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Best Of Tropical Island Paradise La Digue, Seychelles

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 bold heads contrasting with the snow-white sand.

We were bound to spend probably the most memorable days of our travels in the Seychelles so far. Continue reading “Best Of Tropical Island Paradise La Digue, Seychelles”

Norwegians Snow Road – The Worlds Most Beautiful Road

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.

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

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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.

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

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.

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

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.

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

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.

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

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.

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 FlÃ¥m : 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 FlÃ¥m Railway. More about this in a later post.

Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet

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Tips For Visiting Seychelles Islands Paradise

Living like locals on Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles, for an entire month, I can give you an insight how to travel the Seychelles beyond holiday resorts.

Ever thought of visiting a tropical paradise? Well,  we were lucky enough to get a house sitting assignment for a month in the Seychelles.

Visiting Seychelles On A Budget

We have been house sitting for the past four years which has allowed us to be able to visit places which, on our meager budget, would not be otherwise possible. So we jumped at the opportunity when this assignment came up, applied and here we are. (Our Tips how to find house sitting assignments or house swaps you find here), Continue reading “Tips For Visiting Seychelles Islands Paradise”

The Quirkiest Bullfight In Spain

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”

Moorish Architecture In The Heart Of Andalusía

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”

Lake Panic Camouflage Artist | Lake Panic Tarnungskünstler

Marcelle’s Wildlife Photography:
Lake Panik Camouflage Artist, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Marcelle’s Wildtier Fotografie: Lake Panik Tarnungskünstler, Kruger Nationalpark, Südafrika

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One of the most beautiful places for birders is Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa, where we spent hours to get the perfect shot of a kingfisher who was diving to catch fish like a kamikaze head-on into the water just a few meters in front of the bird hide. We didn’t get the shot the way we’d hoped for, so we’ll have to go back (which is a good excuse to visit our favorite place again anyway).

This juvenile Rufous Night-Heron surprised me when it extended its neck like a telescope. In difference to the adult Rufous Night-Heron or Nankeen Night Heron as it’s also known, its plumage is heavily spotted and streaked all over with buff, brown and white, whereas the adult bird has reddish-brown upper parts and black cap and develops long white plumes on its head during breeding season.

Being a night hunter we were lucky to see it awake close to the water during daytime. Watch how it blends in with its neighbouring branch perfectly!

Camouflaged Heron

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Lake Panic, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Einer der besten Orte für Vogelliebhaber ist der Lake Panic im Kruger National Park, Südafrika, wo wir mehrere Stunden verbrachten, um das perfekte Foto eines Eisvogels zu nehmen, welcher wenige Meter vor unserer Vogelbeobachtungshütte wie ein Kamikaze kopfvoran mehrmals ins Wasser schoss um zu fischen. Das erhoffte Foto gelang uns nicht, weshalb wir zurückkehren werden müssen (so oder so eine gute Entschuldigung, unseren Lieblingsort wieder zu besuchen).

Der Rufus Nachtreiher überraschte uns wie er seinen Hals wie ein Teleskop verlängern konnte. Im Unterschied zum erwachsenen Rufus Nachtreiher oder Nankeen Nachtreiher wie er auch genannt wird, ist sein Gefieder getupft und lederfarben, braun und weiss gestreift, wobei der ausgewachsene Vogel einen rot-braunen Oberkörper mit einer schwarzen Kappe hat. Während der Brutzeit entwickeln sich lange weisse Feder auf seinem Kopf.

Da der Nachtreiher ein nacht-aktiver Jäger ist, war es ein Glück, dass wir den Vogel während des Tages wach nahe beim Wasser sahen. Beachte, wie gut er mit dem Ast neben ihm einblendet!

Camouflaged Heron

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Marcelle's Wildlife Photography: Lake Panik Camouflage Artist, Kruger National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Wildtier Fotografie: Lake Panik Tarnungskünstler, Kruger Nationalpark, Südafrika

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Big Sky Of South Africa | Endlose Weiten Südafrika’s

Marcelle’s Photography:
Big Sky Of South Africa
Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa

Marcelle’s Fotografie:
Endlose Weiten Südafrika’s
Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

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‘Big Sky’ is normally used as a term describing the sky over the vast wide empty space in Montana, United States. As we travelled the Karoo in South Africa this term crossed my mind as well, all the while as I was admiring the arid landscape which stretched on endlessly.

Karoo, South Africa

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Mit ‘Big Skies’ ist normalerweise der sich unendlich bis zum Horizont erstreckende Himmel über Montana in den USA gemeint. Diese Beschreibung passt jedoch auch ganz gut für die Karoo in Südafrika, ging mir durch den Kopf, während ich bei unserer Durchreise die unendlichen Weiten der ariden Landschaft bewunderte.

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Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika