barcelona insider travel tips

Plätze die man in Barcelona gesehen haben muss und meine Insider Tipps

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Hallo mein Aviator,

nach einem Jahr der Abwesenheit habe ich es schlussendlich geschafft zu einer meiner liebsten Städte nach Barcelona zurück zu kehren! Ich habe diese Stadt wirklich sehr vermisst, da sie sich wie eine zweite Heimat für mich anfühlt. Leider hat es mein Dienstplan nicht hergegeben länger als drei Nächte dort zu verbringen. In diesem Artikel werde ich Dir meine persönlichen Highlights von Barcelona zeigen und meine Insider Tipps mit Dir teilen. Damit Du für Deinen nächsten Trip nach Barcelona gewappnet bist!

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Skyline of Barcelona from Bunkers del Carmel

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Barcelona my happy place

Barcelona is a great city to do sightseeing. Around every corner, you can discover a new spectacular place. I recommend renting a scooter for your stay. This time I was cruising through the city with a Vespa of ViaVespa. A scooter gives you so much freedom to go to different places in a minimum amount of time.

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Scooter rental with ViaVespa

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Check out my Vlog about Barcelona on my YouTube channel PilotPatrick!

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Where to sleep?

Two years ago I lived for three months in Barcelona, I stayed in a shared apartment in the historic Gotico. It was a great experience to live right in the center of this vibrant city. For this mini-vacation, I decided to stay at the 5 star Arts Hotel Barcelona close to the beach. Its unique building characterizes the skyline of Barcelona and was first opened during the Olympics in 1992. The views it grants from the rooms, club lounge and the spa are exceptional.

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One bedroom suite in the Arts Hotel Barcelona

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Stay protected at the pool

The hotel recently opened a newly designed outside area with an infinity pool. Now you can overlook the beach and ocean while taking a swim. I love to cool down in the water and to relax in the sun. But not without the correct sun protection. At this stage, I want to remind you how important it is to use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunlight.

First of all not to get a painful sunburn. Secondly to lower the chances of getting skin cancer. Solely in Germany, 200.000 people became diagnosed with skin cancer for the first time in 2016. Additionally, the sun is the reason for skin aging and hyperpigmentation. About 90% of the visible skin aging is caused by UV- Light and HEV- light (high-energy visible light) Read one of my latest blog post to find out more about this vital topic.

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The new infinity pool at the Arts Hotel Barcelona

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Relaxing in a cabana with Eucerin sun protection

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Eucerin offers a wide range of sunscreen products for any age, skin type and occasion. Two of my favorite products is the “SUN OIL CONTROL FACE GEL-CREME” for the face and the “SENSITIVE PROTECT TRANSPARENT SUN SPRAY“. My face gets shiny really fast and is really sensitive. The “Sun oil control face gel-creme” is made for such skin types and is light and dries really fast. The transparent sun spray for the body has an ultra-light texture and is not sticky. Two great products for a day by the pool.

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Eucerin Sun Transparent and Oil Control

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What to do?

Bunkers el Carmel: A must visit if you want to enjoy one of the best views of Barcelona and the sea.  Turó del Carmel is a hill with a bunker on top. Best time is during sunset and sunrise. Take something to drink and don't think you will be alone ;-) The entrance is still free.

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highlight: La Sagrada Familia

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Cathedral in the gothic quarter

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Casa Batlló: Barcelona is the city of Gaudi. His architecture is world famous. One of the highlights is the Casa Batlló. I have walked by this townhouse many times before because it is centrally located on the Passeig de Gracia. If you like the outside of the building you should dare look inside. It is really impressive to discover the passion Gaudí has put into this building. I literally was overwhelmed by the beauty that I got glossy eyes. Each guest receives a smart phone as a tour guide and that way you can explore the building also in the virtual reality.

Insider tip: For most famous sights, you can buy tickets online. This way you can skip long lines at the entrance.

 

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Casa Battló on Passeig de Gracia

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Boat trip: One of my highlights was a boat trip with Barcelona desde el Mar. I have seen Barcelona many times from the cockpit but to discover this amazing city from the sea was a unique experience. It gave me a whole new perspective of Barcelona. My little cruise lasted around 2 hours and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the sea.

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My first boat trip in Barcelona / Instagram: @barcelonadesdeelmar

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Sunset cruise in Barcelona / photo by Andrés

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Where to eat?

Barcelona offers diverse dining options. There is much more than tapas. Catalans eat late. Either be early or make a reservation. Here are my all time favorite places to go:

Väcka: Vegan restaurant and Cafe. Try their vegan classic burger and have a raw treat. Gracia

Teresa’s Carles: Vegetarian food and juices (only indoor/more for dinner) El Raval

Flax and Kale: Healthy restaurant offering a diverse menu (all day) Make a reservation and request a table on their outdoor rooftop garden. Don't miss the brunch on the weekend. El Raval

Surf House: Restaurant right by the beach. The menu offers healthy food but also tasty burger for a cheat day. Try their waffles! Barceloneta

Vinitus: In my opinion one of the best tapas restaurant in Barcelona. After 8 pm it gets really busy. You can choose your fresh fish from the display at the bar. Eixample

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healthy eating at Teresa's

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Teresa's Carles in el Born

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Petit Brot: completely raw café, daily menus, and juices (breakfast and lunch) El Raval

Casa Gispert: Dried fruits, nuts and so much more. Best dried mangos I ever had. El Born

BeBo cold pressed: Tasty healthy juices, raw snacks (more for to go) Eixample

Barraca: seafood and paella overlooking the beach of Barceloneta (lunch and dinner)

Cafè Jaime Beriestain: high-class food in a concept restaurant (more for dinner) Eixample

Nubafancy restaurant with live DJ, nice interior and outside seating (more for dinner)

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Nuba Restaurant

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Magic fountain show

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Which season is best to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona is great all year around. If you want to enjoy the hot weather at the beach then you need to visit during the summer months. But if you come to do sightseeing and to discover the city, then I recommend avoiding the high season. That way touristic places are less crowded and waiting times are less.

Insider tip: Visit Barcelona in the spring or late summer. My favorite months was October. Of course, the weather is not that stable, but the city is less crowded and you have the chance to go wave surfing.

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Fantastic weather, interesting sights, cultural events, the beach and of course friendly people make Barcelona a perfect vacation spot. You can choose from a great variety of restaurants and hotels. The prices for food are decent, but the hotel prices can be expensive during high season. My dream is still to live in my two favorite cities Berlin and Barcelona!

 

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Enjoying the beach of Barcelona

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In which city could you imagine to live as well? Please comment below and do not forget to subscribe to my newsletter with your email below.

Safe travels and happy landings!

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fear of flying no reason to panic

Flugangst - Meine 10 Tipps für entspannteres Fliegen

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Hello my Aviator, it makes me really sad to hear that many of you are anxious to fly and cannot enjoy traveling by plane! That is why I want to give you an update on my fear of flying blog post. I actually could write a whole book about this subject. I am passionate to help you to feel more comfortable on board. Hopefully, my 10 tips to manage this anxiety will help you so I see you much more relaxed up in the sky. 

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Fear of flying

In fact, a survey suggests that 43 percent of people have at least some fear of flying and around 9 percent are so afraid that they would not go on a flight. Now I understand why I receive so many comments and messages asking me what they can do against their fear of flying. In this article, I want to help you as much as possible to get over that fear which is also known as aviophobia. I hope that my personal words as a pilot are more persuasive than of a third person who is not involved in the aviation industry as much as I am.

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Clouds are an indication for an area of turbulence

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There is no reason to panic!

During my research for this blog post, I found out that the most common reason for the fear of flying is the fear to crash. But the probability for that is vanishing low. Let me mention them again to get an idea of how safe flying really is.

It is the safest means of transportation but also the most dangerous one at the same time.

Flying through the air with over 800 km/h with tons of ignitable fuel. In the first place, this does not sound really comforting. And because of that, we took all measures to make it to the safest way of travel.

The probability of your plane going down is around one in 5.4 million. (according to The Economist) It is more likely to be attacked by a shark or even killed by the flu. Traveling in a car is 100 times more deadly than flying in a plane. Despite the high profile plane crashes in the past, it has never been safer to fly. So are you also afraid when driving in the car?

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Flying: the safest means of transportation!

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Anxiety originates from ignorance!

I think the anxiety can originate from ignorance not understanding the complex system of aviation. This might trigger "what if?" catastrophic thoughts.

