Animals and Nature Photography with Travel Tips for World Nomads
Author: Marcelle Simone Heller
I'm searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I'm travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.
We would not have gone to Norway if it hadn’t been for the house sit we found near Lillehammer for two weeks. Cutting out on a big chunk of accommodation costs we were able to find out more about, how to travel Norway without breaking the bank and seeing Norway in a nutshell.
Yes, we are cheapies, when it’s about our travels. To be able to travel as world nomads without breaking the bank, needs either to narrow down our travels to the cheapest travel destinations or otherwise to do some intense research, how to travel the most expensive places of the world on a tight budget. Continue reading “Traveling Norway Without Breaking The Bank”
I sat on my haunches and pointed my camera to the Aldabra giant tortoise, who was walking towards me, underestimating the speed of these ancient reptiles. Another unforgettable wildlife encounter on our travels, this time in Praslin, Seychelles, on a day tour to Curieuse Marine National Park.
On our travels in the Seychelles we found Praslin, an island not only with the most beautiful beaches, but also with UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and the Curieuse Marine National Park close by. An unique place for nature enthusiasts to explore endemic animals and plants above and under water. Continue reading “Praslin, Seychelles – Destination Guide”
Granada is worthwhile to visit as a cluster of Arabian and Spanish culture, Moorish Architecture, all nestled between the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. But learn from our mistakes to be able to make the best out of your trip.
Visiting Andalusia, we were struck by the number and height of the mountains, which otherwise in Europe can only be found in the Swiss alps in such concentration. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountain tops, often covered in a powder sugar layer of snow, lays Granada, a town which astounded us. Continue reading “What We’d Do Better On A Future Visit To Granada, Spain”
La Digue is a small island in the Seychelles. Beautiful beaches with white sand, weird shaped granite boulders and a turquoise sea. Warm temperatures all year make it a dream holiday destination.
La Digue has kept its charm with mostly locally owned family businesses and bicycles as main choice of transport.
Crystal clear, aquamarine water encircled the island of La Digue. A gentle wind moved palm trees above lonely beaches, while granite boulders stood out like bald heads contrasting with the snow-white sand.
Even in summer, man-high snow walls line the Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandfjellets, also called the snow road because of this. Marvelous views over rugged, snow-covered mountain peaks surround the steep slopes who decline accompanied by uncountable waterfalls into the crystal-clear waters of the fjord.
Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet
From our red painted hut at Vindedalen, a tiny place in a remote valley with only one resident left, we overlooked the spectacular Sognefjorden, the largest and second longest fjord in the world. But that wasn’t to be the only superlative of our visit to beautiful Norway.
The Snow Road
Only a few kilometers east along the windy coastal road in direction of Lærdalsøyri started the Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandfjellets (road 243) over 47 kilometers in direction of Aurlandsvangen, also called the snow road as it keeps man-high snow along the edges of the mountain pass road during summer time.
Winding up the narrow road passing some battered wooden barns and holiday huts in patches of light forest.
Arriving above the treeline dozens of waterfalls emerged from the snow covered mountain tops to make their way through rocky mountain slopes growing soon with other waters into a torrent heading to the valley.
Most Beautiful Road Of The World
On the top of the mountain pass, just over 1’306 meters, icy wind was blowing mist and snowflakes over the hostile landscape.
Arguably we negotiated the most beautiful road of the world as snow walls double the size of our car flanked the road despite summer time. Aquamarine blue ice covering mountain lakes caught our eyes enhanced by snow-covered rock walls, where crystal-clear water drops trickled from ice-cones.
Mind Boggling Views Over Aurlands Fjord
Just before the road declines to Aurlandsvangen a spectacular view of dark clouds covering the surrounding ragged peaks of Aurland Fjorden contrasting with the clean white snow and remaining patches of dried grass blew our minds.
A few hundred meters downward we reached Stegastein, a spectacular man made viewing point, a wooden construction reaching out over the valley to provide the best possible view over the fjord. The viewpoint is accessible from Aurlandsvangen even in winter time, not so the rest of the Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet.
We headed down to the shore at Aurlandsvangen to spoil ourselves with a cup of coffee and one of the Norwegian specialties, carrot cake, only to head for our next adventure of the Norway in a nutshell tour starting in Flåm : a boat ride through the whole length of Sognefjorden to Bergen and return (according to Norwegians) by the world’s most beautiful train ride on the Bergen to Oslo route, changing in Myrdal to the historic Flåm Railway. More about this in a later post.
Spanish Flamenco, a Spanish Horse Dressage Show and the most quirky bullfight ever – all at one evening in the medieval, white mountain village of Mijas.
We didn’t know what we were embarking on, when we bought the tickets for the traditional show in Mijas, Spain. Before we had to leave the Costa del Sol in Andalusia we wanted to see Spanish Flamenco and a Spanish Horse Dressage Show. The bullfight coming with the show was the most quirkiest ever! Continue reading “The Quirkiest Bullfight In Spain”
Antequera plaid an important role in ancient and in modern times of Andalusia in Spain as well.
The Moorish fortress, roman baths are the prehistoric ensemble that has been declared World Heritage Site.
I learned on our visit to Andalusia in Spain that it doesn’t have to be inevitably the grand Alhambra of Granada to find ancient remnants of the Moors in Spain. We found the quaint historical town and World Heritage Site of Antequera coincidentally, when we returned from visiting the nearby natural reserve of El Torcal. Continue reading “Moorish Architecture In The Heart Of Andalusía”