The highest Infinity Pool in the world: Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore)

Imagine that you are swimming in is around 200 metres in the Pool, with views of Singapore’s Skyline. I have the highest, and with about 150 meters longest Infinity Pool in the world – visited- here come my pictures and all the info to the Pool.

Trip with swimming Pool I love the water and I feel there will always be the most comfortable. Clear that I usually holiday at the beach make. And for city trips I use the Pool at the Hotel. I am particularly pleased, if the Hotel has an Infinity Pool, whose edge with the horizon to merge seems.

Destination Singapore The city and island state of Singapore impressed me immediately with its futuristic cityscape. The 5 star Hotel Marina Bay Sands (10 Bayfront Ave, MRT Station Bayfront), with its Infinity Pool seems like a spaceship over Singapore to float.

In the vicinity, find your way to the Gardens by the Bay with the “Supertrees”. The planted Stahlgerüste rise up to 50 metres in height.

Sky Park 200 meters height In the lion city, I visit as Wasserfan of course the Infinity Pool. However, I am on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in 57. Floor.

The 1.2 hectare Sky Park, designed by architect Moshe Safdie – is based on three Hoteltürmen of the Marina Bay Sands.

The platform is bigger than the Eiffel tower is high, and you have four and a half A380 aircraft, as well as up to getting the 3,900 people. In Sky Park, located in the Infinity Pool, Observation Deck, Restaurants and a garden.

Infinity Pool with view The Infinity Pool, daily from 6 to 23 o’clock opened, many visitors are in the water. It summarizes the Pool by the way, incredible 1.4 million litres. Many enjoy the water from the view of the city with its high rise buildings.

But you can also at the palms on one of the sun loungers. I could spend the whole day: relax in the sun, something to drink, and to swim and admire the view.

Access only for hotel guests Unfortunately only guests of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, access to a swimming Pool. So you can here rent a room and the Pool Time at a high altitude to enjoy.

A reader has me written however that your Pool can look, if you are in the Cé La Vie Restaurant and at the Bar something to drink.

Singapore: Insider tips from a local

When I visited Singapore for the first time I instantly fell in love with this city-state: its futuristic design, the combination of different cultures and the variety of food. I was lucky to meet Jaclynn Seah there, who is from Singapore and writes on her blog “The Occasional Traveller”. She showed me around and we had a great time. She tells you her insider tips for the Lion City �”\” the best time to travel there, accommodation, restaurants and sights.

Jaclynn is The Occasional Traveller, a Singaporean girl with a full-time day job who loves to travel. She started her blog in 2010 to encourage fellow deskbound wanderlusters like herself to remember to take that time off and get away. She is always looking forward to that next trip!

Here are her insider tips for Singapore:

Why should everyone travel once in a lifetime to Singapore? There’s nowhere in the world quite like Singapore!

When is the best time to visit it? Singapore is hot all year round and we hardly have any seasons. Year end tends to be cooler but also more rainy, though really it can rain any time of the year.

November and December are school holiday periods in Singapore so your tourist attractions will be more crowded with families, so you might want to avoid those periods.

Which attractions of Singapore are worth to see? The Marina Bay area (which you usually lake on TV during the F1 Grand Prix in September) is a tourist hotspot, but for good reason – Singapore is prettiest in the evening when the buildings are all lit up.

I recommend starting from the Esplanade, walking clockwise around the bay area, across the Helix Bridge until you reach Marina Bay Sands.

Other tourist attractions that I think are worth seeing are the Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Dr) – the alien-looking Super Tree Grove is mostly free (unless you want to go on the Skywalk, a rickety walkway suspended near the top of the tree structures).

But it is worth going into the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest as well – beautiful and cool, a good way to spend your time ‘indoors’ if Singapore is being all humid or rainy.

If you want a proper outdoor garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Rd) is centrally located in the downtown area and was just awarded a UNESCO award.

The ethnic enclaves like Chinatown and Little India are so popular, though my favourite of the lot would be the Arab/Muslim Quarter, Kampong Glam, close to Bugis. It’s a true mishmash of culture – with the hipster shopping Haji Lane alongside traditional cloth merchants at Arab Street.

Walk around some more and you will discover cute cafes, bold graffiti and hints of Malay heritage all around the area.

What are your insider tips? Check out the street art in Singapore – we have very strict laws against vandalism but there is a burgeoning street art scene nonetheless. It’s a great alternative way to explore Singapore. Kampong Glam is a good place to start.

If you are on the roads or taking a cab, Singapore has a rather complicated taxi surcharge system, as well as road tolls during peak hours which can make the taxi ride a more expensive affair.

Try and avoid the morning peak (7 – 9.30 am) and the evening peak (6 – 8 pm) as far as possible. Or just take the subway, aka MRT, which is quite well connected.

To save money on food, eat at the outdoor hawker centres. Indoor food courts tend to be more expensive, especially if they are in the central business district.

Ask locals for their food recs, most Singaporeans are more than happy to tell you where to get good and cheap grub. If all else fails, just pick the store with the longest queue and wait!

In which district should visitors book a hotel? Most of the hotels are in the central downtown areas, but for something a little different, consider the smaller boutique hotels in the ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. (honestly I don’t have a lot for this one since I actually live here…)

Which food is typical for Singapore? Your tips for restaurants? Hawker food is what makes Singapore’s cuisine so enticing. So, there’s a very rich and diverse mix of food from all different cultures that you can find in most hawker centres. Frankly I’d skip the restaurants and just spend all my time eating cheap at the hawker centers!

My favorite less touristy hawker centres that I usually recommend visitors to check out are Old Airport Road Food Centre (51 Old Airport Rd, near to Dakota MRT station on Circle Line) and Tiong Bahru Market 83 Seng Poh Rd), both very popular with Singaporeans.

