View from the Benesse House Museum of the Seto Inland Sea with its many small islands / © Photo: Georg Berg

Japan can also be Mediterranean

The Setouchi region on Japan’s Inland Sea comprises seven prefectures and is still more of an insider’s tip than a must-see on a trip to Japan.

Kawaii is what the Japanese call their penchant for cuteness. There are trains in the popular Hello Ktty design / © Photo: Georg Berg

Kawaii. Oh how cute!

Kawaii is an expression of pop culture in Japan and its superstar Hello Kitty. The fan base is growing as the projection screens for the cute kitten

The oldest weighing house in the Netherlands from 1528 stands on the square De Brink. The city scales had a great importance for the commercial life. Under the supervision of the city authorities, merchants had to have their goods weighed. The taxes and tolls contributed to the wealth of Deventer / © Photo: Georg Berg

Holland and the Hanseatic League

Rich history and plenty of enjoyment – that’s what the nine Dutch Hanseatic cities stand for. From April 2023, the cities will revive the old Hanseatic League.

In Cerentino, you can stay in the lavishly renovated historic patrician house Cà Vegia, with centuries-old original furniture but no electricity. The sink is located in front of the entrance door, Circolo della Rovana, Switzerland / © Photo: Georg Berg

Digital Detox in Ticino

In the village of Cerentino you can stay in the historic patrician house Cà Vegia, with copper boiler, soapstone stove and without electricity.

In Avignon, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado exhibits his photos on the theme of Amazonia in the Palace of the Popes / © Photo: Georg Berg

Palace of the Popes in Avignon

The Gothic Papal Palace of the southern French city of Avignon conveys its historical significance. Exhibitions and events bring culture to life.

The freshly asphalted streets contrast with the dilapidated facades in Varosha, northern Cyprus / © Photo: Georg Berg

Cyprus. The divided island and its ghost town

The tourist stronghold on the Mediterranean Sea was a restricted military area since 1974 and the buildings have fallen into disrepair. A touching experience, because war is again a reality in Europe.

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