Italy: Why visit the Dolomites?

The Dolomites are worth visiting in all the season. Main seasons for winter sport is December to April, best season for hiking is September to October. In order to avoid the crowds try to stay away in August, as this is the summer holiday season in Europe. Let me give you some reasons why to visit the Dolomites. The beautiful mountains No matter which valley of the Dolomites you are choosing,…

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Italy: Mountain Love (Dolomites)

For me mountains always have been a place of peace. Just standing, sitting, hiking somewhere in the mountains and looking at the beauty of the peaks give me some kind of peace. Sunshine and blue skies helps as well ;) Enjoy here some view from the Val Gardena and Puster Valley in the Dolomites of Italy, which were taken in autumn (September/October time frame). (Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

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Italy: Hikes in the Val Gardena (Dolomites)

This year we decided to do a road trip in Europe, that should lead us to Italy and Slovenia. With spending time first in Val Gardena (Dolomites in Italy), then in Bovec (Soca Valley in Slovenia), Lake Bohinj (Slovenia) and the Puster Valley (Dolomites in Italy). Before we reach the Dolomites we had a ~500 km drive ahead of us, which took us 8 hours because of driving restrictions in Austria…

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Pyrenees: Tips

General The Pyrenees is a mountain range in French, Spain and Andorra. Even that it is easier with speaking French and Spanish, it is also possible to get around with English. People are in general nice and try to help out as good as possible. In order to get to the area, the closest airports are Bilbao (Spain), Toulouse (France) or Barcelona (Spain). Transportation The easiest to go around in the…

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Spain: We found paradise (Arinzué)

After our great hiking start in the France part of the Pyrenees we moved on to Spain, due to the changing weather conditions. One hour before we reached the Hotel Restaurante Lamiana, I could have sworn we need to sleep in the car with 4 degrees outside temperature. But with crossing from Fabian (France) - where all campsites were still closed - to the sunny 20 degree Spain, we got an…

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France: Welcome to the Pyrenees (A hiking heaven)

I cannot believe that we made it finally to the Pyrenees. We heard so much about it but it was never that high on our list that we actually made it there. Even that is not completely true, I been in the Andorra part of the Pyrenees when I was a teenager. Back then I did not care too much about the mountains, for that reason there was not too much…

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Germany: 3 Day Bike Packing (TransPfalz 2019)

View from the Luitpoldturm Day 1 - Hauenstein to RodalbenThe start of these years 3 day TransPfalz tour (bike packing in Palatinate) of the DAV was at the train station in Hauenstein. The MTB family contained Specialized, Kona, Radon, Bulls, Ghost, Canyon and Liteville. Included in the planned tour was 130 kilometers of riding, 2800 meter elevation and 12 hours on the bike.  The riding started over soft sandy soil covered…

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Germany: Starting Hiking Season (Palatinate)

Vineyard over Wachenheim With a couple of longer day hikes and multi day hikes planned this year we needed to get in shape for these years hiking season. What a better place then doing this in palatinate. The area includes endless options of hiking path 's through the woods crossing lakes, castles and ruins. Basaltsee Sprint Flower The area is also mainly known for its vineyards, local wine and traditional Palatine…

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USA: It is always sunny in California

California has besides the great weather a lot of to offer. Not only the well-known National Parks are worth the visit, also a one day or half day road trip from the Bay Area shows the beauty of this state. Even that San Francisco and the Bay Area are busy places with a lot of people, just driving outside of these areas for 30 minutes brings you in the middle of…

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New Zealand: Driving Impression (Road Trip)

In 2014, we did a 7-week road trip in New Zealand. We drove on the south and north island around 5000 km. In order to get around in New Zealand there are several options. In general, it is on the road, as there is not a train network that covers all off New Zealand. Car/Camper RentalThe most popular option is to rent a car or camper. We rented our car with…

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