Some attractions start before you even get there. So was my trip to the Maldives last week. I was on the plane approaching the islands (there are 1196 of them) after a loooong flight via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, looked out of the window and was just: Wow. Doesn´t matter what is expecting me on the next few days, this view has already been worth the whole trip. The stewardesses were not strict at all and let me switch seats during the landing all the time, so I could take some nice shots I would like to share with you. We landed near Malé. It is the capital with the biggest population per qm (75000 inhabitans on 5,8 qkm) of the world. You will recognize this island from the plane as soon as you see it because it doesn´t fit into the landscape at all. The are boats going to Malé and other near islands on the opposite side of the airport exit but I had to take another domestic flight of 1,5 hours to get to “my island”. The Robinson Club Maldives is located near the island of Kaadedhdhoo, which is 400 km far away from Malé (even Sri Lanka is closer). And for the first time of my life I was happy about an extra flight – because it meant even more air pictures for me!Another 30 min on a boat and I was finally there. In my princess beach bungalow with my princess bed and my princess bathroom – located in the garden and all open.I took some minutes to watch the sunset from “my beach” and then had a shower under the stars. Not too bad for the first day almost spent on the plane…
It´s weekend, it´s pretty hot almost everywhere and I´m sure you are thirsty. A good place in Berlin to cool down is Amano Roof, a bar located on the top of Amano Hotel with a great view over Berlin. If you live somewhere else, you can still try some of their delicious virgin summer drinks at home. Scroll down for the recipes and feel free to add alcohol! It´s weekend…WATERMELON GARDEN
What you will need: 2 big watermelon slices, basil branch, half a lemon, 2 cl elderflower syrup, soda. Muddle the watermelon and mix it with minced basil, freshly squeezed lemon juice and syrup. Shake it well in a shaker. Strain the cocktail into a tall glas and add some soda.JERRY BERRY
What you will need: a handful raspberries and blueberries, half a lime, mint branch, 1 tsp sugar, ginger ale. Cut the lime in slices and muddle it together with berries, sugar and mint. Add ice cubes and fill up with ginger ale.
There ist one thing I always do when I come back to Riga, my hometown. No matter the weather I go up to Terrace Riga, a rooftop bar located on the 8th floor of the Galleria Riga Mall (10 min walk from the Old Town) and watch the sun go down over the city. Sure the are some higher places to do that. For example the Skyline Bar (26th floor) at Radisson Blue Hotel (also on the pictures). But since Riga isn´t the city with the highest buildings in the world I think the Terrace Riga is just perfect for that. I could spend there hours watching the sky getting painted in so many different colours and the lights going up. I always try to stay till it´s completely dark and they start bringing you blankets. Another good thing about this place: you will always find a table. The terrace has 4 bars, 600 seats and is the biggest in Baltic States. So, no need to make a reservation!Flights to Riga: airBaltic.