Colmar – Alsace

Hello guys, long time no see. This week, I show you the impressions I gathered on my weekend trip to Colmar – Alsace.

It started, with planning a reunion weekend to see my girls from Master’s again. Usually, we meet up at the home of one of us once (or if we manage twice) a year, but this time we decided for something more sophisticated. The plan was to meet up somewhere in the middle of our living places and this happened to be in Alsace. I never visited Colmar before – although I know it is famous for the wine and its Christmas Market in December – but I happened to be in Straßbourg before. Colmar has a lot of charme. I can understand why so many (international) people come and visit it. We were lucky deciding to go on a weekend where the weather was brilliant. The only disadvantage with this: every other person had the same idea! And so we were wandering the old town streets together with a lot of tourists, buying soaps, clothes, jewelry, wine, cookies, and in general a lot of food.  From Flammkuchen over Schweinshaxe and Sushi, I tried everything. The second day we took the car to Riquewhir to see the wine fields, the landscape of Alsace and the historical old town. Fachwerkhäuschen everywhere!

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Majorca

What time is it? – Vacation time!

Again, again, I went again on holiday: This time for a 3.5-day short trip to beautiful balearic island Majorca. It was my first time visiting, and I can say, I do not regret it (will come some time again for sure). The island has a fantastic and diverse landscape, the water was perfect for swimming (end of September!) and the weather could not have been better (only one time cloudy at the beach)!

For the 3 days on the island, I planned a tough schedule. After arrival in Palma, I rode the bus in the Alcúdia direction. The Hotel was located in Can Picafort, very close to the promenade and beach. The first day was booked for a bicycle ride to Cap Formentor. Here’s a litte secret. Instead of a normal road or mountain bike, I – clever foxy as I am – chose to ride an E-Bike up the serpentines. And it was SO MUCH FUN! OK ok, it was highly unfair compared to the normal bicyclists on the road that day, but it was stressless and easy. And I could much more enjoy the perfect view around the cliffs and coasts.

The second day, was spent on the beach between Can Picafort and Alcúdia entirely. Although it was off-season a lot of tourists gathered at the water. For the evening, I decided going to Alcúdia, seeing the city and enjoy the sunset view from the harbor.

The last day, I had to go back to Palma. The flight was super early on Monday morning, so best option was to spent the Sunday somewhere close to the airport. Around noon, I took a bus from Can Picafort to Palma to arrive just in time to do a little bit touristic sightseeing: with the old wooden train Tren de Sóller. It takes one hour for the train to arrive in Sóller. The train is not really fast, but when staying outside the cabin it is a very adventurous ride (it’s super dark and cold when it rides through the tunnels – brrrz). The landscape is perfect, and the closer you come to Sóller, the more mountains and green you see. After checking out the old town of Sóller (it is not very big), I was on the way to Port Sóller. With ice cream in the one hand and camera in the other, I walked up to the cap of the harbor and got a nice view over the harbor and port city. Afterwards even went a bit for swimming.

I think the island has way more to offer, but even this short 3 days showed me already the islands beauty. And i can totally understand why so many people migrate to their or spent a long holiday in Majorca.

majorca

And here is a small selection of landscape shots:

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Belchenflue

My dearies, I did it again. I was hiking on the weekend. This time I visited part of Swiss Jura mountain and climbed up to Belchenflue at 1099m. The place is located on the Border of Basel-Land and Solothurn Kanton. The peak view was amazing, and although it was super cloudy, I was lucky getting the only few sunlight rays on that day while I was on top. Since I was nearby Langenbruck already, I also tested the Sommerrodelbahn located there. It made lots of fun, although – in a way I – would more recommend it for kids and teens. Find some pictures of the hike attached at the end of the entry and enjoy. :)

wandern belchenflue

And some pictures:

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Düsseldorf

Juhey, another week, another comic. I know I am a bit late, but I am happy I still made it in this weeks time. This time, I tell you about my adventure visiting kunecoco in Düsseldorf. The last time I was in Düsseldorf was several years ago and I never managed to do some sightseeing. So basically, I knew nothing about the city. Similar to Basel, Düsseldorf is a very industrialized area and they also have the Rhine (next to the rhine they even have a sheep herd – how cool is that?!). From Friday to Sunday, I was able to explore the city and surroundings. What I liked most about Düsseldorf, is the shape and locations. Although it has over half a million inhabitants, I wouldn’t consider it a big city. The central spots are easily reachable, either by walking or by public transportation. The weekend, I spent all my money on food, coffee and drinks – NO RAGRETS! I enjoyed the various offer of bars, coffee shops, restaurants and take-aways a lot.

The first day, I spent my time by the Rhine. “Rheinpromenade” was empty (due to cold weather) and I had some relaxing hours, waiting for Jenni to finish her working day. Since it was raining on Saturday, we decided on some indoor activity: shopping! After the rain stopped, we drove to Duisburg to take some pictures on the Tiger&Turtle – Magic Mountain monument for the internet challenge of a friend. The only part not walkable on the monument is the loop – fortunately. On the last day, we touristically strolled into Rheinturm and enjoyed a view above the city. Luckily, there was a clear view, no clouds and a lot of sun. In the afternoon we decided for some more food (who would have thought?) and ended up in Ramen Soul (the best Chinese Ramen in town!). It was SO delicious.

Düsseldorf

 

Summertime

The weather in Basel is known to be mild and always few degrees above the Swiss average. That gives perfect opportunity for the summer and the traditional Rhine swimming. Past weeks were a little disappointing when it came down to sun and heat, but I am quite optimistic for the upcoming weekends to have a small revival summer ( so that I can at least swim one more time in the Rhine!). Best part about my apartment is the close location to the river. When we start swimming on the upper part of Rhine, I can always let myself get carried back to my apartment down the river. :)

Now, I can also introduce you the most mandatory accessoire of every Basel citizen: the Wickelfisch! It is a water-proof bag in the shape of a fish. When you closed it tight and leave some air in it, you can flow down the tide together with your belongings. Practical and very popular. The idea was developed by a local artist – Tilo Ahmels. He did a great job!

hot summer