Hiking Up Table Mountain, Cape Town – the India Venster Route

Hiking up Table Mountain - the India Venster Route

I’m on a ledge 3 feet wide looking straight down over the edge of Table Mountain. I’ve just come up 10 feet from the last ledge, using metal rungs to pull myself up a sheer rock wall. I look up above and see another 15 feet or so of vertical rock, with a few more metal rungs and a chain at the top. I can feel my knees start to tremble and I know that if I wait too long to go up I might not be able to do it at all. What a shitty idea this was. [Read more…]

Plitvice Lakes: Impressions, Tips and Regrets

Plitvice Lakes Impressions, Tips and Regrets

I read a lot of blogs and they always help me in planning what to see and how much time to spend somewhere. I wish I hadn’t read anything on Croatia’s famous Plitvice Lakes, because the National Park in our opinion really requires more than the one night stay/ half day excursion that most bloggers suggest. But maybe that’s because we’re old and no longer enjoy rushing through things 🙂 . [Read more…]

A visit to Omiš, Croatia’s Adventure Capital. And why it’s my favorite small town in Croatia.

A visit to Omiš, Croatia’s Adventure Capital. And why it’s my favorite small town in Croatia 875
Sometimes reading a magazine on the toilet is a good thing. I would have never heard of Omiš otherwise.

Omiš is a tiny town about 30 minutes south of Split situated where the Cetina river flows into the Adriatic. [Read more…]

Hiking Mount Mosor the “Man’s Way”

hiking mount mosor the man's way, croatia

Mount Mosor is the highest peak in the Split area, renown for its fabulous views over the Dalmatian coastline. So when my new Croatian friends Vedran and Goran offered to take me for a hike up Mount Mosor there was no way I was going to say no.“Bring 2 liters of water, sunscreen and a lunch” said Vedran “It takes about 3 hours to reach the peak”. [Read more…]

Photo Essay. Why Kotor, Montenegro, totally blew us away

Why Kotor, Montenegro, totally blew us away

Kotor has been on my list of places to see ever since spotting a photo similar to the above on another blog. So when we left Split last week for a little trip down south, Kotor was the place I wanted to see. Not Dubrovnik, but Kotor. I didn’t tell Spanky that because she hates it when I choose a destination because of a hike  or a “photo opportunity” (as she calls it). I told her we were going to Dubrovnik with a little side trip to a place called Kotor. Like most people she had never heard of it. [Read more…]

Visiting the Montmorency Falls, Quebec

visiting the montmorency falls, quebec

12 km east of Quebec City are the Montmorency Falls, the highest falls in the province of Quebec at 84 m (275 ft) in height. Just to give you a sense of perspective, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls which are 51 m (167 ft) high.

The falls are the highlight of the Provincial Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. [Read more…]

Photo Essay – Sunsets and Volcanoes in Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

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Within Lake Nicaragua, which is the largest lake in Central America, lies Isla Ometepe. It is a small island shaped like an hourglass – both sides of the hourglass being volcanoes (Concepcion on one side, Maderas on the other) [Read more…]

Great hikes and stunning views in Lauterbrunnen and the Berner Oberland, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen and the Berner Oberland, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen is situated in the Berner Oberland, an area in Central Switzerland containing some of the country’s highest peaks. Lauterbrunnen itself is in a valley full of cascading waterfalls. It is a gorgeous location with some great hikes in the immediate vicinity. [Read more…]

Photo Essay and Travel Tips on Reutte and the Ehrenberg Castle Ensemble, Austria

Reutte, Austria
About 20km from touristy Fussen, across the border and in the Austrian Alps, is the pretty little town of Reutte. Located in a large green valley surrounded by snow capped mountains it is just fantastically beautiful. It ended up as one of our highlights on this European trip.

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Hiking Mont Ham in Quebec’s Eastern Townships

hiking mont ham in quebec's eastern townships

Above: photo credit Tourismdessources

Mt. Ham is about 2 hours from Montreal in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. We hiked the “Intrepid” Trail, a 1.7 km hike up to the summit where we were blessed with impressive 360 degree views. Far away we could see Mont-Megantic and Mont-Orford. The views are quite awesome.  [Read more…]