This starts with the ignorance of the systems of the airplane. Certain noises and normal flight maneuvers can already cause unease. For example noise of the brakes, landing gear, the flaps, and the engines. Especially during takeoff, you experience a lot of different ones. The engines run at a high thrust setting, the runway might a little bumpy and the landing gear retracts with a loud "bang". Trust me all those noises are normal. Most of you are scared of turbulences and think that they are dangerous. Please trust me they belong to the normal path of flight. Aircraft are built to withstand turbulence with ease.

Pilots always try to avoid turbulence and in case we encounter them we try to find a different level to escape the area of turbulence. This causes a spool up or down of the engines and a climb or descent to a different level.

The regulations in aviation are really strict. The authority requires that the aircraft are maintained at fixed intervals. Airlines could not afford to operate a badly maintained aircraft, which could cause them to lose their operator certificate (AOC) and of course their reputation.

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Aircraft are made to be flying and not sitting on the ground!

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Redundancy in all aspects of aviation!

Even when there happens to be a malfunction of a system, that does not mean it will end in a disaster. The aircraft are built to be flying in the air and constructed to be redundant. That means if one system fails, the airplane will still be safe to fly and a different system will take over it. For example, if one engine fails, the second one will keep the airplane in the sky and a safe landing will be possible. This is trained on regular simulator flights many times.

Maybe you have heard about the swiss cheese model before. This model of accident causation illustrates that, although many layers of defense lie between hazards and accidents. Only if there is a flaw in each layer, if aligned, can allow the accident to occur. A single mistake in one layer will not lead to an accident!

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Let's enjoy the beauty of flying together

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My 10 tips against the fear of flying

  1.  Choose an airline you feel save with or you know they have a good reputation, do not book just because the ticket is cheap
  2. Arrive at the airport with enough time, so you do not get stressed additionally. Minimum 2 hours prior departure.
  3. Book a seat with more space, e.g. at the emergency exit
  4. Try not to drink alcohol and caffeine this might intense your anxiety
  5. When boarding let the cabin crew know that you are a little bit nervous, a short chat with them can help
  6. Recall that you are safe and probability is on your side
  7. Control your breathing inhale deeply and exhale slowly: Relaaaaax!
  8. Use noise-canceling headphones, recall that flying and systems produce loud noises, listen to relaxing music and do things that distract you (food, beverages, books, music, sleeping mask)
  9. You are not alone! Millions of people travel by plane at the same time
  10. Keep in mind that the airplane is built to travel through air, turbulence is a normal path of flying,

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Flying in Busines Class can help as ;-)

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Am I going down?

I found an app “Am I Going Down?”, which claims to calculate the odds of a disaster on a particular flight. You put in three variables: the departure and arrival airports, the airline, and the type of plane used. For example, a flight from San Francisco to London Heathrow has a probability of 1 to 3.646.151 to go down. You would have to take this flight every day for 9.989 years before it crashes. Knowing the probability, which is not even worth mentioning for your particular flight, may help with your fear of flying.

I hope you will be more relaxed on your next flight, so you can enjoy the beauty of flying. Recall my 10 tips when flying next time. You might even save them on your mobile device. Now sit back, relax and enjoy your flight!

What causes you unease on a flight?

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healthy diet while traveling

Wie ich es schaffe eine gesunde Ernährung während meiner Reisen aufrechtzuerhalten

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Unbezahlte Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

meine Freunde und Kollegen nennen mich manchmal kompliziert wenn es ums Essen geht. Manche denken auch ich währe verrückt, weil ich neben meinem Pilotenkoffer und Reisekoffer immer eine extra Tasche für mein Essen mit mir dabei habe. Meiner Meinung nach ist dies jedoch sehr klever. Unser Körper ist unser kostbarster Besitz und deswegen achte ich gut auf ihn. Meine Tasche voll mit Essen, garantiert mir eine gesunde Ernährung auf meinen Reisen.

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Smoothie cookies by Ultrafrisch

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The difficulty of this job

My career has a pilot just turn eight and already at an early stage of my aviation career, I noticed that it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet as a pilot. All my cockpit jobs required me to spend layovers at different destinations. In a month I am gone from home somewhere between 10-16 days. When traveling non-stop, you have to rely on the food of hotels, restaurants, airline catering and outlets at the airport.

Here another example. Currently, I am in Madrid and the hotel is located close to the airport. It is more than 30 minutes from the city center. There are restaurants close by, but they do not meet my eating habits. Additionally, I waste a lot of time when going to a restaurant.

To stay healthy I fuel my body with the best possible food. I take particular care about the ingredients and the organic quality. My food bag makes me a little bit more independent. So I can enjoy a healthy rice dish out of my food bag tonight.

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Four simple guidelines

I follow four simple guidelines when choosing my food:

  • NO raffinated sugars
  • NO dairy products
  • NO white flour
  • NO saturated fats

Are you vegan?

No. I eat fish and eggs almost on a daily basis. I eat meat, but only once a week. I try to avoid meat during my pilot travels because I can not be sure about the quality. Lately, I tried to be vegan for one week of flying. In my YouTube video, you can see how I managed and find out why veganism is not an option for me.

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What's in my food bag?

I used to carry my food in my suitcase up to the day when a almond milk spilled and ruined my clothes. For years now I am traveling with this cool bag with insulation inside. This way I can bridge the time between refrigerators for perishable food.

Almond milk: only of almonds and water, dairy free, sugar-free version

Cereal: sugar-free and vegan with dried fruits, my favorite Chia Cacao Crunch

Porridge: gluten-free vegan porridge of quinoa flaxseeds, for the super porridge you only need hot water to prepare it

Rice cups: rice dish with vegetables, the product of Davert is ideal for traveling, you only need hot water to prepare it, unfortunately it contains sugar but only about 1g in 100g.

Smoothie cookies: liquid is heavy and smoothies need cooling, smoothie cookies of Ultrafrisch are crunchy and contain only fruits and vegetables

More food: peanut mush (only of nuts), whole wheat crispbread, raw bars of nuts and dried fruits, dates, tea bags, fruit (mostly organic bananas), nuts (unsalted and not roasted), raw chocolate

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Selection of my food I am traveling with

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My daily dose of superfoods

Lemon tea: Rich in natural Vitamin C. The juice is antibacterial, antiphlogistic and digestive. Curcuma water

Curcuma (curcuma longa): contains curcumin and is one of the most significant medical plant. Especially in China and India, it is well known for its antiphlogistic effects.

Spirulina: is an alga which was already consumed by Aztecs. The concentration of vitamins and minerals is the highest which has been found yet.

Check out my superfoods article if you want to find out more about their positive side effects

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More about my superfoods here in my article

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Do you know raw chocolate?

As much as possible I try to avoid food that contains raffinated sugar. Sugar is toxic for your body and fuels cancer cells. A great and natural alternative is XUCKER and coconut sugar. Of course, all sources of natural sugar like from fruits are acceptable. I am not the guy who loves sweet stuff, but once in a while, I have a craving for chocolate. I have discovered raw chocolate for me. Raw chocolate itself is really bitter, but in addition to dried fruits and nuts, it tastes sweet.

 

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Sweet treat: raw chocolate

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Raw bars: 100% natural and only of nuts and dried fruits

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... and besides my food bag?

It sounds like that I am only eating out of my food bag. That is not the case. In the morning I go to breakfast in the hotel. WIth my food bag, I can pimp my breakfast. I am honestly shocked by the bad selection of good and healthy food. Especially during my vegan week, I missed a declaration of the ingredients on the buffet.

To find healthy restaurants, coffee places or supermarkets, I can recommend using the App „Happy Cow“ This app has already led me to many nice places in numerous cities around the whole world.

 

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Pimp my crew meal in London

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On board: sugar free vegan cereal

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I never have the impression that I miss out on any food because there is always a healthy option available which tastes equally good or even better.

Is the whole effort worth it?

Yes, I am convinced that it is worth it. I carry a lot of extra weight, but this way I can eat well even when being busy traveling.  No idea if my body stays healthy for a long time, but If does not I cannot blame myself that I fueled it incorrect.

What's your favorite healthy snack?

Safe travels and happy landings!

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my awesome vacation in dubai

Mein großartiger Urlaub in Dubai mit spektakulären Aktivitäten

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Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

es ist die Stadt der Superlative, in der ich meinen letzten Urlaub verbracht habe. In diesem Artikel nehme ich Dich auf eine einzigartige Reise nach Dubai mit. Die offizielle Tourismusbehörde hat mich und drei Freunde eingeladen einen Aktion geladenen Urlaub in Dubai zu verbringen. Eine Reise, die ich so zuvor noch nicht erlebt habe! Obwohl ich bereits zum dritten Mal in dieser spektakulären Stadt war, bin ich immer noch von den vielfältigen Möglichkeiten beeindruckt. Mach Dich bereit zum Abflug nach Dubai!

