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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Amsterdam tips: daytrips to other places

If you have 3 or more full days in Amsterdam you could consider visiting another place in the Netherlands. There are various beautiful historical towns and other sights within a 30 minute train/bus ride, even more within a 60 minutes radius. Zaanse Schans windmills & craft shops Okay, this was built for tourists, and yes …

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Amsterdam tips: off the beaten track

Tired of running into so many other tourists? These are some nice places off the beaten path. Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen - local farm & cafe This formerly squatted farm Buurtboerderij is a tranquil and unique place in Amsterdam. It's a hippie sort of place with very cheap tea from a big tank and pancakes (not …

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