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Beach bumming in South bali

After almost a month in Indonesia, I realized that I hadn't been to a single beach there. If you've followed my journey for a while, you probably know that this is highly unusual for me, that's why I decided to spend my last three days in Bali looking for the perfect beach... Read more


Five things to do around Labuan Bajo apart from looking at Komodo Dragons

View over Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is famous as a starting point to go on a dragon tour to Komodo island or Rinca, but there are many other places to explore from there. I had already booked a week in a dive resort right at the border of the National Park, but had a couple of days to spare in Labuan Bajo. So I went on to explore Flores island, as usual mostly to see everything you can see from a boat... Read more


Where to see Komodo dragons

You can't come to the Komodo National Park without seeing the dragons.

These giants are said to be found on five islands, while the local dive guides only told be about Komodo and Rinca, where you can officially visit them with a ranger (I was very happy not having the information, that they are also just chilling on Flores and thought they only lived in the National Parks. I never heard of anybody just meeting them on the other inhabited islands, though)... Read more


One Day in Taipei

My last trip of 2016 took me to Indonesia, but not before stopping over in Taipei for a day and a half. I was pretty excited about this interruption, because I had never been to Taiwan and because I could see my friend Doug, who I had met in Hong Kong the year before and who is now working in Taipei... Read more


The Tree House at the Berlin Wall

"I found something, that you will like" J told me on our first day in Berlin. "It's a tree house, right where the Berlin was has been".

I was expecting an architectural project, reusing the space that had become available after the Wall came down, therefore I was pretty surprised when I was standing in front of a building, that had obviously been built out of scrap wood... Read more


On the tracks of La petite Ceinture in Paris

On the tracks of La Petite Ceinture in Paris

This railway from 1852 was a circular connection between the main railway stops and ran within the fortified walls of the city. Abandoned in 1934, the remaining station and tracks are now being developed into cafés, running tracks or simply decorated with Street art... Read more


10 things to do in and around Bucharest

I've teamed up with Hannah of Eat Sleep Breathe Travel to show you our favourite things to do in and around Bucharest in Romania... Read more


Stavropoleos Monastery – the most peaceful spot in Bucharest

What made this place special for us was that – although it's right in the middle of the old town – it feels absolutely quiet and peaceful. We simply sat down on one of the walls in the courtyard for a few minutes, catching a breath after almost being killed by that car, watching people light candles or walking around, examining the old grave stones... Read more


Itinerary for travelling South East Asia for four to six months

So you're planning a trip and you're wondering how far you'll get South East Asia within four to six months? This is my list of places I visited in four months without rushing from one place to another using local transportation when possible and flights when needed, including Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and a little bit of Vietnam. It can easily be stretched to six months by staying longer at a few great places or by adding a few... Read more


Street art at Millerntor Gallery 2016 in Hamburg

On Sunday, I visited the Millerntor Gallery, an international art- and music festival, taking place in Hamburg once a year. Initiated by Viva con Agua and Hamburg's most famous football club FC Sankt Pauli, this massive exhibition is taking place inside the stadium... Read more


Artsy in Amsterdam – visiting the Banksy Exhibition at Moco

When I first heard about the Banksy Exhibition at Moco Amsterdam, I was outraged, thinking they were showing his pieces, that were literally ripped off the walls.

Only then, I found at that Bansky actually also creates indoor art on canvas, wood and paper. Whoops... Read more


Two days in Santorini

After relaxing days on Milos, I decided it was time to get off the sun chair and I took the ferry to Santorini, where I met my best and oldest travel buddy: My Dad.

He was the one who introduced me to travel as a toddler and who never stopped travelling himself. Since he was on his way to Crete, our paths overlapped in Santorini and we decided to spend two days swimming, hiking, eating tzaziki, driving around the island and petting donkeys.

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Milos for Beach Bums

After a couple of busy days in Athens, I needed a break from the city and a swim in the ocean for the first time this year.

I had chosen Milos to fuel up on Vitamin E because my online research revealed that it had the best water, good snorkellingdiving and nice beaches. Sold!... Read more


Street art impressions from Athens

When I found out how much street art there actually is to see, I decided to skip everything else and just wander around for two days. I mean, the Acropolis isn't going anywhere, right?... Read more


Chinese Hutong Architecture in Beijing

Do you want to do a Hutong Tour on my rickshaw?”