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Dubai Marina skyline

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How to get to Dubai

Dubai is only 6 hours flight time away from Germany. With a time shift of maximum two hours and warm temperatures throughout the year (a little bit too hot in the summer), Dubai is a travel destination also for a shorter stay. Lufthansa and Emirates offer daily direct flights from numerous airports. Unfortunately, Emirates does not fly from Berlin yet. That is why I flew with Lufthansa from Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt to Dubai.

The flight was really comfortable since I was upgraded to Business Class. Watch my vlog about my flight to Dubai on my YouTube channel.

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Where to stay

In 1993 Dubai counted 167 hotels and now you can choose from over 700 hotels with a total of 100,000 hotels rooms available. You are spoilt with an endless number of choices. At first, you have to decide which part of town you want to stay in. Downtown, at the beach or even on the palm? Dubai is quite spread out. Secondly, it depends on your budget you want to spend. There is almost no limit on the scale upwards. Dubai probably offers the most luxurious hotels in the world, like the famous Burj Al Arba hotel.

I decided to stay on the Palm, which is an artificial island shaped like a palm tree, situated in front of Dubai Marina. My hotel was called "Five Palm" which was located on the trunk of the palm, so the drive to downtown Dubai was approx. 30 minutes. This five-star hotel offered a private beach, a penthouse lounge with pool and numerous restaurants. My hotel room was situated on the upper floor giving me a fantastic view of the skyline of Dubai Marina.

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My hotel room balcony at the Five Palm

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At the Penthouse of the Five Palm hotel

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What to do

I often hear that people say that there is not much you can do in Dubai. It is just a city of skyscrapers in the heat of the desert. How wrong they are. I spent one week and I could not fit in all activities I favored. Dubai offers so much you can do from water sports to a desert safari or a zip line flight over the Marina.

Here is the list of activities I experienced. For me, they could not be exciting enough. Almost too thrilling that I even hurt my self. Find out in my YouTube vlog about Dubai what exactly happened and all the activities I did:

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The highest building in the world

The Burj Khalifa is enormous and the views it offers are breathtaking. Unfortunately, it is not possible to go up to the highest point, which is 829 m high. Instead, you can visit the observation deck at 555m (148 level) called at the top Burj Khalifa SKY. I recommend going up before sunset and spend enough time to have a view of Dubai at night as well. Afterward, you can watch the big fountain show at the bottom of Burj Khalifa or go shopping in the biggest mall in the world.

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In front of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa

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Observation platform: At the top sky

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The old town of Dubai

Make a detour and visit the old part of Dubai. It is an alternative program to the luxurious and shiny new part of town. But definitely worth a visit. You can visit all kinds of different souks, like the spice and gold market. Take a ride over the Dubai Creek with a traditional boat and visit the Dubai museum to discover the history and the fast-paced change of the city.

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on the Dubai Creek

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Relaxation at the Talise Ottoman Spa 

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Thrilling activities

Zipline flight

Are you brave enough for the Xline adventure from a launch platform which is 170 m high? You will go 60 km/h for one kilometer on a zipline over the Marina Bay. I was so excited to go on this flight. I felt like superman flying between skyscrapers. It was a lot of fun, but it did not last long enough.

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Xline Dubai Marina

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Waterpark

I went with my whole crew to the Aquaventure Waterpark on the Palm. If you like slides water and action this is the right activity for you. Watch my YouTube Vlog about Dubai to see me going down the slides. Next to the Burj Al Arab is the Wild Wadi waterpark which is a little bit smaller but also a lot of fun. In this park, you can go on a wakeboard and try to ride on an artificial wave.

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At the Atlantis Hotel

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Fun at the waterpark

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Helicopter flight

I love to go on a helicopter flight. Even though I am a pilot, taking off vertically always gives me goosebumps. My crew and I took-off with helicopter Dubai on the palm, flew along the Jumeirah beach and downtown. If you like flying this is a must-do activity and the views were just stunning. Next to the helipad is the famous Atlantis hotel. Stop by to check out some fish in their huge aquariums.

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Desert safari

This activity I enjoyed the most. The adventure with "Platinum heritage" takes place half a day and is a luxury and authentic safari which preserves the landscape and its dunes. It was a private tour in a vintage Landrover. After a fun drive along the dunes, we stop to ride camels and watched a falcon show. The evening ended in a beautiful camp where we enjoyed local food and smoked shisha on a magic carpet.

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And action: It was not easy to record everywhere in Dubai

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Let's do a Instagram Story together

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My recommendations

Dubai is different with its spectacular architecture and glamours appearance. I once again enjoyed the hospitality and the luxury lifestyle in Dubai. My tip: try to avoid the really hot summer months unless you are looking for great deals. The city is not only suited for a longer stopover between flights, but also for a longer vacation with lots of activities or just relaxation at the beach.

Which activity would you enjoy the most? For more: vistitdubai.com

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As always safe travels and happy landings!

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Best business class

Flug in der besten Business Class der Welt

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Cooperation - Advertisement

Hello my Aviator, it is a very long flight down to Cape Town in South Africa. I had the chance to travel in the best Business Class in the world. Even though I was not the pilot, I was really excited to go on that flight. In this blog post, I share my flight experience, give you tips when booking tickets and you can win a high-quality pajama of Mey bodywear. 

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Boeing B777 in Cape Town (CPT)

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How can I afford to fly Business class?

Most commonly it is believed that all crew and airline staff can fly for free or really cheap fares. For me, it is not the case. I have to pay full price for all my flight tickets. On long-haul flights over 8 hours, I try to book Business Class tickets. Of course, it is not cheap. For this round trip, I paid 2200€. This is a lot of money and about three times the price of an Economy ticket. I was pretty much open to fly with any airline, but Qatar Airways was for my travel dates almost 50% less expansive than other airlines. I do not fly long haul very often. That is why I invest in the comfort. Especially when going on vacation.

Tip: Compare prices and adjust travel dates. This way you may be able to save significantly. Sometimes a different airport of departure can help to save as well. Join a loyalty program and collect miles. This way I was able to fly First Class for less than 500€ last year.

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Rimowa Classic flight Cabin trolley

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Cheers - Excited for my first flight with Qatar Airways

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How did I do the booking?

I book all my flight tickets direct via the website of the airline. This gives me an extra feeling that the reservation went through and is confirmed. Additionally, I can manage my booking like changing seats and ordering special meals online. Qatar Airways offers the great advantage to reserve the current fare for up to 72 hours. This costs a fee but in my case, this investment was well worth it. I still had to wait for the approval of my leave. When I finalized the booking the fare increased by over 1000€, but I still only paid the old price.

My tip: In general fares are cheaper when you book well in advance. But it is still common that prices may go down just prior to departure. Reasons for that may be low booking numbers or special deals. I suggest subscribing to the newsletter of your favorite airlines so you do not miss any special discounts.

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Business Class Cabin Boeing B777

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Layover at Doha Airport

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The Best Business Class in the world

Qatar Airways is the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards. Referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, which is voted by travelers across the world in an annual passenger survey. Furthermore, Qatar Airways won an award for the World’s Best Business Class.

That is why I was really excited to fly with Qatar Airways for the first time. My expectations were high. Especially when flying in their premium product.

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Breakfast in the sky

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Sky of central Africa

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The flight experience

I flew from Berlin Tegel via Doha to Cape Town. In total, I was about 16 hours in the sky for each direction. On all four legs, it was a Boeing B777-300. The aircraft are fitted with a 2 class configuration with the premium class up front. The Business Class consist of only 24 seats making the cabin really quiet. It is a 2-2-2 seating configuration.

The seat

Unfortunately, it was still the "old" Business Class seat on all flights. Qatar Airways recently introduced the Qsuite, which they call first in business. I really hoped that I will have the chance to test their new product.

Their "old" seat can keep up with any other Business Class seat. The extra-wide seats convert to a fully flat bed with enough space for your shoulders and feet. The rows are so far apart that they ensure privacy, space, and storage. Seats also have a massage setting and fully adjustable armrests, with precision controls to create the position that is right for you.

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Flying in a Mey pyjama

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City Center of Doha on departure

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Business Class catering

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Entertainment and service

The entertainment program seems endless. Food can be ordered whenever you want. The catering was all right. The excellent service made up for it. Especially the return flight was a lot of fun because the purser (head of the cabin) recognized me from my social media channels. Together with the crew, I did a boomerang for my Instagram story.