If you are still keen on restaurants, check out local food websites like hungrygowhere, burpple and Yelp Singapore for user reviews by Singaporeans. We’re big on our food so thesis might give you a better sense of the local favorites.

Where to go out in the evenings? Ann Siang Hill near Chinatown is a pretty happening area with bars and restaurants and a blocked off road for pedestrians to roam freely.

There are so many places you can choose to hang out in, but a favourite of mine is the rooftop bar at PS café (28B Harding Rd), or eat cheap at Maxwell market (famous for Gordon Ramsay’s favourite Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice) before finding a nice spot for a drink.

I like the bar stretch at Emerald Hill, close to Somerset MRT as well – my usual haunt is Ice Cold Beer (9 Emerald Hill Rd) for a good range of draft beers and amazing chicken wings.

Number 5 at Emerald Hill and Que Pasa (7 Emerald Hill Rd) are owned by the same management and share the same kitchen, though they are more famous for cocktails and wine respectively.

Or stroll along the Singapore River particularly around the Clarke Quay and Marina Bay area. Evenings are cooler and offer a great night view, and these areas come alive then.

In the Clarke Quay area, I like Cafe Iguana at Riverside Point 30 Merchant Road) for its mega margaritas, and at Marina Bay, I like Overeasy at One Fullerton – you get a great view of the Marina Bay Sands complex and the laser light show that happens a few times every night

Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Hotel tip – relax on the river Kwai

The Mida Resort Kanchanaburi is located directly on the river Kwai, and in the middle of the nature. The Hotel is a lovingly designed Park, in the I of birds chirping and frogs croaking heard. There it was quiet, peaceful and perfect for Relaxing. So I could me well from my long day of traveling, relax…

Kanchanaburi The provincial capital is located Northwest of Bangkok. The Minibus took the trip only two and a half hours.

Is known to Kanchanaburi, especially by “The bridge on the river Kwai”. The railway bridge was built in 1957 by the eponymous Film by David Lean is famous the world over and is today a major tourist attraction.

The Mida Resort Kanchanaburi (4 Star) Around 45 minutes I drive from Kanchanaburi (Central bus station) to the Mida Resort. The hotel complex is located outside and is located in the middle of the nature.

In the Mida Resort there are a total of 99 rooms, suites, villas and luxury tents. Usual, I have in one of 26 Deluxe rooms.

The Deluxe room was spacious (35 square meters) and well equipped.

Especially liked the Park on the Bank of the river. Who are the proximity to nature, there can be in one of the 20 luxury tents to stay the night.

They are located right on the river Bank and are well – equipped with air conditioning, bathroom, fridge and TV.

The complex has a beautiful Pool where I could relax.

In the Spa area a massage service is offered and there is a Sauna.

I’ve eaten on the covered terrace. There will be Thai and European food is available. The Breakfast buffet was good and abundant.

Australia: the Great Ocean Road in pictures

The Great Ocean Road winds 243 kilometres of picturesque along the sea. We rented a car and took two days to climb this Route. We saw a Surferstrände, rainforest, Koalas at the lighthouse and the rock formation “12 Apostles”. Good food there also.

Our Tour can you do with the pictures, reliving:

With Carsten, I was two days in a Nissan Micra on the road. The car we rented at Alpha Car Hire in Melbourne. From there we went to the Great Ocean Road. And then followed the beach to beach to beach.

From the area around Lorne led the road amplified directly along the sea – fantastic! Again and again we stopped spontaneously to the views to admire.

The Road Trip appealed to me very well. A year ago I already have a Eintagestour with a group, but because I had to according to the Plan of tour guide. Now, we were totally free…

On the first day we drove up, until the Dusk began. Here, we were always on the lookout for crossing kangaroos.

That night we slept in the “Surfside Backpackers in Apollo Bay. The next day we went to 9 o’clock.

The sun was already there. And made me with this Zufallsfoto long legs.

Already in the last Time has given me the lighthouse at Cape Otway is particularly well-liked. Actually, I’ve always wanted lighthouse to be…

On the way from the lighthouse to the “12 Apostles”, we saw Koalas galore in the trees. And one hung not only how this lazy, but jumped from one Branch to the other. A photo is missing, unfortunately.

The rock formation with “12 Apostles” is the most photographed motive of the Great Ocean Road. To Right!

Until then! I come back in any case.

Roadtrip through Scotland: self-sufficient on the road

In England I was often in Scotland, I’ve so far only seen in movies experienced. I am looking forward to green landscapes, the castles, the people and the National dish of Haggis. Comes with on my Roadtrip through Scotland…

The aircraft appears to be Scotland green and brown, generously interspersed are lakes and hills. Three days I spend in Edinburgh and Fife. On our road trip through Scotland we stay in Selbstversorgerunterkünften by Embrace Scotland.

I find the dialect of the Scots is very charming. And I am relieved that I have you, contrary to expectations, understand well.

Why this is so, I explained our Guide and cook Ruaraidh Menzies. Spoken simply as “Rory”. He goes with our three-member party in the rental car through the area. And says: “In Edinburgh the people have not so pronounced in dialect. Go after the Glasgow.“

Our Tour we will start on Monday afternoon at the Edinburgh Larder Bistro. There I try for the first Time, Scottish cheese. He looks good, smells appetizing and tastes intense, great!

Then we drive in the car lot. Soon the green landscape. Ruaraidh knows the area well and goes pretty fast around the tight curves.

We spend a nice day with us a little piece of Scotland to look at. In the process we often times. For example, a Whiskeyhändler and a cheese factory.

We stay very quiet on the Land, in the Pitcairlie Lodge in Auchtermuchty. So I have to Scotland is presented: A Castle (i.e. mansion) from the 16. Century with a lot of lands and cows, horses and sheep.

Katrine from Denmark and the us share one of the four spacious Apartments. Our has a terrace, a beautiful view, kitchen, living room and two bedrooms with bathrooms.

