Honeymoon: Where Couples Shouldn’t Travel After Wedding

Long-distance travel honeymoon

Where bridal couples shouldn’t shimmer

Corona throws many people willing to marry a spanner in the works. But there is also an advantage: you now have more time to think about the destination for your honeymoon. Because according to a study, the divorce rate also depends on it.

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Weddings are increasingly becoming super-spreading events

Police arrest guests at a wedding in Jerusalem. In London, officials end a wedding ceremony with over 100 people. Authorities are warning in Brooklyn, New York. In Germany, too, weddings are increasingly becoming super-spreading events.

WIf he is on the plane to the Maldives in normal times, he is guaranteed to have at least one twinkling couple on board, who are beaming on their changed family status. At least the bride likes to wear a shirt with the big letters “Just married”. Traditionally there is a nice announcement from the pilot, and as a friendly gesture the flight attendant gives the couple champagne or sparkling wine, the main thing being sparkling, while the passengers clap.

When they arrive at their destination, the next honeymooners are already out and about on the sandy beach under coconut trees, on which a large frame in the form of a heart with red artificial flowers is set up for the photo shoot. It’s all very romantic, and other guests are touched, dream of their own honeymoon or remember it while holding hands and immediately decide to plan an anniversary honeymoon.

That was before Corona. Honeymoon trips have now been postponed, which is a shame. But this postponement also holds an opportunity: Those willing to marry now have more time to think about the right goal.

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Because there is a connection between the honeymoon destination and the susceptibility to divorce. The website Compare.bet just found him after asking 3100 divorced or separated couples from around the world where they had spent their honeymoon.

Exciting insight: If married couples want to stay together for a long time, they shouldn’t opt ​​for the Maldives – the islands ended up in first place with 20 percent of the later divorced. Bora Bora, Bali and Mauritius are also at high risk of divorce. Now one could argue that tropical dream islands are among the favorite long-distance destinations of honeymooners – a high honeymooner rate automatically leads to a high divorce rate.

What spoils the honeymoon after the wedding

But there seems to be something to the evaluation. Because the only empirically conducted study on honeymoons, published in 2007, saw it similarly: “Sunburn. Boredom. Bitten by the centipede. Bleached coral reef. Ear infection from diving. Seaweed on the dream beach. And then even more persistent continuous rain. ”Typical reasons for the crisis named by couples on the Maldives and other dream islands, compiled by the Swiss social researcher Urs Keller in his dissertation“ Just you and me ”.

Honeymoon on dream islands like the Maldives?  You should think twice

Honeymoon on dream islands like the Maldives? You should think twice

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According to him, honeymoons are generally tricky because of the supposed uniqueness with high expectations. Who openly admits that their honeymoon was stupid because the reality didn’t live up to expectations?

According to the Swiss researcher, bridal couples on islands with a beautiful setting but little alternative, who are on vacation together for the first time, have not yet lived together and are not familiar with “24-hour operation”, are particularly at risk. Negotiation processes and arbitration procedures still have to be learned, “edgy character traits” have to be discovered in paradise, of all places.

So what does the researcher recommend? There is a tendency: the shorter the travel time, the more activities and the more luxury, the better because it is less stressful. According to the survey, city destinations such as Bangkok, safaris such as Kenya and gourmet holidays in wine regions such as the Napa Valley are considered “more resistant to divorce”.

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Luxury vacation in Corona times: “Private jets are much more in demand”

LLuxury vacationers value distance. They are paying for it – more than ever in times of Corona. Stephan Braun, managing director of the luxury tour operator Windrose Finest Travel, knows the special needs of such customers well.

WORLD: Are luxury vacationers traveling again?

Stephan Braun: This morning a customer spontaneously booked a very luxurious, very nice trip to Dubai for the day after tomorrow. He just wanted out spontaneously. Our travel advisor spent two hours looking for everything so that the guest can travel safely and as contactlessly as possible.

WORLD: Do luxury vacationers have the chance to travel earlier than other tourists?

Braun: In any case.

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Caribbean: Aruba has the world’s greenest hotel

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Aruba has the world’s greenest hotel

Over 30 years ago, an Austrian opened a beach resort on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Today the hotel is a pioneer in terms of environmental protection. Here, guests in the gym even kick themselves off to generate electricity.

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The “Bucuti & Tara Resort” on the Caribbean island of Aruba is completely committed to environmental protection

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Ewald Biemans, 75, has lived under palm trees for 50 years. The native Austrian opened an environmentally friendly beach hotel on Eagle Beach on the Caribbean island of Aruba, a Dutch overseas territory off the coast of Venezuela.

That was in 1987, at a time when not many people thought about sustainability in tourism and at most a few holidaymakers were out and about with a “jute instead of plastic” cloth bag as a symbol of closeness to nature. But Biemans was already committed to environmental protection on the tropical island. Biemans says: “We are not in the tourism business, we are in the nature business.”