Tip: Stop in the amazing Business Class lounge in Doha. I had a layover of more than 7 hours at the airport. I went for dinner, took a shower and rested in private quite rooms. On board, I enjoyed row 2 the most. This row had no missing window, was not in the bulkhead and the full storage was available.

 

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Doha Business Class lounge

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Was it worth it?

Totally! My vacation already started on board and I arrived well rested at my destination. It is always hard to say goodbye to a great vacation. But knowing that I will be flying back comfortably, I am actually looking forward to my return flight.

Two years ago I flew to Cape Town in Lufthansa's Business Class. I paid about the same price for this flight.  The connection via Munich airport was a lot quicker, but the flight with Qatar Airways was a whole different experience.

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Thanks for the amazing flight with you

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Give Away

On both flights, I was flying through the night. MEY, a well known German fashion brand for day- and nightwear, provided me with a comfortable pyjama. I am already a big fan of their undershirts which I wear underneath my uniform. But now I love to sleep in their pyjamas as well. You can win one fancy MEY pyjama in my favorite color blue worth 120€. Additionally, I will send you an amenity kit with a personal note.

 

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Giveaway!

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Jens is the lucky winner!

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Here are the steps to join the contest:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with your email
  • leave me a comment just underneath this article with your clothing size
  • subscribe to my YouTube channel

I will randomly pick a winner on the 28th of February 2018.

Happy landings and good luck!

Your PilotPatrick

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vacation in Cape Town

Urlaub in Südafrika - Mein Aufenthalt in Kapstadt

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Hallo mein Aviator, die ersten zwei Wochen des neuen Jahres habe ich in Südafrika verbracht. Einem Land, in das ich mich seit meinem ersten Besuch vor zwei Jahen verliebt habe. Es war großartig dem Winter in Deutschland zu entfliehen und die Sommerzeit in Südafrika zu genießen. In diesem Artikel nehme ich Dich mit auf meine Reise und lasse meinen Urlaub in Kapstadt Revue passieren. Falls Du planst Kapstadt zu besichtigen habe ich einige großartige Tipps für Dich!

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Urlaub in Kapstadt- Warum erneut?

Ich habe Kapstadt bereits vor zwei Jahren besucht und ich hätte einen neuen Ort auf meiner Wunschliste bereisen können. Allerdings konnte ich nicht widerstehen. Ich habe meinen ersten Besuch dort so sehr genossen, dass ich so schnell wie möglich zurück kommen wollte. Hinzu kommt, dass sehr viele meiner Freunde zur gleichen Zeit in Kapstadt waren.

Wie Du weißt, bin ich kein großer Freund des Winters. Weswegen ich es liebe diesem zu entfliehen. Südafrika ist das ideale Ziel dafür, da es in der südlichen Hemisphere liegt, was bedeutet, dass dort zu diesem Zeitpunkt Sommer ist. Für Europäer hat es den großen Vorteil, dass die Zeitumstellung nur eine Stunde beträgt und somit kein Jetlag zu befürchten ist.

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Magische Sonnenuntergänge in Camps Bay

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Nicht nur die Landschaften sind wunderschön, sondern auch die Einwohner. Sie sind super freundlich und ich mag die entspannte Atmosphäre, die sie ausstrahlen. Wie Du weißt bin ich ein "foodie" Pilot und ich bin sehr wählerisch wenn es um das Thema Essen geht. Südafrika bietet eine fantastische Küche für jedermanns Geschmack zu einem erschwinglichem Preis

Von diesem Aufenthalt habe ich gelernt die Hochsaison Ende Dezember/ Anfang Januar zu vermeiden. Es ist schwierig einen Tisch in Restaurants zu bekommen und die Verfügbarkeit in Hotels ist gering gepaart mit hohen Zimmerpreisen. Im März ist dort immer noch Sommer und soll ein guter Monat für einen Aufenthalt sein.

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Badehose von Mey

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Clifton Beaches Cape Town

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Wo ich übernachtet habe?

Im Urlaub schlafe ich normalerweise in Hotels, da es praktischer und komfortabler ist. Dieses Mal suchte ich jedoch nach einer Alternative, da die Verfügbarkeit in den Hotels bereits sehr schlecht und die Preise zu hoch waren. Deswegen buchte ich mir ein Apartment über Airbnb.

In der ersten Woche, übernachtete ich in einem wunderschönen Apartment in Greenpoint. Ich habe diese moderne Wohnung mit zwei Schlafzimmern und riesigem Balkon sehr genossen. Der Standort war ebenfalls großartig, weil alle Hotspots in unmittelbarer Nähe waren.

 

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Apartment in Greenpoint

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Nach meinem kleinen Roadtrip, übernachtete ich die letzten vier Tage an einem anderen Platz in Waterkant. Es war kein Apartment, es war gleich ein ganzes Stadthaus mit vier Etagen, einem Atrium inklusive Baum und einer Dachterrasse mit einem kleinen Pool. Von den Schlafzimmern und dem Wohnzimmer aus hatte man Meeresblick. Ein wirklich außergewöhnlicher und einzigartiger Platz zum leben.

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Das Stadthaus von außen

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Dachterrasse mit Pool

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Luxus Airbnb in Waterkant

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Wo ich gegessen habe?

Essen ist großartig in Kapstadt. Es ist schwer einen Platz zu finden, der kein leckeres Essen anbietet. Ich habe mehrere gesunde Essens- Optionen aus der App "Happy Cow" ausprobiert. Hier ist eine Liste von Orten, die ich empfehlen kann.

Oranjezicht city farm:  Ein Markt, der jeden Samstag nähe der V&A Waterfront öffnet. Hier gibt es alle Arten von Händlern, die Lebensmittel verkaufen. Auch ein guter Platz zum Frühstücken oder Mittagessen.

V&A Waterfront Food market: Alle Arten von kleinen Läden und Cafés, eine Menge gesunder Optionen.

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Oranjezicht Mart in Kapstadt

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Nu healthy food cafe: Mehrere Filialen in verschiedenen Teilen der Stadt. Smoothies, Bowls, Wraps, großartig für Frühstück und Mittagessen.

Raw and Roxy: Neues Restaurant in der Stadt, in dem ausschließlich rohes Essen serviert wird. Probiere unbedingt das Sushi und den Ice Tee.

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Frühstück im Nu healthy food cafe

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Gold restaurant: Sehr touristisch, aber es lohnt sich dort gewesen zu sein. Ein umfangreiches afrikanisches Menu wird serviert und begleitet von einer Show von Trommlern und Tänzern.

Hussar Grill Camps Bay: Für alle Fleischliebhaber

Asoka: Ein trendy Platz mit live DJ, guten Cocktails und Abendessen. Kleines Menu, aber das Essen ist auf den Punkt gebracht.

Kloof street house: trendy und sehr gut besucht, gut geeignet für Cocktails und Abendessen.

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Gold Restaurant mit Show

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Was ich an Silvester gemacht habe?

ich landete am 31. Dezember in Kapstadt ohne einen festen Plan für den Abend. Leider war das Wetter an diesem Tag bewölkt und es regnete von Zeit zu Zeit. Also ging ich lieber nicht zu der Strand- Party, die mir empfohlen wurde. Stattdessen wurde ich von einem Freund aus Deutschland zu einer Silvesterparty in einem Penthouse eingeladen. Das Feuerwerk war wirklich süß, wenn es ich mit dem in Berlin vergleiche. Somit war es eher ein entspannter Abend, aber trotzdem mit einer Menge Champagner und guter Gesellschaft.

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Mein erstes Radio Interview- Danke Eloise für die Einladung

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Welche Aktivitäten habe ich unternommen?

Kapstadt ist eine fantastische Stadt, um dort seinen Urlaub zu verbringen. Neben den schönen Landschaften, freundlichen Einwohnern, gutem Essen und schönen Stränden, gibt es jede Menge Aktivitäten, die man nicht auslassen sollte.

Ein Hubschrauber- Rundflug 

I love going on helicopter flights. Even though I am used to flying, taking off vertically always gives me goosebumps. HelicoptersCapetown offers all kinds of different tours. I did the oceans flight which takes you around table mountain. The views are just spectacular.

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Helicopterscapetown.com

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Paragliding

For the first time ever I went tandem paragliding. It is was an unforgettable flight taking off from Signal Hill and landing in at the promenade in Sea Point. Carlos my pilot from Icarusparagliding called the flight a ride on a magic carpet. Flying without an engine and just the noise of the wind is a feeling I haven't experienced before. Over the water, we flew some awesome maneuvers which felt like a rollercoaster ride

https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1677430235655899/

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Lions Head

I am not a big fan of hiking, but the way up and down on Lions Head is a lot of fun. It takes about an hour to get up and you need to climb up ladders and chains. In the end, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.