A rickshaw driver jumped in front of us while we were strolling around Beijing.

I looked at my friend Lydi. We were both pretty tired from flying to China from Germany, being driven around in a rickshaw – although pretty touristy – sounded kind of perfect. We had planned to check out the architecture of the hutongs around the forbidden city anyways, so we climbed on our new friend Jinjing's rickshaw... Read more


Inspiration from Salone Del Mobile & Fuorisalone Milan

The Salone / Milan Furniture Fair / Milan Design week /whatever you want to call it is an annual exhibition showcasing the latest in furniture and design.

The Fuorisalone is a massive exhibition taking place all over the city of Milan at the same time, where many shops and galleries open their doors to show their work and where many brands jump on the bandwagon to exhibit their newest products. And I'm here to explore both... Read more


Murals in Hamburg at Frauen Freiluft Galerie

Apart from being pretty, the harbour has been the economic centre of the city for many years.

One street in Altona emphazises its importance for the city using Street Art: At große Elbstraße and Neumühlen, there are 15 murals in different sizes, explaining the economic power generated by women in Hamburg's harbour since 1900. The aim was to counteract with the assumption that harbours are usually run by men... Read more


What to do in Hamburg when it's raining

If there is one thing, that's good about Hamburg's weather: The city offers a huge range of activities for rainy days. There are loads and loads of shops, museums and places where you can see the rain running down the window panes... Read more


How to do a day trip from Hong Kong to Macau

It's almost impossible to get bored in Hong Kong but being at such a busy place, it was time for some peace and quiet for me. Introducing: Macau.

The former Portuguese colony is just an hour by boat away and rocks some cool European architecture, combined with quieter streets and an almost traffic-free old center... Read more


Shopping and Architecture at Phnom Penh Central Market

The Central Market was constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out. The design is by the French architect Louis Chauchon.

 Located in Phnom Penh's city centre, it is said to be the biggest market in Asia when in was built. From 2009 to 2011 in was renovated by the French Development Agency... Read more


French architecture memories in Hanoi

Hanoi was tough on me. I arrived there after deeply falling in love with Luang Prabang's calm friendliness and cute architecture, with smiling children on the street and with being greeted hundreds of times a day with a charming "Sabaidee"... Read more


Falling in love with Laos in Luang Prabang

Laos and I did not get off to a good start. It all began in Vientiane, where crossing the border after taking the overnight train took me several hours and definitely all my nerves. The officer opened his tiny window, took my money and my passport, closed the window and wasn't to be seen for several hours... Read more


Getting crafty in Luang Prabang: Weaving

Oh, that's what we've been doing wrong!”

My friend Aga was looking for activities in Luang Prabang on her phone: “Apparently the women in Laos are very much into weaving because it's said the better you are at it, the better a wife you are going to be. That's why we are still single!"...Read more


French and Lao Design at the Putaxai Victory Monument in Vientiane

This piece of architecture in Vientiane won my heart when I heard of it before I even arrived in Laos:

In 1962, the Americans donated concrete for a new airport and Laos decided to build a giant victory monument resembling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris instead... Read more


Life in Manila's South Cemetery

A while back, I saw a documentary about people living in the south cemetery in Manila, many of them working for the cemetery but staying in between the tombs over night.

 I've always found the influence of different circumstances in different places on design fascinating. How do we react on what is given and how does our culture influence the result?

So... how do people live in a cemetery? ... Read more


A trip through the Philippines for visual people

So you're doing the whole scenic views thing?” my new Filipina friend asked me sitting in the white sand, overlooking the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. “Uhm, yes”.

She pointed out that my itinerary through the Philippines basically consisted of impressive cliffs, stunning beaches and beautiful views... Read more


Wreck Diving in Paradise with Two Seasons Coron

I was staying at Two Seasons Coron, a resort with it's own dive shop.

Before even going to my room, I talked to Bon, the in-house dive master and booked a tour with him for the next morning... Read more


Newsflash: Mandalay isn't horrible

Starting from Yangon, I wanted to work my way up north over Inle Lake and Bagan to Mandalay. The common response to that was: “Cool, but don't spend any time in Mandalay. I heard it's a horrible place”.