Shortly after the opening, a German vacationer asked him why beer in bottles or cans in plastic cups was served in his hotel – Biemans was one of the first hoteliers to ban single-use plastic and styrofoam from the facility. Back then, some guests found that a bit over-motivated.

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Today the 104-room hotel has the largest privately owned solar array in Aruba; it has almost all environmental certifications, almost everything is recycled and water and energy are saved everywhere – and also obtained in an original way. When guests in the fitness studio really struggle on the bike or treadmill, the devices are also busy producing electricity, which is fed into the resort’s network.

Awarded the most environmentally friendly hotel in the world

Bieman’s boutique hotel “Bucuti & Tara Resort” is now the only CO2– neutral resort of the Caribbean. That is why the United Nations voted the beach resort the most environmentally friendly hotel in the world in 2020.

For the first time in the ten-year history of the Global United Nations Climate Action Award, a hotel is the winner. So far, only large corporations like Apple have received the high award. But nobody really noticed in pandemic times.

Ewald Biemans before "Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort" in Aruba

Ewald Biemans hopes that his award will also inspire other hoteliers

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Ewald Biemans says: “In view of all the current events, the timing for the award is of course strange, but at the same time it is good news in difficult times. The nice thing about our award is that we can be a template for other hotels. “

He and his team are currently working on practically eliminating paper in hotels and looking for new, even more sustainable energy technologies. “If everything goes as I imagine it will, one day we’ll be able to become a CO2-Being a negative resort. “

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He has little time to celebrate. In the Lesser Antilles, the high season begins with lots of sun at 30 degrees. A travel warning from the Foreign Office also applies to Aruba, but the Caribbean island still welcomes international holidaymakers, provided they present a negative Covid-19 test result of 72 hours or less or make up for it on arrival.

There are currently 173 people with acute coronavirus on the island. It is mandatory to wear a mask in buses and shops. When returning to Germany, vacationers have to go into quarantine, which they can shorten with a negative Covid-19 test.

Ewald Biemans left his hotel open. There are currently guests, including Germans, Swiss, Dutch and French. Their commitment is also welcomed in these times: once a month, vacationers and employees clean the beach together, and the hotelier then rakes with the rake.

Thousands collect corona rubbish on the banks of the Rhine

With the corona virus came more rubbish: mouthguards, pizza boxes, broken glass. This is where volunteers collect what remains on the banks of the Rhine during the international “Clear Ship” campaign.

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Aerial photos: Photographers show Europe from a new perspective

Europe Aerial photos

Photographers show Europe from a new perspective

The most beautiful places in Europe have been photographed countless times. A team of photographers now shows sights from a new perspective. To do this, it uses drones, airplanes, helicopters and gets into hot air balloons.

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On the Ligurian coast: the small town of Porto Venere near Cinque Terre On the Ligurian coast: the small town of Porto Venere near Cinque Terre

On the Ligurian coast: the small town of Porto Venere near Cinque Terre

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Et is a change of perspective that never ceases to amaze. The photographs from Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Rome, Saint Petersburg and London, they all arouse curiosity because they show graphic grids, lines, angles and unusual contrasts that only the bird’s eye view allows travelers to look for .

Sometimes one catches this fascinating view from lofty heights from the window seat in the airplane. They can also be found on the popular viewing platforms of the tallest skyscrapers.

This is how AirPano sees it. This is a Moscow-based team of photographers that has been capturing the most beautiful places in the world in pictures from above since 2006. They are photographers, engineers, programmers and pilots who take pictures with drones and weather balloons, from airplanes, helicopters and even from hot air balloons. Their motto is: If something can fly, it is photographed with it or from there. They are quasi Luftikusse in the figurative sense.

The rectangular Plaza Mayor in central Madrid is 129 meters long and 94 meters wide

The rectangular Plaza Mayor in central Madrid is 129 meters long and 94 meters wide

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The new illustrated book “Europabilder” (Frederking & Thaler) shows such very special views to astonish; and not only that: In addition to the printed images, there are QR codes for the individual images at the end of the book.

The code can be simply scanned and the panoramic photo opens in 360-degree view, just like on a virtual trip through Europe: the pictures show unexpected details just by turning the smartphone. Each photo tells its own story, and each of the locations depicted is unique – and presents landscapes and cities in Europe in a completely new way.

The only paint mill De Kat that still produces worldwide is located in Zaandam, North Holland

The only paint mill De Kat that still produces worldwide is located in Zaandam, North Holland

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Of course, the genesis of such aerial photographs is not as simple as one might think. Because all too often the inconsistent weather throws a spanner in the works.

