a day in Porto

During our last night in Portugal we stayed in this beautifully restored townhouse in Porto and spent the day walking through different parts of the city. The mix of old and new, decay and progress, is quite fascinating and I really liked the atmosphere there. The Dom Luis bridge is really impressive from afar and…

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a first

With a baby, there are a lot of firsts. This was the first time he saw the sea, a moment shared between father and son.

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wo die wilden Pferde wohnen

In October, we managed to go on a well-deserved holiday, the first as a family of three! We stayed in a charming little stone cottage surrounded by stone-walled cornfields and small vineyards, and explored the area. I had heard that wild horses roam in the nearby Serra d’Arga, but thought it would be unlikely that…

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catching up: Sommer dahoam

This year I got to spend a good part of summer at my parent’s place with our baby. Our days consisted of time spent around the house and the garden, long walks through the fields, trips to nearby towns and lots of friends’ visits. We also spent a couple of summery days in the mountains,…

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a last hooray

For our “babymoon” we went to London for a few days in late April. It was nice to see our friends and like last year, we managed to visit Kew Gardens. Other than that, we went for looong walks along the canal, enjoyed some really nice Japanese food, and ended up buying a stroller while…

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a few pics from that last big trip: the wild West Coast

So here’s kind of the last batch of pictures from our NZ trip from a few stops along the West Coast of the South Island. A really pristine coast, with a wild symphony of whitewater, huge, thundering waves, amazing rock formations, seal colonies, native birds and completely oversized vegetation, topped with the full range of…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Akaroa

Our last stop in New Zealand was Akaroa on the Banks peninsula, and we finally got a taste of farmlife in New Zealand as we stayed in a beautiful cottage and got a chance to see the shearers in action on the farm as well as at the annual A&P show, a local country fair….

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a few pics from that last big trip: Crossing the Southern Alps

We crossed the Southern Alps and stopped in Arthur’s Pass, where we hiked through a beautiful forest and to a huge waterfall. It was impressive to drive through the mountains and see the towering, snow-capped peaks, but the village was the strangest place I’ve been to in NZ… The way down towards Christchurch was a…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Soaking it in at Fox Glacier II

While the weather was fine, we drove down to Matheson Lake for a panoramic view of the glacier. We got lucky and saw the majestic white peaks in the sunshine before hiking through dense moist forest around the mirror-like lake, creating a perfect image of the surrounding vegetation on its calm surface. Huge ferns, age-old…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Soaking it in at Fox Glacier I

When we stayed at Fox Glacier, we decided to do a guided tour of the lower part of the glacier. After having walked up to the ice field on the marked path on our own, we were keen to get a little closer to the action, so we joined a group and went back. However,…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Cruising Mercury Bay

On the last day of 2013 we went on a boat trip in Mercury Bay where we got to see a whole lot of different, spectacular rock formations, caves and tiny islands. The water was turquoise and really cold, but of course we had to take a dip into this part of the ocean even…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Sailing the Bay of Islands

On Christmas Day, we went on a sailing trip in the Bay of Islands. The beautiful yacht took us from Pahia across to Russell and then on to a few uninhabited islands, where we went exploring and hiked up a steep hill with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. Quite a way to spent Christmas!

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our New Zealand itinerary

After our stop-over in Singapore, we arrived in Auckland and were greeted by Frodo and his companions. We explored Auckland downtown and enjoyed the views from Mount Eden. Then we went on to Pahia, where we spent Christmas on the beach and went for a sailing trip in the Bay of Islands. After a long…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Singapore

here are a few photos from our stop-over in Singapore last December…. (such a long time ago, but I still wanted to put them up here. after all, this is where it all started ) I’m trying to remember what we did in what seems like a lifetime ago: – I was fascinated by the…

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productive break

It’s been quiet around here, but we’ve been busy in real life: we made a baby! :)

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