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May 18, 2009

Travel: Liguria & Schmap Guide Genoa

Has anyone experience with a Schmap guide?

You can use this guide on your iphone and download pictures and maps, egg. in Italy for 10 destinations (see example). And this is the latest 6th edition of the Schmap guide to Genoa (Genova), the capital of Liguria:



I had no idea of this tool and how it works (still no idea) until I was asked by the schmap guide makers if they could use one of my photos for their new Genoa guide (see above). I agreed to use my photo of Portofino that I had uploaded to flickr last year after our trip to Liguria in Italy.

In two days I will be in Liguria again to visit my FIL who is based in La Spezia for a couple of months as consultant for a project.

That is also one of the reasons our palazzo project is on hold until summer/autumn this year as our important main supervisor is busy in Liguria.

I hope to be able to post and upload more beautiful impressions of Liguria next week.

For now only this picture of bello Portofino taken in 10/2008, also published in the latest Schmap Genoa Guide (see all activities & trips):


For further impressions visit my little flickr photo set of Liguria.

If you like to read a blog based in La Spezia go to Bella Vita in Liguria.

May 05, 2009

DIY: Recycling hangers into useful accessories


What I did lately:
Recycling a laundry hanger into a still missing bathroom accessory: a toilet paper holder.


It is a simple, but unique, creative, and green idea - quickly and easily to implement without spending money!

Also these hanging accessories are a unique.
If you just have renovated your bathroom and still have no mirror this could be an interim solution.



The chalkboard 'capt'n hook' could hang near the entrance or in the kitchen. (For magnetic chalk boards see my previous post).

All products could be done by yourself - or purchased at Magazin, one of my favorite furnishing shops. There are three of them in Germany (Stuttgart, München, Bonn). The toilet paper hanger (yes, I copied the idea) is available in this shop for about 7 Euro. The mirror was about 19 Euro, the chalkboard 29 Euro. Better DIY!