 

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On top of Lions head

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On top of  Table Mountain

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Table mountain

A must is Table Mountain. This time I hiked up table mountain from the back side. The Skeleton Gorge starts in the beautiful Kirstenbosch potential garden. The way up is quite challenging. On top of table mountain, the hike continued along dams and beautiful vegetation. Two years ago I went up table mountain using the Platteklip Gorge. This route starts past the cable car station in Cape Town and is quite steep, but offers amazing views.

 

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Skeleton Gorge up to the top

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Dam on top of table mountain

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

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Constantia

Nestled beneath the National Table Mountain park lays the valley of Constantia. Only a 25 minutes drive from Cape Town city center you indulge idyllic lifestyle in a picture-perfect landscape. The Constantia Wine Route is the oldest one in the southern hemisphere, and Beau Constantia is one of the 9 farms to call the Valley home. Besides exceptional wines, its restaurant, called Chefs Warehouse, is the 4th best restaurant in the country.

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Lunch at the Chefs Warehouse

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Wine estate Beau Constantia

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Beau Constantia oldest winery southern hemisphere

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Do you need a guide?

I am so happy that Jared reached out to me when I asked for recommendations in South Africa. He is a writer, influencer and tour guide, who calls beautiful Cape Town his home. He not only gave me helpful tips before I started my journey, but he also took me to hidden gems during my stay in Cape Town. Follow him on Instagram (@jaredincpt) and visit his blog: www.jaredincpt.com.

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Bokaap colorful houses

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I hope you enjoyed the time with me in Cape Town! Unfortunately, the whole western cape is suffering from a water crisis. As it appears right now they will run out of water soon. So please save as much as you can when you are in Cape Town.

On my bucket list:

  1. Brazil
  2. Iceland
  3. Bali

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Happy landings and safe travels!

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36 hours layover guide of Sevilla

36 Stunden Zwischenstopp guide für Sevilla

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Werbung- Kooperation

Hallo mein Aviator, in dem vergangenen Jahr hatte ich ganze sechs Aufenthalte in Sevilla. Das sehe ich als Chance, mit Dir meine Highlights dieser schönen Stadt zu teilen. Da ich im Normalfall einen Aufenthalt von 36 Stunden habe, ist mein folgender Stadtführer genau auf dieses Zeitpensum zugeschnitten. Zudem gebe ich Dir auch noch ein paar allgemeine Tipps für Deinen nächsten Städte Trip.

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Bar im Alfonso XII Hotel

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Fakten über Sevilla

Sevilla ist die Haupt- und auch größte Stadt der autonomen Region Andalusien. Die Stadt liegt am Fluss Guadalquivir, in einer besonders fruchtbaren Region. Sevilla ist mit knapp 703.000 Einwohner (Stand 2011) die viertgrößte Stadt Spaniens und ungefähr 2.200 Jahre alt. Die Einflüsse der verschiedenen Kulturvölker Sevillas haben über die Jahre dazu beigetragen, dass die Stadt heute einen individuellen Charakter und ein gut erhaltenes historisches Zentrum zu bieten hat.

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Expo Ausstellung von 1992 / verlassener Ort in Sevilla

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Mein Reise Tipp: Bank

Über die Jahre als Pilot habe ich immer wieder unnötig viel Geld für die Auslandsgebühren von meinem Bankkonto gezahlt. Zum Glück sind diese Tage endlich vorüber. Ich habe kürzlich ein neues Konto eröffnet. Diese Bank bietet ein Konto an, welches viele gute Vorteile für Vielreisende bringt, grade wenn man wie ich die meiste Zeit im Ausland ist. Neben dem allgemeinen Kontoservice habe ich auch noch eine kostenlose inkludierte MasterCard Gold dazubekommen. Es lohnt sich also auch Mal die Bank zu wechseln und die Konditionen zu vergleichen.

In Sevilla kann man an vielen Stellen, wie zum Beispiel Einkaufsläden, Bars und Restaurants mit der Karte bezahlen. Ich war allerdings auch schon in anderen Städten, in denen ich Bargeld brauchte. Insbesondere Taxifahrer akzeptieren nur selten eine Kreditkarte. Mit meinem neuen Konto in Verbindung mit der MasterCard Gold kann ich ganz einfach und kostenfrei Bargeld abheben und habe zudem noch ein exklusives Versicherungspaket. Mit diesem Paket bin ich z.B. auslandskrankenversichert und mein Gepäck ist ebenfalls versichert, auch dann, wenn ich mal nicht mit der Karte bezahle.

Schau Dir meinen V-Log über Sevilla an und abonniere mich auf YouTube für mehr Videos:

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36 Stunden Zwischenstopp guide für Sevilla

10:00 - 14:00

Buenos dias 

Wie ich, landest Du am Morgen in der schönen Stadt Sevilla. Da es noch zu früh ist für den Check- in, gibst Du Dein Gepäck erstmal beim Concierge ab und startest direkt die Stadt erkunden. Die Altstadt besteht aus vielen schönen, kleinen Gassen und historischen Gebäuden. Wenn ich losgehe um eine Stadt zu erkunden, dann mache ich dies meistens ohne einen konkreten Plan, sondern lasse den Zufall entscheiden. Du wirst überrascht sein, welch tolle Plätze es zu entdecken gibt, wenn man einfach losläuft.

Healthy snacking 

Vielleicht hattest Du noch kein ausgiebiges Frühstück und bist jetzt bereit für einen kleinen Snack zwischendurch. In der Nähe der Kathedrale findest Du in der Altstadt das „Milk Away“. Die gesunden Smoothies und Salate hier sind fantastisch. Ich nehme immer die „Acai Bowl“, leckeres Müsli  mit frischen Früchten.  (Hier kannst Du selbst entscheiden, welche Früchte Du gerne auf deinem Müsli hättest.) Für noch mehr Cafes und Restaurants in deiner unmittelbaren Umgebung empfehle ich Dir die App „Happy Cow“. Damit findest Du immer die besten Restaurants mit gesunden Angeboten.

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Acai bowl im gesunden Restaurant "Milk away"

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Berühmte Kathedrale in der Altstadt von Sevilla

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Mein Reise Tipp: Unterkunft

Aufgrund der Tatsache, dass Du nur eine Nacht bleibst, empfehle ich Dir für die Nacht das Alfonso XIII Hotel, das nach dem König Spaniens „Alfonso“ benannt ist. Dieses elegante Hotel im arabischen Stil liegt direkt im Herzen Sevillas. Ich persönlich suche mir für einen kurzen Städtetrip gerne ein Hotel, von dem ich zu Fuß leicht die besten Sehenswürdigkeiten einer Stadt erreichen kann. Dadurch spare ich viel Zeit und kann zwischen dem Sightseeing auch mal eine kurze Pause machen. Neben den ganzen Online Buchungsportalen, empfehle ich Dir auch immer die Hoteleigene Website zu checken. Manchmal ist die Rate für die Nacht hier sogar günstiger oder es gibt tolle Extras.

 

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Hotel Alfonso XII Hotel

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Leckerer Snack zwischendurch

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Pool vom Alfonso XIII Hotel

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14:00 - 18:00

Check-in

Zeit für den Check-in und in Dein Hotel zu gehen, Dich zu erfrischen und ein wenig zu entspannen. Das Alfonso XIII hat einen einladenden Außenbereich mit Pool. Genieße ein paar Stunden in der Sonne, im Pool oder im Hotel Gym.

18:00 - 22:00

Sonnenuntergang

In Sevilla gibt es viele schöne Orte um den Sonnenuntergang zusehen, aber der Einzigartigste ist der Metropol Parasol. Diese baumförmige Holzfigur garantiert Dir den besten Blick über die Stadt. Plane etwas Zeit ein, am Eintritt könnte eine Schlange sein. (Eintritt: 3€)

Jetzt ist Zeit um lecker Essen zu gehen. Die Stadt bietet eine Vielfalt an Essensmöglichkeiten. Die meisten Restaurants machen nicht vor 20:00 Uhr auf. Für besonders beliebte Restaurants sollte man einen Tisch reservieren. Letztes Mal als ich in Sevilla war, war ich im El Paladar essen, eine vom Stil her einfachen Tapasbar. Das El Paldar bietet drei Karten an, eine mit Fleisch, eine vegetarisch und eine vegane. Die Tapasbar ist lecker, nicht teuer und dazu noch einheimisch.

