South Tirol: From the Valley to the Mountains

An idyllic place in the mountains, a lake nested in a green valley between rich vineyards: the Kalterer See in South Tirol. Overlooking the lake is an old castle ruin. A place to dream, to relax and enjoy food, wine and nature.

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Kaltern is a village at the famous Wine Road in Northern Italy. We went there for a camping holiday in summer 2016. There are several camping sites around the lake – we picked one that is quiet and in the middle of the biotope. That means peace but also mosquitos. 😉

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A beautiful door handle in Kaltern am See.

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Kaltern am See – a pretty village at the Wine Road in South Tirol, Italy.

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The iron gate to the vineyard in Kaltern.

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Fresh green grapes.

The biggest city to visit at the Wine Road is Bozen, a touristy city where Italian and Austrian architecture is mixed in a beautiful way. But the most impressive thing we did was a hike on the ridge of the mountains. We took the funicular railway “Mendelbahn” from Kaltern to the top and then walked up the Mount Roen (2116 m).

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On top of the world.

It was an exhausting hike because of the heat, even if it wasn’t as cruel as down in the valley. But the view and diversity of flowers were worth everything!

For a day trip we drove to Kurzras in the north of South Tirol, in the Ötztal Alps. You can take the cable car up to the Grey Wall (“Graue Wand”) at a hight of 3212 meters. It is a popular place for skiing in winter and they found the mummy of Ötzi the Iceman not far from there.

Now in summer the hotel at the top was a like a ghost house and the mountains were covered in clouds. No spectacular view into the valley, but a surreal world of fog, rocks and damp cold air. Like another planet. Stunning!

Viva Andalusia

Many months passed – and many journeys, small and big. Now I finally found the motivation again to sit down, go through all my photos, edit and share them with you. I have to catch up on everything because I travelled a lot since my last blog post. So let’s start our little journey through time and go back one year, to March 2016. I travelled to beautiful Andalusia in Southern Spain and explored the Costa de la Luz.

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The bullfight arena in Málaga.

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I love Bremen – although…

I have a confession to make: I have been a bad blogger. I didn’t write anything for a long time, but one of my good intentions for 2016 is to change that. By the way: Happy New Year 2016! 🙂 Looking back on 2015 I think it was a quite a successful year. I got a job (yay) and started working 40 hours a week (not so yay) – which is basically why I didn’t have time to travel and blog anymore.

I start into the new blogging year with a post that reflects a littly my mood at the moment. I do love Bremen, but right now I feel a littly grinchy about it. And winter in general. Snow may be nice when it is fresh and pure and glistening in the sun. But not after christmas and not in cities…

“I love Bremen” – Part Three: …although it shows the ugly face of winter

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This is what happens when they finally get to clear the streets.

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Someone rescued the little girl’s cap.

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They did this to the tallest christmas tree of Bremen. Murder.

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But here’s a wonderful thing about Bremen in winter: The homeless people can use public transportation (trams, busses) for free to warm up.

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This is typical German. Everyone has to make sure that the sidewalk in front of his house is clear of snow so that nobody falls. But real Germans take this seriously: They stop right where their property ends.

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Don’t you catch a cold… 🙂

The Beauty of Wales

Wales totally bewitched me! Green mountains, romantic ruins and endless beaches – for once I feel words are not enough to describe this wonderful spot on earth. You have to see it with your own eyes, breathe the wind and see how it creates rustling waves in the sea of green grass. I spent one day in South Wales, driving around in the Brecon Beacons National Park and then made my way down to the coast. Join me on a photographic round trip and indulge in the rough beauty of Wales!

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The beautiful ruins of Llanthony Priory.

We started our little journey at the Eastern corner of Brecon Beacons National Park at the ruin of Llanthony Priory, an old Augustinian priory from around the year 1100, which is located in the peaceful green Vale of Ewyas, seven miles north of the town of Abergavenny… Continue reading

Mystical Dartmoor

It’s been too long since the last post about my England trip and I apologize for that. But now! I continue with a day-trip to the southern edge of England. Coming from Bristol we drove to Torquay and then (only slightly disappointed about the very touristy “English Riviera”) we made our way into the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. This is a report about a day full of adventure in a rough landscape, a quest for stone circles and criminal ponies…

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London in 3 days

When me and my boyfriend decided to visit London, I tried to recall memories of a student exchange to England many years ago. I must have been eleven years old or something but I remember quite a lot. Apart from being on the big wheel “London Eye” and feeding grey squirrels in Greenwich Park the most distinct memory I have is: Confusion. Now that I saw London again I can totally understand that again. For a tourist London is primarily a noisy city crammed with people. Around the world-famous destinations you can hardly move to left and right on the sidewalks, you are pushed forward by the crowd and traffic noise prevents any normal conversation. But it’s not only that. London is beautiful, London is impressive, multicultural and colorful. History calls you on every corner and there are green parks and street markets vibrating with life. To be honest it’s not fair to rush through it on only three days. You would have to spend a whole life there to understand London properly. But the little bit that I learned about this city I would like to share with you.

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Piccadilly Circus, a pulsing heart in the center of London.

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I love Bremen

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I have lived my whole life in this city. When I was younger, I always wanted to move away as soon as I would graduate from school. I thought Bremen was too small, a little boring and had no good future opportunities. Although the latter is partly true because finding a job here is not easy, I think differently now. This city is really worth living in. It’s green, has old traditions and a lively night-life and I still discover parts of it that I never knew before. These photos are just a glimpse of Bremen’s beauty and I mean to show you other popular places as soon as I find time to take some pictures! 🙂

Part One: Twilight Hour in the Heart of the City

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Twilight hour above the Weser. You see the illuminated promenade “Schlachte” on the right side of the river.

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The Schlachte with its ship quays. The square tower with blue light in the distance is the Wesertower.

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The town hall of Bremen, a UNESCO cultural heritage from 13th century.

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On the left side you see the “Roland”, a statue of a knight that symbolizes the freedom of the city.

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The St Petri Dome of Bremen is like the town hall one of the old historical building surrounding the central market place.

Festival Stories

Festivals are for the love of music, clearly. But they are also an opportunity to go hog-wild. I’ve just been on Hurricane Festival in Scheeßel, one of the biggest music festivals in Germany. It’s three days of playful anarchy. Don’t wash, don’t behave, shout at people, dance wildly, drink too much… altogether very interesting asocial behaviour, especially on the camping ground. I’m not saying I like everything people do there. Like peeing against your tent while you sleep. Or being so wasted that they feel the need to jump around completely naked (interestingly only men do this). But it is kind of liberating to get rid of civilized life once a year. 🙂

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