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Road trip through Snowdonia

Hi everyone,

Easter time means road trip time. This year our destination was the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. We started our trip from London Euston where we took the train to Liverpool from where we continued our journey via car. (We rented a car from Europcar right next to the station which was pretty straight forward, would definitely recommend)

We left Liverpool heading north towards Llandudno where we had our first Airbnb for the night. We deliberately picked smaller and more scenic roads alongside the coast. This will usually be a little slower but there are plenty of great photo opportunities.

 

Unfortunately on the next day the weather forecast didn't look too promising. Nevertheless we left Llandudno heading west towards Isle of Anglesey. Our goal for the day was the lighthouse on Holy Island. It's an incredible panorama from the cliffs overlooking the the little island and definitely worth the trip. Sadly the rain caught up on us and we decided to call it a day and drive back to our accommodation. 

Waking up the next morning we were greeted with blue skies and sunshine peeking through our window. Our Airbnb had an unbeatable view overlooking Conwy Bay, and our host Anne made a fantastic breakfast. Great way to start a day!

As the weather was looking really promising we quickly packed our bags, our next B'n'b was on the southern side of Snowdonia National Park. To get there we had to cross the Welsh Highlands including the famous Mount Snowdon.

After passing the mountains the sun welcomed us on the other side. Our goal for the day was to circle the Lleyh Peninsula

After a day with plenty of sunshine it was time to get to our b'n'b for the night. Set in the small village of Dolgellau it was one of the most unique and quirkiest places we've ever stayed in. All rooms we're uniquely inspired by classic novels, Alice in Wonderland was the theme that stood out the most in my opinion. And on top of that our hosts Jayne & Mark were incredible friendly and welcoming. If you're ever in the south of Wales this is a great place to stay!

For our last day we had planned to explore the area around Dolgellau. The weather unfortunately wasn't as nice as the day before to we had to incorporate quite a few coffee breaks on the way to escape the rain. 

Winter Weekend Break

Hi everyone,

our trip into the German mountains has pretty much become a regular thing. Just in case you haven't seen the blog post from last year please check out the link. Similarly to last year we flew from London Heathrow to Hannover in Germany from where we drove roughly one hour to our apartment in Wernigerode

 

The area is most famous for its beautiful landscapes and scenic valleys and mountains. Therefore it's quite popular for hikers. The first day we hiked to the Brocken Mountain, which is the highest mountain in northern Germany.

Here are some more shots from the drone which Anja bravely carried all the way up to the summit.

On our way back down we got rewarded by the most beautiful sunset. 

The next day we went a different route to see a sled dog race that was taking place nearby. From there we continued our hike through some dark forests and some striking clearings. The entire area used to belong to the former German Democratic Republic during the Cold War. Even until today you can still see evidence from that time, mostly in the shape of abandoned watchtowers that marked the borders between east and west Germany.  

Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters

Hi,

after weeks of dark and grey weather spring finally arrived in London. Just in time for our weekend trip to Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters, both located just a few miles south of London. The Seven Sisters are named after the seven highest peaks in the chalkstone cliffs and offer an impressive view over the Sussex coast.

After spending the morning walking along the scenic cliff we headed east towards the lovely seaside resort Eastbourne. The Victorian style seafront and the pier are perfect for a laid back coffee or lunch in the sun. All in all definitely worth a visit, especially since its only 1.5 hours on the train from London.

Road Trip through the Lake District

Hi everyone,

this Easter we decided to hit the road and head north towards the Lake District, one of the biggest National Parks in the UK. We took the train from London Euston towards Lancaster where we rented a car and continued our journey towards Windermere

 

This time of the year weather is key. On our arrival day we we're quite lucky and did several stops on our way to Windermere, enjoying the springlike sun.

On the second day we weren't quite as lucky. It was mostly grey and pouring rain was splashing agains the windscreen of our car. So we decided to focus our trip on destinations that can mostly be reached with the car. We took the road from Windermere towards Penrith via the Kirkstone Pass. Roads can become surprisingly steep, some passes climb up to 35%, definitely not recommended for bigger vehicles and weak breaks.

The third day started dry and the sky was looking promising so we started towards Ambleside. From there we we took the Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass towards Boot, which is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and stunning routes in the Lakeland.

On the last day we started early for boat tour on the Derwentwater Lake. Boats launch from Keswick every 30 minutes and offers a stunning view over lakes and mountains. A trip around the whole of the lake will take about 1 hour.

Back ashore, we had quite some time left before hour train would depart to London so we decided to take the way back via the valley of Buttermere

Conclusion after 4 days in the Lake District: We will definitely come back in Summer. Enjoy the rest of the photos.

Hitting the Slopes: Ski Trip to Austria

Servus,

when we got off the plane in Innsbruck, things weren't quite as white as we expected. Instead of a fluffy layer of snow it was mostly grey and foggy. Being located roughly 570m above sea-level this isn't really unusual but as we continued our journey via train towards the Zillertal the fog quickly grew into a tick layer of mist. But still, the weather forecast promised blue skies and sunshine, unfortunately preceded by two days of heavy snowing. So after two foggy days with almost zero sight the sun finally broke through the clouds and revealed the snow covered slopes surrounded by untouched powder.

 

The Zillertal is located in the heart of the Austrian Alps. The valley is based at around 600m above sea-level with the surrounding summits and connected skiing area rising from 1200m to almost 3000m. During winter season it is hugely popular among skiers from all over Europe. 

Rome - La Dolce Vita

You may have the universe if I may have Italy
— Giuseppe Verdi, in a dialogue with God

You may think that this old guy had no idea what he was talking about. I thought so. Well it took only a few day to completely change my mind.

Rome in summer in an incredibly vibrant place. Walking through the street and little alleys of Rome there's always something to discover, some street artists, an amazing hidden gelato place or another astounding piece of ancient Roman architecture. Especially at nighttimes when temperatures become more comfortable a stroll through the streets almost feels like stepping back in time.

Here are a few highlights:

In terms of food, expectations have been quite high and I have to admit, it's gonna be damn hard to beat the Italian Cuisine. No matter where we went, what we ordered the food has always been fantastic. If you are going to get Carbonara, you gonna be spoilt for the rest of you life but it's absolutely worth it. 

And then of course there's ice-cream. Loads of gorgeous creamy ice-cream.

So all in all, Rome, 5 stars.