According to the AirPano team, the biggest problems in Europe were the treacherous, unpredictable northern lights in wintry Scandinavia, waiting for a sunny day in Saint Petersburg, Russia, notorious for its changeable weather even in summer – but also the days of persistent waiting for sunshine for an unusual aerial photo of Neuschwanstein Castle in the Allgäu.

Aerial photos provide new perspectives in photography

AirPano founder Oleg Gaponyuk, born in 1970, does not give up so easily for good aerial photos. He’s not just a passionate photographer with a penchant for geometry and almost annoyingly fussy perfection.

Which is hardly surprising when you look up his résumé: He graduated from the State Nuclear Research University, more precisely: at the Moscow Institute of Engineering and Physics with a focus on engineering and applied mathematics.

For decades, he has been of the opinion that photography has always followed the same well-trodden path, and the feeling crept that there was nothing new to discover in the field. He puts it this way: “If you set up the tripod, there is a high probability that your feet will land directly in the imprint made by the previous photographer’s tripod.” So the idea arose to take pictures from the air instead – an exciting change of perspective.

The boulevards start in a star shape from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The boulevards start in a star shape from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

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AirPano has won international Epson Pano awards for nine years in a row. By the way, in 2020 founder Oleg Gaponyuk won first place for an underwater panorama from the South Seas. Rather coincidental: Because of the pandemic restrictions, he was stranded in the Palau archipelago for two months.

AirPano: “Europabilder”, Frederking & Thaler Verlag, 192 pages, around 150 photos, 39.99 euros

In Saint Petersburg Palace Square with the Hermitage and Alexander Column form the focal point

In Saint Petersburg Palace Square with the Hermitage and Alexander Column form the focal point

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The rugged Bay of Kotor in Montenegro is reminiscent of a Norwegian fjord

The rugged Bay of Kotor in Montenegro is reminiscent of a Norwegian fjord

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The Canal Grande meanders through Venice, lined with over 200 magnificent aristocratic palaces

The Canal Grande meanders through Venice, lined with over 200 magnificent aristocratic palaces

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North of the Arctic Circle: Henningsvær in Lofoten shines in the evening sun

North of the Arctic Circle: Henningsvær in Lofoten shines in the evening sun

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Brandenburg: Here, drivers need a lot of patience with the train

Germany Brandenburg

Why drivers in Friedrichswalde need a lot of patience with the train

Friedrichswalde not far from Berlin is a pretty village. But it is also a village in which motorists passing through stay longer than originally planned. Because here it is the railway that controls the timing.

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Brandenburg: Friedrichswalde bears the title "Wooden shoemaker village".  Mayor Bernhard Ströbele shows a historical workshop here Brandenburg: Friedrichswalde bears the title "Wooden shoemaker village".  Mayor Bernhard Ströbele shows a historical workshop here

Friedrichswalde bears the title “Holzschuhmacherdorf”. Mayor Bernhard Ströbele shows a historical workshop here

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“Now hurry up,” the driver urges to leave and looks at his smartphone with a tense expression. He shooed the guests into the covered wagon, drove the two horses through the village, the horseshoes clattering across the cobblestones. A cyclist overtakes, pedaling, and a few passers-by hurry towards the level crossing. Just made it before the barrier goes down.

Friedrichswalde is a pretty 800-inhabitant village not far from Berlin, appreciated by day trippers and holidaymakers. There are two inns, a country bakery, a half-timbered church, a historic clog-making workshop, the coach business, a riding stable, many holiday homes and three lakes nearby.

But it is also the village in which travelers on the state road in northeast Brandenburg involuntarily stay longer than originally planned. Because here the railway directs the daily timing.

The residents first have a look at the train timetable and even get up earlier than necessary in order to get to school or work in the next town on time. The tourists are amazed and wonder if they just accidentally ended up in the 1970s.

A guard operates the barrier in Friedrichswalde

Because Friedrichswalde again has a gatekeeper like it did back then. The route between Templin and Joachimsthal has been reactivated, and the Schorfheide Railway has been running since 2018, a carriage with space for 70 people.

This is actually a blessing for local public transport in this region because a bus rarely drives by. But nobody had thought of upgrading the tracks at the old level crossing with signal transmitters in good time.

There are gatekeepers not only in Friedrichswalde, but also in many other places in Germany

There are gatekeepers not only in Friedrichswalde, but also in many other places in Germany

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The barrier is operated manually. Many kilometers before Friedrichswalde, three stations beforehand, the railway attendant therefore receives instructions to close the barrier for safety reasons. As soon as it falls, and it has to do so about twelve times a day, the village is on hold.

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Here you learn to be patient, especially drivers with non-local license plates who wait in front of the barrier and are already lurking in the starting position, not knowing that they will be standing here for a long time until the barriers open again. You have enough time to look at the well-tended front gardens of the houses on Dorfstrasse, with Halloween pumpkins and heather blossoms. Still no train in sight.

