Munich and the Alps, Germany

Monday 20 May - Saturday 25 May 2019 For a number of years now I had been curious about Munich: a big city but also close to the Alps. Various people warned me that it's not as cool and quirky as Berlin, in fact kind of posh and maybe even boring. However, online I found …

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Split and Trogir, Croatia

Friday 3 May - Tuesday 7 May 2019 Flew from Amsterdam to Split. My friend Mario arrived the next day and we shared pleasant 'apartment Toma'. There was a local festival going on. We explored the historical center which is packed into the old palace walls, and did a walk in Marjan park which is …

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Monschau, Germany 2018

Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 October 2018 A lovely autumn break to the Eifel region in Germany. Only about a 3 to 3.5 hour drive to be 'abroad' in every way. Did a 4.5 hour hike in autumn colors, explored Monschau and Stolberg, and visited a former 'Adolf-Hitler-Schule' school for nazis in the 1930's called …

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UK road trip 2018

In June 2018 a friend and I made a 10 day road trip through the UK. Bringing my own car on the ferry. 3 nights in Edinburgh (Scotland), celebrating Pride and visiting the town, and hiking up to Arthur's Seat, the highest point on a hill by the town. 3 nights in Ambleside, the Lake District, …

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Bad Bertrich spa town

Wednesday 11 October - Saturday 14 October 2017 In order not to have a super long drive home from Switzerland on the last day, I spent my last 3 nights in the 'Vulkaneifel' region of Germany, somewhere between Cochem and Bitburg. Bad = not bad at all In my opinion most towns with 'Bad' (bath …

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Gersau in stunning Switzerland

Sunday 8 - Wednesday 11 October 2017After debating between a detour through cheaper Austria or driving through expensive Switzerland, I decided on Switzerland. Curiosity won. And I thought I might as well make the most of it and spend 3 nights in Switzerland too, and do some hikes in the mountains. DriveThe drive over from …

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Visiting Mario in Castiglione della Pescaia

Sunday 1st October - Thursday 5th October 2017 Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany beach town - visiting my friend Mario Rainy drive On Sunday I had another fun breakfast in pasticceria Stella in Lucca, lots of hustle and bustle. Today I was changing bases to Castiglione della Pescaia, a cute seaside town where Mario’s parents have …

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