 

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Aussicht von der Metropol Parasol

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Sonnenuntergang von der Metropol Parasol aus

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22:00 - 24:00

Drinks und Shows

In Sevilla findet das Leben auf den Straßen statt. Sogar noch spät in der Nacht sind die Menschen auf den Straßen und haben Spaß. Ich kann Dir die Dachterrasse des EME Hotels für ein paar Drinks empfehlen. Die Bar bietet Dir einen schönen Blick auf die leuchtende Kathedrale. Andalusien ist auch für seine Flamenco Tanzshows bekannt. Ich war bisher noch bei keiner dieser Shows, aber das steht definitiv auf meiner Liste für meinen nächsten Aufenthalt in Sevilla.

 

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Dachterrasse des EME Hotels

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Mein Reise Tipp: Reise Saison

Sevilla ist eine Stadt die man das ganze Jahr über gut besuchen kann. Du solltest jedoch bedenken, dass Sevilla die heißeste Großstadt im geographischen West Europa ist. Mit Temperaturen im Sommer von über 35°C. Deshalb empfehle ich Dir hier im Frühling oder Spätsommer hinzureisen. Während ich diesen Artikel hier schreibe, sitze ich übrigens grade in der Sonne in Sevilla bei 25°C und das obwohl es schon Ende Oktober ist. Um diese Jahreszeit ist das Wetter für Sightseeing viel besser
geeignet als im Sommer.

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Royal Palace von Sevilla

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Der nächste Tag

09:00 - 11:00

Frühstück

Beginne den Tag mit einem guten gesunden Frühstück, gefolgt von einem Espresso auf der Terrasse in der Sonne. Meiner Meinung nach ist das Frühstück die wichtigste Mahlzeit am Tag. Es gibt Dir Energie für den Tag. Du solltest nichts desto trotz auf eine bewusste Ernährung achten. Sogar in Hotels versuche ich auf Weißbrot, Milchprodukte und Zucker zu verzichten. Hier kannst Du mein Rezept für meine „Super healthy breakfast bowl“ finden.

11:00 - 13:00

Real Alcázar 

In der Altstadt Sevillas findest Du drei UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Eins der Drei ist der Königspalast "Real Alcázar “. Dieser Palast ist eines meiner persönlichen Highlights in Sevilla und wurde auch zu einem der schönsten Orte in Sevilla gekürt. Plane Dir genug Zeit ein (Minimum 2 Stunden), um wirklich all die Räume zu erkunden und durch die weitläufigen Parkanlagen zu gehen. (Eintritt 9,50€)

 

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Garten des Königspalast

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Hof des Real Alcázar

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Garten des Real Alcázar

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14:00 - 16:00

Plaza de España

Nicht weit vom Königspalast findest Du den „Plaza de España“. Als ich das erste Mal dort war, war ich überwältigt von der Architektur, der Größe und dem außergewöhnlichen Aussehen des Platzes. Überrascht war ich als ich herausfand, dass der Platz noch gar nicht so alt ist. Der Plaza de España wurde 1928 für die Ibero Amerikanische Expedition gebaut. Wenn Du Glück hast, dann bekommst Du ein paar Flamenco Tänzer mit live Musik, in der Mitte des Gebäudes zu sehen.

18:00 - 20:00

Einkaufsmöglichkeiten

In der Altstadt findest Du viele verschieden Einkaufsläden und kleine Boutiquen. Als Souvenir kaufe ich mir oft ein besonders Kleidungsstück, damit ich mich an den Aufenthalt erinnere, wenn ich es trage.

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Wunderschöner Platz: Plaza de España

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Plaza de España bei Sonnenuntergang

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Happy place Barcelona and my insider tips

Traumstadt Barcelona and meine Insider Tipps

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Hello my Aviator,

in August 2016 I moved my home base from Berlin to Barcelona. The original plan was to stay longer than three months, but then I received a new job offer which forced me to move back to Germany. Since then I did not get back to Barcelona until this summer. I was excited to return to my happy place for two weeks of vacation. I really missed the city because it feels like a second home. Unfortunately, the new network of the Airbus does not include Barcelona with an overnight. In this blog post, I will not only share with you my highlights of my vacation and give you some great insider tips, but also share my experiences during the cruel attack on Las Ramblas.

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Skyline of Barcelona from the air

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Happy place Barcelona and my insider tips

Barcelona is a great city to do sight seeing. Around every corner, you can discover something new. I recommend renting a scooter to do sight seeing but only when you feel comfortable driving in high traffic situations. Moto rent offers affordable prices. A scooter gives you so much freedom to go to different places in a minimum amount of time.

Since I did already a lot of sight seeing during my past stays, I did not do much this time.

What to do?

Bunkers el Carmel: A must visit if you want to enjoy one of the best views of Barcelona and the sea.  Turó del Carmel is a hill with a bunker on top. Best time is during sunset and sunrise. Take something to drink and don't think you will be alone ;-) The entrance is still free.

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Enjoying the view at Bunkers el Carmel

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Casa Batlló: Barcelona is the city of Gaudi. His architecture is world famous. One of the highlights is the Casa Batlló. I have walked by this townhouse many times before because it is centrally located on the Passeig de Gracia. If you like the outside of the building you should dare look inside. It is really impressive to discover the passion Gaudí has put into this building. I literally was overwhelmed by the beauty that I got glossy eyes. Each guest receives a smart phone as a tour guide and that way you can explore the building also in the virtual reality.

Insider tip: For most famous sights, you can buy tickets online. This way you can skip long lines at the entrance.

 

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Casa Battló on Passeig de Gracia

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Tour guide 2.0 = smart phone

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Boat trip: One of my highlights was a boat trip with Barcelona desde el Mar. I have seen Barcelona many times from the cockpit but to discover this amazing city from the sea was a unique experience. It gave me a whole new perspective of Barcelona. My little cruise lasted around 2 hours and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the sea.

Insider tip: Book the boat "Sa Nina" for yourself and take your friends with.

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My first boat trip in Barcelona / Instagram: @barcelonadesdeelmar

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Sunset cruise in Barcelona / photo by Andrés

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Where to sleep?

During my three months in Barcelona, I lived in a shared apartment in the historic Gotico. It was a great experience to live right in the center of this vibrant city. For this vacation, I stayed at several hotels in different parts of town.

I had the chance to spend part of my vacation in the Arts Hotel Barcelona. Its unique building characterizes the skyline of Barcelona and was first opened during the Olympics in 1992. It belongs to the luxurious hotel chain Ritz Carlton. As a pilot, I have slept in many 5 stars hotels around the world but the Arts Hotel is exceptional. Not only the temporary design but also the great team make the difference.

 

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Pool area of the Arts Hotel Barcelona 

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My executive suite was located on the 26th and offered me over 70 square meters of space and a fantastic view of the city and the beach. At night I could even see the Tibidabo mountain laying in my bed. The hotel itself is located right on the beach and just one kilometer from Barceloneta.

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One bedroom suite in the Arts Hotel Barcelona

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Luxury bathroom of my suite

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Over the weekend I almost did not leave the hotel, so I could enjoy all their facilities. The day typically started with a tasty breakfast. I spend some relaxing hours in a cabana at the pool and became a big fan of the Club Lounge on the 35th floor. This lounge is a bar, restaurant, cafe and relaxing area at the same time. It is like a hotel inside the hotel. It is more private since only few hotel guests have access to it.

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Check out in the club lounge

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Tasty breakfast on the patio of the Arts Hotel

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Do not miss out on the Spa 43, which offers luxury facilities paired magnificent view of Barcelona. Convince yourself in a 360 degrees video from the terrace in 150 meters height. For the first time, it took my VIRB360 of Garmin on a journey.  This compact camera takes your photos and videos to whole new level. Besides a brilliant resolution up to 5.7k/30fps, it shoots in 360 degrees. The viewer can decide himself where he wants to look at and you can even share videos in real time with the VIRB360. Check out my first 360 degrees photo from the cockpit on my facebook page. From now on you have the chance to fly with me in 360 degrees.

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https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/vb.373722572693345/1524204674311790/?type=2&theater

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Insider tip: Get a cocktail prepared by Diego. I was lucky to taste some of his creations. He is the funniest and coolest bar tender.

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Best barkeeper in town / Diego Instagram @dondiegobcn 

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If you are interested to stay in Eixample I can recommend the Ohla Eixample hotel. It is a five-star hotel with a minimalistic design and a roof top pool. I stayed in a spacious junior suite. The location grants you close proximity to all kind of different attractions, bars, and restaurants.

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Junior suite of the Ohla Eixample hotel

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Roof top pool in Eixample

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Which season is best to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona is great all year around. If you want to enjoy hot weather at the beach then you need to visit during the summer months. But if you come to do sight seeing and to discover the city, then I recommend avoiding the high season. That way touristic places are less crowded and waiting times are less. Additionally you do not have to walk through the city in extreme heat.

