Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

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This is actually the re-entrance at the end of the gorge, but the picture fits the beginning also nicely!

In September my boyfriend and I visited the area of Bled in Slovenia. We stayed in a nice pension and on the second day we went for a hike in Vintgar Gorge. We went there by car and parked on the upper parking spot (the one furthest away from the gorge). There  were already tons of people, but nothing compared to when we left the gorge.

I suppose it’s very famous and after the visit I checked Instagram and found plenty of posts (I try not to sound bitter, but I’m not the biggest fan of Instagram and its fakeness). We had decided to go there because of a recommendation in the local tourist office, if I remember correctly. That, or we had found out online about it before the trip.

We visited on a Tuesday in September and it was sort of cold. I hadn’t expect that many people and it made it hard to walk sometimes, you had to wait to let people pass or wait for them to finish their picture taking (or they had to wait for me to finish, I apologize).

If one doesn’t mind the masses, then this is fine, but for me it was a kind of stressful experience. And it wasn’t even during high season!

The gorge itself was beautiful and I tried not to get too many people on my pictures.

Some basic facts about the place!

  1. Length: 1.6 km (we went back and forth, plus the walk from the parking spot, which was just maybe 10 minutes)
  2.  Discovered in 1891
  3. Has Slovenia’s largest water fall!
  4. The name sounds like it’s from a fantasy novel (Ok, that’s not a fact, but my opionion)

Source: Bled.si

I think the entrance fee was about 5 Euros, I can’t find the exact amount online (some say 4 Euros, some say 5).

I didn’t want to turn this into a rant about mass tourism, but I am seriously considering to go to more remote places in the future. Also, I feel bad when ranting, because, of course everyone on this planet deserves to see the beautiful places that I want to see! I can’t expect to go to a gorgeous (ha, see what I did!) place and then be alone. BUT there are many, many beautiful places on this planet, where there aren’t masses, there is more or less untouched nature.

I will show you now the great views of Vintgar Gorge!

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Waterfall Sum at the end, had to wait some time until the big rock was empty (people taking pictures there)

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I feel as fake as the people on the Instagram now, taking pictures that make it look like it’s untouched nature and not many tourists! But don’t be fooled, there was a lot of selfie taking going on (Nothing against selfie taking, if it’s a few of them, it doesn’t need to be hundreds, though).

I found a couple that had a similar experience at the gorge: Jet Setting Fools and to be honest, this looks WAY worse than it did when we went there!

Soon I will write about my trip to another gorge, where there was maybe like 20-30 altogether, so it was very nice!

 

Have a nice day!

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Hiking in Gesäuse, Austria

Hello readers,

in the middle of August this year we went to Gesäuse in Styria, Austria. We stayed at the camping place in Gstatterboden (Forstgarten), which was very nice. (The only thing I didn’t like was the showers that went hot and cold while showerig) There was a fire place at night and it was a great place to start a hike. Which we did already the day we got there. We chose to hike to Ennstalerhütte at 1543m with a hike of 13,1 km and an elevation of 897m (source). It took us about 6 hours with smaller breaks and a long one at the hut.

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The river being a bit brown! Also the start of our hike (the campsite is on the right). There were people with kajaks and you can do whitewater rafting.

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Soon after the start the path looked like this. It went often through the forest, which was very nice because it was so hot in August!

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Some water spots were on the way, with cold and refreshing water.

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It was still a long way to go and although I normally don’t complain when hiking, on this one I did a bit. I was very tired that day, and so happy when we finally arrived at the hut!

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At the hut we had some cake and I drank a radler (boyfriend had coffee). The view up there was amazing! So rewarding after the hike.

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After some relaxing (and looking at funny cats that lived at the hut), we went back down and still enjoyed amazing views while walking. We had packed some lunch and ate it on the way. Altogether we only met about 15 people while hiking (not including the ones sitting at the hut). I always enjoy not meeting many people while hiking!

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I highly recommend hiking in this area, and it’s been my second trip there. But I’m sure not my last!

 

 

 

Grüner See/ Green Lake, Austria

In the beginning of August my boyfriend and I made a trip to the Green Lake (Grüner See) in Styria, Austria. The lake is located a bit outside of the town of Tragöß. We went there on a Friday and arrived shortly after 8 a.m. at the parking spot, which was lucky, because at about 10 a.m. the place was full of people! So we were still able to take a few pictures without masses of them!

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Parking costs about 4 Euros per day, but we got a free ticket from a woman that just left, which was very nice of her. We even got to park in the shade of a tree.

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We walked from the parking place to the lake and took some way that is not marked on this map (it was similar to the second walk “Pfarrerteichweg”, but went to the other side of the lake). It also took us like 15-20 minutes.

