Madeira: An outdoor playground

With being to Madeira already two times, we know the popular touristic hikes. Which are stunning but also crowded. With having the pandemic still around, we wanted this time to explore the more unknown region of the north. Mainly around São Vicente and Boaventura, the places where we found nice AirB&B accommodations. In order to have the real local experience. Instead of staying in an impersonal hotel room. Boca das Voltas…

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Madeira: Just disconnect for a while

Levada do Norte Encumeada That 2020 was a crazy year, we can all agree on. Not many of us experiencing something comparable in your lives. It is interesting that in the beginning most of us thought this all will go away in a matter of a couple of months. Guess what we all been wrong. It is now over 10 months in quarantine, lockdown and a way different life as we…

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Madeira: A pure nature island

Hike among the east coast Traveling to Madeira was always special, as the landing on the island is already a highlight. With the airport right next to the ocean, the landing curve is going over the cliffs of the east cape. This is every time around an experience. As the Covid-19 cases in all over Europe are rising, on the island extra measure were taken. Either way you bring a negative…

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Germany: Back to my childhood (Harz)

In order to escape the same white walls, that I am looking at in home office for nearly 9 months now, I went on a trip back to my childhood. What is the best place to hide in a pandemic? The countryside. Which is not densely populated and has a lot of nature to offer. It is just great not to have a constant reminder of the pandemic. Like wearing masks,…

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Germany: Time to breathe

Now we are back where we started, this all feels like March/April again. Only that this time we all saw it coming. Covid-19 numbers are rising around Europe and measures are taken in all European countries. It was only a matter of time when the German government is announcing the next lockdown. Starting by tomorrow we will get a Lockdown light in Germany. This means all restaurant, bars, hotels, cinemas, theater…

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Germany: A weekend walk in the Odenwald in Autumn

Rötlicher Lacktrichterling Kubanischer Kahlkopf This year is with all means special, with the good and bad phases. But what 2020 is giving us is a golden autumn, which means a warm October. Nature in all the colors autumn can paint. At the moment the game of colors is amazing. Leaves are painted in yellow, orange, red and a combination in between. It is a phenomenon that is happening in this intensity…

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Germany: Autumn in the Black Forest

After coming back from a still warm Portugal, Germany welcomed us already in full autumn. With night temperatures around 3 degrees and day temperatures around 9 degrees, summer is officially over. With the falling temperatures also the colors of the leaves are changing from green to yellow, orange and red. The play of the color can be mostly enjoyed in the woods and this is where we headed once more. Today's…

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Portugal: The best for last (GR50 Ermida)

Just pure nature (Ermida) At our last day in Portugal, we aimed for a special hike. Up to the Lourica (1359 m). The hike can be started near Ermida. It is already a pictures drive up to this mountain town. Shortly before the town of Ermida there are two parking slots, in order to start the hike on the GR50. Or just take a photo of the amazing landscape. As our…

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Portugal: Back in the Geres National Park (GR50 from Soajo)

Two weeks in Portugal went by like nothing, as we not been ready to face the Covid-19 situation in Germany just yet, we extend our stay in Portugal for another week. In Geres we got a taste of the Geres Nation Park and the GR50. In order to see more of the park we decided to go Soajo. A more quiet and countryside region of the Geres National Park. Also, here…

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Portugal: Hike in the Tua Valley (PR2 CRZ)

Today's hike lead us in the Tue Valley, which is a 40 minutes drive from the Douro Valley in Pinhão. As we have already many kilometers in our legs, we looked for a short hike with great views. The PR2 CRZ is only 9 kilometers long but has 400 meters of decline and incline in altitude. BUT the hike is really like a V, steep steep steep. The hike leads through…

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