Long wait for the train

“Waiting is the order of the day. Up to 20 minutes, ”explains Thomas Hakenbeck. Many locals don’t even stand in line; they have the printed train schedule on the center console – or on the driver’s seat. There is also no official secret route, and if you turn around, you have to take a good 15 kilometers of detour for it.

Now one could think that this is an isolated case. Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! There are long waiting times at other level crossings with barrier guards, for example in Münsterland, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse and Allgäu.

According to information from Deutsche Bahn, 626 of 9289 level crossings with barriers are operated or secured by hand in this country. All that remains is to wait, or better: park and drink tea in the village inn. Or take the train straight away and drive past the traffic jam from the train window, waving.

86 billion euros for the railways

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USA: A church in Washington, DC attracts “Star Wars” fans

Die Region Washington, D. C.

When they talk about DC, every American knows what is meant: the District of Columbia, subtropically warm in summer, on the Potomac River near the east coast and the Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia. The district is congruent with the city of Washington – which in turn is the seat of government and at the same time the capital of the United States, but not a separate state.

The DC is placed after the city name mainly to distinguish the district from Washington State, the state in the north-west of the USA. Anyone driving through DC will be amazed at the slogan on many domestic license plates. It says “End Taxation Without Representation”, which means something like: no more taxation without political representation.

Because the district is directly subordinate to the US Congress. There has only been a mayor and city council since 1973, and they don’t really have much to say either, because Congress still has the final say in all decisions.

The 700,000 Washingtonians have not liked that for a long time. You can’t even elect senators to the US Congress. You are just sending one MP with observer status. If it were up to them, DC would become independent with a real say. Another bill is currently underway to make DC the 51st state.

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Darth Vader on the gable of a cathedral

Could you imagine a “Star Wars” figure on the facade of Cologne Cathedral? In DC this mixture of humor and faith is possible in a relaxed manner. Movie fans make a pilgrimage to the National Cathedral, the third largest church in the USA, and look for a statue through binoculars.

And indeed: Darth Vader hangs on the gothic tower gable. The Episcopal Church announced a sculpture competition for children in the 1980s, one of the winners was “Star Wars” fan Chris Rader from Nebraska.

USA: Pulls "Star Wars"-Fans an: Darth Vader an der National Cathedral in Washington, D. C.

Attract “Star Wars” fans: Darth Vader at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

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A sundowner with a spectacular view

Washington, DC’s official drink has been around for almost 140 years. The Rickey was invented in 1883 by the Democratic lobbyist and bar owner Joe Rickey. Formerly with bourbon, now mixed with gin, with sparkling mineral water, half a lime, served ice-cold in a highball glass.

Some call it “air conditioning in a glass”. Is often ordered as a sundowner, for example in the bar with the most spectacular view: the “POV Roof Terrace and Lounge” looks directly onto the White House.

Souvenirs with Donald Trump reduced

Presidents come and go, the political gift shop White House Gift Store on 15th Street NW on the way to the White House is always ready for anything. Because of its life-size cardboard display of the incumbent US president in front of the door, with which visitors like to pose.

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The range is consistently divided into political, apolitical, democratic, republican, patriotic. For a few weeks now, Trump souvenirs have been reduced by up to 50 percent, such as kitchen aprons, bottle openers and knee socks (voucher code “4TRUMP2020”). You can’t go wrong with the timeless black face mask with the official presidential seal for $ 8.99.

Discount before the election: socks with the likeness of US President Donald Trump

A bargain: socks with the likeness of Donald Trump

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The second greenest city in the USA

Washington, DC has 630 parks and public gardens, making it the second greenest city in the United States. This was the result of a current ranking, the ParkScore Index, by the non-profit organization The Trust for Public Land. According to this, 98 percent of the population live less than ten minutes’ walk from a park or garden. Perfect for the morning jog. Only Minneapolis, Minnesota, is greener.

Best location for running, riding, biking and picnicking in DC: Rock Creek Park in the northwest, an eight square kilometer forest with lots of white-tailed deer. Yoga is popular in the 200-year-old United States Botanic Garden, a few steps from the Capitol. 5000 orchids bloom here.

View from the tallest obelisk in the world

From up here you can see everything: The tallest obelisk in the world, the marble Washington Monument on a hill in the heart of the city, has been open to visitors again. From the 152-meter-high platform, which can be reached in 70 seconds by elevator, you stand in the center of power between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial: in the middle of the National Mall, the promenade steeped in history, 4.8 kilometers long and 500 meters wide .

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From the side you look into the gardens of the White House, at monuments (for example for Martin Luther King, inaugurated in 2011) and you discover ten of the best museums in the world, close together. Like the three most popular ones: The Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, where you can actually stay overnight, as in the Ben Stiller films “At Night in the Museum”, and the spectacular National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2017.