Insider tip: Visist Barcelona in the spring or late summer. My favorite months was October. Of course the weather is not that stable, but the city is less crowded and you have the chance to go wave surfing. Additionally the prices for a hotel room are less expansive compared to the summer.

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Magic fountain show

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Where to eat?

Barcelona offers diverse dining options. There is much more than tapas. Catalans eat late. Either be early or make a reservation. Here are my all time favorite places to go:

Väcka: Vegan restaurant and Cafe. Try their vegan classic burger and have a raw treat. Gracia

Teresa’s Carles: Vegetarian food and juices (only indoor/more for dinner) El Raval

Flax and Kale: Healthy restaurant offering a diverse menu (all day) Make a reservation and request a table on their outdoor rooftop garden. Don't miss the brunch on the weekend. El Raval

Surf House: Restaurant right by the beach. The menu offers healthy food but also tasty burger for a cheat day. Try their waffles! Barceloneta

Vinitus: In my opinion one of the best tapas restaurant in Barcelona. After 8 pm it gets really busy. You can choose your fresh fish from the display at the bar. Eixample

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Weekend brunch at the Flax and Kale

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Vegetarian restaurant Barcelona / Teresa's Carles

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Petit Brot: completely raw café, daily menus, and juices (breakfast and lunch) El Raval

Casa Gispert: Dried fruits, nuts and so much more. Best dried mangos I ever had. El Born

BeBo cold pressed: Tasty healthy juices, raw snacks (more for to go) Eixample

Barraca: seafood and paella overlooking the beach of Barceloneta (lunch and dinner)

Cafè Jaime Beriestain: high-class food in a concept restaurant (more for dinner) Eixample

Nubafancy restaurant with live DJ, nice interior and outside seating (more for dinner

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Meet and Greet in Barcelona

After a Meet and Greet in Berlin, Munich and Los Angeles, I was excited to meet my Aviators in Barcelona. One day prior my scheduled event the cruel attack happened on Las Ramblas killing innocent victims. I was at the sight just a couple of hours earlier and when it happened I was safe at the beach. The whole city was shocked and frightened that day. In the evening everyone stayed at home and Barcelona turned into a ghost town. But already the next day people were on the street again to make clear that they are not afraid "No tinc por!" This was a great signal to the world and to the terroristic organization. I decided as well not to cancel the Meet and Greet, because this would have been the signal that we restrict our freedom.

Thanks to all my Aviators who came to see me. I was really happy to get to know over 20 people. We met for one hour at Placa Catalunya to have a chat, take photos and to show that we are not afraid. Together we can create a more peaceful world!

 

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Meet and Greet in Barcelona with my Aviators

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Fantastic weather, interesting sights, cultural events, the beach and of course friendly people make Barcelona a perfect vacation spot. You can choose from a great variety of restaurants and hotels. The prices for food are decent, but the hotel prices can be expensive during high season. My dream is still to live in my two favorite cities Berlin and Barcelona!

 

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Enjoying the beach of Barcelona

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In which city could you imagine to live as well? Please comment below and do not forget to subscribe to my newsletter with your email below.

Safe travels and happy landings!

your Pilot Patrick 

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my highlights and travel tips of Los Angeles

Meine Highlights und Reisetipps von Los Angeles

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Hallo mein Aviator, der Roadtrip durch Kalifornien hat mir sehr viel Freude bereitet. Ich startete von San Francisco aus und fuhr in südlicher Richtung die pazifische Küstenautobahn entlang. Mein letztes Ziel war Los Angeles, dort verbrachte ich schlussendlich über eine Woche. Ich freue mich Dir meine Highlights zu zeigen und Dir ein paar Reisetipps für Deinen nächsten Aufenthalt in Los Angeles zu geben. (Leider hatte ich noch keine Zeit den Text auf Deutsch zu übersetzten!)

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View from the Griffith Observatory

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The City of Angeles

Los Angeles is immense. Four million people live in a city which is so spread out that you get the impression that it does not seem to be one city. In fact, every part of town is different and has its own vibe. There is so much to discover and my list of things I wanted to do was long. In total, I stayed eight nights in L.A. and this was definitely not enough. On some days I was just relaxing and living like a local. The weather at the end of May was ideal.

 

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Meet and Greet with my Aviators from L.A.

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Public transportation exists but is bad and unreliable. I used a rental car for my road trip and to get around in town. Parking can be really expensive. Especially in West Hollywood, where street parking is not allowed at night. So you are basically forced to pay a valet parking which costs around 40$ per night. UBER  is very popular in the States. It is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around.

My tip: Stay at least for a week, so the sight seeing does not become too stressful. May is a perfect month. Overnight in different parts of town. Do not drive during peak hours and avoid parking at night in West Hollywood. 

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The Spirit of Santa Monica at the Flying Museum of Stanta Monica airport

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What did I do?

Griffith Observatory: This Observatory is well-known from movies and gives spectacular views of Los Angeles. The parking situation is horrible and it is a long way up there. I did a really spontaneous meet and greet. Even though that place is so remote seven Aviators showed up. Thanks again for coming!

Hollywood sign: I drove up to the Lake Hollywood Park (3160 Canyon Lake Dr), from this place you have a good view of the sign. The light was nice during sunset.

Venice: My favorite part of town. Trendy places with cool shops, café, and restaurants. Do not miss to visit Abbot Kinney Blvd and the famous and crazy Venice Beach Broadwalk.

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Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier: I only took a quick stroll over the famous pier with its amusement attractions. The place was really crowded. I personally did not like it.

Walk of Fame: A must do touristic attraction. You probably will be disappointed by the crappy area around the walk of fame but it is fun to walk on the famous stars.

Beverly Hills: I was cruising along the Rodeo Drive with its luxurious shops and ended up in Beverly Hills, where the rich and famous life. The streets are picture perfect with hundreds of tall palm trees.

My tip: Rent a bike and drive along the bike route from Venice to Santa Monica. Especially around sunset it really beautiful along the ocean. 

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Typical road in Beverly Hills

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My accommodations

It stayed at several places in Los Angeles. The costs for an accommodation are expensive in Los Angeles. One night I paid 300$ for a 3-star hotel and it was nothing special.

The first few nights I spend in Venice at a lovely Airbnb. I had my own small bungalow with a nice outside area at a great location. The experience staying at the Airbnb was more personal than a hotel and the hosts Brad and Julien were great.

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My Bungalow in Venice.

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L.A. is so vast that is why moved to West Hollywood for a couple of days to discover this part of town as well.

The last five days I spend in Venice again. That time I stayed at different Airbnb which is one its kind. The property consisted of two houses with an original airstream and a patio with a hot tub. The property was located right in the heart of Venice close to Abbot Kinney Blvd.

My tip: Book your accommodations well ahead of time. They sell out quite quickly and get really expensive. I killed a lot of time searching for a place to stay during my vacation. The app "Hoteltonight" can be handy for spontaneous bookings.

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Amazing Airbnb with an airstream

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Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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Six Flags Magic Moutain

I am a big fan of roller coasters. For me, they can not be thrilling enough. As a teenager, I heard about Six Flags Magic Mountain the first time. In total, they have over 15 different roller coasters. I was excited to visit this amusement park, even though I read a lot of negative reviews on the internet. In the end, most of the complaints of other visitors proofed right. It was a rather disappointing fun day.

A lot of rides were closed because of maintenance and due to a short shower in the morning- It was not allowed to bring your own food (I still did). The outlets only offered unhealthy meal options and a regular pizza was over 30$. I did not have the impression that the park was well maintained either. But their rides were a lot of fun. Especially the roller coaster "X“ was a thrill. I visited on a Monday and maximum waiting time for an attraction was  20 mins. That was great.

My tip: If you are working in the travel industry register at Plum benefits. This online booking platform overs great discount on entertainment, hotels, etc. This way I could save 50% on the entrance fee. During my time as exchange student, I have been to L.A. before. I can recommend the Universal Studios a lot. 

 

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Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Where to eat?

Food is not inexpensive in the supermarket and in restaurants. Especially if you want good quality and organic products. To find healthy meal options I use the App "Happy Cow". Here are some places I can recommend. (not all healthy)

My tip: Popular restaurants are really crowded during peak hours. Try to do a reservation, so you do not have to wait for a table!

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Tasty oysters at a restaurant in Venice

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Sunset vibes at Venice Beach

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Pier at Hermosa Beach during sunset

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Next time in L.A. I want to take a helicopter flight over the city, do a hike to the Hollywood sign and visit the Getty Center. I also would like to visit all the amazing beaches along the coast line to go surfing. Los Angeles is definitely a place where I could imagine to live for a longer period of time.