So I was obviously on a mission to find the beauty of Mandalay, and spoilers: I did... Read more


Views from the Yangon Circular Railway

Since a big part of the life takes place outside here, you'll basically drive through people's living rooms when taking the train... Read more


The old and the new Kuala Lumpur railway station

The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is famous for its mixture of eastern and western architecture

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Journeytodesign.com is a blog about traveldesign and architecture. The most popular posts are:

Helsinki Lights: the finish capital rocks hundreds of light installations throughout the city.

(tags: EuropeFinlandlight design)

The Helsinki Abattoir: developing a hip new place to be in a discarded abatoir.

(tags: EuropeFinland)

Subway Hafen City Universität: Light installation in a new built subway station in Hamburg.

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburglight Design)

Potato Head Seminyak: a stylish and well-designed beach club in Seminyak, Bali.

(tags: AsiaIndonesia, Restaurants)

Le Pirate Nusa Ceningan: a beach club and resort on a small island close to Bali, designed with lots of love. (tags: AsiaIndonesiaHotel)

Street Art Walk Hamburg: discovering hidden masterpieces of street art in Hamburgs Sternschanze, Karoviertel and St. Pauli. (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Salon Wechsel dich Hamburg: a cafe with a special design concept, located in Hamburg Grindelviertel.

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburgRestaurants)

Zeche Zollverein or: Getting overly excited about escalators: an industrial complex with several inspiring buildings in Essen. (tags: EuropeGermany)

Does yoga make be a bad Designer?: Could my yoga practice make me too weak for real life?

(tags: EuropeGermany)

A love letter: my feelings for one of my favourite buildings in Hamburg: the Elbphilharmonie

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

 A café like a wedding cake: Herr Max in Hamburg: a beautifully designed café selling beautifully designed cakes (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

A secret tunnel in Hamburg: taking a walk through Alter Elbtunnel in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburglight design)

A design hotel for a hostel budget: Superbude St.Pauli: a beautifully designed hotel in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburgHotel)

Hungry for Design: Hamburg: featuring the restaurants Bullerei, Marend and Witwenball in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

Riga Central Market: about the architecture of the biggest market in Europe, found in the Latvian capital (tags: EuropeLatvia)

Riga Haunted House Walk: discovering all kinds of art nouveau in Latvia's capital

(tags: EuropeLatvia)

The view over Latvia - Jurmala observation tower: discovering modern architecture in traditional Latvia (tags: EuropeLatvia)

What to do around Riga – A walk through Jurmala: a visit to an adorable beach town in Latvia

(tags: EuropeLatvia)

Amazed and freaked out: The hill of crosses in Lithuania: a visit to an impressive landmark in Siauliai, Lithuania (tags: EuropeLithuania)

Love at the second sight: Siauliai Lithuania: visiting a city more beautiful than you might think 

(tags: EuropeLithuania)

How living in a van in New Zealand changed my life: Guest post about how staying in a van in New Zealand for a year changed Skeeter's life (tags: NewZealandGuestPost)

Hungry for Design - Hamburg Part II: featuring Alpenkantine, Altes Mädchen and Elbgold in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

Lazy ass boat tour through Hamburg: discovering some of Hamburg's best architecture while sitting on a boat (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

A walk through Hamburg St. Pauli by day: a photo tour through Hamburg's most exciting area (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)
Liebster Award, baby! Can I call this blog award-winning now? (tag: travel)

Exploring Hamburg by Vespa: a tour through Hamburg with a Vespa by Jaano (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

Ten architects and designers to follow on Instagram: Finding inspiration for architects and designers on Instagram (tag: Inspiration)

To plan or not to plan your trip: Are you a planner or do you just hop on a plane? (tags: travelinspiration)

Coming home to London Broadway Market: coming back to my favourite market in Hackney, London fields (tags: EuropeGreatBritainInspiration)

Getting spoiled at Crowne Plaza Berlin: a girls weekend at Berlin City Centre (tags: EuropeGermanyHotel)

Kraftwerk and Neue Heimat: Two industrial locations in Berlin to keep an eye on (tags: EuropeGermany)

Street Art impressions from Berlin Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain: a walk through Germany's capital (tags: EuropeGermany)

Sisterhood of the world bloggers award: whoop! Another travel bloggers award (tags: travel)

Future flowers in Milan by Libeskind: discovering an installation at University Statale's courtyard (tags: EuropeItaly)

The church of bones in Milan, San Bernadino alle ossa: exploring the church of bones in Milan, Italy (tags: EuropeItaly)