When the visibility is good, you can look far to Maryland and Virginia, see the Pentagon on the horizon, and below the obelisk is reflected in the Reflecting Pool.

Open to visitors again: the Washington Monument on a hill in the heart of the city

Open to visitors again: the Washington Monument on a hill in the heart of the city

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The quote

“Washington in the summer is an endless stream of tour groups and students strolling the National Mall”

Kristen Soltis Anderson, US writer, born 1984, on tourism. In 2019, 24.6 million overnight guests came to DC, a record, 93 percent of them from within Germany. But the interest of vacationers from overseas plummeted before Corona 2019, by seven percent to 1.8 million. In 2020, the US Department of Commerce expects only ten million guests due to the pandemic.

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Brandenburg: In the Schorfheide in search of the wolf

Germany Schorfheide

Looking for the wolf in Brandenburg

Brandenburg is the state where most of the wolves live. The chances of seeing them here aren’t bad. But also elsewhere in Germany, tourists are drawn to the forests to capture the animals with the camera.

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Wolves in Germany – “The reaction was zero”

Wolves in northern Germany killed over 1000 animals in 2019. That is 60 percent more than in the previous year. At the same time, Master Isegrim shows a worrying trend.

Dthe coachman knows how to stir up the wolf fever. “I’ve already seen one,” says Thomas Hakenbeck from Friedrichswalde, vaguely waving his whip from the driver’s seat into the autumn forest. “The wolf ran across the forest path.”

The guests, high up on the open covered wagon on their way through the Brandenburg Schorfheide, look around expectantly and eerily. Aren’t the two snorting carriage horses noticeably nervous? Why do the crows moan excitedly in the pine trees? The voltage increases.

The other day he was driving a group of foresters around, Thomas Hakenbeck continues, and he listened carefully to them. They would only have talked about wolves. A whole pack was filmed nearby, seven in number. A sure wolf indication: If the blueberry herb grows too high under the pines, the wolf is not far away.

Please what? Is that now coachman or forester Latin? The explanation, however, makes sense: all game that blueberry buds normally keep short like a lawn has moved to other still wolf-free retreats in fear of the wolf. The inmates stare at the blueberry bushes along the way. They are actually quite big. But where is the wolf?

Most of the wolves live in Brandenburg

The chances of seeing a wild wolf are not that bad. Brandenburg is the federal state with the most wolfs. According to the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, there are currently 49 territories occupied by wolves, one of them in the Schorfheide.

A wolf in Germany

While the increase in wolves worries shepherds, the tourists are happy

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According to the Federal Wolfs Documentation and Advice Center, 105 packs, 29 pairs and eleven individual territorial animals have been confirmed nationwide for 2018/2019. This corresponds to an estimated population of the wolf in Germany of 1350 to 1950 animals, if you add the offspring.

This summer, Thuringia reports the first wolf pups in 150 years that have walked into a photo trap on the northern edge of the Thuringian Forest near Ohrdruf; North Rhine-Westphalia confirms the first wolf offspring in the Rhein-Sieg district.

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Wolves attract visitors everywhere: both in the Westphalian Hünxe and in the Brandenburg Löwenberger Land, the forests are full of tourists who try to use cameras to find those wolves that have been newly discovered and filmed there. By the way, only four of 16 federal states will be wolf-free in 2020: Saarland as well as Bremen, Hamburg and Berlin.

Wendland and Lausitz skillfully market the wolf

The famous mouflon of the Schorfheide has already been practically exterminated because of the wolves, the coachman continues in a whisper. These wild sheep are high on a wolf’s menu because they are easy prey. They only have a short escape distance, prefer to hide behind trees in case of danger or crouch in bracken, which a greedy wolf naturally finds very practical.

“Oh!” Groan some tourists in pity and look fearfully into the forest. Not a wolf in sight. It’s just a romantic carriage ride through the forest. Meanwhile: In Wendland in Lower Saxony and in Lusatia in Saxony, where wolves have howled for a long time, people are more enterprising.

Well booked: hikes where tourists are shown wolf droppings. In the hotel “Kenner’s Landlust” in Wendland, after the tour, the four-course menu from Grimm’s “Little Red Riding Hood” is recited: “There is what the wolf likes to eat: lamb”, it says on the menu. Wolves are good for business.

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Canada: Pasta and cocktails are now allowed in Québec

Die Region Quebec

She is Canada’s largest province – and the most idiosyncratic. In Québec, only French is officially spoken, English is not even the official language, although of course everyone speaks it here. About 79 percent of the eight million inhabitants are native French speakers.

You have always gone your own way here, and the wish of many to break away from Canada is still present today, but it cannot be fulfilled. The new Canadian Constitution of 1982 has still not been ratified by Québec.