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There is more of the lake in spring, I’ve heard, but, well, that’s what we saw in August and yes, it was green indeed! 🙂

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You’re not allowed to swim in the lake (except if you’re a duck or a fish) but I don’t see who would anyway, because it was freezing!!

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We sat a bit by the water, had some lunch (someone had forgotten their beer in the cold water, but we didn’t take it, but joked about it) and took many pictures. Then we walked around the lake, that kind of was two lakes these days because it carried less water.

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This was the “second” lake. By then we started spotting people taking obvious pictures for Instagram and even someone with a drone. The drone was especially annoying since it was so loud!

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All in all it was very beautiful and an amazing lake! I would recommend going there earlier or during the week since then there’s less people and it feels more quiet!

Golden Cape Forest Park Zlatni rt, Rovinj, Croatia

Hello readers!

Today’s post will be about our walk through the beautiful forest park of Zlatni rt in Rovinj, Croatia.

This visit was in May this year (I’ve been to busy since then to post, but there will be more recent stuff soon) and the weather was perfect. The next day, when we left, it was pouring like crazy, so we were really lucky!

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On this picture you can see the city of Rovinj in the back!

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It’s just so beautiful and easy to walk around. It was very hot, though, and we were looking forward to go into the water!

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On this wall a lot of people were rock climbing. We walked back on top of it (there was a small path), it looked pretty cool.

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Find the small crab!

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Here you can see some beadlet anemones (that I found out about after some googeling).

 

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There were so many crabs at the spot where we wanted to go swimming, so we postponed it until we got to a proper beach. I can be very scared of these small animals! And also scared that I might hurt them.

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There was a small café in the park, where people relaxed. There were people also on the lawns and rocks next to the water. I always try to take pictures with as few people as possible, as I don’t like to be photographed by strangers myself, but don’t be fooled, there were people sunbathing, swimming, etc.

It was very nice, and I wanted to go running there in the next morning, but then the rain came and I wasn’t that excited anymore…

Hope you liked my little post about our walk in the forest park!

 

Hiking in Strunjan Nature Park, Slovenia

Hello readers,

in the beginning of May this year my boyfriend and I went to Slovenia, to Portoroz to be exact. In the tourist information we found a map that included some nice hikes around the area and that’s how we found out about Strunjan Nature Park.

We went there by car and had to pay for parking (I think it was a Euro per hour, so not very expensive). We had some trouble finding the right path for hiking, there were signs, but between the signs (they were numbered), there was no further information (or at least we didn’t see any). We helped ourselves with our phone navigation in the end.

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Lake at the beginning of the hike

At the lake (which was close to the parking spot) we went along on the left. There was also the possibility to walk around the lake, which we didn’t do.

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We started at this point and then basically did the whole thing backwards, going close to number 14.

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Up the hill the views started to become really, really nice! Also the weather was perfect.

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After walking on top of the hill we arrived back at the sea, with beautiful views. From then on, our main concern was how to get down to do some swimming, because we could spot people from up there.

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Useful information about the nature in the area was on signs like this one on the path.

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Finally we found the way down and happily went there. The path was steep, but it wasn’t hard to get down.

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We spent some time at the beach (there weren’t many people, but I’ve read that there are many more in the summer time).

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If we weren’t in a bit of a hurry because of the parking, we would have stayed there much longer, but it was still very, very nice and peaceful.

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All in all it was a great hike, one that I’d definitely do again, if given the chance! It took us about 2 hours, but walking time was only about an hour.

 

A walk around Offensee, Salzkammergut (Austria)

Hello readers,

this is the second lake trip we did around Salzkammergut in March 2018. This one was more open than Langbathsee (maybe that’s where it got his name from? “offen” means “open” in German) and there were way more people. It wasn’t as warm as it looks on the pictures, but still very, very enjoyable!

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At this point it looked a lot like there was a spot for swimming in summer, with a (then closed) kiosk and a lawn for sunbathing. We sat there for a while and enjoyed the nice weather.

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This is me at the spot where we sat the longest. It was such a beautiful day!

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After the walk around the lake we went past a small hut, where a lot of people were sitting (and drinking! Btw, it was still in the morning/lunch time) and bought some coffee to take away. Then we walked back to the parking spot. Many people and cars had come by the second time we got there. But who could blame them? It was the perfect day to go there!

Here is some information that I found online about the walk (it’s in German but includes a video and a map): outtour.at

Hiking the Langbathseen (Langbath Lakes), Salzkammergut (Austria)

Hello readers,

I finally found time to write about my boyfriend’s and my last hikes. This one was two months ago, in March. It was still snowing at times then, such a long winter!

The Langbathseen are located close to Ebensee in Salzkammergut in Upper Austria. We went there by car from our place in Ebensee. The hike took us about 2 hours including a lunch break and taking lots of pictures!