What is your favorite city in the United States and what can you recommend to do there? Please comment below!

Happy landings and safe travels!

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my electronic travel buddies

Meine elektronischen Reisebegleiter

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(Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Produktplatzierung)

Hallo mein Aviator! Oft werde ich gefragt welche Geräte ich für meine täglichen Updates auf meinem Blog und sozialen Netze benutze. In diesem Artikel werde ich Dir meine technischen Reisebegleiter vorstellen und meine Erfahrungen damit teilen. Außerdem hast Du die Möglichkeit erneut zwei 100,-€ und fünf 20,-€ Gutscheine von Notebooksbilliger.de zu gewinnen. Wie Du gewinnen kannst, erfährst Du weiter unten im Artikel.

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Elitebook

Mein neuster Reisebegleiter ist das HP EliteBook Folio G1 X2F49EA. Ich benutze dieses EliteBook nun seit zwei Wochen und ich total begeistert von der Mobilität und der Performance! Mit einem Gewicht von gerade mal 1,07 kg und einer Größe von 29,2 x 20,9 x 1,24 cm ist es der perfekte Reisebegleiter. Das Touchscreen erleichtert die Bedienung ungemein. Bevor ich mir das EliteBook angeschafft habe, habe ich mich auf diversen Testseiten bzw. Vergleichsportalen schlau gemacht. Dieses Notebook, in dieser Konfiguration, ist derzeit das Beste was auf dem Markt erhältlich ist. Das Elitebook wurde mir freundlicherweise von notebooksbilliger.de zur Verfügung gestellt. Am Ende dieses Artikels hast Du die Möglichkeit jeweils zwei Geschenkgutscheine im Wert von 100€ und fünf Geschenkgutscheine im Wert von 20€ zu gewinnen.

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Mein neuster Reisebegleiter HP EliteBook

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Kamera

Anfangs habe ich mein Smartphone verwendet um Bilder und Videos für mein Blog aufzunehmen. Schnell merkte ich, dass die Qualität der Aufnahmen für mein Blog besser sein müssen. Das Smartphone ist praktisch um schnell Bilder und Videos für Momentaufnahmen zu fertigen. Diese Aufnahmen genügen jedoch nur für Instagram Stories. Die Leistungsfähigkeit einer Smartphone Kamera ist begrenzt.

Deshalb habe ich mir eine einfach zu bedienende Digitalkamera gekauft. Dies war bei der Kaufentscheidung wichtig, da ich nicht viel über das Fotografieren weiß. Nachdem ich mir viele Bewertungen durchgelesen hatte, entschloss ich mich für die Sony DSC-RX100 IV Kamera. Natürlich hat diese Kamera ebenfalls eine vielzahl von Einstellungsmöglichkeiten, aber dennoch ist sie einfacher zu handhaben als eine Spiegelreflexkamera. Die automatischen Funktionen sind großartig für mich und die Größe der Kamera ist ideal zum Reisen. Nützlich ist vor allem, dass ich den Bildschirm umklappen kann, um "Selfies" zu machen.

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Sony Digitalkamera mit "Smatree" tripod

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Action- Kamera

Eine Actio- Kamera ist ein Muss für jeden der Action Szenen aufnehmen möchte. Ich nutze diese Kamera Hauptsächlich, um Videos und Fotos im Cockpit aufzunehmen. Der Vorteil zu einer regulären Kamera ist, dass es vielfältige Möglichkeiten gibt diese zu befestigen und der weite Winkel. Vergleiche die Fotos unten! Das linke Bild habe ich mit dem iPhone 7 Plus und das rechte mit der GoPro 5 aufgenommen. Beide von derselben Position. Der große Vorteil der neuen GoPro ist, dass man keine extra Hülle mehr benötigt um ins Wasser zu gehen und man die Aufnahmen direkt auf dem integrierten Touchscreen ansehen kann.

Das silberne Flugzeug ist eine Junkers Ju 52 auch genannt "Tante JU". Mein Urgroßvater arbeitete für diese Firma. Als ein "avgeek" wäre es ein Traum von mir auf einem der letzten Flugzeuge dieser Art zu fliegen.

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Junker Ju 52 "Tante Ju"

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iPhone 7 vs. GoPro 5

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Tripods

Tripods können sehr nützlich sein. Vorallem wenn keiner in der Nähe ist, der ein Foto von einem machen kann. Ich versuche immer mit leichtem Gepäck zu reisen. Daher nehme ich nur zwei kleine Tripods mit, die ohne Probleme in mein Handgepäck passen. Das Tripod "Magnesit Copter" von Cullmann ist verstellbar. Man kann sein Gerät daran montieren und es hinstellen oder auch in der Hand halten. Der Kopf ist beweglich und die standardisierte Schraube macht es möglich sowohl die Action- Kamera, wie auch die Digitalkamera daran zu befestigen. Ich nutze es häufig für meine Instagram live Videos. So ist es einfacher die Kamera zu halten und die Aufnahmen des Streams sind während Bewegungen sanfter.

Zusätzlich habe ich einen flexiblen Tripod von "Smatree" auf meinen Reisen dabei. Dieses hat einen beweglichen Arm und eine Klemme. Dies ist sehr nützlich wenn es keinen flachen Untergrund gibt und ein normales Tripod somit nicht anwendbar ist. Ich nutze dieses Tripod meist um meine GoPro 5 im Cockpit zu befestigen.

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Cullmann Magnesit copter Tripod und Handheld

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Das Geheimnis hinter ruckelfreien Videos

Das Geheimnis ist teuer! Ich habe mir vor einiger Zeit einen "Osmo Mobile" von DJI gekauft. Das ist ein Handheld, der Dein Smartphone in eine Smart- Motion- Kamera verwandelt. Das lässt Deine Videos professionell und "smooth" aussehen. Schau Dir das Video unten an um den Kinoeffekt zu sehen. Meist benutze ich dieses Gerät für die live Streams auf meiner Facebook Seite. Selbst während des Xletix- Laufs hat es super sanfte Aufnahmen vollbracht: Das macht es für meine Aviator angenehmer zuzusehen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBmWJ5sMwRM&feature=youtu.be

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Weitere technische "Must haves"

Du kannst die beste Kamera haben, aber wenn die Batterie leer ist, ist auch diese wertlos. Deswegen habe ich immer eine Power Bar bei mir. Ich kann die Power Bar von Anker PowerCore + 13400 mAh empfehlen. Die Größe und das Gewicht sind optimal, um es in der Jackentasche aufzubewahren. Sie verfügt über zwei USB Anschlüsse und lädt ein iPhone 7 ungefähr drei Mal.

Da alle meine Geräte mittlerweile über USB Anschluss aufgeladen werden, habe ich mir einen Adapter besorgt mit dem man vier Geräte gleichzeitig an einer Steckdose aufladen kann. So brauchst Du nicht für jedes Gerät einen extra Adapter mitführen.

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Meine technischen Reisebegleiter

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Meine Bearbeitungs- Tipps

Ich bin kein großer Freund von Filtern, da diese meiner Meinung nach die Realität eines Bildes verändern.Deswegen benutze ich keine Filter. Ich will meine Bilder sauber halten und nichts verbreiten, was nicht der Wahrheit entspricht. Um meine Bilder zu bearbeiten benutze ich "Snapseed". Diese Smartphone App ist sehr leicht zu bedienen und hilft dabei Deine Bilder zu optimieren. Ich benutze es um meine Bilder zuzuschneiden, die Helligkeit zu korrigieren, für die Sättigung, den Kontrast usw. Es dauert nur wenige Minuten, um mit diesem Tool ein Bild zu optimieren. Mein Tipp: Weniger ist mehr!

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Absofort überall mit meinem neuen HP EliteBook von notebooksbilliger.de

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Wie versprochen verlose ich nochmal Geschenkgutscheine von notebooksbilliger.de! Du hast die Chance Gutscheine im Wert von 2x 100€ and 5x 20€ zu gewinnen.

Die ersten Gewinner von Instagram stehen fest:

100€: @lifemightbealright @b2theritta

20€: @michaela_barber @p_wongsakon  @ameer_swead @lukus_poz @_dennis87_

Alles was Du dafür tun musst:

  • like mein Instagram/ Facebook Post mit meinem neuen EliteBook
  • abonniere meinen Newsletter weiter unten
  • Hinterlasse ein Kommentar weiter unten und schreibe was Du Dir von dem Gutschein kaufen würdest.

Viel Glück und happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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