And after a narrowly failed independence referendum in 1995, in which 50.58 percent of the population rejected secession from Canada, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled three years later that a province could not unilaterally declare itself independent. After all, in 2006 Québec was recognized as a “nation within a united Canada” to calm the minds.

There are two national holidays in the province: the Fête du Canada on July 1st and the Fête Nationale on June 24th. The provincial flag adorns the French Lily, a lily made of three stylized leaves.

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This is all a win for visitors: you get French charm plus North American simplicity. Those who throw in a few French vocabulary are well received. With Hello, Things are going well or one Health makes Québecers happy. Or rather happy.

The language police reach thousands of complaints

Every year, angry citizens send 4,000 complaints to the Québec Language Bureau because they do not feel well informed in French.

In the office, linguists make sure that the Charter of the French Language of 1977 is respected: Everything is Frenchized, street signs (Stop instead of Stop) anyway, with multilingual menu cards, French should always be written in bold. After all: Pasta and Cocktail after much debate, for example, are now allowed without translation.

Canada: If you order a cocktail in Québec, you can't go wrong

If you order a cocktail in Québec, you can’t go wrong

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Like a city in France from the 17th century

Put on your hiking shoes and go: 135 hectares of old town, divided into the upper town on the rocky plateau and the lower town of Petit-Champlain. Upstairs, downstairs over cobblestones, through alleys and arches, past wall paintings that tell the story of the French in North America.

Vieux-Québec looks like a French town from the 17th century. Overly motivated, it was restored in the 1970s, British things were redeveloped. Still a UNESCO World Heritage Site – because of the historic city wall, it is the only one in North America that has been preserved.

The waterfall is more spectacular than the Niagara Falls

Not only is it 30 meters higher than the famous Niagara Falls, but, if you take a closer look, it is also more spectacular because it is less built up: The water of the Montmorency Falls near Quebec City falls over a rock 83 meters deep into the St. Lorenz current.

The cable car takes you up, then you walk on a suspension bridge directly over the waterfall. Sporty people take the panorama staircase carved into the rock, 487 steps. In winter the spray freezes at the foot of the waterfall sugar breadwhat looks like a giant sugar loaf.

Canada: The water of the Montmorency Falls near Québec City falls over a rock 83 meters deep into the Saint Lawrence River

The water of the Montmorency Falls plunges over a rock 83 meters deep into the Saint Lawrence River

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Artists make sculptures out of ice

February, when temperatures drop to minus 30 degrees, is the big time for Québec ice cream artists. They shape, saw and hammer filigree sculptures from blocks of ice: figures such as ice dancers and ice hockey players, airplanes, trucks and horse-drawn carriages – and again and again the Gallic rooster, the French rooster.

For example, at the “Saint-Côme en glace” ice cream festival in Lanaudière near Montreal and at the winter carnival in Québec City (February 5-14, 2021). Nice to melt away.

Canada: In Québec, artists use ice to create filigree sculptures like ice hockey players

In Québec, artists use ice to sculpt filigree sculptures like these ice hockey players

Quelle: Getty Images

Feed elk and deer from your car

Many Québec visitors do not fare much differently in nature than tourists in Sweden: They wonder where the moose are, a symbol of the Nordic wilderness? The animal can almost only be seen as a pictogram on street signs; it prefers to hide in the woods.

An alternative: the road trip through Parc Oméga – a twelve-kilometer drive-through wildlife park near Montebello, an hour and a half from Montreal. Elk and deer lurk along the way, having learned that carrots are handed to them from the car window. If you are concerned about your vehicle and your health: This tour is also available in a grille-protected VW Caddy.

Québec in Canada: In Parc Oméga, moose and deer can be fed by drivers

In Parc Oméga, moose and deer can be fed by drivers

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Maple toffee on a stick is a specialty

How about a maple toffee on a stick in winter? Maple syrup fans swear by in Quebec Maple Taffy. This sticky candy is made by simmering maple sap for a long time. The hot syrup is then poured onto a wooden stick laid out in the snow, where it curdles immediately.

If that’s too sweet for you, order Putin: crispy fries, sprinkled with cheese and soaked in gravy, often refined with a lobster topping: a hearty lumberjack mishmash. There is also the national drink of Québecers: Caribou, a kind of mulled wine, but it has it all – a mix of red wine, rye whiskey and of course a dash of maple syrup.

Canada: Maple syrup fans swear by Maple Taffy in Quebec

Sticky candy: Maple syrup fans swear by Maple Taffy in Quebec

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An environmental museum in the Montreal Biosphere

A round eye-catcher from afar, downright mystical at sunset. The Biosphère Montreal is in a park on the island of Sainte Hélène: a spherical dome with a grid of triangles. It has a diameter of 76 meters.