We cook in the kitchen of the boys. Well Yes, especially Ruaraidh schnibbelt, stirs and tastes. He is a trained chef and runs with Ror’s Kitchen of his own catering service in Edinburgh. We look interested to and let us to him the Scottish Treats explain.

Our dinner consists of Hühnerpaté, lamb as main course and Apple Crumble for Dessert. Then we sit at the wine, while outside, the night has returned, and owls call.

The next Morning we get up early. After a quick Breakfast of Porridge (hot oatmeal), we set off to St Andrews for the West Sands Beach. There, I’m testing for the first Time beach sailing – a lot of fun!

Then we drive back to Edinburgh. Melville Castle, which will soon reopen as a Hotel, we cook together.

Ruaraidh throws on everything a look.

I cook with and watch time and time again in his recipe book.

Be cast, including vegetarian Haggisröllchen, Rarebit (a sort of Käsetoast), Seafood Chowder and fried Marsriegel and Cranachan (a traditional Dessert with cream and fruit).

We will be staying in Silvermills Apartment in the city. Here again: a lot of nice place for us.

Next to the kitchen and the large living room there are three bedrooms. The Wifi works perfectly.

The next Morning stripes, we with a Guide through the Botanical garden. We find plenty of Food, for example fungi. Our Breakfast comes partially out of the Park, like the sour Apples for jam.

A Road Trip on new Zealand’s South island

My now siebenmonatige trip has me recently on the South island of new Zealand. With a minimum of a 10 year old car (Nissan Sunny), I went on a Road Trip to go and in 23 days, approximately 2,500 km.

In these three weeks, I would always be the most splendid weather accompanied. Sometimes it is a bit cooler to have been, as in the fjords or glaciers and time, it was spätsommerlich warm as in the North of the island. Not a single rainy day I have experienced and want to in new Zealand already mean something.

In this post I want to give you a little show of what in new Zealand’s South can do everything. First things first: The island is very diverse.

Christchurch

My trip began in Christchurch, the third largest city in new Zealand. Christchurch is an earthquake-plagued city and has two big quakes in September 2010 and February 2011, not yet recovered. Almost the entire city center is blocked and a large Abrisszone. For many years you will be here with the Tear down and rebuild to be busy.

As a Tourist you can here, not much to do and so many travellers are rather disappointed of Christchurch. I found it, however, quite interesting, a city close to see. On the one hand is the atmosphere between the abandoned ruins very depressing.

On the other hand, there is optimism in the Cashel Street: Here were summarily colourful containers, in which some of the former shops and Cafés have moved in. Street performers provide, especially on weekends, for an extra good mood.

Lake Tekapo

After I got my rental car in Christchurch had picked up, I drove to Lake Tekapo. This lake shines with beautiful turquoise blue water and beautiful walking trails on the nearby Mount John.

Lake Tekapo is, however, also in the night of an event. There, the nights are often cloudless and there is far and broadly no large cities, the light in the night sky would throw. So you can late in the evening in the Observatory on Mount John is wonderful to watch the stars.

Dunedin & Otago Peninsula

After only one night, I drove to Dunedin, a University town with many cafes and Bars. While the city is not very much light on the subject, adjacent to the Otago Peninsula (cover) all the better. There can be a wonderful way to spend the day with a leisurely road trips, short hikes, Wildlife tours or a visit in new Zealand’s only castle.

Nugget Point

Who of Dunedin in the South breaks up, should be a short stop at Nugget Point loading. There awaited me a spectacular coastline with some rocks in the rough sea (the Nuggets). With a little luck you can see from the distance, some sea lions lying in the sun.

Te Anau

On the way to the South, it goes even further to Stewart Island, the southernmost point of new Zealand. I am, however, already in the West have turned to to Te Anau. This small town lives from tourism, and one of the Highlights, which is 120 km away: Milford Sound. Those who want to go there, have to go through the tourist town of Te Anau. For a day but it is quite nice there.

Milford Sound

The road to Milford Sound is already part of the spectacle. For this 120 km, you can easily four hours or even a full day schedule, as an optical highlight is chasing the Next.

Particularly beautiful are the Mirror Lakes, in which the gegenüberlegenden mountains are reflected. On the road, but there are also many scenic spots and small, as well as long Tracks.

Many travelers, not least because of the beautiful Hiking trails to Milford Sound. Especially popular are the Milford Track (5 days / 4 nights) and the Routeburn Track (4 days / 3 nights). In particular, for the Milford Track must be the huts, however, already months in advance, if you get him in the summer, hike in would like.

In addition to all these things is Milford Sound but above all, a beautiful Fjord. Very popular are the Fjord Cruises with small ships (usually 2-3 hours). I have, however, a Kayak Tour is preferred.

In a small group paddled us almost five hours across the Fjord and saw, next to the beautiful surroundings are also a lot of Wildlife: dolphins, penguins and seals swam times in the distance and sometimes right next to us.

While most tourists just a day trip to Milford Sound businesses, you can also stay at a site overnight. Although there are only two accommodations, but the are good and also for backpackers (with Dorms).

Queenstown & Wanaka

From the tranquil Fjord out, it went straight to the other Extreme: Queenstown. The Adrenalinhauptstadt of new Zealand is Packed with cafes, Restaurants, Bars and has a long nightlife. During the day You may find Yourself in Bungee Jumping, Sky Diving, Rafting and much more try.

Because the everything is not so much my taste, I am after a day in 60 km away from Wanaka went on. This place is similar to nice located on a lake and surrounded by mountains, but is much quieter. There, I have a few days to let your mind wander.

Franz Josef Glacier

After the quiet days in Wanaka, it should again be a bit more adventurous approach and came to me of the Franz Josef glacier is just right. Housed, I was in the homonymous village, which is only made up of tourists and quite pleasant. Only the Nonstop helicopter noises could disturb.

