Christmas Market in Prague


at the beginning of this month we went to Prague and I visited a few Christmas markets. First I went to an english bookstore/pub (Globe), which is as cool as it sounds. The bookstore was in front (also offering second hand books) and in the back was the pub, that also serves lunch and coffee during the day. I had a sandwich and some coffee and felt some regret that I didn’t live in Prague, because they had posters announcing movie quiz nights, readings, writing evenings and other amazing things!

After my lunch I bought a book, that I carefully chose (‘Stardust’ by Neil Gaiman) and had wanted for some time. I hardly ever buy new books, since I have this theory that every book will come to me eventuelly, either through a library or in a second hand store. Really, most books turn up at second hand stores at some point (at least non fiction ones!).

After that, I went to the centre, trying to get some night photos. I wasn’t quite suceeding, since it was dark already, my hands were cold, my camera is only an amateur DSLR and I have forgotten most things that I’ve learned about night photography by now. I will definitely start refreshing my skills soon! Plus, I didn’t bring a tripod, so I tried to balance my camera on the hand rail!


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There were many swans and seagulls (I think!). At first, I thought something was wrong with my lense, but then I noticed it was pretty foggy up at the castle!

The centre was pretty crowded, actually it was so crowded that at some point some security guards and police only let a few people at a time to the main squares. The next day, when I went for lunch with my boyfriend, a lady told us that this was because of a special event at the main square regarding the Christmas tree. At the time, when I was in the centre myself, I thought it’d be that bad all the time! Prague is pretty famous for its Christmas markets.



This is the famous Astronomical Clock. In the back you can see the Christmas tree!


When I was cold, I got into a big toy store (Hamley’s). There even was a merry-go-round IN the toy store and many other things. When I left the store, there was a Santa sitting on the chair where the bear was sitting first, talking to children.

After that I walked from the centre to more remote places, had some coffee and then, when I went back to the hotel, I found the cutest Christmas market (plus: Trdelnik was cheaper!).


The name of the Christmas market was at a place called Náměstí Míru, which is also the name of the metro station. The next day, I had convinced my boyfriend to go back, we returned and enjoyed the market, which hasn’t been fully open the night before.





This special sweet called Trdelnik is very good and hard on the outside, but soft inside. We even have it in Austria nowadays. At the market stalls people were selling handmade things like soaps or knit wear, some sold souvenirs.



After walking around a bit, we went to a cute little café called Mezi Srnky, where we had to wait outside for about twenty minutes to get a table. It is a very small and popular place, but the wait was worth it! The food was very good (we had sandwiches and pancakes). This is their Facebook page: Link


I really enjoyed these two days in Prague! Even though the weather was bad: rainy and cold. But the food and Christmas feeling made up for it.

Thanks for reading!



Hiking in Bärenschützklamm, Austria

Hello readers,

this hike is from October this year, but soon I will be posting about a recent trip also! Couldn’t find the time to properly post in the past weeks.

So, in the second week of October me and my godmother went on a trip to a gorge that’s nearby my hometown. It’s very beautiful there, even more in spring where I went there twice in my life already. But the autumn colours were also great to see!

“Bärenschützklamm” basically means “Bears (Bären) protecting (Schütz[en]) gorge (Klamm)”. Wikipedia says that it has nothing to do with bears (I don’t even think we have many!), but comes from the slawic word “pršica”… which sounds a bit like “Bärenschütz”. I’ve said it out loud now a few times to hear the similarity and well, with some (ok, a lot of) imagination it works. Luckily I’m writing at home and not in a coffee shop!

It’s easy to get there by car, there is a big parking space, and I’ve never had trouble finding a spot. There is also a train going to “Mixnitz/Bärenschützklamm” by ÖBB train (from for example Vienna, Graz or Salzburg with Graz being the closest). From the train station it’s a bit of a walk to the gorge, but it goes through a nice town and by meadows. I went by car last time, so I can’t remember how long it really takes, but I would guess like 30 minutes to the parking spot. Then you hike some time through the forest, by a nice stream and then uphill. We started at about 10 am, the sun only came out later.


At the entrance you have to pay, I can’t remember how much, but it wasn’t a lot (under 5 euros). Unfortunately I can’t find online information about the fee (something I should stop relying on, obviously). Edit: According to Wikipedia it was 3, 50 Euros in 2017 for adults.


The hike from the parking spot to the hut at the end of the gorge should be about 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your breaks. It goes up most of the time, with ladders and bridges. It’s 164 bridges and 2500 steps on ladders (Source).



There weren’t many people, but it was also cold and foggy. The steps were a bit slippery at times, but it wasn’t too bad.


Unfortunately I lost my lense cap to the gorge! I wasn’t happy about that! But luckily I still own more of them. Just feeling a bit bad about my “littering”.


After all of those steps (so many!) you have to walk a bit further through the woods to get to a hut, that offers food and drinks. From there you can even hike a bit more if you like. We stopped at the hut and then hiked back down. In summer it’s very nice to sit outside, but we only sat there shortly, it got very cold when the sun was hidden! In summer you can even have a picnic on the meadow, if you don’t want to get anything from the hut. They also have a vegetarian dish (lentils), which is uncommon for those huts, but very cool!


IMG_9655 says it’s about 3:30 hrs to hike the whole thing. After the hut, we walked back down (you could also hike the gorge back down, but I think no one does that, since it would be annoying to get past the other hikers!), it mostly goes downhill from there, but still very nicely through the forest.

Compared to the last gorge I went to, it was such a nice hike! There weren’t tons of people (just a few) and you could really enjoy the views!


On the way back the sun came out and we saw colourful autumn trees, which I’m fond of. I can see an elephant on the picture, but I might be the only one! An elephant without ears.

I found another picture on my computer from a hike to the same gorge in spring (taken by a friend), so you’ll have a comparison. Much greener and less fog! 🙂


Hope you enjoyed my little post about this great hike!

Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia


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)


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!











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


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!

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.


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.


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!


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


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!


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.




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!



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!


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.




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.


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! 🙂



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!!


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.


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!


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!





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




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!



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.



Find the small crab!


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



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.


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.


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.


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




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







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.





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


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


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).


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.






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!




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.



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


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):

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!



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


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!


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.




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


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





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.


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)!


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


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)!


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!


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!).


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!