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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

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UNESCO World Heritage

Wonderful World Heritage: Emotions from my trip through Germany

Imagine this: You are on a trip, and one cultural highlight, one great music event, one exciting city tour is chasing the other … Will you sit back, trying to catch your breath and relax? Well, keep trying. Once the travel destination Germany unleashes its treasure chest of mighty UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can only sit back and do […]

“Kölsch”, Eau de Cologne, Cologne Cathedral: World Heritage from beer to buildings!

Apart from the truly famous Cologne Cathedral, you actually have to factor both “Kölsch” beer as well as “Kölnisch Wasser” (Eau de Cologne) into the prestigious World Heritage designation. After all, both are must-see attractions here in Cologne: If you happen to be at one of their famous Brauhaus beer pubs and you find you are not really […]

“Zeche Zollverein”: Industrial World Heritage near the city of Essen, Germany

“Once a father realised his son was not exactly bright, he simply registered him as a worker at the Zeche. Back in the days, up to 20.000 tons of coal had been mined here, at what was once the most modern coal mining facility in the whole world. Such was the heyday that everybody here […]

“Augustusburg & Falkenlust”: The Palaces of Brühl in the World Heritage Rhine country

Christiane Winkler came, saw and won (me over). Being the passionate art historian she is, she had me under her spell in no time. On this hot summer day in July, I came to think there was indeed no better place to be than here with my “palace queen” (Christiane doubles – triples as exhibition manager, […]

Trier: Wow. World Heritage Wonders in the oldest city of Germany

“Augusta Treverorum“, the imperial city built by the Romans at the Mosel river, is the oldest city of modern-day Germany. I am constantly amazed by what I see around here: “The stone foundations of the bridge across the Mosel river, which we are about to cross, are over 1800 years old”, my charming new friend […]

Wonderful World Heritage: Cruise-Cycling the “Romantic Rhine Valley” in Germany

Oh, I really love to go with the flow while travelling. From the city of Frankfurt and my recent visit of the LIMES World Heritage – Römerkastell Saalburg, it is just another stone’s throw to Rüdesheim at the beginning of the Romantic Rhine Valley. (Yes, it really deserves to be called like that. 😀 ) Shortly after leaving […]

Visiting the Roman LIMES World Heritage in Saalburg, Germany

Carsten Amrhein is a tall, quiet man with dark hair and a decisive look to his face. Almost as if he were a true Roman, if you want to imagine them like him. “Like in the Roman Age!” is one of his favourite sayings at the Römerkastell Saalburg, located only a stone’s throw away from the […]

Summer Trip in Germany: World Heritage & “Wurstkuchl” in Regensburg

“6 on cabbage … do you actually spell that with an ‘x’ or like the number ‘sechs’ in German?!” – “Well, as far as I know, you do write it with an ‘x’ … six sausages on cabbage, there you go!” both my city guides Isabell Käser & Erwin Maurer reply to me with a […]

Gourmet Travel Delights in the Wachau Valley: Best Of Wine & Apricots

Apricots, Apricots, Apricots! Tasting the longest apricot cake in the world (yes, it is well over 30 metres long!). Eating apricot dumplings, joining an apricot festival, being “apricot bloggers”, almost: Our gourmet trip along the Danube in Lower Austria shapes up to let us appreciate & enjoy every aspect of this sweet little orange fruit whose harvest […]

My World Heritage Trip in Germany: “History Full Of Life”

It is loud, it is late, it is an evening full of new faces deep down in the bar area of the popular Wombat’s Youth Hostel at the Vienna Naschmarkt. My colleague & Tripwolf Lea Hajner has called for a second international “Travel Massive” in the city of Vienna: Here I am faced with countless members of PR, […]

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