Gersau in stunning Switzerland

Sunday 8 - Wednesday 11 October 2017 After 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. Drive The drive …

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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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Riva del Garda – lounging by Lago di Garda, Italy

Monday 25 - Thursday 28 September 2017 Monday: breakfast in Germany, lunch in Austria, dinner in Italy On Monday I drove to Italy through the Austrian Alps, passing Innsbruck. What a beautiful ride! But who hands out driving licenses for free to the Italians?! My my, I should be used to it after driving on …

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The Bavarian Alps, Germany

Saturday 23 September 2017 - lunch break in Heidelberg I had heard that Heidelberg was a really nice town so I decided to stop there for a few hours. Unfortunately, a gazillion other people had had the same idea and it took half an hour to find a parking garage which still had room. And …

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Höhr-Grenzhausen – cute German village

Fri 22 - Sat 23 September 2017 For my Italy road trip this was a convenient first stop near Koblenz. The apartment turned up in a wide Booking search and was really good value for money. Had a nice beer, did a short 45 minute walk in the hills, and had a typically German dinner. …

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Echternach – Berdorf hike

The Echternacht tourist bureau had recommended the 11 kilometer E1 hike which forms a loop from Echternach to Berdorf and back another way. It's supposed to take 4 hours (going up- and downhill a lot). I expected to need more but it was actually very accurate, even including several breaks. Good signposts They said it …

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Teufelsmauer hike

Dry weather predicted for the full day, so here was my chance to do another hike. My choice was between two other walks that were recommended to me, or a whole different one. Devil's Wall The two that were recommended were along a long mountain ridge sticking up out of the earth called the Teufelsmauer …

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