The sun is shining mercilessly on my head, the heath is burning my throat and the extreme drought makes me more thirsty than I've ever been in my life. For as far as I can see, I see sand ... sand and more sand ... my eyes catch a glimpse of colorful canyons and mountains far in the distance or is this a Fata Morgana? When I turn around, I see my footsteps in the otherwise untouched white sand dunes, a feeling of complete solitude comes over me, yet I have never felt so peaceful in my life ... Death Valley National Park makes for sure a big impression on me.
The myth of Dracula is one of the main reasons that attract tourists from all over the world to this corner of Eastern Europe. Travelers come to Romania and tour the Transylvanian towns and villages, hoping to discover at least some of the vampire's traces. However, Romania is much more than Dracula and the castles in which the legendary character has supposedly lived. Inspired by a former Walachian ruler (Vlad the Impaler), Dracula actually owes his fame to the Irish writer Bram Stoker and his best selling novel focusing on a fictional hero bearing this name.
Marrakech - the gateway to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains - is a trickster: at times the city is perplexing and exasperating, then just around the corner it manages to thrill and amaze. The fabled Red City has blended Arabic, Berber, French and Moorish influences into a confounding exotic mélange but somehow it all works. Although Marrakech has long been a magnet for adventurous travelers, the city has never been better equipped to ensure a marvelous stay, provided you're prepared for all your senses going into overdrive. Where else could a single day encompass breakfast on the roof terrace of your sumptuous riad, shopping in the souks, a tour of a fairytale palace, a candle-lit tagine dinner in the Kasbah and the circus of the mind-boggling Djemaa el Fna square? So what are you waiting for ... grab your passport ... Marrakech awaits!
Next week, I'm going on another business trip to India. Although I will have no time whatsoever during this trip to visit anything, it does remind me of the fact that I have been able to visit the world-famous Taj Mahal already twice. Unfortunately up till now I never had the time to write about it. Both visits I stared for hours at this awe-inspiring wonder. It is impossible to describe the beauty of this famous marble mausoleum, you have to see it for yourself and I'm sure that you - just like I do - will cherish the memories for ever.