Fondazione Prada and MUDEC: Two new museums in Milan for architecture lovers: admiring the work of OMA and Chipperfield in Italy (tags: EuropeItaly)

Expo Milan: 5 pavilions you have to see (and 3 more you can skip): two days at one of the largest exhibition in the world (tags: EuropeItaly)

Architecture love in Amsterdam: the atrium at Rijksmuseum: Exploring the newly renovated Rijksmuseum (tags: EuropeNetherlands)

Cooling down in Bangkok at Lumphini Park and BACC: What to do in the heat in Bangkok (tags: AsiaThailand)

Exploring Koh Tao by Scooter: Three tours through one of Thailand's most beautiful islands (tags: AsiaThailand)

Relaxing at AliSea Boutique Hotel Aonang: two days in Aonang to bring me back to health  (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

Exploring the Phi Phi Islands: a day of island hopping and snorkelling in Thailand (tags: AsiaThailand)

Cast away on Koh Lipe: relaxing in a private bungalow on Thailand's southernmost island  (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

Street Art in Tonsai Bay: I did not expect to find Street Art on a tiny peninsula in Krabi, Thailand! (tags: AsiaThailand)

Colours of Penang: Exploring Georgetown, Penang and its colours (tags:  AsiaMalaysia)

Street Art with random people in Penang: People interacting with murals in Penang, Georgetown (tags:  Asia, Malaysia)

The old and the new Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur: Eastern and Western Architecture at it's best  (tags:  Asia, Malaysia)

Views from the Yangon Circular Railway: Driving through Myanmar's old capital by train (tags:  Asia, Myanmar)

Newsflash: Mandalay isn't horrible : what to do in a (fun) city everybody seems to hate (tags:  Asia, Myanmar)

El Nido in Style: Staying at SPIN Designer hostel, the fanciest hostel in town (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Wreck diving in Paradise with Two Seasons Coron: Exploring the wrecks at Coron Bay (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Paradise found at Two Seasons Coron: busy on a private Island (tags:  Asia, PhilippinesHotel)

A tour through the Philippines for visual people: the best beaches, the whitest sand, the most puppies (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Z hostel: Hip in Manila: staying at Z Hostel, a cool and cozy design hotel in Metro Manila(tags:  Asia, PhilippinesHotel)

Life in Manila's South Cemetery: visiting a family living in a graveyard in Manila (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

French and Lao Design at the Putaxai Victory Monument in Lao's capital Vientiane (tags: AsiaLaos)

Getting crafty in Luang Prabang: taking a weaving class in Lao's capital (tags: AsiaLaos)

Falling in love with Laos in Luang Prabang: finding the peace I was looking for in Laos (tags: AsiaLaos)

French architecture memories in Hanoi: dreaming of Paris while strolling through Vietnam's capital (tags: AsiaVietnam)

Shopping and architecture at Phnom Penh Central Market: Exploring Phsar Thmei in Phnom Penh (tags: AsiaCambodia)

How to do a day trip from Hong Kong to Macau (for the architecture, not for gambling) (tags: Asia, Hong Kong)

Coming home to Yim Huai Khwang Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

What to do in Hamburg when it's raining (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Murals in Hamburg at Frauen Freiluft Galerie (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Inspiration from Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone in Milan 2016 (tags: EuropeItaly)

Chinese Hutong Architecture in Beijing (tags: AsiaChina)

Street Art impressions from Athens: exploring the capital of Greece (tags: EuropeGreece)

Salty on Milos: Staying at Salt, a beautiful design hotel on Milos(tags: EuropeGreecehotel)

Milos for beach bums: Exploring the islands's best beaches (tags: EuropeGreece)

Two days in Santorini: An itinerary for the most famous Cycladic island (tags: EuropeGreece)

Artsy in Amsterdam: Visiting the Banksy exhibition at Moco (tags: EuropeNetherlands)

Street Art at Millerntor Gallery 2016 in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

Itinerary for travelling South East Asia for four to six months (tags: AsiaThailandMalaysiaMyanmarLaosVietnamPhilippinesCambodiaHong Kong)

Ten things to do in and around Bucharest: What to do in the Romanian Capital (tags: Europe, Romania, GuestPost)

La Petite Ceinture: Exploring the railway tracks of La Petite Ceinture in Paris (tags: Europe, France)