But since you have to go through if you with a helicopter to the glacier to be flown would like. This is the main attraction in Franz Josef. For $299, I have me a small tour group is connected, after a short helicopter flight for three hours over the Franz Josef glacier gestapft. With crampons fitted, it went uphill and downhill, through Eisschluchten and small caves. Comfortable comes to you as the flatlanders without mountain experience, probably not on a glacier. In the port you can get into the local Therme warm up again.

On the second day I went for a Quad Tour decided. The two-hour journey across riverbeds, and rainforests, and has only been very neuseeländisch for the Morning Tea is interrupted.

West Coast

After the Gletschererlebnis I have in the following days, especially a lot of distance. The West coast is the least populated part of new Zealand. The beautiful track made me almost forget that I have a lot of km to go had.

In between there are such beautiful Highlights such as the Pancake Rocks. These rock formations are extraordinary in their structure: Each rock is composed of several flat stone Slabs, like Pancakes on top of each other.

Abel Tasman National Park

The actual goal of my long journey along the West coast was the Abel Tasman national Park. This Park is also the smallest and the most popular in new Zealand. You can either hike or Kayak to paddle along the coastline. For longer distances there are water taxis.

I am running again for a Kayak Tour decided, always along the coast, and once again we have seals on the way located. After arrival at Watering Cove, we have the way back by foot-runners: 13 km of light Track through the forest and always along the water. Where in the Morning only rocky coast was seen, moved now miles Goldstrände by the low tide were exposed.

Nelson

Only an hour’s drive from Abel Tasman away Nelson � the sunniest city in new Zealand. And so it was: Blue sky, really warm and just pleasant. After my arrival, I have the beautiful Saturday Market attended and the next one and a half days, especially with my Kindle in the lovely cafes spent.

In the whole of new Zealand by the way, are very many Germans on the road. In Nelson, however, was so extreme that I have around me more German than English heard. At least half of the Hostel was inhabited by Germans.

Marlborough Sounds

And already three weeks around. On my last day, I have the path in the Marlborough Sounds started. On beautiful and twisty roads, it goes in part directly to the coast to Picton. From there, I sit now with the Interislander ferry to the North island. While I have this guest post to write, I am sitting at a window, and leave the Marlborough Sounds to me pass by.

In the North, expect me for three weeks Roadtrip. If You also want to know what the North has to offer, look but in my travel blog 101places.de over.

Conclusion

I think three weeks are a good time to the South island to visit and I still have not seen everything. There are still more to discover and with a higher speed travel I would also have a lot of them can see. But where is the Reisegemütlichkeit? And now I can for next Time something to make.

Provence & Côte d’azur with the duck

What do you think of France? At lavender fields, beaches and good food? Or nice cars? With a Citroën 2CV in 1972 and two other women, I start a road trip through Provence and the Côte d’azur. Here, memories are awake…

My very first Destination was France. My mother was in her youth an Au Pair girl here. She loved the country as much as my father, both were teachers.

So it went during the school holidays with a car and tent trailer to France. I remember the first Time Windsurfing at Avignon in the Provence or Flamingos and wild horses in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Especially was nice in the Provence, the Aprikosenplantage of Marie and Paul, friends of my parents. There we sat in the evening multi-course meal together. No wonder, that since this time I travel and dine love.

Since I was 15 years old, I am also in the Sixtiesfieber: I have been collecting the dresses, go to Modtreffen, I drive a scooter and have my dwelling in the Space Age Design. One of my favorite movies: “La piscine” with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider (both beautiful).

When I was 21, I moved in with my friend Carsten on our bikes going on: he’s on a Lambretta, I was on a Vespa. We took the road through France to Italy, drove only on the Côte d’azur and then on to the Riviera along.

The street to the sea was fantastic: The wind blew my hair, the sea sparkled and the sun shone.

Our Plan, in nice tents, but failed: It was in the high season on any campsite more of a free space. So spread our sleeping mats in a Parking lot. The Gendarmerie, which by chance came by, had compassion on us. So we were allowed until the next Morning to stay there.

is Now: Two days in France with a cute vintage – très bien! We are three, I travel with Elke (Meerblog) and Meike (Meikemeilen). Therefore, your place on the Social Media channels of our images at #3en2cv.

Full of anticipation, I’m sitting in the plane. From Düsseldorf with Air France to Paris and then on to Marseille. Our endglültiges destination is the Region of Var, between Marseille and nice located – this is the Provence on the Côte d’azur.

After our arrival in Marseille we will drive 1.5 hours towards nice, after Besse sur Issole. Here we stay in the “Les Pierres Sauvage”. There is also lavender, typical of Provence.

This charming Chambre d’hôtes (Bed & Breakfast) close to the vineyards has 5 rooms and a small Pool.

in the Evening we eat at the “Table d’hôtes” (dinner with the hosts) out there at the big table: Paprikaquiche, lamb, goat cheese with Fig jam and Kirschauflauf. I would like to never more way from Provence!

owner Gabrielle lends us the next day one of the two ducks to the family for a drive through the Provence. It is called Titine – that means as much as “lovely boy” and it was built in 1972. “She has only 30,000 kilometres on the odometer, it is like new,” laughs Gabrielle.

her husband Gilles, she did four years ago as a gift. They also have a duck in a grey-red 1987, she is called Dolly.

guests of Gabrielle and Gilles cars can borrow, and thus alone on Tour through the Provence to go. 1/2 day cost is 60 euros, 1 day-105 Euro. Who wants to, can also have a picnic.

I’m going for the first Time you duck. On the trip I have so far only back sat, it was with 1.80 meters pretty closely. In the front I amazing amount of space for my legs, however, I felt the knee of Gabrielle in the back.

The Metalllenkrad is cool and pretty stiff. Difficult, I think initially the gear shift with five gears, even if it is with the speedometer to do a sketch. I try it by Hand next to the steering Wheel. The 1. Speed is about the left rear, of the 2. Aisle right to the front.

