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at the Fish River Canyon

Upon entering the Richtersveld National Park we were greeted by a zebra high up on a hill next to the road and followed the dusty gravel road to the lodge, which is beautifully situated among some unique stone formations. We spent a couple of days there, relaxing at the pool (what a luxury!) and taking…

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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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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: 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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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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a summer week on a mediterranean island

  In late August, we spent a wonderful week on the island of Corsica. We stayed in a little hotel in Calvi, enjoyed the warm Mediterranean sea, the fine sandy beaches, and explored some of the little villages, the towering mountains and the incredible coastline. In the meantime, summer has left us and the we…

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rock walls and golden hills

The next day, we decided to try and get a view from the top. Mont-Aux-Sources is one of the highest peaks in the Drakensberg and is a daunting rock tower with steep walls raising to over 3.200m. We got close enough to get an idea of the steep climb leading all the way up to…

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winter hike

We were lucky and got some really nice, clear days in the Drakensberg. So, after saying good morning to our resident ponies, we went to the Royal Natal National Park and hiked around for a couple of hours. The landscape is really beautiful and all the time you see the amazing Amphitheatre towering over the…

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on to the berg

When I came back from Jordan, I went directly from the airport into the car and on to the beautiful Drakensberg region in South Africa. It took us a couple of hours to get there and I was completely exhausted after the long journey, but there were some really amazing moments on the way. Like…

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between rocks and stones

We spent a day exploring Petra, the ancient holy city built in the mountains near Wadi Musa. After an early morning start, we walked through the magnificant rock formations that form the Siq and lead to the Treasury. The sight of this majestic place cast in the reddish stone wall is truly awe-inspiring. From there,…

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salty seas and starry skies

From the hills of Amman, we went down to the Dead Sea and as I was still battling a cold, the climate there was the perfect cure :) I’d been there once before and as I remembered, it was extremely hot, incredibly salty and very healthy to go for a swim and rub your body…

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football fever

Today is the Champions League final between Bayern München and Chelsea in Munich and the city is kind of going crazy! I went up the Rathaus tower in the afternoon and here are some shots from the red-white and blue football fans currently taking over the city plus some views around Munich. Und jetzt heißts:…

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