My home town’s newspaper, Burghauser Anzeiger, has published an article about the Expedition

My Bavarian home town’s newspaper, Burghauser Anzeiger, has published an article about the expedition and about me taking part in it. Very good of them. I really can’t thank the newspaper’s editor, Ms Richter, enough for taking the time to meet me for a chat ten days ago, when I visited Burghausen, and for writing this lovely article. The below translation has been done by myself. The copyright for this article (in the original language or any translation) is with PNP/Burghauser Anzeiger. Any requests to use all or part of it should be directed at PNP/Burghauser Anzeiger or via me (I am happy to forward requests).   FORMER BURGHAUSEN RESIDENT ROWING THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE   1,950 kilometers in ten weeks or less: Stefan Hacker is part of a unique expedition. Greatest danger: polar bear attacks. by Johanna Richter   “I was surprised that I was selected.” Surprised and overwhelmed. It […]

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Our Stay at the 4-Star Hotel Litteraire Arthur Rimbaud in Paris

Ellie & I recently spent five nights at the 4-star Hôtel Littéraire Arthur Rimbaud in Paris’s Gare de l’Est neighbourhood in the 10th arrondissement. North of the city centre. Half-way between Notre Dame and Sacre-Coeur. BEST WESTERN SIGNATURE COLLECTION The hotel is part of the Best Western Signature Collection. I hadn’t realised that there are 16 different brands under the BWH umbrella, including the regular Best Western, of course, but also seemingly unrelated ones such as WorldHotels, Aiden, or Sure Hotel. BW Signature Collection are marketed as affordable, 3- and 4-star ‘homes away from home,’ that have been “thoughtfully designed to reflect the unique atmosphere of their destination” and “where no request is too big.”   All pics (c) BerkeleySqB, except where otherwise mentioned. THE LITERARY HOTELS The Hôtels Littéraires were created independently from Best Western by the collector and bibliophile Jacques Letertre. His vision was to share his passion […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART III

Due to its length, I’ve split this blog post into three parts. This is part III. For part I, click here. For part II, click here.   41 UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN PARIS   PART I   [1] Go on a Balloon Ride [2] Do an Indoor Parkour / Freerunning Session [3] Sing some Chansons [4] Go Climbing or Bouldering at the World’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym [5] Do an Absinthe Tasting Session [6] Go inline skating with thousands of others on public roads with Pari Roller [7] Visit the oldest English bookstore on the Continent [8] Check out Paris’s best hot chocolate [9] Have a bite at a traditional Paris Bouillon [10] Keep your eyes open for the street art everywhere in town [11] Explore the street art at a formerly illegal artist squat [12] Into stuffed rats? (And who isn’t.) Look no further. [13] Enjoy a stroll […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART II

Due to its length, I’ve split this blog post into three parts. This is part II. For part I click here. For part III click here.   41 UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN PARIS   PART I   [1] Go on a Balloon Ride [2] Do an Indoor Parkour / Freerunning Session [3] Sing some Chansons [4] Go Climbing or Bouldering at the World’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym [5] Do an Absinthe Tasting Session [6] Go inline skating with thousands of others on public roads with Pari Roller [7] Visit the oldest English bookstore on the Continent [8] Check out Paris’s best hot chocolate [9] Have a bite at a traditional Paris Bouillon [10] Keep your eyes open for the street art everywhere in town [11] Explore the street art at a formerly illegal artist squat [12] Into stuffed rats? (And who isn’t.) Look no further. [13] Enjoy a stroll […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART I

Paris is quite possibly Ellie’s and my favourite big city in the world. It will never be as mad and exciting as Tokyo, never as exotic as Cairo or Kathmandu, never as relaxing as Sydney. Paris will never have a skyline like New York City or Hong Kong, never feel home like London does to us, or make us think that we time-travelled back two thousand years, like Rome. Paris is just so different from all other big cities we know. (Vienna might come closest.) We love all the wide boulevards and the elegant buildings lining them. Culturally, Paris has so much to offer, and of course the food is among the best in the world. WHY I WROTE THIS BLOG POST We usually visit at least once per year. I used to visit for work every now and then. In short, we’ve done most of the major tourist sights […]

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