This imposing dome was originally built for Expo 67 and had an outer shell made of acrylic, which was destroyed by fire during renovation work. Now it is “open”.

It houses an environmental museum that has been dealing with climate change and sustainability since 1995. Tip: the panoramic view on the top platform inside the dome.

Canada: The Biosphère Montreal is located in a park on the island of Sainte Hélène

The Biosphère Montreal is located in a park on the island of Sainte Hélène

Quelle: Getty Images

The quote

“I’m from Québec, and every time I go to a country I say that. It’s my roots, my origins, and it’s the most important thing to me.”

Celine Dion, born in 1968, comes from Charlemagne near Montreal. She wrote music history with the “Titanic” title song “My Heart Will Go On”. She makes it clear again and again that she still doesn’t feel like an English-speaking singer. She once turned down the award for best English-speaking artist on the grounds that she was and will always be a French-speaking singer.

Today she commutes between Paris and Las Vegas, she sold her castle on a private island near Montreal for 25.5 million US dollars after her husband’s cancer death.

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When a whale takes a joke

A whale terrified the crowd in Quebec, Canada. At first he doesn’t show himself, then suddenly he appears in front of the rubber dinghy with his mouth wide open.

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Welt am Sonntag from September 27, 2020

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When using the toilet becomes a “danger” due to Corona

City trips In times of Corona

When using the toilet becomes a “danger”

Finding a clean public toilet in unfamiliar cities is a tricky business. There are far too few. And because of Corona, the situation has worsened. Is there only the next tree left?

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There is also a shortage of public toilets in Berlin: just 260 systems are spread across the entire city There is also a shortage of public toilets in Berlin: just 260 systems are spread across the entire city

There is also a shortage of public toilets in Berlin: just 260 systems are spread across the entire city

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“Use at your own risk” was written on the red sign that was stuck to the toilet door. A warning that nobody likes to read in such a situation, namely when you are in a great hurry to have to. Even if, between us, such an advance warning would be appropriate for what feels like every second public toilet facility in this country.

“We can no longer guarantee the required hygiene measures (cleaning and disinfection every two hours). Thank you very much for your understanding, ”was the explanation on this customer toilet in the Gifhorn district in Lower Saxony. Hold back or take a risk, keep looking or press the handle?

Finding a clean public toilet facility in unfamiliar cities is a tricky business. There are far too few. Take Berlin as an example: just 260 systems are distributed across the entire metropolis, which according to the current Senate toilet contract is not even the basic supply. Munich (100) and Frankfurt (66) also report a toilet shortage. You have to search for a long time when the going gets tough. Because of “just around the corner”!

Due to Corona, the “nice toilets” are closed

The few that you finally find in city centers, parks, train stations or near sights are often dirty, defective or closed due to vandalism. Those who can prefer to combine every visit to a restaurant with a safety walk (typical family question: “Last chance! Who needs to?”) And avoid drinks that are good to walk, such as beer, on the way.

There are also shops and restaurants that use the “Nice Toilet” sign to indicate that they even offer free use of the spotlessly cleaned place, because the city gives them a monthly allowance of up to 150 euros, for example in Düsseldorf or in Stuttgart.

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But these nice alternatives have only been dealt with since Corona. The “Nice Toilets” are closed for security reasons.

Advertisements against wild peeers are increasing

It helps, when traveling in foreign cities, to orientate oneself on the reviews of previous visitors and to hope that they are (still) correct. The Kurzreiseportal kurz-mal-weg.de has just examined 890 public toilets in ten cities – of course not tested, but analyzed the public ratings.

As far as cleanliness is concerned, the village winners are Heidelberg, Dresden and Munich. The losers in the toilet ranking are Cologne, Bremen and Leipzig. Incidentally, the most unhygienic were the station toilets at Berlin Ostbahnhof and Cologne Central Station.

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You’d rather stay outside in the fresh air. So just behind the next tree? On the banks of the Rhine in Cologne, but also in the Stuttgart Palace Garden, the advertisements against wild pinks are piling up.

Because even in Corona times, such behavior that could annoy the general public is considered grossly improper (Law on Administrative Offenses, Section 118). Anyone caught has to pay, in Frankfurt am Main for example 98.50 euros. By the way: The warning toilet in Lower Saxony was spotlessly clean. Maybe because nobody dared to go inside.

In Frankfurt and Berlin the party is over for now

The corona numbers are rising again – especially in major German cities. In Frankfurt am Main, extensive tightening has now been decided with curfew, mandatory outdoor masks and an alcohol ban. The rules have now also been improved in the capital.