The duck is pretty loud for the low speed. I drive a maximum of 50 km / h on the winding road with views of the forests and the sea. After I overtake a couple of cyclists. “The duck manages 110 km / h on a straight stretch with a tailwind,” said Gabrielle. Proud to be 8 to 10 liters consumed per 100 kilometers.

Titine rocks soothing as a stroller. While I’m at the beginning still somewhat cramped the narrow, winding road entlangfahre, I begin to relax soon. Yellow flowers bloom at the edge, butterflies flying around and it smells like pine trees. The sun is shining and the sky above the open roof is blue. Life is good!

The turn signal klackert loud when Turning. The Beautiful thing: When people in the duck see you smile mostly. The rounded vehicle that is easy to Smooch.

We make a stop in the Village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, it is situated picturesquely on a hill.

Here, we visit hat maker Nathalie in your business, “Les Bibis du Midi”. Elke, Meike and I try different hats on. I like the really big, Elke buys finally a sommerbunten hat and Meike a headband.

After a lunch in the beautiful Bistro “Le Maurin des Maures”, it goes to the beach, the Plage du Pellegrin. The Sand is really hot, the Mediterranean sea, in contrast, nice and cool. The Region of Var has 400 kilometres of coastline, 250 of which you can be reached on foot.

The Plage de l’Almanarre are in swell kitesurfers to find. We look there at sunset after the Flamingos, in September, were here 3,000 to see. In front of us hiding you, unfortunately.

The next day we drive to the winery Domaine Gasqui, this Time with two ducks. Gilles steers Dolly with Meike on the passenger seat, I’m with Elke in Titine.

We eat outside, which is really nice. We drink a rosé wine, which is typical for the Provence.

Then we stop at the Abbey of Abbaye du Thoronet, the sky more and more. Even as we pass through the ancient walls of walking, the first drops of Rain. Back at the car, we roll quickly Faltdächer high.

Meike continues with Gilles ahead, we follow. Soon the rain will be so hard, that we only Need Dollys tail lights to see. Finally, it’s nothing more, we keep to the curb. Then comes the hail, and here and there it will be wet in Titine. “Very close are the ducks never”, says Elke, for many years, even duck is gone.

Gilles comes back to us. “Is something wrong with the car?” he asks us to. “Uh, no. But the rain?“ The weather worried him not. “If it is in the Provence rains, so right”, is us Gabrielle later tell.

Ireland: 7 Highlights and 2 notes

Ireland is one of these countries which are so beautiful that sometimes it almost hurts. The Grass is super green, the sheep extra wooly and the people very friendly. We have in July 12 days from Dublin from a road trip on the Wild Atlantic Way will be taken. Here are our 7 Highlights and 2 notes.

In the car we are driving on the left side on the road. The needs at the beginning of a bit period, but will then always be easier. It was the right decision, Ireland with the car to discover. Because we can always stop again to the postcards photograph: cliffs, beaches, the colorful houses or castles. We stay in different accommodation from the airport hotel and Hotel on the lake B&Bs to Glamping (glamorous camping).

Sabine (originally from Bavaria), as Irlandspezialistin including travel for small groups provides us with a nice Route : Dublin – Kilkenny – Rock of Cashel – Cork – Garinish Island – Bonane – Kenmare – Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Inch – Dingle – Tralee – Cliffs of Moher – Ballyvaughan – Galway – Dublin.

We have to Düsseldorf for a flight to Dublin booked. It went very easy on the travel search engine Opodo: goal and date to enter, search, and among the best Offered option. We fly with the Irish airline Aer Lingus.

In Dublin we stay only one night, because we want to quickly to the sea. So, we continue the next Morning towards the South-West.

Highlight 1: Kilkenny This is a nice little town with a medieval centre. Here also comes the eponymous beer, Carsten has this sign was discovered.

We eat first, something in a Pub. The Seafood Chowder (on the picture) is very good, this is a creamy fish soup. The Irish Stew with lamb, in contrast, is not at all our thing, it tastes strictly.

Later, we stroll to Kilkenny Castle and admire the castle from the river. Just the sky closed again, the effect is very dramatic.

Highlight 2: The many castles I find the castles in Ireland are very picturesque, as, for example, also on the Rock of Cashel. The mountain is impressive 65 metres high and the castle to be seen from afar. It was the seat of the kings of Munster, and then the bishops.

Note 1: the coastal road is not the same coastal road The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal roads in the world. It runs 2,500 km of Ireland’s West coast. But the trail leads only partially directly at the sea along. Often, only green fields, forests, mountains and villages to see. On the narrow, twisty roads, 1,000 kilometers is quite exhausting and sometimes a little monotonous.

What we the next Irlandbesuch will make: 2 to 3 places to choose, where we each spend a few days and from there explore the area. For this is to offer around Killarney, Dingle, Doolin or Ballyvaughan.

Cork is, after Dublin, the second largest city of the Republic of Ireland. We will visit the English Market in the hall with many stalls and visitors. Here since 1788 Food, such as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables or even quail eggs and Irish honey.

Highlight 3: Garinish Island From Glengarriff, we visit the garden island Garinish Island in Bantry Bay. The island is approximately 15 hectares in size and has various gardens with flowers, trees and shrubs.

With the small ferry, we place from the bridge, the trip to the island takes only a few minutes.

The Best part: We come to the seals gone on the rocks sunbathing and swimming in the sea.

On the island we look at the flowers from different countries. Beautifully colorful, they are all!

And the views of Garinish Island is gorgeous. Soon begins to rain, so we to the cafe to escape.

Note 2: Changeable Weather You have already determined from the Moody weather in Ireland? We could in the morning never say how the day is. It was the view from the window is still cloudless and Sunny, it could be a little later already raining. Carsten and I both of us got a sunburn and got wet. Suntan lotion and umbrella are so in summer in Ireland duty.

