nor the divided Berlin or the destructions of the WWII: I think of the long journeys through country meadows, wandering salesmen with their neat suitcases, the medieval villages stopped in time.

This is why I was particularly charmed when I stepped into my suite in Palais Esplanade, where a charmingly old-fashioned atmosphere greets us modern travellers.

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Matkat, Saksa

Apartment040, Hampuri

Uskollisimmat lukijani ovat varmasti jo huomanneet mieltymykseni historiallisiin hotelleihin, ja rakennuksiin ylipäätään. Niinpä olin erityisen mielissäni saadessani parin viikon takaisella Hampurin matkallani kutsun yöpyä entisessä postitalossa – olenhan itsekin tullut työskennelleeksi tuon kunnianarvoisan instituution leivissä Suomessa!

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Matkat, Saksa

Palais Esplanade, Hampuri

Kun ajattelen Saksaa, ajattelen Bachin pianomusiikkia, Goethen kärsimystarinoita ja Mannin epookkeja. Kun ajattelen matkailijan Saksaa, en ajattele Untergrundbhaneja, en jaettua Berliiniä, en toisen maailmansodan tuhoja: ajattelen hevosvankkureilla suoritettavia taipaleita, salkkujaan kantavia kauppamatkalaisia, keskiaikaisia pikkukyliä.

Niinpä olin erityisen ihastunut, kun astuin sisään  vanhanajan matkahyveitä huokuvaan Palais Esplanaden sviittini Hampurissa.

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Matkat, Saksa

Von Deska Townhouses, Hampuri

Viime aikoina olen matkoillani jutellut paljon hotellien ja majatalojen omistajien kanssa, ja tullut siihen tulokseen, että ihmiset, jotka matkustavat itse paljon tarjoavat myös parhaat majapaikat. Näin on myös von Deska Townhouses huoneistojen kohdalla.

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The Netherlands, Travels

Kith & Kin Boutique Apartments, Amsterdam

After a long and sunny summer in Brazil, it was amazing to return to my new city of dreams, Amsterdam. This time around, I wanted to experience what it would be like to live in this historic city: eat at my own kitchen table, walk out to the streets without greeting the hotel staff and buy my morning breads from a bakery around the corner.

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Germany, Travels

von Deska Townhouses, Hamburg

Recently, on my travels and talking with hotel and B&B owners around the world, I have come into the conclusion that the best accommodations are provided by people who travel a lot themselves. This is also the case with von Deska Townhouses.

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