Source: WELT / David Schafbuch

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Welt am Sonntag from October 4, 2020

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In Corona times: Airlines and hotels are working on new ideas

An aircraft are often tight again. European airlines have long since moved away from the idea of ​​keeping the middle seat free for cost reasons (exception: Condor in Business Class), while US airlines such as Delta, United Airlines or Jetblue will do this automatically until the beginning of 2021. Keeping your distance is and will remain a delicate matter in an aircraft cabin, especially in the economy class. But there are new solutions.

Distance despite being close in the plane

The Italian design office Aviointeriors from Naples, for example, designed airplane seats to ensure social distancing during and after the Corona crisis. According to the motto: distance with decency, distance despite closeness.

The new middle seat “Janus” can easily be rotated. While the side seats are positioned in the direction of flight as usual, it points to the rear. In addition, the passengers are separated from each other by a transparent Plexiglas panel. So everyone has their own space, which is isolated from others, and this applies even to people walking down the aisle.

Aviointeriors says that the airlines are very interested. The Italian seat manufacturers have also developed a “Glassafe” that can be retrofitted: a transparent hood that is open to the front and is attached to the backrests of existing seats.

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The French seat manufacturer Safran Seats, together with the British company Universal Movement, intends to bring a retrofittable “Interspace” set for economy class onto the market in autumn. It offers padded, head-high side parts that can be easily folded out of the backrest.

They provide more spatial separation, but also for more sleeping comfort: You can lean your head to the side and fall asleep without having to worry about waking up on the neighbor’s shoulder.

Sleep in a bunk bed when flying

Flying lying down would be the more convenient option, even in Economy Class. Air New Zealand, for example, is researching in this direction. The New Zealand airline is developing bunk beds in economy class, but they will not be ready for the market until 2022 at the earliest. A first prototype was presented in 2020.

The V-shaped capsule called “Skynest” has six beds, three of which are arranged one above the other. They are quite narrow: about two meters long, almost 60 centimeters wide. There are blankets, pillows and curtains for this. The bunks look almost like so-called pod hotels, which already exist at many airports.

In the Netherlands, students have designed bunk beds for the Ecomomy Class, which are converted into rows of seats during take-off and landing

In the Netherlands, students have designed bunk beds for the Ecomomy Class, which are converted into rows of seats during take-off and landing

Dutch developers are also relying on the same idea. Students of Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft have designed foldable bunk beds for the Ecomomy Class, which are converted into rows of seats during take-off and landing.

The narrow beds are more reminiscent of stackable Ikea shelves with youth hostel charm. Your feasible concept was awarded the “Crystal Cabin Award 2020” design prize.

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A start-up called Zephyr Aerospace has even developed double bunk beds. The passengers climb five steps. These seats are L-shaped: they offer the option of sleeping on the long side and sitting on the short side.

But if you take a closer look, this idea of ​​bunk beds on the plane is not new: the former Swiss airline Swissair had already installed bunk beds in some DC-6B aircraft in the 1950s, which at the time were only reserved for first-class guests were.

At Dubai Aviation, engineers are working on retractable cabins that can be exchanged as modules as required

At Dubai Aviation, engineers are working on retractable cabins that can be exchanged as modules as required

Quelle: Dubai Aviation Engineering

Meanwhile, engineers from Dubai Aviation are working on the retractable cabin, which can be exchanged in any modular fashion, as is known from shipbuilding. This would make it possible to install entire rooms, such as private suites, restaurants and spas, during the ground handling of the aircraft. There are also comfortable double beds like in a hotel.

A bed for back pain in the hotel

The Swedish manufacturer YouBed is now marketing its customizable bed worldwide. The demand has increased enormously because many hoteliers are using the Corona crisis to redesign their rooms. According to the company, it is the only hotel bed that offers a variable degree of firmness.

Personal preferences are easily set using the remote control – on each page. So that there is no argument in the double bed. The areas for shoulder, back and hips can also be finely adjusted against back pain.

The Swedish manufacturer YouBed has developed a bed whose degree of firmness can be individually adjusted

The Swedish manufacturer YouBed has developed a bed whose degree of firmness can be individually adjusted

The manufacturer calls its mattress “a bed for every back”. Many hotels have now been fitted out in Sweden, and there are 2000 hotels throughout Europe and Asia, including those of the Mövenpick, First and Scandic hotel groups.

Individual hoteliers also have smart ideas. Ben Förtsch, for example, runs Germany’s first climate-positive hotel, the “Creativhotel Luise” in Erlangen. He has had the renewable hotel room patented and continues to work on sustainable improvements. The ceilings are made of straw construction panels, the carpet tiles are made of fishing nets and the mattresses of the beds are made of natural materials such as rubber, coconut fibers and algae.

Airbus’s hydrogen billions bet

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus wants to offer its first aircraft without harmful CO2 emissions by 2035 – and is relying on hydrogen. This requires investments in the double-digit billion range.

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