It continues to go on our road trip. Always we make stops for taking pictures, as, for example, this slightly rusted sweetie.

Our next goal is to Bonane, where we Molly Gallivan’s Cottage & Farm visit. This is an Irish Cottage from the 19th century. Century and looks very cute. A part of the house is still original set up. Otherwise, there are plenty of Souvenirs to buy, you can with a Scone-biscuits in the tea room or strengthen the animals pay a visit to.

Highlight 4: The colorful houses In the town of Kenmare (Irish Of Neidín, “the nest”) there are many colourful houses. You are one of the things that I to Ireland love. Many towns and villages have colourful painted accommodation, such as, for example, also Dingle. Dublin is for its colorful front doors famous. A legend says that so drunken husbands your house easier found.

We eat something outside the Gastropub O’donnabhain s. It is black-painted in red.

Fish & Chips, we eat more common in Ireland. The fish in Batter is here, hot, crispy on the outside and juicy – just good.

Highlight 5: Killarney Some readers on Facebook told that Killarney to your favourite cities belongs to. From the city we don’t see much, but we stay at one of the three lakes of the national Park and try Glamping.

Sightseeing comes also not too short. We take a look at Muckross House , a mansion. It was from 1839 to 1843 on the shores of Muckross Lake built. We visit the outside of the house and its wonderful gardens for a walk.

Also Ross Castle we will visit. It was the ancestral home of the O’donoghue clan and was probably in the late 15. Century. Before the rain Clouds sees the castle are particularly impressive.

Highlight 6: The Dingle Peninsula On the Dingle Peninsula we will visit, among others, the Inch Beach and the town of Dingle.

We make it to the other visitors and drive with our car on the Inch Beach, to there on the Sand to Park.

The wide beach is relatively empty. Only a few Brave have come to here to surf. I put a toe in the water of the Atlantic ocean and is really quite cold.

In Dingle , I was already in my first Irlandbesuch. I like the city with its colorful houses and the many Pubs and fish stores. In addition, there are Murphy’s is the best ice cream.

The most famous inhabitant of Dingle is the Dolphin “Fungi”, since 1984 in the Bay of Dingle lives. There are many providers for trips to “Fungi”.

Highlight 7: Cliffs of Moher Our Irlandreise would not be complete without a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Of Doolin from where we will visit the cliffs, which up to 214 meters high. They are about 8 kilometres along the Atlantic coast and offer a stunning view. The cliffs are, however, at Irlandbesuchern very popular, so that you are never alone.

After 12 days, our road trip in Dublin to the end. We spend a few days with my friend Rachel, the I a few years ago in Australia I know. Tell her we are from our experiences and the promise of your soon return.

New Zealand: Travel Tips, Itinerary Suggestions & Attractions

“Man, this is beautiful here!!!”, that was our standard in new Zealand. Because the country is incredibly pretty and varied, with fjords, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, beaches, whales, dolphins and penguins. I have been there twice and will come back in any case! I’ll give you some tips and tricks for the perfect trip to the Kiwis (new Zealanders), do you route suggestions and introduce you to the main attractions.

New Zealand is smaller than Germany and has just 4.4 million inhabitants, is sparsely populated. New Zealand comprises two main Islands (North and South island) and numerous smaller Islands.

On the green hills of the North island, sheep grazing, between them rise volcanoes. On the South island are the Southern Alps in the very South is the island of the deeply incised coastline of the Fiordland national Park completed. The perfect Destination make the country besides the Kiwis, the very open and friendly.

You have surely “the Lord of The rings”? New Zealand is also in reality so beautiful. In the island I saw with Carsten on one day three rainbows. And as we with the Bus on a Bay feeders, jumped there dolphins. The borders on Kitsch. But it’s still nice…

Here are my travel tips for new Zealand:

Travel time For a trip you should definitely 3 weeks to take time. Because new Zealand is relatively small, but there is a lot to see. And the long flight was worth it.

Seasons: Winter in Germany = summer in new Zealand The first Time I was in new Zealand’s summer there, the second Time in the autumn. I highly recommend the summer with its pleasant temperatures, even if high season is. In the autumn it was partially sensitive to cool and it rained more often.

Health In new Zealand come up on a venomous spider species no other dangerous animals. At best extremely annoying were the tiny sand flies, the us in the Catlins swarmed around. And remember the Motto to protect from the intense sun: “Slip into a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on a pair of sunglasses.”

Security New Zealand is a very safe destination, what the crime is. Also Driving in the left-hand traffic we have outside the cities as completely unproblematic experience. Just on the South island we have miles of no other car seen, just a sea lion on the beach.

Language The English in the former British colony is easy to understand. Even if an Englishwoman once said to me, in your ears, hear all of the cute out-of-date. Otherwise, it is in new Zealand, also the language of the native Maori is spoken. New Zealand is called in the Maori way, “Aotearoa”, which translates to “Land of the long white cloud”.

The People The Kiwis are perhaps the allernetteste people at all. Like the Cologne, you are always in for a chat. When we were on the Abel Tasman Coast Track were Hiking, we met a group of around 30 Kiwis contrary, all around 70. Each of them said something to us: Just only “Hello” or “Beautiful day, isn’t it?”. So cute!!

I find the Maori culture fascinating with the Haka dance (Zungeherausstrecken included), tattoos (Moko) and the Hangi-food in the earth oven is prepared. In particular, many Maori on the North island, around Rotorua.

Route suggestions

My main question was at the beginning: South island or North island? If your tight with time and are only one of the two can make, then decide for the South island. It is even more exciting and varied than the North island. On the North island you will find, however, more Maori, if you stand up for your culture.