 

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This was were we started and we took the round tour (both of the lakes, the third one on the list).

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This was one of the first views when doing the hike. It’s the first Landbath Lake and it just looked amazing with the mountain!

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We went in the morning, at about 10 a.m. and there were some people, but not many. A group with huskeys was also hiking, but unfortunately we didn’t take any pictures of them.

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The hike was pretty easy and the path had almost no elevation.

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This was the second Langbath Lake and we had some lunch there and enjoyed the sun.

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We enjoyed this walk a lot. I really like the combination of mountains and lakes, one of the nicest views to have in my opinion!

Here is some information on the hike on the webpage of Salzkammergut: Langbathseen

Bad Ischl, Salzkammergut (Austria)

Dear readers,

my last trip was to Ebensee, a small town in Upper Austria and Salzkammergut at the end of March 2018. Salzkammergut is a region that is famous for its lakes and mountains. Ebensee is located at Traunsee (a lake with 24,4 qm), the deepest lake in Austria with 191 m (source)!

We arrived on Friday and the weather was really bad, rainy and grey. And I noticed that I had forgotten my DSRL, that is the reason my photos aren’t of the usual quality. I noticed on the highway, it was too late to go back.

On the first day we went to Bad Ischl (Upper Austria), famous for the “Kaiservilla” (of which we only got very bad pictures, due to not having a proper camera and the lights) and Konditorei Zauner (a pastry shop). Bad Ischl is also a spa town and has about 14 000 inhabitants (source).

We parked the car somewhere in the centre and took a walk around, also in hope to find some food.

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In the red phone boxes are books, ready to take with you for free! This is a really nice idea and often seen in Austria. It’s also funny to see a red phone box here (in Austria they are grey and yellow)!

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These lions are seen all over Bad Ischl and painted in different ways!

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This was how the weather looked like. Fortunately the following days were much nicer and we went to some lakes in the sun (see my next posts)!

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This was the window of the famous Konditorei Zauner with easter decorations. We went back there after eating, but it was already closed by then. Would have been nice to sit there in the warmth!

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We searched for a restaurant online and found “Weinhaus Attwenger” on Tripadvisor To get there we had to walk over this bridge. I really like iron bridges, they look nice (that’s why I took a picture!).

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You can still see snow on this picture! Now it’s getting really warm, but this was only a month ago!

The food at the Weinhaus was very good and the prices were reasonable (not the cheapest, but the food was very tasty!).

Hope you enjoyed my little post about Bad Ischl!

Abu Dhabi, November 2017

Hello readers,

I know it’s Christmas and Abu Dhabi is a warm (even hot!) place and not quite fitting, but I still wanted to post about my trip this year. My Christmas holidays were nice and peaceful, but there wasn’t any snow. So I don’t really feel bad about writing about a trip to a warm place! I’ve been told not to go there in the actual summer, because I am not used to the heat that much. So November was perfect!

One of my very good friends has been living and working in Abu Dhabi (capital of the United Arab Emirates) for a few years now. She’s invited me a few times, but I never found time to actually go there. Finally in November this year I went by bus to Munich to meet her and go to Abu Dhabi together. Munich was very cold! I had to take different kinds of clothes, because Abu Dhabi would be warm. I also tried to not pack too revealing clothes, because I’ve read that it can be frowned upon in the UAE.

Our flight was overnight and in the morning we arrived at the airport of Abu Dhabi. Tired, I got a bus ticket from a machine and we took the airport bus. I can’t remember much about this trip, I was almost sleeping! After actually sleeping and relaxing at my friend’s place we went for a walk to see some sights of Abu Dhabi.

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This one is Emirates Palace, you can even get “gold” coffee there. I didn’t see the ATM “that dispenses solid gold bars” (like my Lonely Planet Guide suggested), but there was a  girl band playing nicely and great interior design.

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The next day my friend had to work so I went to the market (Souq Central Market) alone. I didn’t buy many things (actually, I might have bought nothing), but I had some soup at an Asian place (it was way too big, so I took some home). Abu Dhabi is so much different to Austria, those tall buildings, the busy streets, the amounts of people, the heat in November. I also found the street names confusing, not knowing how to speak Arab. It was quite an expericence to just walk around!

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The next day, my friend and I went to Hiltonia Beach Club at the Corniche, to sit and enjoy the sun a bit. It wasn’t expensive (I think it was like 12 Euros for the day, including towels). The website says it’s 100 Dirham for the day. The view was very nice!

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After that we went to the Observation Deck at 300, to get a view of the city from above. We even had some lunch there. According to their website it’s on the 74th floor and the fee is 85 Dirham.

