Llyn Idwal (Lake)

A walk in Snowdonia national park through the valley of Cwm Idwal, Wales.

We were pushing our luck going for a hike in Snowdonia on such an overcast day. Chances were that we would not make it around the lake before getting soaked but the rain clouds did make for a very dramatic scenery. I had my own “personal guide” in the form of my friend Yvonne for this wonderful hike. This walk offered some of the most … Continue reading A walk in Snowdonia national park through the valley of Cwm Idwal, Wales.

Yellow Mountain

Hiking the famous Yellow mountain of China was breathtakingly fabulous but physically torturous!!

Our long awaited hike of China’s Yellow or Huangshan Mountain was the last item on our huge China Odyssey tour and definitely worth the wait. Huangshan is a mountain range in South East China. The range is composed of material that was uplifted from an ancient sea during the Mesozoic era, 100 million years ago. The mountains themselves were carved by glaciers during the Quaternary. The area is well known for its scenery, peculiarly shaped granite peaks, Huangshan … Continue reading Hiking the famous Yellow mountain of China was breathtakingly fabulous but physically torturous!!

Kegon Waterfall, Japan

WPC: Japan’s Eerie and mist shrouded Kegon Waterfall hidden in Nikko’s mountains

While living in Tokyo I heard from many people that I couldn’t visit Nikko and not explore the mountain area around Nikko. The bus traveled up the winding road of Route 120 further into the mist covered mountains and I got peaks at waterfalls and rivers down below. It is not a ride I would recommend to anybody who gets car sick easily as the bus is constantly swerving … Continue reading WPC: Japan’s Eerie and mist shrouded Kegon Waterfall hidden in Nikko’s mountains

Snow capped Andes and the tallest building in South America!

San Christobel hill offers beautiful views of smog covered Santiago

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in central Santiago, Chile and you can see it most parts of the city. My hostel is just a block away from the hill. Weekends there are loads of people riding their bicycles or walking up this hill.  It rises about 300 m above the rest of Santiago and is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca. … Continue reading San Christobel hill offers beautiful views of smog covered Santiago

Driving next to sheer cliffs through the scenic Chapman’s Peak.

While on holiday in the Western Cape of South Africa my brother and I took a day trip driving down the coast through Chapman’s Peak to Hout bay. We drove down the coast from Stellenbosch up to Fishoek and from there across the peninsula, through Chapman’s Peak all the way to Hout Bay. We got to drive next to the Indian Ocean on the south and … Continue reading Driving next to sheer cliffs through the scenic Chapman’s Peak.

Driving through the Outeniqua mountain pass in South-Africa

The Outeniqua Pass is a mountain pass in the Western Cape of South Africa. It connects Knysna and the Garden Route coastal plain with Oudtshoorn. It was constructed between 1943 and 1951 and is characterized by gentle southern sleeps and steep drops on the north side down into the valleys. ‘Outeniqua’ is said to be derived from a Khoisan tribe that once lived in these mountains and means “they who bear honey”. Rock paintings from … Continue reading Driving through the Outeniqua mountain pass in South-Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

The path forward on our hike of Huangshan or “Yellow Mountain“,  a mountain range in southern Eastern China. The mountains themselves were carved by glaciers 100 million years ago and the area is well known for its scenery and peculiarly shaped granite peaks. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography and was definitely one of my highlights while touring through China. This was also the hardest and most … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Excursion through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna

It was a rare cloudy and cool Thursday in December and perfect for the 5 hour drive through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna. The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometers northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometers eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast in South-Africa.  Its been years since my brother or I have been in this area and we wanted … Continue reading Excursion through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna

Road Trip along the Eastern Cape Coast

On one of the lovely hot days this December my brother and I drove from Stellenbosch all along the coast down to Betty’s Bay. I rented a car for this road trip and the rental agency gave us a canary yellow little car. At least we couldn’t lose it in a huge parking lot!! While on this road trip I was once again reminded how beautiful South … Continue reading Road Trip along the Eastern Cape Coast

Staying at Aan de Vliet vineyard during my Cape Holiday!!

Aan de Vliet Guest House I haven’t visited Cape Town in more that 5 years and haven’t seen my family in nearly 2 years so I was super excited at going to Cape town on holiday and staying with my family for a while. My uncle and aunt live in Stellenbosch on a small vineyard. My aunt also turned part of the family house into … Continue reading Staying at Aan de Vliet vineyard during my Cape Holiday!!