I have 2 route options provided tried:

Route 1: North – and South island (1 month) Traveling with Bus, train and ferry Auckland – Coromandel Peninsula – Matamata (Hobbit-caves) – Rotorua (Maori, geysers) – Lake Taupo – Tongariro national Park – Wellington – with the ferry over to the South island to Picton with the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura (on the picture – with whales, dolphins and Swimming with seals) – Christchurch (largest city in the country, was the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes severely damaged) – with the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth – Franz Josef glacier Doubtful Sound (the boat trip to it, I still like it better than the Milford Sound) – Auckland

Route 2: South Island (3 Weeks) On the road with the rental car Christchurch Moeraki Boulders (large stone balls in the sea, pictured above) – Dunedin – Otago Peninsula (beaches and harbour seals) – Catlins – Curio Bay (petrified forest, penguins) – Queenstown (bungee jumping or Skydiving, I have both not tried) – Milford Sound – Lake Wanaka (beautiful lake) – Fox-glacier – Pancake Rocks (picture below) – Golden Bay (Hippieflair, beaches, and Harbor seals) – the Abel Tasman Coast Track (I’m moved, but under Protest!) – Nelson – Kaikoura – Christchurch

The main attractions Depending on whether your North or South island visit, you can for example, in Auckland or Christchurch with the airplane land. For me, however, not the cities the appeal of new Zealand, but the incredibly beautiful nature. Hikers (which I tend not to belong), are drawn to the “Great Walks”.

South island

Kaikoura: whales, dolphins and Swimming with seals The coastal town of Kaikoura is known for its rich wildlife. Whales, dolphins, seals and penguins are to be seen here.

During our Whale Watching, we were lucky: We saw several whales and many dolphins. Unfortunately, the sea was pretty rough and Carsten was soon green in the face. A tablet against motion sickness take beforehand is a good idea.

I booked a Swim in the sea with seals. With 5 other visitors and 2 Guides, I went in a small boat out to sea. From the cold of the water, we were with Wetsuit, hood, gloves and flippers protected.

We drove to a large rock in the sea, on the approximately 50 Harbor seals faulenzten. For an hour we snorkeled around the rock and swam with the seals through the water. The were not at all shy, but we came curiously very close.

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula We drove into the schottischste city in new Zealand, after Dunedin. There were old houses on the high hill, scattered. We hiked up Baldwin Street high, the steepest street in the world.

On a beautiful Sunny day, we drove to the Otago Peninsula. The Peninsula closes at Dunedin, there are a lot of animals. At the deserted Sandfly Bay basking seals and we saw one of the rare yellow-eyed penguins, a sand dune hinaufwatscheln.

Franz Josef glacier and Fox glacier I was particularly impressed with, in new Zealand, the Franz Josef glacier. In a half-day climbing trip I went on with my group into cold and smooth ice cream.

This is why we had thick clothes and boots with crampons.

Our Guide took again his hoe, to the steps in the ice to renew. We squeezed ourselves through crevasses, came past small waterfalls and ice cream, the sometimes blue shimmer.

Of course, could also be the Keas are not missing, the Bergpapageien. From the top we saw the beautiful contrast of the Eisflusses to directly behind the rainforest.

Carsten and I looked at the 2. New Zealand travel Fox glacier, from several sides. Before that, made a group just ready to rise, you were the ice just ameisengroß.

Boat trips on the Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound Very beautiful also were the rides on the two fjords. The boat tour on the Milford Sound is particularly popular with visitors, I liked the trip on the Doubtful Sound even better.

In Doubtful Sound , we took 50 people on a sailing boat, the ride began at noon and went until the next day. A whole afternoon sailed we over the river. We discovered Harbor seals, dolphins, and 5 penguins on the rocks herumhüpften.

During a kayak trip we had the opportunity to the steeply towering rock faces and waterfalls once from Close to see. In the evening we lay down on the Deck and saw in the starry up.

The Milford Sound winds its way 15 miles long, with steep rocks to the sea. On the Tour we saw the landmark, the zuckerhutförmigen Mitre Peak, and many great waterfalls. Also very nice, but the boat tour was a bit crowded and pretty loud.

Thrill-Capital, Queenstown “Have you ever been skydiving or bungee jumping?” This question was asked to me in the Hostels frequently asked. Finally, it is new Zealand for its adventure sports, famous, and the capital of the thrill is Queenstown.

The Kawarau Bridge, 43 metres above the river was the place where the first commercial Bungeesprünge were offered. And even at a skydiving offers Queenstown a great backdrop with the lake and the mountains. But to parachute or bungee jump, I was too “chicken” (= coward).

Lake Wanaka: lake + mountains = beautiful A day with lots of sun, we took advantage of for a trip to Lake Wanaka. We sunbathed us on the shore of the dark blue lake, the mountains with snow-capped peaks lined. To do this, again we noticed only one thing: “man, this is beautiful here!!!”

North island

Coromandel Peninsula From Auckland, I made a trip out to the Coromandel Peninsula on the East coast. It is a popular holiday area, with some beautiful beaches. In new Zealand, I drove often with the InterCity buses, where the bus driver the journey comment.

We needed for just 200 kilometres to the small town of Whitianga 5 hours. Because the road turned into a narrow zigzag to get around the many hills and mountains.

From Whitianga from, I visited the Cathedral Cove. This cave offered a beautiful view of the sea. Also you can here funny Silhouettenbilder. And Jen from our group sang in the kathedralenhohen cave a few songs, to the great acoustics to demonstrate.

At Hot Water Beach everyone can have his own Pool dig: If you have a Hollow digging, you can in the warm thermal waters of baden and of the sea look.

Maori culture and hot springs in Rotorua One of the strongholds of the Maori, Rotorua. For me the appropriate place to get together with Lena out of my Hostel the maorische Hangi food to try.

Meat, vegetables and the sweet potato, Kumara (yummy!!!) be in an oven in the ground prepared. This is a hole in the ground filled with stones, a fire built. If it burned to the ground, the wrapped food on the stones, covered with earth, and so cooked. The Hangi tasted good to me, only quite a bit of smoke.