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For me the absolute highlight was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We walked around and even went to the library in one of the towers. As a woman you have to wear a special piece of clothing and cover your hair with it (they hand it to you). And everyone has to take their shoes off.

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My friend chose to take me to the Mosque at dusk, so we could see it in the light and the dark, which was a great idea!

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On the last day, my friend took me to a place called Sushi Art, which had one of the best sushi I’ve ever had. It’s located in a mall (so many malls in Abu Dhabi!), which also has an amazing view.

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Since we are talking about food in Abu Dhabi, I have to give a special thanks to Jenny Walker, author of “Pocket Abu Dhabi“, because she suggested going to the restaurant Al Ibrahimi. It was so delicious, just the best! It’s close to Madinat Zayed Mall (kind of behind it) and offers food from countries like for example India or Pakistan. I wish I could eat there every day (in which case I might not be able to fit into my pants anymore)! It was also inexpensive and the staff was so nice and friendly. My friend and I found another restaurant with the same name, the other one was more crowded, but still very good food (it also came pretty fast, because we were in a hurry!). I am not sure which one is the first restaurant we went to (and which the other), but here is a link to the Lonley Planet suggestion: Al Ibrahimi

I have to add that I did like the decor, though (unlike the author of the guide)! It also looked like there was a buffet at times.

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We went to most places with the bus, because of our budget. It’s pretty doable, you just have to know where to charge your bus card (it’s not possible in that many places). Unfortunately, my trip was very short, so I didn’t get to see the whole city. I also would have liked to go to the desert! But maybe I’ll go visit my friend again some time!

Looking at my past trips, I haven’t really been to any place that exotic.  Lately I’ve only been to Austrian places or places close to Austria. I will try to explore the world a bit more, see different cultures and experience life there!

 

 

Hiking the Path of the Gods, Italy

Hello!

I haven’t been traveling as much as I wanted this year, because I’ve been busy writing my master’s thesis. At the beginning of August I went to Italy with a friend and we did an amazing hike that I would recommend to anyone going to Amalfi Coast.

Before we went to the Amalfi coast, we did some kind of road trip (with buses) from Venice to Naples (best Pizza I’ve ever had, I tell you!) and then further to Pompeii. Pompeii was very interesting, but unfortunately we couldn’t go to Mount Vesuvius, because people weren’t allowed due to it being dangerous then. From Pompeji we went to Amalfi coast (again with buses), to the town of Agerola.

Agerola is located a bit away from the beaches (which are for example in Positano or Amalfi) but staying there was much cheaper and once you’ve figured out the bus system, it’s very easy to get around. Also we were close to the starting point of our hike. We went there in the morning to start our hike to Positano. We took some coffee and fruit from a Bomerano shop and a coffee place (we already had granola bars and water) and started the hike. The most popular route can be hiked from both sides (you can also go from Positano to Bomerano, which goes up and is harder, there will be pictures of the stairs later!), and we took the easier route. We also wanted to combine the hike with going to the beach and having lunch in Positano.

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We started the hike in the morning, but not too early. It was still a bit foggy, and there were a few hikers but not tons.

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It was still hot and we made some breaks along the way (including breakfast, since we had to catch the bus, but didn’t want to get up too early).

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The path is well marked, but we still used the app “Agerola Experience“, which is pretty helpful and free! We had brought enough water, but there is also this water spot on the way.

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After the water spot, the path got a bit more rocky, but still very doable in running shoes. Like the next picture proves!

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Still foggy!

 

 

 

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Sign at the end (or the beginning if you do it the other way round) of the hike

At the end of the hike there was a small coffee place with lots of dogs! We enjoyed sitting there very much (and having some coffee). The place is called Il Chiosco Del Sentiero Degli Dei (I linked their homepage), they also offer juices and ice cream according to their website. Some people even drank Limoncello. It was perfect to sit there after the hike and the view was amazing!

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After spending some time at the coffee place, we headed down to Positano, which meant many, many stairs! We were happy we chose the easier route and didn’t have to walk them up this way. I can’t really say how long the hike took us altogether, since we had many breaks, enjoying the view and then spent a longer time at the coffee place. The website positano.com says it takes about 3 hours (Link), which seems about right!

 

 

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A look back

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From some spots you could see Positano very nicely. We went to a beach nearby the end of the stairs (which meant walking down more stairs) and had a nice time there. After that we went to Positano and had some more pizza!

I really enjoyed hiking the Path of the Gods. I also liked that one could choose between the easier and harder way. Maybe next time I’ll do it the other way round, starting in Positano. I suggested going back this way to my friend, but my suggestion wasn’t very well received, so we took the bus. The time at the beach was the perfect ending. I always enjoys hikes that end with swimming in the sea or a lake!

 

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