Entries from 'Ausflug'

a picknick in Kirstenbosch

One afternoon, we picked up bagels from this place and drove to Kirstenbosch for a picknick on the lawn. We were joined by some guinea fowls and had a really nice time relaxing on the grass. After that we walked around the gardens in search of the protea and found them on the higher slopes…

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Down to the Cape

Of course, we also had to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. So we drove to Simon’s Town, parked the car and walked along the wooden pathway with great views of the bay. From there, we went down to Cape Point, driving along the beautiful rugged coastline. At Cape Point we took a walk through…

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sunrise on Signal Hill

On our first day we (the little one ;) woke up very early, so we went up to see the  sun rise on Signal Hill. The glistening yellow ball came up slowly behind the mountains, and cast its first sunrays on Table Mountaint while the city bowl was still lying quietly in the early morning…

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looking for the Himalayas

During our first weekend we went for a daytrip to Bhurban, a couple of hours north of Islamabad. We were hoping to see some of the peaks of the Himalayas and indeed, we got lucky! Apparently, one of the peaks is the famous Nangaparbat, one of the highest mountains in the area. It was quite…

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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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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: 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 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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North Island: Mount Doom

Finally here are some more pics from our trip through NZ. The central area of the North Island is characterised by a volcanic plateau with several active, partly snow-capped peaks. It’s a great area for hiking, but somehow the presence of the volcanoes and the fact that there could be an eruption anytime adds a…

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from North to South

After exploring the North Island, we took the ferry and stayed a few days in Nelson here and here. From there, we went for a hike in the famous Abel Tasman Park. The trail followed the coastline through lush green forest with views down to the turquoise water. It was quite a busy day, but…

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where oceans meet

Cape Reinga on the Northern tip of New Zealand is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. The Maori believe that this is sort of a reunion of a male and a female sea, and that the souls depart from here for the journey, so there is a lot of spiritual significance attached…

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in the capital of Hungary

For a long weekend in early October, we flew to Budapest and spent a couple of days in the city. We got lucky and enjoyed the clear, crisp air and blue skies while exploring parts of the city. Staying in a small bed&breakfast with a very helpful owner, we ventured to get a feel of…

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late summer activities

In early September the weather was still beautiful and we enjoyed a fantastic late summer weekend in Bavaria. One day we swam in the clear, refreshing water of the Starnberger See and took a long sunbath. The next day we hiked up the Breitenstein, some 1600m above sea level, with a spectacular view of the…

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