Another attraction of the city were the geothermal fields. In the Park there were hot springs everywhere, I saw the steam from the drains to rise and it smelled intensely of sulfur.

Wai-o-Tapu in Rotorua offered as a “Thermal Wonderland” volcanic craters, cold and warm springs, Mud Pools and geysers. There I saw the red-and-green Champagne Pool. Very close to broke the Lady Knox geyser in the morning and reached a height of up to 20 meters.

England tour: 7 reasons to go to the country

Rest, relaxation, a break from everyday life – that we are looking for when we go on our England trip to the country. Our 11-day road trip takes us from Dover via London and Brighton also to rural Sussex and Kent. Here are my 7 reasons why you take a picnic should in England – including romantic country houses, English gardens and seafood restaurants by the sea.

Special reasons to go to England, I never actually need. Since then I have participated in an exchange program as a student, my heart beats for the country. I like the language, the cities and landscapes, the cars and the food.

Here are my 7 reasons to go in England in the country:

1) Road Trip in England
We start our journey with the fire-red Mini Paceman in Cologne. From here we drive to Calais and take the ferry to Dover. When we see emerge the chalk cliffs before us, my heart beats faster.

In the first eleven days we drive from Dover to London, then through the rural Sussex to Brighton on and on to Kent. In Dover we again take the ferry back home.

Carsten travels routinely, he has become accustomed to our many joint Road Trips (z. B. in New Zealand and Australia) to the left-hand traffic.

In the country we expect little traffic. We pass green meadows, sheep and cows, through picturesque villages, see castles and sleep in country hotels.

2) stay in the villa
You want to feel you again as in the English TV series “Downton Abbey”? This goes to Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa (Turners Hill, East Grinstead, Sussex).

In London we need a relatively long time until we’re from the big city out. But then we go only about an hour up to the 5 star hotel. We accept the spacious driveway and parking in the yard.

In the hotel we have to wait some time until we can move into our room. So we are committed to the fireplace room (a great invention, especially for the fall and winter!) And drink a cider (apple wine). What is missing is the sleeping dog at our feet …

3) country walk
From Alexander House from companies Carsten and I a little trip. We prefer the “Wellies” at (rubber boots), which are available in the entrance area of ​​the hotel. We also pack a umbrellas, because it rains every now and again.

On helipad (you read that right) past, we walk along the trail. First, it goes slightly downhill – overlooking green hills and the adjacent forest. Then we go on the ground floor past flowers and berries.

The air smells fresh and the birds chirping, otherwise it is very quiet.

4) The food (yes, really!)
So much fresh air makes you hungry. English food is bad? This prejudice stubbornly persists.

But I’m a big fan of crispy fish and chips. I’ve eaten at Beachy Head Beachy Head Pub Top. There we make again this time a stopover.

As sweet tooth I can not even at Eton Mess (dessert with meringue, cream and strawberries), Scone pastries and caramel fudge say “no”. And I have developed a liking for Vinegar Crisps (chips with vinegar taste).

My tip: Eat at Gravetye Manor (Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, Sussex) – English as it gets. We take an aperitif in a fireplace room, under the gaze of the elegantly dressed men and women on the oil paintings.

We enjoy our 3-course menu for 30 pounds (about 42 euros) in the restaurant. I have a cheese soufflé ordered with hazelnuts, the main course and for dessert duck salt caramel cake with chocolate cream and popcorn. In Carstens dessert we discover the blackberries from our walk again.

The food not only looks great, it tastes very good. And the waiters are nice and accommodating. Over two hours takes our extensive food. Then we take a walk through the garden.

5) English gardens
England is famous for its gardens. Although I was often in England, but never in one of the gardens. We want to change now …

In the garden of Gravetye Manor, the plants grow in wild splendor. We accompany a gardener on his tour.

We see next to flowers, fruits and vegetables of all colors and the farm dog, a swan with young and free-range chickens. The beekeeper comes to meet us, a jar of honey in his hand.

All this seems almost a little enchanted. A nice place if you want to breathe again. Some families with children are traveling, playing catch on the trails.

We also visit the Sissinghurst Castle Garden (Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent), one of the most famous gardens.

He fascinates me, especially because of its history: The writer couple Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson put him in the 1930s.

The two are practically invisible: In a tower you can watch the reading room of the writer. And in the exhibition is to hear her voice as she reads from her works.

With Carsten I look at the well-ordered garden grounds with flower fields in different colors. I imagine how the writers here Couple running hand in hand along. Hach …

6) Visit the sea
Even from Brighton we drive along the sea. We visit the beautiful Rye with its cobbled streets, the castle and nice pubs. A trip to the beach is a must. Many families here romp, some swim or try your hand at surfing.

Actually I wanted to go surfing in Kent at Joss Bay Surf School or Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Unfortunately, a cold makes me a spanner in the works, it is not this time.

7) restaurant with lake views
If I am the sea, I eat seafood – I’m a big fan Do you like oysters.? I had to get used to it, but now I love the salty taste of the sea.

We visit Barry and Richard Greene of the Whitstable Oyster Company and the restaurant “The Royal Native Oyster Stores” (Horse Bridge, Whitstable), on the north coast of Kent.

In rubber boots we walk in a group of oystercatchers, Richard (left) works with several family members. They show us the oyster beds and the Whitstable Oysters. but quickly rises with the tide the water and we come to the retreat.

At the restaurant we sit on the terrace with gaze to the sea. I stick my nose in the air to breathe in the sea air. However, it is also quite fresh and we wrap ourselves grateful to the ceiling, which extends the waitress.

I try an oyster shot, in which an oyster floating in champagne and dark beer. Since I’m not a big beer fan, I hold dear to the oyster on the plate and my Hummer.